February 5th – I Saw a Butterfly, Flutter By

February 5, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Preface: Before I begin today’s post, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there is some sort of televised contest today involving a group of nationalistic zealots from New England and a cast of majestic birds of prey from Atlanta. Apparently, the prize for winning this contest is prestige…and some sort of gaudy bauble to wear on an appendage.
I am not a sports enthusiast and the outcome of this contest is of no consequence to me. However, it seems to me that everyone should be dismayed and appalled by the fact that a group of xenophobic ruffians is trying to eradicate an innocent species of fowl. So, if you consider yourself an eco-warrior and are concerned about the balance of nature, your only recourse is to enthusiastically support the majestic birds of prey and hope that they emerge victorious over their oppressors.

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is not an official holiday, but you would never know it by the way people act.  It is, by far, the most popular and most watched sporting event of the year in America. It draws more than 160 million viewers annually…or roughly half of the population of the United States.
As a consequence, it also demands the highest advertising prices. This year, a 30-second spot will cost between 5-million dollars and 5.5-million dollars, and that price is independent of which teams are playing. Advertising spots for the Super Bowl are sold long before the teams are decided. By comparison, the average price of a 30-second ad during Game 7 of this year’s historic World Series was just over $500,000, and the cost of a similar spot during the 2016 Oscars was about $2 million.
In addition to the game and its advertisements, another reason people watch the Super Bowl is the half-time show. It is a major production in and of itself featuring A-list celebrities, ‘pop icons’ and major rock and roll stars. So, you see, the Super Bowl has evolved into much more than just a football game. It is a cultural event with something for everybody.
As a side note, Super Bowl Sunday is the second-biggest food event in America, surpassed only by Thanksgiving. People consume 14,500 tons of chips and 8 million pounds of guacamole on Super Bowl Sunday…and that is just the chips & dip.

Now, to begin coverage of the real holidays today – assuming you have the time or energy to celebrate them.

Good morning butterfly buffs. Today is Sunday, February 5, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Western Monarch Day

Western Monarch Day does not refer to the Supreme Leader in Sacramento, but rather to the California Western Monarch Butterfly which makes its winter home in many State Parks along California’s Central Coast.
California Western Monarch Day was established by the state Legislature of in 2004. It celebrates the annual migratory return of the Western Monarch Butterfly to the central coast of California to spend the winter during October through March. Thousands of Western Monarch Butterflies overwinter on the California coast each year.  One of the most popular spots for the Western Monarchs is Pismo Beach, California. This link will enable you to learn more about Monarch Butterflies.

National Weatherman’s Day 

National Weatherman’s Day honors weathermen and woman who work hard to accurately predict the often fickle weather. Despite major technological advances and supercomputers, forecasting the weather is still a tricky and ever-changing business. Knowing the weather is important in so many ways. It affects how we dress, where we go, and even if we go. Space launches are made or delayed depending upon the weather. And, knowing the weather can save lives. The most obvious example is knowing when and where hurricanes or tornadoes may hit. According to the Air Force News, National Weatherman’s Day “commemorates the birth of  Dr. John Jeffries, one of America’s first weathermen”. Jeffries was born on Feb 5, 1744. He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816.
So, weather (oops – I mean whether) you are planning a family outing, a business trip, or just wondering how to appropriately attire your kids for school today, thank your local weatherperson for providing you with the information you’ll need to make an informed decision.

Doodle Day 

Doodle Day was created in 2004 to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy research and support. The tagline ‘Drawing a line through epilepsy’ heads the campaign. Participants take part by submitting their doodle, along with a small donation. The Doodle Day team then judges the doodles and awards prizes accordingly. Doodle Day is a celebration of all those idle sketches you make while on the phone, or in boring meetings. So, free your creative spirit and always have a notepad and pen or pencil close at hand in case you suddenly get the urge to doodle.

World Nutella™ Day

Gee, I wonder if this holiday is steeped in long-standing tradition, based upon the celebration of a religious ritual, or if it is commercially sponsored? Actually, World Nutella™ Day was created in 2007 by a blogger named Sara Russo because she loved Nutella™ and thought it deserved a special day. It caught on quickly and soon became a global phenomenon. In 2015, Sara transferred World Nutella™ Day to Ferrero (the makers of Nutella™) to help it live on and grow for years to come.
Nutella™ has been around since the 1940’s and continues to be a favorite of chocoholics the world over. There is just something about that rich combination of hazelnuts and decadent chocolate the gives Nutella™ it global appeal. If you like Nutella™, by all means, have some today.

Chocolate Fondue Day

Chocolate fondue is a rich, luscious and hot treat that is great for small gatherings of friends and family. It appeals to children and adults alike. It is simple to prepare. It’s light enough to provide sweetness, yet lavish enough to satisfy your cravings for decadence. The key to good fondue is good chocolate and good dippers. And good company, of course…fondue is a dish meant to share.
The word “fondue” is derived from the French word “fondre,” which means to melt. The dish originated in 19th century Switzerland as a way to use up hardened cheese. It became popular for dinner parties in the 1950s, but the chocolate dessert version using melted chocolate did not emerge until the 1960s. Chocolate fondue is a wonderful centerpiece for a party. Traditional dippers include fresh fruits such as apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, tangerines, pineapple, and kiwi fruit all pair well with the chocolate, as do small pieces of cookie or cake; and miscellaneous goodies like marshmallows and pretzels.
To celebrate Chocolate Fondue Day, start chopping and melting. The fruit isn’t going to chop itself and the chocolate won’t melt to a dipping consistency without some added heat.
Author’s Note: Chocolate fondue has been an Easter tradition in my family for years. What are some of your favorite fruits to dip into a chocolate fondue? My favorites are strawberries, pineapple, and bananas.

More Holidays

Dump Your Significant Jerk Day

National Shower with a Friend Day

Yorkshire Day  

On This Date

  • In 1783 – Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
  • In 1846 – “The Oregon Spectator”, based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.
  • In 1861 – Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine.
  • In 1881 – Phoenix, AZ, was incorporated.
  • In 1917 – Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 (Asiatic Barred Zone Act) with an overwhelming majority. The action overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto of the bill on December 14, 1916.
  • In 1931 – Maxine Dunlap became the first woman licensed as a glider pilot.
  • In 1937 – President Roosevelt proposed enlarging the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan failed.
  • In 1972 – Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
  • In 1988 – A pair of indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama’s military leader, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking.
  • In 1994 – White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, MS, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
  • In 1999 – Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.
  • In 2001 – It was announced the Kelly Ripa would be Regis Philbin’s co-host. The show was renamed to “Live! With Regis and Kelly.”
  • In 2003 – Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the United Nations concerning Iraq’s material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441.

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.

  • Felix Mendelssohn, 1809 – Composer.
  • Belle Starr, 1848 – Outlaw.
  • Andre-Gustav Citroen, 1878 – French industrialist.
  • Adlai Stevenson, 1900 – Politician.
  • John Carradine, 1906 – Actor.
  • Red Buttons, 1919 – Entertainer.
  • Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, 1934 – Baseball legend.
  • Stephen J. Cannell, 1940 – Producer.
  • Roger Staubach, 1942 – NFL quarterback.
  • Barbara Hershey, 1948 – Actress.
  • Nigel Olsson, 1949 – Drummer.
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, 1962 – Actress.
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