Today is March 16

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Lips Day

How do you show your love and affection? Many people do so through the tender gestures they share throughout the day, including kisses.

Kissing exemplifies love and passion and can express many different sentiments. A kiss also can provide comfort in a time of need.

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Even though kissing may seem universal to human beings, it is not embraced by all cultures. Information published in Psychology Today suggests kissing is not innate to all people. However, many still peck and kiss ardently. Even some animals are known to express affection through kissing. How did this behavior then come to be?

Two theories give some ideas about where kissing may have originated. Vaughn Bryant, an anthropologist at Texas A&M University who specializes in the history of the kiss, says the earliest references to kissing-like behavior dates to around 3,500 years ago in Sanskrit scriptures that influenced various Eastern religions. Kissing is mentioned in both Sumerian and Egyptian poetry. The Old Testament also references kissing in the book of Genesis when Isaac asks his son Jacob to kiss him.

Another theory is that kissing evolved from a process known as “kiss feeding.” This is when mothers would pre-chew food and then pass it to their babies.

Some suggest that kissing may be an extension of grooming behavior. That’s because primates such as bonobo apes frequently kiss one another. Dogs and cats also lick and nuzzle other animals and humans. This may indicate that so-called “kissing” is merely a way of communicating or grooming other beings as a form of establishing trust and bonding.

Even though people are not entirely sure about the origins of kissing, many men and women around the world engage in some form of kissing each and every day. The next time sweethearts lock lips, whether on Valentine’s Day or another time during the year, they can think about how kissing became the norm for showing love.


Today is National Heart Artichoke Day

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves

4 cups uncooked medium egg noodles (8 oz)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package (14 oz) uncooked chicken breast tenders (not breaded), cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 can (14 oz) Progresso™ artichoke hearts, drained, quartered
3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
⅓ cup white wine or chicken broth
1 cup whipping cream
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups shredded Parmesan cheese (5 oz)


In small bowl, mix parsley, chives and tarragon; set aside. Cook and drain noodles as directed on package.

Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken; cover to keep warm.

Add artichokes to skillet; cook 1 minute. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in wine. Heat to boiling; boil 30 seconds or until liquid begins to reduce. Add whipping cream; boil until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Reserve 1 tablespoon of the herb mixture. Stir chicken, salt, 1 cup of the cheese and the remaining herb mixture into sauce. Serve with noodles; top with reserved herbs and remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

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Today in History; In 1882, U.S. Senate ratifies the Geneva Convention of 1864, legitimizing the International Red Cross and the American Red Cross.

Blood donations are vital to many people’s survival. Whether someone has lost blood after a car accident or as the result of a chronic disease, without the selfless decision by millions of blood donors to donate blood, people in need may not be able to overcome their injuries and illnesses.

The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute notes that it conducted 15,699 red blood cell transfusions and 11,621 platelet transfusions in 2019. Cancer patients may need transfusions for a variety of reasons. Some may have lost a significant amount of blood during surgery, while others may experience a low blood count due to their treatments. Cancers in the blood and bone marrow do not allow the body to produce normal blood-making cells, thereby creating the need for transfusions.

Prospective donors recognize the need for blood, which may be even greater as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that it’s safe to donate blood during the pandemic, social distancing guidelines and nervousness about donating adversely affected the blood supply in the United States and other nations in 2020. However, the American Red Cross notes that only a handful of factors may affect prospective donors’ eligibility to donate blood.

Cold, flu and other illnesses

The Red Cross urges prospective donors to wait to donate blood if they:

· have a fever or a productive cough (one that brings up phlegm)

· do not feel well on the day of their scheduled donation

Donors also are urged to wait to donate until they have completed antibiotic treatment for sinus, throat or lung infections.

Additional requirements regarding donors’ height and weight as well as donation intervals can be found at


The Red Cross says that most medications will not disqualify prospective donors from being able to donate. However, the Red Cross also notes that some medications may require a waiting period after patients take their final dose before they are eligible to donate. Donors can contact their local blood donation center as well as their physicians to determine if any medications they’re currently taking or have taken recently will affect their eligibility to donate.

Low iron

Some donors are ineligible to donate because of low iron. Donation center staff conduct screening tests to measure the amount of hemoglobin present in potential donors’ blood. Hemoglobin is a protein in the body that contains iron and carries oxygen to the tissues in the body. If the hemoglobin count is too low, donors will be asked to wait to donate. The body needs iron to make new red blood cells and can help to replace those lost through blood donations. Thankfully, donors whose hemoglobin levels are low can take steps, such as eating foods that are rich in iron, to improve their hemoglobin levels so they can donate blood in the future.


Potential donors may be ineligible to donate blood if they lived in or traveled to a malaria-risk country in the past three years. Travel destinations will be reviewed at the time of donation, so donors should be ready to answer questions about their travels during their donation appointment.

Donating blood saves lives. To ensure the safety of donors and donation recipients, prospective donors may need to wait to donate until they meet certain eligibility requirements.