May 4, 2012: Firefighter Day, No Pants Day, Tuba Day, and more…

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May 4, 2012

Leonardslee Gardens, Lower Beeding, West Sussex, UK | Tranquil walks through woodlands filled with flowering azaleas and rhododendrons in May (3 of 23)

★~ Today’s Quote: ‘May The Force Be With You’!

★~ International Firefighters Day:

According to legend, St. Florian was able to save an entire burning village in ancient Rome with just a single bucket of water. FIrefighters Day was proposed by firefighter JJ Edmondson following a tragic wildfire in Australia that took the lives of five firefighters on January 4, 1999.

The symbol for International Firefighters Day is a red and blue ribbon. The color red was chosen to stand for fire and blue was chosen to represent water. These colors also signify emergency services around the world

We celebrate International Firefighters Day by honoring  Firefighters’  and recognizing the sacrifices they make to ensure that our communities and environment are as safe

★~Today is No Pants Day:

I see London, I see France, I see someone’s underpants!

Today we take casual Friday to a new level with No Pants Day, the day when we say, “forget the pants.” No Pants Day started out as a prank, based on the idea of having people attend an event not wearing pants and acting as though there was nothing strange about walking around in just your undies. Breaking a social taboo was liberating and seeing the reaction of people not aware of the event was FUN and so the first Friday in May was dedicated to No Pants Day

And from the El Morno Crowd….

Teresa Marie says she will wear pants today but she will also wear clean undies in case she changes her mind. She suggests that everyone else does the same…

Cynthia wonders what one would do if one did no own undies.

★~ Tuba Appreciation Day:

Tubas get no respect, or least that’s what Joel Day believed when he created International Tuba Day in 1979. At the time, Joel was a tuba player in a band at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today we take a moment to honor the tuba, patented in 1835 by Wiebrecht and Moritz in Germany. Where would we be without the “oompa” in concert music? More than likely snoozing and snoring.  And, let’s face it a marching band without a tuba wouldn’t even be a band. Let’s give tuba players everywhere a great big OOMPA!

Omawarisan one of our esteemed purse reviewers shared last year that the tuba is his son’s second instrument in his high school marching band and while not usually much of a dancer when the boy hung 50 pounds of brass around his neck he became James Brown…..

★~ Star Wars Day.  

German news TV channel N24 mistranslated George Lucas in an 2005 interview, interpreting his famous line, “May the Force be with you,” as “Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Ihnen” (We are with you on May 4). Thus a holiday was born– twisting the famous quote, “May the Force be with you” into “May the 4th be with you.”   May 25, is  the anniversary of the 1977 premier of the first movie in the “Star Wars” trilogy

★~  Respect For Chicken’s Day: 

Chickens provides us with meat, eggs, and feather for our pillows.  It’s about time they  got a little respect.  The United Poultry Concerns wants us to “celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations”  Chickens do not have to be treated inhumanely in order to be enjoy as food on our table. Consider how you can support farms that treat their animals humanely and with respect.

★~  Candied Orange Peel Day: 

I have to wonder who that first pioneer women was that looked at pile of orange peels, thought, ‘Gee, what a waste,’ and then sliced the things up, boiled them in sugar-water and thought “I’ll preserve these orange peels so my family can snack on them and I can add them to my holiday cookies and fruit cakes.”  I wonder if she ever considered that there would be a Candied Orange Peel Day.  What can I say?  Somebody has to wonder about these things.

★~ Today in History: 

♥~1957 – This was a tough day at the Kentucky Derby for Willie Shoemaker. He misjudged the finish line while aboard Gallant Man. In the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs was, instead, Iron Liege, ridden by jockey Bill Hartack. Gallant Man and Shoemaker did win the Belmont Stakes a few weeks later.

♥~1964 – Another World premiered on NBC-TV. The soap opera dramatized the story of two families: the Randolphs and the Matthews.

♥~1968McDonald’s Big Mac sandwich made its debut. The introductory price was 49 cents.

♥~1970 – – Four students at Kent University were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. The incident inspired Neil Young to compose ‘Ohio’ which became a hit for Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

♥~2006 – U.S. Judge Leonie Brinkema sent Zacarias Moussaoui to prison for life, to “die with a whimper,” for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Moussaoui retorted, “God save Osama bin Laden. You will never get him.”

★~Born Today:

♥~1929 – Audrey (Edda Kathleen) Hepburn (van Heemstra) Academy award-winning actress: Roman Holiday [1953]; Gigi, War and Peace, Love in the Afternoon, The Unforgiven, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Children’s Hour, Charade, My Fair Lady; died Jan 20, 1993;

♥~ 1959 – Randy Travis (Randy Bruce Traywick) singer: Forever and Ever Amen, On the Other Hand, Diggin’ Up Bones, Always and Forever

♥~1958 –  Keith Haring’s  pop art American artist was inspired by street styles and dance music of the 1980s and mentored by Andy Warhol. Google Doodle celebrates Keith Haring

♥~1961 – Mary Beth McDonough actress: The Waltons, Boston Legal, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Christmas at Cadillac Jack’s, One of Those Nights, Waiting to Act, Mom, Midnight Offerings, Lovely But Deadly

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ Benjamin Franklin is credited with being the “Father of the Fire Service” for his salvage operations during a fire.

♥~ Fire Houses used to have spiral stair cases to prevent the horses from climbing the stairs. The pole was so the FF could easily get down stairs when the bell rang for a fire.

♥~ Before the invention of the horse drawn fire engine, fires were controled by a “bucket bigade”. A line of people passing water in buckets down a line to extinguish a fir and then back again to refill the buckets.

♥~ Volunteers comprise 73% of firefighters in the United States.

♥~ Why Dalmatians? Back in the days Dalmatians were trained to escort the horse-drawn fire engine and protect the horses from stray dogs and other animals on the way the the fire. The distinctive spots of the Dalmatian made it easy for the horses to distinguish them from other dogs (not sure about this but…). During the fire, Dalmatians seemed to keep the horses calm while safeguarding the fire equipment.  Back at the firehouse Dalmatians provided companionship and keep the firehouse free of rats. And to top it all off–Dalmatians are a darn good looking mascot.

♥~ Saint Florian, is the patron saint of firefighters.


TGIF! Hope you have a wonderful Friday. If you have a morno moment leave a comment…Odd Loves Company!

6 thoughts on “May 4, 2012: Firefighter Day, No Pants Day, Tuba Day, and more…

  1. Lordy I don’t know what to celebrate first so I guess I will just have to celebrate Friday and GOLF.

    Have a good one!

  2. I miss that tuba. I’ll never quite understand why it was the thing that made him dance, I just know it was.

    You have an amazing memory KB.

  3. I love candied orange peels. My grandmother use to make them for my sister and I and they tasted and smelled so good. Hail to the firefighters! The Big Mac guess I just assumed it at always and forever been around. I will be wearing my pants today unless, well, ya never know so I will take Teresa advice.


  4. No wonder Audrey Hepburn changed her name! Sorry, even though I work from home, I’ll have pants ON today — no telling who might show up at the door, ha! Dalmatians don’t actually eat rats, do they??

  5. Sometimes your titles just draw me in. Tuba day? We have an excellent tuba player in the band that just got a brand new very expensive tuba for his birthday…I think he’ll have a tuba solo’d be amazed what they can do!

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