Friday, July 25, 2014

Holidays and Observances for July 25 2014

Culinarians Day

Culinarians Day is celebrated on July 25th of each year. We were unable to discover the origin of Culinarians Day. Though we believe it was established as a reminder to appreciate all the individuals who prepare your meals on a daily basis; whether it be the chef at the restaurant you visit or someone in your very own kitchen. If that someone happens to be you, then take a moment to reflect on why you love culinary arts.

Culinary arts is the art of preparing and cooking foods. The word “culinary” is defined as something related to, or connected with, cooking. A culinarion is a person working in the culinary arts. A culinarian working in restaurants is commonly known as a cook or a chef. Culinary artists are responsible for skilfully preparing meals that are as pleasing to the palate as to the eye. They are required to have a knowledge of the science of food and an understanding of diet and nutrition. They work primarily in restaurants, delicatessens, hospitals and other institutions. Kitchen conditions vary depending on the type of business, restaurant, nursing home, etc.

Go out to eat today and make sure to say thank you to the chefs that cook your food. They make delicious food every day for people and simple appreciation goes a long way. Even those people that are not professional chefs appreciate gratitude. For those people that cook meals in their homes are technically chefs as well because they prepare food for families every day as well. Whether it is a parent, a nanny, an older sibling, or even a grandparent, they should be told that they are appreciated when they cook.

Those of you that do like to cook, make a special meal today either for yourself or the ones you love. Put special attention on each course to show that you love your family and friends! And for those of you that don’t like to cook or are just not very good at it (mostly like me!! Haha) treat yourself to a night out at a tasty restaurant where the ‘good’ cooks can make your food so you’ll enjoy it thoroughly.

National Carousel Day

I’m sure that most of us have fond memories of choosing our horses and riding round and round in the Carousel listening to the lively music, and looking for that brass ring.  National Carousel Day is set aside to honor the invention of that fabulous carnival ride.

The first US patent for a carousel was granted to the inventor of the modern carousel, Willhelm Schneider in 1871.  From the early 1880′s to the 1930′s, more than 2,000 uniquely hand carved carousels were produced in the United States.  Unfortunately, today there are less than 150 of those fabulous carousels still in operation.

Did you know? The oldest operating platform carousel in the United States is currently located in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.  This carousel is named “The Flying Horses”, and dates from 1876. There are less than ten carousels with operating brass ring machines left in the U.S.

Did you know? Carvers of the original carousels often inscribed their initials in the wooden figures.  Carving was a delicate process and each piece was hand carved and original.  Currently, one of the few carousel figure carving schools left in the US is located in Chattanooga, TN.

Did you know? Menagerie figures are carousel animals other than horses.  They are enjoying a current increase in popularity due to the recent creation of a carousel consisting entirely of endangered species created by The Carousel Works in Mansfield, OH.

Carousels from the golden age often contained two seated chariots to accommodate ladies and small children.  You see, women were not able to sit astride a horse due to their skirts and this allowed them a ride on the carousel without sacrificing their dignity.

The King Arthur Carousel located at Disneyland in California is a genuine antique- older than Disneyland itself.  These beautiful hand carved horses are probably the most well-maintained antiques in the world.  Disneyland employs a staff of workers whose sole responsibility is maintaining and preserving this amazing carousel.

A Disneyland Resort cast member, Rick Temple, tells us how King Arthur Carousel is more than just an attraction- it’s a piece of history that he’s happy to preserve.

Celebrate the history of carousels today!  And maybe even check out the local amusement part.  Bet there is one there to enjoy!

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Every year on the 25th day of July, children and adults alike have the perfect excuse to indulge in a decadent frozen dessert, for on this day National Hot Fudge Sundae Day is celebrated all across the United States. Given some of the more obscure food holidays that are granted their own dates (such as National Jump for Jelly Beans Day and Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day, for example), it is more than fitting that this classic American favorite gets a holiday all to itself. So break out the spoons and start heating up some fudge, for there is some sundae eating to be done!

