Life Day 26808 – ♫He’s Makin’ a List…♫

December 4, 2020 at 9:57 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning list lovers. Today is Friday, December 4, 2020. Today is the 339th day of 2020, and 27 days remain in this year.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Santa’s List Day 

Santa’s List Day is celebrated each year on December 4th – three weeks before Christmas. There are a couple of possible interpretations regarding the meaning of Santa’s List Day. Does it refer to the day on which Santa compiles his “naughty or nice” list? Or, does it refer to the date on which children should compose and send their “wish lists” to Santa so that his elves have time to manufacture their requested Christmas gifts? Which is it? I don’t know, do you?
No matter which interpretation you choose, celebrate Santa’s List Day by being on your best behavior – for the next three weeks or so anyway – just in case. Santa, and who knows who else these days, is watching you.

International Cheetah Day 

International Cheetah Day is celebrated every year on December 4th, It obviously celebrates the world’s-fastest land mammal – the cheetah. This holiday was created in 2010 by Dr. Laurie Marker to commemorate Khayam, a cheetah she raised at the Wildlife Safari she ran in Oregon.
Cheetahs are one of the most graceful felines, especially when they are running. They can accelerate from 0 to 75mph in just 3 seconds – faster than a Ferrari. Below are some other factoids about cheetahs:

  • Cheetahs have “tear marks” that run from the inside corners of their eyes down to the outside edges of their mouth. These marks also work like the sights on a rifle, to help the cheetah “aim” and stay focused on their prey when they are hunting.
  • Cheetahs have a long, muscular tail that has a flat shape. The tail almost functions like a rudder on a boat because they use it to help control their steering and keep their balance when running very fast.
  • A cheetah’s fur is covered in solid black spots, and so is their skin. The black fur actually grows out of the black spots on their skin.
  • When cheetahs run at full speed, it is almost like they are flying. Their stride (length between steps) is about 21 feet. Their feet only touch the ground twice during each stride.
  • Cheetahs are carnivores and feed mostly on smaller antelope species. They usually chase down their prey and then bite its throat, killing it by cutting off its air supply (suffocation).
  • Cheetah cubs have long tall hair that runs from their neck all the way down to the base of their tail, which is called the mantle. The mantle makes a cheetah cub look like a honey badger and makes them blend into the tall grass, which helps keep them safe from threats like lions and hyenas.
  • A mother cheetah usually cares for anywhere from 2 to 8 cubs per litter. However, cubs are often the target of other predators and many do not survive past the first year.

Like so many other animal species in the world today, hunting and the loss of habitat due to the encroachment of humans have put these beautiful animals on the endangered species list. There are fewer than 7,500 cheetahs left in the wild, making them the most endangered of all of the ‘big cats’. To celebrate International Cheetah Day, learn more about these beautiful, speedy, and agile felines.

National Dice Day

National Dice Day is celebrated each year on December 4th. It not only celebrates dice, but the myriad games played with dice. The casino game “craps”, Monopoly, Backgammon, and Yahtzee immediately come to mind.
Dice commonly are six-sided cubes slightly rounded on the edges, with each of its six faces showing a different number of dots (pips) from 1 to 6. They are used in ‘dice’ games such as the above mentioned “craps” or Yahtzee where the sum of all pips on the dice determine your score for that turn; or in ‘board games’ like the above mentioned Backgammon and Monopoly where the sum of the pips on the dice determines the number of spaces you move on the board for that turn.
There are also a variety of similar devices, also described as dice, used specifically for certain games, such as Dungeons and Dragons. Such specialized dice may have polyhedral or irregular shapes and may have faces marked with symbols instead of numbers. They may be used to produce results other than one through six.
The origins of this holiday are unknown, as are the origins of “dice” themselves. Dice have existed since before recorded history. The oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set at the Burnt City archeological site in south-eastern Iran. This indicates that dice have existed at least that long; and possibly for centuries or millennia before then. Other excavations from ancient tombs in the Indus Valley civilization indicate a South Asian origin. References to dice are mentioned in the Hindu and Buddhist religions as well as in the bible. “Casting lots”, as in Psalm 22, indicating that dicing (or related activity) was commonplace when the psalm was composed.
Dice were originally made from the talus of hoofed animals, colloquially known as “knucklebones”. These are approximately tetrahedral, leading to the nickname “bones” for dice. Modern Mongolians still use such bones as shagai for games and fortune-telling. Besides bone, materials like ivory, and wood have been used. Today they are made from plastics like cellulose acetate.
To celebrate this holiday, simply play your favorite game which uses dice.

