Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Holidays and Observances for July 15 2015

Be A Dork Day

Do you ever secretly wish you were a kid again? Or have you ever wanted to do something over the top, just plain silly? Well, today may be your lucky day! July 15 is Be a Dork Day, or National Be a Dork Day. This annual "holiday" was created by the folks at Wellcat.

Today is your perfect excuse to be a little, or a lot, dorky!
  • Go ahead and slip on those plaid bell-bottom pants or favorite polyester shirt from the 70s that's still hanging in the closet.
  • Or heck, why not wear your clothes inside-out just for fun?
  • Or even better – why not wear two different shoes to work today? Add a loud tie and a pair of wild suspenders and you are good to go!
  • Why not gross out your friends, co-workers or kids by sucking on something that leaves your teeth or tongue a brilliant shade of blue or green?
  • Change your profile picture on Facebook to the dorkiest photograph you have of yourself. Frolic in the front yard for all your neighbors to see wearing Bermuda shorts that go up to here, white knee-high socks and black shoes.
  • Watch a few of your favorite dorky movies, like "Dumb & Dumber."
Whatever it is – the dorkier the better!

Gummi Worm Day

July 15th is National Gummi Worm Day! The origins of Gummi Worm Day are currently unknown, but Google recognizes this holiday as an official holiday! In 1981, Trolli invented the infamous gummy worm. The reason for making such an extraordinary candy was to give children something fun to eat, while mildly shocking their parents. Trolli's Sour Brite Crawlers not only have a duo of flavors, but they also have fluorescent colors with a slightly sour grainy coating. The flavors include orange and lime (orange and green), strawberry and raspberry (pink and blue), and lemon and cherry (yellow and red). Gummy worms are a favorite sweet treat among people all over the world.

Celebrate this weird holiday by going to the convenience store and buying gummy worms! Wish your friends a "Happy Gummi Worm Day!" Hold a competition with your friends to see who can stuff the most gummy worms in your mouth! Buy some sweet gummy worms and sour gummy worms to determine what flavors of gummy worms you like the best! Throw a party, and serve some gummy worm shots! If you are looking to make something more child-friendly, try making some gummy worm dirt pie! However you decide to celebrate Gummi Worm Day, we hope you develop a greater respect for gummy worms and go buy some of these delicious edible worms today! 

Gummi Worm Day Fun Facts: 
  • Gummy bears and worms are the most popular varieties of gummy candy.
  • "Gummi" means "rubber" in German.
  • Gummy candy comes in many different shapes, including spiders, watches, hamburgers, pizza, bugs, feet, etc.
  • The world's largest gummy worm in 26 inches long, 5 inches in girth, weighs about 3 pounds, and packs an impressive 4,000 calories!
  • The average Trolli Sour Brite Crawler, the number one sold gummy worm, is two inches long.
I Love Horses Day

Hold on to your horses! An annual "holiday" dedicated to equine lovers around the country is right around the corner! July 15 is I Love Horses Day! Yehaw!

It is believed horses were brought to America by Spanish explorers in the 1500s and horses have been a part of American life ever since. And over the years, horses have been utilized for work, for play and for pleasure. But these iconic American symbols that once roamed free, face serious threats today.

More than 22 million acres of wild horse and burro habitat have been lost since 1971. Humanely controlling and managing the wild horse population is not an easy task. And according to the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, the efforts used to manage the population are alarming:
  • The federal government uses low-flying helicopters to "terrorize and stampede wild horses into trap pens" during round-ups. Injuries, abortions, trauma and death are often the result of these often secret, inhumane events.
  • Tight-knit members of families are often separated. Foals are separated from their mothers. Some are trampled to death.
  • Five out of eight wild horses are "stockpiled in government holding facilities."
  • Many horses and burros are forced to stand out in the sun with no shade or shelter despite record high temperatures.
  • At least 1,700 of these penned animals were sold for $10 each to a known horse slaughterer!
  • While the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claims a low mortality rate during the round-ups, the deaths are often attributed to "natural causes."
  • Since 1971, 270,000 of these beautiful animals have been removed from America's public lands.
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 required the "protection, management and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands." Congress declared the wild horses and burros as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West."

On March 13, 2013, the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE ACT) was introduced to Congress to end the "inhumane slaughter of American horses in Canada and Mexico by prohibiting transport for purpose of slaughter and human consumption." To date, only 20 out of 100 United States Senators and 113 out of 435 U.S. Representatives have currently signed the bill. Please contact your local Congressional representative and encourage him or her to sign this bill.