The exact history of National Hot Fudge Sundae Day is unknown, as little information may be found from any authoritative sources on the Internet. However, July is a popular month for ice cream food holidays, as National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day, National Vanilla Ice Cream Day and others all fall during this time.

Ice cream has been enjoyed in America since its founding days. Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington indulged in this cool dessert and offered it to guests. Colonists were in fact the ones to term the dish "ice cream," and the very first ice cream parlor in the country opened its doors in 1776 in New York.

Celebrations for National Hot Fudge Sundae Day are likely to take place at ice cream parlors and restaurants that serve this dish. You may find local specials and versions created just for this occasion. You can celebrate at home by throwing a hot fudge sundae party, or by simply making one for yourself.

National Talk in an Elevator Day

Each year on the final Friday in July, the United States observes National Talk in the Elevator Day, an annual reminder of just how much time we spend waiting for and riding in these vertical people movers. While elevators are among the safest forms of public transportation, they’re also one of the most uncomfortable, and they can lead to some strange encounters. So in honor of the big day, which will be celebrated on July 25 this year, we decided to explore some of the oddest behavior seen in elevators and to find out just why these vehicles inspire such strange activities.

Awkward but Harmless Behavior
You don't have to be claustrophobic to feel tense when dealing with the forced closeness of elevator travel. According to Jodi R.R. Smith, author of The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners, (Sterling), elevators break down the careful boundaries we all create, especially in our professional lives. “In an elevator, especially a crowded one, we are well within other people’s bubbles. And occasionally we are even touching, shoulder to shoulder. This makes us here in the United States very uncomfortable.” Regular riders have come up with a host of coping methods to handle the daily interactions that can stretch the borders of normal social relations to the breaking point. Here, some of the most common avoidance techniques:
  • The smartphone escape: This move says, I’m so busy emailing I don’t have time to acknowledge other passengers.
  • The quick smile with barely any eye contact: Lets others know you see them, but tells them that if you wanted to talk, you would have said hello.
  • The ‘Don’t box me in’ stance: Give your fellow passengers their space and communicate with your body language that you expect the same courtesy.
  • The pointless comment: It could be about the weather (could it get any hotter?) or the day of the week (thank God it’s Friday!). The topic is irrelevant; this friendly gesture acknowledges that we’re all in this together.
  • The information overload: No one wants to be stuck with a chatty Cathy, but have some sympathy – fear of elevators is a common phobia, and some sufferers try to distract themselves by striking up a conversation. Of course the incessant talker may just be under the impression that she’s fascinating.
The Mirror Effect
Fun fact: Elevator companies first installed mirrors to distract people from thinking about their fear of the elevator crashing down. Instead of staring at a blank wall and worrying about impending doom, riders could focus on whether their hair looked okay or check for spinach in their teeth. These days, some folks view the presence of mirrors as a license totreat the elevator like their own personal grooming station.

When asked American workers to share the weirdest behavior they had seen in an office elevator, respondents were only too happy to vent about inappropriate grooming. Corporate America has seen fellow travelers change a baby’s diaper; floss teeth; clip fingernails; and flash a rash and ask for a diagnosis while riding between floors.

Bizarre Behavior
Of course, not all tales of elevator annoyances are as harmless as watching a lipstick touchup. That same survey cited a number of in-your-face instances of elevator misbehavior, including “pantsing” another passenger, fist fighting and even boogying for the duration of the ride.

Smith’s favorite tale of an awesomely bad elevator experience happened to a friend of hers, who was riding in a New York City lift with women speaking another language – one she happened to be fluent in. “The two women riding the elevator tore her apart,” says Smith. “When my friend got to her floor she turned and, in the same language, said that she had thought she actually looked pretty good that day. The women were shocked!”

