Common Sense

November 4, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my logical friends . Today is  Monday, November 4, 2013. Today’s holidays are:

Use Your Common Sense Day:

Common sense was originally defined as: ” the power of uniting mentally the impressions conveyed by the five physical senses, thus “ordinary understanding.” A more modern definition should also include the application of logic to the decision-making process combined with the original definition. For example, we’ve all grabbed the handle of a hot pan on the stove and burned ourselves. Those of us with “common sense” use our senses (in this case sight and touch) and apply logic to take steps to avoid doing this again. That is why heat-proof handles were invented; to prevent those without “common sense” from constantly inflicting pain on themselves.
It is no coincidence that Bud Bilanich, the creator of this holiday, chose this date, the birth date of Will Rogers, as the day on which to celebrate this holiday. One of folksy humorist and entertainer Will Rogers’ most famous quotations is: “Common sense ain’t all that common.” This statement was true in the 1920’s or 1930’s when he said it, and is even truer today. You need only look around you at some of the bad decisions people around you make in their everyday lives to see that Mr. Rogers was correct.
These days, people tend to isolate themselves into small groups with which they share similar attitudes, beliefs, or interests, and therefore aren’t exposed to the “realities of life’, because no one in their group has ever experienced them either, or have long since forgotten them. Politicians are a prime example of this. Once in the “clique” of elected officialdom, they quickly lose whatever sense of logic or common sense they previously had in order to fit in with “the group”. Which is why we get such asinine statements from politicians as: “We need to pass this legislation so we can find out what’s in it.” In reality, the reverse is true. Common sense and logic dictate that politicians should be familiar with all aspects of a particular piece of legislation; and it’s effect on those to whom it pertains; before they make it law!
Anyway, try your best to use common sense today, in all aspects of your life. Is it common sense to tell your boss that you think his tie is hideous; or tell your wife that you prefer your mother’s pancakes over hers; or, does it make sense to buy that 60-inch flat screen TV because it has one more “gizmo” than the 55-inch flat-screen you bought 6 months ago? I think not!

King Tut Day:

On this date in 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamen (the child King commonly known as King Tut) in Egypt’s Valley of Kings. King Tutankhamen became Pharaoh at the age of 9. He died when he was 19. King Tut’s rule lasted a short nine years, from 1333 B.C. to 1324 B.C. The cause of his death is uncertain; but murder and an innocent accident are the two main theories.
After 3,000 years, the tomb of the young pharaoh was nearly intact. Miraculously, it was one of the few royal tombs that had escaped grave robbers, vandals, and the ravages of time. It’s discovery is heralded in archaeological circles as one of the greatest discoveries in history.

National Waiting For The Barbarians Day:

Despite being listed in two of my primary sources, there is little background information available regarding this holiday. I did manage to find a poem by that title, by Constantine P. Cavafy, and a book by that title as well, but little else. Most sites merely speculate about the meaning of this holiday, so I am going to do likewise. That’s right, I’m makin’ this crap up as I go along!
Dictionary.com defines ‘barbarian‘ as:
1.  a person in a savage, primitive state; uncivilized person.
2.  a person without culture, refinement, or education; philistine.
With the above information, one can extrapolate all sorts of theories about the meaning of this holiday. However, if you follow politics and politicians closely, the only conclusion a logical mind can reach is that the wait for the arrival of  the barbarians is over. While disguised as civil servants and champions of individual rights, this disreputable horde of bloviating buffoons have infiltrated every aspect of our lives and seem bent on the destruction of the fabric of our society. They pass laws, then exempt themselves from them. Their decisions are not based upon helping those they ostensibly represent, but rather to pay back, via political favors, those who financed their election. What used to be called bribery and graft are now standard practice among these nefarious ne’er-do-wells. Their only goal is to remain in power at any cost by subjugating as mush of the citizenry as possible and making them dependent upon them for their survival. I don’t know about you, but to me, the actions of these evil despots appear to fit the definition of the term of ‘barbarian‘ to a tee.
Be afraid; be very afraid!

