October 18th – Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

October 18, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning facial hair fretters. Today is Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

No Beard Day

Beards aren’t for everyone. But by the same token, some men just don’t seem like themselves without their signature facial hair. Apparently, No Beard Day encourages men to grab their razors and liberate their long-suffering physiognomies from their tonsorial oppressors (aka, shave their stubble). So, if you are not satisfied with your beard, shave it off today. You can always grow it back. But, if you like your beard, keep it, but at least, give it a trim.
On a personal note, I had a mustache for most of my career in the military. I never pushed the boundaries and always kept it within regulations. When I retired and began my truck driving career, I experimented with a number of different beard types, but settled on a classic Van Dyke as my beard of choice; but would often shave it off on a whim. My current tonsorial tendency is the clean-shaven look. When it comes down to it, it takes more time to maintain a well-groomed beard than to just shave.

World Menopause Day

World Menopause Day is the day that the International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated to focus on menopause, from hot flashes to heart health, and all things menopausal. The International Menopause Society was founded in 1978 with the mission of addressing gender-based and menopause-based issues.
World Menopause Day has actually been around since 1984, but it hasn’t exactly attracted a lot of media attention. This holiday seeks to increase awareness and educate women – many of whom don’t have easy access to information or are too ashamed to seek help.
Not being a menopausal, or postmenopausal woman, I have no clue about how to celebrate this holiday.

BRA Day USA

Last week, we celebrated No Bra Day to raise awareness about breast cancer and BRA Day USA is observed in the same vane. BRA, in this instance, stands for Breast Reconstruction Awareness and focuses upon the physical and emotional scars left by breast cancer surgery. Observed annually on the third Wednesday of October, BRA Day was created in 2011 by Canadian plastic surgeon Dr. Mitchell Brown and the next year (2012) expanded to the United States as BRA Day USA.
While each annual breast cancer campaign focuses on a different area of concern about breast cancer – early detection, treatment options, etc – few shine a light on options after a mastectomy or lumpectomy like BRA Day USA.  While reconstruction may not be for every woman, they should have access to the available options so they can make informed decisions.
This link will give you more information about BRA Day USA.

Hagfish Day  

When you think of ocean dwellers, most of you probably think of intelligent dolphins, cute seals, majestic whales, or perhaps the edible creatures like tuna, crabs, lobsters, and shrimp. You seldom think about the hideous, disturbing, or just the plain homely creatures that inhabit the ocean’s depths.
With that said, making its debut on the National Day Calendar only 2 years ago in 2015, Hagfish Day serves to remind us that the ecosystem requires all sorts life to keep our planet healthy and to teach children that just because something isn’t cute and cuddly doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a role in nature.
Hagfish are among the most disgusting creatures on Earth – land or sea. They resemble eels but they are scavengers and serve much the same function as do maggots on land – only they are much larger. They are disgusting jawless, boneless, and scaleless creatures that more closely resemble a lump of meat than a living organism, yet they serve a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature in the world’s oceans. They ooze slime through pores in their skin, which they use to smother prey and evade predators. A  20-inch hagfish can fill a 2-gallon bucket with slime in minutes. Even more disgusting is the way they eat. They feed mostly on dead sea life entering through the mouth, anus, or gills of the carcass and eating away the inside, leaving behind just the skin.
This link will tell you everything you need to know about the disgusting Hagfish.

National Chocolate Cupcake Day  

Cupcakes can be traced back to 1796 when there was a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” written in American Cookery (by Amelia Simmons).  The earliest known documentation of the term “cupcake” was in 1828 in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook. Cupcakes were originally baked in heavy pottery cups.  Today, some bakers still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, large teacups, or other small oven-proof pottery-type dishes for baking their cupcakes.
There are two theories about how cupcakes got their name. One claims that the miniature cakes were originally baked in individual cups. The other suggests that the name comes from the recipe, which was measured out by the cup — one cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, four eggs, one cup milk, one spoonful baking soda.
Cupcakes (sometimes known elsewhere as Fairy Cakes and Patty Cakes) are sumptuous individual-sized cakes that are a treat for young and old alike. They are most commonly baked lovingly in kitchens across the country, but these days, cupcakes have become “trendy” and are made with a variety of flavors, ingredients, and decorations by “gourmet” shops in every community…but the humble chocolate cupcake remains the perennial favorite.
Whether you decide to bake, frost, and decorate a batch today at home or buy some at your bakery, enjoy a chocolate cupcake (or two) to celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day.

More Holidays

On This Date   

  • In 1767 – The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
  • In 1842 – Samuel Morse laid his first telegraph cable.
  • In 1851 – Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby Dick, was published. The novel is about a sailor’s obsession with tracking down and killing an elusive whale that took his leg in a previous encounter. The book was published as The Whale in London for the first time and then a month later as Moby Dick in the United States. It is thought to be one of the best works of fiction written in modern times.
  • In 1867 – The United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased for a total of $7.2 million dollars (2 cents per acre). The purchase was not seen as a positive acquirement by many American citizens who believed that adding Alaska to the United States’ territory was a waste of taxpayers’ money. Many called the act, Seward’s folly after Secretary of State William H. Seward, who was responsible for making the purchase. Alaska was admitted to the Union as a state in 1959. October 18 is annually celebrated as Alaska Day in Alaska.
  • In 1873 – The first rules for intercollegiate football were drawn up by representatives from Rutgers, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities.
  • In 1892 – The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY, was opened.
  • In 1929 – The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada.
  • In 1950 – Connie Mack announced that he was going to retire after 50 seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.
  • In 1956 – NFL commissioner Bert Bell disallowed the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.
  • In 1958 – The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter’s show.
  • In 1967 – The American League granted permission for the Kansas City Athletics to move to Oakland. Also, new franchises were awarded to Kansas City and Seattle.
  • In 1967 – The first space probe to enter the atmosphere of another planet took place. The Soviet Probe Venera 4 entered Venus’ atmosphere and sent back information to Earth for about 90 minutes before it lost contact. When Venera 7 landed on Venus a few years later, it became the first probe to land on another planet.
  • In 1968 – Two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were suspended by the United States Olympic Committee for giving a “black power” salute during a ceremony in Mexico City.
  • In 1969 – The United States government banned artificial sweeteners due to evidence that they caused cancer.
  • In 1971 – After 34 years, the final issue of “Look” magazine was published.
  • In 1977 – Reggie Jackson tied Babe Ruth’s record for hitting three home runs in a single World Series game. Jackson was only the second player to achieve this.
  • In 1989 – The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo space probe.
  • In 1990 – Iraq made an offer to the world that it would sell oil for $21 a barrel. The price level was the same as it had been before the invasion of Kuwait.
  • In 1997 – A monument honoring United States servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • In 1998 – The Jesse oil pipeline, which was owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, was situated just outside the city of Lagos. Over 200 people died in the resulting fire that raged for 6 days before it could be put out.
  • In 2007 – Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, returned to Pakistan after living 8 years in London and Dubai in a self-imposed exile. Two months later she was assassinated in a bombing while campaigning for the forthcoming elections.

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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