Taking Charge of the Elevator Experience
While these instances are pretty extreme, it turns out that simply getting on an occupied elevator – and even waiting for the elevator to arrive – are among the least enjoyable moments of the day, according to the same survey. So do a little check-in to make sure you’re bringing your best manners to the elevator:
  • Do: Hold the elevator door when someone is rushing to catch it.
  • Don’t: Talk on your cell phone as if you are completely alone.
  • Do: Make sure to give others in the elevator their breathing room by automatically adjusting where you stand as others enter the elevator.
And, in honor of National Talk in the Elevator Day, take a chance and make a light connection with other riders and own your vertical commute. Smith, the etiquette expert, offers some tips to get you started:
  • If you're riding with a stranger, you could use the holiday as an ice breaker: “Good morning. Have you ever heard of National Talk in the Elevator Day?”
  • If you’re onboard with your boss: Keep it light and polite. A simple “Good morning” will do. If she makes eye contact and responds, you can ask, “Any big vacation plans coming up?”
  • If you’re sharing the car with your crush: Avoid work talk, avoid politics and avoid turning into an interrogator with rapid-fire questions. Try a simple flirt: Make eye contact, smile and look away. Keep the conversation positive and lively.  
And remember, don’t go too far. You’ll probably see these people in the elevator again very soon.

System Administrator Appreciation Day

Your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free. Why? Because you’ve got an awesome sysadmin (or maybe a whole IT department) keeping your business up and running. So say IT loud; say IT proud…

Friday, July 25, 2014, is the 15th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication. (All day Friday, 24 hours, your own local time-zone).

Let’s face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgement. It’s the least you could do.

Consider all the daunting tasks and long hours (weekends too.) Let’s be honest, sometimes we don’t know our System Administrators as well as they know us. Remember this is one day to recognize your System Administrator for their workplace contributions and to promote professional excellence. Thank them for all the things they do for you and your business.

Wait… what exactly is SysAdmin Day? Oh, it’s only the single greatest 24 hours on the planet… and pretty much the most important holiday of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the heroic men and women who, come rain or shine, prevent disasters, keep IT secure and put out tech fires left and right.

At this point, you may be thinking, “Great. I get it. My sysadmin is a rock star. But now what?” Glad you asked! Proper observation of SysAdmin Day includes (but is not limited to):
  • Cake & Ice cream
  • Pizza
  • Cards
  • Gifts
  • Words of gratitude
  • Custom t-shirts celebrating the epic greatness of your SysAdmin(s)
  • Balloons
  • Streamers
  • Confetti
Thread the Needle Day

Sewers, guide your thread through the eye of your needle and get ready to sew…It’s Threading the Needle Day!

July 25 is not just a day of celebration for sewers and sewing. Threading the Needle Day also celebrates the metaphorical meaning of the term “thread the needle,” or to walk a fine line between two issues or to find yourself in that awkward place between two friends in an argument. Hopefully you don’t find yourself there today, but if you do, navigate yourself out of the middle and, if you make it out without a scratch, celebrate with some sewing.

Did you know that “thread the needle” is also the name of a yoga pose? Thread the Needle is great for stretching the shoulders, arms, upper back, and neck. Try it out!

Lumberjack Day

Monty Python famously sang the Lumberjack Song and a rendition of this would be appropriate for Lumberjack Day. The history of this celebration dates back to the mid-2000s when Marianne Ways and Colleen AF Venable decided it was time to honor this venerable profession. Venable herself worked as a lumberjack although she has admitted that the original idea for the day was conceived as an excuse to go out and eat pancakes and waffles with friends.

Lumberjack Day has caught on though and is now celebrated by many. Anyone that wants to join in can organize a party for friends and family where the idea is for everyone to dress up in the cliché lumberjack style of plaid shirts, boots, suspenders, and beards. Other ideas for how to enjoy the day can be found on the official website, where you can also learn about lumberjack jargon, jokes, drinks, and recipes.

Lumberjack Day was invented in 2005 by Marianne Ways and Colleen AF Venable an excuse to go out eat a TON of pancakes and waffles with friends. They were also completely sick of pirate-themed parties, hence lumberjack day coming exactly one week after the popular “Talk Like a Pirate Day”. Over the years Lumberjack Day has grown and more and more people are celebrating, getting dressed up in plaid and beards (or sometimes even as giant pancakes or trees or oxen!) carrying fake axes and throwing huge lumberjack themed parties.