July 12th – KISS Principle

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

Good morning my basic BFF’s. Today is Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Simplicity Day 

In the military, we had the KISS principle. KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. The basic tenet of the KISS Principle is, “don’t make things (life) more difficult than it already is.”
Simplicity Day serves as a reminder for people to simplify their lives using the KISS Principle. Simplifying your life does not mean living a life of poverty. It means that one should strive for balance in their lives by frugal consumption, personal growth, and ecological awareness.
Celebrating Simplicity Day is simplicity itself — Simply find ways to simplify and declutter your life. In other words, divest yourself from as much of the drama of everyday existence as you can.
Simplicity Day was created to coincide with the birthdate of Henry David Thoreau, whose writings often echoed these sentiments.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. In proportion, solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty, poverty, nor weakness, weakness.” 
Henry David Thoreau

Different Colored Eyes Day 

Different Colored Eyes Day celebrates the diversity of eye color, and, recognizes a condition known as Heterochromia. People who have this trait, have two different colors of eyes. There are three types of Heterochromia:

  • Complete heterochromia – one iris is a different color from the other.
  • Partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia – part of one iris is a different color from the rest of the iris.
  • Central heterochromia – an inner ring is a different color than the rest of the iris.

The concentration and distribution of melanin are what determines the eye color, specifically the color of the irises.  The affected eye may be hyperpigmented (hyperchromic) or hypopigmented (hypochromic).  The excess of melanin indicates hyperplasia of the iris tissues, whereas a lack of melanin indicate hypoplasia.
Most cases of heterochromia are hereditary, caused by a disease or syndrome or due to an injury.  It is possible that just one eye may change color following certain diseases or injuries.
Some famous people have Heterochromia including David Bowie, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Seymour, Christopher Walken, and Mila Kunis.
Your eyes also can communicate feelings. By looking into a person’s eyes, you can detect what emotion they are feeling. Fear, hatred, and contempt; as well as sadness, love, and happiness are all conveyed in one’s eyes. The eyes are the window to the soul. You can tell much about a person by looking into their eyes.

Paper Bag Day

Consider if you will the lowly bag. Since mankind first discovered that they needed something in which to carry things, the need for bags became apparent…so the bag was invented.
Bags have gone through many evolutions throughout history. They were probably originally crudely constructed from animal skins. With the invention of textiles, bags began to be constructed from cloth. Paper bags have been around for well over a century. American inventor, Francis Wolle, received credit for his patent of the first paper bag machine in 1852. Margaret E. Knight became known as “the mother of the grocery bag” after she designed the square, flat bottom and the machine that would fold and paste them in 1870. Over the years, other inventors have received recognition and patents for their inventions of devices that improve the paper bag or its production.
Then, there is the invention of the convenient, but environmentally disastrous, plastic bag. Here in the Bay Area, many communities have banned the use of plastic bags entirely. When you go shopping here, you either have to bring your own commercially purchased or homemade, usually, cloth bag(s), bring in recycled plastic bags you have saved from previous purchases, or pay 10¢ each for a paper bag at checkout.
Paper Bag Day is celebrated annually on this date. Millions of people use paper bags every day. Readily recyclable, aside from carrying groceries, there are many alternative uses for paper bags. When I was growing up, we used them as trash bags. I also remember clearly constructing book covers out of paper bags to preserve my textbooks. We used them to make Halloween costumes. And these are just a few of the myriad uses for paper bags. Heck, the Unknown Comic made a career out of wearing a paper bag over his head in his comedy routines.
Diligent research using all of my sources did not reveal a clue as to why Paper Bag Day is celebrated on this date, who created it, or when, or even why it was created. To celebrate Paper Bag Day, use a paper bag for its intended purpose, or find a way to repurpose it for something entirely different. Be creative.

Pecan Pie Day 

Pecan pie is a sweet dessert that originated in the cuisine of the southern United States. It consists primarily of corn syrup or molasses, and pecans. Most pecan pie recipes also include salt and vanilla as flavorings. Chocolate and bourbon whiskey are other popular additions to the recipe.
The history of pecan pie is difficult to determine. While claims have been made of the dish existing in the early 1800’s in Louisiana, (Some have stated that the French invented pecan pie soon after settling in New Orleans, after being introduced to the pecans by Native Americans), these claims are not backed up by recipes or literature. The earliest recipe is dated in 1897, and well-known cookbooks such as Fannie Farmer and The Joy of Cooking did not include this dessert before 1940. The makers of Karo syrup have claimed that the dish was a 1930’s “discovery” of a “new use for corn syrup” by a corporate sales executive’s wife. No matter the origin, enjoy a slice of Pecan Pie for dessert today. It’s relatively easy to make at home and is also a staple in many restaurants across America.

Eat Your Jello Day

Eat Your Jello Day is observed annually on July 12 and salutes one of America’s favorite desserts.
Jello was trademarked as Jell-O in 1897 by Pearle Wait of Leroy, New York. It is a novel and fun dessert loved by millions. Francis Woodward later purchased the recipe and trademark, eventually making Jello a household name. With 21 different flavors, Jello satisfies every taste and can be enjoyed in numerous combinations.
To celebrate Eat Your Jello Day, make your favorite flavor of Jello for dessert tonight. Or, if you want to take a walk on the wild side, combine 2 or 3 different flavors, and/or combine it with different fruits or vegetables. Whether you mold it, layer it, or mix it with fruit or vegetables, Jello makes a tasty dessert or salad that neither breaks a budget or a diet. As they say, “There’s always room for Jello.”

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1862 – Congress authorized the Congressional Medal of Honor.
  • In 1912 – The first foreign-made film to premiere in America, “Queen Elizabeth”, was shown.
  • In 1920 – Moscow Peace Treaty was signed. Also known as the Soviet–Lithuanian Peace Treaty, the treaty was signed between Lithuania and the Soviet Union. It recognized Lithuanian sovereignty in exchange for its neutrality and for safe passage for Russian troops to Poland.
  • In 1931 – A major league baseball record for ‘doubles’ was set as the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs combined for a total of twenty-three 2-base hits in one game.
  • In 1933 – A minimum wage of 40 cents an hour was established in the United States.
  • In 1954 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a highway modernization program, with costs to be shared by federal and state governments.
  • In 1957 – Surgeon General Leroy E. Burney reported that there was a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.
  • In 1960 – The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale.
  • In 1962 – The Rolling Stones performed for the first time as a group at the Marquee Club in London.
  • In 1967 – Race riots broke out in Newark, New Jersey, killing 26 people and injuring several others. The violence began when two white policemen arrested a black cab driver.
  • In 1974 – John Ehrlichman, a former aide to President Nixon, and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg’s former psychiatrist.
  • In 1975 – São Tomé and Príncipe gained independence from Portuguese rule. The island nation was discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century. For over 200 years, its economy was run by African slaves who cultivated sugar, coffee, and cocoa. Manuel Pinto da Costa became the first president of the newly independent country.
  • In 1982 – The last of the distinctive-looking Checker taxicabs rolled off the assembly line in Kalamazoo, MI.
  • In 1984 – Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named New York Congressperson Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for Vice President on a major party ticket in the United States.
  • In 1998 – 1.7 billion people watched soccer’s World Cup soccer finals between France and Brazil. France won 3-0.
  • In 2000 – Russia launched the Zvezda after two years of delays. The module was built to be the living quarters for the International Space Station.

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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