May 26th – Gray or Grey?

May 26, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my drab friends. Today is Friday, May 26th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Gray (Grey) Day

Before I begin, I should first clarify the difference between gray and grey — and that difference depends upon where you are from. In the English language, gray and grey are interchangeable and have the same meanings. Gray is the most popular spelling in America, whereas grey is the most popular spelling in the United Kingdom. In the past, distinctions between the two have been attempted. For example, in his work Chromatography; or, a Treatise on Colours and Pigments, and of their Powers in Painting published in 1835, the chemist George Field wrote that gray “denotes a class of cool cinereous colors in which blue predominates,” while Field reserved grey to describe a more neutral shade. However, such nuanced definitions failed to gain acceptance and are not observed in popular usage today.
Since I live in California, which is arguably still a part of America, I will use the American spelling henceforth. National Gray Day celebrates the oft-maligned color – gray. Really, how often do you meet someone who proudly proclaims that their favorite color is gray? In the fashion industry, the color gray seems to be relegated to accessorizing or offsetting other more dominant colors.
The word gray refers to the color of a neutral tone between black and white, but can also be used metaphorically to convey gloom, drabness, and dullness — “It’s a gray day today.” “I’m in a gray mood.” Celebrate National Gray Day by going into the nether regions of your closet or drawers, finding those gray garments, and wearing them proudly today…as the predominant color of your attire. And, don’t let anything or anyone put you in a gray mood.

Don’t Fry Day & Sunscreen Protection Day

Although listed separately in my sources, Don’t Fry Day & Sunscreen Protection Day convey the same admonition — Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be detrimental to your health.

Don’t Fry Day sounds like a dieter’s mantra but in fact, it is an initiative put forth by the Council for Skin Cancer Prevention always celebrated on the Friday before Memorial Day (get it? Friday, Fry Day, chortle, chortle). With all of the information we have available these days about the adverse effects of prolonged sun exposure, the days of tanning and basking in the sun all day long should be behind us. But, there are still those among us that think they are impervious to the sun’s effects. They slap on a hat, and wrap around sunglasses and neglect the most important thing…to use sunscreen. They go about having “fun in the sun” only to suffer the consequences later in life.
Don’t Fry Day is intended to serve as a reminder to always use sunscreen. Rather than staying out in the sun all day, why not celebrate by holding an indoor picnic. If the weather is just too nice to be cooped up indoors, grab some friends, a beach umbrella, and have some “sun smart” fun in the great outdoors. Just remember to limit you exposure to the sun during peak hours, wear protective clothing, and, of course, WEAR SUNSCREEN!

Sunscreen Protection Day is another holiday that warns about overexposure to the sun. To reiterate – Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause serious risks to your health. With the steady depletion of the ozone layer above the earth, more and stronger UV rays get through. Overexposure to the sun can cause a number of health problems, including skin cancer, sunspots, and premature aging of your skin. Medical professionals advocate the use of sunscreens to guard against health problems. They recommend a Skin Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or more. (Pasty Caucasians like yours truly should use an SPF of at least 40). Sunscreens should be used for all outdoor activities, including swimming. And yes, sunscreens should be used on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate through the clouds.

National Death Busters Day

National Death Busters Day is observed annually on the Friday before Memorial Day. Memorial Day weekend has achieved the dubious distinction of being one of the most dangerous times to drive on American roads. The goal of this holiday is to remind us to drive carefully during this weekend and strive to eliminate traffic-related deaths. As a former over-the-road truck driver, I saw some really horrendous accidents over the years. Below I offer four suggestions to help you reach your destination safely.

  1. Drive defensively. Watch out for “the other guy” – he might not have read this post.
  2. Plan your trip in advance and be sure to take into account that traffic will be heavier than usual.
  3. Get plenty of sleep the night before your trip and if you start to feel drowsy…pull over and take a break…or a nap if necessary.

National Wig Out Day

National Wig Out Day is observed 10 days before the first Monday of June and is similar to Halloween, except for wigs only. Have you ever wanted to dye your hair a different color or try out a new hairstyle, but were too scared to take the risk? If so, then today is your day. If like me, you are not burdened with hair of your own, today is your chance to see what might have been; were it not for genetics. National Wig out Day encourages people to don wigs and strut around proudly in them all day. This holiday was created in 2006 by Kate and Alice Clark. The sisters were able to inspire the residents of Bellingham, Washington to go to work wearing all different types of crazy wigs and then gather downtown at the end of the day for a party.
Since then, Wig Out Day has grown and spread throughout the nation. So go ahead and stop by your local wig shop or shop for wigs online. Your wig can be anything you choose; from a mullet to a 70’s style afro. Whatever you decide to wear on your head is OK, just be sure to Wig Out today.
Note: “Wig Out” is also a term used to describe the unnecessary feelings of anxiety and paranoia often caused by the use of marijuana, and other psychotropic drugs. People can also “wig out” in times of extreme stress; such as the loss of a job, a divorce or break-up, or even a death in the family. So, if you aren’t going to celebrate this holiday, don’t “wig out” on someone who is secure enough with themselves to actually participate in National Wig Out Day.

