Don’t Fry Day & Sunscreen Protection Day

May 27, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning sun worshipers. The holidays today are:

Don’t Fry Day & Sunscreen Protection Day

Although listed separately in my sources, Don’t Fry Day & Sunscreen Protection Day convey the same general message — Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be detrimental to your health.

Don’t Fry Day sounds like a dieter’s mantra but in fact, it is an initiative put forth by the Council for Skin Cancer Prevention always celebrated on the Friday before Memorial Day (get it? Friday, Fry Day, chortle, chortle). With all of the information we have available these days about the adverse effects of prolonged sun exposure, the days of tanning and basking in the sun all day long should be behind us. But, there are still those among us that think they are impervious to the sun’s effects. They slap on a hat, and wrap around sunglasses and neglect the most important thing…to use sunscreen. They go about having “fun in the sun” only to suffer the consequences later in life. Don’t Fry Day is intended to serve as a reminder to always use sunscreen. Rather than staying out in the sun all day, why not celebrate by holding an indoor picnic. If the weather is just too nice to be cooped up indoors, grab some friends, a beach umbrella, and have some “sun smart” fun in the great outdoors. Just remember to limit you exposure to the sun during peak hours, wear protective clothing, and, of course, WEAR SUNSCREEN!

Sunscreen Protection Day is another holiday that warns about overexposure to the sun. To reiterate – Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause serious risks to your health. With the steady depletion of the ozone layer above the earth, more and stronger UV rays get through. Overexposure to the sun can cause a number of health problems, including skin cancer, sunspots, and premature aging of your skin. Medical professionals advocate the use of sunscreens to guard against health problems. They recommend a Skin Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or more. (Pasty caucasians like yours truly should use an SPF of at least 40). Sunscreens should be used for all outdoor activities, including swimming. And yes, sunscreens should be used on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate through the clouds.

Cellophane Tape Day 

Cellophane Tape Day celebrates the invention, in 1930, of Scotch Brand™ cellophane tape. It was invented by Richard Drew, an employee at the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M). My research did not indicate why Cellophane Tape Day is celebrated today. This date marks neither the birth nor death of Mr. Drew; the issuance of the patent for cellophane tape; nor the date that cellophane tape went on the market.
Author’s Note: In 1925, Richard Drew also invented Masking Tape. His first version of masking tape only had adhesive on the edges and not in the middle. According to legend, a frustrated auto painter told Mr. Drew to: “Take this tape back to your Scotch bosses and have them put more adhesive on it.” By “Scotch” the mechanic was using the pejorative vernacular popular at the time meaning stingy or cheap. Nonetheless, the name stuck and that is how Scotch Brand™tape got its name.

Old-Time Player Piano Day 

Old-Time Player Piano Day celebrates the player pianos of the early 1900’s  that used paper rolls to tell the piano what notes to play. These have all but disappeared from the music landscape today except in museums and a few homes whose families have preserved the pianos handed down through the generations. There are still player pianos manufactured today, but they have incorporated all of the latest technology and now use computers to tell the piano what notes to play. To celebrate this holiday, do a search on YouTube, or your favorite search engine, for “old time player pianos”, and take a nostalgic trip back to the days of yore.

National Wig Out Day

National Wig Out Day is similar to Halloween, except for wigs only. Have you ever wanted to dye your hair a different color or try out a new hairstyle, but were too scared to take the risk? If so, then today is your day. If, like me, you are not burdened with hair of your own, today is your chance to see what might have been; were it not for genetics. National Wig out Day encourages people to don wigs and strut around proudly in them all day. This holiday was created in 2006 by Kate and Alice Clark. The sisters were able to inspire the residents of Bellingham, Washington to go to work wearing all different types of crazy wigs and then gather downtown at the end of the day for a party. Since then, Wig Out Day has grown and spread throughout the nation. So go ahead and stop by your local wig shop or shop for wigs online. Your wig can be anything anything you choose; from a mullet to a 70’s style afro. Whatever you decide to wear on your head is OK, just be sure to Wig Out today.
Author’s Note: “Wig Out” is also a term used to describe the unnecessary feelings of anxiety and paranoia often caused by the use of marijuana, and other psychotropic drugs. People can also “wig out” in times of extreme stress; such as the loss of a job, a divorce or break-up, or even a death in the family. So, if you aren’t going to celebrate this holiday, don’t “wig out” on someone who is secure enough with themselves to actually participate in National Wig Out Day.

