Get Off Your Can

September 27, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning environmentally conscious fans of mashed metal. Today is Tuesday, September 27th. The holidays today are:

National Crush A Can Day

As you might suspect, National Crush A Can Day encourages you to gather your recyclable cans together today and take them to your recycling center. Although this holiday specifies cans, it is probably a good idea to gather all of your recyclables, (plastic, paper, glass, etc), together as well and make one trip (it’s better for the environment because one trip saves gas).
There are a number of ways to crush your cans. In my research today, I discovered a scientific way to crush your aluminum cans. This link will give you insight on how to perform this method. Although impractical and not actually environmentally friendly, it seems impressive nonetheless.
There are more practical, albeit less impressive, ways to crush your cans. First, you can invest in (or make) a can crusher. This is the method that I recommend. The second way is to crush them with a heavy object, such as a coffee can filled with cement with an embedded handle. You could also stomp on them with your feet, crush them in your hands or smash them on your forehead. However, personally, I don’t recommend any means of crushing cans that involves the use of body parts – they can easily go awry and involve you a trip to the Emergency Room.
No matter the method you use to crush your cans, take your recyclables to the recycling center today.

Ancestor Appreciation Day

Ancestor Appreciation Day encourages you to get in touch with your roots. Knowing where you came from and who your ancestors were can give you insight into your family’s values and traditions and perhaps even make you appreciate how far you family has come. It can also give you “bragging rights” if you chance across someone famous (or infamous) in your family tree.
It can also benefit you medically. Knowing if there is a history of heart disease, cancer, or any one of a number of genetic diseases in your family can provide you and your doctor with vital information necessary for your preventive health regimen.
So, I hope that you start looking into your ancestry today if you haven’t already — and that your family tree more closely resembles a spreading oak than a totem pole.

National Voter Registration Day

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established the first National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2012. In 2014, the NASS established the Fourth Tuesday of September as the official day for National Voter Registration Day. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, more than 300,000 Americans registered to vote in the inaugural National Voter Registration Day event.
On National Voter Registration Day hundreds of local, state and national organizations will partner with other grassroots organizations and businesses to help to stage thousands of public events in an effort to bring awareness to ballot initiatives, local elections, and voter registration. Volunteers will be at transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting events, and concerts – anywhere people gather, to assist anyone who wants to register to vote.
Voting is not only a right, it is a way to make your voice heard. If you aren’t already registered to vote, I urge you to do so. This upcoming election will be pivotal in deciding the future of our beloved country.

National Corned Beef Hash Day

Corned Beef Hash Day celebrates, oddly enough, corned beef hash. Corned beef hash is a favorite dish here in America. I’m not talking about that putrid looking dog food-like substance you buy in cans at the supermarket. I’m talking about real corned beef sliced from a brisket, then chopped or ground and fried with diced potatoes, onions and bell pepper. Although traditionally served as a breakfast dish, corned beef hash also makes an excellent dinner served with some type of green vegetable. Heck, I’ve even made a sandwich out of it for lunch.
Corning beef refers to curing or pickling the meat in a seasoned brine. The word refers to the “corns” or grains of kosher (or other coarse) salt that are mixed with water to make the brine. Typically, brisket is used to make corned beef. The dish has many regional variations and seasonings.
Note: Smoking a corned beef, and adding extra spices, produces pastrami.

National Chocolate Milk Day

Chocolate milk is a refreshing treat enjoyed by millions of Americans each day. Many people like to have it with cookies [I like to dip Graham Crackers into mine].
Chocolate milk was invented in the late 1600’s by Sir Hans Sloane, for whom London’s Sloane Square is named (and whose collection of art objects and curiosities became the foundation of the British Museum). Sloane devised a means of mixing the ground cacao beans with milk, to make it more pleasant. He brought both cacao and his recipe (most likely unsweetened) back to England. As a physician, Sloane was initially interested in the medicinal properties of cacao; he thought chocolate milk had soothing qualities and the recipe was initially sold in apothecary shops.
In 1828 the Van Houten company in Amsterdam invented the cocoa pressing method. This produced a light, fluffy chocolate powder that could be easily dissolved in water or milk. Shortly thereafter, Cadbury started adding sugar and marketing it as an “anytime beverage; soothing to the stomach”. Today, chocolate milk is a popular beverage for people of all ages.
Chocolate milk has surprising restorative properties. In 2006, the dairy industry conducted a study and discovered that chocolate milk helps athletes with muscle recovery. It provides nine essential nutrients, making it both delicious and nutritious.
So, enjoy some chocolate milk as a treat today. Don’t forget to grab your box of cookies out of the cupboard.

World Tourism Day 

Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 

On this date in

  • 1779 – John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.
  • 1825 – George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train.
  • 1928 – The U.S. announced that it would recognize the Nationalist Chinese Government.
  • 1940 – The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was set up. The military and economic pact between Germany, Italy, and Japan was to be in effect for 10 years.
  • 1954 – The “Tonight!” show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host.
  • 1962 – The United States sold Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel.
  • 1968 – The United Kingdom’s entry into the European Common Market was barred by France.
  • 1979 – The Department of Education, the 13th Cabinet position, was established after the final approval from Congress.
  • 1982 – Italian and French soldiers entered the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Beirut. The move was made by the members of a multinational force due to hundreds of Palestinians being massacred by Christian militiamen.
  • 1989 – Two men went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horseshoe Falls.
  • 1991 – President George H.W. Bush eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world. Bush then called on the Soviet Union to do the same.
  • 1994 – More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
  • 1995 – The United States government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
  • 1998 – Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season.
  • 2004 – North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced that North Korea had turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into nuclear weapons. He also said that the weapons were to serve as a deterrent against increasing United States nuclear threats and to prevent nuclear war in northeast Asia. The State Department noted that the United States has repeatedly said that it has no plans to attack North Korea.

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