Saturday June 15, 2013

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
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Lemony Snicket

Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

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Since 1988, the Bathroom Readers’ Institute has led the movement to stand up for those who sit down and read in the bathroom. National Bathroom Reading Month celebrates the 66 percent of Americans who proudly admit to this time-honored pastime. “A bathroom reader is like royalty. They both occupy the throne for long periods of time.” So says Jack Kreismer, president of Red-Letter Press, publisher of The Bathroom Library and chief tub-thumper of National Bathroom Reading Month. As a lifetime bathroom user, Kreismer feels it is his nature’s calling to promote America’s favorite reading room. His top five reasons that people read in the bathroom are:

#5- elastic band around ankles increases blood supply to eyeballs
#4- usually no stranger reading over your shoulder
#3- keeps mind off irrational fear of snakes inhabiting plumbing fixtures
#2- unlike reading at the beach, involves no deadly cosmic rays
And the #1 reason why people read in the bathroom – good supply of 2-ply bookmarks always close at hand!

 

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Who says you need to be in a circus to juggle? World Juggling Day is a great opportunity for everyone to get out there and give it a try! To help spread the fun of juggling and to bring jugglers together all over the world, the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA) presents World Juggling Day (WJD) today, celebrating the IJA’s 66th Anniversary. Celebrate the day in your own unique way: host a juggling picnic, have a Skype session with your international juggling friends, teach your friends how to juggle, be a part of the IJAs video collaboration and “I ❤ IJA” project, etc. They hope you will join the IJA in their efforts to get as many people around the world as possible all juggling on the same day. World Juggling Day is held annually on the Saturday closest to June 17th – the day the IJA was founded in 1947. There are actually 2 Juggling holidays on the calander. International Juggler’s Day is always April 18th and World Juggler’s Day is always Saturday Closest to June 17th. Both celebrates the skill of juggling, and those talented people who can juggle many balls and objects at a time. Juggling is a skill and form of entertainment that has been around for thousands and thousands of years. Some of the earliest recorded history supplies proof that juggling was around during the early days of civilized Man. Juggling is primarily entertainment. It is most well documented in Medieval times in Europe. It remains popular today. It can be most frequently seen when the circus comes to town. Some might suggest that office workers are juggles, as they multi- task and keep several “balls” (projects) going at the same time. Every year, the International Jugglers’ Association puts together a World Juggling Day video documenting celebrations around the world. Watch the 2012 WJD video here.

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Take your camera out into the wild for Nature Photography Day – share amazing photos of nature and wildlife, and advance the cause of conservation. The eighth annual Nature Photography Day will be observed nationally on Saturday, June 15. This day was designated by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide. In 2006, NANPA celebrated the first Nature Photography Day and placed it in McGraw-Hill‘s reference work, Chases’s Calendar of Events. Many media and websites took notice. Since then, people throughout the North American continent–from overseas, too–have discovered numerous ways to observe and enjoy the day. NANPA encourages people everywhere to enjoy the weekend by using a camera to explore the natural world. These days, it seems that so many people seldom ever take notice of the trees around them, or take time to put their feet in the grass or their hands in soil, or even smell the flowers. Why not use this Earth friendly holiday as an excuse to explore and appreciate the scenery around you?

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Did you know that June 15th is Power Smile Day? Power Smile Day, also called Power of a Smile Day or Smile Power Day, is the day to get out there and smile. You may be wading in a sea of straight faces but your goal today is to turn those frowns all around you upside down. So where ever you are today, look at a stranger or a friend and flash them those pearly whites and guess what… they will most likely smile back. Smiles are actually quite contagious which is a good thing since they make us all feel so good from our heads all the way down to our toes. Smiles are an all natural medicine with the ability to heal and mend our broken hearts and sometimes our unhealthy bodies. You never know, you’re warm smile just might turn someone’s day right around…for the good! However, we do note that in order to be effective, a smile must be sincere. People can see right through phony or forced smiles.

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Today is National Lobster Day. Did you know that lobster was once considered peasant food? In the 1800s, lobsters were incredibly plentiful and New Englanders could simply walk down the beach and capture them during low tide. Many servants lived off of lobster during this time period. In fact, one Massachusetts community had to pass a law that limited how often you could serve lobster to your servants. It was a modest three times a week! Today, lobster is considered a luxurious delicacy all over the world. In the state of Maine alone, lobster fishing is a $1 billion industry. There are many ways to enjoy lobster, but the most popular cooking methods are boiling, baking, steaming, and grilling. To celebrate National Lobster Day, host your own lobster bake or order some lobster at your favorite restaurant tonight!

