Memorial Day, Meditation, Thought Growth, Hearing, Complete Sentences, Web Designers, No Tobacco, and Macaroons

May 31, 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 holidays 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 patriots. Today is Monday, May 31, 2021. Today is the 151st day of the year, and 214 days remain.

 Memorial Day 

Memorial Day is celebrated annually on the last Monday in May. As you can easily intuit from its name, this holiday honors those servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Originally called Decoration Day, this holiday dates back to the end of the Civil War in 1865 and was meant to honor the over 600,000 soldiers from both sides who were killed. It was traditionally observed on May 30th. In 1882, the name was officially changed to Memorial Day.
After WWI, this holiday was changed again to include all American soldiers who had lost their lives in all American wars. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create 3-day weekends. The law went into effect in 1971 and Memorial Day was included in this list of Monday holidays. At this time, it also was recognized as an official federal holiday for the first time.
Alas, as a result of it being celebrated as a part of a 3-day weekend, the actual reason we celebrate Memorial Day has become obscured and means little more to some people than a day off from work and a reason to have a family barbecue or outing. What a shame!
So, go ahead and celebrate Memorial Day by having your barbecue, your picnic, or your family outing – just please set aside a few moments to observe the true meaning of Memorial Day.
For more information regarding Memorial Day, click this link.

National Meditation Day

National Meditation Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. You don’t need to have reached a state of nirvana to deduce that this holiday celebrates the power of meditation.  Created in 2007, the goal of this holiday was to get 10,000,000 people across the world to unite through the power of meditation to pump positive energy into our negative world.
The theory was that good energy pumped into the world would have huge positive effects. In his book “Permanent Peace: How to Stop Terrorism and War – Now and Forever,” author Robert Oates asserts that meditation done by large groups of individuals can cause permanent change. The premise is simple: Like ripples on a pond radiating outward from a pebble’s splash, ripples of orderliness and harmony radiate outward from concentrated group meditators. According to Mr. Oates, the evidence for this idea has been repeated and is statistically significant. He claims that not only do signs of social disorder go down; such as violent crime, fires, traffic accidents, warfare, and terrorism, but, signs of coherence and progress go up.
Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, “thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Meditation often involves turning attention to a single point of reference. It is recognized as a component of almost all religions in one form or another and has been practiced for over 5,000 years. It is also practiced outside religious traditions. Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which may emphasize different goals — from the achievement of a higher state of consciousness to greater focus, creativity, or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind.
The word meditation originally comes from the Indo-European root med-, meaning “to measure.” From the root med- are also derived the English words mete, medicine, modest, and moderate. It entered the English language through the Latin word meditatio, which originally indicated every type of physical or intellectual exercise, then later evolved to have the more specific meaning, “contemplation.” In recent times, Far Eastern meditation techniques have been adapted and are increasingly being practiced in Western culture.
To celebrate National Meditation Day, Do some channel your “inner mystic” and do some introspective “navel-gazing” – preferably with a specific goal in mind.
Author’s Note:
I don’t know whether or not any of the gobbledygook above is factual or feasible, but it does tie in nicely with today’s next holiday, which is:

What You Think Upon Grows Day 

What You Think Upon Grows Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. In the same vein as the holiday above, this holiday urges us to think positively and try to eliminate negativity from our lives. This date was chosen to celebrate What You Think Upon Grows Day because it is the birthdate of one of the pioneers of modern positive thinking, Norman Vincent Peale, who was born on this day in 1898. Peale was a renowned author, speaker, pastor, and theologian who ministered at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan for over fifty years.
Legendary thinkers throughout history have often said that “thoughts are things”, and “what a man thinketh in his heart so is he”. It is also said that “men are makers of themselves”. The gist of all this hoopla is that you control your own destiny. If you think negative thoughts, negative things will happen to you, therefore, the converse must also be true.
We all know a “gloomy Gus” or two and we also know a few people who always put a positive spin on everything. But is there a correlation between their attitude and their success, or lack thereof, in relationships, business, or life in general? What You Think Upon Grows Day asserts that the correlation not only exists but is inevitable. A positive attitude produces a positive result and a negative attitude produces a negative result.
I don’t know if this is true or not, but to be safe, celebrate What You Think Upon Grows Day by trying to think positively today and gauge the results for yourself.

