Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Holidays for July 31st 2013

Mutt's Day

It's Mutt's Day.  Mutts deserve their day in the spotlight, as much as a pure breed. If you own a mutt, or you are a mutt (reading this), then you know this day is for you. By definition a mutt, sometimes called a "Half-breed", is a dog that is of mixed breed.  They come from two to several breeds. Purebred owners, and sometimes the public in general, view them as lesser in many ways. Mutt owners know better. They value the diversity and uniqueness of their mutts. Sure, a mutt doesn't carry the expensive price tag that a purebred with papers has on its head. To the mutt owner, however, the mutt is invaluable. In addition, mutts don't walk around needing to prove anything. You won't see them strutting around any dog shows trying to prove they are the best. To all mutts and mutt owners, we hope you thoroughly enjoy Mutt's Day. Spend the day relaxing and doing all the things you and your dog like to do. Do so with both of your chins held high. For your mutt is worth a million bucks!  

Always Live Better Than Yesterday Day

July 31st is Always Live Better Than Yesterday Day. This forward-looking holiday encourages celebrants to leave the past behind and move eagerly into a bright future. German-American physicist Albert Einstein said, "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." The historical origins of Always Live Better Than Yesterday Day are uncertain, but does it really matter? Don't look back! What wonders will the future bring, making today better than yesterday and tomorrow even better than today?  

Cotton Candy Day

The last day of July is Cotton Candy Day. What is a summer county fair or a trip to a theme park without cotton candy? This light and feathery concoction, made from spun sugar, comes in a full array of pasty pastels. Calories don't count on food holidays, so grab a big fluffy serving of cotton candy on July 31st. Sticky faces and fingers are in vogue for those holding cotton candy on Cotton Candy Day - July 31st.  

Friendship Day

Do you have a best friend? If you have been blessed with a lifelong buddy, a permanent pal or a fine friend, you are blessed indeed. July 31st is a wonderful day for celebrating those most treasured companions. Be sure to call or text your BFF on July 31st. It's Friendship Day. By the way, July 31st is also Devoted Couples Day. And who is more devoted than a solid and true friend?  

Shredded Wheat Day
Shredded wheat has been a breakfast staple since the late 1800s. This crunchy square cereal offers fiber and vitamins to many morning meals. Of course, shredded wheat may also be included in creative recipes, particularly for cookies, muffins and other bakery items. July 31st is Shredded Wheat Day. How will you eat your shredded wheat, plain or frosted? Will you add milk or eat the whole wheat squares right out of the box? Here's a new twist on shredded wheat. Add a scoop of peanut butter and a squirt of honey to plain shredded wheat in a cereal bowl. Pour on the milk, and dig in for a delicious breakfast or a late night splurge.  
La Hae Hawai`i (Flag Day in Hawaii)

Did you know Pu`ukohola Heiau on the Big Island is only one of three locations in Hawaii that can legally fly the Kingdom of Hawaii flag independent of any other national banner? (The other two are `Iolani Palace and Mauna Ala Royal Mausoleum on O`ahu) Did you also know that it was King Kamehameha the Great who commissioned the creation of that same flag nearly 200 years ago and included the “Union Jack” in the design because of his close ties with Great Britain? Every year on July 31, Hawaii celebrates La Hae Hawai`i, Hawaiian Flag Day, which began through an effort of the staff of Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site many years ago.  

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Holidays for July 30th 2013

Father-in-Law Day

Father-In-Law Day honors that loving, funny, and cheerful father-in-law. Okay, so perhaps sometimes he is a little grumpy and intimidating. Regardless of his personality and charms, this day is dedicated to your spouse's Dad. And, he certainly deserves a little recognition. Good ways to celebrate this day are to send him a card, spend a little time with him, or give him his favorite snack. Important note: If you gave your Father-In-Law recognition on Father's Day,  it's okay to give him a little recognition and a show of appreciation today, too.  

National Cheesecake Day

National Cheesecake Day is today. As food holidays go, this is one of the tastiest of treats. Despite being a rich, high calorie, and cholesterol filled, cheesecake is a very popular dessert. Why? Because it tastes so good. It is enjoyed plain, or with your favorite fruit topping. Enjoy the day with a piece of cheesecake, along with your favorite topping. If you have time, make the cheesecake yourself. Happy National Cheesecake Day!  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Holidays for July 29th 2013

National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day

During World War II, Americans made sacrifices. From March 1943 to November 1945, cheese was one of the foods rationed, according to the Ames Historical Society. Around this same time, Americans could buy two boxes of Kraft Macaroni and cheese with one rationing coupon, as a substitute for meat and dairy products according to the United States History. Possible explanations for the odd cheese holiday: * If the pitter patter of little feet you've been hearing at twilight is not the kids. It might some unwanted four-legged guests. If that sounds familiar, you may be purchasing cheese you sacrifice to the mouse trap. * The Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day may also refer to preparations for the July 30 food holiday, Cheesecake Day, although any cream cheese purchased for a cheesecake sure doesn't seem like much of a sacrifice. * July 29 is also National Lasagna Day, which can use up a substantial amount of ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella and Romano cheese. Again, that doesn't seem like much of a sacrifice when you start eating the final product!

National Lasagna Day

National Lasagna Day is today. We hope you have a big appetite. Sure, it's July. Its hot and humid. Cooking up a pan of Lasagna will make the kitchen a lot hotter. But as it cooks, the smell will waft throughout the house. Your mouth will begin to water. When dinner time arrives, you will have a huge appetite for a huge piece of lasagna. Of this, you can be certain. Lasagna is a favorite Italian dish. In between multiple layers of lasagna pasta are generous amounts of tomato sauce, cheeses, and sometimes hamburger and/or Italian sausage. Its the favorite Italian dish of millions of Americans. We all would eat it more often, but this culinary work of art, made with loving hands, takes time to make and bake. It is best to celebrate National Lasagna Day by baking the lasagna that you will eat today. If you don't have the time, or the weather is just too hot, then head out to your favorite Italian restaurant. Happy National Lasagna Day!

