This holiday is always held on September 22. Elephant Appreciation Dayis today. Show us how much you care about elephants. This is a big, elephant sized day. We feel it should be celebrated in a big way. Little kids and big kids are fascinated by elephants. In a zoo, in the circus, or a wildlife special on television, elephants captivate us by their sheer size. Today is your chance to let them see that you appreciate them. Showing your appreciation for them starts with a visit to your local zoo. They will be happy to see you. Making a donation towards their support, is a great way to show your appreciation. Here’s a neat suggestion. …..Show elephants at your local zoo how much you love them, by serving them a special treat. They like pumpkins! They like big pumpkins. See elephants munching on big pumpkins
This holiday feast is always enjoyed on September 14. Grab your crab baskets and head to the seashore. Or, go to the local seafood store for a mess of crabs. Get out the steamer and start boiling the water. Don’t forget to melt some butter. .Ps Don’t forget the bibs. Today is International Crab Fest Day, and a lot of crabs are steamed about that! There’s two things we know. First, crabs can be found all over the world. Isn’t that just wonderful!? Second, crabs are one of the sweetest, most popular of all seafoods. The fact that over 1.5 million tons of crabs are consumed worldwide every year is a testimonial to their culinary popularity. While steaming crabs is the most popular, you can bake, boil, grill, or make it in a wide variety of recipes. In other words, “have it your way!” There are thousands of varieties of crabs. They range in size from 5 inches across, to over 13 feet! Fishermen have a second reason to celebrate crabs today. They use the little ones to catch lunker bass and other fish. As for the largest varieties, well let’s just say they’d make one heck of a crab fest! If you are going to steam crabs yourself, may we suggest: How to Steam Crabs Have a very delectable Happy International Crab Fest Day!
Some species of crabs live up to 100 years, if a fisherman doesn’t catch them first.
Worldwide, we consume over 1.5 million tons per year.
Crabs have 10 limbs. As a result, they are often called the “Spider of the sea”.
They can lay 2,000 eggs at a time.
The shell is their skeleton on outside of its body. It is called caraspace.
There are over 5,000 species.
There are salt water and fresh water varieties.
A group of crabs is called a “cast”.
They range in size from 5 inches in diameter to 13 feet across!
All crabs have two very strong front claws (pincers). They use them like a vise for crushing objects.
Crabs communicate by flapping their pincers and drumming their claws.
Crabs can move in any direction.
When a claw or leg is severed, it can regenerate over time.
This remembrance is always observed on September 11. I doubt anyone will ever forget where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001, when they heard of the attacks on the twin World Trade Towers in NYC and the Pentagon in Washington. This horrible and tragic day is etched forever in our memories. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought us into World War II, the 911 attacks led us into a new war… the war on terrorism. It also touched and changed forever, the lives of each and every American.
On the anniversary of 911, we encourage you to spend a few minutes reflecting upon this event, and praying for the victims who died, and their families and friends.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen Islamic al-Qaeda militants hijacked four planes. The hijackings occurred from Boston, Newark and Washington airports. The planes selected were long distance flights, which would have more fuel in the tanks.
One plane each hit the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York city. The planes and engulfing firestorm, ultimately brought down both towers.
A number of other buildings were also damaged or destroyed. Most notably was the Marriott hotel, which was also destroyed.
A third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
The fourth hijacked plane ultimately crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA. Passengers on the plane learned of the fate of the other planes, and unsuccessfully attempted to take back control of the plane from the suicidal the hijackers. Everyone aboard died.
In total, thousands were killed.
Total Victim: 2977
Victims in the towers: 2606
Pentagon victims: 125
4th plane, crashed in PA: 40
# Militants: 19
Deaths included Americans and citizens from many other countries
This holiday is always observed on August 19. National Aviation Day is in honor of the birthday of aviator Orville Wright. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were pioneer aviators in the United States. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. His first flight was December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This inaugural flight was soon to change the skies forever. It’s heavier than air, and it flies! National Aviation Day honors the accomplishments of Orville and Wilbur Wright. It is sometimes called Wright Brother’s Day. To a lesser degree, National Aviation Day sometimes honors other early aviation and space pioneers. This day was selected, as it is Orville Wright’s birthday. (August 19, 1871) Today’s Quote: ” Learning the secret of flight from a bird is was a good deal like learning magic from a magician.” – – Orville Wright
Date When Holiday is Celebrated: always August 15. On this day, we celebrate the assumption of Mary, mother of Jesus, into heaven. At the end of her life, Mary’s body and soul were assumed into heavenly glory. This is one of the oldest holy days of the Christian church. Whether Mary had a physical death was not known. The New Testament has no writings about Mary’s death or assumption. Nor is there any reference in any other church writings. The Feast of the Assumption is a holy day of obligation in the Christian church.
