That’s Absurd

November 20, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my logical friends. Today is Sunday, November 20, 2013. Today’s featured holiday is:

National Absurdity Day

National Absurdity Day is a holiday to just let go of logic and reason and see how much more fun it is to revel in nonsense and illogical behavior. This holiday was created as a day to recall and note some of the totally and absolutely absurd things in history, in our country and in our lives. We’ve all engaged in absurd behavior at some point in our lives, but with maturity comes wisdom and responsibility, and most of us outgrow our absurd behavior. Today, we are all encouraged to just go with the flow and do whatever absurd things that come to mind. Wear that gaudy tie you got for Christmas last year. Wear different colored socks. Wear that lavender leisure suit that has hung in your closet since 1968. Wear both suspenders and a belt… etc, etc. Don’t be shackled by the bonds of convention and “normalcy”. Don’t worry about what others may think, this is your day to stand out from the crowd. Feel free to do things that you have always wanted to do, but that make absolutely no sense at all. Like misery, absurdity loves company, so urge your friends to do likewise on this absurd day.
Alas, no one is better at absurd behavior than our current gaggle of elected officials. To them, every day is National Absurdity Day. That is the only possible explanation for some of the irrational and illogical laws that are being passed which seek to control every aspect of our daily lives.

Name Your PC Day

Anyone who has owned a computer knows that each computer has a unique personality; sometimes operating like a well-oiled machine doing exactly what you tell it to do, and other times conspiring against you to thwart your every move. If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time on your computer, so why not give it a name. I would tell you what I call my computer, but I don’t use words like that in mixed company. Suffices to say that because I’m a troglodyte and have a hard time with technology in general, it isn’t complementary.

Universal Children’s Day

In 1954, that the United Nations adopted a resolution that each country should institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. This explains why there are so many different “Children’s Day” observances each year.
The date, November 20th, marks the anniversary of the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

Africa Industrialization Day

Within the framework of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa (1991-2000), the UN General Assembly, in 1989, proclaimed 20 November Africa Industrialization Day (resolution 44/237). The Day is intended to mobilize the commitment of the international community to the industrialization of Africa.
This year’s Africa Industrialization Day highlights the crucial role of job creation and entrepreneurship in eradicating poverty.

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Peanut butter has been a staple in American kitchens for more than a century. It can be served in a sandwich, mixed with ice cream, combined with chocolate, or whipped into fudge. Peanut butter fudge is the perfect treat for anyone with a sweet tooth and a love for rich, decadent desserts.
According to legend, the origin of fudge can be traced back to the 1800’s when people used the word “fudge” to mean “cheat” or “mess up.” One day, a chef accidentally “fudged” a batch of caramel he was trying to make, inventing the delicious confection we know and love it today.
Fudge is now made in many heavenly flavors, including the rich peanut butter variety. Try your hand at making a homemade batch of Peanut Butter Fudge today. Recipes are available online.

Africa Industrialization Day

Beautiful Day

Transgender Day of Remembrance

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

On this date in:

  • 1789 – New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
  • 1818 – Simon Bolivar formally declared Venezuela independent of Spain.
  • 1873 – Budapest was formed when the rival cities of Buda and Pest were united to form the capital of Hungary.
  • 1901 – The second Hay-Pauncefoot Treaty provided for construction of the Panama Canal by the United States.
  • 1943 – During World War II, U.S. Marines began their landing on Tarawa and Makin atolls in the Gilbert Islands.
  • 1945 – Twenty-four Nazi leaders went before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • 1959 – Britain, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Sweden met to create the European Free Trade Association.
  • 1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis ended. The Soviet Union removed its missiles and bombers from Cuba and the United States ended its blockade of the island.
  • 1962 – Mickey Mantle was named the American League Most Valuable Player for the third time.
  • 1969 – The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase out of the substance.
  • 1970 – The majority in U.N. General Assembly voted to give China a seat, but two-thirds majority required for admission was not met.
  • 1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to address Israel’s parliament.
  • 1983 – An estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie “The Day After.” The movie depicted the outbreak of nuclear war.
  • 1986 – Dr. Halfdan Maher, the director of the World Health Organization, announced the first coordinated global effort to fight the disease AIDS.
  • 1987 – Police investigating the fire at King’s Cross, London’s busiest subway station, said that arson was unlikely to be the cause of the event that took 31 lives.
  • 1988 – Egypt and China announced that they would recognize the Palestinian state proclaimed by the Palestine National Council.
  • 1989 – Over 200,000 people rallied peacefully in Prague, Czechoslovakia, demanding democratic reforms.
  • 1990 – Saddam Hussein ordered another 250,000 Iraqi troops into the country of Kuwait.
  • 1990 – The space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, FL, after completing a secret military mission.
  • 1992 – A fire seriously damaged the northwest side of Windsor Castle in England.
  • 1993 – The Senate passed the Brady Bill and legislation implementing NAFTA.
  • 1995 – Princess Diana admitted being unfaithful to Prince Charles in an interview that was broadcast on BBC Television.
  • 1998 – Afghanistan’s Taliban militia offered Osama bin Laden safe haven. Osama bin Laden had been accused of orchestrating two U.S. embassy bombings in Africa and later terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.
  • 1998 – Forty-six states agreed to a $206 billion settlement of health claims against the tobacco industry. The industry also agreed to give up billboard advertising of cigarettes.
  • 2001 – The Justice Department headquarters building was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy building by President George W. Bush. The event was held on what would have been Kennedy’s 76th birthday.

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