Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

December 8, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning astral travelers. Today is Thursday, December 8th. The holidays today are:

Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day was created in 2007 by the Koala Wallop online community, but the dream of the human race one day being able to travel through time is much older than that. The first known mention of such a concept is in ancient Hindu mythology. In one of the stories, the King Revaita travels far away to met the creator, Brahma. Upon his return to his kingdom, he is shocked to find that many ages have passed during his relatively short absence. Time travel has also been brought up in the Talmud and early Japanese tales. A bit more recently, Charles Dicken’s’ “A Christmas Carol” tells us about how the main character, Ebeneezer Scrooge, is transported back and forth through time to witness various events, leading to his eventual change of heart towards mankind. And even more recently, the cult classic Back to the Future Trilogy depicts the adventures of American teen Marty McFly, as he travels both into the future and the past to right wrongs. As you can see, time travel has fascinated mankind for millennia.
In the spirit of fun, Here are a few ways you can celebrate this holiday.

  1. You could pretend to be from some future Utopian society where everything is perfect. Conflict has been eliminated, everyone has enough to eat and adequate shelter. All disease has been conquered and the weather is always perfect.
  2. Or…You could pretend to be from a future Dystopian society where the converse is true — where anarchy and constant conflict abound, famine is the norm, disease is rampant, nuclear winter covers the entire planet, and finding  any sort of shelter virtually impossible.
  3. Or…
    You could pretend that you are from a past era or civilization. Any one will do; Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Medieval times, the Renaissance, the Victorian era, the Wild West, or any other era or civilization that you desire.
  4. Or…
    You could pretend that you are in the present time, but trapped in  a parallel universe where nothing makes sense — Much like how I feel every time our current government make a decision these days.

Everyone needs to escape from reality sometimes. This holiday affords you the opportunity to do so. The only limits are your imagination; and, of course, pertinent and prevailing laws. Have a nice trip! See you tomorrow.

Take it in the Ear Day

Once again, the origins, history, and reason for Take it in the Ear Day are a mystery – and yet references to this whimsical holiday abound in many of my sources. Neither can I gain any enlightenment or insight from the text of these different sources. After wracking my brain for a considerable time, one possible explanation of this holiday occurred to me. Perhaps Take it in the Ear Day means that you should listen to what other people have to say…but there are far better ways of expressing that sentiment than with this obscure reference.
The only way Take it in the Ear Day make any sense to me is if someone made a typo when they were transcribing the title of this holiday, and inadvertently omitted the letter “R” from in front of the word “ear”. Then Take it in the Ear Day makes complete sense…especially when applied in the context of our current political climate.

National Christmas Tree Day

♫”It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”♫ – and with Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to celebrate National Christmas Tree Day . The Christmas Tree is one of the most iconic symbols of the holiday season…and if you don’t have yours decorated yet, it’s time to get started.
Picking out the perfect tree, stuffing it in the trunk or tying it to the roof of the car, dragging it inside the house and decorating it with tinsel, ornaments, and lights, is a beloved American tradition.  Live Christmas trees have been sold in America since the 1850’s. While only two percent of Americans head to the local woods or forest to chop down a tree, most of today’s Christmas trees are grown on farms. The best-selling trees are Blue spruce, Scotch pine, White pine, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Douglas fir and Balsam fir. About 33 million real trees are sold each year in the United States.
But the question remains – real or artificial?  While live trees provide a certain ambiance, artificial trees have grown in popularity over the years and are now available in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors. The first artificial trees were made in Germany in the 19th century. Goose feathers were dyed green, attached to wire branches then wrapped around a tree trunk made of a dowel rod. Most artificial trees today are made from PVC plastic and manufactured in China. Nearly 11 million faux trees were purchased in America in 2012. About 9.5 million faux trees are sold in the United States each year.
Once the holidays are over, it’s important to recycle those live trees. And most people, about 93 percent, do just that. Christmas trees are not only biodegradable but provide much-needed shelter for wildlife (please remove tinsel and other decorations which can be hazardous to our furry friends.)

National Chocolate Brownie Day

The brownie, one of America’s favorite baked treats, was born in the U.S.A. It is a relatively recent entry to the food lexicon. The recipe first appeared in print in the early 20th century in one of America’s most famous cookbooks, “Fannie Farmer’s Cookbook”, published in 1906.
Brownies are classified as either cookies or fudge, and either is correct. Since brownies are meant to be eaten with the fingers rather than a fork, they are nor classified as a cake. It’s fairly obvious that the brownie gets its name from its dark brown color.
To celebrate this holiday, make a batch of brownies today; either from scratch or from your favorite brownie mix.

On this date in  

  • 1776 – George Washington’s retreating army in the American Revolution crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
  • 1854 – Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. The theory holds that Mary, mother of Jesus, was free of original sin from the moment she was conceived.
  • 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
  • 1863 – Tom King of England defeated American John Heenan and became the first world heavyweight champion.
  • 1886 – At a convention of union leaders in Columbus, OH, the American Federation of Labor was founded.
  • 1941 – The United States entered World War II when it declared war against Japan. The act came one day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Britain and Canada also declared war on Japan.
  • 1949 – The Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa due to Communists pressure.
  • 1952 – On the show “I Love Lucy,” a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time.
  • 1953 – Los Angeles became the third largest city in the United States.
  • 1962 – Workers of the International Typographical Union began striking and closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike lasted 114 days and ended April 1, 1963.
  • 1980 – Zimbabwe’s manpower minister, Edgar Tekere, was found guilty in the killing of a white farmer. He was freed under a law that protected ministers acting to suppress terrorism.
  • 1982 – Norman D. Mayer, demanding an end to nuclear weapons, held the Washington Monument hostage. He threatened to blow it up with explosives he claimed were inside a van. Ten hours later he was shot to death by police.
  • 1984 – In Roanoke, Virginia, a jury found Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt innocent of libeling Reverend Jerry Falwell with a parody advertisement. However, Falwell was awarded $200,000 for emotional distress.
  • 1987 – President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty agreeing to destroy their nations’ arsenals of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
  • 1987 – The “intifadah” (Arabic for uprising) by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories began.
  • 1989 – Communist leaders in Czechoslovakia offered to surrender their control over the government and accept a minority role in a coalition Cabinet.
  • 1992 – Americans got to see live television coverage of U.S. troops landing on the beaches of Somalia during Operation Restore Hope. (Due to the time difference, it was December 9 in Somalia.)
  • 1993 – President Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • 1994 – Bosnian Serbs released dozens of hostage peacekeepers, but continued to detain about 300 others.
  • 1994 – In Los Angeles, 12 alternate jurors were chosen for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
  • 1997 – Jenny Shipley was sworn in as the first female prime minister of New Zealand.
  • 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that police could not search a person or their cars after ticketing for a routine traffic violation.
  • 1998 – The FBI opened its files on Frank Sinatra to the public. The file contained over 1,300 pages.
  • 1998 – The first female ice hockey game in Olympic history was played. Finland beat Sweden 6-0.
  • 1999 – In Memphis, TN, a jury found that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin.
  • 1999 – Russia and Belarus agreed in principle to form an economic and political confederation.
  • 2000 – Mario Lemieux announced to the Pittsburgh Penguins that he planned to return to the National Hockey League as a player at age 35. He would be the first modern owner-player in U.S. pro sports.

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