Going Postal

September 7, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my fair weather friends. Today is Wednesday, September 7th.

“Neither Rain Nor Snow” Day

The uninformed might think that this holiday pertains to a special day of tranquil weather, without rain or snow, but they would be…wrong. “Neither Rain Nor Snow Day” commemorates the opening of the New York Post Office building on this date in 1914.
This following inscription was inscribed on the building:

“Neither snow nor rain not heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

A common misconception is that the above inscription is the motto of the United States Post Office. This is also…wrong. This inscription means roughly the same thing as the old Pony Express rider’s motto: “The mail must go through”. This leads to another common misconception that the Pony Express was a government-funded predecessor to today’s Post Office. In fact, the Pony Express was a privately owned and funded commercial enterprise, much like UPS and FedEx today, except using ponies instead of airplanes.
So much for the history lesson. To celebrate this holiday, show your appreciation to your postal delivery people, especially those who walk their routes – as my dear departed father did for over 40 years.

Google Commemoration (Founded) Day

Google Commemoration (Founded) Day celebrates the launch of the world’s most famous and most used search engine. For some obscure reason, September 7th has been chosen as Google Commemoration Day; even though  the domain name google.com was registered on Sept. 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on Sept. 4, 1998. It must be some sort of “inside” joke to which we mere mortals are not privy.
It seems hard to imagine a time when you used a telephone book to look up a phone number, an encyclopedia to get information on historical event or person, or a librarian to direct you to relevant research materials. Ever since Google launched with the mission to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” we need only type our query into than the blue search box on our computer screen. Then, 0.25 seconds later, the great oracle replies: Profusely, more often than not.
To celebrate this “holiday”, use Google to search for the answers to all the questions of the universe today. Try to make your questions as esoteric, ambiguous, and quirky as possible. Let me know if you come up with a question which ‘stumps’ Google.
Below are some interesting facts about Google:1)  The name “Google” was an accident, the result of a spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for Googol, the digit 1 followed by 100 zeros. Apparently, they weren’t able to “Google” it.

1)  The name “Google” was an accident, the result of a spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for Googol, the digit 1 followed by 100 zeros. Apparently, they weren’t able to “Google” it.
2)  There are more than 1 billion searches each day on Google.
3)  The first decorated Google logo, now known as a Google Doodle, was created as kind of cryptic, comical “out of office” message in 1998 when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin played with the corporate logo to show they were going to the Burning Man festival. Since then, the Google doodles team has created more than 300 doodles for the United States Google site, and more than 700 have been designed internationally.
4)  Google’s first tweet (post on the social media site Twitter) was: I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010, which is “I’m feeling lucky” in binary code. It may very well go down in history alongside Morse’s first telegraph and Bell’s first phone call.
5)  Google rents goats to graze the lawn at headquarters instead of using mechanical mowers. The company gets its goats from a company called California Grazing, an operation that involves 200 goats plus a herder and a border collie.
6)  You can do a search on Google without text. To search with an image instead of text go to images.google.com and click the camera icon in the search box. Paste an image URL, drag and drop it into the search box, or upload a picture from your computer to get associated results.
7)  You can read the complete texts of public domain books (like “Moby Dick”!) for free by selecting “books” in the left box of your search results.
8)  About 20 percent of unique queries are new to the site every day.
9)  Since 2003, Google has replied to 450 billion new unique queries — searches they have never seen before.
10)  Every query has to travel on average 1,500 miles to get the answer back to the user.

Grandma Moses Day

Grandma Moses Day celebrates the birth date of Anna Mary Robertson (Grandma Moses), born on this date in 1860. She  began her career as a painter when she was 76 years old.  Her primitive style depicted scenes with which she was familiar, peaceful landscapes and farm work.  Her success story is just as “American” as her artwork.  With age, her arthritic hands could no longer hold her embroidery needles and so she picked up a paint brush and expressed her creativity with paint and canvas.  She sold her paintings at a local drug store for under ten dollars each, until being “discovered” by Louis Caldor. By 1939 her paintings were being sold throughout North America and Europe, and in 1946 some of her scenes were depicted on Christmas cards.  In 1949 she won the Women’s National Press Club Award for her accomplishments in painting.  On her 100th birthday in 1960, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller declared September 7th Grandma Moses Day. Grandma Moses died at the age of 101 on December 13, 1960.  She created over 1000 painting during her career, at least 25 of which were painted after she was 100.

