Life Day 26770 – Ebony Felines Rule

October 27, 2020 at 8:57 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning ebony feline aficionados. Today is Tuesday, October 27th. It is the 300th day of 2020, and 66 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Black Cat Day

Black Cat Day is celebrated each year on this date. For better or worse, it celebrates the oft-maligned black cat.
There are a number of feline-related holidays each year including at least one more related specifically to black cats. Halloween is nigh upon us, and black cats are still considered by some to be omens of bad luck or misfortune. In religion-centric cultures, people often fear anything remotely related to the pagan beliefs of their ancestors, and, along with many other superstitions, black cats somehow became associated witches and demons, and were thought to be the vessels they used to do their evil. Often, it was common practice to severely punish those who kept black cats as pets and even kill the animals themselves. Although these days nobody really believes black cats are witches or demons in disguise anymore, black cats are still often seen as mischievous or unlucky.
Interestingly, some cultures actually revered black cats. In Celtic mythology, it was believed that fairies could take the form of black cats, and therefore their arrival to a home or village was seen an omen of good luck. Cats in ancient Egypt, regardless of color, were highly regarded, partly due to their ability to combat vermin such as mice, rats. Cats of royalty were known to be dressed in gold jewelry and were allowed to eat right off their owners’ plates. The goddess of warfare was a woman with the head of a cat named Bastet.
With all of that said, black cats still seem to be the last ones chosen for adoption in animal shelters and far too many are euthanized. That’s a shame because I speak from personal experience when I say that black cats make wonderful pets.
If you don’t want to celebrate Black Cat Day by adopting a black cat today, making a small donation to your local no-kill animal shelter can help countless felines, and put you in good graces with the cats of this world – you know, just in case they really are the spawn of Satan.

International Bandanna Day

Celebrated each year on this date, International Bandanna Day urges you to proudly wear a bandanna today in support of cancer patients; who have to wear them every day to hide their hair loss. As most people already know, one of the side effects of cancer treatment is often hair loss. This can be traumatic, especially to young children afflicted with the disease. 
To celebrate International Bandanna Day, make a donation to the American Cancer Society or another group that helps cancer patients.

National Potato Day

National Potato Day is celebrated annually on this date. Although there are a number of potato-related holidays throughout the year, this one seems to just celebrate potatoes in general. No matter, I like “spuds” of all types, prepared in a variety of ways, so I’m up for one more “potato” holiday this year anyway.
There are more than 4,000 varieties of potatoes worldwide. They can be classified into three main groups: waxy, floury, and all-purpose.
Waxy varieties include fingerlings, red jacket, new and white round potatoes. They have more moisture and less starch. The lower starch level enables them to hold their shape well during cooking.  When boiled, steamed or roasted, waxy potatoes come out firm and moist—the ideal consistency for potato salad.
Floury varieties include the iconic Idaho, russet, and russet Burbank (there are many varieties of russet potato)—russets are a variation bred to be harvested in the warmer months; Idaho potatoes are harvested in the cooler months. They are lower in moisture (drier) and high in starch. Due to their low sugar content, they tend to fall apart when boiled. Floury potatoes do not hold their shape well after cooking—think of the crumbly texture of a baked potato. That’s why floury/starchy potatoes are easier to mash. Also use them for deep-frying  (French fries, potato pancakes).
All-purpose varieties include Katahdin (named after the highest mountain in Maine), Kennebec (a leading chipping potato), purple Peruvian, yellow Finn and Yukon gold. They combine the characteristics of both waxy and floury potatoes, so can be used for any purpose.

American Beer Day

American Beer Day is observed annually on October 27th. As you might infer from the title, this holiday celebrates American beer – the most popular alcoholic drink in the United States.
Over 2,500 breweries produce more than 6.5 billion gallons annually. American breweries range in size from large, well-known national brands, to regional beers, brewpubs, microbreweries, and increasingly popular craft breweries.
American beer is produced in a variety of styles, including pale lager, brown ale, IPA, porter, and stout.
You don’t need to be a genius to figure out how to celebrate American Beer Day. All you need do is enjoy one (or more)* of your preferred brand of domestic beer.
*Always drink responsibly.
Below are some American beer factoids:

  • Americans drink more than 50 billion pints of beer each year — that’s 156 pints for every person (man, woman, and child) in America – enough to fill 1 out of every 25 residential in-ground pools in the United States.
  • Prohibition in the early twentieth century caused nearly all American breweries to close.
  • After prohibition was repealed the industry had consolidated into a small number of large-scale breweries.
  • In 2008, the United States was ranked sixteenth in the world in per capita consumption, while total consumption was second only to China.
  • The majority of the new breweries in the United States are small breweries and brewpubs, who, as members of the Brewers Association, are termed “craft breweries” to differentiate them from the larger and older breweries.
  • The most common style of beer produced by the big breweries is American lager.
  • Most of the smaller breweries, which were founded in the 1980’s, produce a range of styles.
  • Beer styles originating in the United States include American pale ale, Pennsylvania porter, American IPA, steam beer, amber ale, cream ale and Cascadian dark ale.

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