Bring Home the Bacon

July 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bacon lovers. Today is Tuesday, July 19th. the holidays today are:

Flitch Day

I know, you’re thinking right now; “Who or what is a flitch and why are we celebrating?” The answer to that question is a what. A flitch is a measurement for bacon equaling half a pig (flitch = side). In the United States, a side of unsliced bacon was once known as a flitch. It is now known as a slab. An individual slice of bacon is a slice or strip.
An old English custom dating back to 1104 eventually turned into the holiday that today is known as Flitch Day. Any married couple who could prove they had been faithful and loving to one another for a year and a day was awarded half a flitch of bacon. The Flitch Day holiday is thought to be the origin of the phrase “bring home the bacon.”
There are still flitch trials today, but they are now held only once every four years. Great Dunmow is a town in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England. The town is famous for its quadrennial ritual of the Flitch Trials, in which couples must convince a jury of six local bachelors and six local maidens that they have never wished themselves unwed for a year and a day. If successful, the couple is then paraded through the High Street and receive a flitch of bacon.
My sources vary regarding the date on which this holiday is celebrated. Some say it is always the 3rd Saturday of July, others say that it is celebrated on the third Friday, and one says that it is always celebrated on the 19th, and still another has it listed on June 20th. But, July 19, 1854, a leap year, was when the ceremony was revived after a 103-year hiatus, so now it is celebrated on this date every leap year. The last Flitch Trials were held in 2012. The custom is ancient and is mentioned in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.
Whatever!!! I’ll celebrate any holiday that involves BACON – no matter how obscure.

 National Raspberry Cake Day 

Raspberries are among the best fruits that nature has to offer. Combine them with cake, and you truly have a slice of heaven. Raspberries are in season now so why not bake some into your favorite cake recipe and enjoy some for dessert tonight. Don’t forget the whipped cream.

National Daiquiri Day

Many people associate the Daiquiri with author Ernest Hemingway because it was his favorite drink. The Daiquiri was, in fact, invented in 1898 in the small iron mining town of Daiquiri near Santiago, Cuba by an engineer named Jennings Stockton Cox. He came up with the drink, a simple blend of lime juice, sugar, and local Bacardi™ rum over cracked ice as a way to boost the morale of mine workers during the sizzling summer months. The drink was such a success that Cox not only received a generous stipend from the mining company but also a monthly gallon of Bacardi™rum from Bacardi.
Today, Daiquiris are still quite popular, but usually in the form of ‘frozen drinks’. There are now Daiquiri mixes available where all you add is the rum and the ice.
So if you want an adult libation to cool off with this afternoon, why not have a Daiquiri; either frozen or using Mr. Cox’s original recipe (rum, lime juice, and sugar).

Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day

Stick Out Your Tongue Day

On this date in:

  • 1799 – The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, was found in Egypt.
  • 1848 – The Women’s Rights Convention took place in Seneca Falls, NY. “Bloomers” were introduced at the convention.
  • 1909 – The first unassisted triple play in major-league baseball was made by Cleveland Indians shortstop Neal Ball in a game against Boston.
  • 1942 – German U-boats were withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to effective American anti-submarine countermeasures.
  • 1946 – Marilyn Monroe acted in her first screen test.
  • 1960 – Juan Marichal (San Francisco Giants) became the first pitcher to get a one-hitter in his major league debut.
  • 1974 – The House Judiciary Committee recommended that U.S. President Richard Nixon should stand trial in the Senate for any of the five impeachment charges against him.
  • 1982 – The United States Census Bureau reported that 14% of the population had an income below the official poverty level in 1981.
  • 1984 – Geraldine Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of U.S. Vice-President.
  • 1985 – Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. She died with six others when the Challenger exploded the following year.
  • 1985 – George Bell won first place in a biggest feet contest with a shoe size of 28-1/2. Bell, at age 26, stood 7 feet 10 inches tall.

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