October 25th – Punk for a Day, Day

October 25, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning punks. Today is Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Punk for a Day, Day

Like so many other words in the English language, the word “punk” has evolved over time. Originally, it meant dry, decayed wood that can be used as tinder. In my day, the 1950’s and 60’s, a punk was a novice or beginner, especially a young ruffian or hoodlum.
In the late 1970’s, “punk” took on an entirely different meaning with the advent of the Punk Music craze and Punk for a Day, Day celebrates this genre of music and the “punk” lifestyle. Punk evolved from the hippie rock era and started out with ground-breakers like the Velvet Underground and shock rockers like Alice Cooper. The Punk craze started in New York and quickly spread to London. Soon, bands like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones began creating the image for what Punk would eventually become. Today, it means basically anyone who wants to be different; a non-conformist, especially one who identifies with the Punk Music scene and dresses the part.
If being  “punk” is not something to which you normally aspire, you can still celebrate Punk for a Day, Day. Simply step out of your comfortable, boring, normal life and try the Punk persona today. Spike your hair, dye it purple, pink, or some other outlandish color, get a piercing or tattoo, and/or wear denim and leather and adorn your new wardrobe with plenty of zippers and safety pins. Make a Punk Rock playlist and blast it from your Sony Walkman. Or not!

Sourest Day

Life is all about maintaining balance. Last week, we celebrated Sweetest Day, so to maintain balance, it’s only fitting that today we celebrate Sourest Day.
Sourest Day is the cynic’s answer to Sweetest Day. The old adage, “When life gives you lemons…” does not apply today. If life gives you lemons today, shout out your displeasure to the rest of the world. Feel free to be as grumpy, irritable or cantankerous as you want today about the world and everything and everyone in it. If you smell flowers, look for the funeral. If you see a rainbow, get prepared for the ensuing thunderstorm.
To celebrate Sourest Day, give out lemon drops to everyone you encounter.

International Artists Day

International Artists Day honors the contribution artists have and are making to society. Art is generally thought to encompass painting, sculpture, writing and music. Artists bring the timeless dimension of beauty and grace to humanity.
Artists have chronicled our human condition for centuries. Art galleries are filled to overflowing with their work, yet the artists themselves remain an enigma. Why do they do what they do?
Celebrate this holiday by taking your favorite “starving artist” to lunch; try to discover what motivates him/her. Buy that painting or sculpture that has been niggling in the back of your mind since you first saw it in that quaint little shop. Visit an art gallery, attend a symphony, or create your own “masterpiece”.

World Pasta Day

It should come as a surprise to no one that World Pasta Day promotes the consumption of pasta around the world. It also seeks to increase awareness of the health benefits and nutritional value of pasta. World Pasta Day was established as an annual event at the first World Pasta Congress held on October 25, 1995, in Rome, Italy, and is promoted by pasta manufacturers around the world.
To celebrate this holiday, serve up a big dish of your favorite pasta and sauce today.

National Greasy Foods Day    

Although perhaps not the healthiest choice available, everyone loves the taste of greasy food. From pizza and nachos to burgers and French fries, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the guilty pleasure of greasy foods. Even if it’s just for today, allow yourself to indulge in a little greasy food. You can always go back to eating healthy tomorrow.
Factoid: Fried chicken is the most ordered meal in sit-down restaurants in the United States.

More Holidays

On This Date   

  • In 1760 – George III began his reign as the King of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • In 1854 – The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent casualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.
  • In 1870 – The first U.S. trademark was given. The recipient was the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.
  • In 1917 – The Bolsheviks (Communists) under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seized power in Russia.
  • In 1929 – Alber B. Fall, a member of President Warren G. Harding’s cabinet, was found guilty of taking a bribe. He was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000.
  • In 1940 – Benjamin Oliver Davis became the first African-American general in the United States Army.
  • In 1951 – In Panmunjom, peace talks concerning the Korean War resumed after 63 days.
  • In 1954 – A U.S. cabinet meeting was televised for the first time.
  • In 1955 – The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company.
  • In 1958 – U.S. Marines withdrew from Beirut, Lebanon. They had been sent in on July 25, 1958, to protect the nation’s pro-Western government.
  • In 1960 – The Accutron watch by the Bulova Watch Company was introduced.
  • In 1962 – American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
  • In 1962 – Uganda became a member state of the United Nations.
  • In 1962 – United States Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presented photographic evidence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba to the United Nations Security Council.
  • In 1971 – The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and admit mainland China.
  • On 1983 – U.S. troops and soldiers from six Caribbean nations invaded Grenada to restore order and provide protection to U.S. citizens after a recent coup within Grenada’s Communist (pro-Cuban) government. Known as Operation Urgent Fury, the invasion ended with U.S. victory.
  • In 1990 – It was announced by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney that the Pentagon was planning to send 100,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia.
  • In 2000 – AT&T Corp. announced that it would restructure into a family of four separately traded companies (consumer, business, broadband and wireless).
  • IN 2001 – It was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons.

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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