August 10th – Lazy Day

August 10, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning slackers. Today is Thursday, August 10, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Lazy Day

National Lazy Day puts to rest the old adage that; “there are no lazy days, just lazy people” once and for all. If those summer chores aren’t done yet, they will have to wait one more day. On National Lazy Day, try to avoid physical exertion whenever possible. Try to make ‘going to the refrigerator for another cold drink’ the most strenuous thing you do all day. Go outside and relax in the hammock under a shade tree. Go for a leisurely walk. Only eat “delivery food”. And, of course, you should also listen to this classic 1967 song by Spanky and Our Gang…preferably on repeat in your mp3 player so that you don’t have to keep getting up to restart it.
Remember the words of Jules Renard: “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”

Smithsonian Day

Smithsonian Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1846 when the Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress, thanks to a $500,000 donation by an obscure English chemist and mineralogist, James Smithson. According to the Smithsonian’s website, Smithson’s bequest was specifically intended to “found in Washington D.C., under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”
Today, the Smithsonian is comprised of 19 museums and galleries including the recently announced National Museum of African-American History and Culture, nine research facilities throughout the United States and the world, and the national zoo. If you can’t visit all of them today, at least try to increase and expand your knowledge of some subject you’ve always been curious about.

National Spoil Your Dog Day

The month of August falls right in the middle of what is often referred to as “the dog days of summer“, so what better time to show a little extra love and affection for your beloved canine companion. National Spoil Your Dog Day is always celebrated on August 10th and urges you to loosen up on the leash and pamper your pooch today. Below are a few ways to celebrate.

  1. Dish out the “treats” – Prepare a special meal for your pooch. Just remember to keep the meal healthy. There are plenty of healthy dog meals you can prepare for your pooch pal available online. “Nothin’ says lovin’ like somthin’ from the oven.”
  2. Create a doggie adventure – Some dogs don’t get out much, so try taking your furry friend out for a car ride. Put your windows down, and watch the jubilation on their faces as the wind blows through their hair. Make that car ride extra special by heading to the dog park and let him or her socialize and play with other dogs. Simple social interaction can be important for the development of your dog, not to mention a great deal of fun for them.
  3. Give you fur baby some new toys or fashion accessories or some new chew bones or some of their favorite treats.
  4. Pamper them with a trip to the groomers.
  5. Get wet! Dogs instinctively like water. If you don’t live near a beach, river, stream, etc, buy a cheap kiddie pool and let them splash around in the backyard.

World Lion Day

World Lion Day was founded by Big Cat Rescue, the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to big cats and aims to raise awareness of the majestic hunter, the ultimate feline, the undisputed “king of beasts.”
Lions have guarded temples, adorned flags, decorated coins, and have been used in other forms of heraldry, both religious and pagan, by almost every great civilization in the world.
Alas, like many of their big cat brethren, their numbers are dwindling and soon they will need the intervention of man to survive in the wild…which is ironic since the encroachment of man on their habitat is the main reason that their numbers have been steadily declining.

Skyscraper Appreciation Day

Skyscraper Appreciation Day marks the anniversary of the birth of William Van Alen in 1883. Van Alen was the primary architect behind the construction of the Chrysler Building, arguably the most popular skyscraper in New York City. This holiday was created in 2009 by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party. It was created so people can appreciate the engineering and architectural marvels we know as skyscrapers, which represent the triumph of reason and of man’s industrial nature.
Celebrate Skyscraper Appreciation Day by visiting an interesting skyscraper near your home or researching the history of skyscrapers.

Duran Duran Appreciation Day

Duran Duran Appreciation Day is celebrated today because, on this date in 1985, lead singer Simon Le Bon survived the capsizing of his yacht during a race. Entertainment Weekly and Duran Duran’s own website acknowledge the existence of this holiday.
One of the premier “hair bands” of the 1980’s, Duran Duran sold more than 100 million records during their heyday. Due to their sense of fashion and boyish good looks, they were dubbed the “the prettiest boys in rock”. Although their music videos were groundbreaking and their “sound” was cutting edge, their lyrics were sometimes indecipherable. As proof, I offer the following examples:

1)  UNION OF THE SNAKE: “The union of the snake is on the climb. It’s gonna race, it’s gonna break, gonna move up to the borderline.”
2)  NIGHT BOAT: “Shadows all through me shudder away echo me echo me. Am I alone or is the river alive cause it echoes me, echoes me, echoes me.”
3)  PLANET EARTH: “I heard you making patterns rhyme, like some new romantic looking for the TV sound.”
4)  A VIEW TO A KILL: “A sacred why? A mystery gaping inside. The weekends why?”
5)  THE REFLEX: “Every little thing the reflex does leaves you answered with a question mark.”

If you’re a Duran Duran fan, or even if you’re not, listen to some of their music today. Better yet, for the full effect, watch some of their videos. You can find them all on YouTube.

National Shapewear Day

Shapewear is the new “in” name for female undergarments. National Shapewear Day is a new holiday on the National Day Calendar, being celebrated for the first time this year. It pays tribute to the advances made in women’s under-fashion. The Pink Room founded National Shapewear Day to celebrate and generate interest in the ongoing advancements, improvements, and benefits of foundation garments.
The history of underwear parallels the development of civilization itself. Evidence exists that women wore corset-like garments as far back as Greek and Roman antiquity.  But it wasn’t until the 16-century, that corsets and shaping undergarments ascended to the status of “must wear” fashion. Under garments were typically worn by royalty and marked the current style of the era.  Many changes and trends in clothing fashion were accompanied by the ubiquitous corset that was perhaps the most recognizable item in a woman’s ensemble.
Today, shapewear is far different from the constricting, cumbersome and impractical garments worn by our grandmothers. It has evolved to meet the sophisticated needs of today’s modern women and is created from some of the most advanced materials available.  Modern shapewear smooths and supports even the most stubborn spots on the body.  Constructed of breathable, flexible and durable fabrics, shapewear comes in almost any style and shape one can imagine.

