Cookie Monster Day

November 2, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning cookie monsters. Today is Wednesday, November 2nd. The holidays today are:

Cookie Monster Day:

According to MuppetWikia.com, Cookie Monster was born on November 2nd, so this holiday celebrates his birthday. No explanation is given regarding why this date was chosen as his birth date. Cookie Monster is one of Sesame Street’s famous furry characters. He’s blue with googly eyes, has a voracious appetite for cookies.  When Cookie Monster eats something, he makes a very distinct, loud munching “noise”, often interpreted as “OMM-nom-nom-nom…” Cookie Monster has a deep, growly voice, and generally speaks with simplistic diction, saying everything with “me” – for instance, “Me want cookie!”, as opposed to “I want a cookie!” From is humble beginnings as a character in an ad campaign, created by Jim Henson, for a line of snack foods made by General Foods (which never aired), Cookie Monster has evolved into one of Sesame Street’s favorite characters. In earlier episodes of Sesame Street, Cookie Monster was a nemesis of Kermit, playing a toddler who is constantly being chided by Kermit for eating one of his prized possessions.  Ironically, in these early appearances, Cookie seemed somewhat scary to younger viewers, as he personified the childhood fear of “being eaten by a monster.” The producers decided to re-vamp Cookie Monster’s character into a more likable “monster”, although retaining a lot of his impish charm. To celebrate this holiday, watch a few episodes of Sesame Street, especially those featuring Cookie Monster. Oh yeah, and eat lots of cookies, “OMM-nom-nom-nom…”

Plan Your Epitaph Day:

A few days ago, we were urged to create our own funeral. Today, Plan Your Epitaph Day urges us to write our own epitaph as well; instead of leaving the task for a grieving loved one after our demise. We live our lives in our own unique way, so shouldn’t we be the final arbiter of how we are remembered?
They say that a forgettable tombstone is a fate worse than death itself. This is the premise of Plan your Epitaph Day. Ultimately, when we’re six feet under, being forgettable probably is not at the top of our list of concerns. Take time today to jot down a few words that succinctly sum up your life; as seen through your eyes.

Here are a few memorable epitaphs:

  • Found in a Georgia cemetery: “I told you I was sick!”
  • From a Thurmond, Maryland cemetery: “Here lies an atheist. All dressed up and no place to go.”
  • Mel Blanc: “That’s all folks!”
  • John Yeast: “Here lies Johnny Yeast. Pardon me for not rising.” (In Ruidoso, New Mexico)
  • Winston Churchill: “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”
  • H. G. Wells: “I told you so, you damned fools.”

Look for Circles Day:

Circular shapes are all around us — drink coasters, drawer handles, light fixtures. There are even circles in nature. Crop circles are patterns created by the flattening of crops such as wheat, barley, rapeseed (also called “canola”), rye, corn, linseed, and soy. The term was first used by researcher Colin Andrews to describe simple circles he was researching.  Although since 1990 the circles have evolved into complex geometries, the term “circle” has stuck. Whether an anomaly of nature or man-made, crop circles are still circles.
I could have run around in circles all day trying to find the origins and history of this holiday, but I didn’t. Why bother? All of my sources couldn’t figure it out, and they’re the “pros”. To celebrate this holiday, look for circular shapes and patterns. You’ll probably be surprised at how many you encounter on an average day.

International Games Day:

International Games Day is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world under the auspices of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. These days, libraries are about much more than books. On this holiday, more than one thousand libraries around the world will showcase gaming programs and services.
Created in 2007, this holiday encourages young patrons to interact with a diverse group of peers, share their expertise with others (including adults), and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. It is also a way for traditionally under-served groups to have fun in the library and interact with other members of the community, and a great opportunity for families to get out of the house and play together in the one community institution that welcomes everyone.

