"The best way to predict the future is to create it." Peter Drucker
"Humanity's last hope was that paper really did beat rock."
An Amish husband, wife and son travel to the city on vacation. They visit a shopping mall and while the mother is shopping, the father and son are standing in awe in front of an elevator (having no idea what it is). As they watch, an elderly lady walks into the strange silver doors and the doors close. The father and son watch as the numbers go up, and then back down. When the doors open, a beautiful young woman walks out. The father leans over and whispers to the son, "Son, go get your mother!"
It's Howdy Doody Day! Who remembers this children's program (besides me)? Hosted by Buffalo Bob Smith with his wooden marionette, Howdy Doody, the show debuted this date in 1947 on NBC. It lasted till 1960 and it's theme song was Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay. And yes, I can still hear it.
--Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day: a perfect pastime for mom and the kids after the busyness of Christmas; a variation of Japanese origami called kirigami where the paper is folded and then cut.
--National Fruitcake Day: as much as we might not believe it, fruitcake used to be considered a great treat and there were recipes in the Roman times; it didn't start being maligned till the 20th century by various entertainers such as Johnny Carson.
--Visit the Zoo Day: a salute to another perfect pastime for the kids while on holiday; the early zoos were menageries, private collections owned by the wealthy, as early as 2500 BCE Egypt and Mesopotamia; the first modern zoo was in 1793 Paris, France.
--In 1845, anesthesia was used for the first time for childbirth; Dr. Crawford W. Long, an American physician, gave ether to his wife during the birth of their second child; the event revolutionized the use of anesthesia in medicine and surgery.