April 8th – Zoo Lover’s Day

April 8, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning menagerie fans. Today is Saturday, April 8, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Zoo Lover’s Day

The word zoo is actually short for Zoological Garden and refers to our modern concept of a zoo. Originally, menagerie was the term used to describe what we call a zoo today. The word menagerie has a long history dating all the way back to ancient times. The oldest menagerie found thus far was discovered in 2009 during an archeological dig in Hierakonpolis Egypt. The animal remains they found there included an impressive array of hippos, elephants, baboons, and wild cats.
The oldest modern styled zoo was established in 1752 by the order of Emperor Francis I, in Vienna, Austria. It was intended solely for the viewing pleasure of the imperial family but was extended to the public in 1765. The next zoo to open was in 1775 in Madrid, and then another in Paris in 1795. There was an explosion of desire for such Zoo’s, as they were seen to represent the power of a nation to be able to have such strange and exotic animals from far-flung locales available for their peasantry’s viewing.
While zoos started out as a demonstration of wealth and power, modern zoos today have become bastions for many of the endangered species of the world. In some of the bigger zoos, zoologists are working diligently to keep the last remaining members of a species in comfort and health, and attempting to nurse the species along to sufficient numbers where they could potentially exist in the wild again.
Zoo Lover’s Day encourages you to explore your local zoo with your family. Below are some interesting facts about zoos.

  1. Over 600 million people visit zoos each year.
  2. There are more than 2,800 zoos and aquariums in the world.
  3. Germany has 414 zoos – more zoos than any other country.
  4. America has more than 350 zoos…221 of which are accredited by the American Zoological Association.
  5. Over 30 zoos in America have more than 1 million visitors a year. Disney’s Animal Kingdom has the most with 9.5 million visitors each year.
  6. The Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest zoo in the US. It opened on July 1, 1874.
  7. The oldest running zoo in the world is the Vienna Zoo in Schonbrunn. It was founded in 1752.
  8. With over 1,500 species, Germany’s Berlin Zoo has the largest variety of animals in any zoo in the world.
  9. The largest zoo in America is Red McCombs Wildlife with over 12,500 acres.

National Dog Fighting Awareness   

Dog fighting is one of the cruelest and inhumane forms of animal abuse. It is a ‘blood sport’ in which dogs are forced to fight one another for the entertainment and/or profit of spectators. Fights can last just a few minutes or several hours, and both animals may suffer injuries including puncture wounds, lacerations, blood loss, crushing injuries and broken bones. Although fights are not usually to the death, many dogs succumb to their injuries later, and losing dogs are often discarded, killed or brutally executed as part of the “sport.”
Fighting dogs are raised generally in isolation so they spend most of their lives on short, heavy chains. They are regularly conditioned for fighting through the use of drugs, including anabolic steroids to enhance muscle mass and encourage aggressiveness. Although dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states, it continues to occur in every part of the country and in every type of community. Fights can happen in a variety of locations ranging from back alleys to carefully staged enterprises.
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day was created last year by the A.S.P.C.A. to increase awareness about this barbaric sport, and to rescue as many of these animals as possible.

Dog Farting Awareness Day

The next holiday today, although also canine related, is on a much lighter, albeit, more gaseous note – Dog Farting Awareness Day. This is another one of those “I don’t make them up, I just report on them” type of holidays.
Anyone who owns a dog is already aware of dog farting and anyone who is planning on adopting a dog needs to understand they will have to deal with some pretty malodorous dog farts for the next several years and often at the most inappropriate and awkward times. Nothing will clear a room faster than a dog fart.
The size and breed of a dog have no bearing on the amount of farting that occurs or the intensity of the flatulence. And, just like humans, dogs can’t control the timing, the volume, or the aroma of their farts.
My research could find no information about who created Dog Farting Awareness Day, or when it was created, or even why, but, those who own dogs, are already aware of Rover’s propensity towards flatulence and have to deal with it every day.
Hey, dogs fart…get over it. Like licking their genitalia, and sniffing people’s crotches, dog farting is a part of the less glamorous, more embarrassing side of dog ownership. So, now that I have made you aware of dog farting, celebrate Dog Farting Awareness Day by learning more about the causes of, and, how to prevent, dog flatulence. This website will be helpful.

Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

Draw a Picture of a Bird Day is pretty straightforward – simply draw a picture of a bird in tribute to our feathered friends. You don’t have to be Rembrandt or Picasso, or even John James Audubon. Just put forth your best effort and encourage your children or grandchildren to join you. Sit down and try to copy or freehand a picture of a bird. While you are perusing through your tomes trying to find a suitable picture to copy, take the time to learn a little about each bird you are viewing; especially if they are native to your area. That way, you can identify some of them on your next nature hike.
Draw a Picture of a Bird Day was created sometime in the mid-1940’s. As the story goes,  in April of 1943, 7-year-old Dorie Cooper visited her uncle in the hospital. He had been injured in WWII, having lost his leg to a land mine. She asked him to draw a picture of a bird. He did, and she teased him saying it wasn’t a very good picture, but she would hang it in her room. This lifted his spirits. Three years later, Dorie was struck and killed by a car. At her funeral, there were many bird pictures and drawings, which prompted the creation of this holiday.
Since it takes me three tries to draw a Happy Face, I probably won’t be celebrating Draw a Picture of a Bird Day. However, if you decide to celebrate this holiday, you get to choose the type of bird and the medium you use to draw it – from a simple “stick-bird line drawing with a pencil or crayon to a more elaborate artist’s rendering of a bird in paint or watercolor. If you really want to get into the spirit of Draw a Picture of a Bird Day, you can post a “tweet” on Twitter with a picture of your drawing with the hashtag #drawapictureofabirdday.

National All is Ours Day

Please note that the title of this holiday uses the word ‘ours’ rather than the word ‘mine’. The meaning of this holiday is looked at in different ways. National All Is Ours Day is a time to reflect on the beauty of nature and the wonderful things it provides –  the natural wonders of the world there for all of us to enjoy.  Become aware of all of the beauty in your surroundings and the gifts we have been given that are shared by all.
Another way to view National All Is Ours Day is to appreciate everything we have. Don’t dwell on what we don’t have, but rather look upon all that we do have as a blessing.
Still other people look at this holiday as a day to share all that they can. The greatest times and the greatest things in life are those that are shared with others.


 International Feng Shui Awareness Day

International Feng Shui Awareness Day (pronounced fuhng shwey) celebrates this ancient art or philosophy that was developed in China over 3,000 years ago. According to Merriam-Webster.com Feng Shui is “a Chinese system for positioning a building and the objects within a building in a way that is thought to agree with spiritual forces and to bring health and happiness“. The word Feng means the wind and the word Shui means the water and the Chinese associate wind and water with good health. Feng Shui deals with energy flow and balance. Many people set up their homes using Feng Shui techniques so that everything is correctly aligned so they have good flows of energy.
In your home in Feng Shui?

