April 11th National Eight Track Tape Day

Come on admit it it! If you are old as I am you probably still have an eight track tape of one or two of the artists you thought you could never replace. Here again, if you are like me you no longer have a working eight track tape player so the cartridge is useless but you still can’t bring yourself to throw away that tape because, well, it’s a memory you sort of like to be reminded of.

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For those younger folks, it was a storage unit for the music you liked to listen to. It was small enough that you could actually have a player in your car instead of having to wait until you got home to listen to your favorite band. It was created by a man named William Lear and I’m sure that he ended up very wealthy.

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It definitely is a 60’s and 70’s kind of thing.  You will probably never find an eight track of Justin Beiber, which could be a good reason to go back to 8 tracks (jk)! The way we listen to music will probably continue to change over the years to come. For the most part, it’s better, the cartridges are smaller and store more now. You can carry an entire decade of music in your pocket now. The quality is better and playback decisively improved. But it seems like something we expect these days and we are no longer as impressed as when the 8 track first came out.

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The 8 track has gone the way of 37 cent a gallon gasoline and record stores where you could go spend hours looking at what was new on the latest releases. But in some ways there will always be a place for the 8 track in our hearts. It was so new and innovative in it’s time it revolutionized the world, and those who benefited from music sales.

How to celebrate – Dig out your old 8 tracks. See if you can find a working 8 track player. Dress up in 60’s or 70’s clothing.

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April 11th National Submarine Day

April 11th National Submarine Day

Now, before you get all excited and run out to Subway it’s not about sandwiches. Today we celebrate that marine vehicle that changed warfare forever. In recent years we have learned how to use it peaceful but originally, its only use was in war. The German U-boats came into use during World War 1 and changed the world forever. The Americans used submarines during the Revolution albeit not real successfully. The U.S. Submarine service was begun in 1900. Today it is a vital part of our national security. Over the years the submarine has gone from a one- person operation to the subs of today that require upwards of 160. They are still cramped, but they are getting better and better with time.

How to celebrate – Visit one of the many submarine museums. Study the history of the submarine. Learn about how the submarine has evolved.

April 10th National Siblings Day

Today was created by Claudia A. Evalt after the loss of her brother and sister. It is supported by 22 governors and then President, Bill Clinton. Not everyone is lucky enough to have brothers and sisters, yes… I know we call everyone brother or sister but it’s not the same as an actual blood relation. In most cases we grow up with them, play with them, learn from them, teach them, and generally they are close in support when needed. Those that do not have brothers or sisters can’t really relate. That’s not saying anything against them, but how can they. A brother and a sister can be your best friend, or worst enemy, but they were there for your real learning stages and know what it means to share. I adore my sisters, they are key to my life and even though I don’t get to see them as often as I would like, they are there, and always have been (and hopefully always will be!)

How to celebrate – Take a sibling to lunch today. Get together with them on a regular basis even if its just to keep up. Remember they are blood relations; there are fewer things in life that mean more.

April 9th National Unicorn Day

April 9th National Unicorn Day

Unicorns are probably the best known of all the mythical beasts of history.  They seem to first have appeared in Greek stories though it is thought, even then, that the Unicorn came from India. Children love the idea of Unicorns, and over the years they have been given bright colors and rainbows to enhance them to make them appeal to children even more. In legend, women were the only ones who could tame Unicorns.

How to celebrate – Try to remember all the stories you have heard or read that had unicorns in them. Get yourself a stuffed unicorn. Study mythology.