Sunday, September 7, 2014

Holidays and Observances for September 7 2014

Google Commemoration Day

“I dunno, just Google it.” — A phrase undoubtedly uttered multiple times a day, all around the world. Whether it’s to find out movie times for a date or the number of cell phones lost in a year, people all across this planet turn to Google to answer their simple, bizarre and most puzzling questions.

Today, September 7th, is Google Commemoration day, in honor of the creation of Google on this day back in 1996. To celebrate this life changing (and distraction-creating) tool, we've compiled a list of 7 Fun Google facts You (probably) Didn't Know:
  1. Google’s First Tweet, “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010,” is binary code for “I’m Feeling Lucky.”
  2. The Google search engine receives about a billion (1,000,000,000) search requests per day from all over the world, including Antarctica.
  3. Google employees, or “Googlers,” come from diverse backgrounds. A former neurosurgeon and rocket scientist both hold positions at Google HQ.
  4. Due to the abundance of snacks in the Google offices, employees are known to gain the “Google 15.”
  5. The Google HQ is dog-friendly. Cats, however, are not welcome.
  6. While users rarely use the “I’m Feeling Lucky Button,” during trials they admitted they didn’t want it to go. Users get comfort from the button, so it’s sticking around.
  7. Instead of hiring a mowing crew, Google rents goats, a herder and a border collie to help cut down the amount of weeds and brush.

Grandma Moses Day

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, born September 7, 1860, began her career as a painter when she was 76 years old.  Her primitive style depicted scenes with which she was familiar, peaceful landscapes and farm work.  Her success story is just as "American" as her artwork.  With age, her arthritic hands could no longer hold her embroidery needles and so she pick up a paint brush and expressed her creativity with paint and canvas.  She sold her paintings at a local drug store for under ten dollars each, until being "discovered" by Louis Caldor.

By 1939 her paintings were being sold throughout North America and Europe, and in 1946 some of her scenes were depicted on Christmas cards.  In 1949 she won the Women's National Press Club Award for her accomplishments in painting.  On her 100th birthday in 1960, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller declared September 7th Grandma Moses Day.  Grandma Moses died at the age of 101 on December 13, 1960.  She created over 1000 painting during her career, at least 25 of which were painted after she was 100.

Not only did she leave us with some wonderful artwork, she also gave us some great quotes:
  • I look back on my life like a good day's work, it was done and I feel satisfied with it. I was happy and contented, I knew nothing better and made the best out of what life offered. And life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
  • If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens.
  • Painting's not important. The important thing is keeping busy.
  • A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.
  • If you know somethin' well, you can always paint it but people would be better off buyin' chickens.
  • I don't advise any one to take it up as a business proposition, unless they really have talent, and are crippled so as to deprive them of physical labor.
  • ... I'll get an inspiration and start painting; then I'll forget everything, everything except how things used to be and how to paint it so people will know how we used to live.
  • What a strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.
  • Now that I am ninety-five years old, looking back over the years, I have seen many changes taking place, so many inventions have been made. Things now go faster. In olden times things were not so rushed. I think people were more content, more satisfied with life than they are today. You don't hear nearly as much laughter and shouting as you did in my day, and what was fun for us wouldn't be fun now.... In this age I don't think people are as happy, they are worried. They're too anxious to get ahead of their neighbors, they are striving and striving to get something better. I do think in a way that they have too much now. We did with much less.
  • I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.
  • I paint from the top down. From the sky, then the mountains, then the hills, then the houses, then the cattle, and then the people. 
Obviously the most important thing for you to remember today is..... It's NEVER too late!!!

National Acorn Squash Day

September 7 celebrates a food holiday of a winter squash that is known to some as a pepper squash, it is National Acorn Squash Day.

Acorn squash (Cucurbita pepo var. turbinata), also called pepper squash or Des Moines squash, is a winter squash with distinctive longitudinal ridges and sweet, yellow-orange flesh. Although considered a winter squash, acorn squash belongs to the same species as all summer squashes (including zucchini and yellow crookneck squash).

The most common variety is dark green in color, often with a single splotch of orange on the side or top. However, newer varieties have arisen, including Golden Acorn, so named for its glowing yellow color, as well as varieties that are white. Acorn squashes can also be variegated (multi-colored). As the name suggests, its shape resembles that of an acorn. Acorn squashes typically weigh one to two pounds and are between four and seven inches long. Acorn squash is good and hardy to save throughout the winter in storage, keeping several months in a cool dry location such as a cold cellar.

Acorn squash is very easily grown. Seeds are started after all danger of frost is past and the soil is warm or within 3–4 weeks before the predicted last frost date in the area. Seeds directly sown are placed one inch deep, 5-6 to a hill; hills are 6 feet in all direction from other hills. As with other squash varieties, the acorn squash produces yellow trumpet flowers which are also edible. Tops (about three inches) from the end are also edible. They are one of the common vegetable (as greens) in the Philippines. The stem has a prickly feel. Roughly 85 days after germinating, acorn squash are ready to be harvested. Curing takes a week to ten days in a sheltered area outside, or a warm dry place like a dry storage space, protected from frost.

