January 7th – Rock On!

January 7, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

January is one of the newer months to the calendar we know today. It was named after the God of Beginnings and transitions, Janus.  In Latin, Januarius means the month of Janus.  It was added to the calendar with 29 days around 713 BC by King Numa Pompilius to conform with the lunar calendar. Julius Caesar gave it the 31 days when he created the Julian Calendar, and it still has 31 days after the transition to the modern Gregorian calendar. 

Old Rock Day

Good morning old rockers. Today is Saturday, January 7th.

Contrary to popular belief, Old Rock Day does not celebrate the “classic rock & roll” tunes from a bygone era. Instead, it celebrates those bits of mineral matter of variable composition, consolidated or unconsolidated, assembled in masses or considerable quantities in nature, as by the action of heat or water.
But wait, what? I’m baffled. Aren’t all rocks old? Old Rock Day is another holiday that has no information available regarding the reason that it is celebrated, who created it, or why it is celebrated on this date. It is, however, listed in most of my sources, so I pass it on to you.
People have admired the beauty of old rocks for years. Whether it is a majestic rock formation you’ve visited, or merely that uniquely shaped pebble you found in your backyard, along the river bank, or at the beach, old rocks hold a special place in our hearts.
Geology, the study of solid Earth, has been around since at least ancient Greece in the 4th century B.C. In the 1800s, William Smith started developing a way to organize the different layers of rocks in the Earth by the fossils contained in them, but, to this day, we still don’t have the Earth completely figured out.
Lapidary, the art of creating things out of rocks, has been around since the Stone Age. Stone Age people made tools and weapons out of old rocks [yes, rocks were ‘old’ even back then]. These days, lapidary is a popular hobby, but people no longer make tools and/or weapons, but turn rocks into jewelry and other trinkets which they sell at flea markets and other similar venues.
By definition, fossils are old rocks, as are gemstones, and coal (in both its forms). Some old rocks are valuable because of their beauty, others are valuable because of their scarcity, and still others are valuable merely because they have sentimental value to you. You can celebrate Old Rock Day in any manner you see fit. Rock On!

International Programmers’ Day

International Programmers’ Day is the day to give thanks to all the geeks and nerds out there who give us the new technology that makes our lives so much easier. Right? Personally, I don’t know whether to thank them or strangle them. For troglodytes like me, the information ‘superhighway’ is more like a cul-de-sac and I see no reason to celebrate the people who keep “innovating” technology that I can’t comprehend anyway.
Although women hold only 25% of all professional IT jobs in the United States, the first computer programmer in history was a British countess named Ada Lovelace. She was a mathematician and wrote the first algorithm intended for a computer so you can celebrate that I guess. Yea Women!

I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day

I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day is a day to let is all out. The holiday season is over, and you are back to the daily grind…and it’s already getting to you. Upset at the traffic, or the never-ending frigid weather, or your cable TV’s customer service, or that you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas? Well, let out a primal scream and get on with your life. Welcome back to real life.

National Pass Gas Day

On the heels of yesterday’s National Bean Day, National Pass Gas Day celebrates (yep, you guessed it) flatulence, farts, vitriolic vapor, breaking wind, et al.  Certain high-fiber foods such as beans, broccoli, and cabbage may make people gassier than others. Whether intentional or accidental, silent or otherwise, everyone lets one rip from time-to-time. In fact, according to Dr. Billy Goldberg, the average person pass gas 14 times a day.
Since I’ve already dipped my toe into this stinky stream of thought, I may as well just plunge in all the way. Here are some more fun fart facts:

  • Farts get their noxious smell from just 1% of the gas you expel. — Ninety-nine percent of a fart is composed of odorless gasses. The remaining 1% — usually sulfurous, like dimethyl sulfide and methanethiol — give farts their pungent aroma.
  • On average, you’ll pass about half a liter of gas a day.
  • Some of the food that cause flatulence are good for you. — Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beans, broccoli, cabbage, and bran are the most common culprits. Fructose, the sugar found in fruit, and dairy products also cause more flatulence.
  • Yes, some of these foods also cause smellier farts. — Food like eggs and meat can cause stinkier farts because they are rich in sulfur.
  • Farts have been clocked at speeds of up to 10 feet per second. — That’s nearly 7 mph.
  • Ladies, you’re just as guilty as the gentlemen when it comes to ripping one. — Women produce the same amount of flatulence as men.
  • Believe the hype. Flatulence is flammable. — Don’t try it at home.
  • There are ways to control the amount of gas you expel. Taking your time when you eat, eating smaller meals, staying calm, and exercising, can all help reduce the amount of gas you pass.
  • There’s a reason not all farts sound the same. —  Flatulence varies in sound due to a variety of factors, namely, the amount of gas, the force at which it is expelled, and the tightness of the sphincter muscles.
  • Holding in farts IS NOT dangerous to your health. — But it can cause unnecessary cramps and pain.
  • All the humans that have ever lived have released approximately 17 quadrillion farts. — OK, so it’s not highly scientific, but when you multiply the average number of farts per day by the estimated number of humans ever to have lived, by average lifespan, by 365, you come up with the 17 quadrillion number.

National Tempura Day

Tempura is a delicious and popular Japanese dish made with lightly battered vegetables and seafood. Tempura batter is made with cold water and wheat flour. Some recipes also call for eggs, baking soda, oil, or spices for extra flavoring. A traditional tempura will usually include shrimp, scallops, eggplant, green beans, sweet potato, mushrooms, or bamboo.
Although tempura is a staple in Japanese cuisine, the original cooking technique is actually attributed to the Portuguese, who landed in Japan in the sixteenth century to establish new trade routes. The word “tempura” is also related to the European roots of the dish. It comes from the Latin phrase “quattuor tempora” meaning “Ember Days.” This term refers to the days when Catholics eat fish or vegetables instead of meat.
To celebrate National Tempura Day, try making your own tempura at home. A simple Google search will yield myriad recipes for tempura batter. Or, you can simple head out to your favorite Japanese restaurant.

Harlem Globetrotter Day

Bobblehead Day

Distaff Day

Orthodox Christmas Day

 

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