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My Daily Bread Crumbs 17 Jan


sandrewn

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January 17th 2022 - Holidays and Observances

 

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Observances (click on the day or week for details)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Blue Monday

Cable Car Day

Michelle Obama’s Birthday

National Hot Buttered Rum Day

Brew Monday

Elementary School Teacher Day

Idaho Human Rights Day

National Bootlegger’s Day

Family Mediation Week

Mon Jan 17th, 2022 - Fri Jan 21st, 2022

 

Fun Observances  (3)

 Benjamin Franklin Day

January 17 is celebrated worldwide as Benjamin Franklin Day.

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Born on this day in 1706 to a soap and candle maker in England, Benjamin Franklin grew up to become one of the most well-known and celebrated Americans in history.

Founding Father

Ben Franklin was a polymath - someone who is an expert on a variety of different subjects. In addition to being one of America’s founding fathers, Franklin was a prolific inventor, author, printer, politician, diplomat, musician, and postmaster. The fact that he stopped attending school at the age of 10 makes him one of the most impressive person in American and world history.

A Widely Read Author

Franklin was a Freemason who published several books under the pseudonym, Richard Saunders. One of his most famous works is called Poor Richard's Almanack, an annual almanac that included poems, weather, and astrological information. For the 25 years that it was in publication - the first one came out in 1732—it was the most widely read almanac in the American colonies.

On the 100 Dollar Bill

The American 100 dollar bill features a picture of Franklin. Because of this, the bills are sometimes also referred to as Benjamins.

How to Celebrate?

  • Celebrate this all-round genius by learning more about his life and achievements.

Did You Know...

…that the concept of Daylight Saving Time (DST) is mistakenly attributed to Benjamin Franklin? It was actually first proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895.

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Kid Inventors' Day

January 17 is Kid Inventors’ Day (KID), a day to encourage all the children in your life to think outside the box and invent something.

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The unofficial holiday commemorates the birthday of all-around genius and kid inventor, Benjamin Franklin, and celebrates kid inventors around the world. It also aims to encourage children to be curious about the world around them and to be creative when solving problems.

Benjamin Franklin, Kid Inventor

Franklin, one of the most prolific person in history was responsible for inventing the precursor to the swimming flippers at the age of eleven, a year after he stopped going to school. His invention was made for the hands instead of the feet.

How to Celebrate?

  • Encourage the kids around you to search for scientific and logical solutions to problems.
  • Get the kids in your life problem-solving toys and games to help them develop critical thinking skills.
  • If a child you know has an idea for a gadget or a game, help them realize their dreams.
  • If you are a teacher, spend the day talking to your students about children who invented things and inspire them to become inventors. Let them know that their idea or invention does not have to be path breaking or revolutionary, it can be something small that solves a real life problem that they or someone they know, face.

Did You Know…

…that the snowmobile, popsicles, and braille were all invented by children?

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Ditch New Year's Resolution Day

January 17 or Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day is popularly thought to be the day when a large number of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions.

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You have done well for the past couple of weeks. You have stuck to your New Year’s resolutions. But are now ready to give them up. You are busy, you took on too much, that piece of cake just looks so darn good to ignore. Whatever your reason to break your New Year resolutions, you can do it guilt-free on Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day.

How to Celebrate?

  • Ditch those resolutions, relax and stop feeling guilty about breaking them. After all, resolutions are meant to be broken.

Did You Know…

…that according to some studies almost 80% of all people who make New Year’s resolutions abandon them sometime during the year?

 

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It’s my wife’s birthday tomorrow. Last week, I asked her what she wanted as a present.

“Oh, I don’t know,” she said. “Just give me something with diamonds.”

That’s why I’m giving her a pack of playing cards.

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Forget about the past, you can't change it.

Forget about the future, you can't predict it.

Forget about the present, I didn't get you one.

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The Law of Coffee

If you sit down to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, then your boss will ask you to do something that will last until the coffee is cold.  

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A pair of jumper cables walk into a cafe.

The barista sees them and says, “I’m sorry but I’ll have to ask you to leave. I don’t want you starting anything in here.”

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A man walks into a coffee shop carrying a big chunk of asphalt under his arm.

At the counter he says, “I’ll take a large latte for myself, please, and one for the road.”

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After a talking sheepdog gets all the sheep in the pen, he reports back to the farmer: “All 40 accounted for.”

“But I only have 36 sheep,” says the farmer.

“I know,” says the sheepdog. “But I rounded them up.”

 

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