Rubber Duckies, Public Radio, Dreams, Skeptics, and Peach Melba.

January 13, 2021 at 12:22 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 rubber duck aficionados. Today is Wednesday, January 13, 2021. It is the 13th day of the year and 352 days remain.

National Rubber Duckie Day 

National Rubber Duckie Day is celebrated each year on January 13th. For some reason, it celebrates rubber duckies – a world-renowned and beloved rubber bath toy. According to a 1973 Sesame Street calendar, Rubber Duckie’s Birthday is January 13th, so that is the reason we are celebrating this holiday today.
In February 1970, the song Rubber Duckie debuted on Sesame Street. Muppet creator Jim Henson is the one who actually sang the song, voicing it as the character Ernie. The song was released as a single and it actually went to #16 on the Billboard “Hot 100 Singles” chart.
Rubber toys first appeared in the late 1800s, as the rubber industry began to grow. The first rubber ducks were not intended to float but were instead made as chew toys. The first patent for a “Hollow rubber toy” was filed in 1925 and granted in 1928 which included a picture of a floating duck. In 1947, Peter Ganine made a sculpture of a duck and then applied for a patent. He received it two years later. Over 50 million of these ducks were sold.
These days, rubber duckies are usually not even made of rubber, but of thick vinyl instead. Vinyl is cheaper and more durable. Most are made to squeak and have a bright orange bill. Some are made into characters that look like they have a profession, such as a sailor or a pirate. And, believe it or not, some people even collect rubber duckies. Rubber duckies are so popular that there are even Rubber duck races. These events are usually held as charity events. People sponsor a duck for their favorite charity and money is donated. The ducks are then dumped into a body of water, and the first duck to cross the finish line wins the prize for its sponsor. The largest rubber duck was made by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in 2007. Its dimensions were 54ft x 66ft x 105ft, and it weighed about 1,300 pounds.
The most logical way to celebrate National Rubber Duckie Day is to take a bath with your rubber ducky today.
Did you know that in January of 1992, a shipment of 29,000 rubber ducks fell off a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean? By 2007, they had traveled 17,000 miles around the world on the ocean currents. Some are still afloat today. Over the years, people have reported sightings in Indonesia, Australia, South America, the Bering Strait, the Arctic, and (eventually) the Atlantic Ocean.

Public Radio Broadcasting Day

Public Radio Broadcasting Day is celebrated every year on January 13th. Contrary to what you might be thinking, this holiday does not pertain to NPR, the National Public Radio broadcasting system. Rather, it celebrates the date on which the first demonstration of a live radio broadcast was demonstrated to the public.
On this date in 1910, Dr. Lee DeForest and the Lee DeForest Company set up a demonstration of his/their new radio broadcasting system. Microphones were set up at the Metropolitan Opera House where Enrico Caruso and a few other opera stars of the day performed selected arias from Pagliacci. The few radio receivers were those at the DeForest Laboratory, as well as a few set up onboard ships in New York Harbor, and at a few more at select New York City locations where reporters were stationed at receiving sets.
You can celebrate Public Radio Broadcasting Day by listening to the radio today. In addition, you can research the history of radio broadcasting in America and around the world.

Make Your Dream Come True Day  

Make Your Dream Come True Day is celebrated each year on January 13th. It is intended to give you the opportunity to take the steps necessary to realize your goals and dreams. The exact origins of this holiday are unknown, but there are records showing that it has been celebrated on this date since at least 1993.
Everyone has dreams of becoming a better person and things to which they aspire. Do you want a better job? Do you want to go to college or finish that college degree you had to abandon because “life” happened? Do you want a better car, or a boat, or an RV? Do you want to improve or repair your relationship with your family? Whatever your dreams are, they usually don’t come to fruition without some effort on your part. You are the only one who can make them come true.
On Make Your Dream Come True Day, do something, anything, to move in the direction of achieving your dreams. Even if your ‘dream’ requires multiple steps to be achieved, you can still get started on the steps to fulfill your dream.

International Skeptics Day 

International Skeptics Day is celebrated every year on January 13th. It claims to celebrate skeptics, but I’m not so sure about that. I am a bit skeptical about this holiday for three reasons. First, it is mentioned in only half of my four primary sources. Second, in my research about this holiday, I found three different dates on which this holiday is supposedly celebrated: January 13th, October 13th, and the first Friday the 13th of the year. Third, it is unknown who created this holiday, when it was created, or why it was created.
I don’t care whether you believe it or not, but, by definition, a skeptic is a person who questions or doubts facts and theories. A skeptic does not accept the “given” and questions everything —  But then, you can’t believe everything you read, so, is that even true as well?
The best way to truly celebrate International Skeptics Day is to become a skeptic yourself today. Question everything. Accept nothing as fact. Trust nothing, verify everything.
Author’s Note:
Due to the current political climate, I am skeptical of everything I hear, see, and read these days. Since when did the “truth” become dependent upon the political party to which you belong, or to the news source upon which you rely? The only thing that I know to be absolutely true is that as soon as a politician begins to speak, he is basically engaging in a sex act, because someone, somewhere, somehow, in some way is about to get “screwed”. 

National Peach Melba Day  

National Peach Melba Day is celebrated annually on January 13th. As you might suspect, it celebrates Peach Melba – an elegant, yet simple dessert enjoyed all over the world. No one knows why National Peach Melba Day is celebrated in the middle of January – unless this is the date on which it was first served. That information was not contained in any of my sources.
Peach Melba is a dessert that combines two popular summer fruits: sliced peaches and raspberries, (which are pureed into a thick sauce) then spooned over the peaches – accompanied by vanilla ice cream. It was created in 1892 by French chef  Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honor Australian soprano, Nellie Melba. The dessert was originally called “Pecheau Cygne” or “Peach Swan.” It was presented in a swan-shaped ice sculpture and topped with spun sugar.
I know! Peaches and raspberries aren’t even in peak season – and ice cream in January? Nonetheless, celebrate National Peach Melba Day by trying this classic dessert tonight. Unless you have way too much time on your hands today, I think you can forego the swan-shaped ice sculpture.
Yes, Peach Melba and Melba Toast are somewhat related. When Nellie Melba gained weight later in life, chef Escoffier (who created Peach Melba) created another recipe for her. He created a thin, low-calorie toast for her breakfast – Melba Toast. 

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

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