July 2nd – Out of This World

July 2, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning believers in extraterrestrial life. Today is Sunday, July 2nd.  Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

World UFO Day

World UFO Day seeks to get governments to fess up to the existence of UFOs. Many people believe that UFOs from outer space have already visited us, and a big, government cover-up is hiding the facts from the public.
People have reported UFO sightings since the beginning of recorded history. UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) became a major topic in pop culture after World War II, around the same time that the United States and Russia began experimenting with rocket science. Over the years, there have been a number of governmental investigations into UFO reports, but none of them has resulted in any significant evidence. However, World UFO Day is centered around The Roswell Incident.
On this date in 1947, Mac Brazel, a rancher located just northwest of Roswell, New Mexico, discovered the wreckage of a metallic object on his ranch. The wreckage and the metal it was made of was strange. He contacted military authorities who investigated the site and removed the wreckage. The first military reports referenced a mysterious, Unidentified Flying Object. These reports were later rescinded, leading to wide speculation and claims of a massive government cover-up of the discovery of UFOs from outer space. It also sparked fear of a UFO invasion and rumors of other incidents. That speculation is alive and well today.
The possibility of life beyond our planet has become a common subject in our modern-day books and films, so to celebrate World UFO Day, invite friends and family over to watch a science fiction movie.  There are many from which to choose – Star Wars, Signs, E.T., Contact, or Independence Day, or some of the classics like War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stood Still, or Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Astute observers of history since The Roswell Incident can come to only one conclusion. Aliens have visited Earth, and, in fact, have entrenched themselves in all echelons of our government; federal, state, local, and community. Only people not of this Earth could conceive of some of the otherworldly laws, regulations, and interpretations of our constitution made recently.
Authors Note: I leave it for you to decide whether or not it is coincidental that yours truly was born a mere 1000 miles away, and 11 days after the Roswell Incident.

Made in the USA Day 

Made in the USA Day is sponsored by the Made in the USA Foundation, and encourages people to buy products made in America.
The Made in the USA Foundation is dedicated to promoting products manufactured in the United States, as well as products assembled here. They strive to create a community of USA success stories. Their online platform serves as a tool for shoppers, and as a resource for manufacturers. The Foundation also pursues litigation and legislative activity to strengthen and uphold labeling laws and standards. They hope to encourage American values around the world, raising the bar concerning minimum wages, environmental standards, labor rights, and human rights, including eliminating child labor. Most importantly, they work to create good-paying jobs in the USA and a sustainable, environmentally sound, and healthy economy.
To celebrate this holiday today (and hopefully, every other day as well), strive to only buy products made in here in the good ole USA — Buy American people!

Build A Scarecrow Day

Build A Scarecrow Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in July each year for over a century. It is a holiday to gather together all the needed supplies and build a scarecrow to protect your garden.
A scarecrow is a decoy or a mannequin that is in the shape of a human and is dressed in old clothing. It is placed in gardens and fields to discourage birds such as crows and sparrows from feeding on your recently sown seed and growing crops.
“In Kojiki, the oldest surviving book in Japan (compiled in the year 712), a scarecrow, known as Kuebiko, appears as a deity who cannot walk, yet knows everything about the world.”
To celebrate Build A Scarecrow Day, have fun putting together your own unique scarecrow and protect your fruits and vegetables. Personalize your scarecrow by giving it pins, buttons, and apparel that have special meaning to you. This way, if you find that the intruders aren’t frightened by it, at least you’ll still have a festive and meaningful decoration for your garden.

Freedom Of Fear Of Speaking Day

Some people would rather be exposed in public then have to deliver a speech. For many, success is dependent on their ability to effectively and efficiently present their ideas to others, yet the stress of speaking in public leaves them visibly shaken, nauseated, and tongue-tied.
Speaking effectively is generally not a natural talent, but it can be learned. Below are a few tips to help you overcome your fear of public speaking.

  1. Challenge your fears. Often your fear becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy…the more fear you have, the more likely you are to fail. Keep your perspective.
  2. Preparation and rehearsal can help you smooth out your delivery. You don’t have to be perfect. You just need to be able to deliver your message.
  3. Keep your message to a few key points. This is where a lot of pressure comes from. You want to share your information, but you don’t want to overload your audience. A few key points with relevant examples will go a lot further than boring facts and statistics.
  4. Avoid caffeine. Coffee adds stress and is the last thing you need before giving your presentation. Try a couple of neck rolls and deep breathing exercises before you go to deliver your presentation. This will help you to relax and focus on the most important goal, which is meeting the needs of your audience.

