February 15th – Singles Awareness Day

February 15, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning satisfied singles. Today is February 15th. After the epic cavalcade of holidays yesterday, there are relatively few holidays today. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Singles Awareness Day  

Contrary to popular misconceptions, Singles Awareness Day declares to the world that there is nothing wrong with being single. It is not a holiday about self-pity but rather a chance to announce to the world that you are single and happy to be so.
There is no reason to bemoan that you are independent and unattached. To the contrary, there are quite a few benefits to being unattached. Singles can come and go as they please with no regard to a partner’s schedule, wants or needs. Singles also tend to be more self-reliant. There are more people in relationships than you might think who wish they were in your shoes, with nobody to answer to but themselves.
Singles Awareness Day is believed to have been started by Mississippi State University student, Dustin Barnes. It is a day to get together and do exactly what those with a “significant other” did yesterday. If you are “between relationships”, celebrate and enjoy the fact that you are unattached. Get together with other singles, or go out and meet some new people.  Who knows, you might be celebrating Valentine’s Day next year with someone you meet tonight.

St. Skeletor’s Day

St. Skeletor’s Day is another holiday for single people, but with a different twist. St. Skeletor was created in 1998 by British comedian Richard Herring Skeletor and is the antithesis of St. Valentine. St. Skeletor is dedicated to the destruction of love, cheesy greeting cards, and people with boyfriends or girlfriends.
Valentine’s Day is for lovers but many people don’t have anyone special to send them cards, flowers, or take them out…and they resent it. St. Skeletor’s Day was created with them in mind.
To celebrate St. Skeletor’s Day, do not buy any greeting cards today, no gifts, do nothing special.

National I Want Butterscotch Day

National I Want Butterscotch Day is observed on the day after Valentine’s Day and draws attention to the people who for some reason dislike chocolate and wish they received some other type of candy on Valentine’s Day.

Gumdrop Day

Gumdrop Day honors the popular, gelatin-based candy, gumdrops. Gumdrops have been a favorite candy for many decades. Gumdrops are a tasty, colorful, chewy candy made with gelatin and then coated with sugar. They come in a variety of flavors and can either be fruity or spicy. Besides enjoying them by the handful, there are many other ways to use gumdrops:

  • In cookies
  • Decorate cakes or cupcakes, or the ever-popular Gingerbread House.
  • In popcorn cake
  • For crafts
  • For gifts

Although disputed by some food experts, credit for the modern gumdrop goes to chemist and candy manufacturer Percy S. Truesdell. According to articles published after his death in 1948, he was the man responsible for taking what was once a hard, poorly flavored glob of sugar and turning it into the smooth, chewy delight we enjoy today. While at the University of Ohio, Truesdell altered the consistency of the of the candy by experimenting with the amount of starch used.
If you’re the “Suzie Homemaker” type, you can also make gumdrops yourself. All you need vegetable oil, sugar, corn syrup, fruit juice, powdered fruit pectin, baking soda and food coloring. Search online for recipes.
Nowadays, the shaped “Gummi” candies, which are the same gelatin base, are the most popular form of gumdrop type of candy. Since gumdrops are probably all that you can afford after straining your budget on Valentine’s Day yesterday, treat yourself to a few today. Be sure to have an ample supply of toothpicks close at hand.

More Holidays

National Hippo Day

Susan B. Anthony Day

On This Date

  • In 1764 – The city of St. Louis was established.
  • In 1799 – Printed ballots were authorized for use in elections in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • In 1842 – Adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time by the City Dispatch Post Office in New York City.
  • In 1879 – President Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • In 1898 – The USS Maine, a U.S. Navy battleship sank when it exploded in Havana Harbor for unknown reasons. Captain Charles G. Sigsbee and more than 260 other crew members were killed. Despite a lack of evidence, public opinion placed the blame on the Spanish. As a result, on April 25th, 1898, a formal Declaration of War was issued against Spain, thus beginning the Spanish-American War.
  • In 1903 – Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America. It was modeled after President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt.
  • In 1932 – George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “The Guy Lombardo Show” on CBS radio.
  • In 1933 – President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami. Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in the attack.
  • In 1946 – Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in the major leagues.
  • In 1965 – Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard.
  • In 1989 – After nine years of intervention, the Soviet Union announced that the remainder of its troops had left Afghanistan.
  • In 1995 – The FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick and charged him with cracking security in some of the nation’s most protected computers. He served five years in jail.
  • In 2002 – President George W. Bush approved Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste. {This reminds me of a joke: Why does Nevada have all the nuclear waste sites and Washington DC have all the lawyers? Answer: Nevada won the coin toss and got the first pick.}

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.

  • Galileo Galilei, 1564 – Astronomer.
  • Susan B. Anthony, 1820 – American suffragette.
  • Cesar Romero, 1907 – Actor.
  • Kevin McCarthy, 1914 – Character actor.
  • Harvey Korman, 1927 – Comedian.
  • Claire Bloom, 1931 – Actress.
  • Bill Bradley, 1938 – NBA star and Senator.
  • Jane Seymour, 1951 – Actress.
  • Melissa Manchester, 1951 – Singer.
  • Matt Groening 1954, – “The Simpsons”.
  • Chris Farley, 1964 – Comedian.

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