Friday, August 30, 2013

Holidays for August 30th 2013

National Frankenstein Day

Mary Wollenstone Shelly who gave us the epic novel, "Frankenstein" in 1818 was born on this day in 1797.
In her honor, let's resurrect something. Reanimating a dead romance is very popular. Your ex has been looking a bit forlorn lately. Or how about that old Irish tradition, resurrecting a good old fashioned grudge? You know what they say, Irish Alzheimer's is when you forget everything except your grudges! There's a reason that the Hatfields and McCoys came from the Emerald Isle.

Maybe making a few extra bucks is your style. Slam together some bits and pieces that never were part of the original vintage jewelry or bakelite radio and you too can create your own Frankenstein. Look out for the angry antiques dealers though-they're the ones converging on you with the lit torches.

Then there's always the ever popular Mel Brooks movie, "Young Frankenstein". Who can forget such deathless quotes as:

Igor: You know, I'll never forget my old dad. When these things would happen to him... the things he'd say to me.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: What did he say?
Igor: "What the hell are you doing in the bathroom day and night? Why don't you get out of there and give someone else a chance?"

or this gem:

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You know, I'm a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump.
Igor: What hump?

Or what about stopping by a theater for a midnight showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show?" Dr. Frankenfurter still turns my crank. I wouldn't mind meeting a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania right now. Yes, it has been a long dry year. At least he can sing. And dance.

You might even go with the classics and rent the real thing: 1931's horror classic: Frankenstein. I wouldn't though. The banking meltdown is frightening enough. I'm still trying to recover from that Foreclosure debacle.

Who says that old broad Mary Wollenstone Shelly knew what she was talking about? Her novel was subtitled, the Modern Prometheus, and it was about science run amok. She certainly didn't know what she was talking about. Science run amok? Technology becoming our masters? Certainly not, and I hope that that damn technician in India picks up soon. I've been on hold for nearly an hour over this godforsaken computer and my cell phone battery is dying.

So let's raise a toast to Shelly, who certainly seemed to be a lady ahead of her time. And if Frankenstein's drink hasn't been invented yet, have a zombie instead. Close enough.

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 30 is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. The history of marshmallows dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. Pharaohs used to eat the sweet extract that comes from squeezing mallow plants. However, it wasn't until the 19th century that marshmallows evolved to become the delicious treats we eat today.

What are toasted marshmallows?

A marshmallow is a confection that consists of sugar, corn syrup, water, and gelatin that has been softened in hot water, dextrose, vanilla flavorings, and sometimes coloring, whipped to a spongy consistency.

Marshmallows are popular during camping trips. A marshmallow is placed on the end of a stick or skewer and held over the fire. This method creates a caramelized outer skin with a liquid, molten layer underneath.

According to individual preferences, the marshmallows are heated to various degrees from slightly toasted to a burnt outer layer. The toasted marshmallow can either be eaten whole or the outer layer can be removed and eaten separately and the rest of the marshmallow toasted again.

You do not have to wait until you go camping to eat a toasted marshmallow. When you have a taste for a toasted marshmallow, simply stick a fork in a large marshmallow and hold it over a hot stove or over a candle. Just be extra careful.

Celebrate National Marshmallow Day by toasting them and sharing with family and friends.

Slinky Day

Spring into action on August 30! It's Slinky Day.

Who remembers this popular coiled spring toy, which clinks and clanks and steps downstairs all by itself? The Slinky first appeared in the 1940s, created by American naval engineer Richard James. Apparently James invented the classic plaything by accident. He was working on a set of metal springs for shipboard instruments. Suddenly, a section of spring fell off his laboratory shelf and stepped down several stacks of books, papers and counter before landing in a neat upright stack.

A legend was born.
 Celebrating this auspicious occasion, August 30 th is Slinky Day. Grab a metal Slinky (or even one of the newer rainbow-colored plastic varieties), and let it run your staircase. Fan the coiled spring back and forth between your hands for a super stress-buster.
Or simply sit back and wax nostalgic by watching this old Slinky television commercial. Just try not to sing along. See? You can't help yourself!

National Holistic Pet Day

On the “heels” of National Dog Day, August 30 is also dedicated to those beloved furry friends. It’s National Holistic Pet Day, an annual “howliday” that raises awareness about the importance of providing a healthy diet, lifestyle and environment for pets of all shapes and sizes.

National Holistic Pet Day

The annual holiday was created by Animal Miracle Foundation & Network founder, author, animal lover and pet lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige. While many Americans are making healthier choices, it’s important our pets live healthy lifestyles as well.

The Scoop on Keeping Fido & Fluffy Healthy
  • Have you ever read the label on Fido’s or Fluffy’s food? Why not try an all-natural pet food and tasty treat instead?
  • Did you know some foods, like grapes, raisins and chocolate, are toxic to pets?
  • Some plants and flowers are also toxic to pets. Make sure your plants are safe for pets.
  • Keep human medication away from animals. Some can be lethal.
  • Many products around the home are loaded with all sorts of chemicals. Purchase all-natural products like shampoo, treats and supplements instead.
  • Purchase non-toxic household products.
  • Get the scoop! Consider switching clay-based cat litter to something more natural.
  • Be sure to take your pet in for regular checkups. Are they up-to-date on their immunizations? And don't forget the teeth!
  • Don't let them roam away from home. Keep your felines inside and dogs on a leash when outside.
  • Don’t forget to spay and neuter!
  • Someone left the door open and Fido flew the coop. According to the American Humane Association, less than 20 percent of dogs and only 2 percent of kitties ever find their way back home. While collars with nametags are good, microchipping is an affordable option to help your pet find his way back home.
  • Just like humans, pets need regular exercise to keep them in tip-top shape.
  • While diet and exercise are important, keeping a pet mentally stimulated is also important to a pet’s quality of life.
  • Oh what to do with all that doo?
  • Finally, please don’t forget the millions of unwanted, unloved, abused and neglected animals dumped in shelters across America. Please consider donating food or money, becoming a foster pet parent and/or opening your heart and home to an animal in need – before it is too late.
Pets add so much to our lives; it’s up to us to keep them healthy, happy and safe.

National College Colors Day

National College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that make the college experience great by encouraging people across America to wear apparel of their favorite college or university throughout the day.

Additionally, National College Colors Day, which coincides with “back to school” and the kick-off of intercollegiate athletics, strives to advocate higher education through increased public awareness, and celebrates the achievements of colleges and universities, acknowledging their fundamental importance.

Since its inception in 2005, National College Colors Day has grown rapidly across the country. Thousands of organizations and millions of individuals participate annually by donning their team colors and sharing in the college spirit with friends and colleagues.