Save Your Hearing Day 

Save Your Hearing Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. As you might surmise, this holiday serves as a reminder that our hearing is vital, and needs to be protected.
Hearing loss can be attributed to a number of causes including health, genetic, and environmental. Environmental causes are the ones over which you have the most control. If your job requires you to be around high-decibel noise for prolonged periods of time, be sure to wear adequate hearing protection.
Around your home, don’t blare your music at a volume that can be registered on the Richter Scale. The same thing applies when you are driving in your car. Additionally, never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ears to clean them.
To celebrate Save Your Hearing Day take time today to learn other ways to prevent hearing loss. It is also a good day to schedule a hearing test with your healthcare professional.
Authors Note:
I speak from experience on this subject. I spent over half of my 20+ year military career as a jet aircraft mechanic. Hearing protection was required by the USAF, but, being young, dumb, and invincible, I often didn’t heed the warnings about wearing hearing protection. The result: I now have about a 25% hearing loss in my mid-range hearing. I often have to annoyingly ask people to repeat themselves because I missed what they said.

Speak in Complete Sentences Day 

Speak in Complete Sentences Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. You needn’t be a grammarian to ascertain that this holiday is set aside to celebrate the increasingly lost art of speaking, and writing, properly. As slang, informalism, and social media lingo continue their assault upon the English language, this holiday reminds us of the importance of good language skills. The origins of Speak in Complete Sentences Day are unclear, but I found references to it as far back as 2004.
OMG, do we really have 2? Well yes, that is if you choose to celebrate Speak in Complete Sentences Day – at least for today. Speak in complete, grammatically correct sentences in all of your conversations today.
Author’s Note:
Although this holiday specifies speaking in complete sentences today, I feel that it should be expanded to include writing in clear, coherent sentences as well. So, today, feel free to be the ‘grammar Nazi’ on ‘social media’ to your heart’s content. 

Web Designer Day

Web Designer Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. Oddly enough, this holiday is all about appreciating the web designers of the world and celebrating the job they do. Web designers basically make the internet pretty, and the internet would be a drab and boring place without them.
It takes a lot of brainstorming, coding, and long hours of tedium to make a well-designed website. A good web designer is an invaluable asset to any business. Finding that perfect balance between “too busy” and “basic” is no easy task. It is the job of a web designer to make their company’s website aesthetically pleasing, yet at the same time make it functional. If a company’s website is too “busy” potential customers might click away because they can’t easily find the information they seek. By the same token, a “basic” drab, dull, “industrial” looking website can be equally a turn-off to potential customers. Striking that perfect balance can be the difference between a company’s success or failure, and the web designer makes that happen.
So if you use a web designer in your business, or you have a web designer among your family or friends, give them a big “Thank You” today in celebration of Web Designer Day. Peruse the internet to find examples of websites that are either “too busy” or “too basic.”

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. As you might suspect, this holiday strives to bring awareness of the health issues, and dependency issues related to tobacco use. It stresses the importance of making people all over the world aware of the health dangers of using tobacco.
According to the World Health Organization’s website: The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, changing the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, to 31 May.
And for the 34th consecutive year, I will not be participating. I tend to ignore ‘holidays’ with the words World, Global, or International in the title as a general rule anyway. I know that I should quit smoking, and someday I will. But when I do, it won’t be because of some “World” holiday.
However, if you want to celebrate World No Tobacco Day by trying to quit tobacco, by all means, go ahead! Your health is your decision. Don’t let my feelings on the subject affect your decision.
Author’s Note:
This holiday is not to be confused with the Great American Smokeout which happens in November each year.

