May 9th – Wayward Hosiery

May 9, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning mourners of lost laundry. Today is Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Lost Sock Memorial Day

Lost Sock Memorial Day recognizes that drawer full of unmatched socks, the mates to which have disappeared into the vacuum of “laundry limbo”. Spend a little time today – as little as possible – searching for the mates of those unmatched socks…then throw them away. If the mate eventually shows up later, throw it in your unmatched sock drawer and save it for this holiday next year.
If you can’t bear the thought of throwing those mismatched socks away, here are a few alternatives.

  1. You could create a new holiday such as “Wear Mismatched Socks Day” so that you could wear them at least once a year, without ridicule.
  2. You could re-purpose them and turn them into some sort of freakish, mismatched, patchwork, Picasso-esque “sock monkey”.
  3. You could re-wash them and hope that they too, disappear into the nether regions of “laundry limbo”. [Be sure to wash them only with other mismatched socks and NOT with any paired socks, lest you end up with even more mismatches].
  4. If you are feeling really ambitious, you could organize a grassroots effort to create a “missing sock registry”. You could take photographs of your missing socks and have them printed on bottles of laundry detergent. Then if someone recognizes one of your socks, they could call the “missing sock Hotline” which you and your group also created, and reunite you with your wayward hosiery.

Or, like I said before, you could simply bid them good riddance and throw them away.

Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day

We’ve all seen them – those tags on mattresses and pillows that say something to the effect of: “Do Not Remove Under Penalty Of Law.” But, if you do remove that tag, do you really need to fear that the government will bust down your door in the middle of the night and haul you off to the gulag? The answer is NO!
Those warning tags were put there by the government to protect consumers, not punish them. The purpose of the tag is to assure consumers that they are buying a new, never-been-used product and to let them know exactly what’s inside it.
The need for these tags arose in the early 20th century. At the time, mattresses were often constructed with horse hair, corn husks, food waste, old rags, newspaper, and whatever else a manufacturer could procure cheaply and shove inside. Consumers would never see the stuffing, so no harm, no foul, right? Not really. Some of this stuff harbored bacteria and household pests and other not-so-pleasant stuff.
The government tackled the problem by requiring mattress manufacturers to affix tags to their products that clearly defined their contents…but without the “Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law” nomenclature. Consumers could then make informed decisions. But soon, the unscrupulous manufacturers and salesmen were simply removing the tags before they hit the showroom floor.
To combat this, the government countered with a new regulation. Tags now had to have the “do-not-remove” warning, and federal regulations made it unlawful to “remove or mutilate, or cause or participate in the removal or mutilation of, prior to the time any textile fiber product is sold and delivered to the ultimate consumer, any stamp, tag, label, or other identification required” on them. “Any person violating this section,” the regulation continues, “shall be guilty of an unfair method of competition, and an unfair or deceptive act or practice, under the Federal Trade Commission Act.” This action deterred dishonest mattress manufacturers and dealers but also confused more than a few consumers, who dutifully left the tags on for fear of prosecution. In recent years, the Feds and many state governments have eased the minds of law-abiding citizens by amending the mattress laws so the tags read “this tag shall not be removed except by the consumer.”
Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day lets you know that it is perfectly OK to remove those tags without any legal repercussions once you have bought the mattress…if you want to bother. To celebrate this holiday, go through your house and remove the tags from all of your mattresses, pillows, throw pillows, sofa cushions…et al.

National Teacher Appreciation Day

National Teacher Appreciation Day, (aka National Teacher Day), is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. It is a holiday for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. We have all had a teacher who inspired us, challenged us, or even changed the course of our lives. National Teacher Appreciation Day is the day to show your appreciation for all the remarkable individuals who have dedicated their lives to teaching. Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our – children the future leaders of our country. They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction. We entrust our children with the teachers, and they affect their lives on a daily basis, so, on National Teacher Appreciation Day, let them know how much you appreciate all that they do for them.
In 1944, an Arkansas teacher named Mattye Whyte Woodridge began a campaign to establish a national day that would honor teachers. Woodridge wrote letters to politicians, education leaders, and eventually, the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

National Moscato Day

National Moscato Day celebrates Moscato, (or Muscat) grapes…a wine grape – one of the oldest known variety of grapes grown in the world. Moscato is also a type of wine made from these grapes originating from the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. Moscato grapes can be white to almost black and the flavor from sweet to dry. Because of this, it is quite versatile and is used to make everything from sparkling and dessert wines to dry and floral wines. Where one Moscato may pair well with a steak, another will go well with fresh fruit and a sharp cheese plate.  It has become a popular choice due to its sweetness, lightness, and affordability.
National Moscato Day was created in 2012 by the Gallo Family Vineyards. to celebrate these remarkable grapes and the wines they produce.

