June 24th – Not A Senseless Holiday

June 24, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning sentient soul mates. Today is Saturday, June 24, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Celebration of the Senses Day 

Celebration of the Senses Day is a day to remind yourself of your body’s amazing sensory abilities. At any moment in time, you are bombarded with a multitude of sensory experiences for your brain to process. Often, your senses become muddled as a result. Senses are often affected by each other. Taste is affected by the smell, texture, and temperature of our food. Sight is often affected by the noise around us.
To celebrate this holiday, try a few experiments at home this evening to put your senses into warp-drive. Blindfold yourself and try to identify different foods from your refrigerator. Listen to a piece of music in a pitch dark room. Look at things around you with a pair of binoculars. Basically, use your senses in an entirely different way.
Aristotle was the first person to categorize the five basic senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. However, many think that there are five more “secondary” senses as well. They are listed below. (Source: Wikipedia)

1)  Sense of balance and acceleration – the ability to sense body movement, direction, and acceleration, and to maintain balance and equilibrium.
2)  Temperature sense – the ability to sense heat and the absence of heat (cold).
3)  Kinesthetic sense – the ability of the brain to be aware of the relative positions of various parts of the body without sensing these via the ‘normal’ senses (like being able to touch your nose with your finger, with your eyes closed).
4)  Sense of Pain – the sense of pain was previously believed to be an overloading of pressure receptors, but it has since been identified as a distinct phenomenon that intertwines with the other senses, including touch.
5)  Sense of Time – the ability to perceive the passage of time, both short passages as well as longer time cycles.

On a personal note, I would like for some sciencey type person to develop a way for people to enhance their eleventh sense – Common Sense. Sadly, over the last few decades, this important “sense” has all but disappeared from society.

Great American Campout (aka Great American Backyard Campout)

Great American Campout, aka Great American Backyard Campout, kicks off a summer-long campaign sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage people to go camping at least once this summer. It was created in 2005 and has been observed on the fourth Saturday in June since.
Whether you camp in an RV or camp trailer in a state or national or state park, “rough it” on a trail, or just pitch a tent in the backyard, the purpose of the Great American Campout is twofold – To get you outside communing with nature and to encourage you to share the experience with your family to bring you closer together.
Share your knowledge of the great outdoors with your children. Discuss with them the importance of leaving as small a carbon footprint as possible. Teach them to respect, but enjoy nature and all its wonders. Learn about the indigenous flora and fauna where you camp and pass it on.

Bartender and Mixologist Day

Whether you prefer yours shaken or stirred, straight up or on the rocks, a simple malted or fermented beverage, or prefer one of those frilly, fruity drinks served with a tiny umbrella, Bartender and Mixologist Day is the opportunity to imbibe in one of your favorite adult beverages. This holiday was created in 2013 and has been celebrated annually on the last Saturday in June since.
The terms “bartender” and “mixologist” are often wrongly used interchangeably. A bartender is a person who tends bar and can make a variety of drinks. A mixologist, on the other hand,  not only masters the basics of bartending but also studies the craft of making drinks, understand mixtures and ingredients, and creates new concoctions that may very well become the classic cocktails of tomorrow.
To celebrate Bartender and Mixologist Day, you don’t have to be a member of MENSA. Go to your favorite “watering hole” and partake, (responsibly, of course), in one or two of your favorite adult beverages. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try channeling your “inner mixologist” and concoct a brand new cocktail from the ingredients you have on hand at home. Cheers!

Swim a Lap Day 

Humans have probably been swimming since their first encounter with a body of water, and there are ancient paintings and carvings depicting swimming dating back 7,000 years. Swimming is a popular activity done for both recreation and exercise, even among those individuals who are not physically active, or who are physically impaired.
Swim a Lap Day is a holiday that is self-explanatory – it encourages you to swim a lap, or two, or more today. Summer is officially here, and so is the need to get relief from the heat. Can you think of a better way to cool off than to go for a swim? Swimming is great exercise…and a lot of fun to boot; so do a few laps in a pool today. If you are a member of the 1%, take a few laps in your own pool. If you are a member of the 99%, take your family to a community swimming pool in your area, or buddy up to one of your 1% friends. Heck, pack a picnic lunch to take along, just remember to wait half an hour after you eat before you resume swimming.

International Fairy Day 

International Fairy Day is the perfect opportunity to relive your childhood fantasies and celebrate the joy and magic of the fairy world. It is a day for fairy believers young and old to celebrate the stories, magic, and history of the Fair Folk. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of Celtic culture. In all of the ancient legends, these mythological creatures are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical. They have the ability to fly and cast spells. Mortals don’t often see fairies because of the division between the two worlds, but sightings can occur at twilight. In his 1904 play Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie wrote that when the first baby laughed, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and that was the beginning of fairies.
Read a classic fairy tale, or take a stroll through the woods at twilight. You never know when you might stumble across something magical.
Author’s Note: The term “fairy” used in the context above is in no way meant to refer to the pejorative term for a male homosexual, nor should the readers of this Blog make any such inferences.

