"Be brave to let go of the past. And fight for the present that you deserve. A better future is always yours."
"The real reason for Schubert's 'Unfinished Symphony'."
The room was full of pregnant women and their partners, and the class was in full swing. The instructor was teaching the women how to breathe properly, along with informing the men how to give the necessary assurances at this stage of the plan.
The teacher then announced, “Ladies, exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. And, Gentlemen, it wouldn’t hurt you to take the time to go walking with your partner.!”
The room really got quiet.
Finally, a man in the middle of the group raised his hand.
“Yes?” replied the teacher.
“Is it all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?”
It's National First Responders Day! We salute the brave professionals who rush toward the disasters to keep the rest of us safe. Firefighters, police, emt's, sheriffs and many, many more have earned our respect and thanks.
--International Animation Day: today celebrates the art of animation and the way it has evolved from the cel-animation shorts to the computer animations in our modern films; first public performance was in 1892 at the Grevin Museum in Paris; there are several workshops around the world.
--National Chocolate Day: from checkiday: "Today we celebrate and indulge in chocolate, the sweet treat that is made from the cocoa bean, which comes from the Theobroma cacao tree. The word "chocolate" itself comes from the Spanish, and it stems from the Aztec word xocolatl, which means "bitter water." The Aztecs pounded cacao beans and drank them without adding any sugar, and they thought that the beans came from the gods. Indeed, Theobroma means "food of the gods." Cocoa beans are about 50% "cocoa butter" and 50% "chocolate liquor." Hernando Cortés brought cocoa beans back to Spain, and a chocolate drink that included sugar became popular there right away. This seems to contradict the accounts that say chocolate wasn't introduced in Europe until 1550. The word "chocolate" first appeared in print, in England, in 1604.
During the eighteenth century, a chocolate drink became fashionable throughout Europe, and it first became manufactured in what would become the United States in 1765. The first chocolate factory opened in the United States in 1780, but hard chocolate candy was not yet made until the dawn of the nineteenth century. Hardened chocolate candy bars first started being sold on a large scale by the Cadbury Company of England in 1842, and "chocolate creams"—candies with sugar-cream centers—were first eaten by Americans in the 1860s.
Milk chocolate was first made by the Swiss in 1875 when Daniel Peter added his chocolate to the newly-discovered sweetened condensed milk of Henry Nestlé, and it became popular in America and Europe. Milton S. Hershey, who had been in the candy business since the age of fourteen, and who had been quite successful with his Lancaster Caramel Company, was enamored by the chocolate-making he saw at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago—especially the making of milk chocolate. The first milk chocolate Hershey bar was produced in 1900, and by 1905 Hershey's enormous factory in Derry Township, Pennsylvania, was in operation. With Hershey's support, a company town sprang up around the factory, and milk from nearby farms was used in making the milk chocolate. Milton Hershey invented the Hershey's kiss in 1907, and its trademark foil wrapper was added in 1924. Hershey provided troops in World War II with a Ration D bar, and later the better-tasting Tropical Chocolate Bar. These chocolate bars were resistant to temperatures higher than ninety degrees Fahrenheit. Besides Hershey bars and kisses, many other popular types of chocolate candies are under the Hershey's umbrella, including Almond Joy, Mounds, and Reese's. Another popular candy manufacturer in the United States is Mars, which produces chocolate candy bars such as Snickers and Twix.
--National Immigrants Day: today is a celebration of those who come from other countries to settle in the US and make their homes and future here; from nationaltoday: "The United States of America is known as the world’s melting pot, and every year on October 28 National Immigrants Day gives us a reason to reflect on just how unique that distinction is among the world’s 195 sovereign nations. As Americans, we are proud of our long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world and value their contributions that add zest to our nation’s blend of cultures, customs, and traditions."; in the noise of today's political background, we have forgotten that our rich heritage and traditions come from generations of immigrants.
--National Internal Medicine Day: today is a salute to the medical specialists who are sometimes called the "doctor's doctor" since they are a reliable consultant to the General Practioner; the internists have take additional training to subspecialize in fields such as cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, or infectious disease; some notable internists have included Nobel Prize winners and have made advancements and inventions.
--Plush Animal Lover's Day: today celebrates all plush toy animals; plush is a fabric made from materials such as silk, cotton, polyester and wool, that raises to a thickness of at least an eighth of an inch; the first large creation was by the German Steiff company in 1880; Ithaca Kitty came to the U.S. in 1892 and the teddy bear was created in 1903.
--Separation of Church and State Day: today commemorates the 1963 Supreme Court decision that school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional; it's a celebration of the concept of the separation of church and state in general as the founding fathers had intended.
--Statue of Liberty Dedication Day: today commemorates the 1886 dedication; from checkiday: "The statue stands 151 feet tall, and is made of a copper sheeting covering an iron framework. Its pedestal is 154 feet in height, and is made of granite. Besides holding a torch, Lady Liberty—who was based off of Libertas, the Greek god of freedom—holds a tablet in which the date July 4, 1776, is inscribed. The statue became an important symbol for immigrants, especially after nearby Ellis Island began processing them in 1892. It was the first thing that they saw while entering New York Harbor, and many wrote home to their relatives in their home countries about it. Emma Lazarus' poem, "The New Colossus", was eventually added to the pedestal, further cementing the relationship between immigrants and the statue. It became a U.S. National Monument in 1924, and the National Park Service now oversees the whole island. Today the statue stands as a universal symbol of freedom and liberty."; thousands of revelers threw the world's first ticker-tape parade in honor of the new lady of Liberty Island.
--Wild Foods Day: today celebrates all naturally-occurring foods; wild foods are a highlight of some cuisines due to no preservatives and no pesticides.
--In 1664, Chartered by King Henry VIII, England's Honourable Artillery adds a new company to its roster, The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot. They'll go on to be renamed the Royal Marines almost 100 years later, and emerge as one of the world's great fighting units. (bing)