August 14 – Japan surrenders August 15 – Surrender announced to the world September 2 – Ceremony and formal signing of surrender VJ Day marks the end of WWII, and the cessation of fighting against Japan. It is called “Victory In Japan Day or “Victory Over Japan Day”. The confusion over three dates: There is some confusion over what date is V-J Day. You can consider any (or all) of three dates as V-J Day. President Harry S. Truman caused some of this confusion…….. On August 14, 1945, the Japanese government cabled to the U.S. their surrender. This is the date of most modern observances. On August 15, 1945, news of the surrender was announced to the world. This sparked spontaneous celebrations over the final ending of World War II. On September 2, 1945, a formal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri. At the time, President Truman declared September 2 to be VJ Day. Regardless of which day you view as VJ Day, World War II was finally over.
A Little VJ Day History The war in the Pacific was hard fought and bloody. The tide had definitely turned, and the U.S. military was fighting island by island towards Japan. Resistance was fierce. Casualties on both sides were high. The U.S. had developed the atomic bomb. The U.S. government was anxious to end the war, and stop the loss of American lives. On August 6th, 1945, the United States military dropped an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan in an effort to force Japan into an immediate, unconditional surrender. Instead of immediately surrendering, the Japanese government debated what to do. So, the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on August 9, 1945 over the city of Nagasaki, Japan. On August 14, 1945, Japanese Emperor Hirohito cabled the U.S. to surrender, and agreed to the terms of the Potsdam Declaration. On August 15, 1945, news of the surrender was announced to the world. World War II was finally over. Hostilities ended. On September 2, 1945, the Japanese formally surrendered aboard the U.S. battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. President Truman declared this to be V-J Day.
Did You Know? The battleship USS Missouri was chosen for the formal surrender ceremony, as she was named after President Truman’s home state.
This holiday is always held on August 12. Today is a huge, make that enormous international event. It’s World Elephant Day. According to the creator and sponsors of this special holiday, the goal of this day is to raise awareness of the plight of the shrinking populations of African and Asian elephants. Elephants have a huge and impressive footprint. They are the largest living land animal in the world. Despite their size, elephants can be tamed to the extent that humans can work with them. They can be taught to do work, including heavy lifting, and we can even catch a ride atop their massive backs. They’ve also been employed (sadly) in wars. They are beloved by children and adults alike, and by far are the most popular animal in zoos around the world. Elephants are facing a struggle for survival. Here’s the facts: Just 100 years ago, there was an estimated 5 to 12 million African elephants. Now, there is only approximately 400,000 African elephant left. There were about 1,000,000 Asian elephants 100 years ago. Now, there is just an estimated 20,000 to 40,000. Asian elephants are on the “Vulnerable Species” list, while their cousins African elephants are on the “Endangered Species” list. They need our help to survive.
Elephant populations are decreasing in numbers for several reasons. Poaching is perhaps the number one problem. Poachers hunt and kill them solely for their valuable ivory tusks, leaving the carcass behind. Poachers illegally hunt them in open ranges, as well as elephant sanctuaries. Loss of habitat is a another huge reason for their declining numbers. As human populations continually increase, more and more wildlife areas are razed and converted to farms to feed the ever growing need for food. That causes increasing conflict with humans, as the elephants roam into and damage farmlands. Mistreatment of elephants in captivity is also a stress on the steadily decreasing elephant population.
African bush elephants are the largest land animal. They can weigh up to 13,000 pounds.
Elephants typically spend 16 hours a day eating.
Elephants really do have a good memory.
Elephants do indeed like peanuts.
Over 300 species of elephants have roamed the earth for over 55 million years.
Elephants are afraid of bees. Farmers use bee hives to keep elephants from coming onto their land.
The oldest elephant lived to be 86 years old.
Elephants are pregnant for 22 months… Yikes!
Elephants weigh up to 260 pounds at birth.
An elephants trunk is also called a proboscis.
Pachydermophobia, or Elephaphobia is the fear of elephants.
Speaking of an elephant’s trunk, it can weigh up to 400 pounds and pick up a grain of rice.
An elephant’s trunk has about 100,000 muscles.
Elephants can’t jump. They always have at least one foot on the ground at all times.
