March 27th – Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

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

Good morning Country Music fans. Today is Monday, March 27, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day pays tribute to those unique country songs with titles that always put a smile on your face…no matter how much you are cringing on the inside.
Country music evolved from Appalachian folk music in the 1920’s and became a nationwide sensation in the 1940’s, when The Grand Ole Opry radio station in Nashville, Tennessee began broadcasting weekly concerts which showcased all the different genres of country music; hillbilly, honky-tonk, bluegrass, western, rockabilly, and gospel.
If you’re from my generation, you probably remember the song, “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” – by Little Jimmy Dickens…truly a timeless classic. But that song is by no means singular in the class of Country Music songs with “quirky” titles.
Below are a ‘baker’s dozen’ more quirky country music song titles that you may or may not, remember:

  1. “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly” – by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.
  2. “Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone” – by Roy Clark.
  3. “You Can’t Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd” – by Roger Miller.
  4. “I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim Is Gettin’ Better.” – by Billy Boil.
  5. “If I Had A Nose Full of Nickels, I’d Sneeze Them Atchoo” – by Lou Carter.
  6. “Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart” – by Johnny Cash.
  7. “How Come Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You” – by Glen Campbell.
  8. “Too Much Month Left (At the End of the Money)” – by Marty Stuart.
  9. “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed” – by Kinky Friedman.
  10. “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” – by Joe Nichols.
  11. “How Can I miss You If You Won’t Go Away” – by Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks.
  12. “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” – by Kenny Chesney.
  13. “She Made Toothpicks Out Of The Timber Of My Heart” – by Homer and Jethro.

I’m sure that many of you true Country Music fans can add even more ‘quirky country music song titles’ to this list.

Celebrate Exchange Day

Celebrate Exchange Day celebrates the National Exchange Club. The National Exchange Club is a service organization with 700 clubs and more than 20,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Founded in 1911 in Detroit by business leaders who wanted to “exchange” ideas on making their community better, the Exchange Club moved its headquarters to Toledo in 1917. Its core values –  Family, Community, and Country are held by each Exchange member with pride and commitment. The members advised each other,  shared information, and arranged activities to benefit their communities such as supporting youth programs, preventing crime, helping senior citizens, members of the military, and more. For over a hundred years, Exchange Club’s volunteer efforts have supported the needs of the country and of local communities, making it America’s oldest service organization.

National Joe Day  

When I first read the title of this holiday, I thought that the term “Joe” referred to coffee, but that is not the case. It instead honors people named “Joe”. It also encourages everyone else to change their name to “Joe” today (Women can use Josie or Josephine). But, why Joe? Why not Bob, or Jim or Heathcliffe? Well, apparently, Joe seems to be a name that most everyone likes and trusts for some reason.
So, if you dislike your name, or if you simply want to amuse yourself, celebrate National Joe Day by insisting that everyone you encounter today call you Joe.

International Whisk(e)y Day

The first thing you probably noticed is the way the word whisk(e)y in International Whisk(e)y Day is spelled. Both variations of the spelling of the word are derived from the Classical Gaelic word uisce, meaning “water”. The difference in the spelling of the words comes from different translations of the word from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. In Scotland and Canada, whisky is spelled without the “e”; whereas, in Ireland and America, whiskey is spelled with the “e”. For purposes of continuity, henceforth, I will use the Irish form, whiskey.
Whiskey is the result of a distillation process, a chemical/alchemical process dating back as far as Ancient Babylon. While the beverage they created was much cruder than modern-day whiskeys, it was known that the process was available to them.
All whiskey starts with a ‘mash’, a mixture of grain and water that is slowly heated to break down the starch in it into sugars. The result of this process is then known as a wort. The kind of grain you use determines what kind of whiskey you end up with. Bourbon starts from a mash that is 51% or more corn base, though it becomes a Corn Whiskey once it reaches 81%. Malt whiskey is made from 51% malted barley, while Rye is 51% plain Rye. Malted Rye is a specialized version made from a base of Malted Rye, and Wheat Whiskey, as you might suspect, is made from Wheat. No matter what grain is used, all of these are considered kinds of whiskey.
Celebrating International Whisk(e)y Day is simple. Simply enjoy an ounce (or two) of your favorite whiskey. Even better, invite a few (legal aged) friends to join you.
*Always drink responsibly!

