Life Day 26778 – It Just Makes Sense

November 4, 2020 at 11:04 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my logical friends. Today is  Wednesday, November 4, 2020. It is the 309th day of 2020, and 57 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Use Your Common Sense Day

Use Your Common Sense Day is celebrated each year on this date. It celebrates the [seemingly lost] art of common sense.
Common sense was originally defined as: ” the power of uniting mentally the impressions conveyed by the five physical senses, thus “ordinary understanding.” A more modern definition should also include the application of logic to the decision-making process combined with the original definition. For example, we’ve all grabbed the handle of a hot pan on the stove and burned ourselves. Those of us with “common sense” use our senses (in this case sight and touch) and apply logic to take steps to avoid doing this again. That is why heat-proof handles were invented; to prevent those without “common sense” from constantly inflicting pain on themselves.
It is no coincidence that Bud Bilanich, the creator of this holiday, chose this date, the birth date of Will Rogers, as the day on which to celebrate this holiday. One of folksy humorist and entertainer Will Rogers’ most famous quotations is: “Common sense ain’t all that common.” This statement was true in the 1920’s or 1930’s when he said it, and is even truer today. You need only look around you at some of the bad decisions people around you make in their everyday lives to see that Mr. Rogers was correct.
These days, people tend to isolate themselves into small groups with which they share similar attitudes, beliefs, or interests, and therefore aren’t exposed to the “realities of life’, because no one in their group has ever experienced them either, or have long since forgotten them. Politicians are a prime example of this. Once in the “clique” of elected officialdom, they quickly lose whatever sense of logic or common sense they previously had in order to fit in with “the group”. Which is why we get such asinine statements from politicians as: “We need to pass this legislation so we can find out what’s in it.” In reality, the reverse is true. Common sense and logic dictate that politicians should be familiar with all aspects of a particular piece of legislation, and it’s effect on those to whom it pertains; before they make it law!
Anyway, to celebrate Use Your Common Sense Day, try your best to use common sense today, in all aspects of your life. Make sound decisions based upon logic rather than whim. Is it common sense to tell your boss that you think his tie is hideous; or tell your wife that you prefer your mother’s pancakes over hers; or, does it make sense to buy that 60-inch flat screen TV because it has one more “gizmo” than the 55-inch flat-screen you bought 6 months ago? I think not!

King Tut Day:

On this date in 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamen (the child King commonly known as King Tut) in Egypt’s Valley of Kings. King Tutankhamen became Pharaoh at the age of 9. He died when he was 19. King Tut’s rule lasted a short nine years, from 1333 B.C. to 1324 B.C. The cause of his death is uncertain, but murder and an innocent accident are the two main theories.
After 3,000 years, the tomb of the young pharaoh was nearly intact. Miraculously, it was one of the few royal tombs that had escaped grave robbers, vandals, and the ravages of time. Its discovery is heralded in archaeological circles as one of the greatest discoveries in history.

National Candy Day:

What a sweet holiday!  Various types of candies and sweet confections have existed for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits in honey, and the Aztecs and Mayans consumed chocolate during religious rituals as early as 300 AD.
Today, there are thousands of different types of candy, all with their own unique history. For example, did you know that Tootsie Rolls were created by Leo Hirshfield of New York in 1896? He named them after his daughter, who was nicknamed “Tootsie.” The average American eats about twenty-five pounds of candy each year. While that may seem like a lot, the average person in Denmark eats thirty-six pounds each year.
There is a growing market for “gourmet” candy these days. Gourmet candies are made in small artisan type shops where they stress quality over quantity. Many strive to maintain the same flavor and consistency of the candies that you grandmother enjoyed.
Whether you like chocolate, caramels, hard candy, or marzipan, on National Candy Day, treat yourself to something delicious…your favorite kind of candy.
Author’s note: Those fortunate enough to live in my former hometown of Bakersfield, California have Dewar’s Candy Shop. Oh, how I miss their chewy taffy. Mmmm, Peanut butter!

More Holidays  

Below are listed some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention:

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