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July 14, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning nature buffs. Today is Thursday, July 14th. Today’s holidays are:

National Nude Day 

National Nude day is not a public holiday but it is a holiday to celebrate the human form in public.
National Nude Day was created by a group of college students in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1976. Since then, it has grown to become an international holiday. There are many clothing optional beaches and resorts worldwide. If you live near one of these, there might be special events scheduled today, so, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can check them out.
If you’re like me you probably won’t be celebrating National Nude Day, at least not in the context of parading around nude in public. However, you can use this holiday to examine your body in front of a mirror to check for any abnormalities – which could be indicators of possible medical conditions; such as moles that are changing color, which could be a warning sign of skin cancer. Ladies, use this holiday to perform a self-examination for signs of breast cancer.

Shark Awareness Day

With the conclusion of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” about two weeks ago coupled with the recent sightings of Great White sharks along the central California coast, Shark Awareness Day couldn’t be more topical.
Sharks are truly impressive hunters and predators, yet the fact remains that these magnificent creatures are more threatened by people than we are by sharks. The worldwide demand for shark-fin soup, shark-tooth medallions, and a false sense of security on beaches everywhere, all combine to leave sharks persecuted and endangered, with millions of them being killed each year.
The purpose of Shark Awareness Day is to highlight the plight of these denizens of the deep, and find ways to humanely coexist with them. Like top predators in any ecosystem, sharks play an essential role in keeping the seas healthy and productive.
While no-one is suggesting that we go out and hug a Great White to celebrate Shark Awareness Day, the least we can do to respect these wonderful creatures and leave them alone whenever possible.

Pandemonium Day 

The dictionary defines Pandemonium as “wild and noisy disorder or confusion, uproar.”
Pandemonium Day is a day of sheer bedlam, and utter chaos. It is a day to break the shackles of convention and adherence to the ‘norm’ and wreak as much havoc as possible – within the bounds of the law, naturally.
Pandemonium day was established to help free us from all the stuffiness of living a structured, overly scheduled life. Instead, create a little pandemonium in your life: some random madness and spontaneous acts that will bring you new adventures, experiences, and memories. Free yourself from preconceptions, free yourself from expectations, free yourself from ‘have to’ and ‘should’, and let yourself be free. Life was meant to be lived to the fullest, not stuffed into a cubicle in some drab office or on some noisy assembly line according to someone else’s pre-determined plan. While order has its place, it is not the foundation of a life fully lived.

Bastille Day 

The Bastille was a stronghold constructed in Paris in the 14th century. In fact, the word “bastille” means “fortress” in French. During his reign, Louis XVI used it as a prison and the structure became a symbol of his power.
Bastille Day is the French equivalent of Independence Day here in America. It marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 when Parisians stormed the Bastille prison and released the prisoners inside. It celebrates the end of the constitutional monarchy and the beginning of the democratic republic of France. To Frenchmen, Bastille Day is viewed as their day of liberation.
Although Bastille Day is not a holiday celebrated here in America, the homogeneous makeup of American society means that some of you can trace your lineage back to France. To me, like the 4th of July, it symbolizes the triumph of freedom over tyranny.

National Tape Measure Day

“Measure twice, cut once” has added significance on National Tape Measure Day.
On this date in 1868, Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut was granted a patent for “Improvements in Tape Measures”, which outlined the plans for the first retractable tape measure…and the lives of carpenters, electricians, seamstresses and countless other tradesmen and craftsmen was made much easier.
The first recorded use of the tape measure goes back to the Romans, utilizing marked strips of leather. Before Fellow’s patent, Englishman James Chesterman designed a steel measuring tape, but it was expensive for its time. At $17 in 1853, it is equal to over $300 in today. It was also big and bulky and not likely to fit in a pocket or even a toolbox for that matter. Fellow’s patent was an improvement on Chesterman’s design.
The tape measures that we know and love today come in a wide array of sizes, colors, and materials. They range in size from smaller than the palm of your hand to bigger lengths of 300+ feet. They are used for anything from DIY projects at home, by contractors and in construction and at a lower price. They are a staple in almost every household.
You don’t have to be a master craftsman to celebrate National Tape Measure Day – simply measure something around your house. How far is it from your recliner to the TV?

