Bubble Wrap, Opposite, Macintosh, Fluoride, and Irish Coffee

January 25, 2021 at 12:01 am | 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 today’s festivities begin.

Good morning advocates of innovative air-cushioned package protection systems. Today is Monday, January 25, 2021. Today is the 25th day of the year, and there are 340 days remaining.

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day 

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on the last Monday in January. As you can obviously glean from its name, this holiday celebrates Bubble Wrap — the quintessential packing material used to protect the fragile contents of packages shipped worldwide. It was created by “Spirit 95” Radio, the FM radio station in Bloomington, IN in 2001. The first annual “Bubblympiad” featured events such as a Bubble Wrap popping relay, Pop-a-Mole (similar to a well-known carnival game, Whack-a-Mole), Bubble Wrap® sculpture, and even Bubble Wrap fashion design contests.
Bubble Wrap went through many incarnations before revolutionizing the packing industry. In the late 1950s, an American engineer named Al Fielding and a Swiss inventor named Marc Chavannes invented Bubble Wrap® by accident. They were actually trying to come up with a plastic wallpaper, but when they laminated the two pieces of plastic together, they found that air bubbles appeared. They called their product ‘Air Cap’ and tried to market it as a “textured” plastic wallpaper, but it proved to be unsuccessful. Undaunted, they next tried to market their product as greenhouse insulation, but that too proved to be unsuccessful. Perseverance paid off, and they eventually saw the true potential of their product as a packing material. They changed the name of their product to Bubble Wrap, formed the Sealed Air Corporation, and introduced Bubble Wrap to the public in January of 1960 – and the rest, as they say, is history.
Sealed Air also sponsors an annual Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors. Kids competed to create the most innovative product using Bubble Wrap as the primary material. Past winners include a floating garden, a cell phone cover, a swing for children with movement disorders, and a transformable kite kit.
Today, Sealed Air is a global Fortune 500 company and has annual sales of over 3-billion dollars. They produce enough Bubble Wrap to stretch from the Earth to the Moon each year. IBM, who began shipping their ‘1401’ computer in 1961, was the first company to use Bubble Wrap to ship their products. Because of Marc and Al’s ‘happy accident’, the shipping industry was revolutionized.
To celebrate Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, simply use some Bubble Wrap today. Do you have a package to ship that could use some extra protection or do you just want to relieve some tension or stress from your life? Bubble Wrap is the answer. Do you use Bubble Wrap in any unique, creative, and/or unconventional ways? Share them in the comments of this post.
Author’s Note:
Not only did Bubble Wrap® revolutionize the shipping industry, but it also has brought joy to millions of children of all ages (infants to centenarians) who enjoy “popping the bubbles.” I will admit to indulging from time to time myself. There seems to be something quite satisfying and therapeutic in popping all those bubbles of air.

National Opposite Day

National Opposite Day is (not) celebrated annually on January 25th — Or is it? Since this holiday is (not) National Opposite Day, don’t celebrate by doing the opposite of what you mean to do and saying the opposite of what you mean to say. Then again, if you don’t want to do something, you shouldn’t do it just because it’s the opposite of what you should do. Then, if you consider what you don’t want to do, as the thing that you do want to do, then you won’t do what you don’t want to do and, by so doing, you will do what you do want to do and everything should work out fine. (I think). Is that clear enough for you?
The origins of National Opposite Day are murky at best. Some of my sources say that the genesis of this holiday is a turn-of-the-century children’s game, while others claim that its origins are derived from the 18th-century novel “Alice in Wonderland.” Celebrate National Opposite Day by doing the exact opposite of what is expected of you today. Who knows what is even real these days anyway?