Buffalo Wings Day

Does a buffalo have wings? Not exactly, although many daring diners have been buffaloed by the culinary claim. In truth, buffalo wings are made from chicken, usually coated in tangy barbecue sauce. The popular appetizers originated in Buffalo, New York, in the early 1960. Since 1977, July 29th has been known as Buffalo Wings Day in Buffalo, New York, and the idea has sprouted, well, wings. Chicken lovers everywhere laud July 29th as Buffalo Wings Day. And why not?

Rain Day

While July 29 may be just another day on the calendar to the rest of the world, for those living in Waynesburg, Pa., it is a special day of festivities and memories in the small southwestern Pennsylvania town. According to the legend of Waynesburg, it rains much more often than usual in this town on this date. It all began in 1878 when a farmer casually told drug store clerk William Allison that it always seemed to rain on July 29 in the town. This comment inspired the clerk to keep an annual tabulation of rainfall on that day. William's brother, Albert, continued making notes on July 29 until the 1920's when record keeping was taken over by Bryon Daily. You may be wondering how often it did rain in Waynesburg on this date? Unofficially, it has rained 113 out of the last 137 years. The last dry July 29 occurred in 2008, and looking at the weather forecast for Waynesburg, Pa it will be another dry on.

To the Moon Day

July 29th is To the Moon Day. Technically, this lofty occasion recalls the 1958 founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States (see below), which has orchestrated the American space program. However, television fans will likely recount another famous lunar (or lunatic) line, which is often quoted. In the popular 1950s black-and-white CBS television comedy series The Honeymooners, Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden (played by comedian Jackie Gleason) frequently quipped one-liners to his wife Alice Kramden (played by Audrey Meadows). "One of these days, Alice, straight to the moon," Jackie Gleason's Ralph Kramden would say. The cosmic catch-phrase spread like wildfire, an extra-terrestrial exclamation and the ultimate empty threat. Do you know anyone whom you would like to send on a lunar launch on July 29th - To the Moon Day?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Holidays for July 28th 2013

Auntie's Day

Melanie Notkin, founder of Savvy Auntie, the multi-platform lifestyle brand designed for cool aunt, great-aunts, godmothers and all women who love kids and and national bestselling author of SAVVY AUNTIE: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers and All Women Who Love Kids (Morrow 2011) announces the date for the fifth annual national day dedicated to honoring and celebrating aunts and godmothers. Auntie’s Day will take place on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Sponsored by Savvy Auntie, Auntie’s Day, is a time to thank, honor and celebrate the aunt in a child’s life, whether she is an Auntie by Relation (ABR), Auntie by Choice (ABC), or godmother, for everything she does for a child not-her-own.  While all aunts are celebrated on this day, the day is especially poignant to one in five American women who identify as PANKs®, or Professional Aunts No Kids. PANKs self-identify as childless or childfree and have a bond with at least one child by relation or by friendship. A study entitled The Power of the PANK released in November 2012 by Savvy Auntie and Weber Shandwick, a global PR firm, with KRC Research, revealed that childless aunts are a sizeable segment of younger women with disposable income, dynamic influence, and a digitally-connected lifestyle who are extraordinarily generous with the children in their lives, those children’s parents, and our communities at large. 23 million American women are PANKs and are found to collectively spend $9 billion on gifts for children not-their-own each year. On Auntie’s Day – a ‘Mother’s Day’ for aunts - aunts and godmothers will be celebrated with special activities and gifts. The official Auntie’s Day web destination (www.AuntiesDay.com) will feature ideas on how parents and nieces and nephews can celebrate the Savvy Auntie in their lives and how aunts can pamper and treat themselves on their special day. “It’s time that all women in the American Family Village are honored for their selfless giving to the children in their lives,” says Notkin. “An aunt is there to provide ‘QualAuntie Time’ and experiences as a loving caregiver and “ConfidAunt” to her nieces and nephews from the day they are born and as they grow up. Many women without children of their own also give tirelessly to children all over the world. These BenevolAunts are due their day to be honored.”

Buffalo Soldiers Day

In 1992 the U.S. Congress passed a law designating July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the United States. This day commemorates the formation on that date in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers. African-American soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. But it was not until after the war that permanent all-black regiments were established, maintaining the U.S. armed forces policy of segregation. The African-American regiments were deployed in the southwest and in the plains states to serve U.S. interests against Native American tribes, to protect important shipments, and to construct roads and trails. A longstanding debate ranges around the origin of the term "Buffalo Soldier," with some maintaining that the nickname reflected the toughness of the soldiers and others claiming that it was a disparaging racial term used by Native Americans to describe the dark-skinned soldiers they met in battle. The segregated regiments served in the Spanish-American War, World War II, and other conflicts, before being disbanded during the 1940s and 1950s as the U.S. armed forces embraced integration. Since 1992, Buffalo Soldier Commemorations have been held throughout the country and typically include reenactments, museum displays, educational forums, prayer services, and dedication or groundbreaking ceremonies for sculptural or other permanent memorials. A monument to the Buffalo Soldiers was dedicated at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., on the first Buffalo Soldiers Day in 1992 by General Colin Powell, who had originated the idea of a memorial to the black soldiers when he was stationed at the fort. Ceremonies and reenactments honoring the Buffalo Soldiers are not limited to July 28, however. Communities throughout the United States present special programs designed to educate audiences about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers throughout the year, particularly during Black History Month in February and on such patriotic holidays as Memorial Day and Veterans Day, with displays of memorabilia and speeches recounting the accomplishments of the troops.

National Milk Chocolate Day

Chocoholics unite—it’s National Milk Chocolate Day! How is milk chocolate different from other chocolates? It's a mix of cocoa solid and either dry or condensed milk. While dark chocolate is traditionally used as a baking ingredient, this sweet treat is used to make chocolate candy bars, hot chocolate, and many delicious desserts. Did you know that chocolate actually has mood-enhancing benefits? That’s right—chocolate can make you happy! This is due to the fact that it contains a stimulant called theobromine and a compound called anandamide. Now that’s a reason to celebrate! Today, enjoy milk chocolate your favorite way. Happy Milk Chocolate Day!

