Amper Alert

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Good morning glyph fans. Today is Thursday, September 8, 2013. Today’s holidays are:

National Ampersand Day

From jotting a shorthand “and” to branding corporate names, the ampersand, that curly, quirky little glyph (&), is both ubiquitously useful & quite aesthetic. An ampersand is actually a ligature (joining together) of two letters “e” & “t”. In Latin, the word “et” means “and“. There are many different styles of ampersands, depending on what font you use. As long as you can see (or as long as the type designer thinks he sees) an “e” and a “t,” you’ve got an ampersand.
At one time, the ampersand was the 27th letter of the English alphabet. The word “ampersand” itself is a mondegreen – a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation. When students would recite the alphabet, instead of saying X, Y, Z “and” they would say X, Y, Z “and per se and”. Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today: ampersand. It all became too confusing to students, so it was dropped sometime in the 18th century.
National Ampersand Day has been celebrated on September 8 each year. According to the creator of this holiday, he chose the date because contained within the letters and number of September 8, if you use the proper font, are many examples of different styles of ampersands.
To celebrate National Ampersand Day, use lots & lots of ampersands in your correspondence today. Also, try to find a creative way of incorporating ampersands into different words. Below is an example.

R&dy’s gr&ma liked to sit under her c&leabra listening to Big B& music which she streamed from the P&dora App on her &droid cellphone.

& that’s about all I have for National Ampersand Day.

National Iguana Awareness Day 

National Iguana Awareness Day was established in 1998 to discourage folks from viewing iguanas as “disposable pets”. Because of the low-cost and “mass market” appeal of these animals, many are purchased without the means or knowledge to care for them properly, dooming them to an early death after just a few years or less.
People purchase iguanas due to their small size, their low price, and the apparent low cost of feeding of juvenile iguanas. Though small and cute as juveniles, iguanas can grow to six feet in length and weigh some 20 pounds, and they can be aggressive. There are many species of iguanas. Some thrive in tropical climates, while others like the desert and still others live in water. Most of the iguanas you find in pet stores are of the desert variety. Being desert animals, they will thrive only in temperatures of 75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. They require natural unfiltered sunlight or specialized light bulbs for proper UVA exposure. Without proper lighting, their bodies cannot develop Vitamin D, and will develop a metabolic bone disease which is fatal if not treated.
So, leave the raising of iguanas to the professionals. If you absolutely, positively must have an iguana, please educate yourself on their proper care, and take the time and spend the money to raise and house them properly.

Pardon Day

The roots of Pardon Day go back to this date 1974 when President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor, former President Richard Nixon, for any wrongdoing related to the Watergate scandal. Since none of you, hopefully, have need of a Presidential pardon, you can celebrate this holiday in other ways.
Why not use this holiday to make your mother proud and bring back a little politeness and civility. In today’s busy society, too many people race about their lives, forgetting the small courtesies in life. Among the easiest things to let slip by, are simple manners and etiquette. Saying “pardon me” or “excuse me” as appropriate will be a good start toward reaffirming the good manners your mother tried to instill in you as a child.
You can also use this holiday to seek pardon or forgiveness for mistakes and grievances you have committed. Take the opportunity to clean the slate and start anew.

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day was created by the United Nations, and is promoted by the UN’s UNESCO. According to their website: “The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies.”
Literacy is a global issue. Although billions of people in the world are literate, this holiday places emphasis on the billions more who are not. It seeks to improve literacy rates among the population in every nation of the world.
I assume that you are literate if you are reading this, so celebrate this holiday by demonstrating that fact, especially if you are using one of the many social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Just for today, dispense with your abbreviations, emoticons, and run-on sentences. Use proper grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. And, for Pete’s sake, use a spellchecker!

National Date Nut Bread Day

Date nut bread is the perfect dish for any occasion. It is delicious, healthy, and relatively easy to make.
The first date nut bread recipe appeared in print in 1939, but I think that date nut bread has been around longer than that. My Grandmother, born in the late 1800’s, had a recipe for date nut bread that she said she got from her mother, so there is no way of telling how long recipes for date nut bread have actually been around.
Dates are one of the world’s oldest fruits. Date seeds have been found in archaeology excavations of sub-tropical areas around the world. Historians believe that the ancient Moors brought the date to Spain and later introduced it to America.
Dates are notorious for their high sugar content, so it is no surprise that most date nut bread recipes do not call for any other sweeteners. To celebrate this holiday, try your hand at baking a homemade loaf of this festive treat. Don’t forget to top it off with a little cream cheese frosting. If you’re not handy in the kitchen, date nut bread is readily available in most supermarkets these days. So enjoy some today, no matter how you procure it.
Note: One of my sources listed the date for National Date Nut Bread Day as December 8th. Oh good, that’ll give you a second opportunity to enjoy this delicious treat.

National Pledge of Allegiance Day

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day 

Virgin Mary Day

World Physical Therapy Day

On this date in:

  • 1565 – A Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, FL.
  • 1664 – The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who then renamed it, New York.
  • 1866 – The first recorded birth of sextuplets took place in Chicago, IL. The parents were James and Jennie Bushnell.
  • 1892 – An early version of “The Pledge of Allegiance” appeared in “The Youth’s Companion.”
  • 1893 – In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed by the Legislative Council giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote, effective on September 19 of that year.
  • 1935 – Senator Huey P. Long, “The Kingfish” of Louisiana politics, was shot and mortally wounded. He died two days later.
  • 1945 – In Washington, DC, a bus equipped with a two-way radio was put into service for the first time.
  • 1945 – Bess Myerson of New York was crowned Miss America. She was the first Jewish contestant to win the title.
  • 1951 – A peace treaty with Japan was signed by 48 other nations in San Francisco, CA.
  • 1952 – The Ernest Hemingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea” was published.
  • 1960 – NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The facility had been activated earlier that year in July .
  • 1966 – NBC-TV aired the first episode of “Star Trek” entitled “The Man Trap”.
  • 1975 – In Boston, MA, public schools began their court-ordered citywide busing program amid scattered incidents of violence.
  • 1986 – Herschel Walker made his start in the National Football League (NFL) after leaving the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.
  • 1999 – Russia’s Mission Control switched off the Mir space station’s central computer and other systems to save energy during a planned six months of unmanned flights.

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