Saturday, July 19, 2014

Holidays and Observances for July 19 2014

National Daiquiri Day

This July 19, raise your umbrella-garnished glass and say "cheers!" because this is the official date of National Daiquiri Day. Although it has not been confirmed that this holiday is recognized by the United States government, it is widely known as a time for adults of legal age to indulge in a glass (or two) of this fruity spirit, and even those of tender years can enjoy a non-alcoholic version of the drink.

Daiquiris may be served straight up, on the rocks or blended, and while the traditional flavoring is lime daiquiris are now made with a wide variety of fruits. Common flavors include banana daiquiris, strawberry daiquiris, peach daiquiris, mango daiquiris and raspberry daiquiris.

The precise origins of National Daiquiri Day are unclear, though the holiday may have been created by makers of rum.

The daiquiri itself got its beginnings in 1898, when a man named Jennings Stockton Cox (who was an American engineer spending time in Daiquiri, Cuba to work on iron-ore mines) created a drink using fresh lime juice from the fruit of a nearby tree. He added a shot of Bacardi Carta Blanca rum (now sold as Bacardi Superior), a spoonful of sugar and crushed ice to the lime juice, and the concoction was an instant hit. Cox dubbed the new drink "Ron Bacardi a la Daiquiri," which has shortened to simply "Daiquiri" over the years. The drink even became a favorite of author Ernest Hemingway.

National Daiquiri Day may be celebrated at a variety of drinking establishments, so be on the lookout for daiquiri specials at local bars and restaurants. You can also make your own daiquiri at home by mixing rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.

National Flitch Day

As far back as 1104 in Dunmow Priory, England, monks offered a side of bacon (flitch) to any married couple proving a year and a day after their wedding that they had lived in harmony and fidelity for the past year and had not wished they were single again.
"The court is held in a marquee erected on Talberds Ley especially for the occasion and couples (claimants) married for at least a year and a day come from far and wide to try and claim the Flitch. It is not a competition between the couples. All couples could be successful in their claim, which is vigorously defended by Counsel employed on behalf of the Donors of the Bacon, whose job it is to test their evidence and to try and persuade the Jury not to grant them the Flitch." 
"Successful couples are then carried shoulder high by bearers (humble folk) in the ancient Flitch Chair to the Market Place where they take the oath (similar to pre-Reformation marriage vows) kneeling on pointed stones. Unsuccessful couples have to walk behind the empty chair to the Market Place, consoled with a prize of gammon."
A flitch is the side, or a steak cut from the side, of an animal or fish. The term now usually occurs only in connection with a side of salted and cured pork in the phrase a flitch of bacon.

National Raspberry Cake Day

National Raspberry Cake Day is celebrated on July 19th of each year. We were unable to discover the origin of National Raspberry Cake Day.

The raspberry or hindberry is the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus, most of which are in the subgenus Idaeobatus; the name also applies to these plants themselves. Raspberries are perennial. The name “raspberry” originally referred to the red-fruited European species Rubus idaeus, and is still often used to refer to just this particular species.

Raspberries are grown for the fresh fruit market and for commercial processing into individually quick frozen (IQF) fruit, purée, juice, or as dried fruit used in a variety of grocery products. Traditionally, raspberries were a mid-summer crop, but with new technology, cultivars, and transportation, they can now be obtained year-round. Raspberries need ample sun and water for optimal development. While moisture is essential, wet and heavy soils or excess irrigation can bring on Phytophthora root rot which is one of the most serious pest problems facing red raspberry. As a cultivated plant in moist temperate regions, it is easy to grow and has a tendency to spread unless pruned. Escaped raspberries frequently appear as garden weeds, spread by seeds found in bird droppings.

National Stick out your Tongue Day

When it comes to tongue-in-cheek holidays, July 19 is all about sticking it out! It's Stick Out Your Tongue Day, or National Stick Your Tongue Out Day, an annual "holiday" that celebrates the glorious tongue.

While the origins of this unusual "holiday" are unknown, sticking one's tongue out at unsuspecting bystanders, is often considered rude behavior unless of course your physician asks you to do it. Then it is perfectly acceptable to stick it way out!

The Human Tongue
Touted as the "strongest muscle in the body," tongues come in all shapes and sizes. This muscular and often unappreciated organ is not only vital for speech, the tongue is also used for eating, tasting and swallowing. The average person has about 10,000 taste buds, which are located on and under the tongue, on the cheeks, lips and the roof of your mouth.

Some believe your tongue can reveal some insight into possible health issues like urinary infections, constipation, insomnia and ringing in the ears. So go ahead and stick it out! Take a good hard look at your tongue and compare it to the Nine Common Syndromes and Possible Symptoms chart to see if your tongue is in top-tip shape!

National Woodie Wagon Day

With nostalgic thoughts of yesteryear, family vacations and surfing, we celebrate National Woodie Wagon Day. This iconic style for vehicles grew in popularity during the 1940s. Steel was being salvaged for the war effort, so car manufacturers turned to wood as a replacement. Placed along the sides of the "wagon", the Woodie was seen carrying families throughout the 40s and 50s. As the cars' popularity subsided and prices dropped, California surfers began picking up these inexpensive modes of transportation that could easily carry their boards. The Woodie revival was subsequently born - and now the car's legend continues to live on.

A Woodie is a car body style with rear bodywork constructed of wood framework with infill wood panels. Originally, wood framework augmented the car's structure, where later models featured applied wood and wood-like elements.

Ultimately, manufacturers supplanted wood construction with a variety of materials and methods to recall wood construction — including infill metal panels, metal framework, or simulated wood-grain sheet vinyl, sometimes augmented with three-dimensional, simulated framework. In 2008, wood construction was evoked abstractly on the Ford Flex with a series of side and rear horizontal grooves.

Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day

Get out your pen and paper, today is the day that you move on from the past and propel yourself into the future. Started by Martha J. Ross-Rodgers, motivational speaker and author, Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day was created to help people distance themselves from being controlled by the past.

The first step to letting go of the past is recognizing that it is simply that, the past. You cannot change what has happened in the past, but you can change how you act and react in the present. Realigning your focus to the present will stop you from fixating on the past and liberate you from allowing the past to affect your future.

Second, you have to accept the fact that life is not linear. You may experience the highest highs only to be thrown into the lowest lows, but you have to face obstacles head on and work through them. The moments that you remember as your “could haves” and “should haves” can help you to learn a lot about yourself, and it is important to reflect on why you have held on to those moments before letting them go.

It is time to write down your personal “could haves” and “should haves”. Make a list of all the things that have nagged at you, the what-ifs and the regrets, and throw it out. After you throw your list in the trash, the final step is to make the resolution, “From this day forward, I choose not to live in the past—the past is history that I can’t change. I can do something about the present—I choose to live in the present.”