Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Holidays and Observances for March 18 2014

Awkward Moments Day

Awkward moments happen all the time, and to some folks more than others! For anyone who’s ever wished the ground would open up and swallow them, Awkward Moments Day is a celebration of all awkward moments. From walking out of a public toilet with loo roll on a shoe, to realizing you've been speaking to someone everyday for a year, and don’t know their name, life is full of these moments. Although there isn't much information regarding the origins of Awkward Moments Day, many people have commented on how interesting it is that Awkward Moments Day is the day after St Patrick’s day! Awkward Moments Day can boast a mascot though, the awkward turtle.

So, if anything awkward happens on Awkward Moments Day, be sure to see the humor, of the situation, and have a good laugh about it, before moving on to the next one!

Forgive Mom and Dad Day

Parenting is an enormously challenging task and although some parents are better than others, none are perfect. Forgive Mom & Dad Day presents a perfect opportunity to let go of past hurts and frustrations, to let well-meaning but disappointing parents off the hook, and to find freedom from nagging resentments. Forgiving opens the door to a brighter future.

As children strive to become autonomous young adults, and parents try to adapt to the changes, there is ample room for arguments, misunderstandings and deeply wounded feelings. Forgive Mom & Dad Day encourages acceptance. Accept that parents are human and capable of making mistakes. Accept that parenting is done without a guidebook; parents must do the best they can with the resources they have. Accept and understand that letting go of resentments benefits both parents and children, and leads to greater health, happiness and well-being.

National Biodiesel Day

The national trade association representing the biodiesel industry (NBB founded in 1992) started the national biodiesel day in 2002. The date chosen for celebrating is March 18th the birth date of the diesel engines inventor.

Rudolf Diesel originally designed the diesel engine to run on peanut oil. In a 1912 speech, Diesel said “the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time.” Nearly one hundred years later that sounds prophetic.

Biodiesel is widely available across South Carolina. Most diesel engines do not have a problem burning biodiesel. If you are thinking of burning a tank in celebration of Biodiesel Day, you may want to do some research.

Biodiesel offers greater lubrication for engines, but may release deposits accumulated on tank walls and pipes from previous diesel fuel storage. The release of deposits may clog filters.

Biodiesel is sold under the moniker of B20, which is a twenty percent mixture of biodegradable vegetable oils to eighty percent petroleum diesel fuel. Carbon monoxide emissions from B20 fuel are reduced by twelve percent and unburned hydrocarbons are reduced by twenty percent.

Rudolf Diesel became a millionaire from sales of the rights to his engine to a beer manufacturer, Adolphus Busch. March 17th brings a celebration with green beer. March 18th brings a celebration of green fuel. Think green one more day.

National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

Celebrated annually on March 18th, it is National Oatmeal Cookie Day. This day is also known as  National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day and is celebrated, by some, on April 30th. The difference between a regular oatmeal cookie and a lacy oatmeal cookie is the lacy oatmeal cookies are wafer-thin and typically accompany a scoop of ice cream or sorbet.

It wasn't until the early 1900′s that oatmeal became a major ingredient in the American diet.  Originating in England, oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800′s.  It is believed that they were created after the oatcake. Soldiers used to carry oatcakes with them for a quick boost of energy during battle.  Most research has found that the first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie recipe was written by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896. Considered as a “health food,” the cookies quickly became popular, and by early 1900′s a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats. Oatmeal cookies are an excellent source of iron and fiber.

There are many different recipes for the oatmeal cookie. They can be made with a variety of oats, such as old fashioned oats, quick cooking oats, oat bran or oat flour.  For a healthier cookie, there is the option to add fruits (such as raisins), nuts and sugar substitute. Chocolate chips and other candies are also a popular “add in”  to oatmeal cookie recipes.