National Death Busters Day

Memorial Day weekend has achieved the dubious distinction of being one of the most dangerous times to drive on American roads. Memorial Day unofficially kicks off the beginning of summer. The weather is nicer, and we are in a festive mood. After being cooped up all winter, we naturally just want to get away and enjoy some time outdoors. Many of us  take to the highways to travel to the mountains, the beach or to a lake to celebrate. The goal of National Death Buster’s Day is to remind us to drive carefully during this weekend, don’t overimbibe in adult beverages, and strive to eliminate traffic related deaths. Better yet,unless you don’t absolutely have to, don’t drive at all.

National Grape Popsicle Day 

National Grape Popsicle Day  commemorates the taste, history and culture of grape-flavored popsicles. Grape popsicles are frozen treats which are made using water, a popsicle stick, grape-flavoring (typically Jello or Kool-Aid) and sugar. For adults, there is also a grape popsicle cocktail that is made by combining grape vodka, ginger ale and grape juice and serving the mixture in a chilled glass.
The popsicle itself was invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson, who was 11 years old at the time. He accidentally left a mixture of powered soda, water and a stirring stick outside on his porch. It froze over during the night and the next day the “Epsicle” was born. Frank introduced the creation to his schoolmates, who instantly loved the treat. When Epperson grew up and had his own kids, they constantly asked for “Pop’s ‘sicles.” In 1923, he applied for a patent on the frozen treat and changed the name to “Popsicles.” A few years later, Epperson would sell his invention to the Joe Lowe Company in New York.

European Neighbours’ Day

National Heat Awareness Day

Nothing To Fear Day

On this date:

  • In 1647 – Achsah Young, a resident of Windsor, CT, was executed for being a “witch.” It was the first recorded American execution of a “witch.”
  • In 1668 – Three colonists were expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists.
  • In 1896 – 255 people were killed in St. Louis, MO, when a tornado struck.
  • In 1907 – The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.
  • In 1919 – A U.S. Navy seaplane completed the first transatlantic flight.
  • In 1935 – The U.S. Supreme Court declared that President Franklin Roosevelt’s National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional.
  • In 1937 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.
  • In 1941 – President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed an “unlimited national emergency” amid rising world tensions.
  • In 1941 – The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by British naval and air forces. 2,300 people were killed.
  • In 1942 – German General Erwin Rommel began a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps.
  • In 1969 – Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida.
  • In 1985 – In Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.
  • In 1986 – Mel Fisher recovered a jar that contained 2,300 emeralds from the Spanish ship Atocha. The ship sank in the 17th century.
  • In 1994 – Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia. He had been in exile for two decades.
  • In 1995 – In Charlottesville, VA, actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a jumping event.
  • In 1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones could continue while President Clinton was in office.
  • In 1998 – Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for not warning anyone about the plot to bomb an Oklahoma City federal building.
  • In 1999 – In The Hague, Netherlands, a war crimes tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic and four others for atrocities in Kosovo. It was the first time that a sitting head of state had been charged with such a crime.

Celebrity Birthdays:

  • Cornelius Vanderbilt 1794 – Entrepreneur.
  • Amelia Jenks Bloomer 1818 – Suffragette.
  • Julia Ward Howe 1819 – Abolitionist.
  • Wild Bill Hickok 1837 –  Lawman, scout, gunfighter.
  • Isadora Duncan 1878 – Dancer.
  • Dashiell Hammett 1894 – Author.
  • Vincent Price 1911 – Actor.
  • Hubert H. Humphrey 1911 – Politician.
  • Herman Wouk 1915 – Author.
  • Henry Kissinger 1923 – Former U.S. Secretary of State.
  • Ramsey Lewis 1935 – Musician.
  • Lee Merriwether 1935 – Actress.
  • Louis Gossett, Jr. 1936 – Actor.
  • Don Williams 1939 – Country singer.
  • Cilla Black 1943 – Singer, actress.
  • Bruce Weitz 1943 – Actor.
  • Peri Gilpin 1961 – Actress.
  • Adam Carolla 1964 – Comedian.
  • Todd Bridges 1965 – Actor.
  • Dondre Whitfield 1969 – Actor.
  • Paul Bettany 1971 – Actor.
  • Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes 1971 – Singer.
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