Monday, May 11, 2015

Holidays and Observances for May 11 2015

Eat What You Want Day


Lots of people spend some time stressing over their eating habits, and whatever they should or even shouldn’t eat. If your into this category, you may be glad to read about Eat What You Want Day.

It shouldn’t be too much to think about the way to enjoy this holiday. You may eat anything you want. For many people, this will likely mean pigging away on processed foods. They are going to stop numbering calories and move berserk, consuming starting from ice-cream to chocolate to dessert and pie.

In spite of this, nowhere fast in the holiday’s explanation will it say that you need to take this path to gastronomic pleasure. Enthusiasts of gourmet food can select to enjoy by splurging on dinner at a 5 star restaurant. Or even, on the other hand, you can attempt to recreate a favorite childhood food in your house. The key would be to eat something which makes you joyful!

Eat What You Want Day is a meal vacation which is traditionally well-known in the USA on May 11th of every year. It is really an unofficial holiday which is acknowledged for promotional reasons and on option holiday calendars.

This very day celebrates food of most kinds, from treats and sweet to entrees and desserts. There is absolutely no particular food that is definitely to be drunk on this day, but instead people who celebrate it might opt for whatever edibles strike their fancies.

Eat What You Want Day was started by Thomas Roy, past radio host in Tampa as well as co-creator of Wellcat Vacations & Herbs. The vacation was provided to Chase's Calendar of Events, a yearly almanac of vacations and thoughts, but is unacknowledged as a nationwide holiday. Thomas Roy goes on to get royalties under suitable contract preparations from use of the vacation in ads, marketing and also promotional strategies.

Roy mentioned in a meeting with the Los Angeles Instances that he produced Eat What You Want Day since a reaction to the nutrition-conscious press: "Don't eat butter, and do not drink caffeinated caffeine. A week later they will say, 'Don't consume margarine, as well as don't drink decaf.' You understand, I check out all this, and then I ponder: How in the hell would do the humans survive before we experienced each one of these experts?”

Dining places may provide special deals and offers celebrating National Eat What You Want Day. Furthermore, there are certainly recipes available on the net that can be tied to the vacation. These tasty recipes include Italian sausage, black color pepper, onion and also sun-dried tomato sandwiches; skillet red-colored potato fries; coffee ice-cream with biscotti pieces; and pepper-crusted cashew cheese.

Although many of these obscure vacations - for example Step on a Bee Day - have never fully spotted on, Eat What You Want Day has got a little bit of traction among businesses that shill products of food we might want to eat however harbor certain guilt over consuming.

Hostess CupCake Day


Hostess CupCake is a brand of snack cake formerly produced and distributed by Hostess Brands and currently owned by private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. Its most common form is a chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing and vanilla creme filling, with eight distinctive white squiggles across the top. However, other flavors have been available at times. It has been claimed to be the first commercially produced cupcake, and has become an iconic American brand.

The Hostess CupCake was first sold on May 11, 1919. According to author Andrew F. Smith, it was the first commercially produced cupcake, originally produced by the Taggart Bakery as the Chocolate Cup Cake. Hostess has also claimed that it was "the first snack cake ever introduced to the market." In 2004, rival Tastykake disputed this claim, claiming that Tastykake introduced the first snack cake.

Originally, two cupcakes were sold for five cents. Different flavors were offered during the early years, including cupcakes topped with vanilla or malted milk flavored icing. During the 1940's, an orange flavored cupcake was developed, with orange cake and icing. But until 1950, the Hostess CupCake did not have any filling or the white squiggly line across the top.

In 1947, D.R. "Doc" Rice, who started his career at Hostess in 1938 with a job that entailed dumping baked cakes on a table, was given the task of developing the Hostess CupCake further. These developments culminated in an updated cupcake in 1950. A white line consisting of squiggles was added to the top in order to distinguish the Hostess CupCake from other brands. The vanilla creme filling was also added. Rice got the idea for using a creme filling when a new machine for injecting filling into Hostess Twinkies became available. Improvements were also made to the cake mix and the chocolate icing in 1950. According to Rice, the updated cupcakes were first produced and test marketed in Detroit.

