Life Day 26789 – Wagons Ho!

November 15, 2020 at 9:49 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning wagon masters. Today is Sunday, November 15, 2020. Today is the 320th day of 2020, and 46 days remain in the year.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Little Red Wagon Day

Little Red Wagon Day is observed annually on November 15th and celebrates the iconic 20th-century toy, little red toy wagons. Toy wagons were invented in the late 19th century. They were originally made of wood and have an open top that can usually comfortably seat one child. They often have a pull handle in front and are usually red. The most famous brand and the one most of us had as a child is the Radio Flyer, which is the brand most often associated with little red wagons.
The company that would become Radio Flyer was started by Antonio Pasin in Chicago. Pasin started making wagons in 1917 while working as a craftsman selling phonograph cabinets. Customers noticed the wagons he carried his tools around in and started asking to buy them as well. After enough people requested the wagons, he shifted his focus to them. He formed the Liberty Coaster Company in 1923 and began making metal wagons out of stamped steel in 1927. In 1930 the company was renamed Radio & Steel Manufacturing, and soon afterward began making the Radio Flyer wagon. The Radio Flyer was named in tribute to Guglielmo Marconi, who helped invent the radio, and Charles Lindbergh, who in 1927 made the first solo, nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1987 the company changed its name to Radio Flyer in tribute to its popular little red wagon.
Today, besides being made of steel and wood, different manufacturers make little red wagons from plastic or other materials, but these little red wagons are far less durable. The wheels of little red wagons can be made of hard plastic or rubber and some can even use pneumatic tires. Handles vary in shape and style depending on the manufacturer.
You don’t need to be a wagon master to celebrate Little Red Wagon Day. All you need is a little red wagon. If you have a little red wagon, use it for yard work, or take your small children, grandchildren, or even your aging canine companion for a ride around the neighborhood. If you don’t have a little red wagon this is a good day to buy one. Little red wagons aren’t just for kids anymore. They can be quite useful for a variety of chores around your yard. In addition to gardening chores, we use ours to unload groceries and other bulky items from the car.

I Love to Write Day

The purpose of I Love to Write Day is to encourage everyone to write something today; a letter, a poem, an essay, a short story, write a “letter to the editor”, start the “great American novel”, or finish that “great American novel” you started years ago before “life” interrupted you. When people become better writers, they become better communicators, and effective communication is one of the keys to success.
I Love to Write Day was created in 2002 by John Riddle, an author, and ghostwriter from Delaware. Nearly 30,00 schools, libraries, and bookstores across America celebrate this holiday by sponsoring events that encourage people of all ages to sharpen their writing skills.

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day celebrates all of the benefits associated with recycling and encourages people to do their part. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. By reusing the Earth’s natural resources, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the need to build more landfills. We also ensure that these natural resources will be around for future generations to use. Recycling is not difficult. It sends less material to the waste stream, and it results in consuming less of our precious and limited natural resources. Studies show that the average American produces about four pounds of waste every day.
America Recycles Day was created in 1997 by Kevin Tuerff and Valerie Davis. It was modeled after the successful Texas Recycles Day program.

American Enterprise Day

American Enterprise Day recognizes free enterprise and how it has contributed to the economy. This holiday is observed on November 15 each year.
Free enterprise means that a business is not restricted by government subsidies or regulations. Instead, the business operates under the laws of supply and demand.  If a particular product or service is in great demand but supply is low, then it becomes more valuable to the consumer. As a result, the price goes up. When supply is high and demand is low, then the price falls. Healthy competition among businesses is a good thing for consumers. It helps to keep prices in line. Business owners also know that in order to keep customers coming back, they need to offer their products or services at a fair price. Good customer service policies are also a must; otherwise, buyers will choose to do business with another company. Thanks to the free enterprise system, they can make that choice.

National Philanthropy Day

Over the course of history, philanthropists have made great contributions to those in need, and to worthy causes. According to the official National Philanthropy Day website, this holiday is set aside to “recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy has made to our lives, our communities, and our world.”
Philanthropists aren’t the huge corporations, the wealthy, or the celebrities who stage a ‘media event’ every time they make a donation to the charity du jour. The true philanthropists are the everyday people like you and me who give of our time and money quietly without accolades; because it’s the right thing to do – not that the large corporate and private contributions aren’t appreciated. It’s just that why do I need to hear about it on the news?
National Philanthropy Day dates back to 1985. It appears to have been created at that time, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. To celebrate this holiday, give what you can afford to the charity of your choice; and no ‘press conferences’ please.

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Here we go with yet another holiday urging us to delve into the nether regions of our refrigerator and discard all of those formerly tasty tidbits that we brought home from the restaurant last month; then promptly forgot about. This time, I think the purpose of this holiday is to make room for all of the Thanksgiving leftovers that soon will be cluttering our refrigerators – only to be forgotten until the next “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day”. When in doubt, throw it out!

National Bundt (Pan) Day

Some of my sources referred to this holiday specifically as National Bundt Pan Day, while others referred to it simply as National Bundt Day. Really, it is of little consequence. You can’t have Bundt cake without the Bundt pan.
A Bundt pan generally has fluted or grooved sides, but its most defining design element is the central tube or “chimney” which leaves a cylindrical hole through the center of the cake. The design means that more of the mixture touches the surface of the pan than in a simple round pan, helping to provide faster and more even heat distribution during cooking.  Since a Bundt cake is rather difficult to frost, Bundt cakes are typically either dusted with powdered sugar, drizzle-glazed or served un-decorated.
The name “Bundt” was originally a trademark, so similar pans are often sold as “fluted tube pans” or given other similar descriptive titles. The trademark holder Nordic Ware only produces Bundt pans in aluminum, but similar fluted pans are available in other materials. However, the term “Bundt” is not a valid trademark in the United States, having been rejected by the U.S. Trademark Office as a “generic” term. Bundt cakes do not conform to any single recipe; instead, their characterizing feature is their shape. Anything can be baked in a Bundt-style pan. So, in theory, you could have Bundt bread, or Bundt biscuits, Bundt corn bread, Bundt cinnamon rolls, or even Bundt meatloaf for that matter – literally, anything that you can put into a baking pan can be put into a Bundt pan.

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

Raisin bran (sultana bran in some countries) is a breakfast cereal manufactured by several companies under a variety of brand names, including Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, General Mills’ Total Raisin Bran, and Post Raisin Bran. Skinner’s Raisin Bran was the first brand on the market, introduced in the United States in 1926 by U.S. Mills, best known for other similar giant brand name products like Uncle Sam Cereal. The name “Raisin Bran” was at one time trademarked. However, in 1944, the District Court of Nebraska found:

The name “Raisin-Bran” could not be appropriated as a trade-mark, because: “A name which is merely descriptive of the ingredients, qualities or characteristics of an article of trade cannot be appropriated as a trademark and the exclusive use of it afforded legal protection. The use of a similar name by another to truthfully describe his own product does not constitute a legal or moral wrong, even if its effects cause the public to mistake the origin or ownership of the product.” 

Raisin Bran has high dietary fiber content but has been criticized for containing too much sugar. Raisins naturally contain high levels of fructose. Many manufacturers add sugar to the raisins as well to make the cereal sweeter.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention:

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