September 3rd – Pet Rock Day

September 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of inanimate pets. Today is Sunday, September 3, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Pet Rock Day

Pet Rock Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of September and offers the perfect opportunity to pamper and spoil the special stone in your life.
Pet Rocks became a fad in the mid-1970’s when Gary Dahl, an advertising executive who, while in a bar listening to his friends complain about their pets, posited that a rock would be the perfect pet. A while later, Dahl took the idea one step further and decided to market rocks as pets. For a mere $3.95 people could adopt their very own rock, supplied on a bed of hay in a well-ventilated box. He even included a 32-page “instruction manual” titled “The Care and Training of Your Pet Rock”. It was full of puns, gags, and plays on words that referred to the rock as an actual pet.
Pet rocks are the antithesis to your furry, warm-blooded living pets who require regular care and attention. Pet rocks need no food or water, need no costly visits to a veterinary, need no exercise, no grooming, and no unsanitary litter box or newspapers on the floor – and they will live forever. Owners find that potty-training a pet rock is fairly simple because they are, in fact, rocks, and therefore have no need to eliminate waste byproducts from their bodies.
Pet rocks don’t suffer from “separation anxiety” and have no vocal cords, so they are extremely quiet. Pet rocks can’t reproduce, so you will never have to worry about coming home to find a litter of pebbles in your closet. They don’t shed or drool, and they will never embarrass you by jumping up on your visitors when they arrive. Pet rocks are perfectly happy being outside, regardless of the weather conditions.
Pet rocks also travel well so you can take them anywhere. Most will fit nicely in pocket or purse, or if they are too large, they will happily ride in the trunk. You will never have to roll down your window so they can stick their head out, and you don’t have to stop to walk them. And, they will never ask you, “Are we there yet?”
Pet rocks are obedient and unless there is an earthquake, hurricane, or a tornado, they will not damage the contents your house while you’re away. Pet rocks are hard-headed by nature but can be easily trained to do a few simple tricks. They have an innate instinct for commands such as “sit,” “stay,” and “play dead.” Commands like “Roll over” and “attack” can be taught, but usually, require assistance from the owner. However, commands like “come,” “fetch,” “sit up,” and “shake hands” prove nearly impossible to teach. There is one trick that certain pet rocks can do that no other pet can. Have you ever tried to “skip” your dog or cat across a huge puddle? How did that work out for you? If your pet rock is flat enough, it can accomplish this trick with ease…again with assistance from you.
And finally, pet rocks will get along well with the existing pets in your family – no matter the species. However, I don’t recommend that you get a pet rock if you have small children living at home…unless you closely supervise their interactions with them. The results could be disastrous.
Like all things, pet rocks are more expensive these days, but you always have the option to catch one in the wild for free – just remember that feral rocks may be difficult to handle at first and may require some initial scrubbing to get them ready for your home.
To celebrate Pet Rock Day, acquire a pet rock today – assuming you don’t already own one of these maintenance-free pets. Who knows, your new companion may be less than a stone’s throw away. Your new pet rock will help keep you in touch with nature and keep you grounded.
Author’s Note: Your pet rock prefers, what else, Rock music.

National Skyscraper Day

Last month we celebrated Skyscraper Appreciation Day, but this holiday is different. National Skyscraper Day celebrates the birth date of architect Louis H. Sullivan, born on this date in 1856.  He has been called the “father of skyscrapers” and is considered by many to be the creator of the modern skyscraper. He was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright.
The current record-holder for the world’s tallest skyscraper is the Burj Khalifa, previously known as the Burj Dubai. It was completed in 2009 and took 5 years to build. This immense structure stands a whopping 2,723 feet high to the top of its antenna spire. It has 163 floors. This makes it nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building, which stands a mere 1,454 feet high including its antenna spire.
In order to qualify as a skyscraper in America, the building must be at least 500 feet tall, whereas it is only 330 feet in Europe. There is some controversy as to whether this height should include the antenna spire or not. My research could not find a definitive answer. With that said, any building that towers above the skyline of a city qualify as a skyscraper in my book. Not only do skyscrapers define the skyline, they help to define a city’s identity. In some cases, exceptionally tall skyscrapers have been built, not out of necessity, but to help define the city’s identity and project an aura of power as a city.

