April 4th – Liar, Liar! Pants On Fire

April 4, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning prevaricators. Today is, truly, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Tell A Lie Day 

I don’t make these holidays up folks, I just do research, and report the results…and that wasn’t a lie. I could not find the origins of this holiday or the reason for it. Nonetheless, it is listed in two of my sources.
If someone tells you that they don’t lie, they are lying to you. Everyone tells a “white lie” occasionally, even if only to spare someone’s feelings.
Tell A Lie Day makes it OK to spin a tall tale or two without guilt. Feel free to spin a few yarns, stretch the truth, or exaggerate to your heart’s content. Just remember, you’ll probably be seeing these same people tomorrow, so don’t go too overboard.
Author’s Note: Who knows, if you become adept enough at lying, it could set you on a whole new career path – in politics!

Jeep 4×4 Day

I can think of no date better to celebrate Jeep 4×4 Day than April 4th (4/4). The Jeep brand founded Jeep 4×4 Day to celebrate adventure seeking in a Jeep brand 4×4. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be celebrated annually beginning in 2016. Jeep is a registered trademark of FCA US LLC.
Fresh air and warmer temperatures mean that it is time to get outdoors again, and what better way than in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Whether it’s up rocky slopes or through muddy trails, off-road vehicles let you take adventure to a whole new level. Crossing creeks, touring valleys and maneuvering through rocky terrain allow you to go places and see things that you simply can’t in an ordinary vehicle.
Although this holiday is a sponsored holiday and is officially titled Jeep 4×4 Day, you don’t have to actually own a Jeep product to celebrate it. Any 4×4 or off-road vehicle will do. Get into your 4×4 and get out there. Plan a 4×4 trip, whether a day trip, a weekend excursion, or a vacation.

404 Day  

If you’ve ever spent any length time surfing the internet, you have undoubtedly encountered error message 404 –  computer is not able to communicate with a server or server can’t find the information requested. Since the decimal equivalent of today’s date is 4.04, 404 Day is celebrated each year on this date.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation takes 404 Day a step further. They use this holiday to organize a day of action against censorship in public and school libraries. According to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), public and school libraries have to censor and restrict access to the websites, that might include obscene or pornography images, harmful to minor images in exchange for federal funding. Unfortunately, these filters also block the constitutionally protected websites, like the websites containing vitally important health information, and websites of art museums. Due to keyword blocking the filters also block access to medical information about breast cancer and chicken breasts. And, these filters are not always reliable, since they often do not block thumbnails of an explicit adult sexual nature. 404 Day action against censorship in libraries tries to raise public awareness of filters and unnecessary restrictions.

Vitamin C Day

On this date in 1932, Professor C. Glen King isolated Vitamin C at the University of Pittsburgh, after 5 years of research.
If you missed your glass of Orange Juice with breakfast this morning, don’t despair. There are many other good sources for Vitamin C, such as any other citrus juice, kale, red yellow or green peppers, leeks, chives, parsley, apple cider, and guavas. Be sure to have something today that contains Vitamin C.

School Librarian Day  

School Librarian Day recognizes those patient, selfless, yet tireless individuals who perform a vital service to our children. School librarians provide guidance in finding reading and research materials. They never seem to get tired of answering your questions, and they seem to know everything, or at least, can tell you where to look for the answer.
Take time out to show some appreciation for the School Librarian in your child’s school toady. Send them a “Thank You” card, or better yet, stop by the library and thank them in person.

Walk Around Things Day

Walk Around Things Day encourages you to skirt around anything that may pose a problem today. This does not apply only to physical obstacles which could present danger. You should also tread lightly around topics, issues, or problems which could provoke an argument or have no immediate solution.

World Rat Day

Oh, rats! Today is World Rat Day. World Rat Day is a holiday to recognize the ‘fancy rat’ as a wonderful pet and companion animal for people of all ages. It was created by “The Rat List”, the longest standing mailing list on the internet dedicated to the topic of the pet rat. The date of April 4th was selected to be World Rat Day because it is the date that The Rat List was founded.
Throughout history, rats have garnered a bad reputation. Maybe it was that whole Black Death thing, the Bubonic Plague, or the fact that a number of Pacific islands had their native vegetation chewed down to ground level by rats that escaped sinking ships. But, hey, what’s a few social and environmental catastrophes among friends? Today. most people still think of rats as disgusting, filthy, disease-ridden rodents, and most common household variety rats are.
However, ‘fancy rats’ are intelligent, devoted, clean, gentle, lovable, and make wonderful pets. World Rat Day is a holiday to finally give pet rats the respect and admiration they deserve.

National Cordon Bleu Day

Cordon bleu means blue ribbon in French. In the 1500’s, the Order of the Knights of the Holy Spirit became known as “Les Cordon Bleus.” The knights used a blue ribbon to hang their talisman, and eventually, the term became associated with distinction and honor. Today, we still award blue ribbons for excellence.
In the culinary world, cordon bleu is a savory roulade dish made with chicken (or veal), ham, and Swiss cheese. Contrary to popular belief, chicken cordon bleu did not originate at Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school. As with most dishes, it evolved over time and first appeared in America during the 1960’s.

