National Don't Step on a Bee Day
You probably don't realize it, but this is National Don't Step on a Bee Day, a day to honor those bees around us which contribute so greatly to our way of life.
We know, you were stung once when you were little, maybe more than once. But do you realize all the good that bees do for us?
Just take pollination alone. Bees are the main creatures responsible for pollinating our flowering plants and foods. In fact, they're responsible for 80 percent of insect crop pollination overall. The direct value of honey bee pollination is worth $14.6 billion to U.S. agriculture.
Without bees, it would be an ugly world indeed, without any bright, fragrant flowers to enjoy. Without bees, there would be no fruits to enjoy. Without bees, we would plunge into world famine and all starve to death.
For eons, bees have enjoyed a special role in civilization. Viking, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon warriors fortified themselves with mead, a honey wine that inspired poets and bards and skalds even to this day. Who knows, without bees, and honey, and hence mead, perhaps we would have never had the poem Beowulf.
While flowers are beautiful, it's the beautiful, beloved buzz of bees that makes them so. And did you realize that the dance that bees do for one another tells other bees how far it is to the next batch of flowers? Who said they were beeing stupid.
So, whatever you do, don’t step on a bee today! (Or ever. You might get stung. They perch with their butts up in the air.)
National Clerihew Day
I just found out that today (July 10) is National Clerihew Day. What the heck’s a clerihew? It’s a “whimsical, four-line biographical poem invented by E.C. Bentley.”
E.C. Bentley, in full Edmund Clerihew Bentley (born July 10, 1875, London, England—died March 30, 1956, London), British journalist and man of letters who is remembered as the inventor of the clerihew and for his other light verse and as the author of Trent’s Last Case (1913), a classic detective story that remains a best seller.
After attending St. Paul’s School in London (where he met G.K. Chesterton, who became his closest friend) and the University of Oxford, Bentley lived in London and studied law. He soon abandoned the law, however, for journalism, which he practiced for most of his life.
The clerihew, a “baseless biography,” consisting of a four-line stanza of two rhyming couplets, the first rhyme being provided by the name of the subject, was introduced in Biography for Beginners, by “E. Clerihew” (1905), and was immediately popular and soon widely imitated. More Biography (1929) was followed by Baseless Biography (1939), illustrated by Bentley’s son, Nicolas. In Clerihews Complete (1951) all Bentley’s clerihews are collected.
Bentley wrote Trent’s Last Case in exasperation at the infallibility of Sherlock Holmes, and the book has been said to mark the end of the Holmes era in detective fiction. Two decades later, Bentley revived this character in Trent’s Own Case (1936; with Warner Allen) and in Trent Intervenes (1938), a collection of short stories.
More specifically, clerihews are four-lines long with an A-A-B-B rhyme scheme and irregular meter. The first line names a person — the subject of the poem.
- One of the best known is this (1905):
Sir Christopher Wren
Said, "I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul's."
- Here are a couple written about writers:
Edgar Allen Poe
A writerly bro
Who’s famed for the Raven.
What a scary poem maven!
The author George Orwell
We ought not ignore well;
His writings polemic
Ain’t at all academic.
- And here are two about actresses:
Film joy gave us.
Seduced gals and guys
With Bette Davis Eyes.
For life had zest.
Stoked gals and blokes
With “evil” jokes.
National Pina Colada Day
The hot, sticky days of July are perfect for cooling down with an icy, frozen pina colada, and on the 10th day of the month there is an excellent excuse to do just that. That is because National Pina Colada Day falls on this date each year in the United States, offering a reason for adults of legal drinking age everywhere to enjoy a glass or two of this sweet, potent beverage.
There are plenty of of pina colada mixes on the market, of varying quality. Those with limited bartending prowess or a love of convenience may use one of these, whereas those who enjoy making their drinks from scratch may wish to create their own concoctions (these drinks are easier to make than they appear). Of course, you can also opt to head out of the house and simply order one from your favorite bartender.
The details of this holiday are not easy to track down, as is quite common with food holidays. Most are proposed by food or beverage manufacturers and distributors, or sometimes by aficionados of the product.
The precise history of the pina colada is somewhat unclear as well, as there are several different stories of the origins of the drink. Some say that a Puerto Rican pirate by the name of Roberto CofresÃ invented the pina colada in the 1800's. Others say that the beverage was created in 1957 by a bartender in San Juan.
The easiest way to celebrate National Pina Colada Day is by sipping on a glass (or more) of this fruity beverage. You may find drink specials at local bars and restaurants in honor of this holiday. You may also wish to throw a pina colada party at your home, or simply make one for yourself.
Teddy Bear Picnic Day
It's Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Spend the lunch hour on a blanket under a shade tree with your Teddy Bear.
Stuffed Teddy Bears are a kids favorite. Children receive Teddy Bears early in their childhood. Children cling to them throughout their teenage years. Many bears are kept, even as you become an adult. As you read this article, many of you adults know exactly where your Teddy Bear is.
On this gorgeous summer day, take your teddy bear (or teddy bears) out for a day in the sun. It's time for a Teddy Bear Picnic! Have mom make a few PB& J sandwiches, some cookies, and a jug of Koolaid. Take a blanket out under a shade tree, and enjoy lunch with your Teddy.
During the early 1900s, President Theodore Roosevelt was in office as President of the United States. He was a hunter. While hunting in Mississippi in 1902, he refused to shoot a small bear. The Washington Post picked up on this story, and made a cartoon of the event. Toy store owners, Morris and Rose Michtom, wrote to President Roosevelt for permission to call their stuffed animals "Teddy Bears". Teddy bears became wildly popular. Their company went on to become the Ideal Toy Company, one of the largest toy companies in the world.