Peter Piper pecked a pic… Peter Piker piped a pep of… Oh, Never Mind!

November 13, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my tongue-tied friends. Today is Sunday, November 13th. The holidays today are:

International Tongue Twister Day:

International Tongue Twister Day touts the terribly torturous turns-of-phrase that tie our tongues in knots. It is always celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in November.
Tongue twisters are series of words or lighthearted phrases that seem simple enough – that is until you say them. The combination of the words and repetition of sounds make it nearly impossible to properly pronounce the entire phrase, especially when you repeat it over and over very quickly. “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” “A quick witted cricket critic.” “She sells seashells by the seashore” are prime examples. Tongue Twister Day is about fumbling through these awkward phrases in an attempt to improve annunciation and impress your friends.
Tongue twisters have both fascinated and vexed people throughout history. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most difficult tongue twister in the English language is: “The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick.” How many other tongue twisters can you think of? Which ones give you the most trouble?
To celebrate International Tongue Twister Day, read a rhyming book, practice some of your favorite tongue twisters with your friends and family, or try wrapping your tongue around some of these:

*Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
*Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
*She sells seashells by the seashore. The shells she sells are surely seashells. So if she sells shells on the seashore, I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
*Betty Botter bought a bit of butter to make her bitter batter better.
*Red rubber baby buggy bumpers bounce.
*How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
*The instinct of an extinct insect stinks.
*Three free throws.
*Bad money mad bunny.
*Toy boat. ( Try saying that one five times in a row)
*Selfish shellfish.
*Irish wristwatch.
*Red leather, yellow leather.
*The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick.
*Ed had edited it.
*Truly rural.
*Chop shops stock chops.
*Are our oars oak?
*Which witch wished which wicked wish?
*I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit: and on the slitted sheet, I sit.

Watch out for that last one, it could get you in trouble.
Factoid: Peter Piper is a historical figure. Pierre Poivre was a one-armed French pirate and horticulturist during the mid-1700’s. Poivre was notorious for stealing spice nuts (known as “peppers”) from Dutch trade ships and using them to plant his garden. On at least one occasion he stole half a bushel of nutmegs, which inspired the tongue twister we know and love today.

Actors’ Day:

Actors’ Day salutes those people whose job it is to entertain us every day. An actor (or actress) can make us laugh, cry, feel empathy or rage. It is their job to conjure up within us whatever emotion the author of the particular work they are performing intended to convey.
To celebrate this holiday, attend a play, watch a good dramatic television show, or go to a movie.

Start A Rumor Day:

Rumor has it that today is Start A Rumor Day. defines rumor as a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts; gossip or hearsay.
In Elementary school, we all had the classroom exercise where the teacher whispers something into the first student’s ear, then that student whispers it to the next student… until the last student repeats the statement. The statement that the last student recites is usually totally different from the teacher’s original statement. Each student thought they were passing along the statement along verbatim, but through unintentional  misinterpretation or misstatement, the statement was changed.
Celebrate this holiday by starting a rumor of your own. You’ll be surprised how much it has changed by the time it gets back to you.

World Kindness Day:

World Kindness Day is a holiday that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion and highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race religion, politics, gender. Celebrated annually across the world on November 13th.
To celebrate this holiday, just be kind to everyone you encounter today.

National Mom’s and Dad’s Day:

We already celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day separately. Today is the day to celebrate them as a unit. It is only fitting that mom and dads have a special day to celebrate everything that they do together for their family.

National Indian Pudding Day:

This is the third “National Indian Pudding Day” we’ve celebrated this year. We had one back in February and another one in June. I don’t know what makes them different because they all link back to the same sources.
Anyway, American Indian puddings are defined as a number recipes of native American Indian origin. Generally, they include molasses and cornmeal. Apples were often an ingredient. They were usually baked. It seems appropriate to hold this day in mid-November, as we approach Thanksgiving. Native Americans were very much a part of the first Thanksgiving feast. It is quite likely that these puddings were served, and enjoyed, at that first Thanksgiving.

On this date in:

  • 1775 – During the American Revolution, American forces captured Montreal.
  • 1789 – Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend in which he said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
  • 1805 – Johann George Lehner, a Viennese butcher, invented a recipe and called it the “frankfurter.”
  • 1927 – The Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing access between New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.
  • 1933 – In Austin, MN, the first sit-down labor strike in America took place.
  • 1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.
  • 1956 – The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.
  • 1971 – The spacecraft Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, Mars.
  • 1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • 1984 – A libel suit against Time, Inc. by former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon went to trial in New York.
  • 1986 – President Ronald Reagan publicly acknowledged that the United States had sent “defensive weapons and spare parts” to Iran. He denied that the shipments were sent to free hostages, but that they had been sent to improve relations.
  • 1994 – Sweden voted to join the European Union.
  • 1995 – Greg Maddox (Atlanta Braves) became the first major league pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards.
  • 1997 – Iraq expelled six U.N. arms inspectors that were United States citizens.
  • 1998 – Monica Lewinsky signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press for the North American rights to her story about her affair with President Bill Clinton.
  • 2001 – President George W. Bush signed an executive order that would allow for military tribunals to try any foreigners captured with connections to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. It was the first time since World War II that a president had taken such action.
  • 2009 – NASA announced that water had been discovered on the moon. The discovery came from the planned impact on the moon of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

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