National  Macaroon Day 

National  Macaroon Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. You don’t need to be a patissier to conclude that this holiday celebrates that world-renowned egg-white-based treat – the macaroon.
A macaroon is a small unleavened cake with a crispy outer layer and a moist, chewy center. Although they are classified as cakes, they use no flour and are leavened by whipped egg whites. They are flavored with sugar, and sometimes also with coconut, potato starch, or nuts. They date back to a 9th-century Italian monastery.
Because they are flourless, macaroons are popular among the Jewish community, especially during Passover, where Judaism bans cooking with flour. Although they are the same size as cookies, macaroons do not contain any flour and therefore do not fall into that classification. The most popular macaroon varieties are coconut, almond, and chocolate.
The word “macaroon” comes from the Italian word for paste: “Maccarone.” A primary ingredient in early macaroon recipes was almond paste. This link will provide you with a more complete history of macaroons.
To celebrate National Macaroon Day, simply enjoy some macaroons today – either store-bought or homemade.

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

Indy-500, Holey Buckets, Flowers, and Mint Juleps

May 30, 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 holidays 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 motorsports enthusiasts. Today is Sunday, May 30, 2021. Today is the 150th day of the year, and 215 days remain.

Indianapolis 500 

The Indianapolis 500, better known as the “Indy 500” is held annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, which is always the last weekend in May. While it is not actually a holiday in and of itself, it is the premier auto racing event in America and one of the world’s most famous auto races as well, so it gets “top billing” today. This race is also known as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing and this single race attracts up to 400,000 spectators annually. The race is run on a 2.5-mile circuit, for 200 laps – totaling a whopping 500 miles (hence the name Indianapolis 500).
The first Indianapolis 500 race in 1911 drew 80,200 spectators who each paid a $1 admission fee. Since then, capacity at the speedway has increased to 250,000 permanent seats, making the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the world’s largest spectator sporting facility.
The Indy 500 is an event rich in traditions. For example, multi-colored balloons are always released at the start of the race. It’s also become a tradition for the winner to kneel and kiss the “Yard of Bricks” to pay tribute to the history of the Speedway. It’s the combination of tradition and excitement that makes the Indy 500 one of the most popular single-day sporting events in the world.
I am not a fan of auto racing, so this is a non-event for me. If you are a fan, however, this link will arm you with all the information you need to impress your friends and/or family with your knowledge of Indy 500 trivia as you watch the broadcast from your preferred venue.

My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day 

My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day is celebrated annually on May 30th. The origin, creator, and history of this holiday are vague at best. This holiday highlights those days when, no matter what you do, it seems that you are just treading water and can’t get anything accomplished.
Everyone has heard the classic folk song “There’s a Hole in My Bucket”. The song which has origins in 1700 Germany, is about a back and forth conversation between Henry and Liza.  Henry needs to fix his leaky bucket.  In each stanza, Henry asks Liza for advice. In the end, he needs a bucket to carry the water to repair his bucket.
My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day celebrates those kinds of days — We all have them occasionally, so just grin and bear it. Hopefully, things will be better tomorrow.
Author’s Note:
If you actually do have a leaky bucket, My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day is the perfect day to repair it. If your bucket is beyond repair, repurpose it into something like a planter or a piece of “yard art”. Then, go out and buy a new bucket, silly.

Water a Flower Day 

Just as hydration is important to humans, it is even more so to the flora in our yards. Water a Flower Day is celebrated annually on May 30th. You needn’t be a horticulturist to ascertain that this holiday urges us to water a flower today. Why Water a Flower Day is named in the singular form is a mystery, as is its creator and when it was created. In my humble opinion, be renamed “Water Your Flowers Day” and expanded to include all of the flora in your yard. Nonetheless, this holiday was listed in multiple sources so I decided to give it a mention anyway.
This holiday serves as a reminder for you to water our flowers today. And while you’re celebrating Water a Flower Day, a good dose of plant food in addition to the water would probably be beneficial as well. A nourished flower is a happy flower. Maybe, you could use your new or repaired bucket to water them.
Author’s Note:
Bear in mind that early morning is the best time to water your plants, especially your outdoor plants. Plants have time to soak up water and hold up to the heat of the day. Midday watering is discouraged because most of the water is evaporated by the sun and evening watering encourages fungal diseases.
National Water a Flower Day, is also an opportunity to care for the gardens of your elderly neighbors or those who may be homebound or in the hospital.