Buy a Book Day

Yesterday, you were urged you to read a book…Today, you are asked to buy a book.  Buy a Book Day was created in 2012 to remind people of the importance of books and literature to our culture and civilization.
Some experts contend that books have been one of the greatest contributors to the advancement of the human race. Books have moved the hearts of many over the ages, stimulated their imagination and helped them see the world in an entirely different light. Books also serve the simple but vital purpose of passing knowledge down from generation to generation.
The goal of  Buy a Book Day is to urge people take a moment to truly appreciate books and their many roles in the human experience. With the invention of Kindle and other electronic readers, the old-fashioned art of reading a regular paper book seems to be fading away. Buy a Book Day was created to remind people of the joy that simple black print on a white background can bring. Settling down on the sofa with a good book awakens your imagination and the smell of a paper book reminds us of simpler times.
Celebrating Buy a Book Day is as simple visiting your favorite bookstore. The only problem you have once you get there is deciding which book to buy.

Salami Day

Salami is cured sausage, fermented and air-dried (not smoked). It is of Italian origin. They are usually medium to large in size, and are the Italian version of “cold cuts”. Pork, or mixtures of pork and beef or pork and vitellone (young beef), form the basis; seasonings and fineness or coarseness of cut vary to regional taste. There are many varieties of salami including Genoa, Cotto, Pepperoni, and Finocchiona. Often the variety of sausage is named after the region in which they are produced.
In the United States, traditional salami is either imported or referred to as an “Italian Salame” – the protected term for salami made in the United States.

National Acorn Squash Day

Acorn squash is a winter squash and has an inedible hard, thin skin and firm flesh. It is roughly ovoid in shape with thick ridges, five to eight inches long, four to five inches across, and has a defined point at the bottom. The flesh is sweeter than summer squash, with a nut-like flavor. It is shaped like a ribbed acorn, hence its nickname. Along with the standard green variety, you may also run across orange and white acorn squash varieties. Although available in many areas year-round, prime season for acorn squash is early fall through winter.

Superhuman Day

On this date in:

  • 1813 – The nickname “Uncle Sam” was first used as a symbolic reference to the United States. The reference appeared in an editorial in the New York’s Troy Post.
  • 1880 – George Ligowsky was granted a patent for his device that threw clay pigeons for trapshooters.
  • 1888 – Edith Eleanor McLean became the first baby to be placed in an incubator.
  • 1896 – A.H. Whiting won the first automobile race held on a racetrack. The race was held in Cranston, RI.
  • 1921 – Margaret Gorman of Washington, DC, was crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic City, NJ.
  • 1927 – Philo T. Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting an image through purely electronic means by using an image dissector.
  • 1930 – The cartoon “Blondie” made its first appearance in the comic strips.
  • 1966 – The final episode of the original “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was aired on CBS-TV.
  • 1977 – The Panama Canal treaties were signed by President Carter and General Omar Torrijos Herrera. The treaties called for the United States to turn over control of the canal’s waterway to Panama in the year 2000.
  • 1979 – ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, made its debut on cable TV.
  • 1983 – In Ireland, voters approved a constitutional amendment that banned abortion.
  • 1986 – Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins threw his 100th career touchdown pass, in only his 44th NFL game, which set an NFL record.
  • 1986 – Desmond Tutu was the first black to be installed to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.
  • 1989 – Legislation was approved by the Senate that prohibited discrimination against the handicapped in employment, public accommodations, transportation and communications.
  • 1998 – Mark McGwire hit his 62nd home run of the season to set a new major league baseball record for most home runs hit in a single season. The previous record of 61 was set by Roger Maris in 1961.
  • 2001 – Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) became the only the fifth player in major league baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a season.

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