Parents' Day

Many Americans are unaware that our nation has a new day of commemoration called Parents' Day. This is good news for America's parents and families. In 1994 President Bill Clinton signed into law the resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents' Day, a perennial day of commemoration similar to Mother's Day and Father's Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children." The establishment of Parents’ Day was the result of a bipartisan, multiracial and interfaith coalition of religious, civic and elected leaders who recognized the need to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation's children. Since the creation of this annual day of commemoration, local faith communities, elected officials and activists throughout the nation have creatively launched many activities around the theme of Parents' Day designed to celebrate and strengthen the traditional, two-parent family. The National Parents' Day Council does not envision Parents' Day to be yet "another" day to honor parents, but rather a day when parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love.

World Hepatitis Day

This year on the 28th July we will be celebrating our 6th World Hepatitis Day, working in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). This year we are focusing on two main themes: 1. This is hepatitis. Know it. Confront it.: This theme has seen big success since its launch in 2010, as it focuses on the real-life impact of viral hepatitis. This year we are sure it will be just as popular! 2. See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: The message from this theme is that hepatitis is being ignored around the world, and we are calling for that to change. The proverb is widely recognized, and we have two great events to generate interest around it. We would love you to get involved and help us celebrate World Hepatitis Day.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Holidays for July 27th 2013

National Barbie-in-a-Blender Day

National Barbie-in-a-Blender Day highlights the project inspired by the legal case involving a lawsuit filed by Mattel against artist Tom Forsythe in which he achieved court victory in the 2003-04 case. Mattel's lawsuit involved Forsythe's art piece, which situates Barbie dolls inside food blenders as a metaphor, hence the title, “Food Chain Barbie”. The context of his work encourages people to recognize a banal product when they see one. He explains, “…the idealized commodity - Barbie - becomes our food, our nourishment. We blend, mix and confuse the ideal fantasy with the essence of our existence. Barbie may be only one of a great number of products contributing to a false sense of inadequacy, but in many ways, this product is the most potent single representation of the ubiquitous beauty myth. As a part of our cultural identity since being introduced in 1958, Barbie reveals the continuity of the commodity machine. In the same way, the doll retains its glazed, blissful smile regardless of its impending fate.” Furthermore, Nelson Pavlosky of Freeculture.org voices his concerns with issues surrounding, “freedom of speech and expression” and the act of “bullying” by wealthy corporations, such as Mattel. He points out, "The Forsythe case recognizes the increasing challenges faced by those who wish to comment on popular icons, symbols, or cornerstones of culture, most of which are copyrighted by large corporations. If you want to talk about the problems with society, all of the widely recognized figures are copyrighted. [...] In the past, cultural icons belonged to everyone." This collection recognizes the event on July 27th with reappropiations of Barbie that comment on the state of popular culture as we know it. For more information on National Barbie-in-a-Blender Day, visit: www.barbieinablender.org

National Dance Day

Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. NDD achieved national recognition when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, announced at a press conference on July 31, 2010, in Washington, D.C., that she was introducing a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.

National Day of the Cowboy

Sponsored in the U.S. Senate in 2005, 2006, and 2007, by Wyoming’s late U.S. Senator, Craig Thomas, the National Day of the Cowboy is a day set aside to celebrate the contribution of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage. In 2008, the National Day of the Cowboy resolution was sponsored simultaneously in the U.S. House of Representatives (for the first time) by Arizona’s U.S. Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, and in the U.S. Senate by Senator Mike Enzi, WY. It passed in the Senate and the House concurrently, naming Saturday, July 26, 2008 as the 4th Annual National Day of the Cowboy. On Friday, June 20, 2008, the National Day of the Cowboy resolution also passed in the Arizona State Legislature, making Arizona the first state to pass the resolution. We asked Arizona Representative, Jennifer Burns, to sponsor the resolution, which she readily agreed to do. In thinking it over though, Ms. Burns felt it would be more meaningful if it was sponsored by Senators Jake Flake and Jack Brown, the two remaining Cowboys in the Arizona legislature. Senators Flake and Brown both accepted that honor, but sadly, Jake Flake passed away before he was able to introduce the resolution. However, it was subsequently introduced in his honor, by Jack Brown, and passed easily and concurrently in both the Arizona House and the Senate. In 2009, the resolution passed in New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arizona. It was also proclaimed by a number of governors, mayors and town councils. In the words of the former President Bush, “We celebrate the Cowboy as a symbol of the grand history of the American West. The Cowboy’s love of the land and love of the country are examples for all Americans.” Early in November, 2004, I (Bethany Braley) began working for Bill Bales, at the magazine he owned at the time. Soon after starting there, Bales asked me if I could make his “Vote for a Cowboy Day” project “happen.” At that time, I took charge of the project and with the guidance of several of my friends and former colleagues in Washington D.C., changed it to the National Day of the Cowboy project and enlisted Senator Thomas as a sponsor for a resolution. I worked with Thomas’s staff and helped craft the resolution itself. I put together a radio campaign to promote The Day and pursuaded the Bales to create a Hatch poster for the project. Senator Thomas subsequently introduced the resolution in March 2005, but while it was in mark-up, the text defining the Cowboy Day was changed from the “Fourth Saturday in July” (permanent) to simply July 23, 2005 (once only) at which time Bill Bales informed me and Editor Paige Mckenzie, he was finished with the project and someone else needed to carry the ball while they went back to selling advertising. I resigned from the magazine in June 2005, expressing in my resignation letter my intention to form an organization to work to make the Day of the Cowboy permanent. Later, Bales sold the magazine to its current owner, media conglomerate Active Interest Media, Inc. and its operations were moved from Wyoming to Boulder, Colorado. Cynthia Reed, Senator Thomas’s Legislative Aide, my contact as manager of this project for Bales, notified me in an email in May 2005 that the resolution would not actually be signed by the President. She also explained to me in a phone conversation that the highest acknowledgment the resolution could receive from a President was a Letter of Support.

