August 3rd – National Grab Some Nuts Day

August 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my nutty friends. Today is Thursday, August 3, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate 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 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 IPA Day

National IPA Day was created in 2011 and is celebrated on the first Thursday in August each year. It pays tribute to the new crop of “craft beer” brewers.
Before you can celebrate National IPA Day, you have to know what an IPA is. IPA stands for India Pale Ale. Although it has India in its title, IPA refers to the process of brewing used to make IPA’s. The process was developed by the British when they were colonizing India.
IPA’s were born out of necessity. When the British were colonizing India, the beers they sent to their troops kept spoiling during the long sea voyage. With an extra healthy dose of hops and alcohol, both having great preservative value, their problems were solved. As a result, IPA’s have a more “hoppy” flavor and a higher alcohol content (6 to 7.5%) than regular beer, and the world had another distinctive beer style. Curiously, it’s much harder to find a true IPA from England these days.
Smaller, independent brewing companies, such as Sam Adams, Blue Moon, and Goose Island, to name a few, have come into vogue recently and do more than emulating the style of the original British IPAs. They continue to push the envelope with strength and bitterness, and occasionally add seasonal flavorings such as pumpkin spice to their brews. These days, any bar or pub worth its salt will have a variety of IPA’s available on tap or in bottles.
To celebrate National IPA Day, head to your favorite watering hole and try an IPA (or two).
Author’s Note: Always drink responsibly. If you are going to over-imbibe, have a designated driver, call an Uber or Lyft, or take a taxi home.

National Georgia Day

Georgia is the 13th colony of the original Colonies and the 4th state to enter the Union. It was initially established as a barrier of fortification between South Carolina’s southern border and Spanish settled Florida. Georgia’s founder, James Oglethorpe, settled the colony’s first capital, Savannah. Georgia would go on to have four more capitals, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville and finally, Atlanta. National Georgia Day recognizes the natural wonders and immense complexities of this bastion of Southern culture.
Of the 13 original colonies, believe it or not, Georgia was the only one that initially officially prohibited slavery, in 1735. However, the prohibition lasted only for 15 years. Leading up the Revolution, Georgia leaned toward supporting the crown and was the only colony not in attendance at the First Continental Congress. During the Second Continental Congress, Georgia initially sent one delegate, Lyman Hall. However, Hall didn’t vote because he only represented a single parish in Georgia. The colony later sent Button Gwinnett and George Walton as official delegates. All three eventually signed the Declaration of Independence.
Georgia’s history is long and varied. Devastated by the Civil War, Georgia had a resurgence in the 20th Century, when industrial and technological advancements found a niche in Georgia’s economy. Alongside its peach orchards, peanut farms, and cotton fields, Georgia became a hub for airlines, military base, and international corporations.
The 20th Century also saw a surge of masterful artists, musicians, writers, and poets come to Georgia. They were attracted by Georgia’s beauty, history, culture, and humanity.
To celebrate National Georgia Day, learn more about the history of this historical State.

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 United States 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.

Another Holiday

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.
  • In 1880 – The American Canoe Association was formed at Lake George, NY.
  • In 1900 – Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded. The American tire company was founded by Harvey Samuel Firestone in Akron, Ohio. In 1988, the company was taken over by Japan’s Bridgestone Corporation.
  • In 1914 – Germany declared war on France. The next day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany.
  • In 1923 – Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States after the sudden death of President Harding.
  • In 1933 – The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.
  • In 1936 – Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals.
  • In 1943 – Gen. George S. Patton verbally abused and slapped a private. Later, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered him to apologize for the incident.
  • In 1946 – World’s first theme park opened its doors in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA. Santa Claus Land is now known as Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
  • In 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.
  • In 1958 – The Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. The mission was known as “Operation Sunshine.”
  • In 1960 – Niger gained its independence from France. The West African country became a French colony in the early 20th century. Hamani Diori became the first president of the country.
  • In 1981 – In the 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.
  • In 1984 – Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
  • In 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.
  • In 1988 – The Iran-Contra hearings ended. No ties were made between President Reagan and the Nicaraguan Rebels.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 1992 – The Senate voted to restrict and eventually end the testing of nuclear weapons.
  • In 1995 – Eyad Ismoil was flown from Jordan to the United States to face charges that he had driven the van that blew up in New York’s World Trade Center.
  • In 2004 – In New York City, the Statue of Liberty reopened to the public. The site had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
  • In 2005 – A military coup in Mauritania replaced long-time president Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya. Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall took over the transitional government until elections were held later in the year.
  • In 2005 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office in Iran. An engineer and teacher by professional, Ahmadinejad became the 6th president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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

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