March 28th – Weed Appreciation Day

March 28, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my gardeners. Today is Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Weed Appreciation Day

Before you aging hippies start salivating in anticipation, I should warn you that this holiday does not refer to that kind of ‘weed’ (that holiday comes next month). Weed Appreciation Day refers to your common, run-of-the-mill, everyday garden variety of weed.
Weeds are and important part of the ecosystem. Many birds and insects rely on weeds as their primary source of food. Many varieties of weeds, such as Dandelion, are edible and rich in vitamins and minerals. I suggest, however, that before you run willy-nilly through your yard picking weeds for your dinner salad at random, you do extensive research first. Some weeds are poisonous. This link includes a list of edible weeds that may be growing in your yard.
Someone once told me that there are no such thing as weeds – merely plants which you deem unworthy of being in your yard. In the interest of inclusion, my entire lawn is composed mostly of weeds. After all, who am I to judge which plant is worthy of a place in my yard.

Respect Your Cat Day  

Anyone who is owned by a cat, or who has ever been owned by a cat, knows that every day is Respect Your Cat Day. Cats demand and expect respect at all times…regardless of the day, month or year.
This holiday is obviously an idea conceived by a cabal of felines who cast an evil spell on their owners and made them create Respect Your Cat Day to pay homage to them – and as just another step in their quest for world dominance.
To be safe, show your feline furbaby a little extra love, give them a few treats, and a little extra kibble today.

National Hot Tub Day

Spring has sprung, the weather is getting warmer, but it still may be a bit nippy in the evening. Winter is over, and everything is showing new signs of life and rejuvenation. Why should you be any different? What better time to enjoy a relaxing soak in your hot tub? Turn on some calming music and set the ambiance with some mood lighting, and you have the right ingredients to finally escape from the doldrums of winter. Sit back, chill and feel all the tensions of the world melt away in the warm embrace of the bubbles and steam. Sip one of your favorite beverages, adult or otherwise, and relax until you become a “happy prune”.

Eggsibit Day

With Easter fast approaching, it is time to think about festively decorated ovum once again and perhaps honing your ovum decorating skills with a practice session before the “big day”.
Eggsibit Day is an eggstraordinary holiday celebrated annually on March 28th. Eggsibits (art exhibits of beautifully decorated eggs) take place each spring worldwide. At these annual Eggsibit Day events, judges from the National Egg Art Guild award prizes for the most original, the most beautiful, and the most humorous egg designs.
People have been decorating eggs for centuries. One of the most traditional forms of this ancient art is the wax-resist method, which is popular in eastern Europe. Artists use a stylus to create a design on the egg with melted beeswax before dipping it in the dye. The wax seals that section of the design so it doesn’t absorb the color. They adjust the wax and repeat the process with different colored dyes to create an intricate pattern.
To celebrate Eggsibit Day, host your own eggsibit event. Invite some friends over for an eggciting evening of decorating and fun.

Barnum and Bailey Day  

On this date in 1881, P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey merged their circuses to form the “Greatest Show on Earth.” They parted ways in 1885, but again re-united in 1888. In 1907, the Ringling Brothers purchased the Barnum and Bailey Circus, however, they ran them independently. When running them this way became too expensive, they decided to merge them again. So, in 1919, on the 38th anniversary of their original merger, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus that we all know and love today, was created; much to the delight of children of all ages.

Children’s Picture Book Day

Many of our fondest lie in images of our own favorite picture books or the picture books we read to our children. From Dr. Seuss and classic fairy tales to books about curious monkeys, engines that could, magic dragons and even a big red dog, picture books captured and catapulted our imaginations and those of our children to a world beyond. Picture books are usually the first books children “read”. Picture books show creativity and humor in pictures and often include a valuable life lesson for young readers. These beautifully illustrated books help children begin their life-long love of reading.
In honor of Children’s Picture Book Day, why not take revisit one or two of your favorite picture books for old-times’-sake? Picture books prove the old adage that, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.”

American Diabetes Association Alert Day

American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March. The American Diabetes Association created this holiday as part of its awareness programs in 1986.  It has been a part of their growing diabetes education and prevention efforts in the United States ever since. American Diabetes Association Alert Day is a one-day “wake-up call” to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes and encourages everyone to take the diabetes risk test and learn about your family’s history of diabetes.

Something On A Stick Day

Americans love food on a stick. From lollipops, popsicles, candy apples, and corn dogs, to gourmet shrimp skewers and Shish-Kabobs, almost any meat or vegetable can be eaten on a stick. You even eat those little cocktail wieners and cheese cubes from the appetizer tray with toothpicks…a form of a stick Heck, you can even eat cake on a stick. The “trendy” thing these days is cake-pops (crumbled cake mixed with frosting, formed into a ball and put on a stick). JEEZ.
To celebrate Something On A Stick Day, plan your own “food-on-a-stick” menu. From appetizers to main courses to desserts, everything you eat today should be served on a stick. Be creative, and enjoy.

