July 14th – Au Natural

July 14, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning nature buffs. Today is Friday, July 14, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Nude Day 

National Nude day is not a public holiday…but it is a holiday to celebrate the human form in public.
National Nude Day was created by a group of college students in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1976. Since then, it has grown to become an international holiday. There are many clothing optional beaches and resorts worldwide. If you live near one of these, there might be special events scheduled today, so, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can check them out.
If you’re like me, you probably won’t be celebrating National Nude Day…at least not in the context of parading around nude in public. However, you can use this holiday to examine your body in front of a mirror to check for any abnormalities – which could be indicators of possible medical conditions; such as moles that are changing color, which could be a warning sign of skin cancer. Ladies, use this holiday to perform a self-examination for signs of breast cancer.

Shark Awareness Day

The start of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” is a little more than a week away. Couple that with the recent sightings of Great White sharks along the California coast, and Shark Awareness Day couldn’t be more topical.
Sharks are truly impressive hunters and predators, yet the fact remains that these magnificent creatures are more threatened by people than we are by sharks. The worldwide demand for shark-fin soup, shark-tooth medallions, and a false sense of security on beaches everywhere, all combine to leave sharks persecuted and endangered, with millions of them being killed each year.
Sharks are feared by humans because of their ferocious looks, but in actuality, the chances of your being attacked by a shark are quite slim. Statistically, there are many other things about which you should worry. I have compiled a list of a dozen things that kill more people annually than do sharks.

  1. Being attacked by a hippopotamus.
  2. Being attacked by a cow.
  3. Hitting a deer with your car.
  4. Falling out of bed.
  5. Having a vending machine fall on you.
  6. Texting while driving.
  7. Being struck by a falling coconut.
  8. Being scalded by too-hot tap water.
  9. Falling off a ladder.
  10. Being struck by an errant champagne cork.
  11. Falling icicles.
  12. Autoerotic asphyxiation.

The purpose of Shark Awareness Day is to highlight the plight of these denizens of the deep and find ways to humanely coexist with them. Like top predators in any ecosystem, sharks play an essential role in keeping the seas healthy and productive.
While no-one is suggesting that you go out and hug a Great White to celebrate Shark Awareness Day, the least you can do to respect these wonderful creatures and leave them alone whenever possible.

Pandemonium Day 

The dictionary defines Pandemonium as “wild and noisy disorder or confusion, uproar.”
Pandemonium Day is a day of sheer bedlam and utter chaos. It is a day to break the shackles of convention and adherence to the ‘norm’ and wreak as much havoc as possible – within the bounds of the law, naturally.
Pandemonium day was established to help free us from all the stuffiness of living a structured, overly scheduled life. Instead, create a little pandemonium in your life: some random madness and spontaneous acts that will bring you new adventures, experiences, and memories. Free yourself from preconceptions, free yourself from expectations, free yourself from ‘have to’ and ‘should’, and let yourself be free. Life was meant to be lived to the fullest, not stuffed into a cubicle in some drab office or on some noisy assembly line according to someone else’s pre-determined plan. While order has its place, it is not the foundation of a life fully lived.

Bastille Day 

The Bastille was a stronghold constructed in Paris in the 14th century. In fact, the word “bastille” means “fortress” in French. During his reign, Louis XVI used it as a prison and the structure became a symbol of his power.
Bastille Day is the French equivalent of Independence Day here in America. It marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 when Parisians stormed the Bastille prison and released the prisoners inside. It celebrates the end of the constitutional monarchy and the beginning of the democratic republic of France. To Frenchmen, Bastille Day is viewed as their day of liberation.
Although Bastille Day is not a holiday celebrated here in America, the homogeneous makeup of American society means that some of you can trace your lineage back to France. To me, like the 4th of July, it symbolizes the triumph of freedom over tyranny.

National Tape Measure Day

“Measure twice, cut once” has added significance on National Tape Measure Day.
On this date in 1868, Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut was granted a patent for “Improvements in Tape Measures”, which outlined the plans for the first retractable tape measure…and the lives of carpenters, electricians, seamstresses and countless other tradesmen and craftsmen was made much easier.
The first recorded use of the tape measure goes back to the Romans, utilizing marked strips of leather. Before Fellow’s patent, Englishman James Chesterman designed a steel measuring tape, but it was expensive for its time. At $17 in 1853, it is equal to over $300 in today. It was also big and bulky and not likely to fit in a pocket or even a toolbox for that matter. Fellow’s patent was an improvement on Chesterman’s design.
The tape measures that we know and love today come in a wide array of sizes, colors, and materials. They range in size from smaller than the palm of your hand to bigger lengths of 300+ feet. They are used for anything from DIY projects at home, by contractors and in construction and at a lower price. They are a staple in almost every household.
You don’t have to be a master craftsman to celebrate National Tape Measure Day – simply measure something around your house. How far is it from your recliner to the TV?

