Sunday, January 5, 2014

Holidays and Observances for January 5th 2014

National Bird Day

It’s National Bird Day! The study of birds has been a fashionable pastime ever since the Victorian Era, and the term “bird watching” first appeared as the title of a book in 1901. According to a 2009 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, today, one in every five Americans is a birdwatcher. This is defined as anyone who has traveled for the primary purpose of observing birds or has closely observed and identified birds around the home.

Since the late 19th century, bird protection has become an increasingly important issue. Birds are among the most popular animals in the exotic pet trade, and most birds in captive breeding programs are kept there solely for commercial gain.

In an attempt to put an end to bird captivity, every year Born Free USA, the Animal Protection Institute, and the Avian Welfare Coalition team up in support of National Bird Day. Today, bird enthusiasts and activists around the United States are asked to take action on behalf of captive birds. Learn more about this day and what you can do to help!

National Whipped Cream Day

No matter what you eat on January 5, make sure you put a dollop of whip cream on it. From your breakfast pancakes or waffles to your dinner dessert, you can top them off with whipped cream. Put whip cream in your beverages as well. Why? January 5 is National Whipped Cream Day.

Whatever you eat can taste even better with a small tower of whipped cream right on top. Don't limit whipped cream to just desserts even though it is the classic garnish for practically any dessert.

Whipped cream may be associated with dessert, but there's nothing wrong with putting whipped cream on top of many other foods.

You can buy whipped cream, or you can make your own. Whipped cream is cream that has been beaten by a mixer, whisk, or fork until it is light and fluffy. Whipped cream is often sweetened and sometimes flavored with vanilla.

National Whipped Cream Day is on the birthday of Reddi-wip founder and creator Aaron “Bunny” Lapin. He didn't invent whipped cream, but he was the first person to put whipped cream in an aerosol spray that made him a multimillionaire in the process.