Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 6, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning time economists. Today is Sunday, November 6th. The holidays today are:

Daylight Savings Time Ends  

In today’s “24/7” world, why do we still subject ourselves to the bi-annual ritual of adjusting our clocks forward or backward? I say that we should just pick one, and let our circadian rhythm gradually adjust our “body clocks” naturally as the seasons progress. Mankind survived for thousands of years using this tried and true method.
Although it is not a new concept – while in France, Benjamin Franklin jokingly proposed a tax on shutters to discourage citizens from blocking out sunlight and wasting valuable candles lighting a room that could be naturally lighted by the sunlight that the shutters blocked – the modern day concept of “Daylight Saving Time” is a 20th century idea devised by politicians to “save” daylight. The fact that this notion was conceived by politicians should your first clue that it makes no sense, and should automatically disqualify this hair-brained idea from having gravitas. I defy anyone to name me one government program that actually serves it’s intended purpose.
Anyway, since Daylight Saving Time occurred at 2:00 AM this morning, and if you didn’t set your clocks back one hour last night, you’re going to be an hour late for everything today. I hope you enjoyed your “extra” hour of sleep.

Zero Tasking Day

The extra hour we get when daylight savings time ends is often heralded as an opportunity for extra productivity, activity and ‘doing’. However, given that we’re all already ‘owed’ an hour every other time it changes, it seems a little unfair to expect us to work through it. As such, Zero Tasking Day is designed to dedicate this hour to ‘me time’; encouraging rest, relaxation and a distinct lack of work.
When Daylight Saving Time ends, we are gifted with an imaginary ‘extra hour’, and Zero Tasking Day encourages us to take the opportunity to use that hour for personal growth, relaxation, and basically just taking care of ourselves. In today’s society where time is constantly marching on and we’re heavily connected to everything, finding a little time to disconnect is absolutely vital to keeping ourselves physically and emotionally fit and what better time to do all this than with time that doesn’t exist anywhere else?

Marooned Without a Compass Day

We all know the literal definition of marooned; being stranded in an isolated location. And, most of us still remember what a compass is, and how it was used. In today’s society, with the advances in global positioning technology (GPS) available, the chances of being literally marooned somewhere with no means of escape are pretty slim. Since the creators of Marooned Without a Compass Day are unknown, one can only speculate as to their intentions for creating this holiday. I doubt however that they intended a literal interpretation of the phrase.
In the broader context, being ‘marooned without a compass’ can be taken to mean that one feels trapped by life, and can’t figure out a way to move forward. It could be feeling trapped in a dead-end job; in a relationship that has gone sour; or just a general feeling of hopelessness brought on by the vagaries of everyday life. In my opinion, this holiday urges you to do everything you can to rise out of your ‘funk’ and take charge of your life. If you hate your job but still need to work, take some classes that will allow you to progress in your career or enable you to change careers. If you’re in a bad relationship, sit down with your partner and find out what can be done to improve it. If the relationship is beyond repair, end it and move on. Don’t let life’s little roadblocks frustrate you. Take things in stride and “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Kick back and enjoy life, no matter what it brings you. You’ll find you are a lot happier.

National Saxophone Day

Saxophone Day is celebrated on November 6th of each year in remembrance of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone.  Sax was born on November 6, 1814, in Dinant in Wallonia, Belgium. The Saxophone is a classical woodwind instrument. It is an essential instrument in jazz bands, symphonic bands, marching bands and more.
Though Sax invented many instruments, the saxophone is the one for which he is most well known. In fact, he invented a number types of saxophones including Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Contrabass, and Subcontrabass. The first Saxophone ever created was the Bass Saxophone. The only type of Saxophone that he didn’t invent was the B♭ Soprillo, which was invented in 2004, and is the smallest Saxophone.
The saxophone was patented in 1846 after Sax had designed and exhibited a full range of saxophones (from soprano to bass).  These instruments made his reputation and secured him a job teaching at the Paris Conservatoire.

Basketball Day

Basketball Day celebrates the birth date of James Naismith, the inventor of Basketball, who was born on this date in 1861. From its humble beginnings as a game played using actual peach baskets suspended from a pole for a goal post, basketball has grown to become one of America’s favorite spectator sports. Too bad, Mr. Naismith’s parents lacked the foresight to plan the date of his birth for the springtime to coincide with “March Madness” or the NBA Playoffs; a more appropriate time for Basketball Day.
Factoid: Basketball was added to the summer Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.

