Start Your Own Country

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Good morning prospective potentates. Today is Tuesday, November 22, 2013. The holidays today are:

National Start Your Own Country Day:

The idea for National Start Your Own Country Day arose from the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. Its concept was to honor those free-spirited souls who dared to hope and believe in a better world where they too could declare any land their own.  This World’s Fair celebrated modern technology and when it first opened in April of 1939 the event was dubbed, “Building The World of Tomorrow.” It was an entertainment based answer to the depression that had hit the United States and the rising tension of the upcoming World War II. America needed hope and they found it in the World’s Fair where freedom from bureaucratically idiocy was championed.
Start Your Own Country Day brings up some interesting ideas about just how free the world really is and what it means to declare your independence.The concept of starting one’s own country is probably quite appealing to some right now. But there are a few things to consider before you renounce your citizenship and attempt to create your own fiefdom. First of all, it’s probably illegal, unless you already live on a private island with an indisputable title to said property. Secondly, where would you get such essential government services as police, fire, military, and medical upon which we rely. Where would you get your water and electricity? Yes, starting one’s own country is a bit more complicated than you might think.
Let’s assume for a minute that I wanted to start my own country and that I could overcome all of the obstacles outlined in the paragraph above. What is the first thing I would do? Well, since the term “President” has such a negative connotation these days, I would declare myself Exhaled Grand Poobah of my little empire. Naturally, I would need capital to fund my venture so I would need to find another country with deep pockets from which to borrow the money; China for instance. I would borrow about a hundred times the amount I could ever conceive of paying back so that I would have ample financial resources to cover the everyday government services of my new country and provide the incentive for others that I deem worthy to join me. Each year, I would pay the interest, and only the interest, on the debt and then borrow more money, and spend it on getting, even more, people to join me.  As my empire grew, I would need to take a portion of the money I give to my citizens and invest that into securing, even more, power for myself. WHAT? WAIT! THAT’S JUST CRAZY YOU SAY? You can’t run a country like that. Well yeah, I guess you’re right. Perhaps I should step back and re-think this a bit more, and try to come up with a more sane approach. Now, if we could only convince the Exalted Grand Poobah and his acolytes currently running this country to do the same, perhaps there wouldn’t be a need for a holiday like “National Start Your Own Country Day.”

Humane Society Anniversary Day:

A few people can make a difference. A small group of like-minded people concerned with animal welfare founded the Humane Society on Nov. 22, 1954. In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952, Dr. Albert Schweitzer noted that “compassion, in which ethics takes root, does not assume its true proportions until it embraces not only man but every living being.” This is the principle on which journalist Fred Myers and three others founded the Humane Society in Washington D.C. on this date in 1954. They wanted to address what they perceived as cruelties to animals on a national scale and to resolve animal welfare problems by applying strategies beyond the ability of local organizations.
Although the Humane Society does not maintain any local shelters or oversee local animal care and control agencies, it does provide assistance to shelters and sheltering programs. It also operates the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, which provides free veterinary services for animals in impoverished communities. The group’s current major campaigns target five issues: factory farming, animal fighting, the fur trade, puppy mills, and wildlife abuse. Wikipedia has a more detailed explanation of the origins of the Humane Society and the role it plays in protecting animals.

Go For a Ride Day:

As the holiday season approaches, life becomes even more chaotic and stressful. Take a breather, and go for a relaxing ride. You don’t need a destination to enjoy this holiday, and you can certainly bring your family or friends along for the ride.
Of course, your family car isn’t the only mode of transportation in which you can take a ride. You can take a ride in an airplane, a boat, or a bus. You can ride your motorcycle, your bike, or your horse. If there is snow where you live, you can ride your snowmobile, or take a sleigh ride. Heck, if you can someone willing enough (and strong enough), you can take a piggy-back ride. The point of this holiday is to take a ride in ,or on, something today; and to relax while enjoying the ride.

Speaking of transportation, here are a few things transportation-related which also happened to occur on this date.

* Nov. 22, 1904: Mathias Pfatischer of Philadelphia, Pa. received a U.S. patent for “the first direct current, interpole, electric motor.”

* Nov. 22, 1927: Carl J.E. Eliason of Saynor, Wisconsin patented the snowmobile.

* Nov. 22, 1977: “Regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis.”