National Walk On Stilts Day

It’s Walk on Stilts Day! Most often seen in parades and at the circus, stilt-walking is actually an ancient art. To learn how to do it, all you need is a pair of stilts and lots of practice (and maybe some extra padding, in case you take a tumble). Did you know that some people used to actually need stilts? It’s true—in the 19th century, stilt-walking occurred in Landes, France. Residents of this marshy area took up stilt-walking as a way to navigate the wet terrain. It is said that they performed all of their daily outdoor tasks on stilts! If you've been waiting for an excuse to give this fun activity a try, today’s your day! Keep on the lookout for stilt-walking festivals or events happening in your area to give it whirl. Happy Walk on Stilts Day!

National Take Your Pants For A Walk Day

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day is a great day to get some exercise. This special day is well noted on the internet for E-card and calendar websites. So, I'm sure your planning to celebrate this day in a big, big way. It's an easy day to celebrate. Simply go for a walk. Unless you are wearing a dress or a skirt, you probably are wearing pants. So, by definition, as you walk, they come along. Give your pants some exercise. After all, they are looking a little tight around the middle. The walk will do them good.

National Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Today we celebrate and appreciate the storied history of an ancient musical device, the noble Highlands Scottish Bagpipe.  To some, bagpipes are viewed as obnoxious, migraine inducing tools of cacophonic destruction; the medieval equivalent of leaf blowers and car horns.  For those of weak temperament and weaker hearts, there may be truth to these observations.  But to true, full blooded aficionados the great booming drones and shrill piercing beauty of such a mad sonical device can inspire only one word: Epic.  So on this day of appreciation, head on over to houseoftartan.com and use their free online program to make your very own Scottish clan tartan to better enjoy your bagpipe experience!

Paddle for Perthes Disease Awareness Day

"Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a childhood condition associated with a temporary loss of blood supply to part of the hip joint. Without adequate blood flow, a process can occur in which the bone becomes unstable, and may break easily and heal poorly. " ~ Mayo Clinic Being a disease of the hips, rather than starting a walk-a-thon or fun run, it seems most appropriate to create awareness without the use of the legs. What better way to show your support than to spend the day paddling your row boat, canoe, kayak, or raft while enjoying the outdoors! The last Saturday of July is recognized as Paddle for Perthes Disease Awareness Day. Please join me in creating awareness for this childhood disease that affects nearly one out of 1,200 children. Feel free to organize you own local event and invite your friends to enjoy a day on the water and show your support!

Cross Atlantic Communication Day

Today’s a good day to reach out and call (or Skype) that friend across the Pond. It’s Cross Atlantic Communication Day, marking the anniversary of the first sustained working telegraph cable between Europe and the Americas. Before 1866, it took ten days for a message to cross the Atlantic by ship. An early form of the telegraph had been used in Germany as early as 1809, but it wasn’t until the 1830′s that related crucial innovations made the invention commercially viable. Charles Wheatstone and William Cooke patented the first commercial telegraph in the UK in 1837. That same year inventor Samuel Morse developed a telegraph system in the US, using the language that would come to dominate the wires: Morse Code. In 1844 the U.S. installed a telegraph wire from Washington DC to Baltimore, whereupon Morse relayed its first now-famous message: “What hath God wrought?” The idea of trans-Atlantic cable connecting Europe and the Americas appealed to several luminaries, but it’s generally seen as the brain-child of entrepreneur Cyrus Field, who raised the cash and made the first attempt in 1857. The 1,700m miles of cable was too big for any one ship to carry, so two were employed, the USS Niagara and the HMS Agamemnon. The two ships met up in the middle of the Atlantic, their two wires were spliced together, and they headed out in opposite directions, laying cable as they went. The cables broke multiple times, and the mission was eventually abandoned. The following summer, after several trials of errors, they set out again, and this time completed the mission, connecting a spliced cable from Newfoundland to Ireland. On August 16, 1858, the first trans-Atlantic telegraph message was sent: “Glory to God in the highest; on earth, peace and good will toward men.” Followed by messages of goodwill and congratulations by Queen Victoria and President Buchanan. “May the Atlantic telegraph, under the blessing of heaven, prove to be a bond of perpetual peace and friendship between the kindred nations, and an instrument destined by Divine Providence to diffuse religion, civilization, liberty, and law throughout the world.” — President James Buchanan The two countries celebrated, but over the next few weeks the connection deteriorated, and finally gave out. No one tried again for several years, and a Civil War engulfed the States. But in 1865, Cyrus Field tried again. Now there had been built one ship large enough to carry the whole cable: the Great Eastern, which was four times larger than any other ship in existence. Captain by Sir James Anderson, the Great Eastern traveled from Ireland to Newfoundland laying cable as it went. After over 1,000 miles the cable snapped, and the mission was abandoned.  The Great Eastern arriving in Newfoundland, July 1866 The mission finally succeeded the following year when the Great Eastern lay another, more durable cable between the two coasts. The first sustained trans-Atlantic telegraph cable was completed on this day, July 27, 1866. “It is a great work, a glory to our age and nation, and the men who have achieved it deserve to be honoured among the benefactors of their race.” — The Times, July 28, 1866

Friday, July 26, 2013

Holidays for July 26th 2013

National Disability Independence Day

National Disability Independence Day is celebrated each year on July 26.  This day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act provides protection from employment discrimination as well as better access to goods, services and communications for people with disabilities. “At the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act July 26, 1990, President George Bush stated, “Three weeks ago we celebrated our nation’s Independence Day. Today we’re here to rejoice in and celebrate another ‘Independence Day,’ one that is long overdue. With today’s signing of the landmark Americans for Disabilities Act, every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom.” Happy National Disability Independence Day!