International Carrot Day

International Carrot Day is celebrated every year on April 4th by carrot lovers worldwide. Carrot Day was created in  2003 to spread knowledge about the carrot and its good attributes around the world. It is becoming is increasingly popular with celebrations now reported in France, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Australia, UK, and Japan as well as here in America.
Carrots are a root vegetable, usually orange, though purple, black, red, white, and yellow varieties exist. The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is the root (tap root), although the greens are sometimes eaten as well. When carrots were first cultivated, they were grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds rather than their roots. Carrot seeds have been found in Switzerland and Southern Germany dating to 2000–3000 BC. Some close relatives of the carrot, such as parsley, fennel, dill, and cumin, are still grown primarily for their leaves and seeds.
The wild ancestors of the carrot are likely to have come from Persia (regions of which are now Iran and Afghanistan). The carrots we eat today are a naturally occurring subspecies of the wild carrot, which have been selectively bred over the centuries to reduce bitterness, increase sweetness and minimize the woody core. Carrots are widely used in many cuisines, especially in the preparation of salads, and carrot salads are a tradition in many regional cuisines. Carrots get their characteristic, bright orange color from b-carotene, and lesser amounts of a-carotene, y-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin — A and B-carotenes are partly metabolized into vitamin A, providing more than 100% of the Daily Value per serving. Carrots are also a good source of vitamin K (13% Daily Value) and vitamin B6 (11% Daily Value), but otherwise, have modest content of other essential nutrients. The lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoids characteristic of carrots is under study for their potential roles in vision and eye health.
Have some carrots today. Below are a couple of my favorite ways to enjoy carrots.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1581 – Francis Drake completed the circumnavigation of the world.
  • In 1812 – The territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state and became known as Louisiana.
  • In 1818 – The United States flag was declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state.
  • In 1841 – President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He had been sworn in only a month before he died of pneumonia.
  • In 1850 – The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.
  • In 1887 – Susanna M. Salter became mayor of Argonia, KS, making her the first woman mayor in the United States.
  • In  1914 – The first known serialized moving picture opened in New York City, NY. It was “The Perils of Pauline”.
  • In 1917 – The Senate voted 90-6 to enter World War I on the Allied side.
  • In 1945 – Hungary was liberated from Nazi occupation.
  • In 1945 – During World War II, United States forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany.
  • In 1949 – Twelve nations signed a treaty to create The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Today it is one of the world’s most important military alliances.
  • In 1967 – Johnny Carson quit “The Tonight Show.” He returned three weeks later after getting a raise of $30,000 a week.
  • In 1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39. The civil rights activist was murdered by James Earl Ray. Ray, a segregationist, who received a 99-year prison sentence. He died in jail in 1998.
  • In 1969 – Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart. The machine kept patient Haskell Karp alive for 65 hours. He died before a human heart could become available.
  • In 1974 – Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth’s major league baseball home-run record with 714.
  • In 1975 – Bill Gates and Paul Allen established Microsoft. Today, Microsoft has become a multinational corporation, which is the world’s largest software maker by revenue.
  • In 1979 – Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed. The former President of Pakistan had been deposed by a coup d’etat. He was hanged despite international calls to stop the execution.
  • In 1984 – President Reagan proposed an international ban on chemical weapons.
  • In 1988 – Arizona Governor Evan Mecham was voted out of office by the Arizona Senate. Mecham was found guilty of diverting state funds to his auto business and of trying to impede an investigation into a death threat to a grand jury witness.
  • In 1991 – Pennsylvanian Senator John Heinz and six others were killed when a helicopter collided with Heinz’s plane over a schoolyard in Merion, PA.
  • In 1995 – Senator Alfonse D’Amato ridiculed judge Lance Ito using a mock Japanese accent on a nationally syndicated radio program. D’Amato apologized two days later for the act.
  • In 1999 – The Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres played the first major league season opener to be held in Mexico. The Rockies beat the Padres 8-2.

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.

  • Dorothea Dix 1802 – Activist.
  • Linus Yale 1821 – Inventor.
  • Arthur Murray 1895 – Dancer.
  • John Cameron Swayze 1906 – Newsman.
  • Frances Langford 1913 – Actress.
  • Muddy Waters 1913 – Blues singer, guitarist.
  • Elizabeth W. Wilson 1921 – Actress.
  • Gil Hodges 1924 – Baseball player.
  • Maya Angelou 1928 – Author, poet.
  • Anthony Perkins 1932 – Actor.
  • Hugh Masekela 1939 – Musician, bandleader.
  • Jim Fregosi 1942 – Baseball player.
  • Kitty Kelley 1942 – Author.
  • Craig T. Nelson 1944 – Actor.
  • Caroline McWilliams 1945 – Actress.
  • Christine Lahti 1950 – Actress.
  • Phil Morris 1959 – Actor.
  • Lorraine Toussaint 1960 – Actress
  • Robert Downey, Jr. 1965 – Actor.
  • Nancy McKeon 1966 – Actress.
  • Barry Pepper 1970 – Actor.
  • David Blaine 1973 – Magician.
  • Natasha Lyonne 1979 – Actress.
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