Punctuation, Koalas, Novelties, Bluebird of Happiness, Gallbladders, and Cherries Jubilee

September 24, 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 holidays 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 proper punctuation practitioners. Today is Friday, September 24, 2021. Today is the 267th day of the year, and 98 days remain.

National Punctuation Day 

National Punctuation Day is celebrated annually on September 24th. You needn’t be a grammarian to ascertain that this holiday urges us to use proper punctuation in all of our written communications today.
Either through laziness, ignorance, or just a rebellious nonchalant attitude, with the advent of social media, proper punctuation seems to be all but forgotten. National Punctuation Day seeks to remedy this situation – if only for one day. From the lowly comma (,) to the mysterious and exotic ellipsis (…), proper punctuation enables people to communicate the written word easily and with more clarity. For instance, there is a big difference between “Let’s eat grandpa”, and “Let’s eat, grandpa”. Below is another example of the power of punctuation:

An English professor wrote the following words on the chalkboard and asked the students to punctuate it.
“A woman without her man is nothing.”
The majority of male students punctuated it: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”
The majority of female students punctuated it: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

I could provide many more examples, but it should be already abundantly clear to you by now that proper punctuation is the key to effective written communication. To help you in your attempt to properly use punctuation today below is a list of punctuation marks currently used in the English language. I have provided a link with each one that will explain its proper usage.

Comma (,)
Period (.)
Question mark (?)
Exclamation point (!)

Semicolon (;)
Colon (:) 

Apostrophe (‘)
Quotation mark (“)
Brackets ([ ])
Parentheses ( () )
Hyphen (-)  

Dash (—)
Ellipsis (…) 

To celebrate National Punctuation Day, please promptly and prominently punctuate, proudly, prolifically, and properly with precision today people. And to punctuate the ending of this post, I leave you with this “blast from the past”  — by Victor Borge.

Save the Koala Day 

Save the Koala Day is observed annually on the last Friday of September.  You don’t need to be from “the Land Down Under” to conclude that this holiday celebrates the [seemingly] cute and cuddly creature native to Australia – the koala. This holiday is a part of Save the Koala Month and is sponsored by the Australian Koala Foundation, an international nonprofit scientific organization that aims to diminish the threats to the survival of koalas.
Save the Koala Day is celebrated primarily in Australia, but is gaining attention worldwide. It is basically a fundraising effort to help raise awareness about the dwindling habitat and food sources of these cuddly looking marsupials. Individuals, groups, and environmental organizations are encouraged to sell ‘Save the Koala Month’ branded merchandise such as t-shirts, temporary tattoos, stickers, and badges, to raise money to restore koala habitats and plant more eucalyptus trees – the primary food source of koalas.
Like so many other species, the habitat of koalas is being threatened by man. Clearcutting eucalyptus forests to make way for development is threatening their very existence. Eucalyptus trees are not only their primary food source, it is also where they live.
To celebrate Save the Koala Day, learn more about koalas and their plight.

Festival of Latest Novelties 

Festival of Latest Novelties is celebrated annually on September 24th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates novelty/gag gifts – those unique and often quirky items that are meant to amuse rather than be functional – although some of them do actually work, sometimes. This holiday dates back to at least the early 2000’s, but it’s true origins are a mystery.
The giving of novelty gifts is probably as old as mankind itself. One of the earliest recorded novelty items dates back to the early 1600s. A French mathematician and astronomer named Pierre Hérigone (1580-1643) described an unusual goblet constructed in such a way that someone drinking it could in effect spy on others while taking a drink. This ingenious novelty item featured a 45-degree angle mirror with a stylized opening for the lens. It was a cup made of glass where images could be seen, and included a lid bearing a magnifying lens at the top. And, this novelty item was only the beginning. Over time, other famous novelty items appeared and just as quickly disappeared. We’re all familiar with the Big Mouth Billy Bass, bobbleheads, Groucho glasses, and X-Ray glasses, etc. – the list is endless and I’m relatively sure that some of us have even owned some of them at some point in our lives.
To celebrate Festival of Latest Novelties, find all of the novelty items you have lying around your house (you know you have them somewhere), then contemplate, “What the heck was I thinking when I bought this thing?”

National Bluebird of Happiness Day 

National Bluebird of Happiness Day is celebrated annually on September 24th. You needn’t be an ornithologist to discern that this holiday celebrates Bluebirds.
Bluebirds are a member of the Thrush family related to the American Robin. There are three bluebird types native to North America: The Eastern Bluebird, The Western Bluebird, and the Mountain Bluebird.
The mythology of the Bluebird of Happiness goes back thousands of years. The bluebird is widely accepted as a symbol of cheerfulness, good health, new births, prosperity, and hearth and home.
Once a common sight all across America, Bluebirds have decreased in number due to loss of natural habitat, overuse of pesticides, and predators.
To celebrate National Bluebird of Happiness Day, do some research on Bluebird species common to your region. Then take a nature hike and try to spot one.

Gallbladder Good Health Day 

Gallbladder Good Health Day is celebrated annually on September 24th. You don’t need to be a practitioner of internal medicine to deduce that this holiday is meant to raise awareness about gallbladder health.
I guess that before we start our celebration, we should first define exactly what the heck a gallbladder is and what it does. The gallbladder is part of the digestive system and helps to keep the liver healthy. Your gallbladder stores the bile that your liver produces and after you eat, it releases some of this bile into your intestines to lubricate the intestinal walls. It is about 4-5 inches long, looks like a baby eggplant, and is located just under the ribcage and liver.
High fiber foods like apples are good for the gallbladder, whereas fatty foods are not.  For some reason, women are 3-4 times more likely to suffer gallbladder attacks than men, which seems odd to me because women are statistically more likely to eat a healthy diet than men.
To celebrate Gallbladder Good Health Day, learn more about your gallbladder and its function. Schedule an appointment with your physician to ensure that your gallbladder is healthy and functioning properly.

National Cherries Jubilee Day 

National Cherries Jubilee Day is celebrated annually on September 24th. You needn’t be a pâtissier to determine that this holiday celebrates cherries jubilee – a world-renowned flaming dessert.
Cherries Jubilee is an easy flambéed dessert that is presented with much fanfare. A sauce is made of cooked, pitted cherries and cherry liqueur (Kirshwasser brandy can be substituted), which is flambéed in a chafing dish and ladled over a dish of vanilla ice cream at the table. It is an easy presentation to perform for people who have never experienced flambéed food.
Chef Auguste Escoffier created the dish for Queen Victoria, for her Golden Jubilee celebration in 1887, (her 50th anniversary as queen), hence the name, Cherries Jubilee.
To celebrate National Cherries Jubilee Day, impress your family by serving this flaming dessert tonight. This is an elegant and impressive dessert, yet remarkably simple to make. Recipes for cherries jubilee abound on the internet, however, you know me, I strive to make your life less complicated, so I am providing you with this simple, yet elegant recipe for this classic dessert.

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

 

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