Aunt and Uncles Day

Aunt and Uncles Day honors a very special pair of relatives. They are your mom and dad''s brothers and sisters. We hope you have a lot of Aunts and Uncles. The more, the merrier. Our Aunts and Uncles mean a lot to us. Among other things, they are most likely:
  • The backup caretaker when mom and dad go out, or are at work.
  • Real characters at family get-togethers and events.
  • Someone we can talk to and related to..... some things we just can talk about with "parental units".
  • Sound counsel and advice.
  • Someone who takes you to fun places and events.
  • Someone whose house is a great place to sleepover, especially if you have cousins.
  • The ones who give you great presents for birthdays, Christmas and special events.
  • And, the benefits of Aunts and Uncles goes on, and on, and on, and.........
Celebrate Aunt and Uncles Day by spending time with your Aunts and Uncles. If you can't visit, make a phone call. And, send them an E-card.

National All Or Nothing Day
Today is All or Nothing Day! How does one observe this unique occasion? The answer to this question is different for everyone, but one thing is certain—this is not a holiday to be taken lightly. All or Nothing Day is a time to take risks and live on the edge. Live like today is your last day on earth and let your inner daredevil shine. Be sure to make peace with your enemies, spend time with your loved ones, and do something you've always wanted to do. Try something new, seek an adventure, and give this day all you’ve got. All or Nothing Day only happens once a year, so don’t hold back!

National Bagelfest Day

If you love the smell of fresh-baked bread, you’re in luck! July 26th is National Bagelfest Day, an annual “holiday” dedicated to the crunchy-on-the-outside yet chewy-on-the-inside bagels. It all started nearly 90 years ago when Harry Lender made bagels in his garage in Connecticut. Later, the “father of the frozen bagels” opened the first bagel bakery on the east coast. Today, the company owns the world’s largest bagel factory located in Mattoon, Illinois. Murray Lender, owner of Lender’s Bagels, began Bagelfest in Mattoon in 1986 when he offered a free bagel breakfast to the town. Since then, thousands of folks flock to the annual three day Mattoon Bagelfest held in July for loads of fun, entertainment, crafts and great food!

National Talk in an Elevator Day

Combine the lesson of not talking to strangers with our collective fear of public speaking, and you have an explanation for that awkward yet familiar silence found in an elevator full of people. More awkward is being in an elevator with one other person, silently. While most people seem to have no problem sharing what they had for lunch on their favorite social media, it seems nearly impossible to strike up a short conversation in an elevator. On National Talk in an Elevator Day, you are challenged to do just that. Toastmasters International gives these tips on the art of small talk: * Go beyond the weather. "Ask intelligent questions. If you can present some personality, the conversation becomes more engaging and animated." * Steer clear of controversial issues like money, religion, race or politics. * Don't initiate intimate conversation; small talk is also about knowing about what not to talk about.

One Voice Day

"One Voice Day" is a global initiative to unite all countries of the world in the reading of the Universal Peace Covenant at exactly 1 p.m. CDT on July 26 each year. The Universal Peace Covenant is a 577-word pledge and plea to bring families, countries and the world together in a peaceful co-existence despite our constantly changing world. The Covenant is also celebrated each year during the Universal Hour of Peace, which begins at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and continues through 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.

System Administrator Appreciation Day

Your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free. Why? Because you’ve got an awesome sysadmin (or maybe a whole IT department) keeping your business up and running. So say IT loud; say IT proud … Happy SysAdmin Day! Wait… what exactly is SysAdmin Day? Oh, it’s only the single greatest 24 hours on the planet… and pretty much the most important holiday of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the heroic men and women who, come rain or shine, prevent disasters, keep IT secure and put out tech fires left and right. At this point, you may be thinking, “Great. I get it. My sysadmin is a rock star. But now what?” Glad you asked! Proper observation of SysAdmin Day includes (but is not limited to):
  • Cake & Ice cream
  • Pizza
  • Cards
  • Gifts
  • Words of gratitude
  • Custom t-shirts celebrating the epic greatness of your SysAdmin(s)
  • Balloons
  • Streamers
  • Confetti
Show your appreciation Friday, July 26, 2013, is the 14th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication. (All day Friday, 24 hours, your own local time-zone). Let’s face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgement. It’s the least you could do. Consider all the daunting tasks and long hours (weekends too.) Let’s be honest, sometimes we don’t know our System Administrators as well as they know us. Remember this is one day to recognize your System Administrator for their workplace contributions and to promote professional excellence. Thank them for all the things they do for you and your business.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Holidays for July 25th 2013

Culinarians Day

Culinarians Day is a special day for anyone who cooks. That means just about everyone of us get to celebrate this day. You don't have to be a chef, or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate this delicious day. You simply have to  cook, and to enjoy the results. There's national concern over growing obesity in America. Recognizing this fact, one would think that this is a huge holiday. However, we found this to be one of the least known holidays in the country..... up to now. Not anymore! We have documented it so all can enjoy Culinarians Day this year, and in future years. Now get into your kitchen and celebrate Culinarians Day. Cook up a storm. BTW: What time should I arrive to eat!?

National Carousel (Merry-Go-Round) Day

National Carousel Day (aka National Merry-Go-Round Day) on July 25 should really be an Iowa holiday. Carousels date back to at least 17th-century Europe. Mechanically powered carousels came into their own in the United States, often as a feature of trolley parks designed to encourage ridership on new streetcar lines. Iowans were responsible for three of the major advances in carousel technology. The first was spearheaded by William Schneider, a Davenport businessman and promoter who obtained a patent in 1871 for what is considered the modern carousel. In 1923 Willis Peck of Des Moines patented “a rotary playground apparatus,” and in 1927 John Ahrens of Grinnell patented the Miracle Whirl, a merry-go-round that could be operated by one person. Of the estimated 4,000 carousels in the United States in the early 1900s, fewer than 200 remain. Iowa is home to four. Those in Story City (North Park, built 1913 by the Herschell-Spillman Co.) and Mt. Pleasant (Midwest Old Threshers, built 1894) are originals with hand-carved animals. Those in Arnolds Park (date unknown) and Des Moines (Heritage Carousel, built 1998, above) are replicas.

