Awesomeness, Name Meanings, The Salvation Army, Landline Telephones, Paper Money, Life in the Cracks, Packed Lunches, and Blueberry Popovers

March 10, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national days every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin.

Good morning my awesome friends. Today is Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Today is the 69th day of the year, and 296 days remain.

International Day of Awesome 

International Day of Awesome is celebrated annually on March 10th. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be awesome, this holiday endeavors to prove you wrong. It affords the opportunity to celebrate every person, place, thing, or idea in the world that is awesome. As the official tagline points out, “No one is perfect, but everyone can be awesome.” A man named Kevin Lawver declared the need for an International Day of Awesomeness in 2007. He was working with an intern who suggested that the office should celebrate Lawver’s awesomeness. Lawver replied that there should be an International Day of Awesomeness. He posted the idea to Twitter – and the rest, as they say,  is history.
This is the holiday to release your ‘inner awesomeness’.  To celebrate the occasion, organize a group of friends and perform feats of awesomeness.
Below are the answers to the six basic questions about International Day of Awesome:

  1. What: International Day of Awesome.
  2. When: Always March 10th.
  3. Where: Everywhere
  4. Who: Everyone.
  5. How: By being as awesome as you can be.
  6. Why: Because March 10th is the birthday of Chuck Norris – and who is more awesome than Chuck Norris?

To celebrate International Day of Awesome, check out the official website for this holiday – and have an awesome day!

Discover What Your Name Means Day

Discover What Your Name Means Day is the fourth holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week” and is always celebrated on Wednesday of the first complete week in March. You needn’t be an archivist to determine that this holiday celebrates the meaning(s) of names – both surnames and given names.
Have you ever been curious about what your name means? Let’s face it, names are nothing more than words – and words have meaning(s). Therefore, your name(s) have a meaning. For instance, my given name, Ernie (Ernest) means – serious, determined, sincere. My surname “Wood” means – dweller in or near a grove or dense growth of trees.
This website will enable you to find the meaning of both your given name(s) and your surname – if you don’t already know. So, celebrate Discover What Your Name Means Day by searching for your name(s) in the provided link. If your name is not listed there, try a simple Google search. Let me know your results in the comments of this post.

Salvation Army Day 

Salvation Army Day is celebrated annually on March 10th. On this date in 1880, Preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine founded the organization that became known as the Salvation Army. It was modeled after the British Army so William Booth called himself General William Booth, although he wasn’t officially a general.  The Salvation Army was ahead of its time in one regard –women and men held equal ranks.
Initially, the work of the Salvation Army could be hazardous and many of its’ officers and soldiers were imprisoned and even killed. But, through perseverance and dedication to their cause, the organization was eventually officially recognized by President Grover Cleveland in 1886.
The Salvation Army is dedicated to helping people and spreading the word of God at the same time. So, to celebrate Salvation Army Day, learn more about this worthwhile organization.

Landline Telephone Day 

Landline Telephone Day is celebrated annually on March 10th. You Don’t need to have an advanced degree in telecommunications to conclude that this holiday celebrates those archaic, cumbersome instruments of communications – landline telephones.
For my troglodyte friends who still use this archaic, crude, and cumbersome form of communication, today marks the 145th anniversary of the date, in 1876, that Alexander Graham Bell uttered the immortal words: “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you” – marking the first use of a telephone.*
To celebrate Land Line Telephone Day, simply use your landline phone today – if you still even have one, that is. If you don’t still have a landline telephone, celebrate the fact that you no longer need one.
*Author’s Note:
Shortly thereafter, he allowed Mrs. Bell to call Mrs. Watson – and the world was forever changed.**
**Sexist jokes are inappropriate and bad!

