Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

October 18, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning facial hair fretters. Today is Tuesday, October 18th. The holidays today are:

No Beard Day

Beards aren’t for everyone. But by the same token, some men just don’t seem like themselves without their signature facial hair. Apparently, No Beard Day encourages men to grab their razors and liberate their long-suffering physiognomies from their tonsorial oppressors (aka, shave their stubble). So, if you are not satisfied with your beard, shave it off today. You can always grow it back. But, if you like your beard, keep it.
On a personal note, I had a mustache for most of my career in the military. I never pushed the boundaries and always kept it within regulations. When I retired and began my truck driving career, I experimented with a number of different beard types, but settled on a classic Van Dyke as my beard of choice; but would often shave it off on a whim. My current tonsorial tendency is the clean-shaven look. When it comes down to it, it takes more time to maintain a well-groomed beard than to just shave.

World Menopause Day

World Menopause Day is the day that the International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated to focus on menopause, from hot flashes to heart health, and all things menopausal. The International Menopause Society was founded in 1978 with the mission of addressing gender-based and menopause-based issues.
World Menopause Day has actually been around since 1984, but it hasn’t exactly attracted a lot of media attention. This holiday seeks to increase awareness and educate women – many of whom don’t have easy access to information or are too ashamed to seek help.
Not being a menopausal, or postmenopausal woman, I have no clue about how to celebrate this holiday.

National Pharmacy Technician Day

National Pharmacy Technician Day was submitted in July 2015 by Lindsey Ahrens. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Pharmacy Technician Day to be celebrated annually on the third Tuesday in October. Make an extra effort to thank technicians for their invaluable support and contributions throughout the year.
National Pharmacy Technician Day is endorsed by the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians and the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council. National Pharmacy Technician Day coincides with National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week, endorsed by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Additionally, the American Pharmacists Association has named October American Pharmacists Month.

National Chocolate Cupcake Day  

Cupcakes can be traced back to 1796 when there was a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” written in American Cookery (by Amelia Simmons).  The earliest known documentation of the term “cupcake” was in 1828 in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook. Cupcakes were originally baked in heavy pottery cups.  Today, some bakers still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, large teacups, or other small oven-proof pottery-type dishes for baking their cupcakes. There are two theories about how cupcakes got their name. One claims that the miniature cakes were originally baked in cups. The other suggests that the name comes from the recipe, which was measured out by the cup—one cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, four eggs, one cup milk, one spoonful baking soda.
Cupcakes (sometimes known elsewhere as Fairy Cakes and Patty Cakes) are sumptuous individual-sized cakes that are a treat for young and old alike. They are most commonly baked lovingly in kitchens across the country, but these days, cupcakes have become “trendy” and are made with a variety of flavors, ingredients, and decorations by “gourmet” shops in every community.   However, the humble chocolate cupcake remains the perennial favorite. Whether you decide to bake, frost, and decorate a batch today at home or buy some at your bakery, enjoy a chocolate cupcake (or two) to celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day.

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity

On this date in

  • 1767 – The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
  • 1842 – Samuel Morse laid his first telegraph cable.
  • 1867 – The United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased for a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).
  • 1873 – The first rules for intercollegiate football were drawn up by representatives from Rutgers, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities.
  • 1892 – The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY, was opened.
  • 1929 – The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada.
  • 1950 – Connie Mack announced that he was going to retire after 50 seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.
  • 1956 – NFL commissioner Bert Bell disallowed the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.
  • 1958 – The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter’s show.
  • 1967 – The American League granted permission for the Kansas City Athletics to move to Oakland. Also, new franchises were awarded to Kansas City and Seattle.
  • 1968 – Two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were suspended by the United States Olympic Committee for giving a “black power” salute during a ceremony in Mexico City.
  • 1969 – The United States government banned artificial sweeteners due to evidence that they caused cancer.
  • 1971 – After 34 years, the final issue of “Look” magazine was published.
  • 1977 – Reggie Jackson tied Babe Ruth’s record for hitting three home runs in a single World Series game. Jackson was only the second player to achieve this.
  • 1989 – The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo space probe.
  • 1990 – Iraq made an offer to the world that it would sell oil for $21 a barrel. The price level was the same as it had been before the invasion of Kuwait.
  • 1997 – A monument honoring United States servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.

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