September 20th – What Gibberish!

September 20, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of unintelligible nonsense. Today is Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Gibberish Day defines gibberish as meaningless, unintelligible, obscure, pretentious, or technical talk or writing. Gibberish may be random speech sounds that mean nothing, or it may be speech that means something, but is a specific jargon that not many people understand. The word gibberish was first used in the early 16th century, and the name may be an onomatopoeia of what unintelligible speech may sound like.
Some comedians make a career out of speaking gibberish. The same holds true for our government officials and their minions. With the daily dose of claptrap emanating from our President and the so-called “mainstream media”, I can think of no more appropriate time to celebrate Gibberish Day.
Gibberish Day affords us the opportunity to join in and celebrate with a little gibberish of your own, and celebrating Gibberish Day couldn’t be easier — Simply sprinkle a little gibberish into your conversations today. If you are unclear about exactly what speaking gibberish entails, merely watch the news on your favorite network or listen to talk radio.

National School Backpack Awareness Day

When I was growing up we carried our books and binders under our arms, and the kids that wore a backpack to school were the ones that “got the wedgies”. But time marches on and things evolve. Today, backpacks are the rule rather than the exception.
National School Backpack Awareness Day is observed the third Wednesday of September. It was created by the American Occupational Therapy Organization. Though this may seem like a frivolous holiday, nothing could be further from the truth.
The American Occupational Therapy Organization created this holiday as a warning about some of the detrimental effects that improperly worn backpacks can cause. Improperly used backpacks may cause injury muscles and joints which can lead to more severe back, neck and shoulder pain and can cause problems with posture as well. A general rule of thumb is: “Pack it light and wear it right.” Here are a few things that you should be doing to ensure that your child’s backpack is safe for them to carry.

  • Your child’s backpack should weigh no more than 15% of their body weight. For example, a child weighing 80 pounds should be carrying no more than 12 pounds in their backpack.
  • Check what your children are carrying to and from school. Make sure the items are necessary and that the heaviest items are closest to the child’s back.
  • Be sure a child’s backpack is the right size. It should fit their back, with the bottom of the pack resting in the curve of the lower back area.
  • Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. The neck and shoulders have many blood vessels and nerves. If too much pressure is applied, the result can be pain and a tingling in the neck, arms, and hands.
  • Make sure that your child uses both shoulder straps. Slinging a pack over one shoulder can cause leaning to one side. This curves the spine and causes pain or discomfort.
  • Adjust the straps so the backpack fits snugly to the back. A pack that hangs loosely can pull the body backward and strain muscles. Waist belts are an excellent feature, as they help to distribute weight more evenly.

Author’s Note: Adults, the same rules listed above pertain to you too, not only for backpacks but for purses and luggage as well. Do you really need to lug around a purse that will easily conceal a Volkswagen Beetle or a carry-on bag that would strain the muscles of an avid weightlifter?

National String Cheese Day

National String Cheese Day celebrates, for some odd reason, string cheese and is a new holiday being celebrated for the first time this year. Galbani Cheese, with the intention of creating a way to celebrate America’s love of String Cheese, submitted National String Cheese Day to the registrar at National Day Calendar, who declared September 20th to be National String Cheese Day.
Food historians believe that String Cheese was invented by Frank Baker of Baker Cheese in St. Cloud, Wisconsin, in 1976. Baker Cheese had originally made cheddar cheese, but switched to making only mozzarella, to fill the demand for cheese for pizza that had been fueled by the proliferation of take-out pizza establishments in the Midwest. Originally the mozzarella was made in large loaves or blocks, but customers wanted to snack on the cheese when they weren’t eating pizza and needed something more convenient. Frank Baker didn’t want to get into the market of cubed or shredded mozzarella cheese, which other companies were already doing, and decided to tinker until he came up with something different. His original string cheese looked like a twisted rope, and he tried it out at bars and parties to see if it was liked. Within a few years, the cheese took its, now familiar, cylindrical form. He also found that individual packaging for each string of cheese lengthened its shelf life, and it became popular across the country. It is possible that other companies came up with string cheese around the same time as Baker, but there is no specific evidence of this.
Whether you call it String Cheese, Snack Cheese or Cheese Sticks…there’s no denying that you also call it delicious. Pack it for a picnic. Have it on a hike. Pass it out for a team snack. And of course, no lunch is complete without some String Cheese.
String Cheese is a fun, easy and protein-packed food that is easily portable, so it’s popular with both kids and adults. Usually made with mozzarella, String Cheese melts easily when heated making it an excellent addition to recipes, too.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of String Cheese is deciding how to eat it. Most people go for the classic “peel down and chow down” method—separating each stick into thin strands. (You have to admit, it is kind of fun to play with your food without recrimination). Others prefer the “get down to business” approach of removing the wrapper and biting into the stick. Whichever method you choose, celebrate National String Cheese Day by indulging in some String Cheese.

