Friday, January 24, 2014

Holidays and Observances for January 24th 2014

Beer Can Appreciation Day

Once again it is upon us: National Beer Can Appreciation Day (not to be confused with National Beer Appreciation Day, which I believe is actually every day of the year).

People first got the bright idea of putting beer in cans back in 1933, when the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company teamed up with the American Can Company to produce a test run of 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Special Beer. If you’re wondering how it worked out, consider this: In 1941, people in the U.S. consumed roughly a billion cans of beer.

Despite the success of the beer can, in recent years, the craft beer industry has been wary of the allure of metal. Until a few years ago, most independent small brewers have been resolutely pro-glass.

That’s changing. Beer geeks are fanatical in their passions, and some will insist that cans are by nature an evil thing to seal a fine beer into. I’m going to stay out of that debate, but I will point out that there are now more than 180 craft breweries putting their brew into cans (out of about 900 total, not counting brewpubs). And that’s a fine thing. I mean, it may be 20 degrees outside, but you've still got to drink something at the beach, right?

A few of the better craft beers in cans right now include:
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company Boont Amber Ale - From one of Northern California’s earlier craft breweries (founded in 1987), this red-gold ale has a luscious caramel-malt richness to it.
  • Avery White Rascal - A Belgian white ale from Boulder, Colorado, it has all the classic coriander-orange peel notes of the style, with strong yeasty notes.
  • Flying Dog Brewery Underdog Atlantic Lager - Crisp and lightly herbal-floral, this is a straightforward lager from Frederick, Maryland, that’s hard to not to like.
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada’s big 7.2% alcohol extra IPA is in-your-face hoppy - a blast of citrus and pine - yet somehow perfectly balanced.
  • Sixpoint Brewery Sweet Action Cream Ale - Hazy-gold and malty, this Brooklyn, New York, craft brewer’s flagship beer has a great bittersweet character with a little hop influence at the end.
Global Belly Laugh Day

Global Belly Laugh Day - There are thousands of spoken languages in the world, and along with that, lots of different traditions and ways of life.

But what unites everyone? Laughter! Global Belly Laugh Day will celebrate one of our very favorite past-times. Even the title of the day brings a smile to my face! We all know how good it feels to laugh, but exactly why does it make us so healthy and happy?

Having a good chuckle causes the tissue lining our blood vessels to expand increase blood flow. This makes us feel more positive, boosts our immune systems, increases pain tolerance and generally just makes us feel happier and more energetic!

Even just looking forward to something in advance has similar positive affects as the act itself! It reduces stress and increases chemicals that help relaxation.

So on 24 January 2014, remember to laugh! Send out an email, put up posters, and tell everyone you meet about the day. Lighten the work-load for the day - get a few funny jokes under your belt and start sharing your sense of humour!

Look through old photos of you and family members wearing crazy clothes or mad hair, and retell old funny stories around the lunch or dinner table. Get people laughing anywhere and everywhere!

Don't forget to take the 'Laughing Oath' - that is sure to get you smiling in advance!
The Laughing Oath
I do solemly swear from this day forwardTo grease my giggling gears each dayAnd to wear a grin on my face for no reason at all!I promise to tap my funny bone often,With children, family, friends, colleagues and clients,And to laugh at least fifteen times per day.I believe that frequent belly laughter Cures terminal tightness, cerebral stiffness,And hardening of the attittudes,And that HA HA often leads to AHA!Therefore, I vow, from this day forth,To brighten the day of everyone I meet,And to laugh long and prosper.
So ... on Global Belly Laugh Day - 24 January 2014 at 1:24 pm throw your arms up in the air and laugh out loud to celebrate the gift of laughter!
National Compliment Day

Celebrating National Compliment Day should be easy and quite affordable. Therefore, everyone can take part in the celebration. January 24 is National Compliment Day.

National Compliment Day was started in 1998 by Kathy Chamberlin of Hopkinton, New Hampshire and Debby Hoffman of Concord, New Hampshire. The women started National Compliment Day to remind people that "compliments provide a quick and easy way to connect positively with those you come in contact with."

A compliment is an expression of praise, congratulation or encouragement.

Not only are compliments appreciated by the receiver, but compliments also lift the spirit of the giver. Compliments provide a quick and easy way to connect positively with those you come in contact with. Giving compliments forges bonds, dispels loneliness and just plain feels good.

National Compliment Day is a great opportunity to say something positive about the people you come into contact with. Everyone has good attributes or something to be complimented.

Compliment your family, friends, and co-workers. Comment on something that will make them feel good. You might compliment them on something they are wearing, their cookies, their hairstyle or a task they do well.

Don't be stingy with your compliments. Compliment others on National Compliment Day and you might find that you will continue the practice on other days as well.

National Eskimo Pie Patent Day

January 24 is Eskimo Pie Patent Day

Christian Kent Nelson (who was also a high school teacher) invented the Eskimo Pie in Onawa, Iowa in 1919 or 1920. He originally called it the I-Scream-Bar.Supposedly inspired by a boy having to make a difficult decision; the choice between ice cream and candy, and only having the price for one. This inspired the salesman to combine the two, and create the Eskimo Pie. It was an immediate success locally, and in July 1921 he partnered with Russell C. Stover the candy maker) to market and produce the the renamed 'Eskimo Pie.' 
They sold manufacturing rights to various other companies in exchange for royalty payments. By early 1922, they were selling at the rate of a million bars a day, and supposedly caused the price of cocoa beans to rise by 50%!

