October 3rd – Is Something Bugging You?

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

Good morning virus victims. Today is Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Virus Appreciation Day

There are many types of viruses ( or virii…either is correct) and the creator(s) of this holiday did not specify the particular type of virus we are supposed to appreciate today. So, I guess I’ll just choose a couple and cover them.
Before I get any further, I should explain the difference between bacteria and viruses. Bacteria are alive in a classical sense, meaning they have all the metrics that define life, most importantly, a cell-structure. Viruses, however, are not quite alive, they’re more like randomly wandering bits of DNA with an attitude problem and a suit of protein-based armor.
Human and animal viruses are the ones that affect us physically. Viruses are nasty little microscopic creatures that “bug” us by infecting our bodies and making us sick, and in some instances, can cause death. However, there are also viruses that are beneficial to mankind, such as those in our intestinal tract that aid in digestion and those from which we make vaccines, so not all viruses are bad, it’s just that we tend to focus our attention on the ones that are. Virus Appreciation Day should be more aptly named Virus Awareness and Protection Day. It urges you to be aware of the harm that viruses can do to your body, and make sure you’re protected from them by ensuring that your immunizations are up to date.
Then, there are computer viruses. Computer viruses infect the pathways of the Worldwide Web and have the same effect on our computers, that human and animal viruses have on us. They slow down computers, make them behave erratically, and sometimes render them entirely useless (death). The same precautions you take to protect yourself from viruses hold true when dealing with computer viruses. You should be aware that they exist and take precautionary steps to prevent infection of your computer by not visiting questionable websites or opening questionable links you receive in emails. You should also take steps to “immunize” your computer from viruses by buying quality anti-virus software, installing it on your computer, and keeping it up to date.
To celebrate Virus Appreciation Day, make sure your immunizations are up to date. Also, do a full system scan on your computer to get rid of any “bugs” that may be affecting its health.

Techies Day

“Techie” is a term, derived from the word technology, for a person who displays a great, sometimes even obsessive, interest in technology, high-tech devices, and particularly computers. In the recent years, “Techie” has become slang for individuals involved in the Information Technology section of companies who rely on computers for their survival. “Techie” is also used as a nickname (without pejorative connotations) for a student from a university with the name “Technology” in its titles, such as Caltech, Georgia Tech, MIT, IIT, FIT and Virginia Tech.” Additionally, “Techie” (slang) is a generalized occupational title for stage hands, electricians, carpenters or other professional Stage Technicians in the Theatre and Film Industries.”
Techies may seem like ‘geeks’ to us, but when your computer develops a mind of its own, they are the ones who come to the rescue. They get your computer running smoothly again faster than you can say gigabyte.
With advances in technology, techies have become essential in the running of most businesses; not just for computers, but for communications and a wide array of machinery used in manufacturing processes today.
To celebrate Techies Day, take time to give a big “Thank you” to the “techies” who make your job and life easier.

Look at the Leaves Day

I couldn’t find any information about the creation of Look at the Leaves Day, but the reasons for Look at the Leaves Day are obvious…just look around you. Autumn is upon us, and the leaves are changing color. Look at the Leaves Day encourages you to take time out today to look at the wonders that Mother Nature provides for us. You can’t help being awestruck by the spectacular display of foliage on display all around you.

Family TV Show Day

These days, TV programming seems geared toward specific age groups and it is becoming harder and harder to find quality shows that the whole family can enjoy together. When I was growing up in the 50’s and 60’s there were only three networks, and maybe an independent channel or two, and we complained about having “nothing to good watch”. With the advent of cable and satellite TV came a myriad of TV channels to select from…and people still complain about having “nothing good to watch”.
I could find no information about why Family TV Show Day was created, who created it or why this date was chosen to celebrate it. But from the context, the conclusion I draw is that Family TV Show Day urges us to hearken back to the “good ole days” when there was actually family centric entertainment available.
By encouraging families to watch TV together, Family TV Show Day provides an opportunity to open communication within your family and allows you to have discussions about violence, bullying, sex, and other issues arise in the TV shows you watch. It is also a good way to experience what your children think about, and how they feel about certain issues.
With that said, there are TV networks around today which re-broadcast many of the old family oriented shows. Check your local listings to find some of them. There are four such channels here in the Bay Area, and I don’t even have cable or satellite TV; so they are out there somewhere. You just have to look for them.

