June 22nd – It’s a “Guy Thing”

June 22, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning guys. Today is Thursday, June 22nd. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Stupid Guy Thing Day 

Since I began covering holidays on a daily basis in this BLOG, I’ve discovered some really nonsensical holidays, but I think that Stupid Guy Thing Day just catapulted to the top of the list. Granted, guys sometimes do some really stupid things like not being attentive or not asking for directions, but they certainly don’t have a monopoly. Women do some pretty stupid things too.
In today’s politically correct society, how can a holiday like this even exist? Was this holiday created by divorce lawyers? The answer to that last question is no. Wellcat.com, the creators of this sexist holiday, say that you ladies should celebrate this holiday by compiling a list of all the stupid things that men do, then show it to the men in your life. Be forewarned, if any of you ladies do compile a list, don’t show it to me unless you’re prepared for a reality check. I am compiling my own list of stupid things that women do, and I’ll match you tit-for-tat.

National HVAC Tech Day

National HVAC Tech Day is a recent addition to the National Day Calendar. It was submitted by ARS/Rescue Rooter, a national provider of home services, in 2016 and was approved by the National Day Calendar the same year. Its purpose is to show appreciation for all HVAC technicians in the industry.
With summer in full swing, it’s time, actually, way past time, to think about your conditioner and National HVAC Tech Day serves to remind you of that. For you non-tradesman types readers, HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, and HVAC technicians are the ones who maintain these systems for you.
Though a variety of home heating and cooling techniques have existed since ancient times, central heating and air as we know it was born in the early 1900’s. New inventions like the residential air conditioner and advances in older technologies, such as the thermostat and blower-equipped furnaces, gave Americans greater control over their indoor comfort than ever before.This newfound power was more than a luxury; it shaped the growth of the country. Sun Belt cities with triple-digit summer temperatures became much more attractive places to live and vacation, once AC was more widely adopted on the 1960’s.
Today, many of us take the indoor comfort for granted. But it’s the HVAC technicians who keep our environmental and climate control systems running, day and night. If that’s not reason enough to show them a little love, here are a few more:

Extreme conditions are just another day at the office for an HVAC technician

A few hours without AC or heat may be uncomfortable for us, but imagine working in those conditions every day of the week, HVAC technicians tirelessly brave the sweltering heat and numbing cold to restore our comfort, often at the hottest and coldest times of the year.

They go everywhere you hate to be

Crawl spaces, attics, and all points in between—that’s where you’ll find an HVAC pro. Depending on the age and condition of the building, they may run into anything from dust, debris and cobwebs to pests, mildew and claustrophobically close quarters.

HVAC technicians can save you some green

Want your next HVAC system to maximize your energy savings? An HVAC expert can help you choose the right equipment for your home’s needs and your family’s heating and cooling habits. He or she can even recommend different thermostat options that range from set-it-and-forget-it simplicity to real-time smartphone controls with power usage tracking. And, the savings don’t stop there. Regular maintenance, provided by your trusted HVAC technician, helps keep your system running at peak efficiency. That prevents energy waste and minimizes wear and tear that can shorten the life of your HVAC investment.

And finally, they can help you live greener

Don’t forget that saving energy means saving the earth’s valuable resources. New technology in the HVAC industry affords us the opportunity to upgrade our antiquated heating units and air conditioners to more environmentally friendly models. When an HVAC professional helps you select and maintain efficient heating and cooling systems, he’s also helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

The best way to celebrate National HVAC Tech Day is to simply enjoy your air conditioner on this sweltering day.

National Onion Rings Day 

Onion rings are a snack food, fast food, side dish or appetizer made from circles of sliced onion coated in a batter or breading, and deep-fried. They are most well known in Western countries and a few Asian countries, where they are often served as part of fast food meals and sometimes restaurant meals.
It is not known when onion rings were first created, but the first published recipe for onion rings was published in 1802, in ”The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined”. This recipe describes a process of dipping halved onion rings into a rather flavorful mixture of flour, with creams and cheeses and then boiling (deep-frying) them in a vat of lard. Following on the heels of this was a suggestion to serve it with a sauce made of a mixture of mustard and butter. The first ‘modern-day’ recipe for onion rings appeared in a Crisco Shortening advertisement in the New York Times in 1933.
Since then there have been many refinements of the onion rings recipe, with a great debate existing on the proper method and what brings out the best flavor. There are hundreds of recipes involving different mixtures of batter to coat them in, different sauces to dip them in, and even the type of onions you use to prepare them. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, there’s even a variety of onion rings that’s made from an onion paste formed into a ring instead of an actual slice of onion.
I’m not a fan of onion rings, but if you are, by all means, enjoy some today.

