February 9th – Read in the Bathtub Day

February 9, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning hygienic bibliophiles. Today is Thursday, February 9, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Read in the Bathtub Day

There are many simple pleasures in life, but very few holidays that give you license to celebrate more than one at a time. Read in the Bathtub Day lets you enjoy a good book, a hot bath, and some peace and quiet all at the same time. If you want to have your hands free for, perhaps, a glass of wine, you may want to invest in a bathtub reading caddy (yes, they exist…just Google it). Make your book selection wisely…and enjoy your soak in the tub.
The origins of Read in the Bathtub Day are obscure at best. I could not glean any information about when, why, where, or by whom this holiday was created. However,  I suspect that a corporate conspiracy between bathtub manufacturers and publishing companies is to blame.

Toothache Day

The medical term for a toothache is odontalgia, and almost everyone has had a toothache at one time or another in their life, regardless of how meticulous their dental hygiene regimen. Toothache Day is not a day to celebrate toothaches, but rather a day to learn more about their causes and ways to prevent them.
There are many causes for toothaches such as cavities, gum disease, the emergence of wisdom teeth, a cracked tooth, infected dental pulp, jaw disease, or exposed tooth root. A toothache may also be a symptom of diseases of the heart, such as angina or a myocardial infarction, due to referred pain.
Use Toothache Day to examine your own dental care regimen to ensure that you are doing all that you can to maintain healthy teeth and gums. You only get one set of teeth, so take care of them. 

National Develop Alternative Vices Day

National Develop Alternative Vices Day is an internet generated holiday. As nearly as I can gather from the sparse information available about this holiday, it urges you to try to turn your vices into positive coping mechanisms. Or, I guess that you could take National Develop Alternative Vices Day literally and develop a few alternative vices to replace some of those vices you already have…or to add to the list of vices you already have. OK, now I’m more confused than ever. None of this makes any sense to me either.

Bagel Day (formerly Bagels and Lox Day)

A bagel topped with lox (thinly sliced cured salmon) is an iconic Jewish-American dish. Once found only in New York delis, this delicious sandwich is now popular all across the country.
Bagels originated in Poland in the early 17th century. From their humble beginnings, bagels have grown into a billion-dollar-plus industry annually here in America alone.
Bagels are the only type of bread that is boiled before it is baked. This gives bagels their signature crispness on the outside and softness on the inside.
Bagels symbolize the circle of life. Lox, which symbolizes the saltiness of tears, is an entirely American invention. It became a popular sandwich filling in the mid-1800’s when the transcontinental railroad began shipping barrels of salted salmon to the East Coast. For more information on bagels, click this link.

Pizza Pie Day

The history of pizza as we know it today is relatively recent. As far back as 8,000 B.C., mankind knew how to mix flour with water into a dough, season it with herbs, and heat it on a hot stone to create a flatbread. The earliest recorded making of cheese began about 5,500 B.C. However, the key element that turned baked flat bread with toppings and cheese into the delicious round delight that we know today as pizza – was the tomato.
Tomatoes were introduced to Europe in the 16th century via the Americas. As a member of the Nightshade family of plants, tomatoes were believed by many Europeans to be poisonous. However, during a famine in the 18th century, the starving poor gambled and ate the fruit. No one was poisoned; in fact, a delicious new foodstuff was discovered. The poor in the area around Naples then added tomato to their flat bread, often serving it as their main meal with melted cheese and anchovies or other toppings plentiful to their region. Thus, the pizza was born.

More Holidays

Chocolate Day

On This Date

  • In 1825 – The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president. (No candidate had received a majority of electoral votes).
  • In 1861 – The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis as its president.
  • In 1870 – The United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service.
  • In 1894 – The Hershey Chocolate Company was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While the Hershey brand is known worldwide for its chocolate products, the company’s creator, Milton Hershey, actually found his first success with a different confection – caramels.
  • In 1895 – Volley Ball was invented by W.G. Morgan.
  • In 1900 – Dwight F. Davis put up a new tennis trophy to go to the winner in matches against England. The trophy was a silver cup that weighed 36 pounds. It is now known as “The Davis Cup”.
  • In 1932 – America entered the 2-man bobsled competition for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games held in Lake Placid, NY.
  • In 1942 – Daylight-saving “War Time” went into effect in the United States.
  • In 1943 – During World War II, the battle of Guadalcanal ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.
  • In 1950 – Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists.
  • In 1960 – The first star was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was for Joanne Woodward.
  • In 1969 – The Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight.
  • In 1997 – “The Simpsons” became the longest-running prime-time animated series. “The Flintstones” held the record previously.

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.

  • William Henry Harrison, 1773 – 9th POTUS.
  • Ronald Colman, 1891 – Actor.
  • Brian Donlevy, 1899 – Actor.
  • Carmen Miranda, 1909 – Singer/dancer/actress.
  • Bill Veeck 1914 — Baseball promoter, franchise owner.
  • Ernest Tubb 1914 — Country music singer, songwriter (aka The Texas Troubadour)
  • Gypsy Rose Lee, 1914 – Burlesque entertainer.
  • Kathryn Grayson 1922 — Actress, opera singer.
  • Roger Mudd, 1928 – Journalist.
  • Jo Ann Prentice, 1933 –  LPGA.
  • Janet Suzman, 1939 – Actress.
  • Barry Mann, 1942 – Songwriter.
  • Carole King, 1942 – Singer/songwriter.
  • Joe Pesci, 1943 – Actor.
  • Barbara Lewis, 1943 – Singer.
  • Alice Walker 1944 – Author (“The Color Purple”)
  • Mia Farrow, 1945 – Actress.
  • Major Harris 1947  — R&B singer (the Delfonics).
  • Judith Light 1949 – Actress.
  • Charles Shaughnessy, 1955 – Actor.
  • Travis Tritt, 1963 – Country singer.
  • Julie Warner 1965 – Actress.
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