April 20th – The World Is Going To Pot

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

Good morning my hippie-dippy friends. Today is Thursday, April 20, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

420 Day (aka National Pot Smokers Day and/or Weed Day)  

National Pot Smokers Day is a holiday where millions of people across the world celebrate in the conspicuous consumption of marijuana — In other words, just another ordinary day.
But why 420? Well, the history of its origin is somewhat cloudy (perhaps because the ones who created this holiday did so in a cloud of marijuana smoke). According to the editor of High Times, Steven Hager, the term “420” originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking students who called themselves the Waldos. The term 4:20 was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot. Other versions say 420 originated from a police dispatch code that identified a marijuana-related crime; or that 420 was the number of chemical compounds that are found in marijuana. Whatever its true origin may be, 420 Day (aka National Pot Smokers Day and/or Weed Day) is now firmly implanted in the marijuana subculture. I can not, in good conscience, urge you to celebrate this holiday.

National High-Five Day

National High-Five Day celebrates that universal symbol of camaraderie – the high-five. A group of students at the University of Virginia declared the first National High Five Day in 2002, and it is celebrated annually on the third Thursday in April.
Nobody knows who invented the high-five. NBA player Derek Smith claimed that he created the high-five while playing for the University of Louisville basketball team in 1979. According to another story, a man named Mont Sleets popularized the gesture. While Mont was growing up in Kentucky, his father’s old army friends would greet each other by extending their arms straight up in the air and saying the name of their division: “Five.” As a boy, it was difficult for Mont to remember all of the names of his father’s friends, so when he saw them he would just say “Hi, Five!” This childhood greeting stuck with him and he started to greet others with high fives. My friends and I used this gesture in the late 1950’s, and we weren’t the originators either. The high-five has been probably around since the dawn of time. I can picture Neanderthal men sitting around the campfire giving each other high-fives in celebration after killing a wooly mammoth to feed their clan.
Today, National High Five Day is celebrated across the country to help raise money for the National High Five Project, which promotes cancer awareness. Two in five people are likely to be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime, so you are urged to high-five everyone you meet today.
Author’s Note: The trick for a perfect high-five every time is to look at the other person’s elbow as you are about to high-five them. This ensures the accuracy of your aim.

Look Alike Day

For the few of you who didn’t stop reading this BLOG after the first paragraph and immediately begin your celebration, Look Alike Day is precisely what the name implies. Choose someone you admire and respect (or someone who you just want to look like), then do your best to emulate their appearance. Style your hair to match theirs and choose to clothe yourself in a manner similar to what they normally wear. You don’t have to worry about acting or speaking like they do. Today is Look Alike Day…not Imitate Day.

Volunteer Recognition Day

Are you still with me? Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. They are all the real-life saints and superheroes of this world. Volunteer Recognition Day honors the legions of volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others. Volunteers make a big difference in the lives of so many people. They give comfort, improve lives and in some instances, save lives. And, they seldom ask for recognition. You can celebrate this holiday by thanking volunteers for their work; getting involved in a volunteer activity yourself, or donating to a volunteer group.

UN Chinese Language Day

UN Chinese Language Day is one of those self-serving UN created “holidays” that I love so much. I will now remove my tongue from my cheek and offer a link for you here so that you can find more information about this holiday…if you’re still able to concentrate at this point.

National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day

For those of you who are still with me and not busy making a batch of “Brownies” or scarfing down junk food due to your cannabis-induced case of the “munchies”, Pineapple Upside-down Cake is a cake made by putting the topping in the pan first. Fruit, most popularly pineapple rings, are set into the bottom and the batter is poured on top. After the cake is baked it is inverted, and the fruit that was once at the bottom forms a decorative topping.  For best results, the pan should be non-stick to avoid parts of the cake sticking to the pan which would have an unpleasant effect on the appearance of the cake. The first documented Pineapple Upside-down cake recipe was found in a 1924 fund-raising cookbook published in Seattle. However, the Dole company is credited with popularizing the cake during the 1940’s.

