Monday, September 7, 2015

Holidays and Observances for September 7 2015

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!!!

Great Bathtub Race

As a kid, maybe you thought it'd be cool to take that old bathtub, sit in it and ride down the river? How about adding on a power motor and riding 25 mph in the ocean, or some axles and giant tires to go dirt-bathtub-buggying?

The biggest of the bathtub races - from Nanaimo (on Vancouver Island) to Vancouver (on the mainland), since 1967 this is a 57 km open-sea motorboat race. (In recent years the race was changed to a loop, ending back at Nanaimo). So what makes it a bathtub race, if it sounds like a regular raceboat race? Well, because the boats are all made out of bathtubs, of course, souped up with a racing hull and a motor attached to the back.

It takes the basic idea (let's take this old bathtub from the dump and try riding it down the river) and soups it up as fast as it can go (quite fast). But they're not very stable boats, so you've got to be really careful not to flip over. It's more of an endurance race.

Over the years many materials have been used to construct a racing bathtub. Early tub hulls were predominantly wood with a molded fiberglass tub attached. There have also been some very innovative designs built of aluminum and other metals. As bathtub technology advanced fiberglass with its ease of being formed into any shape, inherent strength, lightness and relatively low cost has dominated the scene when it come to building a competitive racing tub. With this in mind, here are a few ideas and hits that will get you on your way to ruling the waves on the outside of your bathtub.

Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched a series of programs aimed at restoring our nation's fundamental promise of equality and opportunity. The Economic Opportunity Act, signed on Aug. 20 of 1964 as part of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," established the Job Corps, a residential education and training program for disadvantaged young people ages 16-24. Today, nearly 2.7 million students have benefited from the Job Corps. At 125 centers in 48 states, students today learn the skills necessary to succeed in good jobs with high-growth potential in a dynamic economy. Graduates learn career skills in more than 100 areas – from automotive maintenance to information technology, from health care to hospitality, from construction to IT. Some have become doctors, judges and entertainment executives. All across the country, Job Corps centers are celebrating this historic milestone with demonstrations, open houses, local proclamations, and other events. We're also sharing stories from some of the people whose lives have been most deeply transformed by the program on our blog. You can contribute by submitting your story through our Web form here − or share on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #JobCorps50.

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 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.