April 23rd – Forsooth, ‘Tis Talketh As Shakespeare Day

April 23, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

I desireth that thou cousins fare well on this morn. Today is Sunday, April 23, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Talk Like Shakespeare Day  

Yes, 453 years ago today William Shakespeare was born. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what better way to honor “the Bard” than to speak like him on his birthday. If you are unsure how to talk like a character in a Shakespearean play, here are a few hints that will help you in that endeavor.

  1. Instead of ‘you’ say thee or thou. Instead of ‘you all’ say ye.
  2. Don’t waste time saying “it”, just use the letter “t” instead: as in ‘tis, and ‘twill.
  3. When in doubt, add the letters ‘eth’ to the end of verbs, as I just dideth.
  4. To add weight to your opinions, preface your arguments with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth, or wherefore.
  5. Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin.
  6. Instead of cursing, try calling your tormentors jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch back’d toads.

Haveth merriment whilst ye engageth in this frivolity.

Lover’s Day

Like Valentine’s Day, Lover’s Day is a day to express your feelings to the one you love. It is a day for romance. Unlike Valentine’s Day, you aren’t necessarily obligated to spend a fortune on candy, flowers, jewelry, and an extravagant dinner, but you can do something special if you want. Today a simple “I Love You because ……..” will suffice. I suggest offering to do one of your lover’s chores for the day or offering them a massage.

Take A Chance Day

Take A Chance Day may seem familiar to you. We have already covered a number of holidays that express a similar sentiment in the past. I just go by what my sources tell me, so if this seems repetitive, don’t blame me. Take A Chance Day is a day to take a risk. Go “all in”, “draw to the inside straight”, “double down”, “let it ride”. Life is nothing but a “Crap Shoot” anyway.
Take A Chance Day applies to matters of the heart and business as well. If you have been reluctant to ask that “special someone” out, today is the day to take the chance. If you want that promotion at work, make your case to your boss.

World Laboratory Day

World Laboratory Day celebrates those dedicated, often quirky, sciency-type people who work in laboratories. Most of the world’s greatest medical treatments and cures were discovered and perfected in laboratories, after endless study and testing. And, the results laboratories produce help mankind in many ways. Vaccines are developed in laboratories and many of the inventions made to make our lives easier started out in a laboratory. Where would the world be without laboratories and the people who work in them?
Not all people who work in laboratories are like Dr. Frankenstein. If you know a person who works in a laboratory, or if you encounter such a person today, be sure to wish them “Happy World Laboratory Day”.

Lost Dog Awareness Day

When a dog goes missing, most owners do not know how or where to begin looking. Lost Dog Awareness Day seeks to highlight the large numbers of lost dogs around the world, and in particular to highlight the efforts of organizations like Lost Dogs of America, which help to reunite pets with their owners. On a more positive note, this holiday also celebrates the dogs who are successfully reunited with their owners each year.
Lost Dog Awareness Day serves to remind us that not all stray dogs are homeless and it is likely that an owner is looking for that dog that has been found. If you find a lost dog, check it for tags and/or take it to a veterinarian or dog shelter and have it scanned for a microchip.
Lost Dog Awareness Day was created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie – directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, respectively and is always celebrated on this date. Since its creation in 2013, Lost Dog Awareness Day has helped 42,000 dogs find their way back to their loving homes.

National Picnic Day

The word picnic is derived from the French word piquenique, which means a meal eaten outdoors. People have been eating their meals outside in the beauty of nature for centuries. In fact, our modern-day idea of a picnic evolved from Medieval hunting feasts and Victorian garden parties. These were usually quite sophisticated affairs, which involved multiple courses and elaborate preparations.
During the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed “The Picnic Society” to promote picnics as social gatherings. These picnics were potlucks, and each participant also had to provide a share of the entertainment. The society members drank from crystal goblets and listened to a live string quartet while eating their meal.
Today, picnics are usually casual meals enjoyed on a comfortable picnic blanket in a park, on the beach, or even the back yard.

National Cherry Cheesecake Day  

The tangy cheesecake was developed in ancient Greece. Neufchatel, ricotta and other soft, fresh cheesecake-friendly cheeses have existed in Europe for centuries, engendering a variety of savory and sweet cheesecake recipes.
Modern day cream cheese, the basic ingredient in cheesecakes these days, was invented by accident in New York, in 1872, by a dairyman named William Lawrence. In 1880, he adopted the brand name “Philadelphia” because at the time, Philadelphia, not New York, was known as a center of fine cuisine.
In the early 20th century, the Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese company created and promoted the first cream cheesecake recipe, and this iconic dessert was born. It is unknown who first thought to top this delicious dessert with cherries.
Celebrate National Cherry Cheesecake Day by having a slice of cherry cheesecake for dessert tonight.