National Chili Dog Day

It’s been less than a week since National Hot Dog Day, but it’s already time to celebrate National Chili Dog Day! National Chili Dog Day is always observed on the last Thursday of July, which is also National Hot Dog Month. Chili dogs are hot dogs that are usually topped with chili con carne (sans the beans), and other optional ingredients like cheese, onions, or mustard. When the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council ran a pole in 2005, they discovered that chili was the third most popular hot dog condiment, receiving 17% of the votes tallied. The chili dog’s popularity has spawned many variations, like the Coney Dog (actually from MIchigan) with added onions and mustard, and the Texas Hot Dog (actually from Pennsylvania!), which is topped with hot sauce. Chili dogs are particularly popular in the western U.S., with several restaurant chains featuring them on their menus. Arizona is home to the Sonoran dog, a chili dog that’s also topped with bacon and salsa. Mmmm…hopefully I’ll get to have one when I’m out there next month! I can probably count the number of chili dogs I’ve eaten in my lifetime on one hand. It’s not that I don’t like them — they’re delicious! It’s just that they seem to require about three times the work of a regular hot dog, and four times the calories! In fact, it’s not often that I eat chili at all, mostly because I never think about making it. But memories of the delicious chili Chris made on National Chili Day have been making me crave the comfort food again. And our giant crockpot told me it’s been feeling neglected lately, so maybe it’s time for us to get in the kitchen and start cutting some onions. Unfortunately, although some homemade chili would have been superb on our chili dogs, we’ll have to save our cooking exploits for another night. Chris had a company softball game this evening, so we didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy our chili dogs until he returned home quite late. And though we’d considered going out to Hard Times Cafe to take advantage of the free chili dogs they were giving out in celebration of National Chili Dog Day, instead I called Chris and asked him to pick up chili dogs from Checkers on his way home. I actually spent a year in my early twenties living within walking distance of the same Checkers he stopped at this evening, and I’m almost positive I’d never had one of their chili dogs! By the time Chris arrived home with the food it had cooled off a little, but it was still pretty good. Very, very messy, but good. There’s one thing I have to say about chili dogs though: a little bit goes a long way! Chris barely finished his and I could only finish half of mine. I guess I’ll have to practice some more before I seek out that Sonoran dog. Maybe tomorrow I can draw everyone’s attention away from my stuffed, bloated belly by wearing some bright red lipstick. After all, it will be National Lipstick Day!

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Today is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day! A sundae is the perfect treat to enjoy on a summer night. The cold ice cream paired with a warm, chocolate topping is one of the most delicious combinations known to man. Add some nuts, whipped cream, and cherries on top and you’ve got yourself a world-famous dessert! The Guinness Book of World Records has documented several record-setting sundaes. For example, the most expensive sundae can be ordered at Serendipity 3 in New York City for the hefty sum of $1000. In 2009, the Kids Club in Brunswick, Georgia created the world’s longest sundae. It measured over 130 feet long! To celebrate National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, you don’t have to go to such great lengths. Just treat yourself to a scrumptious hot fudge sundae with all of your favorite toppings!

Thread the Needle Day

Threading the needle has multiple meanings, from the practical meaning of taking thread and guiding it through the eye of a sewing needle, to a metaphorical one, referring to walking a fine line in an awkward social situation. Maybe you're stuck between an argument of two friends or family members, at the dinner table, or worse, on Facebook. Practice your diplomatic skills by carefully navigating yourself out of the middle of an argument or disagreement that does not directly involve you. * The phrase "between Scylla and Charybdis," from Homer's "The Odyssey," refers to Homer's challenge of sailing between to perils, Scylla and Charybdis, akin to the modern phrase, "between and rock and a hard place." * In billiards, "threading the needle" refers to precise shooting so an object ball is carefully shot through a narrow pathway according to Billiards forum. * The phrase is also used in football and basketball and it's also a yoga pose.

Buffalo Bill Days July 24-28, 2013

This events roots derive from the commemorative trail rides by the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club to Buffalo Bill's grave on the top of Lookout Mountain which began sometime in the 1940s. Since everything Western was so popular in the 1960s the manager of the local Chamber of Commerce felt the trail rides could be expanded upon for an activity to promote Golden. So the large contingent of riders rode up the mountain one summer day and when they rode back down, they rode through town the first Buffalo Bill Days parade. Thereafter, the Chamber of Commerce expanded on the trail ride, making it into a community-wide event. Events were added such as an arts and crafts fair, food vendors, a street dance, parade, and a golf tournament. Over the years, the local volunteer Fire Department jumped in by cooking a pancake breakfast to start the days events and various organization s hosted spaghetti dinners for the community. In 1985, the Chamber felt they could no longer commit the resources to run the event and asked the Golden Lions Club to take it over. The Lions Club did, in fact, run the event in 1986 and 1987, having given up its own 4th of July community celebration in order to concentrate all of its efforts on Buffalo Bill Days. However in 1988, the Lions Club turned the event back over to the Chamber so they could go back and continue their 4th of July activities. After the 1988 event, the City stepped in and appointed the first all-volunteer Board of Directors whose sole function was to sustain Buffalo Bill Days as the citys sole community-wide event.  To this day, it continues as an autonomous, all volunteer organization. It is these volunteers responsibility to raise the funds necessary to cover the costs of staging the event as the event is not funded by any other organization or business. Its directors function not only to coordinate running the event with other participating organizations and arranging for all the equipment, sanitation, advertising, and sponsorships, but also each director is responsible for a specific part of the event, i.e. entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, childrens rides and games, and the parade. Since its inception as an autonomous organization, the volunteers have been able to expand the scope of the event and have been quite successful in drawing attendees from throughout the Denver area who enjoy bringing their families to a wholesome, small-town community event.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Holidays for July 24th 2013

National Drive-Thru Day

Jack in the Box, America's first drive-thru burger chain, created "National Drive-Thru Day" to celebrate America's love of convenience by vehicle. Today, it's possible to not only snag a burger and fries without leaving your car, you can pick up a six pack of beer, make a bank deposit, and even get married without having to take off your seat belt!
To celebrate "National Drive-Thru Day" in earnest, why not try out your nearest drive-thru library, art gallery or prayer booth? There are even drive-thru funeral parlors and strip clubs for those who are so inclined. Stanford Hospital has recently tested out a drive-thru emergency room to treat contagious patients during a pandemic or bio-terrorist attack. Maybe you should rethink those reclining seats!