U.S. Paper Money Day

U.S. Paper Money Day is celebrated annually on March 10th. As you might expect, this holiday commemorates the date, in 1862, on which the United States government first issued paper money as legal tender. The denominations of the first bills were $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000. In August of that same year, they began issuing paper $1.00 bills as well.
There was paper currency (money) in America since at least 1690. when the Massachusetts Bay Colony issued some, and then other colonies followed suit. However, bartering was still the most common way to trade. Coins and barter – such as trading a chicken for a basket of vegetables – had been common up to that point. There was a lot of trade within and between colonies, and coins were scarce – so the colonial governments printed notes that were supposed to be redeemable for silver or gold. When somebody went to the bank to trade their paper money for silver or gold, the notes were redeemed, and the customer got the precious metals, and everyone was happy. However, when bankers couldn’t redeem paper money by paying out silver and gold, people lost faith in paper money.
During the Revolutionary War, the need for money was great, and the Continental Congress decided to issue federal paper currency. These dollars were called Continentals, and they were backed with “anticipation” of future tax dollars. In other words, this paper money wasn’t backed up at all – so people didn’t trust that paper money very much. When people don’t trust paper money, it really does lose its value. After all, if people won’t give you food or clothes or services when you hand them paper money, then the paper money isn’t really money. It’s just paper! This mistrust of the paper money issued in the early days of the United States is the reason that it took our federal government so long to issue its own paper money.
Fast forward about a century and a half, and today, while it still printed (at an alarming rate, I might add), paper money is is becoming less common. The trend toward a paperless society, the technology of debit and credit cards, and online banking could drastically reduce – or even end – the need for paper money in America – and eventually the world.
Celebrate U.S. Paper Money Day, learn more about the origins of paper money in America. How much paper money do you even carry with you these days? I’d bet that it’s not nearly as much as you carried 20 or 30 years ago.

Festival of Life in the Cracks Day 

Festival of Life in the Cracks Day is celebrated annually on March 10th. Taken literally, this holiday urges us to examine any cracks we see today for signs of life.
As far as I can determine from my sources, this holiday celebrates the first signs of spring weather, such as sprouts of greenery that come up from cracks in sidewalks. It is a day to celebrate rebirth and renewal in life, and it is a day to see beauty and life everywhere. It is not for sitting inside, but for venturing out and celebrating with your neighbors, and seeing beauty in life, even if it is only found in the cracks, crevices, nooks, and crannies around you.
With spring less than two weeks away, greenery and life should be just starting to sprout, therefore, why not celebrate Festival of Life in the Cracks Day by going outside and examining any cracks and crevices you encounter (ie: cracks in your driveway, a crevice in a piece of old wood, etc, etc) for signs of life (insects, mold, moss, etc). If you find anything interesting, let me know in the comments.

National Pack Your Lunch Day

National Pack Your Lunch Day is celebrated annually on March 10th. Oddly enough, it urges you to pack a lunch today, so why not pack a lunch today instead of buying one? Children and workers have carried their lunches to school/work in tin boxes or paper bags for centuries, so the concept of packing one’s lunch from home is not new.
The advantages of packing your own lunch are obvious:

  • You determine what’s on the menu that day.
  • You know what is in the food you prepare yourself.
  • Over time, you’ll save a lot of money compared to buying lunch every day.

To celebrate National Pack Your Lunch Day, simply pack your lunch today. If, like yours truly, you are retired, and have no job or classes to go to, pack a lunch anyway and go to a park – or just have a picnic in your backyard. Don’t forget to pack extra seeds and nuts for your avian and squirrely friends that will inevitably show up once they discover that you have food.
Author’s Note:
In 1935, the Mickey Mouse lunch box was introduced. It was the first children’s–themed cartoon character lunch box.

National Blueberry Popover Day 

National Blueberry Popover Day is celebrated annually on March 10th. You don’t need to be a gourmet baker to deduce that this holiday celebrates blueberry popovers.
Basically a quick-bread, the popover is an Americanization of Yorkshire Pudding. In America, popovers are often served as a substitute for a roll or biscuit and are often served at brunch with butter or jam (although they are quite yummy on their own).
A popover is an egg batter cooked in custard cups or muffin tins to produce a very light, hollow roll—essentially, an eggy crust. The name comes from the fact that the batter swells or “pops” over the top of the cup while baking. The outside crust is crispy, while the inside is light and airy.
To celebrate National Blueberry Popover Day, try your hand at making some for your family today. Here is one recipe to get you started. The recipe is pretty basic, with just a few ingredients that you should already have on hand.
Author’s Note:
Popovers are not a make-ahead type of bread. They need to be served and eaten as soon as they come out of the oven because they begin to deflate as they cool, and can tend to become rubbery if not consumed shortly after baking.

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

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