D.B. Cooper, Jukeboxes, Tying One On, Unique Talents, Broken Seals, Brunettes, and Sardines

November 24, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of aviation anomalies. Today is Wednesday, November 24, 2021. November 24th is the 328th day of the year, and 37 days remain.

D.B. Cooper Day 

D.B. Cooper Day is celebrated each year on November 24th. You don’t need to be clairvoyant to deduce that this holiday celebrated the anniversary of the date that the [now infamous] D.B. Cooper parachuted from a commercial airplane after threatening to blow it up with a bomb.
On this date in 1971, an inconspicuous middle-aged man wearing a plain suit and dark glasses boarded Flight 305, a three-engine Boeing 727 commercial jet aircraft belonging to Northwest Airlines, home-based in Minnesota. He got on board in Portland, Oregon, northbound for the Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Seattle, Washington. The name on the manifest was Dan Cooper, but he later became known as D.B. Cooper. After the plane took off, he presented a stewardess a note saying he had a bomb in his briefcase and demanded $200,000 in $20.00 bills, and four parachutes; two primary and two auxiliaries. He also demanded that after his demands were met that he then be flown to Mexico. He said that if his demands weren’t met by the time they landed in Seattle, he would blow up the airplane. To make a long story short, his demands were met, the plane took off, and somewhere between Seattle and Reno, NV, a scheduled refueling stop, he parachuted out of the plane with the money – never to be heard from again. This link will explain in much more detail, the events that occurred on this fateful day.
It doesn’t seem like it has been 49 years since D.B.’s infamous jump. Believe it or not, the FBI still hasn’t closed the case. His escapade caused a major shift in airline travel comfort, and actually spawned the word Skyjacking.
Author’s Note:
I don’t know about you, but I hope he made it. 

National Jukebox Day 

National Jukebox Day is celebrated annually on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Even if you aren’t a music lover, you should be able to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the classic, magical American music box – the jukebox. As Americans flock to their hometowns for Thanksgiving, many will also head out to their old neighborhood bars and restaurants to catch up with friends and family and celebrate by playing great songs on the jukebox.
The name jukebox is thought to originate from places called ‘juke houses’ or ‘jook joints’, which were establishments in the early 1900s where people congregated to drink and listen to music. In 1889, the first coin-operated player was invented in San Francisco by Louis Glass and his partner William S. Arnold, both managers of the Pacific Phonograph Co. Formally known as the nickel-in-the-slot machine, the player included a coin operation feature on an Edison phonograph and played a limited selection of songs without any amplification.
The 1930s are considered the start of The Golden Era for jukeboxes. Manufacturers like the Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., the J. P. Seeburg Corp., the Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation, and Automatic Musical Instrument Co., competed to produce them for diners, saloons, and other entertainment venues.
Throughout history, the jukebox continued to evolve with the times. When recording artists were first crooning into microphones and cutting records into vinyl, an aspiring inventor in a Chicago music store worked nights to build a box that would play both sides of the record. When the Blue Grass Boys played the Grand Ole Opry to sold-out audiences, guys and gals would dance the night away by playing their song over and over on the jukebox at a local pub.
With the advancement of technology, today’s jukebox is now more versatile than ever before with touchscreen interfaces that respond to the swipe of a finger (or can even be controlled by a mobile app) and a vast virtual library of songs that includes classic jukebox favorites from the past alongside top artists of today.
Throughout each era – from big band and jazz, country and blues to rock & roll, acoustic and electric, and everything in between – jukeboxes have played them all. To celebrate National Jukebox Day, simply head to your favorite “watering hole” or old-time diner, drop some coins in the slot, and play some of your favorite songs on the jukebox.

National Tie One On Day 

National Tie One On Day is observed each year on the day before Thanksgiving. Contrary to what you might infer from the title, this holiday does not encourage us to over-imbibe in strong distilled spirits, fermented grapes, or malted beverages. [That holiday in linked below].
National Tie One on Day celebrates the lowly apron – as well as the past generations of women who wore them. This holiday was created by best-selling author Ellyn Anne Geisel, who is also the author of The Apron Book.
Aprons have been used for centuries, not only by cooks and chefs, but by other tradesmen as well. Welders wear aprons, as do carpenters, machinists, florists, painters/artists, baristas/bartenders – literally anyone who wants to protect their clothing from being soiled or stained by messy tasks.
To celebrate National Tie One on Day, simply wear an apron today. Or, better yet, buy an apron, bake something, tuck a note of encouragement in the pocket of the apron (or pin the note on it), wrap the baked good in the apron and present your offering to a neighbor, friend, family member, or any other person in your community who could benefit from an apron – and your gesture of kindness on Thanksgiving Eve.