Elephants can swim. They use their trunk as a snorkel when swimming.
Ivory from the tusks of just one elephant, can be worth over $100,0000, or $2,100 per pound.
This post is dedicated to all my cat loving friends and fans, but especially to my sister Phyllis. She’ll know why that is……. This holiday is always held on August 8. International Cat Day, also called World Cat Day is today. This is a truly international day, as it is celebrated in most countries around the world. It is a special day to celebrate domestic cats of all kinds. According to the sponsors, on this day we “cat lovers around the world unite across the globe in a celebration of cats.” This is a day to enjoy our beloved feline pets and to pamper them. Not all cats are alike. There is a very wide a variety of cats, with one or more certain to find a place in your heart. You could say that there is a purr-fect cat for you. Don’t have a cat? Celebrate this day by going to your local animal shelter and adopt a cat. If you are a cat lover, and we hope you are, you and your cat will just love this day. Spend some extra time together. Give your cat a new toy or a new bandana. As you pamper your cat, don’t forget to give a special meal and treats to your cat. In return, watch your cat give you a little more love and comfort than usual. Importantly, don’t forget to take a picture of you and your cat, and post it on social media. Cat Facts and Trivia
Do you have Ailurophobia? We hope not. That’s the fear of cats.
There’s over 500 million domestic cats in the world. Over 95 million are in the United States.
There are 71 standardized breeds of cats.
Stewie, a domestic tabby from Nevada, was the world’s longest cat at 48.5 inches long.
Himmy, a domestic cat in Queensland, Australia, is the world’s heaviest cat at 20.87 kilograms, over 46 pounds.
The oldest domestic cat ever is Creme Puff at 38 years and 3 days.
Cats may shy away from water, but they can swim.
Your pet cat’s genome is 96% tiger!
Cats are near sighted.
Top Movie Character: Gotham city bullwhip toting burglar Catwoman. History and Origin of International Cat Day : This special days was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Sponsorship for International Cat Day was transferred to International Cat Care, a non-profit organization in 2020.
This big and juicy fruit deserves it’s own big day. So, we give pause to celebrate watermelons on National Watermelon Day. Sweet and tasty, watermelons, are one of summer’s favorite fruit. It’s standard fare at picnics. While watermelon is over 90% water, it sure tastes good. And, what picnic would be complete without a seed spitting contest? Summer is the time to consume watermelons in large quantities. They ripen in the field in July and August, and even earlier in some southern states. July is the peak month, just in tie for Fourth of July picnics. But, please don’t limit your consumption of watermelon to just this month. Stores carry watermelon twelve months of the year. World Record Watermelon: Watermelons can grow quite large, make that huge. Sure, there are small, home garden varieties that just about fit into the palm of your hand. But, watermelons can weigh hundreds of pounds each. The world record heaviest watermelon weighed in at 350.5 pounds on October 4, 2013. It was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee.
The History and Origin of National Watermelon Day: The National Watermelon Promotion Board sponsors this special holiday. They told us they did not create this holiday and do not know who did. In answering why this date was chosen, spokesperson Stephanie Barlow stated “Every day is National Watermelon Day to us!” This holiday goes back to at least 2005. Of interesting note: National Watermelon Month is July, while National Watermelon Day is in August. No one knows why this is, although it gives us an extra day to celebrate watermelons! This is not a true “National” day. Neither the U.S. Congress, nor the President of the United States has proclaimed today to be National Watermelon Day. Definition of “National” Days – and why it so important to distinguish and identify true national days.
This holiday is always the third Wednesday in July. Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog! Today is National Hot Dog Day, On this date, we celebrate one of America’s favorite summer sandwiches. It is only fitting that this dog gets its day. Its summertime. Hot dogs are center stage on the grill, and at picnics all across America. They are at the ballpark. They are sold from carts on street corners in every city. It’s not hard to find them. We consume hundreds of millions of hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone. Enjoy National Hot Dog Day to the fullest. Have a couple of hot dogs for lunch or dinner. And, don’t forget to cook a few on a stick at the evening campfire. What’s in a hot dog? Don’t ask, and we won’t tell. It’s a sausage, and that’s all we will say. Sometimes, its best if you don’t know. Happy National Hot Dog Day! The companion for National Hot Dog Day is National Mustard Day. How many Hot Dogs do we eat?
We consume so many hot dogs, in so many venues, that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council hesitates to forecast consumption. But, it does report that each year we buy over 837 million packages of hot dogs at retail outlets, and over 24 million hot dogs at baseball stadiums alone.