According to a recent survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, the majority of Americans want wild horses to be protected. 62 percent of those surveyed believe the program is not being managed effectively. And 62 percent support the repeal of the law that allows the BLM to sell these beautiful wild horses for slaughter!

The number of wild horses roaming in the West has decreased by 98 percent since the 19th century. It is estimated only 32,000 wild horses roam free today. The mistreatment and mismanagement of these magnificent creatures is appalling and should not be condoned. Please help keep our wild horses free.

National Respect Canada Day

On the heels of Independence Day and Canada Day, this annual “holiday” serves as important reminder that our neighbors to the north are our important allies and friends. July 15 is National Respect Canada Day, eh! Rich in history, culture and traditions, Canada is an amazing country!

Canada is so much more than the Royal Canadian Mounties, bears, maple syrup and the Maple Leaf flag. Comprised of 10 provinces and 3 territories, Canada is a beautiful country with a rich history. In case you’ve never visited, here’s your chance!
  • Starting out west, British Columbia is known for its majestic mountains, Pacific Ocean views, spectacular scenery and skiing.
  • Bordered by the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alberta is known for its “pristine lakes, backcountry lodges and trophy fishing.”
  • Ontario is the country’s most populous province. Ontario not only offers the fabulous city of Toronto with its towering CN Tower, beautiful lake and scenic cottage country, but the capital of Canada is also located in Ontario – in Ottawa. And by the way, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, also located in Ontario, really does have a much more spectacular view!
  • Parlez-vous Francais? Instead of visiting Paris, brush up on your French and drive to beautiful and quaint Quebec City for some fabulous French cuisine. Old Quebec is one of the most magical cities in North America. Whether you want to ski, visit the Ice Hotel or visit one of the summer festivals, Quebec has something for everyone no matter what the season. The city’s stunning architecture is a testament to its 400-year heritage. While you’re there, be sure to visit Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, the “place of miracles” for 350 years. Saint Anne is believed to be the Virgin Mary’s mother, the grandmother of Jesus. While many Quebecers do speak English, French is the native language of Quebec.
  • From sailing and surfing, whale watching and the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces.
  • Besides its pristine beaches and golf, Prince Edward Island is also the home of Anne of Green Gables. Experience the island way of life on PEI.
National Tapioca Pudding Day

National Tapioca Pudding Day falls on the 15th of July each year. This is a date for those who love this type of pudding to treat themselves and encourage their friends and families to enjoy some themselves. If you have never tried tapioca pudding yourself (and it seems that many people have not), you can use this food holiday as an opportunity to try something new -- who knows, you may even find a new favorite dessert!

Tapioca pudding is different than other puddings because it contains small, smooth pearl or bubble-like pieces of tapioca mixed in with the creamy pudding base. The tapioca itself is a starchy substance that comes from a cassava plant. Tapioca is generally purchased in dried form, and even sometimes comes in flakes instead of beads. It is soaked before using so that it rehydrates.

Tapioca Pudding Recipe This video offers a demonstration on how to make tapioca pudding at home. The tapioca is soaked overnight in cold water so that it can soften. The next day, the pudding is made using eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. The ingredients are cooked over medium heat until the mixture is thick (the vanilla is added at the end).

The most obvious way to celebrate National Tapioca Pudding Day is, of course, to eat a bowl or two of tapioca pudding. If you are feeling up to the task, you can also whip up a batch to serve to your friends and family. Some of them may have never tried it.

One other way to celebrate this holiday is to watch the "Garfield and Friends" cartoon episode titled National Tapioca Pudding Day. According to the IMDB description, this episode is centered around a booby-trapped tapioca pudding. It may be difficult to obtain a copy of this cartoon, but if you can get your hands on one it can provide a fun way to celebrate the occasion.

National Pet Fire Safety Day

National Pet Fire Safety Day is celebrated on July 15th of each year. The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services sponsor National Pet Fire Safety Day in order to raise awareness about pets’ dangerous potential to start fires, and to help families plan for the safety of their feathered and furry friends in the event of an emergency. Observed every July 15th, the day gives pet parents the opportunity to assess their fire preparedness and to pickup a ‘Pet Alert Window Cling’ for free at participating Firehouses.

An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets, according to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.

AKC® and ADT offer the following tips to educate pet owners on how to prevent your beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep your pets safe.

Prevent your pet from starting fires
  • Extinguish open flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Remove stove knobs – Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
  • Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Beware of water bowls on wooden decks – Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck. The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.
Keep your pets safe
  • Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
  • Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed.