March 18th – Well, Now That’s Awkward

March 18, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my awkward acquaintances. Today is Saturday, March 18, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Awkward Moments Day  

The consumption of alcohol can often lead to some awkward moments, which is why I think that it is no coincidence that Awkward Moments Day is celebrated on the day after St. Patrick’s Day…a holiday where people often party and drink to excess. While the creators of this holiday are unknown, perhaps whoever created this holiday thought that people should embrace all the awkward moments in their lives and laugh at them.
Whether it is saying something totally inappropriate at the wrong time, calling someone by the wrong name, tripping over something, or just doing something really dumb, everyone has, at one time or another, had an awkward moment. Celebrate the humor in life’s uncomfortable situations. Realize that those awkward moments that make you feel unsure or embarrassed are actually opportunities to harness the power of humor, laughter, and fun. Today is the day to just accept the fact that they are unavoidable, and move on with your life. After all, it is these moments that make the best stories and life lessons for the kids and the grandkids.
Awkward Moments Day is a holiday where you are meant to share an awkward moment from your life with your family and friends.  You can all laugh, and you may discover that you are not the only awkward person in your family or circle of friends.

National Biodiesel Day

Biodiesel is a clean-burning, domestically produced fuel which is derived from 100% renewable sources such as soybeans, canola, and mustard seed. Rudolph Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine, was born on this date in 1858, which is why today is Biodiesel Day. [Rudolph] Diesel was also a pioneer in the development of non-petroleum based fuels as far back the late 19th century. Today, great strides are being made in biodiesel technology. Now, if only scientists would only develop a way to expand the technology to include the use of malted beverages as a fuel, maybe we could use all of that green beer left over from St. Patrick’s Day to help save the planet.

National Quilting Day   

The National Quilting Association started National Quilting Day in 1991 and is celebrated on the third Saturday in March. Their members passed a resolution at the 22nd Annual Show in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June of that year. It celebrates fabulous quilts and those who make them.
National Quilting Day is a holiday to recognize and appreciate the skill of quilt makers, and basque in the warmth and comfort their labors provide. Some quilts are literally ‘works of art’. If you are a quiltmaker, give yourself a pat on the back. If you are not a quiltmaker, consider taking up quilting as a hobby.

Goddess of  Fertility Day

Goddess of Fertility Day celebrates Aphrodite and the numerous other gods and goddesses of fertility from ancient cultures. In ancient times, many cultures had multiple gods and goddesses. Each one represented various aspects of life. The ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite is by far the most well-known goddess of fertility. People would pray and make offerings to Aphrodite when seeking to create a family.
If you are looking to procreate, today might be a perfect time. However, if you are looking to avoid the unexpected pitter-patter of little feet, today may be a good day to practice abstinence.

Forgive Mom and Dad Day

Parenting is an enormously challenging task and although some parents are better than others. At some point as adults, we need to stop blaming our parents for everything that has gone wrong in our lives and accept some responsibility for our own actions. Forgive Mom & Dad Day encourages us to stop living our lives as a reaction to what used to be, and concentrate more on the reality of what is.
Many of us may well have had crappy parents, but it’s time to stop dwelling on how bad they were and how they totally screwed up our lives, and take action to undo whatever perceived damage they may have done. Your parents’ behavior is only one factor in how you turned out. Society, your friends, your teachers, and many other factors all influenced your development as an individual. so blaming your parents for everything is just nonsense. Accept the fact that there may have been extenuating circumstances, such as money problems or marital strife, which caused your parents to behave in the manner that you perceive as “bad”. The first step is forgiveness. Forgive you parents for whatever mistakes they may have made and move forward.

Supreme Sacrifice Day

Supreme Sacrifice Day honors those individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice for society — Servicemen, law enforcement, and everyday people who have given their lives to benefit society or save the life of someone else in need. These heroes deserve a special day to honor their memory, and this holiday serves that purpose.
Take time out today to reflect and offer thanks and appreciation to those who made the supreme sacrifice for you…perhaps some of these people were even friends or members of your own family.

