Life Day 26797 – Dr. Who?

November 23, 2020 at 10:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning holiday lovers. Today is Monday, November 23, 2020. Today is the 328th day of 2020, and 38 days remain in this year.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Preface:
There seems to be a dearth of non-food-related holidays today. My sources listed only two holidays today that aren’t related to food or drink – and, I think, they will be of little interest to the majority of my regular readers. However, I am doing my due diligence and covering them anyway – for the benefit of the small percentage of my readers to whom these holidays may be of interest.

Doctor Who Day:

Doctor Who Day is celebrated each year on this date. As one might infer from the name of the holiday, it commemorates Dr. Who – the long-running British science-fiction television program, which made its debut on the BBC television network on this date in 1963.
This series became an instant success in Britain, and later became popular on PBS stations in America when it went into syndication in the 1970s. The premise of the series centers around “the Doctor” – an extraterrestrial, who travels through time and space to help those in need. Usually with limited resources and using his advanced intellect, he takes on the evil-doers in an attempt to thwart their nefarious plans.
Having never watched a single episode of this [popular] series, I am in no position to recommend, or not recommend, watching episodes of this program today in celebration of Doctor Who Day.

Fibonacci Day:

Fibonacci Day is a holiday that is most definitely targeted towards “mathletes”. It is celebrated on November 23 because when this date is seen in the mm/dd format, (11/23), the numbers in the date form a Fibonacci sequence (1,1,2,3). It also celebrates the life of Leonardo Pisano Bigollo, an Italian mathematician from the city of Pisa, born around 1170 AD – the creator of the aforementioned Fibonacci sequence.
Having no interest in mathematics, I have no recommendations regarding how, or if, you could celebrate Fibonacci Day. In an effort to gain clarity on the Fibonacci sequence I came across this link which is supposed to explain it. However reading it left me no better informed about the Fibonacci sequence than when I started – and to me was the visual equivalent of ‘raking my fingernails across a chalkboard’.

National Espresso Day

First, I would like to point out that there is no “x” in the word espresso. The word is properly pronounced [e-spres-oh], not [ex-pres-oh].
Luigi Bezzera invented the espresso coffee machine in Italy in 1901. His aim was to decrease his employees’ coffee break time and increase their productivity! Bezzera’s machine used steam pressure to force hot water through the finely ground coffee. This allowed coffee to be prepared quickly, on demand, and by the cup. The resulting brew of coffee was also stronger in flavor and body. Bezzera’s patent was sold in 1903 to Desidero Pavilion who began commercially producing and distributing the espresso machine throughout Europe.
Today, espresso is a popular drink in cafés all around the world. Personally, I dislike coffee in any form. If you like coffee, have a cup of Espresso today, if you haven’t already.

National Cashew Day:

Just as peanuts are actually legumes and not nuts, Cashews are not technically classified as nuts either. Rather they are seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree.” Because of this, cashews boast less fat than most other nuts. They are also rich in magnesium, needed for strong bones. And, they can help prevent those dreaded gallstones.
Although cashews are popular in Thai, Indian, and Chinese cuisines, they are actually native to Brazil. The Portuguese exported them to Asia during the 16th century, and they have been widely cultivated in India and Africa ever since. Today, India and East Africa are the world’s largest producers of cashews.
The cashew family includes cashew, sumac, varnish tree, smoke tree, mombin, kafir plum, mango, pistachio, Peruvian pepper tree and poison ivy. You almost never see cashews for sale in the shell because between the outer and inner shells covering the nut is an extremely caustic oil. The outer shell must be roasted or burned off with the oil (the smoke is also an irritant). The kernels are then boiled or roasted again, and a second shell is removed.
With that said, parts of the cashew tree can be used for medicinal and manufacturing purposes. Acid from the cashew nutshells is effective in healing tooth abscesses and the tree’s seeds can be ground up into a powder and used as an antivenom for snake bites. The oil from the nutshells is used in brake linings as well as in rubber and plastic materials.
Whether you like them plain, salted, roasted, or coated in sugar, cashews are a delicious treat, so enjoy some today…either by themselves or included in one of your favorite dishes.
Factoid: According to whitepages.com, there are currently 14 people in the United States with the last name ‘Cashew’.

Eat a Cranberry Day

The fruit of cranberries is a berry that is larger than the leaves of the plant; it is initially white but turns a deep red when fully ripe. It is edible, with an acidic taste that can overwhelm its sweetness.
Cranberries are a major commercial crop in certain American states and Canadian provinces. Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam, and sweetened dried cranberries, with the remainder, sold fresh to consumers. Cranberry sauce is regarded as an indispensable part of traditional American and Canadian Thanksgiving menus and some European winter festivals.
Since the early 21st century, raw cranberries have been marketed as a “superfruit” due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities.

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