Alascattwhatalo Day?

November 21, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, November 21st. Good morning fans of humorous mythical creatures. Today’s holidays are:

Alascattalo Day

Alascattalo

Alascattalo Day is celebrated on November 21st every year. It is a day to honor humor in general and Alaskan humor in particular. The day is named after it’s mascot, the Alascattalo, a genetic cross between a walrus and a moose. Reminiscent of the Jackalope of western United States lore, an Alascattalo is a mythical creature conceived 25 years ago by Steven C. Levi, a commercial writer who works in Anchorage Alaska. Each year since a parade has been held on this date to honor the creature. The parade is not publicized and attendance is discouraged. Attendees are shunned, so if you do attend, you are required to wear a disguise; such as  “Groucho glasses, a Zorro mask, or perhaps even an Alascattalo costume. Mr. Levi describes it as “the longest running shortest parade in American history.” The parade runs one block in an alley behind Club Paris, a local comedy club in Anchorage. An award is given for the smallest and ugliest float (must be both to win). Mr. Levi even went so far as to have an asteroid named after the Alascattalo.
If, for some odd reason you are unable to attend the Alascattalo Day festivities in Anchorage, do not despair. There are a number of other holidays are listed below from which you can choose.

World Television Day

World Television Day doesn’t concern your TV set. Nor, does it celebrate the first television broadcast, the date television was invented, or the person who invented it.
World Television Day, is a holiday created by, believe it or not, the United Nations in 1996. It focuses on the contributions television makes in disseminating information to the huddled masses. This link will take you to their website, where you can read the verbose UN vernacular they use to convey the same information I so succinctly and articulately outlined for you in the previous sentence.

World Hello Day

World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973.  Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.
World Hello Day emphasizes the need to use communication rather than violence or war to resolve conflict.  As a global event, World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace. It is an instrument for preserving peace and makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.  Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, work together to promote this annual global event.|
To celebrate this holiday, simply say hello to ten people today.

False Confession Day

False Confession Day encourages you do confess to something that’s untrue. I must admit that I am baffled by this holiday. I can’t think of any reason to confess to something that you didn’t do. I guess that some confessions are told to protect someone else. I do remember one episode of “The Brady Bunch” where the other five children confessed to breaking their mother’s vase so that Peter could go on a planned camping trip, but that plot was thwarted in the end.
If you decide to celebrate this holiday, you need to keep a few things in mind. According to The Innocence Project, “innocent defendants made incriminating statements, delivered outright confessions or plead guilty” in about 25 percent of DNA exoneration cases. So if you are going to confess to something you didn’t do, keep the confessions light and fun so you don’t create waves of discontent at home or in the workplace. Avoid any confessions related to crime and the law or you may find yourself in real trouble. You could also play “Three Lies and a Truth” on your favorite social network and keep your friends guessing.

Gingerbread Day

Gingerbread, like hamburgers and Grape Nuts, is a misnomer. It is a tasty treat that bears little resemblance to bread at all. Gingerbread is most commonly made into cakes and cookies. According to Foodtimeline, Gingerbread dates back to  Medieval times. It was called  gingerbras (meaning preserved ginger).
After the publication of the Grimm  Brothers’ story “Hansel and Gretel”, German bakeries began to capitalize on the story’s popularity by offering elaborately decorated gingerbread houses with icing snow on the roofs, along with edible gingerbread Christmas cards and finely detailed molded cookies; and gingerbread houses and gingerbread men were born.
Recipes for gingerbread cookies were brought to America by German immigrants. They were popular in early American cookbooks. The cookies became popular, especially around the Christmas season.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some gingerbread today.

National Stuffing Day

Everyone knows what stuffing is and has their own favorite recipe, so I won’t bore you with those details. Many foods can be stuffed such as poultry, fish, pork chops, different types of vegetables, and even eggs, but, due to the timing of this holiday, I’m pretty sure that National Stuffing Day refers to the stuffing you’ll be having with your turkey in a few days.
As alluded to earlier, there are many different varieties of stuffing that include a variety of different ingredients that provide for some originality, but almost all stuffings have at their core some type of dry bread, celery, and onions. From there, you can experiment with different ingredients to suit your individual taste. Why not use some cranberry or orange juice to moisten the bread rather than, or in addition to, the traditional chicken broth? Both pair well with poultry.
National Stuffing Day serves as a reminder to make sure that you have all of your ingredients on hand to make your favorite stuffing.

Pumpkin Pie Day

I don’t believe in coincidence, so the timing of this holiday has to be on purpose. Pumpkin Pie is the classic dessert for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. It consists of a sweet, pumpkin filling, often flavored with spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, which is baked into a flaky pie shell. Again, it serves as a reminder to make sure that you have all of the ingredients on hand to make your pies for Thanksgiving.
Factoid: The world’s largest pumpkin pie weighed in at over 350 pounds. It was made with roughly 36 pounds of sugar, 144 eggs, and 80 pounds of pumpkin. I have no idea how they baked it.

On this date in

  • 1620 – The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620.
  • 1783 – The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris.
  • 1789 – North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1871 – M.F. Galethe patented the cigar lighter.
  • 1877 – Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.
  • 1922 – Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the United States Senate.
  • 1934 – The New York Yankees purchased the contract of Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.
  • 1942 – The Alaska highway across Canada was formally opened.
  • 1963 – President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, TX. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas.
  • 1973 – President Richard M. Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.
  • 1979 – The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked by a mob that set the building afire and killed two Americans.
  • 1980 – An estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to find out “who shot J.R.” on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Kristin was the character that fired the gun.
  • 1980 – 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
  • 1982 – The National Football League resumed its season following a 57-day player’s strike.
  • 1985 – Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested after being accused of spying for Israel. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
  • 1986 – Attorney General Edwin Meese was asked to conduct an inquiry of the Iran arms sales.
  • 1987 – An eight-day siege began at a detention center in Oakdale, LA, as Cuban detainees seized the facility and took hostages.
  • 1989 – The proceedings of Britain’s House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
  • 1992 – Senator Bob Packwood, issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he’d made unwelcome sexual advances toward 10 women in past years.
  • 1993 – The House of Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the 51st state.
  • 1995 – France detonated its fourth underground nuclear blast at a test site in the South Pacific.
  • 1999 – China announced that it had test-launched an unmanned space capsule that was designed for manned spaceflight.
  • 2000 – The Florida Supreme Court granted Al Gore’s request to keep the presidential recounts going.

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