May 3rd – Just Another (Para)Normal Day

May 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning seers, and sayers of sooth. Today is Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

 Paranormal Day

The word “paranormal” is a general term used to describe an experience that is outside the range of a normal experience. It was coined sometime between 1915 and 1920 and is generally used to describe phenomena that science cannot easily explain or measure. The word itself comes from “para” meaning above and normal meaning standard, so essentially it refers to something above or beyond ordinary experience. There are a lot of strange holidays and observances each year, and it seems that there is at least one every day. Paranormal Day is no exception. Even today, there are many things that can’t be explained by science or logic.
These days, it seems like the topic of the paranormal is everywhere. The popularity of the 2007 film “Paranormal Activity” raised interest in the paranormal and it has gone ‘mainstream’. And, we can’t discount the role that the Internet and online games play in popularizing the subject of the paranormal. Gone are the days of paranormal experiences being considered taboo, or just a source of parlor tricks and the occult. According to a Gallup poll conducted in 2005, about 73 percent of Americans believed in at least one type of paranormal experience from a list presented to them in the survey. The majority believed in extra-sensory perception, closely followed by haunted houses, ghosts, and telepathy. Another survey conducted in Australia revealed that 70 percent of respondents had a paranormal experience that changed their lives, generally in a positive way. Many reported having premonitions while others mentioned sensing the presence of a person or animal that wasn’t there. Have you ever had a premonition that came true, or had a feeling that you were being watched when you are alone in a room? If so, that could be classified as paranormal activity.
Although to my knowledge, it is not an ‘official’ holiday anywhere, Paranormal Day is recognized around the world as a day to honor all those who believe in paranormal experiences as well as those who engage in paranormal activities. Believers in the paranormal gather to exchange stories or experiences. Even if you are skeptical, you can still celebrate Paranormal Day. Watch some scary movies, have a ghost-themed party, visit some places in your area rumored to be haunted, or just get a psychic reading.

World Press Freedom Day (or just Press Freedom Day)

World Press Freedom Day was created by the United Nations in  1993.  It recognizes the value of freedom of expression, and the sacrifices journalist have made for this freedom. The United States enjoys the freedom of the press, but many other countries do not. The foremost indicator of the freedom a nation’s citizens enjoy is the freedom (or lack thereof) that the press has to criticize the Government. This right should not be taken lightly.

Public Radio Day

When you hear the term ‘public radio’, you might think about your local public radio station or the state-run radio stations that are the norm in many nations around the world. However, here in America, public radio refers to non-commercial broadcasts that are funded through a combination of listener donations and government support. Though public radio is funded in part by grants from federal and local governments, public radio stations and content producers in the United States function independently from government influence.
Radio as we know it started its evolution in the early 1900’s, and the first regular, non-commercial, non-governmental radio broadcasting was done by a station at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This station, 9XM (now known as WHA), started broadcasting in 1916. These broadcasts were not what we hear today; instead, they were mostly Morse code signals. In 1917, non-governmental radio broadcasts of all kinds were halted in the face of World War I. After the war ended, radio technology had grown and changed enough to send voices and music.
In the 1940s, the lower range of numbers in the FM band was set aside for educational and non-commercial purposes, thus setting public radio apart from other types of radio.
In 1967, President Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act, which catalyzed the formation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The CPB is a non-profit organization funded by the federal government and covers both radio and television public broadcasting. The formation of the CPB formalized the association between public radio stations and led to the founding of National Public Radio (NPR). Since its founding in 1970, NPR has evolved into a major media organization that produces and syndicates informational and educational programming across the nation.
Though television and the Internet are ever more popular, many people still rely on the radio as a source of news and entertainment. Not all public radio programming is produced by NPR. Local affiliates decide which programs air, and when. Some content is produced independently by organizations such as Public Radio International (PRI) and some content is produced locally through college and university programs.
If you enjoy listening to public radio, I urge you to make a donation today.

National Special-abled Pets Day

National Specially-abled Pets Day celebrates these amazing and heroic animals, helps to educate the public about caring for disabled pets and find homes for orphaned, specially-abled pets. Founded in 2006 and internationally embraced. Pets that become challenged due to disease, birth flaws or injuries, tend to develop greater senses than your average pet. Most of the time it’s as if they never had to readjust to life…and we need to keep up with them.
National Specially-abled Pets Day is celebrated nationally and internationally on May 3rd every year. It encourages people to consider adopting a specially-abled pet. Although it can be difficult and a bit heart-wrenching at times, a specially-abled pet can be a rewarding addition to any family.

Garden Meditation Day

Garden Meditation Day encourages you to find the time to relax in your garden for a while today. Meditation is one of the best forms of relaxation. Go out into your garden after your stressful day and contemplate the meaning of life, the beauty of Nature, or just contemplate your navel. The key to celebrating this holiday is to get away from your TV or computer (or the myriad of other distractions after your long day at work). Go outside and relax in a peaceful, serene setting and forget about all the stressful things in your life.