Good public speakers have a passion for their message, know their material and are aware of how to take care of themselves to ensure that their voice and their body helps to communicate their message as opposed to detracting from their message. By keeping their public speaking challenges in perspective and practicing good speaking habits everyone can decrease the stress associated with public speaking.

I Forgot Day

Oops, I almost forgot. The next holiday today is I Forgot Day. I Forgot Day can have two distinct interpretations:
The first is that this holiday is a day to forget. Forget about something bad, or negative that brings you down. Just let it pass like it never happened.The other interpretation is that it is a day to express regret or remorse for forgetting something important to someone special; a day to repair relationships.
The other interpretation is that it is a holiday to express regret or remorse for forgetting something important to someone special; a day to repair relationships.
You are the arbiter of which way you interpret this holiday. Only you know which one is the most applicable to your circumstances. Either way, after you’re done celebrating, fuggedaboutit.

National Anisette Day 

If you’re the one who hoards all of the black jelly beans at Easter and Halloween, you might actually enjoy celebrating National Anisette Day.
Anisette is an anise-flavored (licorice-flavored) liqueur. It is most popular in France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. It is sweeter than most anise-flavored liqueurs (such as pastis) and has a lower alcohol content (typically 25% by volume, versus 40%).
Anisette was first created to replace absinthe, which was banned in many countries due to reported Psychedelic effects. It is made by distilling aniseed (the seed of the Mediterranean anise plant, a member of the parsley family). Sometimes a sugar syrup is also added. It is a colorless alcoholic beverage that tastes somewhat like licorice.
Pure Anisette should not be drunk straight as it can cause irritation to the throat. However, mixing it with coffee, gin, bourbon or water will bring out a bit of a sweet flavor.
Not being a fan of either licorice or alcohol, I will forego celebrating National Anisette Day.

More Holidays  

On This Date

  • In 1776 – Richard Henry Lee’s resolution that the American colonies “are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States” was adopted by the Continental Congress.
  • In 1843 – An alligator fell out of the sky in Charleston, South Carolina during a thunderstorm. It is believed that the strange incident happened when a waterspout carried an alligator from a body of water and dropped in on the city.
  • In 1850 – B.J. Lane patented the gas mask.
  • In 1857 – New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business.
  • In 1881 – President James A. Garfield was assassinated by Charles J. Guiteau in Washington, DC.
  • In 1890 – Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • In 1900 – A Zeppelin took off for the first time. The rigid aircraft named after Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the inventor of the dirigible and founder of the Zeppelin Airship Construction Company, made its first flight over Lake Constance in Germany. Unlike blimps or balloons, Zeppelins are built by stretching material over a rigid framework, usually made of metal. Zeppelins can be steered and they were used by the German Air Force to conduct aerial attacks during the First World War.
  • In 1926 – Congress established the Army Air Corps.
  • In 1937 – American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator. They were attempting to make the first around-the-world flight in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra. Neither they nor the plane has ever been found and that has to led to speculation about what happened to them. An accomplished pilot, Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • In 1939 – At Mount Rushmore, Theodore Roosevelt’s face was dedicated.
  • In 1964 – President Lyndon Johnson signed the “Civil Rights Act of 1964” into law. The act made it illegal in the U.S. to discriminate against others because of their race.
  • In 1976 – The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.
  • In 1976 – North Vietnam and South Vietnam were reunited.
  • In 1980 – President Jimmy Carter reinstated draft registration for males 18 years of age.
  • In 1985 – General Motors announced that it was installing electronic road maps as an option in some of its higher-priced cars.
  • In 1995 – “Forbes” magazine reported that Microsoft’s chairman, Bill Gates, was the worth $12.9 billion, making him the world’s richest man. By 1999, he was worth about $77 billion.
  • In 1998 – Cable News Network (CNN) retracted a story that alleged that United States Army commandos had used nerve gas to kill American defectors during the Vietnam War.
  • In 2001 – World’s first self-contained artificial heart transplant took place. American Robert L. Tools, 59-years old became the first person to receive the self-contained artificial heart transplant called the AbioCor at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. The AbioCor is an artificial heart that is not connected to wires or an external pump.
  • In 2002 – American businessman, Steve Fossett completed the first solo around-the-world Balloon Flight. This was Fossett’s 6th attempt to circumnavigate the world. It took him 13 days in a balloon called Spirit of Freedom to cover 20,000 miles.

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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