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Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is organised by EWEA (European Wind Energy Association) and GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council). It is a day when wind energy is celebrated, information is exchanged and adults and children find out about wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to change the world. In association with EWEA and GWEC, national wind energy associations and companies involved in wind energy production organise events in many countries around the world. In 2011, there were events organised in 30 countries, on 4 continents. Events included visits to onshore and offshore wind farms, information campaigns, demonstration turbines being set up in cities, wind workshops and a wind parade. Many events happened on Global Wind Day (15 June) itself, but there were also events on the days and weeks before and afterwards. In 2012 there were 250 events around the globe and a very popular photo competition.

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June 15th is the Worldwide Day of Giving. It is a very special day that was started on this date in 2010 as part of the founding year of Reed’s Year of Giving. Participating is simple and can be done from anywhere in the world. Visit the Year of Giving Facebook Page to spread the word. On June 15th, each person participating in the Worldwide Day of Giving is asked to give a stranger $10. The stranger can be anyone, and does not have to be someone in obvious need. Giving is thought to be one way to improve health. While many studies have been done on the subject of how health may improve on the part of the giver, the receiver also benefits in ways other than getting money or an item.

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On this day in 763 Assyrians recorded a solar eclipse that was later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.

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The first human blood transfusion was administered on June 15, 1667 by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Benys.

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Today is sometimes refered to as Fly a Kite Day. Ben Franklin‘s Kite Experiement in 1752 that proved that lightning is electricity is traditionally observed on this day since the exact date is unknown.

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Arkansas was admitted as the 25th U.S. State on June 15, 1836.

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Eadweard Muybridge took a series of photographs on June 15, 1878 to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs. This study became the basis of motion pictures.

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On June 15, 1916, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.

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Some of the writer’s born June 15th include:

Koyayashi Issa (1763), François-Xavier Garneau (1809), Adah Isaacs Menken (1835), Ramón López Velarde (1888), W.V. Awdry (1911), Ibn-e-Insha (1927), Hugo Pratt (1927), Brian Jacques (1939), Xaviera Hollander (1943), Yevgeny Kiselyov (1956), Christian Bauman (1970), Biff Naked (1971), and Billy Martin (1981).

Olivier


For one week, starting today, we are further reducing our price on Olivier by Terry Coleman. This hardcover book is over 600 pages. Sir Laurence Olivier was a British actor, director, and producer. This book is based on exclusive, unprecedented access, and is said to be the definitive biography of this dashing, self-invented Englishman who became one of the greatest actors of the twentieth century. Coleman was selected by Olivier’s estate and the British journalist and historian made the most of the access he was given to the archives of Laurence Olivier’s correspondance and other private papers, quoting from them extensively. Coleman does not censor the less-likeable aspects of Olivier’s life and personality. He shows that he wasn’t just the Hollywood good looks beauty with a gift for electrfying performance as an actor, Olivier was also a narcissistic workaholic who did not seem capable of sexual fidelity, and could be nearly pathologically critical of others. Amazon gives the following description:

In this mesmerizing book, acclaimed biographer Terry Coleman draws for the first time on the vast archive of Olivier’s private papers and correspondence, and those of his family, finally uncovering the history and the private self that Olivier worked so masterfully all his life to obscure. Beginning with the death of his mother at age eleven, Olivier was defined throughout his life by a passionate devotion to the women closest to him. Acting and sex were for him inseparable: through famous romances with Vivien Leigh and Joan Plowright and countless trysts with lesser-known mistresses, these relationships were constantly entangled with his stage work, each feeding the other and driving Olivier to greater heights. And the heights were great: at every step he was surrounded by the foremost celebrities of the time, on both sides of the Atlantic—Richard Burton, Greta Garbo, William Wyler, Katharine Hepburn. The list is as long as it is dazzling.Here is the first comprehensive account of the man whose autobiography, written late in his life, told only a small part of the story. In Olivier, Coleman uncovers the origins of Olivier’s genius and reveals the methods of the century’s most fascinating performer.


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