National Vanilla Cupcake Day
Treat yourself, because today is about celebrating one of life's sweetest simple pleasures, the great vanilla cupcake.
Vanilla is never boring, especially when it's baked into cupcakes and slathered on top in rich, creamy frosting. While vanilla cupcakes were long regarded as a confection best enjoyed at kid's birthday parties, these delicate little cakes are perfect for any occasion - especially snacking.
While you can hit up the neighborhood bakery for a quick fix, settle into the kitchen and bake up a scrumptious snack. Regular vanilla cupcakes are already quite spectacular, but make an even bigger spectacle today with White Linen Cupcakes. These little puppies combine mascarpone frosting and curls upon curls of luscious white chocolate, all on top of moist cupcakes.
If you're the kind that craves cupcakes all of the time, you're not alone - Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell would love to "hit up Magnolia and mack on some cupcakes" with you, especially on a "Lazy Sunday."
Area Code Day
The area code system was developed by AT&T and Bell Laboratories in the 1940's, and went into effect in 1947. It was called the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) and included the United States and Canada .
In 1947, states and provinces that had a single area code we assigned three digit codes with 0 as the middle number, such as 203 for Connecticut and 305 for Florida . There were 86 area codes at that time.
States and provinces that had more than one area code distributed to them were given three digit codes with 1 as the middle number, such as 916 and 213 for various sections of California , and 212 and 518 for various sections of New York .
The first and third digits were allotted according to population density in the city or region the area code was going to, with the most populated areas getting the lowest numbers. The New York City area, for example, was assigned 212, while the surrounding suburbs were assigned 914.
The rationale for this “low number/high population” scheme was based on the fact that phones had rotary dials in those days. Lower numbers resulted in shorter “dial pulls” so it was reasoned that the regions with the most people in them should require the least “work” to call.
While its origins are unknown, this annual “holiday” provides the perfect opportunity to rekindle an old romance, visit a childhood friend or call that relative you haven’t seen in years. And Forget-Me-Not Day is not just for the living. It also serves as an important reminder to remember those very special loved ones who have passed away.
Forget-Me-Nots are also lovely flowers that bloom in the spring and are especially fragrant in the evening hours. The Alpine Forget-Me-Not, Mayosotis alpestris, is the official state flower of Alaska.
According to legend a Medieval knight and his beloved were walking near a river when he fell into the water. The weight of his armor kept him from escaping his fate. Before he slipped away he handed his love a handful of blue flowers and said, "forget me not." Give Forget Me Not Flowers to show faithful love or to show a friend or family member is on your mind.
Serving on land and at sea, the original U.S. Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations during the Revolutionary War. The first Marine landing on a hostile shore occurred when a force of Marines under Captain Samuel Nicholas captured New Province Island in the Bahamas from the British in March 1776. Nicholas was the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines and is celebrated as the first Marine commandant. After American independence was achieved in 1783, the Continental Navy was demobilized and its Marines disbanded.
In the next decade, however, increasing conflict at sea with Revolutionary France led the U.S. Congress to establish formally the U.S. Navy in May 1798. Two months later, on July 11, President John Adams signed the bill establishing the U.S. Marine Corps as a permanent military force under the jurisdiction of the Department of Navy. U.S. Marines saw action in the so-called Quasi-War with France and then fought against the Barbary pirates of North Africa during the first years of the 19th century. Since then, Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States and in most cases were the first soldiers to fight. In all, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores.
Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, divided into three divisions stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Camp Pendleton, California; and Okinawa, Japan. Each division has one or more expeditionary units, ready to launch major operations anywhere in the world on two weeks' notice. Marines expeditionary units are self-sufficient, with their own tanks, artillery, and air forces. The motto of the service is Semper Fidelis, meaning "Always Faithful" in Latin.
Sesame Street Premier Anniversary
The show was conceived in 1966 during discussions between television producer Joan Ganz Cooney and Carnegie Corporation Vice president Lloyd Morrisett. Their goal was to create a children's television show that would "master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them", such as helping young children prepare for school. After two years of research, the newly formed Children's Television Workshop (CTW) received a combined grant of $8 million from the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation and the U.S. federal government to create and produce a new children's television show.
By the show's tenth anniversary in 1979, nine million American children under the age of six were watching Sesame Street daily, and several studies showed it was having a positive educational impact. The cast and crew expanded during this time, including the hiring of women in the crew and additional minorities in the cast. In 1981, the federal government withdrew its funding, so the CTW turned to other sources, such as its magazine division, book royalties, product licensing and foreign income. During the 1980s,Sesame Street's curriculum expanded to include topics such as relationships, ethics and emotions. Many of the show's storylines were taken from the experiences of its writing staff, cast and crew, most notably the death of Will Lee—who played Mr. Hooper—and the marriage of Luis and Maria.
In recent decades, Sesame Street has faced societal and economic challenges, including changes in the viewing habits of young children, more competition from other shows, the development of cable television and a drop in ratings. After the turn of the 21st century, the show made major structural adaptations, including changing its traditional magazine format to a narrative format. Due to the popularity of the Muppet Elmo, the show incorporated a popular segment known as "Elmo's World". Sesame Street has won eight Grammys and over a hundred Emmys in its history—more than any other children's show.
International Tongue Twister Day
Tongue twisters have fascinated people throughout history. Did you know that Peter Piper is a historical figure? Pierre Poivre was a one-armed French pirate and horticulturist during the mid-1700s. Poivre was notorious for stealing spice nuts (known as “peppers”) from Dutch trade ships, and using them to plant his garden. On at least one occasion he stole half a bushel of nutmegs, which inspired the tongue twister we know and love today.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most difficult tongue twister in the English language is: “The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick.” To celebrate International Tongue Twister Day (always the 2nd Sunday in November), read a rhyming book or practice some of your favorite tongue twisters with your friends and family!
In honor of International Tongue Twister Day, why not give it a go and wrap your tongue around the twisters listed below?
Top 22 Tongue Twisters to Try (go ahead - say that one fast)
- Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers? If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
- Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy, was he?
- She sells seashells by the seashore. The shells she sells are surely seashells. So if she sells shells on the seashore, I'm sure she sells seashore shells.
- Betty Botter bought some butter but, she said, the butter's bitter. If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter. But a bit of better butter will make my bitter batter better. So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter, put it in her bitter batter, made her bitter batter better. So 'twas better Betty Botter bought some better butter.
- Rubber baby buggy bumpers.
- Red rubber baby buggy bumpers bounce.
- How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
- The instinct of an extrinct insect stinks.
- Three free throws.
- Bad money mad bunny.
- Toy boat. ( Try saying that one five times in a row)
- Selfish shellfish.
- Irish wristwatch.
- Red leather, yellow leather.
- The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick (the hardest tongue-twister in the English language, according to Guinnes World Records.)
- Ed had edited it.
- Greek grapes.
- Truely rural.
- Chop shops stock chops.
- Are our oars oak?
- Which witch wished which wicked wish?
- I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit: and on the slitted sheet I sit.