July 23rd – “Hot Enough For Ya?”

July 23, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning sweltering sidekicks. Today is Sunday, July 23, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

“Hot Enough For Ya” Day

Hot Enough For Ya Day is pretty much self-explanatory. All across the United States, summer is in full swing. Record highs are being broken at an alarming rate, so the best thing you can do to avoid the oppressive heat is to stay inside. If you have to venture outside, wear light clothing and a hat. And, don’t forget to greet all of the other unfortunates you encounter while ‘out and about’ on this scorcher, with a hearty, “Hot Enough For Ya”?

Gorgeous Grandma Day

Gorgeous Grandma Day celebrates those gorgeous women who still live life to its fullest and don’t let things like grandchildren or their age slow them down. Whether they are the keeper of the ‘secret’ family recipes, ride a Harley, or run a 10k’s for breast cancer, they want to get the most out of every day of their life. They cherish themselves as much as they cherish their loved ones. They love life and let everyone know it.
Chances are that most of you won’t have to look past your own family to find a gorgeous grandma, so today, let her know how much you appreciate her and all that she does; that is if you can catch her. Who knows, maybe you are one yourself.

Parents’ Day

Parents’ Day is observed annually on the fourth Sunday of July and was established by President Clinton in 1994. According to the Congressional resolution, this day was established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children and to celebrate the value and importance of good parenting.”
Parents play a vital role in the lives of children.  From the day we are born, parents are our protectors, teachers, providers and role models.  As families, they are the core of our communities.
The Parents’ Day Council plays an important part in celebrating and promoting Parents’ Day through a variety of activities and events each year. The Council honors “Parents of the Year” at local, state, and even national levels.

Yada, Yada, Yada Day

The word yada is a transliteration of the ancient Hebrew word (yaw-dah’) and is translated “to know”. It is first used in Genesis 4:1 “The man yaw-dah (knew) his wife and she conceived.” Basically, it was a euphemism for sex in ancient Hebrew literature. It has had many variations since then, including yadda and yatta, and was used by comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1950’s, 1930’s vaudeville and some say even earlier than that.
The usage of “yada, yada, yada” with which most of us are familiar became a part of our culture in the episode of the TV show “Seinfeld” (season 8, episode 19). In the episode, George’s new girlfriend, Marcy, uses “yada yada yada” to shorten her stories. George becomes suspicious when Marcy tells him that her ex-boyfriend had visited her the night before “and yada yada yada, I’m really tired today.” George later consults Jerry and Elaine, suspecting that Marcy used “yada yada yada” to cover up sex with her ex-boyfriend, and Elaine believes that this is possible.
Yada, Yada, Yada Day is an “internet holiday” and had its beginnings on Facebook in 2015. My research revealed no clues regarding why this holiday is celebrated on this particular date. The “Seinfeld” episode first aired on April 24, 1997, and has no correlation to today’s date. None of the main characters on the show were born on this date, and likewise for the writers or producers, so your guess is as good as mine – yada, yada, yada.

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day celebrates one of Americas favorite ice cream flavors. Vanilla ice cream may not be the favorite flavor of ice cream (chocolate has that distinction) but vanilla is a close second and is more refreshing and more versatile. Vanilla ice cream is a classic ice cream choice with a rich history. Though vanilla ice cream was not introduced in the United States until the 1780’s when Thomas Jefferson brought the recipe over from France, vanilla had been used as a flavoring ingredient by the Aztec people as early as the 1500’s. And that claim might be inaccurate, as evidence exists showing that colonists made ice cream long before Jefferson’s recipe surfaced.  One thing is clear, Thomas Jefferson loved his vanilla ice cream. According to Montecello.org, vanilla ice cream was reported by visitors to have been served several times during his presidency. Jefferson even produced a handwritten copy of a vanilla ice cream recipe in the 1780s, which is now housed at the Library of Congress. The Thomas Jefferson ice cream recipe is also available at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.
Whether you prefer a cone, a dish, an ice cream soda, a shake, a sundae, or a float, celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream Day by having some vanilla ice cream – and the great thing about vanilla ice cream is that you have such a wide variety of flavorings with which to top it if it is otherwise too bland for your palate.

Peanut Butter And Chocolate Day

While no one knows who first combined peanut butter and chocolate, or when it was first done, one thing is certain…since then, the culinary world has never been the same. Peanut Butter And Chocolate Day celebrates this glorious combination of nutty and sweet. Peanut butter has been around since the Aztecs, where it was, oddly enough, used as a toothache remedy and chocolate was used as an offering to the gods and was the drink of royalty.
Today you can find peanut butter and chocolate in almost every conceivable combination, and, to my knowledge, the mixing of the two has never lead to any kind of culinary regret. Everyone knows about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, probably the most renown combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. Most specialty candy shops offer a superior, albeit, more costly version of peanut butter cups. Additionally, peanut butter and chocolate can be found in recipes for cakes, cup cakes, cookies, and even ice cream.
You don’t need a doctorate in the culinary arts to know how to celebrate Peanut Butter And Chocolate Day. All you need is the craving for peanut butter and chocolate. So, have some peanut butter and chocolate in any of the aforementioned ways… or give this recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Bars a try. It appears to be relatively simple and should satisfy your craving for peanut butter and chocolate.

Another Holiday 

On This Date

  • In 1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.
  • In 1829 – William Burt patented the typographer, which was the first typewriter.
  • In 1877 – The first municipal railroad passenger service began in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • In 1938 – The first federal game preserve was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The area was 2,000 acres in Utah.
  • In 1945 – The first passenger train observation car was placed in service by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
  • In 1954 – A law is passed that states that “The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to repair, equip, and restore the United States Ship Constitution, as far as may be practicable, to her original appearance, but not for active service, and thereafter to maintain the United States Ship Constitution at Boston, Massachusetts.”
  • In 1958 – The submarine Nautilus departed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, under orders to conduct “Operation Sunshine.” The mission was to be the first vessel to cross the north pole by ship. The Nautilus achieved the goal on August 3, 1958.
  • In 1962 – The “Telstar” communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. Telstar 1, relayed the transatlantic television signal in the form of a show that featured Walter Cronkite.
  • In 1972 – The United States launched Landsat 1 (ERTS-1). It was the first Earth-resources satellite. The Landsat discovered an uninhabited island off the eastern coast of Canada in 1976. The island is now called Landsat Island.
  • In 1982 – The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whale hunting. They passed a resolution to restrict commercial whaling and ban it completely after 1986. In all. 25 countries voted to put the restrictions and ban in place.
  • In 1984 – Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown after it had been discovered that nude photos of her had appeared in “Penthouse” magazine. She was the first Miss America to resign the title.
  • In 1986 – Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. They divorced in 1996.
  • In 1992 – Abkhazia declared independence from the Georgian Republic.The Republic of Abkhazia is a disputed territory of Georgia and is recognized as an independent state by only a handful of countries including Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Tuvalu.
  • In 1995 – The Hale–Bopp Comet was discovered. Also known as C/1995 O1 by the scientific community, this well-known comet was discovered independently by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp.
  • In 1998 – Scientists at the University of Hawaii turned out more than 50 “carbon-copy” mice, with a cloning technique.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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