U.S. Bowling League Day

In many areas of the country, the period around Labor Day marks the start of bowling leagues. U.S. Bowling League Day is a day set aside to celebrate bowling and bowling leagues. Bowling leagues are very popular in this country.
Bowling was primarily an outdoor sport until around 1840. Bowling was called the game of ninepins and was popular with gamblers. To squelch the gambling, the state of Connecticut banned 9-pin bowling in 1841 which led the creation of indoor bowling lanes, and owners added one pin to their rack to circumvent the new law.
Over the years. many different clubs tried to organize bowling and create a universal set rules. However, it wasn’t until 1895 when the American Bowling Congress came together at Beethoven Hall in New York City that the game as we know it came into existence. The American Bowling Congress established a maximum score of 300 which still stands today. Other rules, such as lane length, widths, and distances between pins were also determined.
Bowling leagues are a fun way to get out and commiserate with family, friends, or coworkers in a relaxed environment. I’ve been in a few bowling leagues myself over the years; although I still suck at bowling and my solid 130 average strikes fear into the hearts of very few. You don’t have to be a member of a bowling league to celebrate U.S. Bowling League Day. Take your family out for a family bowling night tonight. There is nothing like a few frames of bowling, a brewski or twoski, and some tortilla chips slathered in molten hot cheese sauce to bring a family together.

National Welsh Rarebit (Rabbit) Day

Welch Rarebit (Rabbit) is a peasant dish consisting of a cheese sauce made with ale or beer and poured over toast. It similar to Swedish fondue, except that in a fondue, pieces of bread are dipped into the sauce rather than having the sauce poured over them.
The Welsh term “rarebit” most probably means “rabbit.” The name of the dish is likely meant as a way to poke fun at the dish and the poor Welsh people who had to eat it—much in the same way that “mock turtle soup” is not actually made from turtle. There are as many different versions of how the dish got its name as there are people of Welch ancestry. In the most popular version, cheese sauce served over toast was a substitute dinner when the men came back hungry from an unsuccessful hunt – without meat (rabbit).
In the eighteenth century, Welsh Rarebit was served as a succulent supper and was also known as a tavern dish. It was mostly made with cheddar cheeses and a wheat-type bread, opposed to the typical European fondue and Swiss cheeses. As with any dish, there are different versions and variations of Welsh Rarebit, however, common ingredients found in most recipes are cayenne pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika.
Welch Rarebit may be just a simple peasant dish, but it is filling. Try some Welsh Rarebit for dinner tonight. Recipes are available in most cookbooks, or online.

On This Date

  • In 1783 – The Revolutionary War ended with the Treaty of Paris.
  • In 1833 – The first successful penny newspaper in the United States, “The New York Sun,” was launched by Benjamin H. Day.
  • In 1838 – Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from being a slave.
  • In 1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour. He reached 304.331 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
  • In 1939 – British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.
  • In 1943 – Italy was invaded by the Allied forces during World War II.
  • In 1954 – “The Lone Ranger” was heard on the radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over 21 years.
  • In 1966 – The television series “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” ended after 14 years.
  • In 1967 – Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.
  • In 1967 – In Sweden, motorists stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side.
  • In 1971 – The Persian Gulf state of Qatar gained its independence after 55 years of British rule.
  • In 1976 – The United States spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars. The unmanned spacecraft took the first close-up, color photos of the planet’s surface.
  • In 1989 – The United States began shipping military aircraft and weapons, worth $65 million, to Columbia in its fight against drug lords.
  • In 1995 – Internet giant eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar. The company owns ebay.com, an online marketplace and auction website.
  • In 1999 – Mario Lemieux’s ownership group officially took over the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux became the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for.

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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