National Punch Day 

Oddly enough, it celebrates the meaning of the word “punch”. The word “punch” allegedly comes from the Hindustani word “panch,” which means “five.” The drink received this name because it was made with five ingredients: spirits (originally a fermented drink called arrack), lemons or limes, sugar, water, and tea or spices. Sailors and employees of the British East India Company brought punch from India to the United Kingdom in the early 17th century, and from there it spread to other European countries, and then to the West Indies and the North American Colonies. It is now one of the most popular party drinks in the world.
Recipes for today’s punches are similar to those from the 17th century. Punch is often served in a large punch bowl, and an alcohol-free version is popular at children’s parties.
Today there are hundreds of different punch recipes… a quick online search will prove it. Many of them still incorporate the five key ingredients: base (alcohol), citrus, sugar, water, and spice.
To celebrate this holiday, make a batch of your favorite punch today. Be sure to make a “kid-friendly” batch also so your whole family can celebrate with you.
Author’s Note: Soft drink manufacturers today distribute many types of “fruit punch” beverages. Typically they are red and despite the name, they only contain a small fraction of actual fruit juice with the major constituents being sugar or corn syrup, citric acid, and artificial flavors.

Pepperoni Pizza Day

Pepperoni Pizza Day for some strange reason, celebrates one the mainstays of pizza culture, the Pepperoni Pizza. Pepperoni Pizza is the single most popular variety of pizza in the world, most especially in America. Pepperoni Pizza Day celebrates possibly the best pizza of all time.
Though pizza has been around for centuries and it is thought that it originated in ancient Sardinia, what we know as pizza today originated about 2000 years ago with Roman Soldiers who added olive oil and cheese to Matzah bread. The first time the word ‘pizza’ came into use was in the 16th-Century, describing a food thought fit only for peasants. In 1889, Raffaele Esposito presented the Queen consort of Italy a “Pizza Margherita”, flatbread topped with basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes…colors and flavors selected to represent the Italian Flag. After being served to nobility, the popularity of the pizza grew and it quickly became one of the most popular foods in the world.
To celebrate Pepperoni Pizza Day, you don’t have to settle on just plain Pepperoni Pizza. You can add as many different toppings as you like…as long as the main topping is Pepperoni.

Another Holiday

On This Date

  • In 1519 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan left Spain to find a route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Magellan was killed during the trip, but one of his ships eventually made the journey.
  • In 1870 – The Papal States came under the control of Italian troops, leading to the unification of Italy.
  • In 1881 – Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the United States. President James A. Garfield had been assassinated the day before.
  • In 1884 – The Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, CA.
  • In 1904 – Wilbur Wright made the first circular flight. Wright, who with his brother Orville, is credited with inventing the first airplane, made a complete circle in 1 minute and 16 seconds on the Wright Flyer II.
  • In 1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival premiered. The original premiere was delayed in 1939 due to World War II.
  • In 1962 – James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. Meredith was later admitted.
  • In 1963 – President John F. Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
  • In 1973 – Billie Jean King won the “Battle of the Sexes”. The mixed gender tennis match between top tennis player Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King was held in Houston, Texas after Riggs won another mixed gender match against Margaret Court earlier in the year. The matches were prompted by Riggs’ comments that even at an age of 55, he could beat any female tennis player. King beat Riggs and took home the $100,000 prize money. The match was and still is one of the most viewed tennis matches on television – it was watched by about 90 million people around the world.
  • In 1977 – The first of the “boat people” arrived in San Francisco from Southeast Asia under a new U.S. resettlement program.
  • In 1982 – President Ronald Reagan announced that the U.S., France, and Italy were going to send peacekeeping troops back to Beirut.
  • In 1984 – “The Cosby Show” premiered on NBC-TV. The popular television sitcom followed the lives of a Brooklyn-based African-American family called the Huxtables. The show ran for 8 years on NBC and was largely based on the stand-up comedy of Bill Cosby, who played the role of Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable, the father in the show.
  • In 1989 – F.W. de Klerk was sworn in as president of South Africa.
  • In 1991 – United Nations weapons inspectors left for Iraq in a renewed search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
  • In 1995 – The House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits.
  • In 2001 – President George W. Bush declared the War on Terror. The global military campaign against terrorism was first declared in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the United States. The phrase was used by President Bush in a speech given to the United States Congress.
  • The official US military policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” ended. The policy was instituted by the administration of Bill Clinton in 1994. Under the policy, openly gay personnel were not allowed to serve in the United States military, but they could serve as long as they did not reveal their LGBT status.

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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