National Textiles Day

National Textiles Day is celebrated on May 3rd and recognizes all that textiles do to improve our lives. National Textiles Day was founded by Valley Forge Fabrics and was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016. Consider all the ways textiles improve our lives — From the clothing you wear to the linens on your bed to the fluffy towels hanging in your bathroom; from the drapes in your living room to the carpeting on your floor to the upholstery in your car, textiles are all around us. From fashionable style to everyday necessity, textiles provide us with a wealth of design possibilities.
Textiles are woven fibers of either natural or synthetic materials. The resulting fabric is used to make coverings for a variety of uses from clothing and bedding to furniture covers as well as rugs, drapery, and canvas for art and shelter. Not only does textile lend itself to multiple uses it is versatile, and its texture and color are unlimited.
Celebrate National Textiles Day by looking around you and seeing the variety of different ways textiles are used in your home.

Great American Grump Out

I know that there are a lot of things to be grumpy about these days. The economy, healthcare, gas prices, world strife, turmoil, and functional illiterates gaining notoriety on “Reality TV” — Oh yes, and the media circus surrounding our President.
The Great American Grump Out is celebrated on the first Wednesday in May and urges us to try to forget about all of the crap that makes us grumpy and focus on our more affable side. Just for today, try to avoid dealing with the people who “piss you off” the most, such as petty, idiotic, brain-dead bureaucrats, or over-paid, lunatic-fringe, “talking head” network teleprompter readers (I won’t defame the few remaining honest journalists by referring to these clowns as “reporters”). Try to avoid being the “grammar Nazi” on Twitter and Facebook. It’s only for one measly day. You can go back to your curmudgeonly ways tomorrow.

Lumpy Rug Day

Lumpy Rug Day is intended to make you aware that “all rugs are not created equal”, and to let you know that you should appreciate a good rug if you are lucky enough to own one. Rugs should be comfortable, smooth and even. Many people spend a great deal of time on their rugs watching TV, playing games, putting together puzzles, and sometimes catching “forty winks”. Few people like lumpy rugs. They are unsightly and uncomfortable to walk on. If you have a lumpy rug in your home, today is the day to consider replacing it with a quality, lumpless rug.

 National Raspberry Tart Day

A tart is a type of pastry similar to a pie, except that the crust will stand on its own when baked and can be removed from the pan. Tarts are usually filled with fresh fruit or a combination of pastry cream and fresh fruit. Individual sized tarts, baked in specially sized tart pans, are also popular. Enjoy a raspberry tart for dessert today. This is one recipe. If you don’t feel like baking, your neighborhood supermarket will generally have a variety of tarts available for purchase (get there early to be sure you get a raspberry one).

National Chocolate Custard Day

Custard as we know it dates back to the Middle Ages when it was used as a filling for tarts. After the 16th century, fruit creams became popular and it was about this time that custards began to be made in individual dishes or bowls rather than as fillings for a crust. Today custard is used to fill tarts, Danish pastry, cream puffs and éclairs; it is mixed into trifles and otherwise part of other sweet and savory delights. Custards are prepared in two ways: stirred or cooked on top of the stove, or baked in the oven. The main difference between a custard and a pudding is that custards are egg-based while puddings are milk or cream based.

More Holidays

On this date:

  • In 1802 – Washington, DC, was incorporated as a city.
  • In 1855 – Macon B. Allen became the first African-American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.
  • In 1913 – The first Indian full-length feature film premiered. The release of Raja Harishchandra marked the birth of the Indian film industry, the world’s largest in terms of films produced and ticket sales.
  • In 1921 – West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
  • In 1933 – The U.S. Mint was under the direction of a woman for the first time when Nellie Ross took the position.
  • In 1937 – Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With The Wind.”
  • In 1944 – Dr. Robert Woodward and Dr. William Doering produced the first synthetic quinine at Harvard University.
  • In 1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
  • In 1952 – The first airplane landed at the geographic North Pole.
  • In 1958 – Truman Capote’s book Breakfast at Tiffany’s was published. The novella is one of his most popular works. The 1961 film of the same name starring Audrey Hepburn is a classic in its genre.
  • In 1971 – James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King’s assassin, was caught in a jailbreak attempt.
  • In 1978 – The Digital Equipment Corporation sent the world’s first spam email. A representative sent out 600 emails and sold computers for $12 million. Unsolicited bulk emails have since become a scourge of the digital age as spammers attempt to achieve a similar success.
  • In 1979 – Margaret Thatcher was elected British Prime Minister. The conservative politician was the first female head of state in Europe. During her 11-year reign, her sweeping economic reforms polarized the British public and her toughness earned her the nickname The Iron Lady.
  • In 1988 – The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband’s activities.
  • In 1992 – Five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles, CA. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King.
  • In 1997 – The “Republic of Texas” surrendered to authorities ending an armed standoff where two people were held as hostages. The group asserts the independence of Texas from the United States.
  • In 1999 – A tornado produced the highest wind speeds ever recorded. The F5 tornado hitting parts of Oklahoma City caused the record wind speed of about 301 mph, killing 45 people and injuring 665 more.
  • In 1999 – Mark Manes, at age 22, was arrested for supplying a gun to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who later killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.
  • In 2000 – The trial of two Libyans accused of killing 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 (over Lockerbie) opened.
  • In 2006 – In Alexandria, VA, Al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

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