Sally Ride Day 

Sally Ride Day Sally honors the birth, on this date in 1951, of Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished this feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle “Challenger”. STS-7 was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983. Celebrate this holiday by learning more about the U.S. space program and NASA.

National Paper Airplane Day
Paper airplanes are simple and fun to make. All you need is a single sheet of paper and a little ingenuity. And they are relatively cheap. The average office-supply pack of paper contains enough material to make an entire fleet.
Paper airplanes can also be educational. By using the process of trial and error, you can perfect the aerodynamics of your craft to increase the flying distance or to perform specific maneuvers such as a “loop de loop”. And, paper airplanes aren’t just for kids anymore. People of all ages can enjoy making and flying paper airplanes. Some communities even sponsor paper airplane making contests that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
Making paper airplanes can also be inspirational. Flying a paper airplane on a beautiful, warm, sunny day can help you more greatly appreciate both the performance of your aircraft and the wonders of nature.

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day 

Although cheesecake recipes can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece, the flavored versions we know and love today are a recent innovation. People have come up with all sorts of interesting and unique cheesecake flavors and toppings, but National Blueberry Cheesecake Day is a celebration of the classic blueberry variety.
The type of cheese used to make cheesecake has a huge impact on the flavor and texture of this delicious dessert. American cheesecakes are made with cream cheese, Italian cheesecakes are made with ricotta, and German and Polish cheesecakes are made with “quark” cheese, which is a type of curd cheese. Blueberry cheesecake is one of the most popular cheesecake flavors. Enjoy a heavenly slice today to celebrate.

National Cherry Dessert Day

Cherries are in season again, and National Cherry Dessert Day urges you to take advantage of that fact by making a dessert today with cherries as the predominant ingredient.
Cherries range from sweet to sour and have many culinary uses. They contain about 60-80 calories per 3.5 ounces portion. They are high in vitamin C, carbohydrates, and include trace amounts of fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), niacin, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium.
Cherries are a versatile fruit and show up in many different international cuisines…both in savory and sweet recipes. Cherries can be purchased in a variety of forms including fresh, frozen, canned (as for pies), and even dried, which make a tasty snack.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1647 – A new law banned Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty was banishment or death for a second offense.
  • In 1835 – A resolution was passed in Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
  • In 1864 – The Territory of Montana was organized.
  • In 1865 – Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.
  • In 1896 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average was first published. The Dow Jones is one of the world’s most important stock market indices. Today it comprises data from 30 major United States companies.
  • In 1908 – The first oil strike was made in the Middle East, in Persia. The discovery in Masjed Soleyman in Iran had a major impact on the country’s and the world region’s economy and politics. More than half of the world’s oil reserves are located in the Middle East.
  • In 1923 – The 24 Hours of Le Mans was held for the first time. Only three competitors completed the race in 1923. The winners were André Lagarde and Albert Leonard of France, who covered 2210 kilometers in 24 hours.
  • In 1938 – The House Committee on Un-American Activities began its work of searching for subversives in the United States.
  • In 1946 – A patent was filed in the United States for an H-bomb.
  • In 1948 – Congress passed Public Law 557 which permanently established the Civil Air Patrol as the Auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.
  • In 1958 – Union Square, in San Francisco, became a state historical landmark.
  • In 1959 – The word “Frisbee” became a registered trademark of Wham-O.
  • In 1970 – The Tupolev Tu-144 became the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2. The Russian plane, sometimes nicknamed Concordski, first took to the skies in 1968, two months before the Concorde.
  • In 1972 – The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) was signed by the U.S. and USSR. The short-term agreement put a freeze on the testing and deployment of intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles for a 5-year period. It was one of the most important treaties between the two superpowers during the Cold War.
  • In 1975 – American stuntman Evel Knievel suffered severe spinal injuries in Britain when he crashed while attempting to jump 13 buses in his car.
  • In 1977 – George H. Willig was arrested after he scaled the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center. It took him 3 1/2 hours.
  • In 1994 – President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China and announced that his administration would no longer link China’s trade status with its human rights record.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island was mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled those police officers in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their “actions shock the conscience.”

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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