National Mint Julep Day 

National Mint Julep Day is celebrated annually on May 30th. You don’t need to be a professional mixologist to deduce that this holiday celebrates Mint Juleps – a refreshing cocktail most commonly associated with the southern region of the United States. Today, the mint julep is most notably recognized as the “official” drink of the Kentucky Derby, which occurs on the first weekend in May – so I have to wonder why Mint Julep Day is not celebrated until the end of May.
Anyway, a mint julep is a delicious and refreshing summer cocktail made with bourbon whiskey, mint, water, and sugar. A secret trick that many bartenders use is to lightly “bruise” or muddle the mint before adding the other ingredients. This releases the herb’s distinctive aroma and flavor. A traditional mint julep is traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup filled with shaved ice, but a premium version of the drink can be found at the Kentucky Derby that is served in gold-plated cups with silver straws at a cost of $1000. Over the course of the two-day event, bartenders at Churchill Downs serve almost 120,000 mint juleps – but a vast majority of them aren’t of the $1000 variety.
According to many sources, Kentucky Senator Henry Clay introduced the mint julep in the early 1800s. As early as 1816, county fair champions in the South received silver julep cups as awards.
I can truthfully say that I have never had a Mint Julep and since I don’t particularly like bourbon, and in fact, seldom imbibe in alcohol at all these days, I won’t be celebrating National Mint Julep Day today. However, if you do like bourbon and want to try one today in celebration of this holiday, click this link, and through some sort of blogospheric Shamanism, a recipe for Mint Juleps will magically appear.

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

Paper Clips, Composting, the End of the Middle Ages, Coq Au Vin, and Biscuits

May 29, 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 holidays 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 simple, mechanical paper fastening device fans. Today is Saturday, May 29, 2021. Today is the 149th day of the year, and 216 days remain.

Paper Clip Day

Paper Clip Day is celebrated annually on May 29th. You needn’t be a mechanical engineer to conclude that this holiday celebrates the low-tech mechanical paper securing gizmo – the paper clip. However, you may be asking yourself, why on Earth would there be a holiday to commemorate such an innocuous little object as the paper clip? Well, prepare to be enlightened.
The first patent for a bent wire paper clip was awarded in the Samuel B. Fay in 1867 in the United States. Originally, the paper clip was designed for attaching tickets to fabric, although the patent recognized that it could be used to attach papers together. However, that original model of the paper clip in no way resembled the design we know and love today.
The paper clip as we know it now was most likely designed by Norwegian inventor Johan Vaaler sometime in the early 20th century. Years later, during World War II, the paper clip, besides clipping papers together, was used as a symbol of the Norwegian resistance to Nazi German occupation. They were worn in coat lapels by many resistance sympathizers to show solidarity with other Norwegians during those difficult times. The Nazis saw this show of solidarity as a threat, and they soon prohibited paper clips altogether, threatening people who dared wear them with severe punishment. After the war ended, an enormous paper clip over a meter wide and five meters tall was erected in Sandvika, Norway, to remind people about the role this tiny object played in their nation’s history.
Ah, the lowly paper clip – now you know that it is much more than just a simple piece of bent wire. You probably never thought paper clips had such an interesting history. Everyone knows that the self-descriptive paper clip can be used to hold papers together. But paper clips have many other uses – limited only by your imagination.
So to celebrate Paper Clip Day, take a little time to ponder how many other different things you can do with the simple paper clip.
Below are a few examples of alternative uses for paper clips that I came up with off the top of my head:

  • Paper clips can be used to hang ornaments on a Christmas Tree (colored paper clips would be ideal for this). 
  • Paper clips can be used to hang decorations or banners for other holidays or special events, such as birthdays, graduations, or promotions. 
  • Paper clips can be used as lottery ticket scratchers (if you are so broke that you have no coins).
  • Paper clips can be used to unclog narrow holes, like the nozzles on spray cans, salt and pepper shakers, glue bottle tips, etc.
  • Paper clips can be used as emergency key chains.
  • Paper clips can be used as emergency zipper tabs.
  • Paper clips can be used as DIY fish hooks (as long as there is a worm dangling at the end of it – Freddy the Flounder could care less).
  • Paper clips can be used as emergency hair clips (for those of you still encumbered with hair).

