January 23rd – Something Is Afoot

January 23, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning foot fetishists. Today is Monday, January 23, 2017. Today’s reason to celebrate are:

Measure Your Feet Day

When was the last time you took a proper measurement of your feet? Today is Measure Your Feet Day. Why? I don’t know. My sources offered no explanation for why Measure Your Feet Day exists, nor when, or by whom it was created. Perhaps it has something to do with shoe retailers or Podiatrists. Who knows?
As a young man, I was advised to buy comfortable, well-fitting shoes, and not to worry so much about style and fashion trends; and that you should measure your feet every time you buy a new pair of shoes. Now that I am on the north side of 60, it is advice to which I wish I had paid more strident attention.
People rarely think about their feet, but they are a vital part of our everyday lives and require as much care as any other part of our bodies. Making sure that you have shoes that actually fit your feet is one of the best ways to keep them healthy and prevent problems from occurring.
Did you know that about 60% of people have different sized feet, with the left foot usually being the larger by up to a half-size? Below are a few more interesting facts about feet.

  • All babies have flat feet.
  • 25% of the bones in your body are in your feet.
  • One human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and 250,000 sweat glands.
  • The average person walks about 10,000 steps each day.
  • Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails.
  • In America, the most common shoe size for women is 8 1/2 – for men, it is 10 1/2.
  • Stinky feet aren’t caused by sweat. They are the result of odor-causing bacteria that get trapped by socks and shoes. The bacteria then thrive in the moist, warm environment and begin to stink.
  • Your feet are actually larger at the end of the day. This is due to increased blood flow from walking. [This is why it is recommended that when you shop for shoes, you should do so in the afternoon].

National Handwriting Day

In 1977, the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association created this holiday as a reminder of the importance of handwriting. It is celebrated on the 23rd of January because that is the birthdate of John Hancock, whose signature on the Declaration of Independence is the most prominent and is perhaps the most famous signature of all time.
The hand-written letter, note or document is fast becoming a thing of the past. It seems that the art of elegant (or even legible) handwriting is under threat of extinction. Handwriting is a true art form and one of the few ways we can uniquely express ourselves. There’s something exhilarating about grasping a writing instrument and feeling it hit the paper as your thoughts flow through your fingers and transform into words on paper. Take advantage of National Handwriting Day and use a pen or a pencil to rekindle that creative feeling through a handwritten note, poem, letter or journal entry…and no ‘printing’. Use cursive, that is if you can still remember how in these days of computers and keyboards. [They taught penmanship in school for a reason.]

National Pie Day

National Pie Day was created by the American Pie Council in 1986 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Crisco shortening.
While the French have the reputation as the great pastry makers, it was the Egyptians who worked out the details of early pastry. The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age. The Greeks and Romans were also early pastry pioneers. Pastry was further developed in the Middle East and brought to Europe in the 7th century. In medieval Northern Europe, the traditional use of lard and butter instead of oil for cooking hastened the development of pies and the stiff pie pastry was used to provide a casing for the various fillings. By the 17th century, flaky and puff pastries were in use, developed by French and Italian Renaissance chefs; and pastry began to become highly decorated, with pastry chefs working intricate patterns on the crusts.
As you can see, pies have a long and illustrious history, although until relatively recently, they were of the savory meat and vegetable variety. The sweet filled treats we enjoy today didn’t emerge until the late 1800’s. These featured the ingredients we’re accustomed to today; such as apples, peaches, berries, etc. By the 1940’s, the pie had become the iconic American dessert.
If you like pie, and frankly who doesn’t, then National Pie Day is the day to enjoy a slice, or two, of your favorite. Do you prefer a decadent slice of rich cheesecake, a slice of a flaky-crusted fruit pie, or a slice of a banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, or chocolate cream pie in a graham cracker crust? My answer is YES PLEASE!
Authors Note: Extra points if you bake the pie yourself. Why not be innovative and attempt to create your own pie flavor? I experimented with a Cranberry-Pear pie over Thanksgiving a few years ago, and it was delicious. It is now one of my family’s favorites.

