July 22nd – Doonerism Spay

July 22, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Mood gorning smordwiths. Today is Saturday, July 22, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Spoonerism Day 

Spoonerism Day is named after, and celebrates the anniversary of the birth of, Reverend William Archibald Spooner; born on this date in 1844. A spoonerism is an error in speech or a deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched between two words in a phrase.
Reverend Spooner was small in stature, and an albino, but that is not what earned him his place in history. Spooner has been immortalized in history by what we call today spoonerisms: slips of the tongue where the initial consonant sounds of words are reversed. One of his most famous “spoonerisms” occurred when he was officiating at a wedding ceremony. Instead of saying, “Son, it is now customary to kiss the bride”, he said, “Son, it is now kisstomary to cuss the bride”.
To celebrate Spoonerism Day, fake up a mew oonerspisms of your own.

National Day of the Cowboy

National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated each year on the fourth Saturday in July and was created in 2005 by the National Day of the Cowboy Organization as a way to preserve the traditions of America’s rich cowboy heritage.
The era of the cowboy began after the Civil War in Texas. Cattle were herded long before this time, but in Texas, they had grown wild and largely unchecked. As the country expanded, the demand for beef in the northern territories and states increased. With nearly 5 million head of cattle, cowboys moved the herds on long drives to where the profits were.
Since there was very little law on the frontier, cowboys established their own “Cowboys’ Code of Conduct”. The lack of any written law in the Wild West made it very important for cowboys to create their own guidelines on how to live. These rules became known as the “Code of the West” – rules that were not written statutes but were always respected on the range.
In honor of National Day of the Cowboy, try to live up to these 10 codes of conduct:

  • Live each day with honesty and courage.
  • Take pride in your work. Always do your best.
  • Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.
  • Do what has to be done and finish what you start.
  • Be tough, but fair.
  • When you make a promise, keep it.
  • Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.
  • Practice tolerance and understanding of others.
  • Be willing to stand up for what is right.
  • Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals.

Rat Catcher’s Day

Rat Catcher’s Day commemorates the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the most infamous of Rat Catchers. One of the most well-known German folk tales is the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The town of Hamelin, Germany was infested by rats. The mayor promised to handsomely pay the Pied Piper if he rid the town of rats. The Pied Piper played his flute. Lured by the magical music, all of the rats left town and followed him. He played his music all the way down to the river. He waded into the river. The rats followed him and drowned. The mayor refused to pay him. So, one night when the townspeople were asleep, the Pied Piper played his music again. This time, the children of the town followed him all the way into a cave. Some versions of the legend vary here. In one version, the Pied Piper kept them there until he was paid by the town for his services. In most versions, the children were never to be seen again.
No one knows for sure why Rat Catcher’s Day is celebrated on this date. According to the legend, the Pied Piper rid the town of Hamelin, Germany of rats on or around June 26, 1284. After the town mayor refused to make payment as promised, the Pied Piper returned to lure the children to a cave. In some versions of the legend, this occurred the next night. In others, he returned several weeks later. Perhaps that “several weeks later” was July 22nd.

Casual Pi Day aka Pi Approximation Day

To refresh your memory, Pi is the relationship of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. No matter how large or small a circle is, the proportion of the distance around the circle to the distance across its widest part is exactly the same. That exact number starts off 3.14……and goes on for bazillions of non-repeating digits.
Casual Pi Day is celebrated on this date because today’s date, when written in the European style (22/7), in mathematics means 22 divided by 7. If you divide 22 by 7 the answer is 3.14……., the approximate value of Pi.
Celebrating Casual Pi Day aka Pi Approximation Day is as easy as π. 

Hammock Day

Hammock Day is appropriately celebrated right in the middle of the Dog Days of summer (July 3 through August 11th, historically the hottest days of the year. It’s time to slow down and to relax, and there is no better place to slow down and relax, than on a hammock. This holiday exists to enjoy summer as it should be enjoyed.
People celebrate Hammock Day by spending as much time relaxing on it as possible. Getting out of your hammock to get a snack, or your favorite summer beverage is okay. But, it is not a day for work. Normally, right about now, I would give you the history of this holiday, but today, I’m too busy relaxing in my hammock.

Summer Leisure Day

Similar to Hammock Day, Summer Leisure Day is a day to relax and take it easy. The best things in life aren’t things at all but moments of time spent doing things you enjoy.
It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of day to day life and to get distracted by the rat race — work, traffic, commuting – you know…everyday life. These things cause you to lose sight of what is truly important in life.
To celebrate Summer Leisure Day, remember to kick back and take it easy. No hammock required.

National Penuche Fudge Day

Penuche is a fudge-like candy made from brown sugar, butter, and milk, using no flavorings except for vanilla. Penuche often has a tannish color and is lighter than regular fudge. It is formed by the caramelization of brown sugar, thus its flavor is said to be reminiscent of caramel. Nuts, especially pecans, are often added to penuche for texture, especially in the making of penuche candies. It is primarily a regional food, found in New England and some places in the Southern United States, although, I remember my mother making it on many occasions when I was young, and I was raised in southern California. No matter where you are from, treat yourself to some today…assuming you can pry yourself out of your hammock.

More Holidays

Mango Day

On This Date

  • In 1587 – A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. The first colony vanished under mysterious circumstances.
  • In 1796 – Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland.
  • In 1798 – The USS Constitution was underway and out to sea for the first time since being launched on October 21, 1797.
  • In 1894 – The world’s first competitive motor race was held. The Paris–Rouen, Le Petit Journal Competition for Horseless Carriages was the world’s first city to city motoring competition. Starting in Paris and ending in Rouen, the race was organized by the newspaper Le Petit Journal.
  • In 1926 – Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York. The ball had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet.
  • In 1933 – Wiley Post ended his around-the-world flight. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. He landed at Floyd Bennett Field in New York, the same airfield from which he departed. He was flying in a Lockheed Vega aircraft known as Winnie Mae.
  • In 1937 – The Senate rejected President Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.
  • In 1941 – Plans for the Pentagon were presented to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations.
  • In 1955 – Vice President Richard M. Nixon chaired a cabinet meeting in Washington, DC. It was the first time that a Vice President had carried out the task.
  • In 1975 – Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his United States citizenship posthumously restored by the Congress.
  • In 1983 – Australian Dick Smith became the first person to fly a helicopter around the world solo.
  • In 2000 – Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.
  • In 2003 – In northern Iraq, near Mosul, Saddam Hussein’s sons Odai and Qusai were killed in a raid by the U. S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
  • In 2003 – In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported.
  • In 2004 – The September 11 commission’s final report was released. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited “deep institutional failings within our government.” The report was released to White House officials the day before.
  • In 2009 – The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting  6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
  • In 2011 – Anders Behring Breivik a “lone wolf” anti-Islamist extremist placed a car bomb in front of the Norwegian Prime Minister’s office in Oslo killing 8 people and injuring about 200 others. A few hours later, Breivik opened fire at a youth summer camp on the island of Utøya killing 69 participants. This was the deadliest incident of violence in the Scandinavian country since the Second World War.

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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