Life Day 26772 – We’ve Been Duped

October 29, 2020 at 8:25 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning intrepid, insatiable, internet users. Today is Thursday, October 29, 2020.  It is the 302nd day of the year and 64 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

International Internet Day

We’ve been duped. All throughout the 1990’s we were led to believe that Al Gore “invented” the internet. Shockingly, International Internet Day, celebrated each year on this date since 2005, proves that Mr. Gore’s claims were false. In actuality, the first electronic message sent from one computer to another occurred on this date in 1969 (just a few months after Neil Armstrong took the historic first steps on the moon). It was Leonard Kleinrock, Charley Kline, and Bill Duvall who were the key players in the first Internet connection. While working on the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), (a network funded by the Defense Department that connected four independent  terminals installed at UCLA, Stanford, the University of California-Santa Barbara and the University of Utah), Charley Kline attempted to send “login” information from UCLA to Bill Duvall at Stanford. It almost worked, too. Kleinrock attempted to send the word “login”, and he managed to send ”L” and “O” before the connection between the terminals crashed. Still, the characters “L” and “O” were the first bits of data ever sent over the first long-distance computer network. Under the supervision of UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock, Kline was able to send the complete “Login” message about an hour later – And the Internet was born.
The internet is defined as a remote connection between computers. While the internet may not have been possible without a million other monumental inventions that came before it, it’s hard to find any other invention that has had such a monumental impact on mankind.  Although not as famous as Neil Armstrong, these pioneers paved the way for the existence of the internet as we know it today, as well as future advances in internet technology.
So, as you are “surfing the web” today, celebrate International Internet Day by raising your Starbucks mug in a salute to good ole Lenny, Charley, and Bill – for, without them, you might not be able to read this Blog, post pictures of your lunch, or watch all of those “cute kitty” videos on YouTube.

National Cat Day

And speaking of cute kitties, today is also National Cat Day. National Cat Day is an official holiday adopted by the Animal Miracle Foundation and the A.S.P.C.A. and was created by pet lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige. Since its inception in 2005, it has helped save the lives of more than one million cats. The mission of this holiday is to encourage people to adopt cats from shelters rather than buy them from pet stores supplied by kitten mills. Estimates reveal that there are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters every year with 1-2 million being euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and under-appreciated, but they offer unconditional love and companionship. Studies have shown that owning a cat can lower blood pressure and they have also been known to alert their owner of danger.
Cats are one of the most beloved human companions of all time. They were first domesticated in the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent as early as 12,000 years ago. When humans relied on hunting as their main source of food, dogs were most useful, but when the first agricultural societies emerged, cats became invaluable. Domesticated cats became responsible for keeping grain stores free of mice and other rodents. Today, cats can be found in 34% of American households, making them the most popular house pet in the United States.

National Hermit Day  

National Hermit Day is celebrated each year on this date. It is a holiday created for those of us who believe that socialization is vastly overrated.
A hermit is a person who lives, to some degree, in seclusion from society and the word ‘hermit’ comes from the Latin ĕrēmīta, meaning “of the desert”. Admit it, no matter how extroverted you are, there are times when all you want to do is climb into bed with a good book and shut out the rest of the world.
It is believed that National Hermit Day honors the date of the death of St. Colman who died in Ireland on this date in 632 A.D. He had a seven-year hermitage in the Burren Forest in a cave.
To celebrate National Hermit Day, turn off your TV and your computer, turn off your smartphone, call for pizza or Chinese food delivery, take the night off and enjoy your own company – without any interruptions from the outside world.

National Oatmeal Day  

National Oatmeal Day is celebrated annually on this date. It obviously celebrates oatmeal, one of the world’s most nutritious and popular breakfast cereals.
Good news, oatmeal is an extremely healthy, versatile food that can be eaten any time of day. It is both filling and low in calories, which makes it the perfect breakfast or anytime snack.
Bad news. If you are eating those Instant oatmeal packets that come in different flavors you are not eating as healthy as you may think. They’re full of sugar, and many of the nutrients have been stripped in the processing. 
Plain rolled oat flakes should be your oatmeal of choice. Oats are a whole grain; a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Oats are a good source of many nutrients, including copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, vitamin E and zinc, and are a good source of protein. Oatmeal can lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce the risk for cancer, and is low in fat.
Oatmeal is a versatile food. Aside from a hot breakfast cereal, oatmeal has many other uses. It can be used in savory as well as sweet recipes; oatmeal cookies immediately come to mind. Have you tried using oatmeal as a filler in your meatloaf instead of bread or cracker crumbs? Do a little research online and you will find myriad other uses for oatmeal.
You don’t need a Doctorate in Nutrition to celebrate National Oatmeal Day. Simply enjoy som oatmeal today – either as a breakfast cereal or in another form.
Below are a few oatmeal factoids:

  • The Quaker Oats “Quaker Man” is one of the oldest advertising mascots in America. The Quaker Oats company registered him as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal in 1877. The character purposely embodies the values of the Quaker faith—honesty, integrity, and purity.
  • Vermont leads the United States in per capita consumption of cooked oatmeal cereal.
  • Some favorite oatmeal toppings include brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, nuts, and granola.

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