National Spanish Paella Day  

Basically, paella is a meal that makes use of what is at hand; local, fresh, and available. Every cuisine has one – a one-pot meal, a peasant dish that is the quintessential definition of that place and people. Louisiana has jambalaya. Chile has the cazuela. There’s Irish Stew and Pad Thai. And the Spanish? Well, they have paella.
Paella, in its modern form, originated in the mid-19th century in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. The original Valencian dish was a mixture of meat, snails, beans and green vegetables. There two basic variations on the original recipe. Seafood paella, as the name suggests, eliminates the meat in favor of all seafood, a popular meal for Friday observances. Mixed paellas are more akin to the original but usually include chicken instead of the traditional rabbit, and shellfish instead of snails. Perhaps, the most distinctive characteristic of any paella is the bright yellow rice, all thanks to a generous dose of saffron.
The key to making a good paella is the layering flavors. You should be able to taste each individual ingredient…no one ingredient should be overpowering.
To celebrate National Spanish Paella Day, make your favorite version of paella for dinner tonight.

More Holidays

World Theater Day

On This Date

  • In 1794 – Congress and President Washington authorized the creation of the United States Navy.
  • In 1814 – United States troops under Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend in Northern Alabama.
  • In 1836 – In Goliad, TX, about 350 Texan prisoners, including their commander James Fannin, were executed under orders from Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. An estimated 30 Texans escaped execution.
  • In 1836 – The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, OH.
  • In 1841 – The first steam fire engine was tested in New York City.
  • In 1860 – The corkscrew was patented by M.L. Byrn.
  • In 1866 – President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th amendment.
  • In 1871 – England and Scotland competed in the first international rugby match. Like association football (soccer), rugby is a British invention. Today, it is a popular sport mainly in large parts of the British Commonwealth.
  • In 1904 – Mary Jarris “Mother” Jones was ordered by Colorado state authorities to leave the state. She was accused of stirring up striking coal miners.
  • In 1912 – The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan.
  • In 1931 – Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor decoration.
  • In 1933 – About 55,000 people staged a protest against Hitler in New York City.
  • In 1941 – Tokeo Yoshikawa arrived in Oahu, HI, and began spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
  • In 1942 – The British raided the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.
  • In 1952 – The U.S. Eighth Army reached the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas.
  • In 1955 – Steve McQueen made his network TV debut on “Goodyear Playhouse.”
  • In 1964 – An earthquake in Alaska killed 114 people and registered 8.4 on the Richter Scale.
  • In 1968 – Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth, died in a plane crash.
  • In 1976 – Washington, DC, opened its subway system.
  • In 1977 – The worst air crash in history occurred in Tenerife, Spain. 583 people died when 2 Boeing 747 aircraft collided on the runway.
  • In 1980 – The oil rig Alexander L. Kjelland collapsed in high winds in the North Sea. Only 89 of 212 crew survived the Norwegian platform’s capsizing, which was caused by a fatigue crack in one of the legs.
  • In 1988 – The Senate ratified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
  • In 1992 – Police in Philadelphia, PA, arrested a man with AIDS on charges that he may have infected several hundred teenage boys with HIV through sexual relations.
  • In 1994 – Silvio Berlusconi rose to power in Italy. In his 20 years in Italian politics, Berlusconi arguably made more headlines for his numerous affairs and scandals than for his policies. In 2013, he was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for tax fraud.
  • In 1998 – Viagra was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pfizer’s pill was the first drug for treating male impotence to be approved in the United States. In 2012, the company made 2 billion dollars in the United States from Viagra alone.
  • In 2002 – Rodney Dangerfield received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 2007 – NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.

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.

  • Louis XVII 1785 – King of France.
  • Nathaniel Currier 1813 –Lithographer.
  • William Conrad Rontgen 1845 – Physicist.
  • Sir Henry Royce 1863 – Car designer.
  • Gloria Swanson 1899 – Actress.
  • Richard Denning 1914 – Actor.
  • Sarah Vaughan 1924 – Jazz singer.
  • David Janssen 1931 – Actor.
  • Judy Carne 1939 – Actress.
  • Michael York 1942 – Actor.
  • Maria Schneider 1952 – Actress.
  • Xuxa 1963 – Singer, actress.
  • Quentin Tarantino 1963 – Movie director.
  • Talisa Soto 1967 – Actress.
  • Pauley Perrette 1969 – Actress.
  • Mariah Carey 1970 – Singer.
  • Elizabeth Mitchell 1970 – Actress.
  • Nathan Fillion 1971 – Actor.
  • Fergie 1975 – Singer.
  • Emily Ann Lloyd 1983 – Actress.
  • Brenda Song 1988 – Actress.
  • Taylor Atelian 1995 – Actress.

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