National Chocolate Eclair Day 

An Eclair is a finger-shaped pastry filled with custard or whipped cream. The dough used is called pâte à Choux which is carefully baked to allow for a hollow interior. Then cream, custard, or purée is piped into its center and it is topped off with fondant icing.
Eclair is the French word for lightning. It is suggested that the pastry received its name from the “flash” of frosting or confectioner’s glaze that glistens across its top, though the direct connection between lightning and Eclairs is unclear.
Eclairs are known to have originated in France around the turn of the 19th century. However, many food historians speculate that the eclairs that we enjoy today were created by Marie-Antoine Carême (1874-1933) – the first “celebrity chef,” and considered to be the architect of French haute cuisine. The Oxford English Dictionary traces the term “eclair” in the English language to 1861. The first known recipe for eclairs appears in the 1884 edition of the Boston Cooking-School Cookbook.
Now, I don’t claim to be psychic, but I do predict that a trip to Happy Donut is in my immediate future…just as a trip to your favorite bakery or donut shop should be in yours.

On This Date

  • In 1611 – English explorer Henry Hudson, his son, and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.
  • In 1633 – The Church forced Galileo to renounce his heliocentric world view. The Holy Office concluded that the Italian scientist, by stating that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe, was “vehemently suspect of heresy”. Galileo spent the rest of his life under house arrest.
  • In 1868 – Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
  • In 1870 – Congress created the Department of Justice.
  • In 1874 – Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of osteopathy.
  • In 1909 – The first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle, WA.
  • In 1933 – The German government declared that the National Socialist (NAZI) Party was the only “legal” political party. Included in this decree were the creation of the German State Secret Police (the Gestapo) and the banning of all trade unions. The death penalty was declared for all non-fascists.
  • In 1934 – Work on the first prototypes for “Peoples Car” (later the V W Beetle) was begun by Ferdinand Porsche; however, a working model wasn’t ready until 1936.
  • In 1939 – The first water-ski tournament in the United Stated was held at Jones Beach, on Long Island, New York.
  • In 1941 – Germany invaded the Soviet Union. The initially successful attack soon proved a disaster for the Germans as wintry conditions and fierce Soviet resistance caused massive losses and ultimately forced them to retreat.
  • In 1942 – A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River.
  • In 1944 – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, better known as the G.I. Bill of Rights. This comprehensive legislation was created to thwart a return to the “Great Depression” after WW II. Among many other benefits, it provided for low-interest loans to returning soldiers for housing, education, and job training.
  • In 1945 – Okinawa fell to Unites States troops. The Battle of Okinawa marked a decisive defeat for Japan during World War II as the archipelago represented the last line of defense for mainland Japan. The country surrendered two months after the end of the battle.
  • In 1946 – Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.
  • In 1959 – Eddie Lubanski rolled 24 consecutive strikes in a bowling tournament in Miami, FL.
  • In 1964 – The Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller’s book, “Tropic of Cancer”, could not be banned.
  • In 1969 – Legendary entertainer Judy Garland died.
  • In 1970 – President Nixon signed a bill to lower the legal voting age to 18 years of age in all federal, state and local elections. The bill also extended the 1965 Voting Rights Act for another five years.
  • In 1978 – James W. Christy and Robert S. Harrington discovered the only known moon of Pluto. The moon is named Charon.
  • In 1986 – Diego Maradona coined the phrase “Hand of God”. The Argentinian football star had scored a goal with his hand during the FIFA World Cup quarter-final against England. The referee allowed the goal, the Argentinian team were later crowned world champions. After the game, Maradona said that the goal was scored “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”.
  • In 1987 – Legendary entertainer Fred Astaire died.
  • In 1990 – Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled. The crossing point on the sector border between East Berlin and West Berlin had become obsolete with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Today, the former checkpoint, including the famous sign stating “You are leaving the American sector”, is a tourist attraction.
  • In 1992 – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights.
  • In 1993 – Pat Nixon, educator, wife of Richard Nixon, and 39th First Lady of the United States, died.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that evidence illegally obtained by authorities could be used at revocation hearings for a convicted criminal’s parole.
  • In 1999 – The Supreme Court ruled that persons with remediable handicaps cannot claim discrimination in employment under the Americans with Disability Act.
  • In 2008 – Legendary entertainer George Carlin died.

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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