Maple Syrup Saturday

Maple Syrup Saturday is always celebrated on the third Saturday in March. Pure maple syrup is a natural food that contains nothing artificial, no additives, no colorings, or preservatives. The main sugar in pure maple syrup is sucrose, but small amounts of fructose and glucose can be found in the darker grades of syrup too.
It takes about 40 gallons of raw sap to create one gallon of syrup. “Sugaring season” lasts only a short six weeks in late winter…which is why, I guess, that those nasty “imitation” maple syrups are necessary.

National Corndog Day

National Corndog Day is a holiday that celebrates the corn dog – a hot dog coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter, then deep-fried or baked. National Corndog Day is celebrated in March of every year on the first Saturday of March Madness (aka the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship). It started in 1992 in Corvallis, Oregon by Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley. The first celebration was informal and involved only corndogs and basketball. It gradually spread to other cities. By 2007, parties celebrating National Corndog Day occurred at 113 locations in more than 30 states, the District of Columbia and Australia. In 2008, participation increased to nearly 5, 000 parties on five continents, including one at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Celebrations now also include tater tots and beer to go with the corn dogs.
On March 16, 2012, Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber issued a Proclamation recognizing National Corndog Day.
Corn dogs started out as a sausage or hot dog baked or deep-fried in a cornmeal breading and served as a sandwich. Their heritage comes from sausage makers of Germany who immigrated to Texas in the 1800’s. These German Texans found that their sausages were not well received, and it’s said that they innovated and dipped their sausages in a delicious breading and fried it. The first record of the corn dog is from 1927 when a patent was submitted to the US Patent Office — And the rest, as they say, is history. In the late 1930’s or early 1940’s, corn dogs became a convenient fair food when someone came up with the idea of putting them on a stick before being deep-fried. Fair goers could then eat their corn dog while taking in the exhibits.
The convenience of corn dogs and other fried foods on a stick continues today. From sports arenas to amusement parks, fairs and concerts, Americans can get their corn dogs and dipping sauces to go and not miss out on a moment of the action.
Author’s Note: Note: I am aware that corn dog is actually two words, but in the National Day Calendar, corndog is spelled as one word.

National Sloppy Joe Day

National Sloppy Joe Day is observed each year on March 18th. One of America’s all-time favorite “go to” hot sandwiches, Sloppy Joes are usually made with ground beef, onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, cola or maple syrup to sweeten it and seasonings to spice it, all served up on a hamburger bun or roll.
There are different claims to the origin of the sloppy joe. In Havana, Cuba in the 1930’s there was a genuine bartender who gained popularity with vacationers who went by the name of Sloppy Joe. He earned his name for his less than enthusiastic way of cleaning the bar. He was, however, an attentive bartender, and the bar was a hot spot for the jet set. However, no mention is found in papers from the era of a hot sandwich on the menu matching the description of a Sloppy Joe, and Sloppy Joe retired to Spain in 1933. Another claim on the sandwich at the Ye Olde Tavern Inn by Abraham and Bertha Kaled in Sioux City, Iowa that had a loose meat sandwich on their menu in 1934. Whoever brought the Sloppy Joe to the world, it was made more convenient in 1969 when Hunt’s Foods put Sloppy Joes in a can and called it Manwich.
Sloppy Joes lend themselves well to originality and personality. Today many families have their own “secret recipes” for Sloppy Joes that make them special. Whether it’s an unusual spice, a novel ingredient for sweetening or a homemade tomato sauce, the basic Sloppy Joe recipe can easily be modified according to your personal taste.
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out how to celebrate National Sloppy Joe Day.

Oatmeal Cookie Day

Oatmeal cookies have been around since the late 1800’s. They originated in England and evolved from a savory oatcake to the sweet treat we enjoy today. In the Middle Ages, soldiers carried oatcakes with them as a way to get a quick boost of energy during battle. Although our modern-day version is much sweeter, oatcakes and oatmeal cookies share many of the same ingredients including spices, nuts, and raisins.
Oats are an excellent source of iron and fiber.
Most oatmeal Cookies are drop cookies – cookies made from a relatively soft dough that is dropped by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. During baking, the mounds of dough spread and flatten.

