Thursday, August 8, 2013

Holidays for August 8th 2013

National Frozen Custard Day

August 8th is Frozen Custard Day - a fun and frosty holiday for taking a stand at the local custard shop. What is frozen custard? Frozen custard is a delicious dairy treat that contains cream, eggs and sugar. Usually, this frozen dessert looks, feels and tastes a lot like soft-serve ice cream - only richer. Popular frozen custard flavors include banana, butterscotch, chocolate, coffee, peanut butter, raspberry, strawberry, vanilla and more. Many frozen custard shops offer a few standard flavors (such as chocolate, strawberry and vanilla), along with an ever-changing flavor-of-the-day.

Happiness Happens Day
Happiness Happens Day

Does happiness and cheer seem to follow you? August 8th is Happiness Happens Day, an upbeat holiday for spreading joy and good spirits. On this date, folks everywhere try to see the proverbial silver lining in even the cloudiest of circumstances. To mark this occasion, individuals may perform somewhat random acts of goodwill - paying others' highway tolls, picking up trash in public areas, allowing other drivers to merge into crowded traffic lanes and even smiling at strangers. What's more, people may be found passing out silver-wrapped chocolate kisses to commemorate Happiness Happens Day on August 8th and the proverbial silver linings in dreary dark clouds. (In addition, the American silver dollar was originally recognized on August 8, 1786 - see below.) Perhaps coincidentally, August 8th is also Admit You're Happy Day. Remember the traditional children's refrain? "If you're happy and you know it ....?

National Zucchini Day

It’s National Zucchini Day! Today we celebrate this versatile green vegetable and all the delicious dishes we can make with it. The common zucchini is a close relative of the cucumber and the melon. It is a type of squash that comes from Italy. In fact, the name “zucchini” comes from the word “zucchino,” which means “small squash” in Italian. The largest zucchini on record was 69.5 inches long and weighed 65 pounds! It probably wouldn’t have tasted very good though. For the best flavor, always choose a small or medium sized zucchini. To celebrate National Zucchini Day, plan a dinner menu full of this healthy vegetable! Grill it, bake it into bread, or add it to a salad. Bon app├ętit!

Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night

Vegetable gardeners reap big bounty by the second week of August. In fact, some home horticulturalists and professional farmers may uncover mammoth zucchinis in their garden beds. August 8th is a prime occasion for sharing the wealth. It's Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night. Zucchinis, or courgettes, are popular summer squashes. However, zucchinis tend to be most tasty before they are allowed to expand to behemoth-like dimensions. What's a gardener to do with those nearly mutant giant zucchinis? Here's the trick for Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night. Pick those gargantuan squashes, and set them aside for the day. After dark, lace on your quietest sneakers, and tiptoe onto a neighbor's porch or front steps. Leave the bounty behind, and run. Just don't wear a bikini (see below) to drop off your zucchini, or you might become bug bait on a humid summer evening. And don't be too surprised, if you find another neighbor's leftover home-grown zucchinis on your own porch on August 8th. In many regions, August 8th is also Zucchini Day. And why not?

Stable Clean-Up Day

August 8th is Stable Clean-Up Day. This date is also St. Hormisdas' Day, honoring the patron saint of stable hands. Does your barn need a blast of fresh air? Is the shed growing a bit stale or cluttered? This August occasion spurs barn owners and staffers to clean things up a bit. Perhaps it is time to stop horsing around long enough to toss those tattered or tacky items and give the stable a clean sweep, as it were. Katie, bar the door. They're cleaning out the barn!

Swimming Day

Bathing beauties and beach bums flock to the shore on August 8th. It's Swimming Day, a wonderful, water-full occasion for taking the plunge into a pond, a pool or another suitable watering hole. Perhaps ironically, on August 8, 1960, Brian Hyland and the John Dixon Orchestra strapped on their spot at the top of the American popular music charts with their hit single, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss. Take a dip in the water on August 8th, if you can, to ensure your day passes most swimmingly.

National Dollar Day
National Dollar Day

August 8th celebrates one of the most sought-after items in the world – money. It’s National Dollar Day, an annual event that celebrates the American dollar. Ever since the Continental Congress established the monetary system on this day back in 1786, folks have tried every trick in the book to make and keep a buck. While a dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to, it’s still a valuable commodity and prized possession. In honor of National Dollar Day, enjoy the following quotes and sayings about the almighty dollar.

The Date To Create Day

Whether you create a physical product or create a new and better you, this is your date to put other things aside and get busy! Will you create an affiliate program, ezine/newsletter, podcast show, or finally write that business plan? What will it be? How will you celebrate this day? Let me know, I'd love to hear about accomplishments.