Other flavors of Hostess cupcake that have been available at times have been a golden vanilla and strawberry.

In 1988, 400 million Hostess Cupcakes were sold. As of 2011 Hostess sells over 600 million CupCakes each year. Although Hostess Brands entered into bankruptcy protection in 2012, the company planned to continue making CupCakes and other snack cakes such as Twinkies and Sno Balls. These plans have been derailed by the company's liquidation and announcement that they are going out of business on November 16, 2012.

Hostess Cupcakes are sold as Pinguinos (Penguins) in Mexico by local company Marinela (the pastries division of the breadmaking Bimbo brand).

National Root Canal Appreciation Day


Dr. Chris Kammer, founder of the "American Association for Cosmetic Dentistry", and otherwise known as the "Rock and Roll Dentist", has proclaimed May 11th, 2005 as the first "National Root Canal Appreciation Day" Did you know root canals save 42-million teeth every year? That's why Dr. Chris Kammer is ready to give the much-maligned root canal it's well-deserved due. He already has some high-level backing in the state of Wisconsin where he's received proclamations for this health awareness day.

National Root Canal Appreciation Day has been recognized by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, and Madison, Wisconsin Mayor, Dave Cieslewicz who have both signed proclamations supporting the health awareness day. The annual occurrence of the day will also be listed in Chase’s Calendar of Events, 2006 edition and will fall on the 11th of May every year.

Recognizing the importance of dental health and its connection to overall health is enough. Root Canal Appreciation Day can be honored by acknowledging the dental specialists who relieve tooth pain and take care of smiles, and by celebrating the resilience of our teeth and their enduring ability to keep on chewing and keep on smiling.

National Twilight Zone Day


As far as holidays go, this special day is out of this world! Not to be confused with Extraterrestrial Abductions Day, May 11 is National Twilight Zone Day!

While the origins of this annual holiday are unknown, most people of a “certain age” probably remember the thought-provoking television series where nothing was quite what it seemed. Or was it?

Hosted and created by Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone aired from 1959 through 1964. Strange and surreal things often transported ordinary people into another dimension during the twisted sci-fi thriller with the super-creepy theme song.

Rod Serling was born in New York on Christmas Day in 1924. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army and attended Antioch College. The Emmy-award winning writer went on to write television scripts and screenplays and wrote over 90 of the 156 Twilight Zone episodes himself. Rodman Edward Serling died in 1975.

How to Celebrate National Twilight Zone Day
  • Watch one or two of the classic Twilight Zone television episodes – if you dare.
  • Tune in to the 1983 Twilight Zone Movie starring Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks and directed by John Landis.
  • Play The Twilight Zone board game.
  • Who do you think were the 10 Weirdest Twilight Zone Villains?
  • After you have a few of these Twilight Zone Cocktails, made with Bacardi White, Dark and 151 Proof Rum, Triple Sec and orange and pineapple juices, chances are pretty good you’ll be transported to a different dimension too!
National Women's CheckUp Day


Bet you don't have this date marked on your calendar: Today is National Women's Checkup Day, an effort started by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to remind women across the country to pencil in appointments with their doctors. To coincide with this, Women's Health has also made it the Women's Health Week challenge of the day. 

"Being healthy starts with each of us taking control," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. "So Monday on National Women's Checkup Day, and during National Women's Health Week, I encourage you to sit down with your doctor or health care provider and talk about what you can do to take control of your health. There’s no better gift you can give yourself–or your loved ones." 

And now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, women have access to 22 different preventive services that are required to be covered without a copay, including well-woman visits (your annual physical) and assorted cancer screenings, all of which have been deemed key to preventing and/or effectively treating future health problems. 

