July 8th – I Kid You Not

July 8, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my young-at-heart friends. Today is Saturday, July 8th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Be a Kid Again Day

Be a Kid Again Day is dedicated to looking at the world as though you were still a child. It is a holiday to let your guard down and be a little silly, and remember the simple things in life from your childhood. It’s a day to not worry as much and to just go with the flow.
As adults, we worry so much about how others perceive us, and often don’t slow down to enjoy the moment. The responsibilities of life rob us of our ability to be spontaneous and carefree. Be a Kid Again Day affords us the opportunity to recapture some of that child-like innocence of our youth and do some of the things you remember doing as a kid, or to do things you wanted to do when you were younger, but never took the time or got the chance to do.
Below are a few examples of how to celebrate Be a Kid Again Day:

  • Eat ice cream for a meal. If you have an ice cream truck that visits your neighborhood, buy your ice cream from there.
  • Have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a grilled cheese sandwich, some mac & cheese, or go to Chuck E. Cheese for dinner.
  •  Run through a sprinkler, go swimming and do a cannonball, or have a Super Soaker or water balloon fight.
  • Watch kid-themed movies or TV shows all day…especially ones you loved as a kid.
  • Color or draw.
  • Make faces at strangers.
  • Pet every dog you see today.
  • Sing and dance for no reason.
  • Chew bubble gum and blow bubbles.
  • Jump rope.

One of the best ways to celebrate this holiday may be to actually hang out with a kid all day and do your best to copy what they do.
Factoid: The Chuck E. Cheese franchise was founded by the same person who founded Atari, as a way to expand video arcades to kids.

Video Games Day 

Video Games Day celebrates popular video games that stormed onto the market a couple of decades ago and changed the way your kids play. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox to Wii, video games provide all too many hours of playing time on your television set.
These days, the video game industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are games for all age ranges from toddler to adult. Some people schedule their lives around the pending release date of the newest game, or gaming system. The gaming industry is creating a whole generation of socially awkward misfits who have no concept of reality; the games are their reality. A disturbing trend I’ve noticed among some young parents these days is that they use video games as babysitters to keep their children occupied rather than spend their precious time with them; just at the age when children most need parental contact. How sad. This is not to say that all gamers are like this. Most gamers are normal, well-adjusted people who play games for an hour or so a day just for fun. There is nothing wrong with that.
I have never been, nor will I ever be a “gamer”. I realized way back in the early 1970’s when “Pong” first became popular, that I had no interest in gaming whatsoever. This is a good thing because with the cost of games and gaming systems today, I have saved a small fortune. In ancient times when I was a youth, video games did not exist. How on Earth did we survive? Simple, we went outside, got together with our siblings and friends, and used our imagination, creativity, and sometimes simple tools to make our own toys to keep ourselves occupied. Human interaction — What a concept.

Math 2.0 Day 

Math 2.0 Day is a day to remind people of the ways they use math every day. It’s also a day for big names in the math and technology world to get together and share news and resources related to math and how it is used in the technological world.
To celebrate this holiday, you can find out some little-known facts about how numbers help keep the world running smoothly or learn a new math trick to impress your friends. This link (or you can click on “Fun Math Formula” above the title of this post) will take you to a little math trick I learned from a talk radio show more than a decade ago. The presenter used only three numbers in the formula he presented to the audience. I memorized the simple formula, then one afternoon when I was bored, I experimented with it using larger and larger numbers until I came up with this final product.

SCUD Day 

SCUD Day is not a holiday about those ineffectual missiles used by Iraq during the Gulf War. SCUD stands for Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama. SCUD Day serves as a reminder for people to see the humor in situations rather than the drama.
Are you one of those people whose life imitates a soap-opera; endlessly going from one dramatic situation to another. Well, today is the day for you to step back, relax, and enjoy the funnier side of life. Relaxation and humor are good for your physical and mental well-being, so turn the drama down a notch and enjoy a good laugh today instead.