National Tell an Old Joke Day

For some, every day is "Tell an Old Joke Day." But for the rest of us, we have to wait until July 24 rolls around each year. "Why did the chicken cross the road?" or "Knock, knock" Jokes play an important role in our cultural identity, not only on the surface, but some believe in our unconscious as well.
Sigmund Freud wrote an entire book - "The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious" - attempting to explain the role of humor in our lives, concluding that jokes satisfy our unconscious desires. I'm not sure I agree with Dr. Freud, but I do enjoy a good joke -- even if it's an oldie. I wonder what he would have to say about this one: "My psychiatrist told me I was crazy so I told him I wanted a second opinion. He said OK, you're ugly too."

National Tequila Day

On the 24th day of July each year, revelers all across the United States have an excuse to break out the shot glasses and slice up some limes, for this day is known as National Tequila Day.1 On this holiday, those of adult legal age are encouraged to show their support for this south of the border spirit by indulging in a shot (or two), or mixing up a margarita, a tequila sunrise or any other tequila spiked concoction.
National Tequila Day is also a fitting occasion to learn a new drink recipe, and expand your bartending repertoire beyond the basics. Try experimenting with fruit flavors in your margaritas, such as mango. You can also try out a more unique tequila recipe such as a michelada or a Baja fog.2
National Tequila Day History
Like the majority of food holidays, the origins of National Tequila Day are shrouded in mystery. It is likely that the holiday was created by a company that makes tequila, or even by a bar that serves up a lot of the liquor or is known for margaritas. It is also possible that tequila aficionados began celebrating tequila on this day. Although any one of these is possible, there is no official information available on the Web that can confirm the history of National Tequila Day.
"Tequila worm" myth
It is a common misconception that some tequilas contain a 'worm' in the bottle. Only certain mezcals, usually from the state of Oaxaca, are ever sold "con gusano" ("with worm"), and that only began as a marketing gimmick in the 1940s. The worm is actually the larval form of the moth Hypopta agavis, which lives on the agave plant. Finding one in the plant during processing indicates an infestation and, correspondingly, a lower-quality product. However, this misconception continues, despite effort and marketing to represent tequila as a premium liquor – similar to the way Cognac is viewed in relation to other brandies.

Amelia Earhart Day

July 24 marks the birthday of Amelia Earhart, the most famous American female aviator in history. Born in 1897, she went missing on July 2, 1937 during an attempted flight around the world. Earhart was a tireless champion for women's rights, breaking numerous records previously set by men and paving the way for future women with similar aspirations.
You can celebrate "Amelia Earhart Day" by reading one of her many biographies or watching the 2009 blockbuster, "Amelia," starring Hilary Swank.

Cousins Day

It may seem simple enough on the surface, to celebrate a day for our aunts' and uncles' children. But what about second and third cousins … and first cousins twice removed? Do you really know what they all mean? No matter. We shouldn't let the biological mumbo-jumbo get us off track. Cousins are special, no matter what type they are.
Why not celebrate "Cousins Day" by picking up the phone and giving your cousin(s) a call? Then sit back with a bowl of popcorn and watch Elvis Presley in the 1964 film "Kissin' Cousins."

Mormon Pioneer Day/Pioneer Day (Utah)

Pioneer Day is an official holiday celebrated on July 24 in the U.S. state of Utah, with some celebrations in regions of surrounding states originally settled by Mormon pioneers. It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, where the Latter-day Saints settled after being forced from Nauvoo, Illinois, and other locations in the eastern United States. Parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities help commemorate the event. Similar to July 4, most governmental offices and many businesses are closed on Pioneer Day.
In addition to being an official holiday in Utah, Pioneer Day is considered a special occasion by many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). On Pioneer Day, some Latter-day Saints walk portions of the Mormon Trail or reenact entering the Salt Lake Valley by handcart.[9] Latter-day Saints throughout the United States and around the world may celebrate July 24 in remembrance of the LDS Church's pioneer era, with songs, dances, potlucks, and pioneer related activities.
While the holiday has strong links to the LDS Church, it is a celebration of everyone, regardless of faith and nationality, who emigrated to the Salt Lake Valley during the pioneer era, which is generally considered to have ended with the 1869 arrival of the transcontinental railroad. Notable non-LDS American pioneers from this period include Episcopal Bishop Daniel Tuttle, who was responsible for Utah's first non-Mormon schools (Rowland Hall-St. Mark's) and first public hospital (St. Mark's) in the late 1800s. The Intertribal Powwow at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City honors the rich cultural heritage and contributions of the area's Native Americans, helping Utahns to gain a deeper understanding of the region's history.
The holiday generates a great deal of road traffic; Utah Department of Public Safety statistics demonstrate that Pioneer Day has the second highest holiday traffic fatality rate in Utah, with the earlier July 4 Independence Day having the highest rate.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Holidays for July 23rd 2013

National Hot Dog Day

National Hot Dog Day celebrates one of America's favorite summer sandwiches. It is only fitting that this dog gets its day.
Its summertime. Hot dogs are center stage on the grill, and at picnics all across America. They are at the ballpark. They are sold from carts on street corners in every city. It's not hard to find them. We consume hundreds of millions of hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone.
Enjoy National Hot Dog Day to the fullest. Have a couple of hot dogs for lunch or dinner. And, don't forget to cook a few on a stick at the evening campfire.
What's in a hot dog? Don't' ask, and we won't tell. Sometimes, it's best if you don't know.
Happy National Hot Dog Day!