Eat an Eskimo Pie Day

Eat an Eskimo Pie Day celebrates one of America’s favorite frozen treats – the Eskimo Pie. Eskimo Pie is an ice cream confection, the brand name for a chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar wrapped in foil.  The Eskimo Pie was invented by a high school teacher named Christian Kent Nelson. It is skewered onto a thin wooden stick, which is used as a handle to make it easier to eat. It was the first such dessert sold in the United States.
Although Eat an Eskimo Pie Day is not celebrated on the date that Mr. Nelson was granted his patent as one might logically infer, it is celebrated on the date that he was born (in 1893). According to legend, Mr. Nelson pursued the idea for a chocolate coated ice cream bar in Onawa, Iowa in 1920. After experimenting with different ways to adhere melted chocolate to blocks of ice cream, Nelson began selling his invention under the name “I-Scream Bars”. In 1921, he filed for a patent which was issued on January 24, 1922. The I-Scream-Bar was an immediate success. Somewhere along the way, Mr. Nelson partnered with chocolate manufacturer Russell Stover to mass-produce the “I-Scream-Bar” under the new trademarked name “Eskimo Pie” (suggested by Clara Stover, Russell Stover’s wife). No one knows the reason for the name change.
You don’t need to be a member of the “intellectual elite” to know how to celebrate Eat an Eskimo Pie Day. All you need to do is eat an Eskimo Pie.

National Black Forest Cake Day

Black Forest cake is the English name for the German dessert Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, meaning “Black Forest cherry torte.” The name is derived not from the ingredients of the cake, but rather, is named after the specialty liquor (Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser) of the region of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany.
Black Forest cake is most commonly made of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. The cake is then decorated with whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. In some traditional recipes, sour cherries are used between the layers and a Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake. In the United States, alcohol is usually not used, but sometimes in America, it is made by substituting a fruit syrup for the spirits. In Germany, the liqueur is a mandatory ingredient. Otherwise, the cake can not legally be sold under the Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte name.
To celebrate National Black Forest Cake Day, simply enjoy a slice of Black Forest Cake. If you don’t want to make one, you can usually find them sold in larger supermarkets.
Author’s note: I don’t think that Black Forest Cake will pair well with ‘Something-On-A-Stick’ Day, but feel free to try. Let me know how it works out.

On This Date

  • In 1797 – Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.
  • In 1834 – The Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
  • In 1865 – Outdoor advertising legislation was enacted in New York. The law banned “painting on stones, rocks, and trees.”
  • In 1885 – The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S.
  • In  1898 – The Supreme Court ruled that children born in the United States to Chinese immigrants were United States citizens. This meant that they could not be deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act.
  • In 1908 – Automobile owners lobbied the U.S. Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle licensing and federal registration.
  • In 1910 – The first seaplane took off from water at Martinques, France. French inventor Henri Fabre’s Canard (Fabre Hydravion) was the first floatplane to take off from water under its own power. The first flight measured 457 meters and was piloted by the inventor, Henri Fabre, himself.
  • In 1917 – During World War I the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded.
  • In 1921 – U.S. President Warren Harding named William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  • In 1922 – Bradley A. Fiske patented a microfilm reading device.
  • In 1933 – In Germany, the Nazis ordered a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions, and schools.
  • In 1938 – In Italy, psychiatrists demonstrated the use of electric-shock therapy for treatment of certain mental illnesses.
  • In 1945 – Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against England.
  • In 1947 – The American Helicopter Society revealed a flying device that could be strapped to a person’s body.
  • In 1962 – The U.S. Air Force announced research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.
  • In 1963 – Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds was released. The film about a swarm of birds wreaking havoc in Bodega Bay, California has become a classic of the horror movie genre.
  • In 1968 – The United States lost its first F-111 aircraft in Vietnam when it vanished while on a combat mission. North Vietnam claimed that they had shot it down.
  • In 1969 – Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower died.
  • In 1969 – Greek poet Giorgos Seferis spoke out against the military junta. The Nobel Prize laureate issued his statement against Greece’s repressive right-wing Regime of the Colonels on the BBC World Service.
  • In 1974 – A streaker ran onto the set of “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.”
  • In 1979 – A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Three Mile Island nuclear power plant experienced a partial meltdown and radioactive leak. The coolant leak was the worst commercial nuclear accident in the United States. A continuous string of nuclear disasters, such as Three Mile Island (1979), Chernobyl (1986), and Fukushima (2011) continue to raise doubts about the security and environmental benefit of nuclear power.
  • In 1990 – Jesse Owens received the Congressional Gold Medal from President George H.W. Bush. The African-American athlete dominated the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, which were held during the height of the reign of Adolf Hitler’s racist nazi regime.

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.

  • Santi Raphael 1483 – Artist.
  • Paul Whiteman 1890 – Band leader.
  • August Busch 1899 – Brewer.
  • Frank Lovejoy 1912 – Actor.
  • Dirk Bogarde 1921 – Actor.
  • Conchata Ferrell 1943 – Actress.
  • Ken Howard 1944 – Actor.
  • Dianne Wiest 1948 – Actress.
  • Ronnie Ray Smith 1949 – Olympic athlete.
  • Reba McEntire 1955 – Singer.
  • Tracey Needham 1967 – Actress.
  • Max Perlich 1968 – Actor.
  • Vince Vaughn 1969 – Actor.
  • Brett Ratner 1969 – Actor.
  • Annie Wershing 1977 – Actress.
  • Julia Stiles 1981 – Actress.
  • Lady Gaga 1986 – Pop Star.

 

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