Leave a comment if you think of any other uses for the [not so] humble paper clip.

Learn About Composting Day 

Learn About Composting Day is celebrated annually on May 29th. As you might expect, this holiday encourages you to learn about the benefits of composting – not only to your own yard but to the environment in general.
You might be surprised at the number of things that can be composted. Everyone knows about yard trimmings, and vegetable waste from your kitchen, but did you know that you can also compost paper, cardboard, and untreated wood? Composting is easy and it benefits the environment.
So, take the time to learn about composting today in celebration of Learn About Composting Day.  Then “Go Green” and start composting. Next Spring, you’ll reap the benefits of your endeavors and enjoy beautiful flowers and yummy fruits and vegetables from your garden with the satisfaction of knowing that you helped them grow with your homemade compost, and, in some small way, contributed to helping the environment in the process.

Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day

Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day is celebrated annually 9 days before the first Monday in June. This holiday is an annual non-political Amateur Radio Public Service project held in conjunction with National Military Appreciation Month during the month of May. My sources revealed no information regarding the significance of “9 days before the first Monday in June” – so that remains a mystery.
Anyway, on this holiday, Amateur Radio operators hold events and work with other groups to allow people to express verbal positive support “live” over two-way radios for members of the Military, Veterans, Reserves, National Guard, Retired, Coalition Forces, First Responders, and Military Support Groups. These events allow people from communities across the nation to gather at public locations such as shopping centers, parks, VA hospitals, and sporting events.
Many of us have friends, relatives, and neighbors that are on active duty, and past members of the armed forces. Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day gives us the chance to support one another, and to express our thanks and appreciation to those that sacrifice and serve in the Armed Forces.

End of the Middle Ages Day 

End of the Middle Ages Day is celebrated annually on May 29th. You don’t need to be a historian to deduce that this holiday celebrates what most experts view as the end of the Middle Ages.
Many historians consider this date in 1453 to be the end of the Middle Ages, (and hence the beginning of the Renaissance). On this date, the city of Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire after being under siege for two months. The reason this is significant is that Constantinople was the political center of the Byzantine (Greek) Empire. Because of the siege, many Greek scholars fled Constantinople. The result was the spread of enlightened Greek culture throughout the rest of the world.
To celebrate End of the Middle Ages Day, learn more about how the end of this era came about, and/or, the dawn of the Renaissance era.

National Coq Au Vin Day 

National Coq Au Vin Day is celebrated annually on May 29th. You needn’t be a gourmet French chef to ascertain that this holiday celebrates Coq Au Vin – a traditional French dish that is basically chicken (originally an older rooster) stewed in wine with salt pork, mushrooms, and garlic. In fact, Coq Au Vin literally translates from French to Rooster in Wine (sauce).
According to some legends, Coq Au Vin has ties to Julius Caesar or Napoleon, but most historians agree that the dish has more humble roots. Roosters were generally only butchered when they were quite old and inedible in traditional preparation methods like frying, baking, or roasting. Peasant families most likely created the Coq Au Vin recipe out of necessity, to avoid wasting the meat.
Coq Au Vin became popular in the United States thanks to celebrity chef Julia Child, who featured the dish in her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She also prepared a version of the dish several times on her Television show “The French Chef.”
Today, it is a popular dish in many French restaurants, but it is also often cooked in home kitchens as a special dinner. There are myriad recipes for Coq An Vin online. So to celebrate National Coq Au Vin Day at home today, find a recipe that appeals to you and make some Coq Au Vin for dinner tonight. Be forewarned, Coq Au Vin is not a quick, throw-together meal. It takes a couple of hours to prepare, so plan accordingly.

