August 11th – Presidential Joke Day

August 11, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans amusing Chief Executives. Today is Friday, August 11, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Presidential Joke Day

Many of you might feel that our current President is a joke, but others of you feel that our last President was a joke. However, that is neither here nor there because I try not to inject politics into these posts.
Anyway, Presidential Joke Day is celebrated every year on August 11. It marks the anniversary of the day when President Reagan joked during a sound check before a speech: “My fellow Americans. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes.” He was unaware that the feed was live. Although his joke did not go live, the quote was leaked to the media.
Presidential Joke Day is not a day to crack jokes about our President. Lord knows we have enough fodder for that the other 364 days of the year. Rather, Presidential Joke Day is a holiday to recognize that many of our Presidents have had a great sense of humor, and urges us to appreciate the humor of some of the more witty Chief Executives in our history. Below are a few more examples.

  1. ”In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.”  — President John Adams
  2.  “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” – President Abraham Lincoln
  3. “When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘not guilty.’” — President Teddy Roosevelt
    (Side note: It’s sad to see that things haven’t changed much since then).
  4. “Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody is listening.” — President Bill Clinton
  5. “These stories about my intellectual capacity really get under my skin. You know, for a while I even thought my staff believed it. There on my schedule first thing every morning it said, ‘Intelligence Briefing.’” – President George W. Bush

Worldwide Art Day

Worldwide Art Day is celebrated on the second Friday of August each year and is a day set aside to honor all forms of art and those individuals who create a better world through aesthetics. It was created by artist Becky Mate in 1998 and is always celebrated on the second Friday in August.
When most people think of ‘art’, they think of great paintings or sculpture, however, art doesn’t solely pertain to these two things. Musicians, actors, photographers and even those who create unique ceramics are also considered artists. In fact, art is in the eye of the beholder. Anything that someone does which is unique, anything crafted with extraordinary skill, or anything done with a certain amount of finesse or creativity can be considered “art”.
To celebrate this holiday, visit a museum and admire the works of art there. Or, try to create your own “masterpiece” at home. Draw a picture, compose a song, or write a poem or story,
Author’s Note: If your name is Art, you can pretend that this holiday is ‘all about you’ if you want. You just have to be willing to hang on a wall all day and be gawked at and judged by a bunch of pretentious snobs.

Play in the Sand Day

Play in the Sand Day encourages young and old alike to get out and play in the sand today. There’s no denying that it’s beach weather throughout most of the country, so if possible today is the day to go. Whether you want to build an elaborate sand sculpture, help your kids with their sand castle, or just wiggle your toes in the sand, there is no better day than today to do so. If going to the beach isn’t an option, at least try to find a sandbox at a playground and play for a while.

Annual Medical Checkup Day

Preventative medical checkups can catch problems before they start and Annual Medical Checkup Day urges you to schedule a medical checkup sooner rather than later.
Your age, family history, lifestyle choices, etc are used to determine the comprehensiveness and types of checkups that you need. By getting the proper health services, screenings, and treatments, you are increasing your chances of living a longer, healthier life.
Also, school will be starting soon and it’s time for parents to schedule appointments with their pediatricians for their kid’s annual physicals and vaccinations. Many schools require proof of immunizations for certain diseases before children can be enrolled.

National Kool-Aid Day

♫Kool-Aid, Kool-Aid, tastes great…♫
National Kool-Aid Day is observed annually on the second Friday of August. The origins of this holiday are unknown.
Kool-Aid is a powdered, fruit-flavored drink mix invented by Edwin Perkins of Hastings Nebraska in 1920. He first marked it as Fruit Smack and, initially, it was available by mail order only. In 1927, as the popularity of his product increased, he changed the name to Kool-Aid and began selling it in markets nationwide.
Growing up, I didn’t know what real Kool-Aid tasted like…not because my parents were ogres, but because we always mix & matched flavors of Kool-Aid and augmented it with real fruit juice my mother had canned – and we never had that disgusting pre-sweetened crap.

