March 20th – Feelin’ Froggy?

March 20, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning amphibian fans. Today is Monday, March 20, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

World Frog Day

According to the National Aquarium, today is World Frog Day. World Frog Day recognizes the plight of Amphibians around the world.
There are approximately 6,000 known species of frog in the world and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. They have existed for more than 200-million years. While most frog species develop from free-swimming tadpoles, some species lay eggs and the frog emerges fully developed. Frogs can breathe and drink through their skin. Some frog species are poisonous, and the Golden Poison Dart Frog have enough toxins to kill 15 adult men. The Australian Rocket Frog can leap 50-times its own body length…the equivalent of a human jumping the length of a football field. The Goliath Frog is the largest species of frog in the world at over a foot in length and weighing over 7-pounds. The smallest species of frog is Paedophryne Dekot is the smallest species which is less than ½ the size of a dime.
Frogs are a good indicator of the health of an environment.  A lack of frogs in the ecosystem is a huge warning sign that things are not well and may need urgent attention. Sadly, frog populations are dwindling around the world, with a massive 200 species lost to us since 1980 and approximately 30% of frog species are considered endangered. They are affected by habitat loss, infectious disease, invasive species, climate change and pollution of water systems.
Frogs eat mosquitoes, which is useful in helping prevent the spread of many diseases. Frogs are also a food source for other animals, such as monkeys, snakes, birds, and fish. If you take frogs out of the equation you affect the entire food chain, so other species will also become extinct.
So, if you like to eat, like to drink, and like being healthy, maybe you should actually consider celebrating World Frog Day instead of passing it off as another superfluous holiday. Support organizations who are trying to clean up our environment.

Vernal Equinox

The March (Vernal) equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north and vice versa in September. In the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the first day of Spring while in the Southern Hemisphere, it marks the first day of Autumn. On the equinoxes, the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – but not quite. The latitude at which you live determines how close to being exactly equal the equinox actually is…the farther north, the wider the variance.
This year, the Vernal Equinox will occur Monday, March 20, 2017, at 10:29 AM Greenwich Mean Time. This correlates to 3:29 AM Pacific Daylight Time. Sunrise, in my time zone, will be at 7:11 AM and sunset will be at 7:20 PM with 12:09:12 hours of daylight and the Earth will be 92,562,000 miles from the Sun.

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day

If you believe in aliens from outer space, you’re not alone. Most of us at some point have at least considered the possibility that space aliens exist. More than a few people believe that some of the Seven Wonders of the World, such as the pyramids and Stonehenge, were built by alien species visiting Earth, but that the people of the time lacked the language skills to express it. Who knows? Why wouldn’t they return to research how we are doing and gather a few specimens from time to time?
If you would actually like to be abducted by aliens, here are a few things you can do to increase your chances.

  1.  Reduce your IQ by about 50 percent.
  2.  Remove half of your teeth.
  3.  Move to a dilapidated trailer park (preferably in a remote area of the midwest or southeast).

I consider the possibility that aliens exist every time I watch the evening news, read political websites on the internet, or listen to a Hollywood pseudo-celebrity speak on any subject. Surely none of these people can be from this planet.

International Earth Day

If your taste in holidays runs more toward the terrestrial, today is International Earth Day. International Earth Day is always celebrated on the day of the official Vernal Equinox. It was initiated to make earth inhabitants aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. This care includes environmental and natural resources. International Earth Day was founded by John McConnell, of Davis City, Iowa.
In September 1969, he proposed the establishment of Earth Day to the San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors. After approval, he gained support from many others, including then UN General Secretary, U Thant. In 1970, McConnell wrote an Earth Day Proclamation which was ultimately signed by UN Secretary-General U Thant on March 21, 1971.
Note: International Earth Day is different from the U.S. Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd.

National Jump Out! Day

National Jump Out! Day was created to encourage children to become more active by jumping rope. Although mostly considered a children’s activity, jumping rope is often used by professional athletes to train for endurance, so there is no reason non-athletic adults can’t also jump rope to become healthier.
To celebrate National Jump Out! Day, grab a jump rope and start hopping your way to a healthier, happier you.

