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08/10/20 Dance!

Monday, August 10, 2020

"Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the Music!"

"Eve, yesterday we're fighting, today you're giving me new boxers. I don't get it!"

Another oldie…
An 8-year-old girl went to her dad, who was working in the yard. She asked him, “Daddy, what is sex?”
The father was surprised that she would ask such a question, but decides that if she is old enough to ask the question, then she is old enough to get a straight answer.
He proceeded to tell her all about the “birds and the bees.” When he finished explaining, the little girl was looking at him with her mouth hanging open.
The father asked her, “Why did you ask this question?”
The little girl replied, “Mom told me to tell you that dinner would be ready in just a couple of secs.”

It's Lazy Day! Oh, you don't have to tell me twice! Here's the perfect excuse for a laid-back summer Monday, lounging in your favorite nook, maybe with your favorite drink (of water, of course). If you're working today, maybe you can convince the boss for a day off.
--International Vlogging Day: today is a fairly recent celebration started by Summer in the City, the UK's largest online video festival, to bring together a community of vloggers and fans; similar to the US festival Vidcon, Summer in the City focuses on its creators, viewers, and professionals in the Youtube community.
--National Duran Duran Appreciation Day: today is a salute to the band Duran Duran, formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England; we celebrate it today to commemorate August 10, 1985 when lead singer Simon Le Bon was in a near-fatal boating accident.
--National S'mores Day: today is a salute to a mainstay of campfires; the first official recipe printed was in the Girl Scout handbook in 1927.
--National Shapewear Day: no info as to who is sponsoring this day, I suspect the clothing industry; we celebrate the history and current trends of body-shaping garments; the Greeks and Romans had corset-like garments but corsets didn't become required until the 16th century when they were using whalebone; today's garments are made of more comfortable materials; I remember wearing girdles and swore never again.
--National Spoil Your Dog Day: like we need permission; today is a special salute to our canine friends; maybe a trip to the park, even the lake, to let Fido play fetch.
--Smithsonian Day: today is a salute to the biggest museum complex of the world, holding 137 million items in collections; British scientist James Smithson died in 1829 and left his estate to his nephew with the stipulation that if the nephew died with no heirs, the estate was to be sent to Washington to create an establishment to increase the world's knowledge; that nephew did die without heirs, in 1835, and President Andrew Jackson sent an agent to England to bring back the fortune—about half a million dollars. Unfortunately, Congress put the money in state bonds that defaulted. Former president John Quincy Adams talked long and hard but finally convinced Congress to replace the money and create an institute of science and learning, as Smithson requested; on this date in 1846, the act creating the Smithsonian Institution was signed into law by President James Polk..
--Skyscraper Appreciation Day: today commemorates the birthday of William Van Allen (1883), the creator of the Chrysler Building in New York City.
--Victory Day: also known as V-J Day; observed on the 2nd Monday of August to commemorate the August 14, 1945 surrender of Japan, ending WWII; the iconic photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, is a memory of that day.
--World Lion Day: yesterday we had Cat Day, so today we salute the "king of the jungle" to raise awareness and support for the charities that are for the conservation of the lions' habitats; I mean, he's just a big putty-cat.
--In 1793, the revoluntionaries opened the French royal art collection to the public. From bing: "France's revolutionary government opens to the public what used to be a grand royal residence, displaying a previously private collection of 537 paintings and 184 objects. Paris' Louvre Museum will grow to hold almost 35,000 works and become the world's most visited art museum."
--In 1988, Civil Liberties Act is signed to redress internment. From bing: "The Civil Liberties Act becomes law, offering about $20,000 in reparations to Japanese Americans incarcerated in internment camps during World War II, with President Reagan calling the camps a 'mistake.' Over the next several years, over 80,000 people affected by internment will receive the payments."
--It's my grandson's 8th birthday! (Nana's allowed to brag.)
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