Due to trademark lawsuits and high manufacturing and sales costs, the company was sold in 1924 to the company that made the foil wrappers for the Eskimo Pie, United States Foil Company, headed by R.S. Reynolds. (U.S. Foil later changed its name to Reynolds Metals Company). Nelson stayed with the company, which was now a subsidiary of U.S. Foil, until his retirement in 1961.

National Peanut Butter Day

According to statistics, peanut butter is a staple in over 90 percent of American households. The average person eats more than six pounds of peanut products each year. Women and children prefer creamy peanut butter, while most men go for the chunky variety. January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day.

A doctor in St. Louis created peanut butter in 1890 as a remedy for bad teeth. It became very popular with the doctor's patients, but the oil often separated from the grainy solids. In 1933, a California packer was able to homogenize the peanuts into a spreadable butter.

Peanut butter is a food paste made primarily from ground dry roasted peanuts. Peanut butter is mainly used as a sandwich spread, sometimes in combination with other spreads such as in the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The United States and China are leading exporters of peanut butter.

Peanut butter is included as an ingredient in many recipes, especially cookies and candies. Peanut butter goes well with other foods such as chocolate, oatmeal, cheese, cured meats, savory sauces, and various types of breads and crackers.

Peanut butter is often combined in a sandwich with jelly. However, jelly is not the only ingredient that people combine with peanut butter. Some people combine peanut butter with pickles, mayonnaise, olives, onion, horseradish, bacon, Marmite, or Vegemite in a sandwich. Elvis is said to have liked sandwiches made with peanut butter, banana and bacon while Hemingway is said to have liked thick onion slices in a peanut butter sandwich.

Tidbits about peanut butter
  • It takes 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • Peanuts are cholesterol free and an excellent source of protein.
  • The high protein content in peanut butter is what causes peanut butter to stick to the roof of your mouth.

Unusual uses for peanut butter
By placing a medium amount of peanut butter inside the opening of a hollow sturdy chew toy, it is easy to create a toy that will keep a dog occupied for as long as an hour. Most dogs enjoy the challenge of reaching the peanut butter with their tongue and extracting it.

A common, simple outdoor bird feeder can be made by coating a pine cone once with peanut butter, then again with birdseed.

The oils found in peanut butter are known to allow chewing gum to be removed from hair.

Just by eating a tablespoon full of peanut butter is known to help lower high blood sugar in diabetic patients.

To celebrate National Peanut Butter Day, eat some peanut butter or use it in other ways.

Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day

Dagnabbit if it isn't time again for some authentic frontier gibberish. That's right, January 24th is Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day! Never heard of it, you say? Well don't sit there bein' a sidewindin', hornswaggling, bush-whacker. Read on to learn more about this fun celebration of a seminal moment in California history.

Many people have heard of the California Gold Rush but don't know too many of the details. It all started on January 24, 1848 when a man named James Marshall, foreman of a lumber mill being built for John Sutter, found some shiny metal near the intersection of the American and Sacramento Rivers in Northern California. He took his find to his boss, who tested it and discovered it was gold. The two men tried to keep it quiet but rumors soon spread and opened up a flood of treasure seekers to the area all hoping to strike it rich. The Gold Rush brought men from around the world to the small town, including from places as far away as Australia, China and Peru.

At first, they say, you could practically just pick up gold nuggets straight from the ground. Excavation became increasingly more difficult as more miners came to the area and, even then, the primary requirement for success seemed to be luck. The competition for gold was fierce, and the rules were few, which led to a rough and somewhat brutal society.

The forty-niners, as they were soon to be called, had a great effect on the development of California. The city of San Francisco grew from 200 residents to nearly 36,000 within three years. By 1854 more than 300,000 people had made their way to California, one of about every 90 people then living in the U.S. This great influx led to the construction of roads, schools, churches and railroads, as well as increased international shipping in the area. As a result, the Gold Rush helped California develop its reputation as a place where fortunes are made and anything can happen. It remains known as the Golden State to this day.

Get yerself ready for the big day by pickin' up some genuine Prospector Talk.
  • Hornswaggler - A dirty, thieving swindler.
  • Bushwhacker - One of the roughest, toughest outlaws around who just waits fer ya to pass by so's they can jump on ya.
  • Californee - The best darn state in the Union.
  • By cracky - Sumpthin that's awful important and needs to be done right now.
  • Dadgum - What you say when you're mighty annoyed at sumphtin or someone. Makes a right nice change from Dagnabbit and Goldurn.
  • Confounded - What ya say when things just don't make no sense. Also comes in handy when you stub your toe.
  • Varmint - a small animal or a person you don't care for very much.
  • Consarn it! - Sumpthin a real lady would never say.
  • Sockdolager - What done settle the matter once and for all.
  • Sidewinder - The kind of low down snake that will come on all nice like just so's he can jump your claim.