July 19th – Bring Home the Bacon

July 19, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bacon lovers. Today is Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate 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, though now it is 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 a flitch of bacon.
There are still flinch trials today. 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.
These days, Flitch Day is always celebrated on the 19th because that is the date when the ceremony was revived after a 103-year hiatus. Tthe 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.
Factoid: The Flitch Day holiday is thought to be the origin of the phrase “bring home the bacon.”

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 inch, 3-pound 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 Capitol 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.
Below, I listed some interesting 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 – 72 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 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).

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1553 – Mary I replaced Lady Jane Grey as Queen of England. Also known as Bloody Mary due to her brutal persecution of Protestants, Mary I was the only child of Catherine of Aragon and Henry III.
  • In 1799 – The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, was found in Egypt.
  • In 1848 – The Women’s Rights Convention took place in Seneca Falls, NY.  One of the first women’s rights conventions to be held in American history, the two-day convention attracted 300 women and men who protested the social, economic, and political discrimination American women faced. It is said that “Bloomers” were introduced at the convention.
  • In 1870 – The Franco-Prussian War started. The war involving France, under Napoleon and the Kingdom of Prussia began with French declaration of war. The war lasted for 9 months and ended with a German victory.
  • In 1900 – The Paris Metro opened. One of the densest metros in the world and the second largest metro in Europe, the first line of the Paris Metro opened during the World’s Fair.
  • In 1903 – The first Tour de France came to an end. Maurice Garin became the first person to win the now annual bike race.
  • In 1909 – The first unassisted triple play in major-league baseball was made by Cleveland Indians shortstop Neal Ball in a game against Boston.
  • In 1942 – German U-boats were withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to effective American anti-submarine countermeasures.
  • In 1946 – Marilyn Monroe acted in her first screen test.
  • In 1960 – Juan Marichal (San Francisco Giants) became the first pitcher to get a one-hitter in his major league debut.
  • In 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.
  • In 1982 – The United States Census Bureau reported that 14% of the population had an income below the official poverty level in 1981.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

 

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