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day celebrates one of Americas favorite ice cream flavors.
Vanilla and chocolate ice cream vies for the taste buds ice cream lovers. Chocolate may win the popularity contest. But, vanilla is a close second. It is also more refreshing, and more versatile. 
It's easy to celebrate Vanilla Ice Cream Day on a hot summer day like today. Enjoy it in a cone, a dish, a float, a shake, or in a cake. If you get it in a cone today, ask for extra scoops, and worry about the calories later. Just make sure to eat it quickly, before it melts.
If you go out for ice cream today, watch for discounts and special promotions on vanilla ice cream!

Gorgeous Grandma Day

Give your Nana a call! Today is Gorgeous Grandma Day!
Who is a Gorgeous Grandma? She is every woman over fifty, sixty, or seventy who:
Believes she has her whole life ahead of her, not her whole life behind her. Wants to get the most out of every day of her life. Wants to thrive, not just survive. Cares for her mind and her body. Remains adaptable to life’s bittersweet as well as sweet. Cherishes herself as much as she cherishes her loved ones. Refuses to remain static - who is always open to learning, to new ideas, to new challenges and to new experiences.
Loves life - and lets everyone know it!

Hot Enough For Ya Day

Here's the day when the tired old greeting actually gains acceptance. Go ahead, say it, if you don't have anything else to add.

In most parts of the U.S., "Hot Enough for Ya Day" is well appreciated and understood. Temperatures in many parts of the country will reach well beyond 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and citizens will be seeking out new and innovative ways to stay cool. On July 23, 2011, 14 all-time temperature records were broken and seven were tied. Cameron, Pa., reached 106 degrees, beating the previous record by a whopping four degrees!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Holidays for July 22nd 2013

Hammock Day

Summer is in full swing. It's time to slow down and to relax. During the Dog Days of summer (and all of the other summer days, too), there is no better place to slow down and relax, than on a hammock.
Hammock Day is appropriately celebrated right in the middle of the Dog Days of summer (July 3 through August 11th.
Hammock Day exists to enjoy summer as it should be enjoyed. People celebrate Hammock Day by spending as much time relaxing on it as possible. Getting out of your hammock to get a snack, or your favorite summer beverage is okay. But, it is not a day for work. Cutting the lawn is forbidden on this day.
 The roots of Hammock Day and Hammock Day history is largely unknown. Maybe the originator was too busy napping on his or her hammock!?!

National Penuche Fudge Day

When it comes to the fudge family, most people are familiar with the chocolate and vanilla varieties. Today (July 22) on National Penuche Fudge Day, we give some much deserved attention to fudge’s lesser known cousin.
Penuche is categorized as a fudge because it’s prepared in a similar fashion, but it stands apart from its chocolate and vanilla relatives in that it uses (along with the standard ingredients of milk and butter) brown sugar instead of or in addition to white sugar. Penuche therefore typically has a creamy tan color and a caramel flavor.
This fudge-like candy often includes nuts, which can have a significant impact on the flavor. Pecans are the most popular choice if you want to enhance the naturally sweet taste of the candy, while nuts like walnuts lend a more bittersweet quality.
Penuche is considered more of a regional specialty, in contrast to the fairly ubiquitous chocolate and vanilla fudges. It enjoys its greatest popularity in Mexico, parts of the American South, and New England, where confectioners sometimes add maple syrup to the recipe. Penuche was also once a staple sweet in Hawaii, where it was called panocha or panuche.
We suggest celebrating National Penuche Day by savoring a sizable chunk of penuche fudge. If you can’t find it at your favorite candy shop, try out this simple recipe courtesy of www.pastrysampler.com:
Penuche
2 c light brown sugar
2/3 c whole milk
1 T butter
1 t vanilla
1 c chopped nuts
Prep: Lightly butter a 9x5x3 inch pan.
In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, add in sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and stirring constantly bring temperature to a soft-ball stage, 236°F. Remove from heat, add butter but do not stir. Set aside to cool to lukewarm, 110°F. Add in vanilla and beat until the mixture is smooth, thick and creamy. Add in the nuts. Pour into prepared pan and cut into squares when cold.

National Ratcatcher's Day

Ratcatcher's Day commemorates the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the most infamous of Ratcatchers.
One of the most well known German folklores is the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The town of Hamelin, Germany was infested by rats. The mayor promised to handsomely pay the Pied Piper, if he rid the town of rats. The Pied Piper played his flute. Lured by the magical music, all of the rats left town, and followed him. He played his music all the way down to the river. He waded into the river. The rats followed him and drowned. The mayor refused to pay him. So, one night when the townspeople were asleep, the Pied Piper played his music again. This time, the children of the town followed him all the way into a cave. Some versions for the legend vary here. In one version, th e Pied Piper kept them there until he was paid by the town for his services. In most versions, the children were never to be seen again.
How many Rats were lured to the River? Estimates are upwards of a million!
If you see a Ratcatcher today, wish them Happy Ratcatcher's Day!

Spoonerism Day

A spoonerism is a phrase in which some sounds have been mixed up, whether accidentally or intentionally. A few old examples include (click spoonerism link for lots more):
“Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride?” (customary to kiss)
“The Lord is a shoving leopard.” (a loving shepherd)
“A well-boiled icicle” (well-oiled bicycle)
Both the term and the holiday are named for the famous Oxford don, William Archibald Spooner. This absent-minded professor was born on July 22, 1844 and became known for his habit of mixing up sounds. Although many spoonerisms have been attributed to him, most scholars think they are apocryphal, created by other people and attributed to Spooner in order to create a good story.
To celebrate, witch your swords around as much as possible. If you need some more inspiration, check out “Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook” by Shel Silverstein.