National Wellderly Day

National Wellderly Day, sometimes also referred to as Well-Elderly Day, is celebrated on the third Monday in March. National Wellderly Day asks us to consider the wellbeing, mental, emotional, and physical, of the elderly people in our lives. The older generation, which I am grudgingly entering, have a wealth of information to impart to those willing to listen — Family history, what it was like living in the “good old days”, and just everyday life experiences.
But, National Wellderly Day goes far beyond that. It urges us NOT to act our age (whatever that means) and to take steps to redefine the parameters of what our age is. Are we going to let younger generations define who we are at 60, 70, 80 and beyond, or are we going to demonstrate to them how [we think] they should be acting when they reach our age? If we sit around and grumble about how much it sucks to be old, then that is how they will define us. If on the other hand, we stay active, eat healthily, and generally enjoy life to the fullest, then that is how they will think older people should act.
So, to celebrate National Wellderly Day, keep your mind and body active. Start an exercise program, volunteer in your community, join a social club, and above all else, talk the people of the younger generations.

Great American Meat Out Day

There is plenty of scientific evidence to support the fact that red meat consumption is bad for our health, and that we all need to eat less of it. These findings have spawned many organizations and events that promote healthy eating by reducing our consumption of meat. This year, on Great American Meat Out Day, you are encouraged to take a pledge to go meatless for the entire day.
With that said, I believe that the best way to stay healthy is to eat a balanced diet, which includes red meat in moderation.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day  

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day, of course, commemorates the birth on this date in 1928 of Fred McFeely Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers hosted Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, the iconic children’s show of the 1970’s and 80’s. His gentle and soft-spoken demeanor taught children that respect for the things and people around you, and a good attitude, were equally as important as learning your colors and letters.
Celebrate Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day by doing something neighborly, wearing a sweater, reflecting on what we continue to learn from him, and/or by talking – very – slowly – with – meticulous – annunciation.

National Ravioli Day

Ravioli are basically pasta pillows stuffed with a variety of cheese, meat, seafood or vegetable fillings. Ravioli can be circular or square; specialty shapes like hearts and fish are also made. They are served with butter or olive oil, sauce, or in soups.
Pasta is fairly simple to make from scratch, so why not try making some ravioli at home tonight? If your favorite cookbook doesn’t have a recipe, there are bazillions of ravioli recipes online. If you don’t want to bother making them from scratch, most supermarkets today have a wide variety of fresh Ravioli from which to choose. So, have some ravioli for dinner tonight, whether or not you make then from scratch.
Author’s Note: Please, please, please, no matter what you do, don’t serve that canned ravioli crap. I tried some once, and it was disgusting. I tried feeding the remainder to my dogs, and they wouldn’t even eat them…and they lick their butts.

Bock Beer Day  

If you’ve ever ordered a pitcher of bock beer, you may have noticed how full you can get simply by drinking it. This is because, centuries ago, German monks created the hearty, dark brew, using all of the ingredients found in bread. They adopted it as a form of “liquid bread” to give them carbohydrates and calories as they fasted during Lent.
Bock beer is a dark strong Lager beer. If you’re accustomed to the Kool-Aid like swill that domestic brewing companies call beer, you might have to acquire a taste for the much heartier bock beer, but don’t let that deter you from trying it.

More Holidays

With 25 holidays listed in my sources on this holiday-laden date, to avoid Carpal tunnel Syndrome, the rest of today’s holidays are listed and linked below.

 

