January 22nd – Answer your Cat’s Questions Day

January 22, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning all you cool cats. Today is Sunday, January 22, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Answer your Cat’s Questions Day

Have you ever wondered what your cat is thinking, or why your furry companion acts a certain way or starts meowing at you for no apparent reason? What unsolved mysteries does your feline friend ponder as they stare quizzically into space? And exactly how are you supposed to determine exactly which of the great mysteries of the universe your cat is trying to solve anyway? If you could communicate with your cat, you would probably find that the questions foremost on their mind are pretty basic, like “What’s for dinner?” or “Why haven’t you changed the litter in my litter box yet?”
Cats are pensive, yet curious by nature, it’s part of their appeal to true cat lovers. And if you are a cat person, you know that a lowly life form such as yourself could never fully comprehend the vast array of questions that your cat is contemplating, such as “How did humans ever evolve to be the top of the food-chain?” or “What if I had opposable thumbs?”
Cats have a long and illustrious history of cohabitation with humans. Historians believe that cats were domesticated as early as 12,000 years ago – yet we still don’t fully understand each other.
Author’s Note: If cats ruled the world, humans would be subservient and be forced to cater to their every whim – not unlike now! So, just be thankful that your cat chose you to honor with their presence.

Celebration Of Life Day 

Celebration Of Life Day is a holiday to take a step back and truly appreciate our children and grandchildren. Most of us do this on an everyday basis anyway, but this holiday is an opportunity to look at our young ones’ lives from a different angle, think about what it is that makes them truly special.
It can be easy to forget that our children and grandchildren are people in their own right. You’ve helped them to discover themselves over the years, but you can’t take all the credit. Their life choices are ultimately up to them; sometimes they’ll do you proud, and other times, as is the case with us all, they’ll make mistakes. So be the one who is there to offer congratulations or encouragement to pick themselves up when they fall. And above all else, as cheesy as it may sound, show them that they are loved.

Come In From The Cold Day

Come In From The Cold Day is another one of those holidays that is open to interpretation. I could not glean any information from my sources about the purpose of this holiday, or when, why or by whom it was created.
Since it is the middle of winter, its meaning could be construed as literal; come in from the cold and warm yourself. But, its meaning could also be interpreted in the abstract. According to “The Free Dictionary”, if someone comes in from the cold, they become part of a group or an activity which they were not allowed to join before. There is also a definition meaning: to be accepted by society. Some also attribute a spiritual or religious connotation to this holiday – come in from the cold and save your soul. Then there is the idiom of the secret agent who “comes in from the cold” – meaning that he breaks his cover and rejoins his organization. So, I guess you are on your own with this one.

National Blonde Brownie Day

Blonde brownies are similar to the traditional brownies known almost everyone, except, in place of the cocoa, brown sugar is used, giving it a sweet molasses flavor. Some people add white chocolate or chocolate chips to their blonde brownies or other things like nuts, toffee, or butterscotch. Blonde brownies are usually prepared unfrosted as the brown sugar flavor tends to be sweet enough, but they are also often topped with caramel sauce.
I found no found documentation about the origins of National Blonde Brownie day, however, it is thought that they were invented in Upper Sandusky, Ohio in the mid-twentieth century. Recipes for blonde brownies can be found in recipe books dating back into the 1940’s and perhaps even a bit earlier.
I’m a purist when it comes to brownies. They’re called ‘brownies’ because they are brown, and chocolate is what gives them their color and their flavor. Although blonde brownies sound delicious, they are not brownies to me. And, what was wrong with traditional brownies anyway? Obviously, blonde brownies were created by some subversive, chocolate-hating malcontent intent on destroying the world. Unless you’re being forced to at gunpoint, why on Earth would you voluntarily omit the one ingredient that makes brownies worthwhile – chocolate, and why would you substitute brown sugar?  Jeez, if you want yellow cake, have yellow cake. Just please, don’t be all pretentious and call it a Blonde Brownie.

National Hot Sauce Day

Humans started using chili peppers and other such spices thousands of years ago. In South and Central America, there is evidence for chili peppers being used for cooking as early as 6,000 years ago, but they didn’t reach Europe until the 16th century when Portuguese and Spanish explorers began sending all sorts of unusual foods from the New World back home.
National Hot Sauce day urges you to heat up your kitchen, and spice up your life, by celebrating the flavorful, diverse, and ever-growing world of hot sauces. The first hot sauce to be available in a bottle appeared in shops in the state of Massachusetts in the year 1807, and it caught on quickly. Tabasco sauce is one of the earliest brands of hot sauce and it still exists today. It was first bottled and sold for the first time in 1868. But, the days when your only option was Tabasco Sauce are long gone. Today, there is a burgeoning market for a wide variety of hot sauces – from local favorites to new national brands, such as Sriracha sauce and Habanero Hot Sauce, that are trying to carve their own niche in the market. Many restaurants now feature their own ‘house brands’ of hot sauce, many of which are also available for sale at their restaurant.
No matter which hot sauce you favor, give that bottle an extra shake (or two) today when the occasion arises.