National Caramel Custard Day

The Ancient Romans experimented with the binding properties of eggs in their cooking, but custard as we know it didn’t emerge until the Middle Ages. Today there are many types of custard, but National Caramel Custard Day celebrates, what else, caramel custard.
Caramel custard is a custard into which caramelized sugar is mixed into the custard before baking. It differs from flan (a crème caramel) where a layer of caramel is added to the bottom of the mold, creating a caramel topping when the custard is inverted and unmolded.
There is no package mix for this one folks, so to enjoy this rich dessert, you’ll have to make it from scratch. Enjoy.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1849 – Edgar Allen Poe was seen in public for the last time. The Baltimore-based poet and author, best known for his poem The Raven was found sick and delirious on the streets and taken to Washington College Hospital, where he died a few days later. He was 40 years old at the time of his death.
  • In 1863 – President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be recognized as Thanksgiving Day. The holiday has been celebrated annually since.
  • In 1893 – The motor-driven vacuum cleaner was patented by J.S. Thurman.
  • In 1901 – The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America, the company became RCA-Victor.
  • In 1906 – W.T. Grant opened a 25-cent department store.
  • In 1922 – Rebecca L. Felton became the first female to hold the office of United States Senator. She was appointed by Governor Thomas W. Hardwick of Georgia to fill a vacancy.
  • In 1929 – The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes officially changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
  • In 1932 – Iraq gained its independence from the United Kingdom. The West Asian country came under British control in 1920, after the end of the First World War. After taking control of the country, the British installed the deposed Syrian King Faisal I as the King of Iraq.
  • In 1941 – Adolf Hitler stated in a speech that Russia was “broken” and they “would never rise again.”
  • In 1942 – The Office of Economic Stabilization was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He also authorized controls on rents, wages, salaries and farm prices.
  • In 1951 – CBS-TV aired the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prize-fight. Dave Sands defeated Carl Olson at Soldier Field in Chicago.
  • In 1952 – Britain became the third nuclear power in the world when they successfully detonated their first atomic bomb. Called Operation Hurricane the test was conducted near the Montebello Islands in Western Australia. The United States and Russia were the only other nuclear powers at the time.
  • In 1955 – “The Mickey Mouse Club” premiered on ABC-TV.
  • In 1962 – The Sigma VII blasted off from Cape Canaveral for a nine-hour flight.
  • In 1974 – Frank Robinson took over the management position of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. He was the first black manager in major league baseball.
  • In 1988 – The space shuttle Discovery landed safely after its four-day mission. It was the first American shuttle mission since the Challenger disaster.
  • In 1989 – East Germany suspended unrestricted travel to Czechoslovakia in an effort to slow the flow of refugees to the West.
  • In 1989 – Art Shell became the first African-American head coach in the modern NFL when he took over the Los Angeles Raiders.
  • In 1990 – The Berlin Wall was dismantled eleven months after the borders between East and West Germany were dissolved. The unification of Germany ended 45 years of division.
  • In 1995 – OJ Simpson was acquitted in the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman. The former football player had been accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend on June 13, 1994. The high-profile case and the subsequent trial of Simpson captured widespread media and public attention in the United States and around the world.
  • In 2001 – Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) broke Babe Ruth’s major league single-season record for walks at 171.
  • In 2003 – Ray Horn, of the Las Vegas animal act “Siegfried & Roy,” was attacked by a tiger during a performance. Roy survived the attack after being dragged offstage. The tiger, a 7-year-old male named Montecore, was making his debut in the show.
  • In 2006 – North Korea announced that it would conduct a nuclear test as a key step in the manufacture of atomic bombs that it viewed as a deterrent against a U.S. attack. A date for the test was not announced.

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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