Wear Brown Shoes Day

Wear Brown Shoes Day, for some unknown reason, is always celebrated on December 4th.  My research revealed no rhyme or reason for this holiday; nor its origins.
Shoes are an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing various activities. The design of shoes has varied enormously through time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally being tied to function. Traditionally, shoes have been made from leather, or canvas, but are increasingly being made from rubber, plastics, and other petrochemical-derived materials. Heck, some people in Holland still wear shoes made of wood. Shoes can also be used as an item of decoration – as an accessory to complement a specific wardrobe choice.
To celebrate Wear Brown Shoes Day, all you need to do is wear a pair of brown shoes. Whether or not you choose to color-coordinate these brown shoes with the rest of your clothing ensemble, or just walk around like a complete dork today is entirely your prerogative.

National Sock Day

To accompany your brown shoes today, you will naturally need a pair of socks, so it is only fitting that today is also National Sock Day – again celebrated each year on December 4th. From what I glean from my sources, this holiday’s primary focus seems to be on wearing matched pairs of socks – pairs of socks that consistently manage to make it through the laundry without losing their mate.
From argyle socks to tube socks to knee-highs, cheap or expensive, no socks are exempt from vanishing in the laundry to the nether regions of the universe. However, personal experience indicates to me that losing socks in the laundry does have a direct correlation to much you favor that particular pair of socks. Favorite pairs seem to be the ones that most often go missing; while those hideous, gawdawful socks you got from Aunt Millie last Christmas will survive the laundry forever.
To celebrate National Sock Day, celebrate any and all pairs of socks today that remain mated.
Author’s Note:
Although not scientifically proven, some people contend that socks lost in the laundry escape through the dryer vents, where they are intercepted by invisible mystical forces, and transformed into Tupperware lids in your drawer or cupboard that have no corresponding container.

 World Wildlife Conservation Day

World Wildlife Conservation Day is celebrated each year on December 4th. In response to growing concern about the illegal trade in wildlife, the US Department of State has declared this date as Wildlife Conservation Day and is calling for individuals across the world to support threatened species.
World Wildlife Conservation Day promotes the conservation and protection of threatened species, specifically elephants, rhinos, and tigers, and raises awareness about the harmful security, economic and environmental effects of wildlife poaching and trafficking.
Many people depend on wildlife and plants directly for their livelihoods, food, fuel, shelter, and medicines. Many populations consider some charismatic species as part of their natural heritage and these species often provide revenues from tourism that not only contributes to local economies but also to the continuity of conservation efforts. However, over-exploitation puts the survival of many species at risk. The monitoring and regulation of wildlife trade are, therefore, essential to the protection of wild species.
To celebrate World Wildlife Conservation Day, ensure that the products you buy are not derived from endangered species. Do your part in preserving wildlife for future generations.

National Cookie Day 

National Cookie Day is celebrated annually on December 4th. You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that this holiday celebrates one of the world’s favorite snacks/desserts – cookies.
The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekje,” which means little cake. Dutch bakers used to test oven temperatures on small amounts of batter so that they would not waste the entire cake mix if the temperature wasn’t right. It was not long before they discovered that these tiny pieces of cooked batter were actually quite tasty as well.
There are eight basic types of cookies: bar cookies, drop cookies, fried cookies, molded cookies, no-bake cookies, refrigerator (icebox) cookies, rolled cookies, and sandwich cookies. However, they all start out with the same basic ingredients; flour, butter, and sugar. Chocolate chip cookies {aka Tollhouse cookies) are the most popular type of cookie. Other favorites are peanut butter, oatmeal (and oatmeal-raisin), and plain ol’ sugar cookies.
To celebrate National Cookie Day, simply enjoy some of your favorite variety of cookies today. Bonus points if you bake them yourself. Got milk?

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

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