Flatulence, Rocks, Globetrotters, Bobbleheads, and Tempura.

January 7, 2021 at 12:20 pm | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Every day is a holiday. Therefore, there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin.

Good morning you ‘old farts’. Today is Thursday, January 7, 2021. It is the seventh day of the year and 358 days remain.

National Pass Gas Day

National Pass Gas Day is celebrated each year on January 7th. On the heels of yesterday’s National Bean Day, this holiday celebrates (yep, you guessed it) flatulence, farts, vitriolic vapor, breaking wind, et al.
Whether intentional or accidental, silent or otherwise, everyone lets one rip from time-to-time. In fact, according to Dr. Billy Goldberg, the average person pass gas 14 times a day.
Since I’ve already dipped my toe into this stinky stream of thought, I may as well just plunge in all the way. Here are some more fun fart facts:

  • Farts get their noxious smell from just 1% of the gas you expel. — Ninety-nine percent of a fart is composed of odorless gasses. The remaining 1% — usually sulfurous, like dimethyl sulfide and methanethiol — give farts their pungent aroma.
  • On average, you’ll pass about half a liter of gas a day.
  • Certain high-fiber foods may make people gassier than others. Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beans, broccoli, cabbage, and bran are the most common culprits. Fructose, the sugar found in fruit, and dairy products also cause more flatulence.
  • Yes, some of these foods also cause smellier farts. — Food like eggs and meat can cause stinkier farts because they are rich in sulfur.
  • Farts have been clocked at speeds of up to 10 feet per second. — That’s nearly 7 mph.
  • Ladies, you’re just as guilty as the gentlemen when it comes to ripping one. — Women produce the same amount of flatulence as men.
  • Believe the hype. Flatulence is flammable. — Don’t try it at home.
  • There are ways to control the amount of gas you expel. Taking your time when you eat, eating smaller meals, staying calm, and exercising, can all help reduce the amount of gas you pass.
  • There’s a reason not all farts sound the same. —  Flatulence varies in sound due to a variety of factors, namely, the amount of gas, the force at which it is expelled, and the tightness of the sphincter muscles.
  • Holding in farts is not dangerous to your health. — But it can cause unnecessary cramps and pain.

I can’t begin to tell you how to celebrate National Pass Gas Day. You could, I suppose, count the number of times you flatulate today to determine if you are above or below average. Or, just celebrate the fact that you are alive to flatulate for one more day.

Old Rock Day 

Old Rock Day is celebrated every year on January 7th. Contrary to what you might be thinking, this holiday does not celebrate the “classic rock & roll” tunes of your youth. Instead, it celebrates rocks – those bits of mineral matter of variable size and composition, formed through the action of heat and/or water. But wait! What? I’m baffled. Aren’t all rocks old? Old Rock Day is another holiday that has no information available regarding the reason that it is celebrated, who created it, or why it is celebrated on this date. It is, however, listed in most of my sources, so I pass it on to you.
People have admired the beauty of old rocks for years. Whether it is a majestic rock formation you’ve visited, or merely that uniquely shaped pebble you found in your backyard, along the river bank, or at the beach, rocks hold a special place in our hearts.
Geology, the study of solid Earth, has been around since at least ancient Greece in the 4th century B.C. In the 1800s, William Smith started developing a way to organize the different layers of rocks in the Earth by the fossils contained in them, but, to this day, we still don’t have the Earth completely figured out.
Lapidary, the art of creating things out of rocks, has been around since the Stone Age. Stone Age people made tools and weapons out of old rocks [yes, rocks were ‘old’ even back then]. These days, lapidary is a popular hobby, but people no longer make tools and/or weapons, but turn rocks into jewelry and other trinkets which they sell at flea markets and other similar venues.
By definition, fossils are old rocks, as are gemstones, and coal (in both its forms). Some old rocks are valuable because of their beauty, others are valuable because of their scarcity, and still others are valuable merely because they have sentimental value to you.
You can celebrate Old Rock Day in any manner you deem appropriate. Do you have a favorite rock formation that you like to visit? Do you have a rock curio that you picked up and cherish because of its unique shape or color? Do you have a Pet Rock?
Rock On, friends!

Harlem Globetrotter’s Day

Harlem Globetrotter’s Day is celebrated each year on January 7th. By mere happenstance I’m sure, it celebrates the Harlem Globetrotters – the world-renowned comedic basketball team that has entertained millions of fans for nearly a century. The Harlem Globetrotters were formed by Abe Saperstein on this date in 1927.
Despite being known primarily for their comedy routines on the basketball court, every Harlem Globetrotter possesses a high level basketball prowess in their own right. They consistently entertain crowds with their uncanny ability in ball handling and by making shots that are nothing short of phenomenal. When the NBA was formed in 1948, the Globetrotters showed their skill by defeating the champion Minneapolis Lakers in an exhibition game – thereby cementing their basketball credentials.
The absolute best way to celebrate Harlem Globetrotter’s Day is to watch them perform live. However, if that is not an option, simply learn more about the history of the Harlem Globetrotters. Also, you can find videos showing them in action on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet.

Bobblehead Day

Bobblehead Day is celebrated every year on January 7th. Oddly enough it celebrates those dear dashboard dolls with the spring-mounted, often oversized, head –bobbleheads. This holiday was created in 2015 by the  National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum as a way to commemorate the history bobbleheads.
Also known as wobblers, bobbers or nodders, the first bobbleheads appeared in Germany in the mid-1800s as plaster cats with bobbing heads. Since then, the popularity of bobbleheads has fluctuated over the years. In the 1920s, bobblehead sports figures became popular depicting prominent players of the era. Though not technically bobbleheads, hula dancers became an extremely popular rendition of this style of doll in the 1950s, often having two or more spring based joints in their design. When plastic bobblehead dolls were created in 1990s, the bobblehead industry once more saw a resurgence that has carried through to today. Making them out of plastic offered even more customizable options – limited only by imagination.
To celebrate Bobblehead Day, get to know more about the history of bobbleheads and how they are made. It is also a good opportunity to add to your bobblehead collection, or to start a collection if you don’t already have one.

National Tempura Day 

National Tempura Day is celebrated annually on January 7th. It celebrates tempura – a beloved style of Japanese cooking enjoyed worldwide – Or is it?
Although tempura is a staple in Japanese cuisine, the original cooking technique is actually attributed to the Portuguese, who brought tempura with them when they landed in Japan in the 16th-century to establish new trade routes. The word “tempura” is also related to the European roots of the dish. It comes from the Latin phrase “quattuor tempora” meaning “Ember Days.” This term refers to the days when Catholics eat fish or vegetables instead of meat.
When I think of tempura, my brain automatically goes to fried shrimp or prawns. However, other meats, vegetables, and even some types of cheese can also be prepared “tempura style”. To celebrate National Tempura Day, you can simply head out to your favorite Japanese restaurant. Or, you can try making your own tempura at home. Basic tempura batter is made with cold water and wheat flour. Some recipes also call for eggs, baking soda, oil, or spices for extra flavoring. If all else fails, a simple Google search will yield myriad recipes for tempura batter. What meats, seafood, cheese, or vegetables will you use? It is a great way to use up leftovers.

Below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention.

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