Dance of the Seven Veils Day

On This Date

  • In 1666 – Shah Jahan, a descendant of Genghis Khan and Timur, died at the age of 74. He was the Mongol emperor of India that built the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz-i-Mahal
  • In 1771 – the Falkland Islands were ceded to Britain by Spain.
  • In 1874 – A patent was issued to Samuel W. Francis for the spork. [And you probably thought that  Colonel Sanders invented the spork].
  • In 1879 – James Shields began a term as a Senator from Missouri. He had previously served as a Senator from Illinois and as a senator from Minnesota. He was the first Senator to serve three states.
  • In 1879 – British troops were massacred by the Zulus at Isandhlwana.
  • In 1901 – Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for nearly 64 years. Edward VII, her son, succeeded her.
  • In 1903 – The Hay-Herrán Treaty was signed by Secretary of State John M. Hay and his Colombian counterpart.  The treaty granted the United States rights to the land proposed for the Panama Canal.
  • In 1917 – President Wilson pleaded for an end to the war in Europe, calling for “peace without victory.” America entered the war the following April.
  • In 1930 – In New York, excavation began for the Empire State Building.
  • In 1944 – Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy, during World War II.
  • In 1947 – KTLA, (Channel 5) in Hollywood, CA, began operation as the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River.
  • In 1950 – Alger Hiss, a former adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, was convicted of perjury for denying contacts with a Soviet agent. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
  • In 1951- Fidel Castro was ejected from a Winter League baseball game after hitting a batter. He later gave up baseball for politics.
  • In 1957 – Suspected “Mad Bomber” George P. Metesky was arrested in Waterbury, CT. He was accused of planting more than 30 explosive devices in the New York City area.
  • In 1961 – Wilma Rudolph, set a world indoor record in the women’s 60-yard dash. She ran the race in 6.9 seconds.
  • In 1962 – Cuba’s membership in the Organization of American States (OAS) was suspended. One of the results of Fidel Castro’s entry into politics.
  • In 1968 – “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”, debuted on NBC-TV.
  • In 1970 – the first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 began in New York City and ended in London about 6 1/2 hours later.
  • In 1973 – Joe Frazier lost the first fight of his professional career to George Foreman. He (Frazier) had been the undefeated heavyweight world champion since February 16, 1970.
  • In 1973 – The Supreme Court struck down state laws that had restricted abortions during the first six months of pregnancy. The case (Roe vs. Wade) legalized abortion.
  • In 1983 – Bjorn Borg retired from tennis. He had set a record by winning 5 consecutive Wimbledon championships.
  • In 1984 – Apple introduced the Macintosh during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII.
  • In 1997 – The Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state.
  • In 1998 – Theodore (Ted) Kaczynski pled guilty to federal charges for his role as the Unabomber. He agreed to life in prison without parole.
  • In 2000 -Elian Gonzalez’s grandmothers met privately with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as they appealed for help in removing the boy from his Florida relatives and reuniting him with his father in Cuba.
  • In 2001 – Acting on a tip, authorities captured four of the “Texas 7” in Woodland Park, CO, at a convenience store. A fifth convict killed himself inside a motor home.
  • In 2002 – Lawyers suing Enron Corp. asked a court to prevent further shredding of documents due to the pending federal investigation.
  • In 2002 – AOL Time Warner filed suit against Microsoft in federal court seeking damages for harm done to AOL’s Netscape Internet Browser when Microsoft began giving away its competing browser.
  • In 2002 – Kmart Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy making it the largest retailer in history to seek legal protection from its creditors.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals…and about 20 million other people.

  • Sir Francis Bacon 1561 – English philosopher, statesman, scientist
  • Lord George Byron 1788 – Poet
  • Beatrice Webb 1858 – Sociologist, economist, labor historian – coined the term “collective bargaining”.
  • D. W. Griffith 1875 – Early American film director
  • Frederick Vinson 1890 – Politician (served the United States in all three branches of government: House of Representatives, Secretary of the Treasury, and Supreme Court Chief Justice)
  • Ann Sothern 1909 – Actress
  • Sam Cooke 1931 – Singer, songwriter
  • Piper Laurie 1932 – Actress
  • Bill Bixby 1934 – Actor
  • Joseph Wambaugh 1936 – Author
  • John Hurt 1940 – Actor
  • Teddy Gentry 1952 – Country musician  (Alabama)
  • Steve Perry 1953 – Musician  (Journey)
  • Chris Lemmon 1954 – Actor  (son of Jack Lemmon)
  • Linda Blair 1959 – Actress
  • Michael Hutchence 1960 – Musician, singer, songwriter (INXS)
  • Diane Lane 1965 – Actress
  • Olivia d’Abo 1967 – Actress, singer
  • Balthazar Getty 1975 – Actor
  • Christopher Kennedy Masterson 1980 Actor
  • Beverley Mitchell 1981 – Actress

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