National Empañada Day

An Empañada is a bread (pastry dough) stuffed with a filling, then fried or baked. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Spanish empañadas are usually pie-shaped, made with a broad variety of fillings (including pork, sausage, cod, and sardines) and served in wedges; Latin American empañadas are typically made in individual half-moon-shaped portions and filled with minced, seasoned meat. Some Mexican restaurants serve dessert empañadas filled with fruit fillings as well. Some “classy” restaurants now are serving “gourmet” empañadas which are “interpreted” by the resident chef. Jeez!
Empañadas were first served in the United States at Taco Bell™, however, they are now found on menus at most Latin American restaurants around the world.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1789 – The House of Representatives held its first meeting.
  • In 1834 – In New York City, Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor to be elected by popular vote in a city election.
  • In 1839 – The first Intercollegiate Rodeo was held at the Godshall Ranch, Apple Valley, CA.
  • In 1873 – Alfred Paraf patented the first successful oleomargarine.
  • In 1904 – France and the United Kingdom signed the Entente cordiale. The treaty, which was initially designed to regulate the countries’ colonial interests in Africa, later evolved into the Triple Entente to fight Germany in World War I.
  • In 1913 – The Seventeenth amendment was ratified, requiring direct election of senators.
  • In  1952 – President Truman seized steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
  • In 1953 – Jomo Kenyatta was sentenced to 7 years hard labor. Kenyatta led the Mau Mau movement against the British colonialists. He is considered to be Kenya’s founding father and became the country’s first President in 1964.
  • In 1953 – The bones of Sitting Bull were moved from North Dakota to South Dakota.
  • In 1959 – One of the first modern programming languages was created. The Common Business-Oriented Language or COBOL was primarily designed by a woman, Grace Hopper. Also known as Amazing Grace, she is regarded as one of the pioneers in the field.
  • In 1962 – The Bay of Pigs invaders got thirty years imprisonment in Cuba.
  • In  1974 – Hank Aaron hits 715th home run breaking Babe Ruth’s record.
  • In 1975 – Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians became first black manager of a major league baseball team.
  • In 1977 – The Clash released their debut album of the same name. The British combo around lead vocalist Joe Strummer is considered one of the most influential early punk rock bands.
  • In 1985 – Phyllis Diller underwent a surgical procedure for permanent eyeliner to eliminate the need for eyelid makeup.
  • In 1986 – Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, CA.
  • In 1987 – Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned over remarks he had made. While on ABC’s “Nightline” Campanis said that blacks “may not have some of the necessities” to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball.
  • In 1988 – Former President Reagan aide Lyn Nofziger was sentenced to prison for illegal lobbying for Wedtech Corp.
  • In 1994 – Smoking was banned in the Pentagon.
  • In 1998 – The widow of Martin Luther King Jr. presented new evidence in an appeal for new federal investigation of the assassination of her husband.
  • In 2002 – Ed McMahon filed a $20 million lawsuit against his insurance company, two insurance adjusters, and several environmental cleanup contractors. The suit alleged breach of contract, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress concerning a toxic mold that had spread through McMahon’s Beverly Hills home.
  • In 2002 – Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play “Topdog/Underdog.”
  • In 2005 – Over 4 million people paid their last respects to Pope John Paul II. Karol Józef Wojtyła from Poland was an immensely popular pope. He was succeeded by German Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger.

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.

  • Gautama Buddha 563 BC – ‘The Enlightened One’.
  • Mary Pickford 1893 – Actress.
  • Sonja Henie 1910 – Ice skater.
  • Elizabeth “Betty” Ford (Bloomer) 1918 – Former First Lady.
  • Carmen McRae 1922 – Jazz singer.
  • Edward Mulhare 1923 – Actor.
  • Shecky Greene 1926 – Comedian.
  • John Gavin 1931 – Actor.
  • Dorothy Tutin 1930 – Actress.
  • Kofi Annan 1938 – U N secretary-general.
  • John Havlicek 1940 – Basketball player.
  • Peggy Lennon 1941 – Singer.
  • Darlene Gillespie 1941 – Mouseketeer.
  • Hywel Bennett 1944 – Actor.
  • Stuart Pankin 1946 – Actor.
  • Jim “Catfish” Hunter 1946 – Baseball player.
  • John Schneider 1954 – Actor.
  • Barbara Kingsolver 1955 – Writer.
  • Julian Lennon 1963 – Musician.
  • Robin Wright 1966 – Actress.
  • Patricia Arquette 1968 – Actress.
  • Emma Caulfield 1973 – Actress.
  • Taylor Kitsch 1981 – Actor.
  • Taran Noah Smith 1984 – Actor.
  • Kirsten Storms 1984 – Actress.


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