Deviled Egg Day:

Even people who rarely, if ever, eat hard-cooked eggs can’t help plucking a stuffed egg off the tray. Although often used interchangeably, technically there is a difference between Stuffed eggs and Deviled Eggs. Stuffed eggs are a popular dish that dates back as far back as the Roman Empire. There are many different recipes for stuffed eggs through the centuries, but the term “deviled eggs” originated in 18th-century England. “Deviled” refers to the use of hot spices or condiments in a recipe—paprika, mustard, hot sauce, horseradish, chilies, etc. So all deviled eggs are stuffed eggs, but only stuffed eggs with hot spices are deviled eggs.
There are as many different recipes for Deviled Eggs as there are cooks. Everyone likes to add their own secret “signature” ingredient to their Deviled Eggs to make them unique, and have them stand out from everyone else’s bland recipe. What is your “secret ingredient? I have many “secret” ingredients that I use regularly, but not all the time. Depending on my mood at the time, I have been known to include varying combinations of Chinese hot mustard, horseradish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, and minced ham in my recipe; along with the basic ingredients.
To celebrate this holiday, simply make some Deviled Eggs for your family tonight.
Factoid: Another name for deviled eggs is eggs mimosa,

All Souls Day

National Eating Healthy Day

Practice Being Psychic Day

Stress Awareness Day

Traffic Directors Day – Nov 2 Except if it falls on a weekend, then it’s the following Monday.

On this date in  

  • 1776 – During the American Revolutionary War, William Demont became the first traitor of the American Revolution when he deserted.
  • 1783 – Gen. George Washington gave his “Farewell Address to the Army” near Princeton, NJ.
  • 1867 – “Harper’s Bazaar” magazine was founded.
  • 1889 – North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted into the union as the 39th and 40th states.
  • 1895 – In Chicago, IL, the first gasoline powered car contest took place in America.
  • 1920 – The first commercial radio station in the U.S., KDKA of Pittsburgh, PA, began regular broadcasting.
  • 1930 – The DuPont Company announced the first synthetic rubber. It was named DuPrene.
  • 1947 – Howard Hughes flew his “Spruce Goose,” a huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes in California. It was the plane’s first and only flight. The “Spruce Goose,” nicknamed because of the white-gray color of the spruce used to build it, never went into production.
  • 1948 – Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey for the United States presidency. The Chicago Tribune published an early edition that had the headline “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.” The Truman victory surprised many polls and newspapers.
  • 1959 – Charles Van Doren, a game show contestant on the NBC-TV program “Twenty-One” admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance.
  • 1960 – In London, the novel “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” was found not guilty of obscenity.
  • 1962 – President Kennedy announced that the U.S.S.R. was dismantling the missile sites in Cuba.
  • 1979 – Joanna Chesimard, a black militant escaped from a New Jersey prison, where she’d been serving a life sentence for the 1973 murder of a New Jersey state trooper.
  • 1983 – President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1984 – Velma Barfield became the first woman to be executed in the United States since 1962. She had been convicted of the poisoning death of her boyfriend.
  • 1985 – The South African government imposed severe restrictions on television, radio and newspaper coverage of unrest by both local and foreign journalists.
  • 1986 – American hostage David Jacobson was released after being held in Lebanon for 17 months by Shiite Muslims kidnappers.
  • 1989 – Carmen Fasanella retired after 68 years and 243 days as a taxicab driver in Princeton, NJ.
  • 1992 – Magic Johnson retired from the NBA again, this time for good because of fear due to his HIV infection.
  • 1993 – The Senate called for full disclosure of Senator Bob Packwood’s diaries in a sexual harassment probe.
  • 1993 – Christie Todd Whitman was elected the first woman governor of New Jersey.
  • 1998 – President Clinton gave his first in-depth interview since the White House sex scandal to Black Entertainment Television talk show host and political commentator Tavis Smiley on the network’s “BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley.”
  • 2003 – In the United States, the Episcopal Church diocese consecrated the church’s first openly gay bishop.

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