National Grab Some Nuts Day

August 3, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my nutty friends. Today is Wednesday, August 3rd. Today’s holidays are:

National Grab Some Nuts Day

OK, OK guys, grow up! Not that kind of nuts. If you are a regular reader of this BLOG you know that there is certainly no shortage of “nutty” holidays throughout the year – some of which actually pertain to nuts; such as National Almond Day, National Pistachio Day, and National Pecan Day . National Grab Some Nuts Day encourages you to enjoy a handful of delicious and healthy nuts…no matter which variety or combination of varieties you choose.
Nuts are considered to be a superfood. They’re high in protein and contain monounsaturated fat, which can decrease a person’s risk of heart disease and help boost their good cholesterol levels. Their portability also makes them a fantastic on-the-go snack. In fact, it’s been shown that crunchy snacks, like nuts, help improve mood and alertness. A good way to boost nuts’ natural goodness is by roasting them. Try tossing a variety of nuts in a little bit of vegetable oil, some brown sugar, cayenne for spice and an earthy herb like rosemary. They burn quickly, so keep an eye on them. Nuts are high in oil content, which means they can also spoil quickly. To prevent your stash from going bad, store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
You probably think that you know what nuts are, but some of what you call nuts might not be nuts at all. Nuts are a one-seeded fruit, meaning that there is one seed contained in an outer shell (pecans, pistachios, Brazil nuts, Hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, etc). Peanuts aren’t really nuts, they are legumes (like peas and beans). Cashews, although they look like big peanuts, actually are nuts. Acorns are nuts as well, but, it seems, they taste good only to squirrels.

National Watermelon Day

Watermelon is a delicious summer fruit that has become a staple at family picnics and cookouts. They are about 92% water, which is why they are so refreshing, especially when chilled.
There are around 300 different varieties of watermelon in the U.S. and Mexico. You can find red, pink, white, and yellow varieties in various sizes and shapes. Watermelons are usually quite large, and many county fairs award prizes for the biggest ones. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest watermelon weighed 268.8 pounds.
Watermelon is thought to have originated in the Kalahari Desert of Africa. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings. From there, they were spread as nomadic people carried them in their wanderings, eventually spreading out to China, the Middle East, and eventually Europe. Historians believe that watermelons made their way to America via the slave trade in the 17th century.

On this date in:

  • 1492 – Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage would lead him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12.
  • 1880 – The American Canoe Association was formed at Lake George, NY.
  • 1900 – Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded.
  • 1914 – Germany declared war on France. The next day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany.
  • 1923 – Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the U.S. after the sudden death of President Harding.
  • 1933 – The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.
  • 1936 – Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals.
  • 1943 – Gen. George S. Patton verbally abused and slapped a private. Later, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered him to apologize for the incident.
  • 1949 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed. The league was formed by the merger between the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.
  • 1958 – The Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. The mission was known as “Operation Sunshine.”
  • 1981 – United States air traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as President Reagan had warned.
  • 1984 – Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
  • 1985 – Mail service returned to a nudist colony in Paradise Lake, FL. Residents promised that they’d wear clothes or stay out of sight when the mail person came to deliver.
  • 1988 – The Iran-Contra hearings ended. No ties were made between President Reagan and the Nicaraguan Rebels.
  • 1988 – The Soviet Union released Mathias Rust. He had been taken into custody on May 28, 1987, for landing a plane in Moscow’s Red Square.
  • 1990 – Thousands of Iraqi troops pushed within a few miles of the border of Saudi Arabia. This heightened world concerns that the invasion of Kuwait could spread.
  • 1992 – The Senate voted to restrict and eventually end the testing of nuclear weapons.
  • 1995 – Eyad Ismoil was flown from Jordan to the U.S. to face charges that he had driven the van that blew up in New York’s World Trade Center.
  • 2004 – In New York City, the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public. The site had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

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