Macintosh Computer Day  

Macintosh Computer Day is celebrated annually on January 25th. As you can easily infer, it celebrates the Macintosh computer (aka, the “Mac”).
The “Mac” made its debut on this date in 1984, revolutionalizing the home-computer industry, and spawning legions of “fan-persons” worldwide. The Macintosh was introduced by an ad on Jan. 22, 1984, during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII. Steve Jobs then presented it to the world on Jan. 24, 1984, and it went on sale to the public the next day on Jan. 25, 1984. Apple considers Jan. 25 to be the anniversary date of the Mac, so for the purposes of this post, so will I.
Unlike what we were led to believe, while he introduced the Mac, Steve Jobs had little to do with its development. This link gives a more accurate timeline of the development of the Macintosh computer.
If you own a Macintosh computer, celebrate Macintosh Computer Day by using it today. However, if you don’t, then don’t bother with celebrating this holiday at all. Going out and buying the latest version of the Mac just to celebrate this holiday would be foolish. While Macs are good computers overall, they are cost-prohibitive to most people on fixed incomes and there are better computers, with more features available for a lot less money. Apple – Yesterday’s technology at tomorrow’s prices.
Author’s Note: 
I am probably committing sacrilege in the eyes of those aforementioned Mac “fan-persons” by using my Lenovo Desktop computer with Windows 10 to write this post – but oh well, tough toenails! As you can tell, I am by no means a Mac/Apple fanboy, however, I did once own a Macbook. I found it to be difficult to transition between the IOS operating system on my Mac laptop and the Windows operating system on my desktop computer. Additionally, after about 2 years, Apple stopped issuing updates to the operating system of my model so eventually, it became sluggish and frustrating to use. A few years ago, I spent $300.00 to “upgrade” it to the (then) latest version of the operating system, OSX (Mountain Lion), but it didn’t help at all. A little over a year ago, I spent nearly 2-days figuring out how to move some pictures on my Mac to my Windows desktop. After that fiasco, I decided that it was time for “Mac” to go. I took him out to the back yard and sledgehammered him out of existence. Very satisfying!

Fluoride Day

Scientists discovered the dental health benefits of fluoride in the 1930s. The next logical step was to begin a study and that is exactly what they did. On January 25, 1945, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan became the “test subject” and became the first city to add fluoride to their municipal water system – and community water fluoridation began. Throughout the course of the study, Grand Rapids was compared to “control” communities with no added fluoride. The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) reviewed the results and found a dramatic decline in tooth decay in the Grand Rapids children. On November 29, 1951, the NRC declared water fluoridation safe, effective, and beneficial, and the fluoridation of community water systems soon became the standard in most major cities across America. As of 2018, about 73% of the community water systems in America are adding fluoride.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay. In children under 6 years of age, fluoride helps strengthen the development of permanent teeth. Fluoride also helps speed remineralize teeth that are damaged by acidic foods and disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.
To celebrate Fluoride Day, find out if your community has fluoridated water. If they do – good. If not – why not? Also, check your calendar and see if it is time for a checkup at your dentist.

National Irish Coffee Day  

National Irish Coffee Day is celebrated annually on January 25th. You don’t need to be a barista to figure out that this holiday celebrates Irish Coffee – a whiskey-spiked coffee beverage favored by millions of people worldwide.
Contrary to popular belief, Irish Coffee is not a centuries-old recipe handed down from generation to generation. Irish Coffee was created in Port of Foynes in County Limerick, Ireland sometime around the beginning of WWII by Joseph Sheridan, head chef at the [only] restaurant there. Port of Foynes was a seaplane port near the site where Shannon International Airport was under construction at the time. A group of passengers stopped at the bar after a miserably cold eighteen-hour journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Joe brewed hot coffee, added a splash of whiskey, and offered the concoction to the travelers. According to legend, one of the passengers asked him, “Is this Brazilian coffee?” and Joe laughed and said, “No, that’s Irish coffee.”
If you are so inclined, celebrate National Irish Coffee Day by enjoying a hot, steamy cup of this unique concoction. This link will take you to Chef Sheridan’s original recipe. However, since I dislike both whiskey and coffee, I will not be joining you in your celebration today.

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

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