National Biscuit Day

National Biscuit Day is celebrated annually on May 29th. offers the perfect chance to go crackers about one of the world’s most popular snacks. The word biscuit has two meanings, depending upon where you are from. In the British Empire, biscuits are what we in America call cookies.  However, in America, biscuits are small crusty bread rolls, often served at breakfast (with or without gravy) or as a bread accompaniment to a meal, especially in southern cuisine.
There are few crumbs of information about how, when, where, who, or why this holiday was created – in fact, none of my sources gave any clue at all. But that is no reason not to celebrate National Biscuit Day. Bake a batch of biscuits today and enjoy some with any [or all] of your meals today. And yes, baking the English version of biscuits is also acceptable, so there is really no downside to celebrating this holiday. What the heck, bake both the English and American versions of biscuits and really, really celebrate National Biscuit Day.
Below are a few other interesting facts about biscuits:

  • White flour, commonly used to bake biscuits, is almost instantly metabolized into sugar.  Biscuits will quickly spike your blood sugar level.
  • Most biscuit recipes call for a healthy dose of butter in the baking process.  Despite this, many people (including yours truly) still butter their biscuits before they are served as well.
  • The main difference between biscuits and rolls is the leavening agent.  Biscuits use baking soda.  Rolls use yeast.

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

Sun, Heat, Amnesty, Hamburgers, and Brisket

May 28, 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 holidays 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 sun worshipers. Today is Friday, May 28, 2021. Today is the 148th day of the year, and 217 days remain.

Don’t Fry Day 

Don’t Fry Day is celebrated annually on the Friday before Memorial Day. Although this holiday sounds more like a New-Age dieter’s mantra, in actuality, it is a ‘play on words’ that celebrates an initiative put forth by the Council for Skin Cancer Prevention – (get it? Friday, Fry Day, chortle, chortle).
With all of the information we have available these days about the adverse effects of prolonged sun exposure, the days of tanning and basking in the sun all day long should be behind us. But, there are still those among us that think they are impervious to the sun’s effects. They slap on a hat, and wrap-around sunglasses and neglect the most important thing – to use sunscreen. They go about having “fun in the sun” only to suffer the consequences later in life.
Don’t Fry Day is intended to serve as a reminder to always be aware of the damage the sun can do to your body. So, celebrate Don’t Fry Day by taking precautions against the harmful rays of the sun. Rather than staying out in the sun all day, why not celebrate by holding an indoor picnic. If the weather is just too nice to be cooped up indoors, grab some friends, a beach umbrella, and have some “sun smart” fun in the great outdoors. Just remember to limit your exposure to the sun during peak hours, wear protective clothing, and, of course, WEAR SUNSCREEN! You don’t want your Memorial Day weekend ruined by a trip to the Emergency Room for severe sunburn or sunstroke.

National Heat Awareness Day

In the same cautionary vane as the holiday above, National Heat Awareness Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday in May. However, instead of concentrating on the harmful effects of the sun, this holiday seeks to raise awareness about heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustionheat cramps, and heat stroke (also known as sunstroke) – especially in the workplace. It was created by the National Weather Service in 2013 and has been supported by them, and OSHA, ever since.
As your body works to cool itself under extreme or prolonged heat, blood rushes to the surface of your skin. As a result, less blood reaches your brain, muscles, and other organs. This can interfere with both your physical strength and your mental capacity, leading, in some cases, to serious danger. By reducing excessive exposure to high temperatures and taking other precautionary steps, most heat-related illnesses can be avoided.
Those who work in hot or humid environments – such as manufacturing plants, bakeries, or construction sites during summer months are most at risk. However, even long, hot afternoons at the beach can pose problems if warning signs are ignored.
To celebrate National Heat Awareness Day, learn more about heat-related illnesses. Research what causes them, how to recognize the symptoms, and most importantly, how to treat them should the need arise.

Amnesty International Day 

Amnesty International Day is celebrated annually on May 28th. As you can easily surmise from its name, this holiday celebrates Amnesty International – a global organization that recognizes the need to protect human rights around the world. My research does not reveal any information regarding why this holiday is celebrated today. It is not the anniversary of its founding, nor the birth date or date of death of its founder.
Amnesty International was created by British lawyer Peter Benson in 1961 after learning that two Portuguese students were jailed because they raised their glasses to toast ‘freedom’. They have since grown into an International Organization that fights for freedom everywhere.
The Amnesty International organization strives to provide awareness and recognition of human rights issues. They work to publicize local and regional problems and to spur citizens, governments, and politicians to action to prevent human rights violations. There are still far too many governments in the world that have no regard for human rights.
To celebrate Amnesty International Day, learn more about this worthwhile organization.

