May 11th – “Caution, You Are About To Enter The Twilight Zone”

May 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my surrealistic friends. Today is Thursday, May 11, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Twilight Zone Day

Twilight Zone Day celebrates that mysterious, weird, surreal and sometimes scary television show that aired from 1959 until 1964 on CBS. If you are like me, you waited in eager anticipation each week to see the latest episode. It was very popular and stretched the imagination of its viewers. Rod Serling created, produced, hosted and often wrote the show. Watch a few episodes today to celebrate. You can find old episodes here.
This holiday does not represent the date of birth or death of Rod Serling, nor does it represent the date that the show originally aired, nor the date the show ended. In fact, in my research, I found no logical explanation or reason for Twilight Zone Day being celebrated on May 11th. Perhaps that is the reason today was chosen; because, in keeping with the surreal nature of the show, it has no connection to the series or its creator. Am I in “The Twilight Zone”?

Make a Book Day

Make a Book Day urges you to channel your “inner Ernest Hemingway and Simon and Schuster” and make a book. There is no information on who created this holiday, when it was created, or even why it exists.
Nonetheless, celebrating Make-A-Book Day couldn’t be easier to celebrate. Write a story, edit it, print it out, bind it between construction paper (or cardboard if you want a hardcover edition), and illustrate the cover. Badda bing!  Technically, you made a book. Have Fun! [This would be a good holiday to celebrate with your children or grandchildren to spark their interest in being creative].

Eat What You Want Day

It seems like a new fad diet or health food craze pops up every couple of weeks, and they all have one thing in common…they don’t work. Coupled with the fact that magazines are filled with male and female models with chiseled features and sculpted bodies, it is no surprise that so many Americans have body-image issues.
As it turns out, a gluten-free diet is not particularly good for those who aren’t actually allergic to gluten, juice cleanses deprive us of the protein and fat our bodies need to work properly, and taking too many vitamin supplements just makes your urine more expensive because our bodies naturally flush out the excess anyway. Dieting is a relatively new phenomenon. The first fad diet programs appeared in the United States during the 19th century and today people are still trying all sorts of crazy things to lose a few pounds. Our ancestors were concerned with getting more carbohydrates and fats into their systems for survival, not less.
You don’t have to be Kreskin to figure out what this holiday is about. Eat What You Want Day is the holiday to ignore your diet and indulge in the foods you love most. While junk food is certainly acceptable today, don’t forget to include your favorite meals as well. Perhaps you’d like to recreate Thanksgiving dinner or childhood favorites like mac and cheese or pigs-in-a-blanket. Or perhaps you would prefer to celebrate by splurging on a meal at a five-star restaurant. Go ahead and order that lobster tail, or those crab legs with your steak tonight.
Just keep your dietary restrictions in mind as you celebrate. Don’t put your health at risk just to take part in this holiday.
Can anyone say Buffet?

Hostess Cupcake Day

Today marks the 98th anniversary of the Hostess CupCake, which first went on sale on this date in 1919. According to author Andrew F. Smith, it was the first commercially produced cupcake, originally produced by the Taggart Bakery as the Chocolate Cup Cake.
Originally, two cupcakes were sold for five cents. Different flavors were offered during the early years, including cupcakes topped with vanilla or malted milk flavored icing. During the 1940’s, an orange flavored cupcake was developed, with orange cake and icing. But until 1950, the Hostess CupCake did not have any filling or the white squiggly line across the top. In 1947, D.R. “Doc” Rice, who started his career at Hostess in 1938 with a job that entailed dumping baked cakes on a table, was given the task of developing the Hostess CupCake further. These developments culminated in an updated cupcake in 1950. The white line consisting of squiggles was added to the top to distinguish the Hostess CupCake from other brands. The vanilla creme filling was also added. Rice got the idea for using a creme filling when a new machine for injecting filling into Hostess Twinkies became available. Improvements were also made to the cake mix and the chocolate icing in 1950.
Other flavors of Hostess CupCake that have been available at times have been a golden vanilla and strawberry, but they didn’t gain acceptance and were discontinued. The only flavors to survive were the original chocolate and the orange.
In 1988, 400 million Hostess CupCakes were sold. As of 2011 Hostess sold over 600 million CupCakes each year. Although Hostess Brands entered into bankruptcy protection in 2012, the company planned to continue making CupCakes and other snack cakes such as Twinkies and Sno Balls. These plans were derailed by the company’s liquidation and the announcement that they are going out of business on November 16, 2012. The company officially restarted production of snack cakes on June 6, 2013, with products officially going on sale on July 15, 2013.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 868  – The earliest surviving dated printed book was produced in China. The “Diamond Sutra” is one of the most important texts in Mahayana Buddhism. The British Library in London presently houses the copy.
  • In 1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam ( New York) to become governor.
  • In 1792 – The Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray.
  • In 1858 – Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.
  • In 1910 – Glacier National Park in Montana was established.
  • In 1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
  • In 1934 – A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a “Dust Bowl.” The storm was one of many.
  • In 1947 – The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.
  • In 1949 – Siam changed its name to Thailand.
  • In 1960 – Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.
  • In 1981 – The musical “Cats” premiered. The work sparked a musical craze around the world and catapulted the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to stardom.
  • In 1985 – In England, a stadium fire erupted at a soccer match between Bradford City and Lincoln City in Bradford City.  The fire killed 56 people and injured at least 265 others. The wooden stands at Valley Parade soccer ground went up in flames. The exits were locked. A burning cigarette thrown into a waste bin was determined as the probable cause of the disaster.
  • In 1995 – The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.
  • In 1996 – An Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades. All 110 people on board were killed. The crash that was caused by a fire in the cargo compartment.
  • In 1997 – Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM’s chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beat a world-champion player.
  • In 1998 – India executed a series of nuclear weapons tests. The detonations raised fears of a nuclear conflict in the area and sparked international protests. On May 13, 1998, India officially declared itself a nuclear power.
  • In 2001 – U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his decision to approve a 30-day delay of the execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh had been scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2001. The delay was because the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had failed to disclose thousands of documents to McVeigh’s defense team.

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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