Life Day 23709: National Ball Point Pen Day

June 10, 2012 at 9:50 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning inksters. Today is National Ball Point Pen Day. A Hungarian journalist, Laszlo Biro, developed the ballpoint pen. In June 1943, Biro and his brother, a chemist, took out a patent with the European Patent Office and made the first commercial models of the Biro pens. The British government bought the rights to the patented pen so the Royal Air Force could use them. The pens wrote without a problem at high altitudes with reduced pressure, while fountain pens flooded. The ball served for two functions: it acted as a cap to keep the ink from drying and it would let ink flow out of the pen at a controlled rate. Celebrate the holiday by giving your keyboard a break and making notes with a ballpoint pen.

Other holidays today are: Alcoholic’s Anonymous Founder’s Day,  Children’s Sunday, Multicultural American Child Day, and Abused Women and Children’s Day. If you’re in a “touchy feely” mood today, you might consider celebrating one or all of these.

There are three food related holidays today. The first is Herbs and Spices Day. Most of you already use a variety of herbs and spices in your everyday cooking, so there is no need to elaborate to much on this one.
The second is National Black Cow Day. A Black Cow is simply a root beer float made with chocolate ice cream rather than vanilla. If I was in Bakersfield today, I might be tempted to go to Dewar’s and give one a try. I don’t think it’s on the menu, but they would probably make one for me if I asked.
And finally, my favorite, National Iced Tea Day. It is generally accepted that iced tea was created by Tea Plantation owner Richard Blechynden  at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO. While he is largely responsible for popularizing the drink because of the large number of people attending the Fair and spreading the word about it,  iced tea had been around for quite some time in the south. No matter who, where, when, why, or how it was created, it is delicious, refreshing, and healthy. I live on it in the summer, especially “sun tea” which uses solar energy to brew the tea rather than gas 0r electric. You know me, The consummate Environmentalist. Enjoy a cool glass this afternoon.

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