National Hamburger Day 

National Hamburger Day is celebrated annually on May 28th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to conclude that this holiday celebrates hamburgers – the quintessential American sandwich. Nothing is more American than a big, juicy hamburger – except that hamburger patties originated in Hamburg, Germany (hence, the name ‘hamburger’). However, eating the Hamburger patty as a sandwich in a bun is actually an American innovation.
Hamburgers and cheeseburgers have been a staple of the American diet for decades. Americans eat nearly 50 billion burgers each year and burgers make up about 40 percent of all sandwiches sold. The hamburger sandwich as we know it today was most likely invented in Seymour, Wisconsin. Each year the city hosts a hamburger festival called Burger Fest. That is where the world’s largest hamburger made its debut in 2001. It weighed 8,266 pounds.
Is there really a need for me to explain to you how to celebrate National Hamburger Day?

National Brisket Day 

National Brisket Day is celebrated annually on May 28th. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates beef brisket – a flavorful cut of meat from the breast or lower chest, directly behind the foreshank.
The fibrous texture of beef brisket is best suited for long-cooking preparations like barbecue, braising, smoking, slow roasting, casseroles, and stews. Another form of brisket that we commonly hear of is corned beef, which is brisket that is cured in a brine.
In Jewish cooking, brisket is braised like a roast. In the Southern United States, brisket is commonly (and generically) called “barbecue” where it is slow-cooked on a grill over indirect heat or smoked in a smoker.
The best way to cook a brisket is fat side up so the fat drips off and keeps the meat moist. The most desirable thickness for the fat layer is between 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick, and the thickness of the fat layer is important. If it is too thin and you risk losing flavor and tenderness. If the fat layer is too thick it can affect the cooking time and make it harder for spices to penetrate the meat. You should trim away any thicker areas of fat.
Fully cooked brisket will be fork tender and should be between 185 degrees F and 190 degrees F. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes before slicing. When ready to slice, carve perpendicular to the grain.
If you plan to celebrate National Brisket Day, start early. It takes a long time to properly cook/smoke a beef brisket.
Author’s Note:
One of my favorite parts from a brisket is the “burnt ends”, but then I’ve always been a bit weird.

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

 

Gray, Sunscreen, Cellophane Tape, Player Pianos, and Grape Popsicles

May 27, 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 holidays 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 drab friends. Today is Thursday, May 27, 2021. Today is the 147th day of the year, and 218 days remain.

National Gray Day 

National Gray Day is celebrated annually on May 27th. You will probably be surprised to learn that this holiday has nothing to do with the color gray. Oddly enough, this holiday seeks to raise awareness about brain cancer, instead – although why gray was the color designated to represent brain cancer remains a mystery. These holiday honors caregivers, remembers those who passed away from brain cancer, celebrates those who survived it, and honors and inspires those who are fighting it.
When cancer develops elsewhere in the body and then spreads to the brain, it is known as brain metastasis. This is more common than brain cancer that starts in the brain, which is known as primary brain cancer. Cancer that starts in the brain usually doesn’t spread beyond it, and the chance of getting this type of cancer is less than 1%. It is unknown exactly why brain cancer develops, but environmental factors and genetic conditions are thought to contribute to it.
Brain cancer symptoms—of which there is a wide variety—vary depending on what part of the brain the cancer is located in and what functional system is affected. Cognitive impairments and visual, speech, and coordination issues are common. Brain cancer is diagnosed in numerous ways, such as by biopsy, laboratory tests, angiography, bone scan, MRI, CT scan, and PET scan. There are also a wide variety of treatments for it, depending on the type of cancer and its severity, including surgery, neurosurgery, craniotomy, endoscopy, intraoperative neuronavigation, intraoperative electrophysiology, intraoperative radiation therapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.
To observe National Gray Day, learn more about brain cancer.