Collector Car Appreciation Day

America’s has a time-tested love affair with the automobile. In 2010, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) petitioned Congress to create a holiday to recognize the importance of the automobile in American culture and acknowledge the automobile’s contributions to music, literature, photography, cinema, fashion and other artistic pursuits. Senate Resolution S. Res 513, sponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Richard Burr (R-NC) was passed and the first Collector Car Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 9th of 2010.
Since then it has become an annual event, though, for some reason, the dates vary from year to year, and different communities celebrate this holiday on different dates. However, Collector Car Appreciation Day is always celebrated in the first half of July. Events include car shows and car “cruises”, among many other events. Check your community’s “events calendar” for events in your area.

National Mac and Cheese Day

National Mac and Cheese Day celebrates, for some strange reason, Mac & Cheese…one of America’s favorite comfort foods. Made with macaroni noodles, cream or milk, and the golden goodness of cheese, Mac & Cheese can serve as a side dish but can also double as a main dish as well. There are myriad recipes for Mac & Cheese available online. You can make classic Mac & Cheese with cheddar or American cheeses or add other ingredients like ham, bacon, peppers, or literally any other ingredient you want. There’s a combination for everyone.  Mix up the cheeses or load up on seasonings, set the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time and let the cheese get a nice toasty crust.
To celebrate National Mac and Cheese Day, make some Mac & Cheese. [Even that plasticine stuff in the box is acceptable, although not necessarily palatable, today].

National Grand Marnier Day 

Grand Marnier is an orange-flavored brandy liqueur created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. It is made from a blend of Cognac brandy, distilled essence of bitter orange, and sugar. It is 40% alcohol (80 proof). It can be consumed “neat” as a cordial and can also be used in mixed drinks. Grand Marnier is also used in a long list of desserts including liquor cream buns, Yule log, cranberry sauce, Crepes Suzette and Grand Marnier souffle creme brulee’. Additionally, Grand Marnier is used in the sauce of the savory roasted duck dish, “Canard a l’Orange” (or in America, Duck a l’Orange).

Another Holiday

On this date

  • In 1789 – The storming of the Bastille took place. Bastille, a prison housing only 7 prisoners at the time, was stormed by a crowd calling for the closure of the prison. The storming became the central event of the French Revolution
  • In 1798 – Congress passed the Sedition Act. The act made it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States government.
  • In 1868 – Alvin J. Fellows patented the tape measure.
  • In 1911 – Harry N. Atwood landed an airplane on the lawn of the White House to accept an award from President William Taft.
  • In 1914 – Robert H. Goddard patented liquid rocket fuel.
  • In 1933 – All German political parties except the Nazi Party were outlawed.
  • In 1946 – Dr. Benjamin Spock’s “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” was first published.
  • In 1951 – The George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, MO became the first national park to honor an African-American.
  • In 1957 – First female parliamentarian in the Arab world was elected to office. Egyptian Rawya Ateya became the first woman to be elected to the National Assembly of Egypt.
  • In 1958 – A coup began in Iraq. Abd al-Karim Qasim, a brigadier in the Iraqi Army staged a military coup in Iraq, overthrowing the Hashemite monarchy. The Iraqi King Faisal II, the Crown Prince Abd al-Ilah, and Prime Minister Nuri al-Said were assassinated during the coup. Qasim took over the position of Prime Minister, which he held until 1963. The coup also led to the dissolution of the Arab Federation of Jordan and Iraq.
  • In 1965 – The American space probe Mariner 4 flew by Mars and sent back photographs of the planet. The American spacecraft was the first to take pictures of another planet and send them back to Earth.
  • In 1981 – The All-Star Game was postponed because of a 33-day-old baseball players strike. The game was held on August 9.
  • In 2003 – Jerry Springer officially filed papers to run for the Senate representing Ohio.
  • In 2016 – A terrorist attack in Nice, France killed 85 and injured more than 300 other people. The attack took place during Bastille Day celebrations when a 19-ton truck was driven into the crowd. The attacker was eventually shot by the police.

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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