April 1st is...

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, April 01, 2012 | 0 comments
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AprilApril Fools Day
- The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, enemies and neighbors, or sending them on fools' errands, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible.

International Tatting Day
- Tatting is using a a needle or shuttle to create lace for garments, doilies, and other durable goods. Tatting laces is more delicate of work compared to crocheting this type of trim work for items. This day has been celebrated for more than 44 years internationally.

Sorry Charlie Day
- Honor Charlie the Tuna who is always rejected for the tuna fish can but keeps on trying.

St. Stupid Day
- will be held in San Francisco on Friday, April 1st, starting at noon at the Embarcadero Plaza. Following its traditional weekday route, this sidewalk parade will loop thru the Financial District to make the ritual stops at the Stations of Stupid...the Federal Reserve Bank HQ for the ritual of the Dead Lottery Ticket, the Sock Exchange at the Pacific Stock Exchange, the Leap of Faith at the plaza of the holy Lug Nuts, the Penny Toss at the Bankers Heart and the Free Lunch. Sponsored by the FIRST CHURCH of the LAST LAUGH, this event is open to public participation.

National Walk to Work Day
- On this day, Americans are encouraged to walk to work. If you can't walk to work, walking during lunch time, or another time of the day. The goal is to walk 30 minutes a day. Health officials are hoping this will encourage people to add a 30 minute walk to their daily lives. Health officials, medical agencies, and medical organizations around the country state that a 30 minute walk will significantly improve you health. The benefits are many, including lower weight, less chance of heart disease, less risk of diabetes, and much more. This translates to a longer and healthier life.

Sliced Bread's Birthday
- Sliced bread is a loaf of bread which has been pre-sliced and packaged for convenience. It was first sold in 1928, advertised as "the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped". This led to the popular phrase, "the greatest thing since sliced bread".

National Sourdough Bread Day
- Ever wonder how sourdough bread achieves that unique tangy aftertaste? The secret to its tasty mouth-feel is the bread's use of yeast starter as a leavener. The mixture of flour and water develops its own yeast colony, creating a more complex depth of flavor.

Dishwasher Released in 1889
- On an ordinary day in the 1880s, a Shelbyville woman took a dirty bowl and plate and made history. Josephine Garis Cochran was the first person to build a practical dish-washing machine, succeeding where some had tried and failed. And it was the chore of washing dishes by hand and trying to save her good china from breahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifking that caused her to proceed with an idea to invent a unique machine. She also wanted to relieve tired housewives of the drudgery of dish washing.

One Cent Day
- 1. If giving someone your two cents is giving them your advice, then is giving someone one cent like giving them your half-baked ideas?
2. Would you rather have one cent doubled everyday for 30 days or $100,000.00 (us), and why?

Lupus Alert Day
- Lupus is a devastating autoimmune disease that can fool patients and doctors alike. The Lupus Foundation of America has designated April 1 as national Lupus Alert Day and urges all Americans to become familiar with some of the disease's warning signs.

The Dollar Sign's Birthday
- April 1 in 1778, an American businessman Oliver Pollock came up with a dollar sign - $. According to the most common version, precisely the day trader and planter from New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) first used the mark in their books.

Reading is Funny Day
- April Fool’s Day is a great time to show kids that reading is both fun and funny.

Conrail Birthday
- On April 1, 1976, Conrail officially began operation. By June, Conrail had continued running the sand extras five times per week and continued the Red Bank to Lakehurst locals two or three times per week. By mid-summer, all Bridgeton traffic was rerouted through Camden via the former Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line with the exception of about twenty-five loads of glass sand.

Apple Computer Birthday
- April 1, 1976 - They were two guys named Steve, so Steve Jobs was called Steve and Steve Wozniak went by Woz. At 25, Wozniak was the technical brains. Jobs, 21, was the dreamer with a knack for getting others to dream along with him. Jobs came up with the name, inspired by an orchard in Oregon where he had worked with some friends: Apple Computer. "When we started the little partnership, it was just like, Oh, this will be fun," Wozniak says. "We won't make any money, but it'll be fun."

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