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On This Date

  • In 1541 – Hernando de Soto observed the first recorded flood of the Mississippi River.
  • In 1673 – Lord Berkley sold his half of New Jersey to the Quakers.
  • In 1692 – William Penn was deprived of his governing powers.
  • In 1813 – David Melville patented the gas street light.
  • In 1818 – Congress approved the first pensions for government service.
  • In 1834 – The first railroad tunnel in the U.S. was completed. The work was in Pennsylvania.
  • In 1850 – Henry Wells & William Fargo founded American Express.
  • In 1874 – Hawaii signed a treaty giving exclusive trading rights with the islands to the United States.
  • In 1881 – Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth opened in Madison Square Gardens.
  • In 1891 – Britain became linked to the continent of Europe by telephone.
  • In 1892 – Lord Stanley of Preston pledged to donate a challenge cup for the best ice hockey team in Canada. Today, the Stanley Cup is the world’s most prestigious ice hockey trophy.
  • In 1905 – Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt were married.
  • In 1909 – Einar Dessau of Denmark used a shortwave transmitter to become the first person to broadcast as a “ham” operator.
  • In 1911 – Theodore Roosevelt opened the Roosevelt Dam in Arizona. It was the largest dam in the U.S. at the time.
  • In 1911 – North Dakota enacted a hail insurance law.
  • In 1922 – Princeton and Yale played the first intercollegiate indoor polo championship.
  • In 1931 – Schick Inc. displayed the first electric shaver.
  • In 1942 – The third military draft began in the U.S. because of World War II.
  • In 1945 – 1,250 U.S. bombers attacked Berlin.
  • In 1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was ratified.
  • In 1954 – RKO Pictures was sold for $23,489,478. It became the first motion picture studio to be owned by an individual. The person was Howard Hughes.
  • In 1959 – President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.
  • In 1962 – The Évian Accords were signed, ending the Algerian War. Algeria gained its independence from France as a consequence.
  • In 1963 – The Supreme Court handed down the Miranda decision concerning legal counsel for defendants.
  • In 1965 – Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first man to spacewalk when he left the Voskhod II space capsule while in orbit around the Earth. The tethered spacewalk lasted 12 minutes and Leonov ventured up to 10 meters from his spacecraft.
  • In 1969 – President Nixon authorized Operation Menu. It was the ‘secret’ bombing of Cambodia.
  • In 1970 – The U.S. Postal Service experienced the first postal strike.
  • In 1971 –  A 10-foot high wave destroyed a Peruvian mining camp and killed hundreds of people. The tsunami was caused by a massive rock avalanche that crashed into Lake Yanahuani in Peru from a height of 1300 feet.
  • In 1971 – U.S. helicopters airlifted 1,000 South Vietnamese soldiers out of Laos.
  • In 1974 – Most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their five-month embargo against the United States, Europe, and Japan.
  • In 1981 – The government disclosed that there were biological weapons tested in Texas in 1966.
  • In 1986 – 1986 – The Treasury Department announced that a clear, polyester thread was to be woven into bills in an effort to thwart counterfeiters.
  • In 1987 – The U.S. performed nuclear tests at a Nevada test site.
  • In 1989 – A 4,400-year-old mummy was discovered at the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.
  • In 1990 – East Germany held its first and only free parliamentary elections. The election was held between the peaceful revolution leading to the demise of the German Democratic Republic in 1989 and the German reunification in 1990.
  • In 1990 – In Tampa, FL, a little league player was killed after being hit by a pitch.
  • In 1992 – Leona Helmsley was sentenced to 4 years in prison for tax evasion.
  • In 1994 – Zsa Zsa Gabor filed for bankruptcy.

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.

  • Grover Cleveland 1837 – 22nd and 24th President.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1844 – Russian composer.
  • Rudolf Diesel 1858 — Inventor of the diesel engine.
  • Neville Chamberlin 1869 – British Politician.
  • Edward Everett Horton 1886 – Character actor.
  • Smiley (Lester) Burnette 1911 – Musician/actor.
  • Andy Granatelli 1923 – Race car mechanic.
  • Peter Graves 1926 – Actor.
  • John Updike 1932 – American author, poet, critic.
  • Charlie Pride 1938 – Country singer.
  • Wilson Pickett 1941 – Singer.
  • Leslie Parrish 1943 – Actress.
  • Kevin Dobson 1943 – Actor.
  • Brad Dourif 1950 – Actor.
  • Irene Cara 1959 – Singer.
  • Thomas Ian Griffith 1962 – Actor.
  • Vanessa Williams 1963 – Singer, actress.
  • Bonnie Blair 1964 – Olympic gold medal speed skater.
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