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01/15/20 Challenges

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."

"If my body was a car, I'd trade it in for a newer model. Cause every time I cough or sneeze, my radiator leaks and my exhaust backfires."

A man walks into a bar and sits down. He asks the bartender, "Can I have a cigarette?" The bartender replies, "Sure, the cigarette machine is over there." So he walks over to the machine and as he is about to order a cigarette, the machine suddenly says, "Oi, you bloody idiot." The man says with surprise in his voice, "That's not very nice." He returns to his bar stool without a cigarette and asks the bartender for some peanuts. The bartender passes the man a bowl of peanuts and the man hears one of the peanuts speak, "Ooh, I like your hair." The man says to the bartender, "Hey, what's going on here? Your cigarette machine is insulting me and this peanut is coming on to me. Why's this?" The bartender replies, "Oh, that's because the machine is out of order and the peanuts are complementary."


It's National Hat Day! Hats can be worn for practicality such as warmth or as a symbol of status or solidarity such as the Red Hat Society. Pick a hat that expresses you and wear it proudly!
--Alpha Kappa Alpha Day: today honors the Greek-lettered sorority, the first established by African-American college women in 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C..
--Humanitarian Day: also known as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (1929), today is one of 3 Emancipation Days of Respect along with Victims of Violence Wholly Day and Dream Day Quest and Jubilee; the three days honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and promote "unity, respect, and remembrance for those who have struggled and sacrificed to help change America’s unjust laws of racial segregation, as well as support and solidarity with victims of slavery and violence" .
--Museum Selfie Day: observed on the 3rd Wednesday of January; today is to encourage us to visit our local museums; museums don't allow pictures of the art but today is a day for taking selfies such as in front of the museum.
--National Bagel Day: also known as Bagel and Lox Day; today honors all styles and types of bagels; bagels are yeast buns made of light or dark flour, with a hole in their middle; they are boiled—although many are now steamed—and then baked, which gives them their taste and characteristics; they are crispy and shiny on the outside, and chewy on the inside; they are dense and heavy; check your local listings as there could be discounts.
--National Booch Day: today was created to honor Kombucha, a trendy drink that has been hitting the health spots; originally from China, made from fermented black or green tea, kombucha is an effervescent bubbly drink with a bold taste.
--National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day: a perfect day to go along with that bagel; pamper yourself today and order the fresh squeeze; you'll get more vitamins and no additives.
--National Pothole Day: observed on the closest weekday to the 15th; primarily in the UK but there are listings for in the US also; from the UK: "National Pothole Day was created to bring attention to the ever growing issues our roads face. Created by 'Mr Pothole' and 'Street Repairs' (both campaigners for our roads), the aim was to raise public awareness and encourage people to report the potholes they come across."; from daysoftheyear: "Potholes are nothing new, and in fact, their name comes from the Roman roads built back in the days of the Roman Empire. In those days roads were built on a bed of clay, topped with gravel, and once again topped by hard baked bricks, and potholes were where potters would break open the roads surface to get at the good potting clay found underneath. This was a great source of clay for the potters and a miserable source of trouble for the chariots and wagons that traveled those roads. Pothole day reminds us of their long history, and our responsibility to help get them taken care of."
--National Strawberry Ice Cream Day: a salute to one of the top three favorite flavors of ice cream; the origin of strawberry as a flavor is unknown but Dolley Madison served it in 1813 at her husband's second inaugural celebration (millions not required for inaugural balls back then); anybody want a scoop?
--Wikipedia Day: Wikipedia was established this day in 2001, one of the first communities of free media; a big player as a source of information of all kinds; from cutecalendar: "Wikipedia is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia that the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation supports. Volunteers worldwide collaboratively write Wikipedia's 30 million articles in 287 languages, including over 4.4 million in the English Wikipedia."
--from Today on Bing: "Today, many locals in Kathmandu and across Nepal are celebrating Maghe Sankranti, the harvest festival that marks the beginning of the month of Magh and the start of warmer weather. It's similar to the winter solstice celebrated by other cultures. Typically, people observe the holiday at home with their families. But this holiday is also when many Hindus worship the sun god by taking ritual baths in nearby rivers and eating special festive foods like yams and sweet dough balls called 'laddus.''
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