Ready to take part in National Women's Checkup Day and call your health care professionals? This guide will help you see how often you should schedule various screenings: 
  • Once a Month Breast self-exam: Check your girls for unusual lumps or bumps monthly so you can stay on top of any changes, says Moore. The best time to do it is a few days after your period ends. 
  • Skin self-exam: The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly recommends that you check out your body once a month for any new or unusual spots or marks. Just remember your ABCDEs: asymmetry, border irregularity, uneven color, diameter bigger than 6 mm, and evolving shape and size. 
  • Every Six Months Dental check-up: Make sure to hit up the dentist’s chair twice a year for cleanings and other preventative maintenance, but you should only get dental X-rays on an as needed basis to prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation, according to the American Dental Association’s recommendations. 
  • Once a Year Full physical exam: This annual check-up should include a height and weight check, a blood pressure screening, a clinical breast exam, and any blood tests your doctor deems necessary, says Moore. These may include tests for blood sugar, blood count, hormone levels, and other crucial markers. 
  • Pap smear: If you’ve had three consecutive normal pap smears, are in a mutually monogamous relationship, and have no other risk factors, you could technically go three years between screenings, says Moore. However, most doctors still suggest women see their gynecologist once a year and get a pap smear while they’re there. Your pap tests for any changes or abnormalities in the cells in your cervix, which is a way to screen for cervical cancer, says Physicians. For women 21-29, any mild irregularities in the pap test will prompt an HPV test to check for the high-risk strains of the HPV virus, says Dweck. Other than that, you probably won’t get an HPV test until you’re 30. (See below for more info on HPV testing) 
  • Pelvic exam: Even if you aren’t getting an annual pap smear, it’s important to visit your OB/GYN annually for a routine pelvic exam, where she’ll feel around for your uterus and ovaries, says Physicians. This is a way to check for fibroids, cysts or any pain or swelling that might indicate an infection. 
  • HIV tests: Get tested annually at your doctor’s office or a health clinic, says Dweck. The most accurate screening is a still a blood test, though you may get a mouth swab in some cases. 
  • Other STD tests: It’s recommended that sexually active women get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea annually until age 25, says Physicians. These can be run off your pap or with a separate swab of your cervix. After age 25, it’s still recommended that you get tested regularly for the range of STDs—including hepatitis b and c, syphilis, and the lesser-known trichomoniasis—based on your own risk factors, which you should discuss with your doctor. Of course, it’s also a smart idea to get tested before you have a new sexual partner or if you have any usual symptoms. 
  • Eye exams: The American Optometric Association recommends eye exams at least once every two years, though annual exams are suggested for anyone with current vision problems (if you wear glasses or contacts, that includes you). 
  • Every Other Year Skin cancer screening: Skin cancer is a huge issue for women in their twenties, so see your dermatologist before your biennial appointment if you notice any suspicious marks, says Moore. 
  • Slightly Less Often HPV test: At age 30, women should start getting an HPV test with their pap every five years, says Physicians. Luckily, it’s relatively quick and painless since the test uses the same cervical swab as your pap. Prior to age 30, you should not be getting tested regularly for HPV unless you have an abnormal pap, since strains of the disease are so common in younger woman and they typically go away on their own, says Physicians. 
  • Cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood count: Your doctor will want to check these at least once in your twenties and once in your thirties, though some physicians give a guideline of testing them once every five years, says Moore. 
  • Thyroid test: Starting at age 35, it’s recommended that you check your thyroid levels via a blood test and have them re-tested ever five years after that, says Moore. 
  • Down the Road Colonoscopy: This test should come right around your 50th birthday, unless your family history warrants an earlier screening, says Moore. If you have a first-degree relative with colon cancer, it’s recommended that you start your screening 10 years before their age at diagnosis. 
  • Diabetes screening: Routine diabetes screenings (which involve a blood sugar test) start at age 50 and should be done once every three years, says Physicians. 
  • Mammograms: At 40, you’ll want to start scheduling annual mammograms, though your doctor may recommended screening earlier if you have a family history, says Physicians. 
  • Only As Needed: Don’t be shocked if your doctor orders a blood test outside of these general guidelines, since many health checks are done on an as-needed basis. Things like your hormone levels, blood sugar, vitamin D levels, and iron deficiencies can all be seen in a blood test and may be ordered if you come in with certain symptoms, says Physicians.