Dimpled Chads, Trivia, Hypnotism, and Spaghetti.

January 4, 2021 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Every day is a holiday. There is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin.

Good morning election enthusiasts. Today is Monday, January 4, 2021. It is the fourth day of the year and 361 days remain.

Dimpled Chad Day 

Dimpled Chad Day is celebrated every year on January 4th. Surprisingly, it does not celebrate dimpled, spoiled, rich, Ivy League college preppies named Chad. Instead, it refers to one of the controversies highlighted in the bitterly and closely contested 2000 Presidential election. The final Supreme Court decision giving George W. Bush the final victory occurred on December 12, 2000, and the Electoral College certified the election results on January 6, 2001. So, the reason why this holiday is celebrated on this date and the significance of January 4th remains a mystery.
A chad is a small fragment that is punched out and leftover when a hole is punched in a material such as paper or cardboard. The word’s use dates to at least the 1930s when it was used in relation to teletype paper. Chads that are not completely punched out are given specific names. A dimpled chad still has all of its corners attached, but it has an indentation, appearing as if someone tried to punch it out.
Most of us had never heard of dimpled chads until the highly contested Presidential election of 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Dimpled chads were just one of the many points of contention in that fateful election. And, as I mentioned earlier, it finally took a decision by the Supreme Court to declare a winner.
A chad is created when an indent is created in a ballot, but the hole is not completely punched out.  The dimpled chads, which were created by some voting machines used in the swing state of Florida, caused a prolonged battle between the Democrats and Republicans. When all of the furor finally ended, George W. Bush was declared the winner.
In my humble opinion, the “sour grapes” created by the 2000 election, from both sides of the political aisle, created a fundamental divide between Democrats and Republicans that is still alive to this day. This is clearly evident in the way the Democrats treated George W. Bush during his entire presidency, the way the Republicans treated President Obama during his presidency, as well as the way the Democrats have been treating President Trump to this day. They’ve all been behaving like spoiled children. Sadly, what this country need more than anything else right now, is some good, ole-fashioned “adult supervision.”
If the results of the 2000 election still make you nauseous, you can celebrate Dimpled Chad Day in other ways. You can use this holiday to pay closer attention to detail – or to pay special attention to anyone you know named Chad – with or without dimples.

Trivia Day

Trivia Day is celebrated each year on January 4th. It celebrates those of us who accumulate and hoard tidbits of useless information for later use. This holiday was created by Robert L Birch around 1980. The first celebration took place a year before the popular board game, Trivial Pursuit, debuted.
The word trivia is plural for the Latin word trivium and originally meant something very new. Over time, the word [trivia] has evolved to refer to obscure and arcane bits of knowledge as well as nostalgic remembrances of pop culture.
People have been accumulating useless bits of useless information since time began, but the current quest for trivia can be traced back to the early 1960s. College students began to informally trade questions and answers about the popular culture of their youth. This led to the creation of intercollegiate “college bowls” which tested their knowledge of culturally and emotionally significant, yet virtually useless information. In 1966, authors Ed Goodgold and Dan Carlinsky wrote the book Trivia, which was the first book to treat trivia in this revolutionary new sense. It made the New York Times Bestseller List.
The best way to celebrate Trivia Day is to dazzle your friends and family to the point of boredom with your knowledge of trivial bits of random information — much like my posts do every day. You don’t even need much knowledge about trivia to celebrate. Simply refer my posts as a source. They will give you all the minutia you need to make an impression.
Author’s Note:
I am saddened to realize that much of the knowledge that I gained first hand in my youth is now considered to be “trivia” by today’s generation.

World Hypnotism Day

World Hypnotism Day is celebrated every year on January 4th. It was created to remove the myths and misconceptions about hypnotism, as well as to promoting the many benefits of hypnotism.
Hypnotism is a state of consciousness where the individual is put into a relaxed state, which gives them increased focus and reduced peripheral awareness, and makes them more open to suggestion. A hypnotized person is able to concentrate intensely on a thought or memory and block out other things – which makes it possible to reach one’s subconscious mind – and thus can help one overcome fears, solve problems, end addictions, and achieve goals.
Aside from being fun floor shows in Las Vegas, hypnotism is also used in a variety of other ways. Some people use it to stop smoking, lose weight or even sleep better. It might just give you the edge you need to succeed in some of your New Year’s resolutions.
Having never been hypnotized, I really don’t know how one would go about celebrating World Hypnotism Day — unless you can mesmerize your friends with your prolific knowledge of trivia. I guess you could celebrate by learning more about hypnosis. Have you ever been hypnotized?
Author’s Note: 
Both meditation and day-dreaming are considered to be forms of self-induced hypnosis.

National Spaghetti Day

National Spaghetti Day is celebrated annually on January 4th. As you can easily infer, it celebrates spaghetti – a world-renowned type of pasta.
Spaghetti is a long, cylindrical, and thin pasta made of milled wheat and water. Its name is derived from an Italian word meaning “thin string” or “twine.” Spaghetti is about ten to twelve inches in length. and there are various types of spaghetti. Besides the regular spaghetti we buy in markets, there is spaghettoni – a thicker spaghetti, spaghettini – a thinner spaghetti, and capellini [also called “angel hair spaghetti”] – and extremely thin spaghetti .
The origin of spaghetti has not been proven, but it has been around for centuries. One popular theory claims that spaghetti was invented in China and brought to Venice by Marco Polo. However, Arabs occupied Sicily in the seventh century AD, and brought a meal called itriyya, which was described as a “dry pasta”. It is more likely that spaghetti was originally created in Sicily around this time – more than 500 years before Marco Polo’s time.
There are many different types spaghetti dishes from which to choose, so you should have no problem celebrating National Spaghetti Day. Why not try one of the spaghetti dishes listed below?

  • Spaghetti Amatriciana: spaghetti dish popular in Italy; ingredients include cured pork cheek, pecorino cheese, tomato, white wine, black pepper, and chili pepper
  • Spaghetti Carbonara: popular in Italy; sauce is made of fresh egg yolks, crisp cured pork such as bacon or pancetta, grated cheese, and black pepper
  • Spaghetti Aglio e Olio: spaghetti with garlic in oil; a traditional Italian pasta dish from Naples
  • Spaghetti alla Puttanesca: literally means “spaghetti whore-style” in Italian—its creator was told to “make any kind of garbage,” and the slang word for garbage is derived from “puttana”, which also means prostitute; it’s an Italian pasta dish from the mid twentieth century; ingredients include tomatoes, olive oil, olives, capers, garlic, and sometimes anchovies; it’s tangy and somewhat salty
  • Spaghetti alle Vongole: Italian for “spaghetti with clams”; especially popular in central Italian regions, including Rome and Campania
  • Spaghetti with Meatballs: Italian-American dish with spaghetti, tomato sauce, and meatballs
  • Spaghetti Bolognese: spaghetti with tomato sauce and minced beef; served internationally but in Italy Bolognese sauce is usually served with another type of pasta
  • Spaghetti Fried Drunken Noodle: a style popular in Thailand
  • Spaghetti with Chili Con Carne: popular in parts of United States
  • Spaghetti Primavera: created in New York City by Sirio Maccioni, owner of Le Cirque restaurant; ingredients include cream sauce, garlic, and fresh spring vegetables; was an improvised creation as there was nothing else around to garnish the pasta with besides vegetables

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

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