Metric System, Beavers, Beer, Snailpapers, Housework, Public TV, and Coffee Cake

April 7, 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 alternative measurement system fans. Today is Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Today is the 97th day of the year, and 268 days remain.

Metric System Day 

Metric System Day is celebrated annually on April 7th. As you may logically infer, this holiday celebrates the metric system – a universally accepted system of measurement used throughout the world – with a few notable exceptions.
The metric system was developed during the French Revolution by the Assemblee Constituante as a solution to the diverse measurement systems unhappily coexisting throughout Europe. The units in the various systems often had the same names but used different standards to measure the same amounts. To avoid confusion, France decided to devise a completely new system.
Over time, the entire world has come to accept this measurement system based on units of ten, except for the United States, Liberia, and Burma. The United States uses the foot, the inch, etc. Burma has its own system of measurements. And, Liberia’s measurement system is a complete mystery. However, for purposes of international trade, all three countries use the metric system as well. It makes no sense to me. Why do we still cling to our archaic system of measurement based on completely arbitrary standards?
I have long been an advocate of converting to the metric system. Sure, it would take some time to adjust, but I think we would benefit overall from making the change. In 1999, NASA lost a $125 million Mars Orbiter because one team of engineers did an important calculation using the metric system while the other team used the United States customary units. What a bunch of rocket scientists!
To celebrate Metric System Day, try using the metric system today as much as possible. If your high school science class is a distant memory, you probably have a reference book or two in your house with conversion charts to help you.
Author’s Note:
If you are reading this post, you have access to the internet – where I am positive you can find all the help you need for your metric conversions.

International Beaver Day  

International Beaver Day is celebrated annually on April 7th. You don’t need to be a rodentologist to ascertain that this holiday celebrates nature’s engineering rodents and is intended to raise awareness of their dwindling numbers.
Currently, America has 10% or less of the thriving beaver population it had prior to Euro-American colonization. As beavers were eradicated in past centuries, their dams no longer filtered silt from streams, and the majority of wetlands were drained. As waterways became disconnected from their floodplains, rivers became more like canals or sewers, leading to today’s problems with water pollution, erosion, and escalating damage from regional floods and droughts.
By building dams beavers restore the land’s most valuable ecosystem, wetlands. Wetlands are not only havens of life with biodiversity comparable to tropical rainforests, they also provide essential services, such as water cleansing, climate regulation, and moderating the flow of streams. Today, manmade wetlands cost from $10,000 to $100,000 per acre to build, whereas each beaver family creates and maintains several acres of wetlands – for free.
Beavers use every bit of the trees that they fell. They eat the buds, bark, and leaves, then gnaw the branches and trunk into smaller pieces with which to build their dams.
To celebrate International Beaver Day, take time to learn about beavers. Take a nature walk and try to spot a beaver dam, or if you’re lucky, actually see one at work.
Factoid: 
The largest beaver-built dam is in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta, Canada, and is 850 meters long. That’s about 2789 feet or a bit over ½ a mile long [for those of you who insist on clinging to the archaic, arbitrary system of measurement still in use in America today].

National Beer Day

National Beer Day is celebrated annually on April 7th. Since yesterday we celebrated New Beer’s Eve, it logically follows that today would have some sort of beer-related holiday, and it does – National Beer Day.
The occasion for National Beer Day is the same as for yesterday’s holiday – the repeal of the 18th Amendment and legalization of beer; except instead of merely waiting in anticipation of their first legal drink of beer in 13-years, the participants get to actually taste and savor the ‘nectar of the Gods’. You don’t need to be a member of Mensa to figure out how to celebrate National Beer Day. Simply enjoy a can/bottle [or two] of your favorite malted adult beverage. Cheers!
Author’s Note: 
Always drink responsibly.