Lima Bean Respect Day

Lima beans are incredibly good for you. They are filled with nutritious fiber, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Lima beans are also low in fat and contain protease inhibitors that stall the development of cancerous cells.
Humans have been cultivating lima beans since 6000 BC. Today, people use them in recipes for soups, spreads, casseroles, and salads. In Japan, green baby lima beans are an important ingredient in bean paste, which is a popular dessert. Succotash, a dish usually found in the southern region of the United States, combines lima beans, corn, and chili peppers. Lima beans may not be your favorite healthy vegetable, but today is the day to show them some respect.

International Pizza Cake Day

International Pizza Cake Day is a holiday observed on the third Thursday of April each year. Contrary to what you might think, International Pizza Cake Day does not celebrate an ultra-thick crusted pizza, or pizza, in any form for that matter.
International Pizza Cake Day is an internet-generated holiday that celebrates cakes decorated like pizza. The beginnings of this holiday can be found in this Facebook post. [To read the story, you’ll have to click on each picture individually…as each picture tells a different part of the story].

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1775 – American troops began the siege of British-held Boston.
  • In 1832 – Hot Springs National Park was established by an act of Congress. It was the first national park in the United States.
  • In 1836 – The territory of Wisconsin was created by Congress.
  • In 1841 – In Philadelphia, PA, Edgar Allen Poe’s first detective story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” was published in Graham’s Magazine.
  • In 1861 – Robert E. Lee resigned from U.S. Army.
  • In 1865 – Safety matches were first advertised.
  • In 1902 – Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering research the next year, in 1903.
  • In 1912 – Fenway Park opened as the home of the Boston Red Sox.
  • In 1916 – Chicago’s Wrigley Field held its first Cubs game with the first National League game at the ballpark. The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.
  • In  1934 – The movie “Stand Up And Cheer” opened. It was Shirley Temple’s debut.
  • In 1940 – The First electron microscope was demonstrated by RCA.
  • In 1951 – A human organ was surgically replaced for the first time. Romanian surgeon Dan Gavriliu used a section of the stomach to bypass the esophagus.
  • In 1953 – Operation Little Switch began in Korea. It was the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war. Thirty Americans were freed.
  • In 1961 – FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC.
  • In 1962 – The New Orleans Citizens’ Council offered a free one-way ride for blacks to move to northern states.
  • In 1971 – The Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
  • In 1978 – The Korean Airliner Flight 902 was shot down while in Russian airspace. The Boeing 707’s crew had miscalculated their route, taking them into Soviet air space at the height of the Cold War. The jet made an emergency landing on a frozen lake. Two passengers were killed in the incident.
  • In 1984 – Britain announced that its administration of Hong Kong would end in 1997.
  • In 1988 – The Air Force officially unveiled the B-2 Stealth Bomber.
  • In 1989 – Scientist announced the successful testing of high-definition TV.
  • In 1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet head of state to visit South Korea.
  • In 1999 – In Littleton, CO, 13 people were killed at Columbine High School when two teenagers opened fire on them with shotguns and pipe bombs. The two gunmen then killed themselves. A further 24 victims were injured.
  • In 1999 – Jane Seymour received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 2010 – The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. The explosion of the British Petroleum (BP) platform operated by Transocean killed 11 workers and led to the largest accidental marine oil spill in history.

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.

  • Napoleon III 1808 – Emperor of France.
  • Adolf Hitler 1889 – German dictator.
  • Harold Lloyd 1893 – Comedian, actor.
  • Lionel Hampton 1908 – Bandleader.
  • Tito Puente 1923 – Jazz musician.
  • Nina Foch 1924 – Actress.
  • Elena Verdugo 1926 – Actress.
  • George Takei 1937 – Actor.
  • Johnny Tillotson 1939 – Singer.
  • Ryan O’Neal 1941 – Actor.
  • David Leland 1947 – Actor.
  • Jessica Lange 1949 – Actress.
  • Luther Vandross 1951 – Singer, songwriter.
  • Denis Leary 1958 – Comedian.
  • Clint Howard 1959 – Actor.
  • Crispin Glover 1964 – Actor.
  • Carmen Electra 1972 – Actress.
  • Joey Lawrence 1976 – Actor.
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