On This Date

  • In 1616 – Walter Raleigh was released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana.
  • In 1760 – The great fire of Boston destroyed 349 buildings.
  • In 1792 – In Paris, the Legislative Assembly approved the use of the guillotine.
  • In 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris after his escape from Elba and began his “Hundred Days” rule.
  • In 1816 – The Supreme Court affirmed its right to review state court decisions.
  • In 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” subtitled “Life Among the Lowly,” was published. The anti-slavery story played an important role in setting the scene for the Civil War.
  • In 1865 – A plan by John Wilkes Booth to abduct President Abraham Lincoln was ruined when Lincoln changed his plans and did not appear at the Soldier’s Home near Washington, DC.
  • In 1868 – Jesse James Gang robbed a bank in Russellville, KY, of $14,000.
  • In 1885 – John Matzeliger of Suriname patented the shoe lacing machine.
  • In 1886 – The first AC power plant in the United States began commercial operation.
  • In 1891 – The first computing scale company was incorporated in Dayton, OH.
  • In 1897 – The first intercollegiate basketball game that used five players per team was held. The contest was Yale versus Pennsylvania. Yale won by a score of 32-10.
  • In 1899 – At Sing Sing prison, Martha M. Place became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair. She was put to death for the murder of her stepdaughter.
  • In 1914 – The first international figure skating championship was held in New Haven, CT.
  • In 1916 – Albert Einstein presented his general theory of relativity. The revolutionary theory describes the interdependency of matter on the one hand and space and time on the other. It is one of the most influential theories in Physics.
  • In 1922 – The USS Langley was commissioned. It was the first aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy.
  • In 1932 – The German dirigible, Graf Zeppelin, made the first flight to South America on a regular schedule.
  • In 1933 – The first German concentration camp was completed at Dachau.
  • In 1934 – Rudolf Kuhnold gave a demonstration of radar in Kiel Germany.
  • In 1947 – A blue whale weighing 180-metric tons was caught in the South Atlantic.
  • In 1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson orders 4,000 troops to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers.
  • In 1967 – Twiggy arrived in the U.S. for a one-week stay.
  • In 1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono got married. After the wedding in Gibraltar, they spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam with a Bed-In for Peace, which lasted a whole week.
  • In 1969 – Senator Edward Kennedy called on the United States to close all bases in Taiwan.
  • In 1972 – 19 mountain climbers were killed on Japan’s Mount Fuji during an avalanche.
  • In 1976 – Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her role in the hold up of a San Francisco Bank.
  • In 1982 – Scientists’ returned to the United States from Antarctica with the first land mammal fossils found there.
  • In 1985 – Libby Riddles won the 1,135-mile Anchorage-to-Nome dog race becoming the first woman to win the Iditarod.
  • In 1987 – The Food and Drug Administration approved AZT. The drug was proven to slow the progress of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
  • In 1989 – A Washington, DC, district court judge blocked a curfew imposed by Mayor Barry and the City Council.
  • In 1989 – It was announced that Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was under investigation.
  • In 1991 – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that employers could not exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage a fetus.
  • In 1992 – Janice Pennington was awarded $1.3 million for an accident on the set of the “Price is Right” TV show.
  • In 1993 – An Irish Republican Army bomb was detonated in Warrington, England. A 3-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy were killed.
  • In 1995 – In Tokyo, 12 people were killed and more than 5,500 others were sickened when packages containing the nerve gas Sarin was released on five separate subway trains. The terrorists belonged to a doomsday cult, Aum Shinrikyo, in Japan.
  • In 1996 – In Los Angeles, Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of their parents.
  • In 1996 – The United Kingdom announced that humans could catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease).
  • In 2000 – Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown, was captured following a shootout that left a sheriff’s deputy dead.
  • In 2002 – Actress Pamela Anderson disclosed that she had hepatitis C.
  • In 2003 – The United States invaded Iraq, assisted by the United Kingdom, Australia, and Poland. The Iraq War, which was termed illegal by then UN Secretary, Kofi Annan, caused hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths.

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.

  • Henrik Ibsen 1828 – Playwright.
  • Frederick Winslow Taylor 1856 – Mechanical engineer.
  • Ozzie Nelson 1906 – Entertainer.
  • Wendell Cory 1914 – Actor.
  • Carl Reiner 1922 – Producer.
  • Ray Goulding 1922 – Comedian.
  • Jack Kruschen 1922 – Character actor.
  • Hal Linden 1931 – Actor.
  • Ted Bessell 1935 – Actor.
  • Jerry Reed 1937 – Singer.
  • Bobby Orr 1948 – Hockey player.
  • William Hurt 1950 – Actor.
  • Spike Lee 1957 – Movie director.
  • Theresa Russell 1957 – Actress.
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway 1957 – Actress.
  • Holly Hunter 1958 – Actress.
  • Kathy Ireland 1963 – Model.
  • Liza Snyder 1968 – Actress.
  • Michael Rapaport 1970 – Actor.
  • Alexander Chaplin 1971 – Actor.
  • Bianca Lawson 1979 – Actress.
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