Better Business Communication Day – 4th Monday in January

Community Manager Appreciation Day  – 4th Monday in January

On This Date

  • In 1556 – An earthquake in Shanxi Province, China, is estimated to have killed about 830,000 people.
  • In 1789 – Georgetown College (now Georgetown University) was established as the first Catholic college in the United States. The school is in Washington, DC.
  • In 1845 – Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. {In my opinion, election day should be held on the first Saturday and Sunday after the April 15th Income Tax deadline.  The polls should be open for 24 hours,  from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday}.
  • In 1849 – English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree. It was from the Medical Institution of Geneva, NY.
  • In 1907 – Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.
  • In 1920 – The Dutch government refused the demands from the Allies to hand over the ex-kaiser of Germany.
  • In 1937 – In Moscow, seventeen people went on trial during Josef Stalin’s “Great Purge.”
  • In 1943 – Duke Ellington and the band played for a black-tie crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.
  • In 1943 – The British captured Tripoli from the Germans.
  • In 1950 – The Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • In 1960 – The U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste descended to a record depth [at the time] of 35,820 feet (10,750 meters) in the Pacific Ocean.
  • In 1964 – Ratification of the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was completed. This amendment eliminated the poll tax in federal elections.
  • In 1968 – North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation’s territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.
  • In 1971 – In Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the united states was reported as minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In 1973 – President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
  • In 1975 – “Barney Miller” made his debut on ABC-TV.
  • In 1977 – The TV mini-series “Roots,” began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel.
  • In 1978 – Sweden banned aerosol sprays because of damage to the environment. They were the first country to do so.
  • In 1983 – “The A-Team” debuted on TV.
  • In 1985 – O.J. Simpson became the first Heisman Trophy winner to be elected to pro football’s Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.
  • In 1989 – Surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in Spain at age 84.
  • In 2001 – A van used by the remaining two fugitives of the “Texas 7” was recovered in Colorado Springs, CO. A few hours later police surrounded a hotel where the convicts were hiding. Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody the next morning without incident.
  • In 2002 – John Walker Lindh returned to the United states under FBI custody. Lindh was charged with conspiring to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorists and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban while a member of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization in Afghanistan.

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.

  • John Hancock 1737 – First signer of the Declaration of Independence, President of the first and second Continental Congresses, 1775-1777
  • Joseph Nathan Kane 1899 – Non-fiction writer, journalist
  • Randolph Scott 1903 – Actor
  • Dan Duryea 1907 – Actor
  • David Duncan 1916 – Photojournalist
  • Ernie Kovacs 1919 – Comedian
  • Ray Abrams 1920 – Jazz saxophonist
  • Marty Paich 1925 – Musician, composer, arranger, record producer, music director, and conductor
  • Jeanne Moreau 1928 – Actress, singer, screenwriter, and director
  • Chita Rivera 1933 – Singer, dancer, actress
  • Lou Antonio 1934 – Actor and TV director
  • Johnny Russell 1940 – Country singer/songwriter
  • Gil Gerard 1943 – Actor (television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
  • Rutger Hauer 1944 – Actor
  • Anita Pointer 1948 – Singer (The Pointer Sisters)
  • Richard Dean Anderson 1950 – Actor (MacGyver, Stargate SG-1)
  • Bill Cunningham 1950 – Musician (The Box Tops)
  • Robin Zander 1953 – Musician (Cheap Trick)
  • Caroline Louise Marguerite 1957 – Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • Gail O’Grady 1963 – Actress and producer
  • Mariska  Hargitay 1964 – Actress (Law and Order: SVU)
  • Marc Nelson 1971 – Singer, songwriter (Boyz II Men)
  • Tiffany-Amber Thiessen 1974 – Actress (Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell)

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