February 27th – It’s a No Brainer

February 27, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning intellectuals. Today is Monday, February 27, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

No Brainer Day

You won’t be needing your intellect today because today is No Brainer Day. By definition, a ‘no brainer’ is a task so simple that it requires little or no conscious thought to accomplish. The term no brainer originated in engineering jargon as a way to describe something that should be obvious to anybody but soon evolved into everyday vernacular.
No Brainer Day urges you to stop over analyzing things, stop second-guessing yourself, and to just relax and take it easy. If a project requires thinking, study, or analysis of any kind, put it off until tomorrow. Today is the day to do all of those simple, easy, obvious, and/or logical tasks that you have put off because they’re “no brainers”. Don’t even think about doing anything else.
Factoid:  In a study conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, neuroscientists found that the human brain could process images that had been flashed before the person for as little as 13 milliseconds.

Polar Bear Day

Polar Bear Day was created in 2011 to create awareness of the plight of polar bears due to loss of habitat. In 2008, polar bears were classified as a ‘threatened species’ under the Endangered Species Act. The new classification will strengthen already existing regulations concerning the killing of polar bears and the importing of related products to the United States.
Polar Bears are impressive hunters and are the world’s largest carnivores. They can reach up to nine feet tall when standing erect and weigh up to 1400 pounds. They have large front paws, which are slightly webbed, used to paddle as they swim. They have a warming layer of fat which is covered by their thick coat of insulating fur which helps them live in the colder environments. Polar Bears are native to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. Seals and fish are their primary source of food.
The easiest way to celebrate Polar Bear Day is a visit to a nearby zoo that has a Polar Bear Exhibit. Other ways to celebrate include researching polar bears online or at the library and watching a documentary on polar bears on TV.
Author’s Note: I strongly recommend that you do not attempt to celebrate Polar Bear Day by visiting them in their native habitat (especially wearing a seal skin coat). The reasons for this are threefold.

  1. They are huge.
  2. They are carnivorous.
  3. Right now it’s flippin’ cold where they live.

Anosmia Awareness Day  

Anosmia Awareness Day was created to increase awareness of anosmia — the loss of the sense of smell — which affects over six million Americans and many millions more worldwide.
Many physicians, including those who specialize in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat disorders), have little understanding of the underlying biological mechanisms that cause the loss of our sense of smell. Researchers are using a variety of methods, including stem cell research, to try to determine the causes of anosmia and discover effective treatments.
Our sense of smell is more valuable than one might think. It is often the first indicator that there is danger…for instance smelling smoke when there is a fire. It is also linked to the pleasure centers in our brains…the aroma of a bouquet of roses, the aroma of ozone after a rain, the aroma of a candy shop, etc. I can’t even conceive a life without the sense of smell. 

Shrove Monday

Shrove Monday, sometimes known as Collop Monday, is the Monday before Ash Wednesday every year and is a part of the English traditional Shrovetide celebrations of the week before Lent. Shrove Monday events of the New Orleans and Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras, date back to the 19th century. However, since the late 20th century, they have been named Lundi Gras (“Fat Monday”). In layman’s terms, it signals that Easter is nigh upon us.
The British name for Shrove Monday, Collop Monday, relates to the traditional dish of the day, consisting of slices of leftover meat (collops of bacon) along with eggs. It is eaten for breakfast and is part of the traditional Lenten preparations. In addition to providing a little meat, the collops were also the source of the fat for the following day’s pancakes. The word collop, here, is taken to mean a small piece of bacon. In general, it is used to refer to a small piece of meat.
The term Shrove Monday is no longer widely used in the United States or Canada outside of liturgical traditions, such as in the Lutheran, Anglican, and Roman Catholic Churches. The whole process for determining the date on which Easter, and therefore Lent, fall each year is complicated, and I can’t even begin to explain the correlation between the two. This link may help you.
Author’s note: Not being religious, the only way I know that Easter is approaching is when the chocolate hearts in stores are replaced with Peeps and chocolate bunnies.

National Strawberry Day

Strawberries are a unique berry in that its seeds grow on the outside of the fruit instead of the inside as do most berries. Food historians generally believe that strawberries were first cultivated in ancient Rome. In the United States, strawberries were first cultivated during the mid-1830’s in Massachusetts. Today strawberries grow in every US state and Canadian province.
Strawberries are not only are they delicious, but they are also fragrant. – not surprising, they belong to the rose family. There are over 600 varieties of strawberries and they are an excellent source of Vitamin C and are also a good source of folic acid, potassium, and fiber. Strawberries contain only 55 calories and zero fat and cholesterol in a 1 cup serving.
While the best season for strawberries is from late April to August, they can be grown year-round in temperate climates as long as they are protected from freezing.
Below are a few strawberry picking and preserving tips:

  • Pick fully ripe berries. Strawberries don’t continue to ripen if picked too early like bananas or pears.
  • Don’t overfill your container. Berries are tender and can bruise easily.
  • Don’t wash the fruit until you are ready to eat. Strawberries are susceptible to mold and washing will speed up spoilage.
  • The best time to pick strawberries is on cool, cloudy days, but if they will be eaten right away, any time is perfect!
  • If you pick more than you can eat before they spoil, strawberries freeze very well. Pluck off the green caps and toss into a freezer bag. Use for smoothies, ice cream or cake toppings.

National Kahlua Day

Kahlua is a rich, creamy, rum-based, coffee-flavored liqueur from Mexico. People enjoy it straight up, on the rocks, and mixed in coffee or cocktails (like the White Russian). Kahlua is also used to flavor desserts such as ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes. The word “Kahlua” means “house of the Acolhua people” in the Nahuatl language. A company named Domecq has produced the drink since 1936 and named it for the native people of Veracruz. Kahlua is made with rum, Mexican coffee, sugar, and vanilla.

On This Date

  • In 1801 – The city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction.
  • In 1827 – New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.
  • In 1867 – Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet.
  • In 1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine.
  • In 1896 – The “Charlotte Observer” published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm. It was the first X-ray photograph to ever appear in a newspaper.
  • In 1922 – The Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.
  • In 1939 – The Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.
  • In 1951 – The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting United States Presidents to two terms.
  • In 1973 – The American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied Wounded Knee in South Dakota.
  • In 1974 – “People” magazine was first issued by Time-Life (later known as Time-Warner).
  • In 1981 – Chrysler Corporation was granted an additional $400 million in federal loan guarantees. Chrysler had posted a loss of $1.7 billion in 1980.
  • In 1982 – Wayne B. Williams was convicted of murdering two of the 28 black children and young adults whose bodies were found in Atlanta, GA, over a two-year period.
  • In 1990 – The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  • In 1991 – President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that “Kuwait is liberated.”
  • In 1997 – Ireland finally legalized divorce.
  • In 1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agreed to give a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end of 1,000 years of male preference.
  • In 2002 – Twenty people working at Logan International Airport in Boston, MA were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges.

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.

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – Poet.
  • Hugo Black, 1886 – Supreme Court Justice.
  • John Steinbeck, 1902 – Writer.
  • Franchot Tone, 1905 – Actor.
  • Joan Bennett, 1910 – Actress.
  • Joanne Woodward, 1930 – Actress.
  • Elizabeth Taylor, 1932 – Actress.
  • Ralph Nader, 1934 – Consumer advocate.
  • Howard Hesseman, 1940 – Actor.
  • Mary Frann, 1943 – Actress.
  • Debra Monk, 1949 – Actress.
  • Adam Baldwin, 1962 – Actor.
  • Chelsea Clinton, 1980 – Former First Daughter.
  • Josh Groban, 1981 – Singer.

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