National Nachos Day

A little over 2 weeks ago weeks ago, on October 21st, we celebrated International Day of the Nacho. As far as I can determine, this is a separate holiday and is listed in all of my primary sources. The text describing this holiday in my sources is identical to the text used for International Day of the Nacho, so, to review:
Nachos are a popular Mexican dish that can be served as a snack, appetizer, or main course. The perfect recipe for nachos includes, but is certainly not limited to, a huge plate of stacked tortilla chips topped with lots of melted cheese, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, and guacamole.
Nachos are an example of necessity being the mother of invention.  As the story goes, in 1943 a group of Army wives from Fort Duncan, in Eagle Pass, Texas, had gone over the border to Piedras Negros, Mexico, on a shopping trip. By the time they arrived at the Victory Club restaurant, the kitchen was closed. But the accommodating maître d’,  Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya (Nacho is a nickname for Ignacio), threw together a snack for the ladies from what was available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese. He cut the tortillas into triangles, added shredded Cheddar cheese, quickly heated them and garnished the dish with sliced jalapeño chilies. When asked what the tasty dish was called, he answered, “Nacho’s especiales,” Nacho’s Special.  Word about this tasty treat quickly spread throughout Mexico and Texas. Anaya went on to open his own nacho restaurant and his original nacho recipe was printed in St. Anne’s Cookbook in 1954.
You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to figure out how to celebrate this holiday. Simply enjoy some nachos today, either at a restaurant or make a batch at home.

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Orphan Sunday  

On this date in

  • 1832 – Joseph Smith, III, was born. He was the first president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was also the son of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism.
  • 1860 – Abraham Lincoln was elected to be the sixteenth president of the United States.
  • 1861 – Jefferson Davis was elected as the president of the Confederacy in the U.S.
  • 1869 – The first official intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick, NJ.
  • 1923 – Jacob Schick was granted a patent for the electric shaver.
  • 1935 – Edwin H. Armstrong announced his development of FM broadcasting.
  • 1952 – The first hydrogen bomb was exploded at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1962 – The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution that condemned South Africa’s racist apartheid policies. The resolution also called for all member states to terminate military and economic relations with South Africa.
  • 1965 – The Freedom Flights program began which would allow 250,000 Cubans to come to the United States by 1971.
  • 1977 – 39 people were killed when an earthen dam burst, sending a wall of water through the campus of Toccoa Falls Bible College in Georgia.
  • 1983 – United States Army helicopters dropped hundreds of leaflets over northern and central Grenada. The leaflets urged residents to cooperate in locating any Grenadian army or Cuban resisters to the U.S-led invasion.
  • 1984 – For the first time in 193 years, the New York Stock Exchange remained open during a presidential election day.
  • 1985 – Leftist guerrillas belonging to Columbia’s April 19 Movement seized control of the Palace of Justice in Bogota.
  • 1986 – Former Navy radioman John A. Walker Jr., was sentenced in Baltimore to life imprisonment. Walker had admitted to being the head of a family spy ring.
  • 1986 – Intelligence sources confirmed a story run by the Lebanese magazine Ash Shiraa that reported the United States had been secretly selling arms to Iran in an effort to secure the release of seven American hostages.
  • 1989 – In the hopes of freeing their hostages held in Iran, the United States announced that it would unfreeze $567 million in Iranian assets that had been held since 1979.
  • 1990 – About 20% of the Universal Studios backlot in southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.
  • 1991 – Kuwait celebrated the dousing of the last of the oil fires ignited by Iraq during the Persian Gulf War.
  • 1995 – Mark Messier scored his 500th NHL goal.
  • 1996 – Michael Jordan scored 50 points for the 29th time in his NBA career.
  • 1998 – The Islamic militant group Hamas exploded a car bomb killing the two attackers and injuring 21 civilians.
  • 1999 – Australian voters rejected a referendum to drop Britain’s queen as their head of state.
  • 2001 – In London, the “Lest We Forget” exhibit opened at the National Memorial Arboretum. Fred Seiker was the creator of the 24 watercolors. Mr. Seiker was a prisoner of war that had been forced to build the Burma Railroad, the “railway of death,” for the Japanese during World War II.
  • 2001 – In Madrid, Spain, a car bomb injured about 60 people. The bomb was blamed on Basque separatists.
  • 2001 – Ten people were executed in Beijing, China. The state newspaper of China said that all of the people executed were robbers and killers aged 20-23.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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