International Snailpapers Day

International Snailpapers Day is celebrated annually on April 7th. You don’t need to be a publisher to deduce that this holiday celebrates hard-copy media. Hard copy media refers to tangible products like books, magazines, and newspapers rather than electronic media such as desktop computers, tablet computers, or electronic reading devices.
Unfortunately for society, we have arrived at a point in history where we are talking about the newspaper in the past tense. With the plethora of electronic readers available these days, such as Kindle or iPad, paper books, newspapers, and magazines are rapidly becoming obsolete. International Snailpapers Day is an opportunity to pause for a moment and if not smell the roses, inhale a little newsprint, before it disappears forever and becomes but a distant memory.
To celebrate International Snailpapers Day, buy a magazine or newspaper. Visit a library or bookstore today and pick out a good book, or two. Pick up a newspaper, savor the feel of natural fibers, enjoy the rustling sound as you turn a page, press your nose to the newsprint, and wallow in its inky tones. Savor this multi-sensory reading experience, as it fades away, like newspapers themselves.

No Housework Day 

No housework Day is celebrated annually on April 7th. As you might suspect, this holiday urges us to take a break from our day-to-day household drudgery.
Doctors and health experts agree that it is essential for people with busy lifestyles to factor in time to relax. Relaxation can lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce headaches, and improve concentration. A 2008 study conducted at the University of Michigan found that the average married American woman does 17 hours of housework per week. After a long day at school or work, housework is the last thing anyone wants to come home to do.
Housework is a daily, seemingly endless, and a repetitive group of tasks that often go unnoticed by others—until they aren’t done. If you normally do the housework around your house, celebrate No Housework Day by making it abundantly clear that you are taking the day off from housework today.

Public Television Day

Public Television Day is celebrated annually on April 7th. You don’t need to be a vidiot to conclude that this holiday celebrates public television.
Early public television stations were operated by state colleges and universities and were often run as part of the schools’ cooperative extension services. Stations in this era were internally funded and did not rely on listener contributions to operate, and some accepted advertising. Networks such as Iowa Public Radio, South Dakota Public Radio, and Wisconsin Public Radio began under this structure. The concept of a “non-commercial, educational” station per se did not show up in U.S. law until 1941 when the FM band was authorized to begin normal broadcasting.
Houston’s KUHT was the nation’s first public television station and signed on the air on May 25, 1953, from the campus of the University of Houston. In rural areas, it was not uncommon for colleges to operate commercial stations instead (for example, the University of Missouri’s KOMU, an NBC-affiliated television station in Columbia, MO). The FCC had reserved almost 250 broadcast frequencies for use as educational television stations in 1953, though by 1960, only 44 stations allocated for educational use had begun operations. The passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 laid the groundwork for the development of the current public broadcasting system in America. The legislation established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private entity that is charged with facilitating programming diversity among public broadcasters, the development and expansion of non-commercial broadcasting, and providing funding to local stations to help them create programs; the CPB receives funding earmarked by the federal government as well as through public and private donations.
We all know that you still secretly watch Sesame Street [even though your kids have long since left the nest], or those nature shows or those “how-to” and cooking shows on Saturday mornings. So, celebrate Public Television Day by donating some cash to one of their seemingly never-ending donation drives. Get one of those nifty, neato tote bags – that you will never actually use!

National Coffee Cake Day  

National Coffee Cake Day is celebrated annually on April 7th. You don’t need advanced culinary skills to determine that this holiday celebrates coffee cake – a sweet cake enjoyed by millions of people worldwide.
Coffee Cake is a yeast-leavened cake-like bread that is typically served at breakfast or as a snack with coffee or tea. It is often glazed with white icing or topped with streusel. Coffee cake can contain raisins, nuts, other dried fruits, and chocolate chunks. Most are flavored with cinnamon. More elaborate recipes incorporate cream cheese, jam and other fillings such as lemon curd.
The Danish came up with the earliest versions of coffee cake. Around the 17th century in Europe, it became the custom to enjoy a delicious sweet and yeasty type of bread when drinking coffee beverages. Later, French, German, Dutch, and Scandinavian immigrants brought over the coffee cake to America as a breakfast bread recipe. At this point, the dessert was more bread-like than the coffee cake we now know, containing flour, eggs, sugar, nuts, spices, dried fruit, and yeast.
Today, there are many different flavor combinations available, so, to celebrate National Coffee Cake Day, treat yourself to some coffee cake. You should be able to find recipes for coffee cake online – on the off chance that you don’t already have a favorite family coffee cake recipe.

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

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