National Hot Dog Day

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has designated July as Hot Dog Month and for 2016 Thursday, July 14 as National Hot Dog Day.
Whether they are grilled, boiled, broiled, pan-fried, rotisserie cooked, cooked on a stick over a campfire or any other way, hot dogs are a favorite summertime staple. They are loved by children and adults alike plain or garnished with one or a combination of mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, bacon, chili, or sauerkraut.
On May 31, 2012, a world record was set for the most expensive hot dog. The “California Capitol City Dawg” sold for $145.49 at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, California. The “California Capitol City Dawg” featured:

  • A grilled 18″ all-beef frank, in natural casing, from Chicago.
  • It was served on a fresh-baked herb and oil focaccia roll spread with white truffle butter, then grilled.
  • It was topped with whole grain mustard from France, garlic and herb mayonnaise.
  • In addition to the custom hot dog, it contained sautéed chopped shallots, organic mixed baby greens, maple syrup marinated/fruitwood smoked uncured bacon from New Hampshire, chopped tomatoes, sweetened dried cranberries, and expensive moose cheese from Sweden.
  • It was dressed with basil olive oil/pear-cranberry-coconut balsamic vinaigrette and ground peppercorn.

The proceeds from the sale of each 3 lb. super dog were donated to the Shrine’s Children’s Hospitals.

To celebrate National Hot Dog Day, you can try to replicate the $149.49 “California Capital City Dawg” referred to above [good luck finding all the exotic ingredients on such short notice]. Or, you can join me in visiting Costco for their $1.50 ‘dog & drink’ special…the price of which hasn’t changed since 1985. Or, you can opt for something in between — Just be sure to treat yourself to a hot dog today.
Hotdog Factoids:

  1. The average American eats 50 hot dogs every year. [I knew that I was above-average at something].
  2. The most popular hot dog topping for adults is mustard…for children, ketchup.
  3. Hot dogs were first invented in 1484 in Frankfurt, Germany (hence the proper name, “frankfurters”).
  4. Despite their name, Hebrew National Hot Dogs are not actually kosher.
  5. Hot dogs were the first food eaten on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. ate hot dogs on their 1969 journey.
  6. International Hot Dog Eating Competition current records are – 68 hot dogs (including buns) in ten minutes in the men’s’ bracket and 41 for the women’s’ bracket.
  7. Over 25 million hot dogs are sold at baseball stadiums each year…and Dodger Stadium, home of the world-famous Dodger Dog, sells more hot dogs than any other stadium.
  8. Convenience store chain 7-Eleven sells the most grilled hot dogs in North America each year – 100 million annually.

National Grand Marnier Day 

Grand Marnier  is an orange-flavored brandy liqueur created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. It is made from a blend of Cognac brandy, distilled essence of bitter orange, and sugar. It is 40% alcohol (80 proof). It can be consumed “neat” as a cordial, and can be used in mixed drinks. Grand Marnier is also used in a long list of desserts including liquor cream buns, Yule log, cranberry sauce, Crepes Suzette and Grand Marnier souffle creme brulee’. Additionally, Grand Marnier is used in the sauce of the savory roasted duck dish, “Canard a l’Orange” (or in America, Duck a l’Orange).

On this date in:

  • 1798 – Congress passed the Sedition Act. The act made it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States government.
  • 1868 – Alvin J. Fellows patented the tape measure.
  • 1911 – Harry N. Atwood landed an airplane on the lawn of the White House to accept an award from President William Taft.
  • 1914 – Robert H. Goddard patented liquid rocket fuel.
  • 1933 – All German political parties except the Nazi Party were outlawed.
  • 1946 – Dr. Benjamin Spock’s “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” was first published.
  • 1951 – The George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, MO became the first national park to honor an African American.
  • 1965 – The American space probe Mariner 4 flew by Mars and sent back photographs of the planet.
  • 1981 – The All-Star Game was postponed because of a 33-day-old baseball players strike. The game was held on August 9.
  • 2003 – Jerry Springer officially filed papers to run for the Senate representing Ohio.

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