National Cashew Day:

Just as peanuts are actually legumes and not nuts, Cashews are not technically classified as nuts either. Rather they are seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree.” Because of this, cashews boast less fat than most other nuts. They are also rich in magnesium, needed for strong bones. And, they can help prevent those dreaded gallstones.
Although cashews are popular in Thai, Indian, and Chinese cuisines, they are actually native to Brazil. The Portuguese exported them to the region during the 16th century, and they have been widely cultivated in India and Africa ever since. Today, India and East Africa are the world’s largest producers of cashews.
The cashew family includes cashew, sumac, varnish tree, smoke tree, mombin, kafir plum, mango, pistachio, Peruvian pepper tree and poison ivy. You almost never see cashews for sale in the shell because between the outer and inner shells covering the nut is an extremely caustic oil. The outer shell must be roasted or burned off with the oil (the smoke is also an irritant). The kernels are then boiled or roasted again, and a second shell is removed.
With that said, parts of the cashew tree can be used for medicinal and manufacturing purposes. Acid from the cashew nutshells is effective in healing tooth abscesses and the tree’s seeds can be ground up into a powder and used as an antivenom for snake bites. The oil from the nutshells is used in brake linings as well as in rubber and plastic materials.
Whether you like them plain, salted, roasted, or coated in sugar, cashews are a delicious treat, so enjoy some today…either by themselves or included in one of your favorite dishes.
Factoid: According to, there are currently 14 people in the United States with the last name ‘Cashew’.

Cranberry Relish Day

National Cranberry Relish Day is celebrated annually on November 22nd and for some reason is celebrated one day before National Eat a Cranberry Day.
Cranberry Relish is believed to have originated in the New England States during the early 1900’s and has become a traditional part of many families Thanksgiving dinner.
There are many different recipes for cranberry relish and it seems that every family has their own favorite. The common ingredient, of course, is cranberries. Other ingredients may include apples, oranges, pineapple, sugar, salt, pecans, orange zest, lemon juice and brandy.
Make some cranberry relish today – just make sure you make enough to serve with your Thanksgiving dinner as well.

On this date in:

  • 1718 – English pirate Edward Teach (a.k.a. “Blackbeard”) was killed during a battle off the coast of North Carolina. British soldiers cornered him aboard his ship and killed him. He was shot and stabbed more than 25 times.
  • 1880 – Lillian Russell made her vaudeville debut in New York City.
  • 1899 – The Marconi Wireless Company of America was incorporated in New Jersey.
  • 1906 – The International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin adopted the SOS distress signal.
  • 1909 – Helen Hayes appeared on stage for the first time.
  • 1910 – Arthur F. Knight patented a steel shaft to replace wood shafts in golf clubs.
  • 1928 – In Paris, “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel was first performed publicly.
  • 1935 – The first trans-Pacific airmail flight began in Alameda, CA when the flying boat known as the China Clipper left for Manila. The craft was carrying over 110,000 pieces of mail.
  • 1942 – During World War II, the Battle of Stalingrad began.
  • 1943 – President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss the measures for defeating Japan.
  • 1950 – The lowest scoring game in the NBA was played. The Fort Wayne Pistons (later the Detroit Pistons) defeated the Minneapolis Lakers (later the Los Angeles Lakers) 19-18.
  • 1963 – President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, TX. Texas Governor John B. Connally was also seriously wounded. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated as the 36th U.S. President.
  • 1967 – The U.N. Security Council approved resolution 242. The resolution called for Israel to withdraw from territories it had captured in 1967 and called on adversaries to recognize Israel’s right to exist.
  • 1972 – President Richard M. Nixon lifted a ban on American travel to Cuba. The ban had been put in place on February 8, 1963.
  • 1974 – The U.N. General Assembly gave the Palestine Liberation Organization observer status.
  • 1975 – “Dr. Zhivago” appeared on TV for the first time. NBC paid $4 million for the broadcast rights.
  • 1983 – The Bundestag approved NATO’s plan to deploy new U.S. nuclear missiles in West Germany.
  • 1984 – Fred Rogers of PBS’ “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” presented a sweater to the Smithsonian Institution.
  • 1985 – Anne Henderson-Pollard was taken into custody a day after her husband Jonathon Jay Pollard was arrested for spying for Israel.
  • 1985 – 38,648 immigrants became citizens of the United States. At the time, it was the largest swearing-in ceremony in United States history.
  • 1986 – Attorney General Edwin Meese’s office discovered a memo in Colonel Oliver North’s office that included an amount of money to be sent to the Contras from the profits of weapons sales to Iran.
  • 1986 – Mike Tyson became the youngest boxer to hold the world heavyweight boxing title. He was only 20 years and 4 months old.
  • 1988 – The South African government announced it had joined Cuba and Angola in endorsing a plan to remove Cuban troops from Angola.
  • 1990 – President George H.W. Bush, his wife, Barbara, and other congressional leaders shared Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.
  • 1990 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced she would resign.
  • 1993 – Mexico’s Senate overwhelmingly approved the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • 1994 – Inside the District of Columbia’s police headquarters a gunman opened fire. Two FBI agents, a city detective and the gunman were killed in the gun battle.
  • 1994 – In northwest Bosnia, Serb fighters set villages on fire in response to a retaliatory air strike by NATO.
  • 1998 – CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired a tape of Jack Kevorkian giving lethal drugs in an assisted suicide of a terminally ill patient. Kevorkian was later sentenced to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder.
  • 2005 – Angela Merkel was elected as Germany’s first female chancellor.

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