Sunday, November 24, 2013

Holidays for November 24th 2013

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

It’s Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day! Everyone has a unique talent or skill at which they truly excel. 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 math! Or maybe you are double jointed, can talk in a cartoon voice, or can do a one-handed pull-up like no other. No matter what your special skills are, today is the day to flaunt them for all your friends and family.

Invite everyone you know over to have a showdown for the best special talent. Winner gets a prize and Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day bragging rights!

National Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day

Many sources have been active in promoting "National Use Even if Seal is Broken Day," a "fun" holiday for people to take part in. However, there are many dangers in using any product that has been tampered with, and you should not consume any item that has a broken seal. While this is a funny, "Damn the man" approach to life and holidays, it should not be taken seriously, as yours and your family's health could be at risk by participating in this particular "fun" holiday.

What is the seal on products for?
The seals that have been placed on many consumables is called a Tamper Indicating or Tamper Evident seal. Companies sanitarily place these seals onto bottles and 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 and should be returned or thrown away.

How is a broken seal bad for my health?
When a seal has been broken or tampered with, that means that this package has been opened by someone before you received it. For drinks, this means someone could have opened the bottle, drank from it, and replaced it upon the shelf; you will never know if that person was carrying a deadly disease, and when you drink from that contaminated bottle, you will receive the active virus through second-hand drinking. Sealed canned food items can contain the deadly bacteria botulism, and open medicine seals could contain inaccurate medicines, resulting in death due to overdosing or deadly drug interactions.

Open seals means unknown and harmful substances, whether they are in the form of bacteria and mold or deadly, contagious viruses.

How do I know if my item has been opened or 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 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.
Be safe when enjoying these National holidays!

D.B. Cooper Day

D. B. Cooper is a media epithet popularly used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 1971, extorted $200,000 in ransom, and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and an ongoing FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located or positively identified. The case remains the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history.

The suspect purchased his airline ticket using the alias Dan Cooper, but due to a news media miscommunication he became known in popular lore as "D. B. Cooper". Hundreds of leads have been pursued in the ensuing years, but no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper's true identity or whereabouts. Numerous theories of widely varying plausibility have been proposed by experts, reporters, and amateur enthusiasts. The discovery of a small cache of ransom bills in 1980 triggered renewed interest but ultimately only deepened the mystery, and the great majority of the ransom remains unrecovered.

While FBI investigators have insisted from the beginning that Cooper probably did not survive his risky jump, the agency maintains an active case file—which has grown to more than 60 volumes and continues to solicit creative ideas and new leads from the public. "Maybe a hydrologist can use the latest technology to trace the $5,800 in ransom money found in 1980 to where Cooper landed upstream," suggested Special Agent Larry Carr, leader of the investigation team since 2006. "Or maybe someone just remembers that odd uncle."

National Sardines Day

They might be packed with water, oil, tomato sauce or even mustard but they have been cleaned and cooked and are packed in an airtight container and ready for you to eat. Some people are afraid to even taste these small and silver fish but sardines have a delicious taste that is loved by millions across the United States. Today is their special day and they are celebrated each year on November 23 on National Sardines Day.

Sardines are several types of small, oily fish, related to herrings. Actually a common type of fish consumed by millions of people, sardines are rich in nutrients. Most commonly served in cans, fresh sardine are also often grilled, pickled or smoked. Sardines are packed in either water, olive, sunflower or soybean oil or in a tomato, chili or mustard sauce. 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. Sardine oil is used in the manufacturing of paint, varnish and linoleum.

Sardines are a great source of vitamins and minerals.

From one’s daily vitamin allowance containing:
  • 13 % B2
  • .25 % niacin
  • 150% vitamin B12
  • phosphorus
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • iron
  • selenium
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • vitamin D
  • protein
  • B vitamins are important in helping to support proper nervous system function and are used for energy metabolism.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and regular consumption may reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and can even boost brain function as well as help lower blood sugar levels.

Relative to other fish commonly eaten by humans, sardines are very low in contaminants, such as mercury.

The sardine canning industry peaked in the United States in the 1950′s. After the industry’s peak, it has been on the decline. The Stinson Seafood plant in Prospect Harbor, Maine, which was the last large sardine cannery in the United States, closed its doors on April 15, 2010 after 135 years in operation.

To celebrate National Sardines Day, share a can, or two of canned sardines with a friend. See if you prefer the mustard, chili or the tomato packed ones better! Happy National Sardines Day!