Job Action Day:

Job Action Day is celebrated on the first Monday in November and is a day of empowerment for workers and job-seekers — to put your career and job in the forefront, making plans, taking action.
For people currently working, this holiday is an opportunity to not only examine your current job and employer but also evaluate both the stability of that job and employer as well as your personal fulfillment with your job. It’s a day to take stock of your career and develop a plan for their next career steps.
For job-seekers, this holiday is a chance to take a break from the daily grind of job-hunting to take a look at the bigger picture of your career and job-search strategies. It’s a day to develop plans for developing new job and career options and devising new and better ways to track down job leads and position yourself for employment opportunities.

National Candy Day:

What a sweet holiday!  Various types of candies and sweet confections have existed for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits in honey, and the Aztecs and Mayans consumed chocolate during religious rituals as early as 300 AD.
Today, there are thousands of different types of candy, all with their own unique history. For example, did you know that Tootsie Rolls were created by Leo Hirshfield of New York in 1896? He named them after his daughter, who was nicknamed “Tootsie.” The average American eats about twenty-five pounds of candy each year. That may seem like a lot, but the average person in Denmark eats thirty-six pounds each year.
There is a growing market for “gourmet” candy these days. Gourmet candies are made in small artisan type shops where they stress quality over quantity. Many strive to maintain the same flavor and consistency of the candies that you grandmother enjoyed.
Whether you like chocolate, caramels, hard candy, or marzipan, on National Candy Day, treat yourself to something delicious…your favorite kind of candy.
Author’s note: Those fortunate enough to live in my former hometown of Bakersfield, California have Dewar’s Candy Shop. Oh, how I miss their chewy taffy. Mmmm, Peanut butter!

Fountain Pen Day  

Love Your Lawyer Day  

National Chicken Lady Day  

National Jersey Friday 

National Stress Awareness Day

On this date in

  • 1842 – Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, IL.
  • 1846 – The patent for the artificial leg is granted to Benjamin Palmer.
  • 1880 – James and John Ritty patented the first cash register.
  • 1922 – In Egypt, Howard Carter discovered the entry of the lost tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
  • 1924 – Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected America’s first woman governor so she could serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross.
  • 1939 – During World War II, the United States modified its neutrality stance with the Neutrality Act of 1939. The new policy allowed cash-and-carry purchases of arms by belligerents.
  • 1939 – At the 40th National Automobile Show the first air-conditioned car was put on display.
  • 1942 – During World War II, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa. It was a major victory for the British.
  • 1956 – Soviet forces enter Hungary in order to suppress the uprising that had begun on October 23, 1956.
  • 1965 – Lee Ann Roberts Breedlove became the first woman to exceed 300 mph when she went 308.5 mph.
  • 1970 – Former King Peter II of Yugoslavia died in Denver, CO. He was the first European king or queen to die and to be buried in the U.S.
  • 1979 – Iranian militants seized the United States embassy in Tehran and took 63 Americans hostage (90 total hostages). The militants, mostly students, demanded that the United States send the former shah back to Iran to stand trial. Many hostages were later released, but 52 were held for the next 14 months.
  • 1981 – The second scheduled flight of the space shuttle Columbia was canceled with only 31 seconds left in the countdown.
  • 1984 – Nicaragua held its first free elections in 56 years.
  • 1985 – Soviet defector Vitaly Yurchenko announced he was returning to the Soviet Union. He had charged that he had been kidnapped by the CIA.
  • 1989 – About a million East Germans filled the streets of East Berlin in a pro-democracy rally.
  • 1990 – Iraq issued a statement saying it was prepared to fight a “dangerous war” rather than give up Kuwait.
  • 1991 – Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, CA. The dedication ceremony was attended by President Bush and former United States presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon. It was the 1st gathering of 5 United States chief executives.
  • 1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, 73 years old, was assassinated by right-wing Israeli Yigal Amir after attending a peace rally.
  • 1999 – The United Nations imposed economic sanctions against the Taliban that controlled most of Afghanistan. The sanctions were imposed because the Taliban had refused to turn over Osama bin Laden, who had been charged with masterminding the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
  • 2001 – Hurrican Michelle hit Cuba destroying crops and thousands of homes. The United States made the gesture of sending humanitarian aid. On December 16, 2001, Cuba received the first commercial food shipment from the United States in nearly 40 years.

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