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02/26/20 Challenge Yourself

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

"Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you'll find is that you can overcome anything."

"Stop! That is not what to do when we're out of baby wipes!"

A neighbor was watching a little boy playing with a ball and bat in his backyard. "I'm the greatest hitter in the world" the boy exclaimed as he threw the ball into the air. He swung with all his might but missed the ball and fell down himself. "Strike One" he says as he gets up. He throws it up again and swings. Again the ball falls to the ground with a thud. "Strike Two" he yells still undeterred. "I'm the greatest hitter in the world" he says as he swings once again hitting only air as the ball falls to the ground. This time he dances around the backyard as he yells "Strike Three.... I'm the greatest pitcher in the world!"


It's Ash Wednesday! The first day of Lent, 46 days till Easter, and in ancient time the ashes represented grief. Christians continued the ashes as a sign of repentance and Lent represents/reflects the 40 days fasting Jesus spent in the desert.
--Carnival Day: today celebrates all types of carnivals, many of which travel to different locations such as state fairs and charity fund raisers, bringing amusement rides, foods, and games to an event; carnivals got a big push from the 1893 Columbian Expo that had the original Ferris Wheel.
--For Pete's Sake Day: a salute to a phrase that is called a minced oath where euphemistic phrases are used in polite company; lots of different theories of the source but none are about Pete.
--Inconvenience Yourself Day: observed on the 4th Wednesday of February; today is about putting others first and having a positive affect on their lives, to be more attentive.
--Levi Strauss Day: today commemorates his birthday in 1829; Levi Strauss ran a dry goods wholesale in San Francisco during the gold rush. In 1870, tailor Jacob Davis suggested strengthening the seams of jeans with copper rivets and partnered with Strauss to create the Levi Strauss Co. and applied for the patent.
--National Personal Chef Day: a salute to the professionals that handle all of the details of getting the meals to the table; often will have multiple clients as private chefs have one client.
--National Pistachio Day: a day for those yummy and healthy nuts that are great for snacks; they come from a small bushy tree native to the Middle East which produces fruit similar to grapes and the pistachio nut is the seed of that fruit.
--Pink Shirt Day: aka Pink Day; observed on the 4th Wednesday of February; from daysoftheyear: "Pink Day is a day dedicated to beating the bullies and breaking the cycle that creates and perpetuates this damaging behavior in schools. Pink Day was established in 2007 after a pair of students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, saw one of their fellow students at Central Kings Rural High School being bullied for no other reason than that they were wearing a pink shirt. In a stroke of brilliance, these two got together and decided to show support for the student and take a stand against bullying by getting everyone at their school to wear a pink shirt the next day."
--Tell a Fairy Tale Day: a day for that special genre of fantasy and magic; nowadays, the stories are light and bright for the children but, before the 17th century, the old folk lore was dark and more suited for the adults.
--Thermos Bottle Day: the vacuum flask was created by Scottish scientist Sir James Dewar in 1892; consisted of 2 flasks, one inside the other and the vacuum kept the contents hot/cold longer; commercial use started in 1904 when 2 German glass blowers formed the company Thermos GmbH, held a contest in 1907 to rename the Dewar flask (a Munich resident won with Thermos from the Greek word thermal for hot); Dewar tried to sue the 2 Germans but lost; the German glass blowers sold the rights to American Thermos Bottle Co and 2 others in 1907.
--The Grand Canyon was designated as a National Park this day in 1919.
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