Twilight Zone, Eating, and Hostess Cupcakes

May 11, 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 surrealistic friends. Today is Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Today is the 131st day of the year, and 234 days remain.

Twilight Zone Day

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!” 

Twilight Zone Day is celebrated annually on May 11th. As you might imagine, this holiday celebrates that mysterious, weird, surreal, and sometimes scary television show that aired from 1959 until 1964 on CBS – The Twilight Zone. This holiday does not represent the date of birth or death of Rod Serling, nor does it represent the date that the show originally aired, nor the date the show ended. In fact, in my research, I found no logical explanation or reason for Twilight Zone Day being celebrated on May 11th. Perhaps that is the reason today was chosen; because, in keeping with the surreal nature of the show, it has no connection to the series or its creator. { Am I in “The Twilight Zone”?} Rod Serling created, produced, hosted, and often wrote the show.
The Twilight Zone was one of the first science fiction television series, and also had elements of suspense, horror, psychological fiction, drama, and fantasy. It was vastly different from anything else on the air at the time. Although it was classified primarily as a science fiction show, it often dealt with real social issues of the time, such as racism, McCarthyism, and nuclear war. Each episode ended with a plot twist or surprise ending, usually with a moral lesson. Some of the future stars of the era, such as Burt Reynolds, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Dick York got their start on episodes of The Twilight Zone.
If you are like me, you waited in eager anticipation each week to see the latest episode. It was a very popular show and stretched the imagination of its viewers – of all ages. To celebrate Twilight Zone Day, watch a few episodes today. You can find old episodes here.

Eat What You Want Day 

Eat What You Want Day is celebrated annually on May 11th. You don’t have to be Kreskin to figure out this holiday offers dieters an opportunity to ignore their diet and indulge in the foods that they really want to eat.
It seems like a new fad diet or health food craze pops up every couple of weeks, and they all have one thing in common – they don’t work. Coupled with the fact that magazines are filled with male and female models with chiseled features and sculpted bodies, it is no surprise that so many Americans have body-image issues.
As it turns out, a gluten-free diet is not particularly good for those who aren’t actually allergic to gluten, juice cleanses deprive us of the protein and fat our bodies need to work properly, and taking too many vitamin supplements just makes your urine more expensive because our bodies naturally flush out the excess anyway.
Dieting is a relatively new phenomenon. The first fad diet programs appeared in the United States during the 19th century and today people are still trying all sorts of crazy things to lose a few pounds. Our ancestors were concerned with getting more carbohydrates and fats into their systems for survival, not less.
While junk food is certainly acceptable today, don’t forget to include your favorite meals as well. Perhaps you’d like to recreate Thanksgiving dinner or some childhood favorites like mac and cheese or pigs-in-a-blanket. Or perhaps you would prefer to celebrate by splurging on a meal at a five-star restaurant. Go ahead and order that lobster tail, or those crab legs with your steak tonight. As you celebrate Eat What You Want Day, just be sure to keep any dietary restrictions you may have in mind. Don’t put your health at risk just to participate in this holiday.
Can anyone say Buffet?

Hostess Cupcake Day 

Hostess Cupcake Day is celebrated annually on May 11th. As the name implies, this holiday celebrates one of America’s favorite snack cakes – Hostess Cupcakes. Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the Hostess CupCake, which first went on sale on this date in 1919. According to author Andrew F. Smith, it was the first commercially produced cupcake, originally produced by the Taggart Bakery as the Chocolate Cup Cake.
Originally, two cupcakes were sold for five cents. Different flavors were offered during the early years, including cupcakes topped with vanilla or malted milk flavored icing. During the 1940s, an orange-flavored cupcake was developed, with orange cake and icing.
Until 1950, the Hostess CupCake did not have the trademark squiggly white lines across the top or any creme filling. In 1947, D.R. “Doc” Rice, who started his career at Hostess in 1938 with a job that entailed dumping baked cakes on a table, was given the task of developing the Hostess CupCake further. These developments culminated in an updated cupcake in 1950. The white line consisting of squiggles was added to the top to distinguish the Hostess CupCake from other brands. The vanilla creme filling was also added. Rice got the idea for using a creme filling when a new machine for injecting filling into Hostess Twinkies became available. Improvements were also made to the cake mix and the chocolate icing in 1950.
Other flavors of Hostess CupCake that have been available at times have been golden vanilla and strawberry, but they didn’t gain acceptance and were discontinued. The only flavors to survive were the original chocolate and the orange.
In 1988, 400 million Hostess CupCakes were sold. As of 2011 Hostess sold over 600 million CupCakes each year. Although Hostess Brands entered into bankruptcy protection in 2012, the company planned to continue making CupCakes and other snack cakes such as Twinkies and Sno Balls. These plans were derailed by the company’s liquidation and the announcement that they are going out of business on November 16, 2012. The company officially restarted the production of snack cakes on June 6, 2013, with products officially going on sale on July 15, 2013.
Do I really have to suggest to you how to celebrate Hostess Cupcake Day?

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

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