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day 

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day is celebrated annually on November 24th. As the holiday’s name implies, it celebrates those among us with a special or unique talent.
Almost everyone has a unique talent or skill at which they truly excel and today is the day to embrace those quirky abilities and show them off to everyone else. Your unique and special talent could involve writing, art, sports, or mathematics, or myriad other possibilities. Maybe you are double jointed, can talk in a cartoon voice, or have the ability to do one-handed pull-ups like no other. No matter what your special skills are, today is the day to flaunt them for all your friends and family.
Do you have a special talent? The closest thing I have to a special talent (if you want to call it that), is an uncanny ability to solve “Word Jumble” puzzles (anagrams) – like those found in the daily newspapers.
To celebrate “Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day”, gather your friends/family together to have a showdown to see who has the best “unique” talent.

Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day 

Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day is celebrated each year on this date. Before I go any further, I feel the need to emphasize that this holiday is not meant to be taken literally. It is meant to be celebrated in a more lighthearted way – more in the vane of: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead”; “screw “the man”; or “don’t let anything stand in your way”.
As a matter of fact, if you choose the literal interpretation of this holiday, it could be hazardous to your health. The seals that have been placed on most consumables these days are called Tamper Indicating or Tamper Evident seals. Companies place these seals on their bottles or packaging to ensure that the food items inside the sealed package are free of any pathogens, bacteria, or harmful drugs and are safe for consumption; once that seal has been tampered with or broken, it is no longer safe to eat or use and should be discarded. The same holds true for medicines and drugs.
Here are a few guidelines which will help you determine if an item has been tampered with:

  • For drink bottles with plastic caps, the safety ring should still be attached to the cap, and when you twist it, there should be an obvious breaking or separation from the ring and the cap.
  • For glass drink bottles with metal lids, the lid should not click when pressed, and the middle of the cap should not be raised.
  • For cans, there should be no dents or holes, and the can should not give when squeezed.
  • For items with plastic bands around lids, do not use if the band has been slit or removed.
  • For items with plastic, removable lids, the paper, plastic, or aluminum seal underneath should still be glued to the container.
  • For items in bags inside of open boxes, the bag should not lose air when squeezed.

Anyway, I digress. To celebrate Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day, don’t let anything prevent you from achieving your goals or objectives. Be steadfast and determined to finish what you set out to do today – no matter what.

Brunette Pride Day 

Brunette Pride Day (also known as Brownielocks Day and Big Hair Day) is celebrated annually on November 24th – unless the 24th is Thanksgiving Day. Then you get to choose another day in November. It celebrates, oddly enough, people with brunette hair.
The word ‘brunette’ (masculine form, ‘brunet’) refers to people with brown hair. People with brunette hair comprise approximately 11% of the world’s population. The vast majority of people in the world (about 85%) have black or very dark brown hair. People with naturally blonde hair comprise only about 3%, and people with naturally red hair make up a mere 1 to 2 % of the world’s population.
Celebrating Brownielocks Day is easy. If you are a brunette, celebrate your ‘brunetteness’. If you aren’t a brunette, wear brown today, tell your brunette friends how lovely they are, and give them a “virtual” hug – [stupid Covid-19].

National Sardines Day 

National Sardines Day is celebrated each year on this date. There is nothing “fishy” about this holiday – it celebrates exactly what it says it does –sardines, the world’s most-plentiful edible fish.
As a matter of fact, the term ‘sardines’ actually refers to several types of small, oily fish, related to herrings. They are a common type of fish consumed by millions of people because they are rich in nutrients [Sardines are a great source of vitamins and minerals]. The term sardine was first used in English during the beginning of the 15th century, possibly coming from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia where there was an abundance of sardines.
Sardines are a major food source around the world and eaten in many different ways by different culinary cultures. In places where sardines are plentiful in the wild, like in the Mediterranean and the waters off Japan, sardines are enjoyed as a fresh fish and are commonly caught and immediately grilled on an open fire. Fresh sardines are also often pickled or smoked.
Here in the United States, where our waters don’t usually teem with fleets of sardines, we get them canned and eat them right out of the tin. Sardines are packed in an airtight container with water, oil, tomato sauce, or even mustard. They have been cleaned and cooked and are packed in an airtight container and ready for you to eat.
You don’t need to be a marine biologist, a commercial fisherman, or have an advanced degree in the culinary arts to celebrate National Sardines Day. All you need to do is enjoy some sardines today – in any manner you choose.
Author’s Note:
Sardine oil is used in the manufacturing of paint, varnish, and linoleum.

Listed below is another holiday celebrated on this date that deserves mention. 

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