National Butterscotch Brownie Day

Brownies are classified as a bar cookie rather than a cake, because they are a finger food, like cookies; and cake is meant to be eaten with a fork. (Obviously, the author of that fact has never been to my house, where cake is often eaten with fingers).
National Butterscotch Brownie Day pays tribute to a specific kind of brownie. Butterscotch brownies, also known as Blonde Brownies or “blondies,” are delicious baked goodies that date back to the 19th century. Recipes for these soft, chewy bars most likely evolved from Medieval gingerbread cake recipes. In fact, butterscotch brownies were around for almost a hundred years before chocolate brownies became popular.
To make butterscotch brownies, you need flour, baking powder, salt, butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, and butterscotch. Popular add-in ingredients include walnuts, pecans, butterscotch pieces, chocolate chips, Nutella, banana, or cranberries. You can also choose to add a topping like chocolate Irish cream frosting or drizzled caramel.
Factoid:  Blonde brownies were actually created before the chocolate brownies.

More Holidays

On this date:

  • In 1429 – Joan of Arc defeated the besieging English at Orleans.
  • In 1671 – Thomas “Captain” Blood stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London.
  • In 1754 – The first newspaper cartoon in America showed a divided snake “Join or die” in “The Pennsylvania Gazette.”
  • In 1926 – Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole.
  • In 1940 – Vivien Leigh debuted in America on stage in “Romeo and Juliet” with Lawrence Olivier.
  • In 1941 – The German submarine U-110 was captured at sea by Britain’s Royal navy.
  • In 1958 – Richard Burton made his network television debut in the presentation of “Wuthering Heights” on CBS-TV.
  • In 1960 – The first birth control pill was approved. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would add birth control as a new indication for the drug “Enovid”.
  • In 1961 – Jim Gentile (Baltimore Orioles) set a major league baseball record when he hit a grand slam home run in two consecutive innings. The game was against the Minnesota Twins.
  • In 1962 – A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.
  • In 1969 – Carlos Lamarca began his fight against Brazil’s military dictatorship. Lamarca was a member of the communist organization Vanguardia Popular Revolucionária (VPR) and is well known for his urban guerilla actions. Brazilian forces killed him in 1971.
  • In 1974 – The House Judiciary Committee began formal hearings on the Nixon impeachment.
  • In 1978 – The bullet-riddled body of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was found in an automobile in the center of Rome. The Red Brigades had abducted him.
  • In 1979 – Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian was executed. An Islamic revolutionary tribunal had convicted him of “contacts with Israel and Zionism” and “friendship with the enemies of God”. His execution triggered a Jewish mass exodus from Iran.
  • In 1980 – A Liberian freighter hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida. 35 motorists were killed and a 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapsed.
  • In 1994 – Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa’s first black president.
  • In 1996 – In video testimony to a courtroom in Little Rock, AR, President Clinton insisted that he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan in the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.
  • In 1997 – Pete Peterson became the first United States ambassador to visit Vietnam after the end of the war. Peterson, a Vietnam veteran, devoted himself to promoting reconciliation between the two countries. About 2.5 million Vietnamese, most of them civilians, were killed during the war.
  • In 2002 – In Bethlehem, West Bank, a deal was reached that would end the 38-day standoff at the Church of the Nativity. Thirteen suspected militants were to be deported to several different countries. The standoff had begun on April 2, 2002.
  • In 2012 – The brand-new Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane crashed. The regional jet was the first airliner produced in Russia since the end of the USSR in 1991. The doomed flight was a demonstration tour carrying potential customers. All 45 people on board perished in the crash, which was caused by pilot error.

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.

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