May 7 is Melanoma Monday, Beaufort Scale Day, Roast Leg of Lamb Day:

Melanoma Monday


It almost sounds joyous and melodic, unless you know what melanoma means. Melonoma, or tumor, is “the most dangerous form of skin cancer,” according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. “These cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells triggers mutations that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.” They sometimes look like moles, or start as moles.


But there is reason to celebrate on Melanoma Monday because early detection is your best weapon against this cancer.


* Learn how to give yourself a skin exam and track moles with a printable map.


* Find a free skin cancer screening location near you.


* Do what you can to prevent skin cancer.


Fire Escape Ladder Patented


Richard Gere used one to play Romeo to his hooker-turned-Cinderella in “Pretty Woman.” The fire escape was never meant to be romantic. They’ve been featured on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Friends” and “Sex and the City.” The iconic symbol of city apartment life was improved in 1878, Joseph R. Winters, a black American inventor according to Today in Science.


On his patent application, Winter described it as, “an apparatus that may be readily transported from place to place, and by means of which a series of ladders may be expeditiously raised to the upper stories of a burn­ing building without dismounting said ladders from the truck, whereby provision is made for the access of the firemen to any portion of such building with the various appliances for ex­tinguishing the fire, as well as for the escape of any persons in the upper stories of the building,” according to the Patent Museum.


Beaufort Scale Day


Sir Francis Beaufort devised a wholly original message-code system, and he “a semaphore telegraph system which proved capable of transmitting a message across the whole country from Dublin to Galway in eight minutes,” according to the Maritime Institute of Ireland. Beaufort, born May 7, 1774, is best known for the Beaufort Scale, a measurement of wind force ranging from 0 for calm to 12 for hurricane. “Beaufort’s famous Scale, first drawn up in 1806, is obviously a modification and adaptation for maritime needs of Smeaton’s table.” (Maritime Institute of Ireland).


Roast Leg of Lamb Day


Unless you frequently eat at Greek restaurants or Grandma’s old-fashioned Sunday dinner, you probably aren’t enjoying much lamb on your plate. Blame the early settlers. Although they brought sheep to the New World, they were not good at keeping track of the animals. “Their sheep ran wild, allowing many to be taken by Indians or eaten by wolves or other predators,” according to “The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink.”


Thanks to a booming wool industry in the 1800s, mutton became a common dinner table item in New England. Lamb was popular between World War I and World War II. Many Americans lost their taste for it after World War II because they’d had more than their fill, as pork and beef were sent off to the soldiers. You can find a roast leg of lamb at the local butcher shop or special order one from the grocery store. Roast a leg of lamb with potatoes, and learn how to carve one properly.


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