National Connecticut Day

National Connecticut Day recognizes the contributions of the fifth state to be admitted to the Union. Like many of the original colonies, the Dutch were the first to explore and found trading posts in Connecticut.
In 1633, Puritans from Massachusetts established the first permanent settlement.   From the outset, the industry established a means to prosperity in Connecticut. The production of munitions placed the colony in a position to later supply the Revolutionary Army.  The colonial governor of Connecticut, Jonathan Trumbull, was the only governor who supported independence. All three Connecticut delegates to the first Continental Congress continued their representation of the colony at the Second Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence. In fact, one of Connecticut’s delegates, Roger Sherman, is the only person to have signed the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution.
Along with another Connecticut native, Benedict Arnold, Silas Deane served as a spy during the Revolutionary War and was for a time branded a traitor.  He died in destitution, but decades later, in 1840, his granddaughter petitioned Congress to review his records and his name was eventually cleared.
Connecticut’s landscape is full of countless revolutionary stories and adventures.  Through every season and every era, there’s something for every generation to enjoy in Connecticut.

National S’mores Day

The first recipe for S’mores was published in the 1927 edition of the Girl Scout Handbook. Since then, they have become America’s favorite campfire treat.
To make S’mores all you need are three basic ingredients; graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars. Oh yeah, you’ll also need an open flame source and some skewers to toast the marshmallows.
And, in case you were wondering, the name is derived from everyone’s reaction when the first taste this scrumptious treat: ” Give me S’more.” So, enjoy some S’mores today.

National Banana Split Day

The traditional banana split consists of three scoops of ice cream (one each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) placed atop a banana that has been split in half lengthwise and placed in a long dish called a boat. Pineapple topping is spooned over the strawberry ice cream, strawberry syrup over the vanilla, and chocolate syrup over the chocolate. It is garnished with crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. There are of course many variations on this recipe. If you’re making them at home, your only limitation is your imagination and the ingredients you have at hand. So why not be creative when you enjoy your banana split today.

On This Date

  • In 1675 – The foundation stone for the Royal Observatory, Greenwich was laid. Commissioned by King Charles II of England, the Royal Observatory started operating in 1676 under the supervision of John Flamsteed, the first British Astronomer Royal. The observatory is famous around the world because its location marks the point where the Prime Meridian passes through it.
  • In 1821 – Missouri became the 24th state to join the Union.
  • In 1869 – The motion picture projector was patented by O.B. Brown.
  • In 1885 – The first electric streetcar, to be used commercially, was operated in Baltimore, MD, by Leo Daft.
  • In 1893 – German chemist Felix Hoffman synthesized acetylsalicylic acid, the key ingredient in aspirin.
  • In 1921 – Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio.
  • In 1927 – Mount Rushmore was formally dedicated. The individual faces of the Presidents were dedicated later.
  • In 1932 – The original Rin Tin Tin died. The Rin Tin Tin most of us are familiar with from the TV series was actually not related to the original Rin Tin Tin at all. His ancestor, Rin Tin Tin IV, was groomed for the role, but performed poorly in screen tests and was replaced with a German Shepherd named Flame Jr.
  • In 1944 – Battle of Narva ended. The 8-day long battle was fought between the German Army and the Soviet Leningrad Front for the control of the Narva Isthmus in Estonia during the Second World War. The battle ended with a decisive German victory.
  • In 1945 – The day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced they would surrender. The only condition was that the status of Emperor Hirohito would remain unchanged.
  • In 1947 – William Odom completed an around-the-world flight. He set the solo record by completing the flight in 73 hours and 5 minutes.
  • In 1948 – On ABC, “Candid Camera” made its TV debut. The original title was “Candid Microphone.”
  • In 1949 – The National Military Establishment had its name changed to the Department of Defense.
  • In 1954 – Construction began on the St. Lawrence Seaway.
  • In 1965 – In Austin, TX, a fire burned part of the 20th floor of the 27-story University of Texas main building. A collection that contained items once owned by escape artist Harry Houdini and circus magnate P. T. Barnum were damaged by smoke and water.
  • In 1981 – Pete Rose hit a single and broke the National League all-time hit record with his 3,630 hit.
  • In 1988 – President Reagan signed a measure that provided $20,000 payments to Japanese-Americans who were interned by the U.S. government during World War II.
  • In 1990 – The Magellan Space Probe was placed into orbit around Venus. The first spacecraft to be launched by a space shuttle, Magellan was a robotic space probe that spent 8 months gathering data about the surface of the planet also known as Earth’s twin. The probe was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on May 4, 1989, when Space Shuttle Atlantis took it to low Earth orbit and released it.
  • In 1994 – President Clinton claimed presidential immunity when he asked a federal judge to dismiss, at least for the time being, a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Jones.
  • In 1995 – Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe” of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, announced that she had joined the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.
  • In 2001 – An attack on a train during the Angolan Civil War killed about 250 people. Rebels from the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) in Angola derailed a train using an anti-tank mine and opened fire on the passengers.
  • In 2003 – Ekaterina Dmitriev, who was located in Houston, Texas at the time, and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, who was about 240-miles above the Earth aboard the International Space Station, were married. The wedding took place through a NASA satellite hookup.

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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