Acorn squash is most commonly baked, but can also be microwaved, sauteed or steamed. It may be stuffed with rice, meat or vegetable mixtures. The seeds of the squash are also eaten, usually after being toasted. This squash is not as rich in beta-carotene as other winter squashes, but is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and B, magnesium, and manganese.

Indigenous to North and Central America, the squash was introduced to early European settlers by Native Americans.

National Beer Lover’s Day

Get ready to raise your glass, America! If you are looking for the perfect drink to whet your whistle, you're in luck! September 7 is one of the best beverage days of the year. It's National Beer Lover's Day!

This annual "holiday" was created by blogger and Foodimentary creator, John-Bryan Hopkins. In an online interview, Hopkins said he actually came up with the idea on a whim a few years ago. While others were busy celebrating National Acorn Squash Day on Sept. 7, Hopkins felt like having a beer and National Beer Lover's Day became an annual celebration.

Whether you consider yourself a novice, connoisseur or just enjoy a good brew every now-and-then, today's beer is a popular American drink available in a slew of refreshing varieties. Typically comprised of four main ingredients, did you know this alcoholic beverage actually contains more than 90 percent water?

In honor of National Beer Lover's Day, why not try out that new beer you've been eyeing, visit a local brewery, stop by your favorite pub or host a backyard bash with a few of your favorite BFFs? And just in case you get hungry - Sept. 7 is also Salami Day. Cheers!

National Grandparent's Day

Grandparents day is a like a festival celebrated in the United States just to strengthen the bond between the generations. Grandparents Day celebration date is not specific because it is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Labor Day every year.

The first Grandparents day was celebrated in 1970 by the Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade who was a West Virginia homemaker and also a mother of 15 children. To celebrate Grandparents day she also get a support of businesses, political leaders, churches and civic groups but publicly it was celebrated in West Virginia in 1973 by the Governor Arch Moore.

She got an inspiration to celebrate this day from her grandma Maude McClung Dickerson where she often visited during her childhood. Her grandma who used to work on 130 acre farm, after completing her task on the farm often visited the elderly people of their community to share their feelings and loneliness. From that day McQuade had a soft corner for the seniors which also inspired her to celebrate the Grandparents day. Today this day is celebrated by millions of people in the United States.

When Grandparents day gets popular in West Virginia McQuade tried to convince the media, Senators, governors and congressional representatives of every state to celebrate the National Grandparents day. At last she succeeded and Congress had passed the law which was signed by the President Jimmy Carter declaring that every year the Sunday after the Labor Day was observed as the National Grandparents Day.

Grandparents day was officially celebrated for the very first time on September 9, 1979. After this she also started a National Grandparents day council which is basically a non profitable organization and whose main motto is to strengthen the bond between the generations by promoting the appreciation and activities and by encouraging the citizens to visit the old people in the nursing homes.

Grandparents day basically solves the purpose of helping the children so that they came to know about their strength, love, information and guidance which they can offer at the time of need. On Grandparents day grandparents can also show their love and affection for their grandchildren.
Activities of Grandparents Day
Many activities are done on this auspicious Grandparents day. Some grandparents like to remain with their grandchildren by playing games with them or by narrating the stories of their past to enlighten the children about their past. Grandparents day is the right time to remove all the generation gaps through communication.

Old music and songs are played and sometimes the talents like cooking, quilting and many more are done by the grandparents so that the grandchildren came to know about their talents.

Also for the grandparents who are living in the nursing homes the National Grandparents Day Council sponsors the contests like essay, story-telling, photo, songwriting to fill their loneliness.
Grandparents Day Official Flower
Forget-me-not is the official flower of the Grandparents day which was adopted by the National Grandparents Day Council on April 20, 1999. It not only reminds you the relationship but also created the lasting memories.
Grandparents Day Official Song
The official song of the grandparents day is “a song for Grandma and Grandpa” written by Johnny Prill. On hearing this song Debbie Stabenow, the U.S. Senator of Michigan also said that Prill has successfully described the relation between the grandparents and their grandchildren into words.