Sunscreen Protection Day

Sunscreen Protection Day is celebrated annually on May 27th. As you can easily surmise, this holiday is another holiday that warns about overexposure to the sun.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause serious risks to your health. With the steady depletion of the ozone layer above the earth, more and stronger UV rays get through. Overexposure to the sun can cause a number of health problems, including skin cancer, sunspots, and premature aging of your skin. Medical professionals advocate the use of sunscreens to guard against health problems. They recommend a Skin Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or more. (Pasty Caucasians like yours truly should use an SPF of at least 40). Sunscreens should be used for all outdoor activities, including swimming. And yes, sunscreens should be used on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate through the clouds.
Sunscreens have been around for centuries. Ancient Egyptians invented a sun lotion to maintain a lighter complexion. They used a combination of rice bran, jasmine, and lupine in their sun lotions – and some of these ingredients are still used in sunscreens today. There are many scientists that are credited with discovering modern sunscreen. In 1936, chemist Eugene Schueller invented a preventative sunburn cream and went on to start L’Oreal. Around the same time, Swiss chemist Franz Greiter was inspired to develop a sun lotion after he was sunburned while climbing Mount Piz Buin. His product came to the market under the name Piz Buin in 1946 and is still sold today. In 1944, Florida pharmacist Benjamin Green patented Red Vet Pet sunscreen, which became Coppertone suntan cream and was very popular throughout the 1950s and is still popular today.
The best way to observe Sunscreen Protection Day is obvious – wear sunscreen today [and every other day] if you are going to have prolonged exposure to the sun.

Cellophane Tape Day 

Cellophane Tape Day is celebrated annually on May 27th. It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to deduce that this holiday celebrates cellophane tape – or, to be more specific, it celebrates the invention of Scotch Brand™ Cellophane tape in 1930. It was invented by Richard Drew, an employee of the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M). My research did not indicate why Cellophane Tape Day is celebrated today. This date marks neither the birth nor death of Mr. Drew; the issuance of the patent for cellophane tape; nor the date that cellophane tape went on the market.
To celebrate Cellophane Tape Day, simply use some cellophane tape today.
Author’s Note:
Prior to his invention of cellophane tape, Mr. Drew also invented masking tape in 1925. His first version of masking tape only had adhesive on the edges and not in the middle. According to legend, a frustrated auto painter told Mr. Drew to: “Take this tape back to your Scotch bosses and have them put more adhesive on it.” By “Scotch” the mechanic was using the pejorative vernacular popular at the time meaning stingy or cheap. Nonetheless, the name stuck and that is how Scotch Brand™tape got its name.

Old-Time Player Piano Day 

Old-Time Player Piano Day is celebrated annually on May 27th. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates the player pianos of the early 1900s that used paper rolls to tell the piano what notes to play. These have all but disappeared from the music landscape today except in museums and a few homes whose families have preserved the pianos handed down through the generations. However, there are still a few player pianos being manufactured today – but they have incorporated all of the latest technology and now use computers to tell the piano what notes to play.
To celebrate Old-Time Player Piano Day, do a search on YouTube, or your favorite search engine, for “old-time player pianos”, and take a nostalgic trip back to the days of yore.

National Grape Popsicle Day 

National Grape Popsicle Day is celebrated annually on May 27th. Even if you are suffering from a ‘brain freeze’ you should still be able to intuit that this holiday commemorates grape-flavored popsicles.
Grape popsicles are frozen treats that are made using water, a popsicle stick, grape-flavoring (typically Jello or Kool-Aid), and sugar. For adults, there is also a grape popsicle cocktail made by combining grape vodka, ginger ale, and grape juice and serving the mixture in a chilled glass.
The popsicle itself was invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson, who was 11 years old at the time. He accidentally left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick outside on his porch. It froze over during the night and the next day the “Epsicle” was born. Frank introduced the creation to his schoolmates, who instantly loved the treat. When Epperson grew up and had his own kids, they constantly asked for “Pop’s ‘sicles.” In 1923, he applied for a patent on the frozen treat and changed the name to “Popsicles.” A few years later, Epperson would sell his invention to the Joe Lowe Company in New York.
To celebrate National Grape Popsicle Day, simply enjoy a grape popsicle today as a refreshing treat.

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

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