Scotch Tape, Art, Hell Freezing Over, and Hot Chocolate

January 31, 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 fans of cellophane household adhesive tape. Today is Sunday, January 31, 2021. It is the 31st day of the year and 334 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Scotch Tape Day

Scotch Tape Day is celebrated annually on January 31st. As you might deduce from its name, this holiday celebrates Scotch tape – a cellophane tape with a variety of uses.
Richard Gurley Drew an employee at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company [now known as 3M] came up with the idea for cellophane tape in 1929. After months of experimentation, Mr. Drew finally came up with a transparent adhesive that made the tape clear – and viola, Scotch Cellulose Tape, (later renamed Scotch Transparent Tape) was invented. It made its debut and began being marketed on January 31, 1930 (hence the reason Scotch Tape Day is celebrated on this date). 3M received their patent for the tape on May 27 of the same year.
Cellophane tape wasn’t Mr. Drew’s only claim to fame. As a sales rep for 3M in the 1920s, he saw the frustration of auto bodyworkers in the shops he visited when trying to paint two-tone color cars. The adhesives they were using simply didn’t give the clean, crisp lines they wanted – so, in 1925, he invented Scotch Masking Tape in 1925. Mr. Drew is now in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Today many manufacturers make transparent adhesive tapes, but most people simply refer to it as “Scotch tape” and transparent tape is now used in 90 percent of households in America. To celebrate Scotch Tape Day, simply use some Scotch tape today.
Author’s Note:
The name “Scotch” in 3M products stems from the ethnic stereotype that Scottish people were stingy. Some stories claim that the tape didn’t adhere well at first, or didn’t have adhesive in the middle of it. As the story goes, customers told Drew to go back to his “Scotch” bosses and to tell them to add more adhesive. Whether true or not, the name stuck – as did the final version of the tape.

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day  

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is celebrated annually on January 31st. It celebrates art and the warm fuzzy feeling its beauty inspires within our hearts.
Sadly, some artists these days, in an effort to seem more “edgy”, have forsaken the truth, beauty, and works that inspire, for works that are intended to shock, disgust, or enrage the audience. This, to me, isn’t “art” – it’s just a tawdry imitation.
Celebrating Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is relatively straightforward. Go to a gallery, theater, cinema, or music venue, and soak up the art. Just keep in mind the theme of this holiday. Select the art you choose to view today accordingly. Remember, you’re supposed to “inspire your heart” today – not give yourself a heart attack. Also, if you fancy yourself an artist, create an inspirational masterpiece of your own.

Hell is Freezing Over Day 

Hell is Freezing Over Day is celebrated annually on January 31st. Remember when you said, “I’ll do ____ ‘when Hell freezes over?” Well, evidently it’s getting downright frigid in Hades because this holiday urges us to get out your “when Hell freezes over” list today and accomplish a few tasks on it.
“Not until hell freezes over” is an idiom of improbability from the early twentieth century, which stemmed from the belief that hell is a very hot place, and thus will never freeze over. There are many variations on the phrase, such as “It will be a cold day in hell when…” and “There’s not a snowball’s chance in hell…”
We all have things we don’t like or want to do, things we find unpleasant, disgusting, or just futile. So, to celebrate Hell is Freezing Over Day, get started on some of those unpleasant tasks you vowed you wouldn’t do until “Hell freezes over.” Upon further reflection, since your “when Hell freezes over” list is composed of things that you never intended to do anyway, why not just add “celebrate Hell is Freezing Over Day” to that list and move on with your day? Surely you have better things to do.

National Hot Chocolate Day 

If you’re craving a warm, delicious beverage, then you’re in luck.  Today is National Hot Chocolate Day, celebrated annually on January 31st. As you can easily infer from its name, it celebrates the warm and creamy beverage that everyone loves to drink.
While the terms hot chocolate and hot cocoa are often used interchangeably, there is actually a big difference. Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder, sugar, and milk. For that reason, hot cocoa tends to be sweeter and lighter. It often contains flavoring like vanilla or spices, like ground cinnamon. Those packets of Swiss Miss you grew up on are most definitely hot cocoa  – not hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate, on the other hand, is just as the name implies – melted chocolate. Good-quality chocolate is chopped finely or shaved so that it melts quickly when combined with hot milk, or even cream. It can also contain flavoring like vanilla, but usually has very little added sugar, because there is already sugar in the chocolate. The result is a rich, full-bodied beverage that tends to be less sweet than hot cocoa – but even more decadent. You can vary the amount of chocolate you use to make it as thick as you want – from thin like hot cocoa, to a rich, creamy nearly pudding-like consistency.
To celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day, make some hot chocolate. No cheating, though — None of that Swiss Miss crap! Take the time to make it from scratch. Don’t forget to leave room in your cup or mug for the miniature marshmallows!
Factoids:

  • Chocolate is the 3rd most traded commodity in the world, behind oil (#1) and coffee (#2).
  • Hot chocolate contains antioxidants and flavonols, both very healthy nutrients.
  • The Mayans made the first hot chocolate, and it was served with chili peppers.

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

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