In short we can say that this day signifies a spirit of love and respect for our elders.
National Neither Rain Nor Snow Day

Neither Rain nor Snow Day is celebrated on September 7th of each year in honor of the United States Postal Service. The United States Postal Service has no official creed or motto, though an inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City reads:
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
This phrase was a translation by Prof. George Herbert Palmer, Harvard University, from an ancient Greek work of Herodotus describing the Persian system of mounted postal carriers c. 500 B.C.E. The inscription was added to the building by William Mitchell Kendall of the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, the building’s architects. It derives from a quote from Herodotus’ Histories, referring to the courier service of the ancient Persian Empire:
It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.—Herodotus, Histories (8.98) (trans. A.D. Godley, 1924)
Salami Day

Hooray For Salami Day! Hope you've got big plans for a evening out on the town, eating some delicious salami. If you prefer a relaxing meal at home, your local grocer should have a variety of delightful salamis to choose from. Or, if you're super lazy, order that pizza with pepperoni, one of the more popular types of salami. No matter what, have a great Salami Day, and wish all your friends a Happy Salami Day as well, as one good sausage party deserves another.

Salami Day was first started in 2006 in Henrico, Virginia, by the Salami Appreciation Society (SAS for short). Salami Day, as well as the SAS, for that matter, were the result of spontaneous inspiration on the part of the founders, Christine and Virginia. The group has grown by leaps and bounds since then, to include upwards of over 10 people! Word is spreading, though, and soon the whole world will be able to participate in the joy of eating this delicious meat product on the exact same day that other salami lovers are doing it as well. To start your own chapter of the Salami Appreciation Society, all you have to do is organize a salami-related party or outing and September 7th. It's that easy!

Salami is a too-often overlooked meat in the world of deli meats, and the Salami Appreciation Society felt that it, too, deserved it's day in the sun. It holds a special place in all of our hearts. Salami has a rich history and is definitely a part of a healthy diet, providing important nutrients such as protein and potassium. It can be eaten on sandwiches, crackers, in pita wraps, tortilla wraps, or even by itself. No one can resist the ultimate duo of salami and cheese, for that matter! Be sure to tell your friends about Salami Day this September 7th, so everyone can share in the joy that salami brings to the world!

"Sausages of Italy. These include one outstandingly large and important family, the salami. This name (the plural of the Italian word salame) applies to matured raw meat slicing sausages made to recipes of Italian origin, either in that country or elsewhere. Within Italy there are scores of types. Salami are mostly medium to large in size, and those made in Italy are usually dried without smoking. Charactaristically, when cut across, they display a section which is pink or red with many small to medium-sized flecks of white fat. Pork, or mixtures of pork and beef or pork and vitellone (young beef), form the basis; seasonings and fineness or coarsness of cut vary to regional taste. Names denote style, a principle ingredient, or place of origin... Salami made in south Italy and Sardinia are distinguished by their spiciness. They include: Napoletano...Sardo...Calabrese...Peperone (long, narrow, and highly spiced)...all these belong to the class of salame crudo, raw salame."

Salami is cured sausage, fermented and air-dried. Salami may refer specifically to a class of salumi (the Italian tradition of cold cuts), where an individual sausage or style of sausage (e.g. Genoa) would be referred to with the singular Italian form salame. Alternatively, in general English usage, salami may be singular or plural and refer to a generic style or to various specific regional styles from Italy or elsewhere, such as France or Germany. The name comes from the Italian verb salare, meaning 'to salt'.

Historically, salami has been popular amongst Italian peasants due to being a meat product able to be stored at room temperature for periods of up to a year, supplementing a possibly meagre or inconstant supply of fresh meat.

Pet Rock Day

Halloween can be a traumatic time for pets. Between the parties, costumes and bombardment of trick or treaters, the non-human components of your family can find themselves a little stressed out, which is one of the reasons to spend the days leading up to Halloween comforting and reassuring them. Thank goodness, then, for Pet Rock Day, offering the perfect opportunity to pamper and spoil the special stone in your life.

Gary Dahl, a California advertising man came up with the idea of a pet rock in 1975 after a conversation with friends about cats, dogs, and birds being too much trouble and costing too much money. He said a pet rock was an ideal pet - easy and cheap.

Dahl spent the next two weeks writing the Pet Rock Training Manual - a step-by-step guide about taking care of it and how to train it. He went to a builder's supply store and found a Rosarita Beach Stone that sold for a penny. He packed the stone in a box shaped like a pet carrying case along with the book.

The Pet Rock was introduced at a gift show, where the store, Neiman-Marcus ordered five hundred. After a news release showing Gary surrounded by boxes of his Pet Rocks, Newsweek did a story and within a few months was shipping ten thousand Pet Rocks every day. He even appeared on The Tonight Show twice. 

By Christmas that year two and a half tons of rocks had been sold, three-fourths off all the newspapers in America had run Pet Rock stories. A million rocks sold for $3.95 apiece in just a few months making Gary Dahl an instant millionaire. The story of the Pet Rock is a never-ending source of inspiration to create new crazes that sweep the nation and make millions for the genius who thought of them.

When I started painting rocks I collected other "pet rock" items I found on eBay, such as this pet rock video, 45 RPM record "I'm In Love With My Pet Rock" and a collection of pet rock certificates. Of course I also named my website after the pet rock, "Pet A Rock".

If your looking for an original pet rock, you can still find them on eBay