It’s a Big Day! Tax Day . . .Patriots Day . . . Rubber Eraser Day . . .And The List Goes On!

Apr 15th

Humor Month – Joke of the Day

Dress Up – A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw that her father was putting on his tuxedo, she said, “Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.”  “Why not?” he asked.  “Because it always gives you a headache the next morning.”

Smart Mom – A mother was walking with her four year old daughter one day when the daughter picked up something off the ground and started to put it into her mouth. The mother stopped her and said she shouldn’t do that.  “Why,” asked the little girl.  “Because it’s dirty. It’s been on the ground. You don’t know where it’s been. It probably has germs.”  The little girl looked up at her mom with admiration and asked, “How do you know so much?”  Thinking quickly, the mother said, “All moms know so much. We have to. It’s on the Mommy Test. If you don’t know it, you don’t get to be a mommy.”  The little girl pondered this for a few minutes, then her face brightened. “I get it!” she said. “If you don’t pass the test, you get to be a daddy!”  “Yup,” said the mom.

Dumb Mom – Not all kids think their moms are smart. Did you hear about the five year old boy who was sent to his room by his mother for having a bit of a tantrum and calling her dumb? After about fifteen minutes, the mother went to his room to see if he was repentant. She found that her son had regained his composure. He calmly and politely said to her, “But Mom, you really are dumb.”

 

Rubber Eraser Day – We all make mistakes – it’s part of being human.  Today celebrates the invention of the Rubber Eraser, designated to recognize and appreciate the value of that little “plug” (as the manufacturer’s call them) that sits on top of our pencils, or that rectangular eraser we keep on our desks.  When we make a mistake – obviously when using pencils – they are there to make it go away.  Imagine how messy things would be without them!  I use my pencil on files every single day, and as a result I use my Rubber Eraser every single day as well.  So, why not just all it “Eraser Day”?  Well, there are two reasons.  The first erasers were made of rubber – today they are made of rubber or vinyl.  Also, in Great Britain they are formally called “rubbers”.  In eraser world two men are prominent.  Joseph Priestly discovered the eraser in 1770, using pieces of rubber imported from Brazil.  The second man, Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia, PA patented the pencil with an eraser at the end in 1858.  Pretty cool and who would have thought something so simple would have such an impact for the entire world!

Titanic Remembrance Day  On this day in 1912, the Titanic sank in the ice waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. 1522 people died in that tragic accident, and today  is dedicated to their memory.  The Titanic had been called “unsinkable” and the “safest ship afloat” by her builder and designer.  On her maiden voyage from England to New York City the Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean, on April 14, 1912 at 11:40 p.m.  Just two short hours later, with a gaping hole in her side, the ship quickly sank in the icy waters.  1522 passengers and crew died.  The historic sinking of the Titanic was the inspiration for numerous television documentaries, specials and big screen movies.  Did you know that  the Titanic has a sister ship?  She was the Olympic.  The ships were constructed about the same time, with the Olympic starting first.  The Olympic was launched in 1910 and served as a cruise liner until pressed into service during WWI as a troop carrier.  She retired in 1935.

Patriot’s Day (3rd Monday in April) – I’m sure we studied this in school, but on the west coast it’s not observed as a bid deal.  In New England though, today is a big, big day!  In the States in New England is is a holiday with a day off work.  Banks, schools, post offices and businesses have the day off (lucky folks!).  Do you know what it is celebrating though?  I think we should, since it’s celebrating a big day in our nation’s history.  Today commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.  This battle began the American Revolutionary War.  It also honors the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”, that evening when Paul Revere rode through the town warning the colonists that “The Red Coats Are Coming!”  This is a call to arms for our forefathers, and perhaps it’s a part of our history we should study up on.  The brave men and women of that time stood up against tyranny.  Wise people.  We should never forget and take their example for ourselves and stand up always against tyranny in all forms.

 

Boston Marathon – 3rd Monday –  The Boston Marathon is always held on Patriot’s Day, the 3rd Monday in April.  It began in 1897, inspired by the success of the 1st modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics.  The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and ranks as one of the world’s best known road racing events.  It is one of 6 major world marathons.  Since 1897 amateur and professional runners from all over the world compete in the Boston Marathon each year, braving the varying weather and the hilly New England terrain to take part in the race.  The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England’s most widely viewed sporting event.  The very first one in 1897 had 18 participants, but now attracts and average of about 20,000 registered runners.  In 2011 26,895 people entered the race.  The Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 set a record as the world’s largest marathon with 38,709 entrants, 36,748 starters and 35,868 finishers.

Income Tax Day – Today is the deadline for filing your income tax.  I know, not a day to celebrate.  It is an important day for every individual over the age of 18 in our country though.  Did you ever wonder why April 15th, and when did this start?  No?  Well, I have wondered from time to time, usually around this date and usually with a grumble, growl and a bad thought for the individuals who foisted this up on us.  It is a valid question though, so here ya go.  On February 3, 1913 Congress passed the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which allowed for the implementation of personal income tax.  They chose March 1st of the following year as the filing deadline.  This deadline was changed to March 15th in 1918, and in 1955 it was changed to April 15th.  Moving the date further away from the beginning of the year served two purposes.  It gave the IRS more time to handle the world, and more importantly for them, it gave them more time to hang on to your money before issuing you a refund.  The moral to this story is boys and girls – we start letting our elected officials to start messing around with changing and amending the Constitution, and we end up on the short end of the stick.   Elect officials who will leave our Constitution ALONE!  For crying out loud, this is the sort of tripe that happens!

McDonald’s Day – Happy Birthday McDonald’s!  The very first McDonald’s opened on April 15th, 1955 in Des Plaines, IL.  Today it is the largest fast food hamburger chain in the world, serving around 68,000,000 customers in 119 countries.  Incredible.  Makes you wonder what their secret was, doesn’t it?  It’s not like their food is all that good, and it’s certainly not good FOR you! So what’s the deal? Nobody seems to know.  But whatever it is, it’s obviously working. 

Take a Wild Guess Day – This one was created by a guy named Jim Barber from theBarbershop.com to celebrate hunches, guesses, and gut feelings.  You could spend this day taking a wild guess that something good is going to happen, or you could make it happen!  Either way, guessing can be fun so get wild with it!   

That Sucks Day – A veterinarian in Bandon, Oregon declared this today as “National That Sucks Day”.  It was intended to reflect on the many things that suck in life – like aging, death, stress, etc.  He figured that April 15th was perfect for this since today is when so many not-so-great things happened  – Tax Day, The Titanic Sank, Abe Lincoln died, etc.  What better day than this, right?

Food Celebration of the Day –

National Glazed Spiral Ham Day – The spiral-ham slicer was invented in the mid 1950s by Harry Hoenselaar, who not incidentally also founded the HoneyBaked Ham Company.

Well, today is a lot of things, but all in all, it’s not a bad day . . . in spite of one of the celebrations being “That Sucks Day”.  It’s a pretty important day in our history as a nation – we should never forget those events.  The rest of them is either fun or important in their own way, but the big stuff? Pay special attention to it.  History has a way of repeating itself, so now is the time to revisit these big events in our nation’s past and pay close atention to them.  God Bless You.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

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