National Zucchini Bread Day  

National Zucchini Bread Day, oddly enough, celebrates Zucchini bread – that sweet, cake-like bread which is very popular here in America. Zucchini bread first became popular in the 1960’s. With the hippie movement was in full swing, people were seeking healthier food options. As an alternative to the sugary frosted layer cakes and sheet cakes of the time, sweet quick breads like zucchini bread and carrot cake became popular, modeled after banana bread. As with bananas, the high water content of the zucchini adds moisture to the cake. Although zucchini bread contains grated zucchini, it is not considered a “health food” by most nutrition experts, because it normally also contains chopped pecans or walnuts, and optional ingredients such as coconut, grated apple, raisins, and even chocolate chips. It is perfect as a tea bread, plain or with cream cheese frosting and is often eaten in place of a muffin at breakfast.
No one knows for sure who actually created National Zucchini Bread Day or when it was created, but I can certainly understand why it was created – desperation! Zucchini plants are notoriously one of the most prodigious producers in the garden. Usually, by mid-summer, most families are sick and tired of eating zucchini, even resorting to stealthily leaving zucchini on their neighbor’s porch while they are away just to get rid of it – yet the plant in their garden just keeps on producing. Having exhausted all of their other zucchini recipes, they created Zucchini Bread.
To celebrate National Zucchini Bread Day, eat some Zucchini Bread today.
Zucchini Trivia: Zucchini is not a vegetable but a fruit. It carries its seeds on the inside, like all other true fruits. Strawberries are an “accessory fruit” (previously known as a false fruit), a category where the fruit’s flesh is derived not from the ovary of the plant, but from some adjacent tissue. Other examples include figs, apples, and pears. The strawberry is the only “fruit” with seeds on the outside. The “seeds” are actually incorporations of the pistils of the flower of the plant.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1789 – President George Washington moved into Franklin House, in New York City. It was the first executive mansion.
  • In 1872 – Charlotte E. Ray became the first black woman lawyer.
  • In 1896 – The Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.
  • In 1900 – The word “hillbilly” was first used in print in an article in the “New York Journal.” It was spelled “Hill-Billie”.
  • In 1908 – President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.
  • In 1924 – The Senate passed the Soldiers Bonus Bill.
  • In 1940 – About 200 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, MS.
  • In 1954 – Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run.
  • In 1964 – Ken Johnson of the Houston Astros threw the first no-hitter for a loss. The game was lost 1-0 to the Cincinnati Reds due to two errors.
  • In 1968 – The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.
  • In 1971 – The Rolling Stones released the album Sticky Fingers. The album is often considered one of the British rock band’s best. It includes hits like “Brown Sugar” and ”Wild Horses”.
  • In 1984 – The discovery of the virus that causes AIDS was announced. French virologists Luc Montagnier and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of the HI virus.
  • In 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. The “New Coke” formula was so unpopular that the original Coke was re-introduced as Coca-Cola Classic soon afterward.
  • In 1985 – The House of Representatives rejected $14 million in aid to Nicaragua.
  • In 1988 – A U.S. federal law took effect that banned smoking on flights that were under two hours.
  • In 1988 – In Martinez, CA, a drain valve was left open at the Shell Marsh. More than 10,000 barrels of oil poured into the marsh adjoining Peyton Slough.
  • In 1988 – Kanellos Kanelopoulos set three world records for human-powered flight. The Greek Olympic cyclist flew a record-breaking 71 miles from Crete to Santorini in the MIT Daedalus aircraft, which was named after the mythological inventor of aviation.
  • In 1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last regular season game in the NBA.
  • In 1996 – A New York civil court jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to Darrell Cabey. Cabey was paralyzed when he was shot in a subway car in 1984.
  • In 1997 – A fertility doctor in California announced that a 63-year-old woman had given birth in late 1996. The child was from a donor egg. The woman is the oldest known woman to give birth.
  • In 2003 – President George W. Bush signed legislation that authorized the design change of the 5-cent coin (nickel) for release in 2004. It was the first change to the coin in 65 years. The change, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, was planned to run for only two years before returning to the previous design.
  • In 2005 – The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com. The 18-second clip “Me at the zoo” shows co-founder Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo.

Noteworthy Birthdays

Author’s Note: I decided to start adding the links to the Noteworthy Birthdays segment of this BLOG again.

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.

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