Ice Cream Sundae Day

Ice Cream Sundae Day pays tribute to the first Ice Cream Sundae served in Two Rivers Wisconsin in 1881. There are a few other cities that claim to be the originator of the first ice cream sundae (Ithaca, NY, Ann Arbor MI, Norfolk VA and Washington D.C.). However, research by language expert H.L. Mencken traced the origin of the word sundae, and he concluded that Two Rivers claim is accurate…at least in the sense that they were the first to use the word sundae.
Ice Cream Sundae Day serves to remind us once again that July is National Ice Cream Month. Yesterday we celebrated Strawberry Sundae Day, but today, on Ice Cream Sundae Day, you get to choose the flavor. What’ll it be? My lucky Bakersfield friends are fortunate to have Dewar’s — Can anyone say, Black & White? I had one during my visit on Wednesday. That’s close enough, so I’m good.

National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day celebrates exactly what it sounds like it celebrates; milk chocolate with almonds. Milk chocolate contains 10% chocolate liquor, 3.7% milk fats, and 12% milk solids. Because it has less chocolate liquor than say, dark chocolate, it has a less chocolatey flavor. While other chocolates also pair well with nuts, milk chocolate makes for a “lighter” tasting treat. A variety of nuts can be used with chocolate other than just almonds. Try cashews, hazelnuts, and peanuts, just not today. Today, you need to have milk chocolate, with almonds.

On This Date

  • In 1497 – Vasco da Gama embarked on a voyage to India from Lisbon with 4 ships. A year later, he reached the city of Calicut in southern India and became the first European to set foot in India by way of the sea.
  • In 1663 – King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
  • In 1693 – Uniforms for Police in New York City were authorized.
  • In 1755 – Britain broke off diplomatic relations with France as their disputes in the New World intensified.
  • In 1776 – Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the U.S. Declaration of Independence to a crowd at Independence Square in Philadelphia.
  • In 1777 – Vermont abolished slavery. Vermont adopted its constitution that abolished slavery, becoming the first region in the now United States to abolish slavery. The Constitution was adopted after Vermont declared independence from the British empire.
  • In 1795 – Kent County Free School changed its name to Washington College. It was the first college to be named after President George Washington. The school was established by an act of the Maryland Assembly in 1723.
  • In 1865 – C.E. Barnes patented the machine gun.
  • In 1879 – The first ship to use electric lights departed from San Francisco, CA.
  • In 1889 – The Wall Street Journal was published for the first time. Three financial reporters named Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser created The Wall Street Journal to supersede a previous periodical called the Customers’ Afternoon Letter.
  • In 1889 – John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain, in the last championship bare-knuckle fight. The fight lasted 75 rounds.
  • In 1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first “Follies” on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.
  • In 1947 – Demolition work began in New York City for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
  • In 1950 – General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.
  • In 1960 – The Soviet Union charged Gary Powers with espionage. He was shot down in a U-2 spy plane.
  • In 1963 – All Cuban-owned assets in the United States were frozen.
  • In 1969 – The U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for the game “Twister.”
  • In 1970 – The San Francisco Giant’s Jim Ray Hart became the first National League player in 59 seasons to collect six runs batted (RBI) during a single inning.
  • In 1981 – The Solar Challenger became the first solar-powered airplane to cross the English Channel.
  • In 1994 – Kim Jong-il took office as the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Popularly known as “Dear Leader” in his country, Kim Jong-il took North Korea’s highest office after the death of his father, Kim Il-sung. He ruled the country with an iron fist until his death in 2011, when his son, Kim Jong-un took his place. Kim Jong-il’s tenure was marred by widespread human rights violations and severe famine in the country.
  • In 1997 – The Mayo Clinic and the U.S. government warned that the diet drug combination known as “fen-phen” could cause serious heart and lung damage.
  • In 2011 – Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched for the last time. It was also the last flight of NASA’s 30-year long and successful Space Shuttle program. STS-135, as this final mission was called, was the program’s 135th flight.

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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