Great American Picnic Day

Great American Picnic Day is observed the on last Saturday in June. So, if the weather is nice where you live, head to your nearest park, or even your backyard, and have a picnic. Remember, be careful about overexposure to the sun. If you use a grill, be safe be safe and make sure to clean up after yourself.

Museum Comes To Life Day 

The only reason that I even mention this holiday is because it was listed in two of my sources. Museum Comes To Life Day is supposed to be a holiday where local museums all across the globe feature interactive exhibits and special programs for people of all ages. Unfortunately, I could not find one museum anywhere that is actually participating in this event.
Many museums sponsor these types of events at varying times throughout the year, so I suggest that you use this holiday to find out when, or if, your local museum has special events planned.

National Pralines Day 

Pralines were created in France by coating almonds in caramelized sugar. The praline got its name from French soldier and sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin, as it was his cook who invented it. The term praline has different meanings depending upon where you are. In France, they are as they were described above. In Germany and Belgium, a praline is any filled chocolate, many of which are filled with ground nuts (praline paste).  The recipe evolved when French settlers brought the recipe to Louisiana. In Louisiana and Texas today, a praline is a flat, round, creamy candy patty dotted with crunchy pecans. Early Creoles began using local pecans as the nuts, instead of the almonds or hazelnuts used in the French confection. The product evolved into a candy made of brown sugar, butter, and cream and cooked to a soft-ball stage like fudge, but filled with pecans and spooned onto wax paper to form patties. It is called a praline but has absolutely nothing in common with French, or any European; pralines, except for the use of sugar and nuts. It’s all too confusing to me. I guess I’ll just go to my local confectioners, ask for pralines, and take what I get and be happy. They all sound good to me anyway.

More Holidays

Eid al-Fitr – End of Ramadan.

Global Smurfs Day – Observed on the closest Saturday to June 25th.

National Celebrate Your Marriage Day – Observed on the last Saturday in June.

On This Date

  • In 1497 – Italian explorer John Cabot, sailing in the service of England, landed in North America in what is now Newfoundland.
  • In 1664 – New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, was founded.
  • In 1717 – The world’s first Masonic Grand Lodge was established. Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that has counted among its members a large number of known intellectuals. Due to its secretive nature, many myths about their underground activities have emerged through the ages. A Grand Lodge is the governing body for a certain geographic area.
  • In 1844 – Charles Goodyear received patent #3,633 for his vulcanized rubber process. Although he is credited with its invention, modern evidence has proven that Mesoamericans used stabilized rubber for balls and other objects as early as 1600 BC.
  • In 1861 – Federal gunboats attacked Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia.
  • In 1896 – Booker T. Washington became the first African-American to receive an honorary MA degree from Howard University.
  • In 1901 – Pablo Picasso opened his first exhibition. The 18-year-old Spanish artist was featured for the first time in Ambroise Vollard’s gallery in 6 Rue Laffite in Paris. While neither of the two art critics that visited the show thought much about his works, Picasso went on to become one of the most influential artists of all time.
  • In 1922 – The American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League.
  • In 1940 – TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention as the Republicans convened in Philadelphia, PA.
  • In 1948 – The Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade. In reaction to the currency reform in West Germany, the Soviet Union blocked all access to West Berlin. It was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. Western Allies launched the Berlin airlift to transport supplies to the blocked area. In Germany, the planes became known as “raisin bombers” or “candy bombers”.
  • In 1964 – The Federal Trade Commission announced that starting in 1965, cigarette manufacturers would be required to include warnings on their packaging about the harmful effects of smoking.
  • In 1982 – A British Airways jumbo jet experienced a sudden total engine failure. At the same time, the crew observed a mysterious glow in the darkness. The Boeing 747’s pilots had unwittingly flown into a cloud of volcanic ash caused by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, causing all four engines to flame out. The crew eventually succeeded in restarting the engines and landing safely in Jakarta.
  • In 1982 – The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that no president could be sued for damages connected with actions taken while serving as President of the United States.
  • In 1997 – The Air Force released a report on the “Roswell Incident,” suggesting the alien bodies witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies.
  • In 2002 – Africa’s worst ever train disaster killed 281 people. The crash occurred near Msagali, Tanzania, when a passenger train with some 1200 passengers rolled back down Igandu hill after its brakes had failed.
  • In 2002 – The Supreme Court ruled that juries, not judges, must make the decision to give a convicted killer the death penalty.

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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