Life Day 26831 – Exotic Animals, Paper Snowflakes, and Fruitcake.

December 27, 2020 at 8:39 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning exotic animal lovers. Today is Sunday, December 27, 2020. It is the 362nd day of the year, and thankfully there are only 4 says remaining.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Visit the Zoo Day 

Visit the Zoo Day is celebrated each year on December 27th. As you have probably already surmised, it urges you to visit a zoo today. Although I couldn’t find any documentation regarding the history of this holiday, it is prominently featured in a number of my sources.
Zoos and menageries have been around for at least 5000 years. Evidence of one menagerie was discovered by excavators in ancient Egypt that is thought to date back to around 3500 BC. King Solomon was a known animal collector, as were King Nebuchadnezzar and Alexander the Great. Wild animals were also collected to be used in the arenas during the Roman Games, though most of those died violent deaths after being pitted against each other for the amusement of the crowd. Later, British kings kept wild animals in the Tower of London, with the price of viewing them being a small dog or cat that could be used to feed them. When Columbus discovered America, it sparked a renewed interest in zoos all across Europe. His discovery of a “new world” meant new creatures to see.
The first actual zoo as we know them today was created – zoos not to stroke the ego of monarchs and royalty, but rather to educate and entertain the public – was opened in London in 1828. Since then, zoos have made great strides to humanely keep animals. Modern-day zoos are at the forefront of much of the research into animal behavior and how best to protect vulnerable animals from extinction. Many zoos have breeding programs, where they work with other facilities around the world to increase the numbers of endangered populations. In most of the better zoos around the globe, the enclosures the animals are kept in are relatively roomy and attempt to mirror an animal’s natural environment as closely as possible. Zoos are fascinating (and often smelly) places where we can get a lot closer to nature than we would normally.
Today, there are over 2,800 zoos in the world, and over 6 million people visit them each year. The holiday season is winding down yet the children are still on their Christmas break. What better time to take a family excursion to the zoo today in celebration of Visit the Zoo Day?

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day is celebrated every year on December 27th.  Not surprisingly, it urges you to sharpen your scissors and gather some paper and cut out some snowflakes today. I have to assume that you are supposed to be doing this activity with your children or grandchildren. In my research, I could glean no information about the origins of, or the reason for this holiday. Information on its creator is equally lacking. Nonetheless, this exists in 3 of my 4 primary sources.
I am definitely not an artsy-craftsy type of guy. Heck, it takes me three tries to draw a “happy face”. I remember my teachers in elementary school being able to turn out perfect cut out snowflakes every time. My best endeavors, however, looked like a piece of paper that had been gnawed by rats.
So, if you’re bored, and if you have the dexterity to do so, today is the day to gather your children and/or grandchildren around and cut out some paper snowflakes with them in celebration of Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day. Heck, turn it into an afternoon party. Take a trip down ‘memory lane’ (more like ‘nightmare lane’ for me) and cut out a few paper snowflakes of your own.

National Fruit Cake Day 

National Fruit Cake Day is celebrated annually on December 27th. Defying rationality, it urges you to celebrate – and indulge in – fruitcake today.
I am not a big fan of fruitcake, especially those dense, sickeningly sweet fruitcakes that one can buy in stores during the Christmas season. I swear that those lumps of industrial waste have a half-life equivalent to that of Plutonium. After the Apocalypse, whatever life form re-discovers this planet will find two things; Cockroaches, and fruitcake. They will find both because even cockroaches find fruitcake indigestible.
Fruitcakes are quite possibly the most popular item for re-gifting. A whopping 38% of people say they give fruitcakes away when they receive them.
Nevertheless, fruit cakes have remained popular for thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians buried their loved ones with fruitcakes because they believed this particular food was essential for the journey to the afterlife. (This explains a lot. Evidently, tomb raiders found a never-ending supply of fruitcake, and, to this day, market them during the holiday season). The Crusaders were known for eating fruit cakes during their campaigns. (Obviously, the diet consisting mainly of fruitcake made them extremely angry, and they vented their wrath upon the enemy). The small cakes could withstand long journeys without spoiling and were full of nutritious items like dried fruits and nuts. (They could also tie a few of them together and use them as shields to ward off blows from their foes).
The folks over at Holiday Insights.com seem to share my disdain for fruitcake. However, if you are hearty enough, and have a tool sharp enough to penetrate one, celebrate National Fruit Cake Day by having a slice of fruitcake today. Be forewarned though that your body will probably spend the rest of its life trying to digest it.

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