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08/24/19 Change

Saturday, August 24, 2019

"All you can change is yourself, but sometimes that changes everything!" Gary W. Goldstein

"I'm afraid we can't accept Facebook friends as character references!"

A funeral procession made its way down the road. Six close members of the family were carrying the coffin between them. On top of the coffin was a fishing line, a net, and some bait.

A passer-by remarked: “He must’ve been a very keen fisherman.”

“Oh, he still is,” remarked another “He’s off to the river as soon as they’ve buried his wife.”

It's National Peach Pie Day! What a wonderful way to use those juicy fruits of summer! Maybe even add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Oh, my.
--National Can Opener Day: a salute to a kitchen tool I'd hate to be without; from Checkiday: "There was some canning of goods in the Netherlands before 1800, but it was not until 1810 when the preservation of food in cans was patented. By the 1820's, food was being canned in Britain, France, and the United States. But, the first can opener was not patented until 1855 in Britain, and 1858 in the United States. Prior to this, phrases such as "Cut round the top near the outer edge with a chisel and hammer" were written on cans. The early can openers were primitive, however, and the first rotating wheel opener was not patented until 1870. This too was problematic, as the can had to be pierced before the opener could be used. In 1925, a second serrated wheel was added by the Star Can Opener Company, which greatly improved the functionality of the opener. This opener was improved in 1931 so that it had pliers-like handles and could hold a can on its own. This two wheeled opener that held the can is the main style that is still in use today. The first electric can openers were patented in the 1930's, but it wasn't until 1956 when a free standing electric opener by Udico became successful."; does anybody remember the little tool we'd use to puncture the can and then "saw" through the top?
--International Day Against Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence Based on Musical Preferences, Lifestyle and Dress Code: sponsored by Sophie's mom; back in 2007, Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend were attacked and beaten in Rossendale, Lancashire. Sophie subsequently died from her injuries at the age of 20. The motive for the attack? Sophie and her boyfriend were goths.
--International Strange Music Day: today is about listening to music you've never listen to before; don't count your teen's music unless you actually sat down and really listen and absorbed it; try listening to music of different lands with different instruments; today is about being open to something new.
--Pluto Demoted Day: from Checkiday "The IAU defines a planet as a celestial body that "orbits around the Sun, has a nearly round shape and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit." Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet because it does not meet the third criteria to be a full-sized planet. It is not the dominant object on its orbit around the Sun - other bodies can be found in the region around its neighborhood."'; there has been a movement in recent months to classify Pluto as a planet once again as many scientists feel the reasoning was flawed.
--National Waffle Day: today commemorates when Cornelius Swartwout of Troy, New York, received the patent in 1869 for the waffle iron; the precursors were hotcakes cooked on hot stones, then on metal plates in the Iron Age; waffles started to appear in the 15th century.
--Vesuvius Day: on this day in 79 AD, the eruption of Vesuvius was the largest volcanic explosion and it destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae.
--Wilber Wilberforce Day: commemorates the birthday (1759) of Wilber Wilberforce, born in Hall, Britain, who became one of Britain's greatest abolitionists.
--Notting Hill Carnival Day: The Notting Hill Carnival, held annually in West London on August 24,  has become one of the biggest street festivals in Europe. It celebrates the British West Indian community and encourages cultural unity. In the ’60s, the festival sprang up as one way to address community unrest and improve racial relations.
--Wayzgoose Day: was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight. Later, the word came to refer to an annual outing and dinner for the staff of a printing works or the printers on a newspaper.

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