Pi, Questions, Butterflies, Moths, Your Story, and Potato Chips

March 14, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national days every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin.

Good morning mathematical constant fans. Today is Sunday, March 14, 2021. Today is the 73rd day of the year, and 292 days remain,

Pi Day

Pi Day is celebrated annually on March 14th. You don’t need to be a mathematician to discern that March 14th (3/14) represents the number used in mathematics to represent, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14159.
Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. It is an irrational number and will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. The Greek letter “π” (Pi) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent it. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Albert Einstein, one the best mathematicians ever, was born on this date in 1879.
If you are a mathematician, celebrate Pi Day by solving an equation that involves the use of “π”. If you are not a mathematician, have a slice of Pi(e), or better yet, 3.14 pieces. Maybe not the healthiest decision, but certainly appropriate for this holiday.

International Ask a Question Day

Did you know that today is International Ask a Question Day? There, I have just started celebrating this holiday. International Ask a Question Day is celebrated annually on March 14th. The creator(s) of this holiday remains a mystery. However, ‘inquiring minds’ may still wonder about the purpose of this holiday.
Well, the goal of this holiday is for all the people to benefit from asking more and better questions. Have you heard the old adage: “There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers?” Well, International Ask a Question Day is the holiday to ask as many questions as you want – whether or not they seem ‘stupid’ to you. Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “The important thing is never to stop questioning.”
So, if you have ever been curious about something, unclear about something, or perhaps just want more information on a given subject, then celebrate International Ask a Question Day by asking someone about it today. The best way to learn is by asking questions.

Learn About Butterflies Day 

Learn About Butterflies Day is celebrated annually on March 14th. You needn’t be a lepidopterist to decipher that this holiday encourages us to learn more about butterflies today.
Butterflies are beautiful and delicate creatures. Soon, they will be flitting around your backyard going from flower to flower, pollinating them – and putting on quite a show in the process.
To celebrate Learn About Butterflies Day, do like the name of this holiday suggests, and take some time to learn more about butterflies, particularly those species of butterflies native to your region. Find out the types of flowers and plants they favor and plant some. This will attract them to your yard and give you hours of viewing pleasure.

Moth-er’s Day

No, that’s not a typo. Moth-er’s Day is celebrated annually on March 14th. Again, you needn’t be a lepidopterist to deduce that this is a holiday set aside to honor moth collectors and specialists. In a world with so much natural beauty, there’s one creature that is often overlooked: the moth. Moths are often feared, disliked or ignored. While butterflies seem to get all the attention, some species of moths are just as colorful as butterflies.
Moth-er’s Day is a great opportunity to learn about moths and even get involved with their conservation. It’s an ideal study opportunity for children, who will be fascinated to learn more about the life cycle of egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and moth.

You may be asking yourself right now: “What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth?” The answer is that butterflies and moths are closely related, and share many of the same characteristics such as wings covered with scales.
In general, butterflies are very colorful and are active during the day, whereas, moths are drably colored and active at night. However, Mother Nature, being the impish prankster that she is, created quite a few exceptions to the above rule. The most definitive way to tell them apart, if you can get close enough, is by their antennae. A butterfly’s antennae are shaped like a golf club, with a long stem with a ‘club’ at the end. A moth’s antennae are either single filament tapering to a point at the end, or are very complicated structures with many cross filaments, resembling radar antennas. For more information about moths and/or butterflies go to either this website or this one. 

So, to celebrate Moth-er’s Day, simply learn more about these fascinating insects.

National Write Your Story Day

National Write Your Story Day is observed annually on March 14th. You don’t need to be a published author to ascertain that this holiday encourages you to write your own story.
You may be thinking to yourself, “There’s nothing in my life to tell.” However, it may surprise you how many stories you actually have to tell once you sit down and begin putting pen to paper, [or fingers to keyboard] and the words just start flowing. Words have a way of triggering memories. They form a moment in time, and before you know it, there’s a story flowing from your fingertips. Even if you never share your tale, it can be an essence of who you are and where you’ve been.
Trips down memory lane or recreating the moment when a spark of inspiration occurred, are more intriguing than you know. Today, they fill blogs, inspire novels, and entire television series. More importantly, they are treasures to family and loved ones.
Everyone’s life is nothing more than a collection of stories, so celebrate National Write Your Story Day by challenging yourself to tell some of them in written form today.
Author’s Note: 
Practicing what I preach, here is a story from my days as an over-the-road truck driver:

I was traveling east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike late one night. The roads were icy, and there were signs warning of road construction ahead, so I was just putting along at a safe and sane pace. Suddenly, another truck driver whizzed past me as if I were in reverse. I tried to warn him about the construction on my CB radio but to no avail. Sure enough, when I reached the construction zone a couple of miles farther along, – there he was – his entire rig [tractor and trailer] astraddle a few of those cement construction barriers. He was furiously writing in his logbook, [probably trying to get it into compliance before law enforcement arrived]. I have no idea how he managed to get his entire rig in such a predicament. There were no visible skid marks on the pavement and the odds of him not just crashing into them, and him not being injured seem astronomical to me. As I passed, I heard someone on the CB reporting the wreck, so I just kept chugging along – scratching my head in bewilderment.

National Potato Chip Day    

Just about everyone likes potato chips. Potato chips come in a variety of styles; regular, thick-cut ridged, and kettle-cooked, and they come in so many different flavors these days it is often hard to decide which to choose. Some of the most popular flavors, besides original, are sour cream and onion, barbecue, and salt and vinegar; but there are more exotic flavors available in ethnic specialty shops, such as seaweed, buffalo wing, and ketchup.

I know, you are probably thinking to yourself right now: “Who invented the potato chip?” Well, according to the Snack Food Association, the potato chip was born on August 24, 1853, in an elegant dining room at the fashionable Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga, New York. A testy older diner, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (yes of “the” Vanderbilt family), sent his food back to the kitchen, complaining that the fried potatoes were not sliced thin enough and were too soggy. The chef, George Crum, cut and fried a thinner batch, but these, too, were rejected. Equally testy, Crum decided to fight back by slicing the potatoes wafer-thin, frying them to a crisp in boiling oil, and over-salting them. They were too crisp to eat: they could not be pierced with a fork without shattering, and no gentleman of the day would have dreamed of picking up food with his fingers at the dining table. However, to chef Crum’s  surprise, his fit of pique was rewarded with compliments to the chef: the Commodore much-loved the “crunch potato slices.” Other diners requested the potatoes (“I’ll have what he’s having”), and eventually, they appeared on the menu as Saratoga Chips, a house specialty. Soon the chips were packaged and sold, first locally, then throughout the New England area – And the rest, as they say, is history.

Celebrating this crunchy holiday is a no-brainer, simply have some of your favorite style and flavor potato chips, from the mundane to the exotic, today. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making some homemade potato chips for a change. I know it can be a pain in the “you know where,” but is well worth the effort. At least you’ll be able to pronounce all of the ingredients in your homemade chips.

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

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