National Raspberry Tart Day

Once again, raspberries are the focal point in a holiday this month. This time it is National Raspberry Tart Day. There are big differences between a pie and a tart.
The crust itself is the first difference. Tart crusts are traditionally made with butter to achieve a buttery pastry flavor. Although made with basically the same ingredients, the tart crust is firm such that the tart can stand independently when removed from the tart pan. Pie crusts are thin, soft, flaky pastry that can be made with different types of shortening as well as butter. The pie is meant to be served from the pie pan. A pie can have a top crust, a lattice top crust, or no top crust at all. A tart only has a bottom crust.
The type of pan is also different. The sides of a pie dish or pan are sloped and the dish can be made from a variety of material, such as ceramic, glass or metal. A tart pan has straight or straight fluted side with a removable bottom. A pastry ring atop a baking sheet can also be used.
Another difference is the consistency of the filling. Pie fillings can be loose (fruit pie) or firm (custard pie and pecan pie). Tarts have firm fillings, based on more eggs (custard) or other binders which is poured over the main ingredient and garnished with more of the main ingredient. This is especially important since the tart is freestanding; no pie plate for juices to run onto.
So enjoy a raspberry tart today. If you don’t feel like making one yourself, you should be able to find one at a bakery.

National Raspberry Bombe Day

A bombe glacée or simply a bombe in English is an ice cream dessert frozen in a spherical mold, so as to resemble a cannonball, hence the name. Bombe comes in many flavors, both fruity and sweet. Escoffier gives over sixty recipes for bombes in Le Guide Culinaire. Bombe first appeared on restaurant menus around 1882.
National Raspberry Bombe Day celebrates, oddly enough, Raspberry Bombe, one of the most popular flavors.
To help you celebrate National Raspberry Bombe Day, here is one recipe for a Raspberry Bombe

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1860 – The first successful silver mill in America began operations. The mill was in Virginia City, NV.
  • In 1866 – The first public roller skating rink opened in Newport, Rhode Island – just three years after James Leonard Plimpton (of New York City) had invented the four-wheeled roller skate.
  • In 1874 – A patent for the sprinkler head was given to Harry S. Parmelee.
  • In 1877 – The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos and Deimos.
  • In 1896 – Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain.
  • In 1909 – The American ship Arapahoe became the first to ever use the SOS distress signal off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.
  • In 1924 – Newsreel pictures were taken of U.S. presidential candidates for the first time.
  • In 1934 – Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received federal prisoners for the first time.
  • In 1945 – The Allies informed Japan that they would determine Emperor Hirohito’s future status after Japan’s surrender.
  • In 1948 – The first Olympic Games after the 1938 Berlin Olympics opened in London. The next two games after Berlin, scheduled to be held in Tokyo and Helsinki were canceled due to the Second World War. The first Olympics to be broadcast on television, the London Olympics was popularly known at the time as the Austerity Games. This was because of the cutbacks the host nation had to do due to the post-war economy.
  • In 1951 – The first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1.
  • In 1956 – Elvis Presley released his hit single, “Don’t Be Cruel”.
  • In 1960 – Chad gained its independence from the French. The Central African country came under French rule in 1900 after the Battle of Kousséri. Francois Tombalbay became indpendent Chad’s first president.
  • In 1962 – Booker T and the MG’s released their instrumental single “Green Onions”.
  • In 1962 – The Beach Boys released their signature song “Surfin’ Safari”.
  • In 1962 – The Soviet Space Agency Launched Vostok 3. The spacecraft was piloted by Andriyan Nikolayev, the first cosmonaut to have orbited the Earth 64 times in 4 days.
  • In 1975 – The United States vetoed the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the United Nations. The Security Council had already refused to consider South Korea’s application.
  • In 1984 – Carl Lewis won his fourth gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
  • In 1988 – Dick Thornburgh was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the next attorney general. He succeeded Edwin Meese III.
  • In 1992 – In Bloomington, MN, the Mall of America opened. It was the largest shopping mall in the United States. Spanning 4,870,000 sq ft, it has an indoor theme park and attracts about 40 million visitors each year.
  • In 1994 – A federal jury awarded $286.8 million to about 10,000 commercial fishermen for losses as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  • In 1995 – All United States nuclear tests were banned by President Clinton.
  • In 1997 – President Clinton made the first use of the line-item veto approved by Congress, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills.
  • In 1999 – The last total solar eclipse of the millennium occurred. The eclipse was visible from Europe, most of Asia and Africa and in parts of North America. Because of its path through heavily populated parts of the world, the solar eclipse is thought to be one of the most viewed eclipses in recorded history.
  • In 2002 – US Airways announced that it had filed for bankruptcy.

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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