Time adjustment, Meteors, Social Media, and Mai Tais

June 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 clock-watchers. Today is Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Today is the 181st day of the year, and 184 days remain.

Leap Second Time Adjustment Day 

“Time is a concept created by people in need of structure in their lives.”  I don’t remember where I heard that saying, or if I coined it myself, but I’ve been using it for decades, and since I have been retired, it certainly is apropos to my lifestyle. However, for those of you who still care about ‘time’, Leap Second Time Adjustment Day is the day that the scientific types at the International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS) make adjustments. They last only a heartbeat and go unnoticed by most, but without leap seconds our clocks would run too fast. About every year and a half, one extra second is added to Universal Coordinated Time (UCT) and atomic clocks around the world. This leap second accounts for the fact that the Earth’s rotation around its own axis, which determines the length of a day, slows down over time while the atomic clocks that we use to measure time, tick away at almost the same speed over millions of years. So, leap seconds are a means to adjust our clocks to the Earth’s slowing rotation.
Since 1972, a total of 27 seconds have been added. This means that the Earth has slowed down 27 seconds compared to atomic time since then. This does not mean that the days are 27 now seconds longer, only that the days on which the leap seconds are inserted had 86,401 instead of the usual 86,400 seconds. Leap seconds are inserted at the end of the last day in June or December. When that is the case, UCT ticks from 23:59:59 to 23:59:60 before reverting to 00:00:00 (in the 12-hour format, this corresponds to 11:59:59 pm – 11:59:60 pm – 12:00:00 midnight). When that happens the last minute of the month has 61 instead of 60 seconds. The IERS observes the Earth’s rotation and compares it to atomic time. When the difference between the two approaches 0.9 seconds, they order a leap second to be added worldwide.
The last time an adjustment was made on December 31st was in 2016. That means that your New Years’ party that year was extended by one second — too bad you were probably too drunk to notice.
According to the IERS, there will actually be no adjustment made to the time tonight. – so there is no need to stay up to “ring in the new second”.

National Meteor Day

National Meteor Day (aka Meteor Watch Day and Look Up in the Sky Day) is celebrated annually on June 30th, You needn’t be an astronomer to discern that this holiday celebrates those celestial bodies that occasionally make their way into Earth’s atmosphere – meteors.
The word “meteor” refers to a visible streak of light that is produced by debris falling to the Earth from space. We also call this beautiful phenomenon a “shooting star” or “falling star.”
The tradition of wishing upon a shooting star can be traced all the way back to 127 AD. Ptolemy, the Greek astronomer, hypothesized that the Gods occasionally liked to peer down at Earth from the other world. From time to time, a star or two would slip past them and fall through the heavens. Anyone who saw a shooting star knew that the Gods were paying attention so it was the perfect time to make a wish. Shooting stars are actually quite small. The average meteoroid is about the size of a pebble. Around 15,000 tons of meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere every day, but very few of them actually reach the surface. When they do, they are called “meteorites.”
To celebrate Meteor Day, spend some time stargazing tonight, or find out when the next meteor shower is going to take place. If you see a shooting star, remember to make a wish.

Social Media Day 

Social Media Day is celebrated annually on June 30th. You don’t need to be a total computer geek to conclude that this holiday celebrates the myriad social media platforms available today – if you’re reading this, you are most likely on one. Social Media Day was started by Mashable on June 30, 2010, “as a way to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication.”
Today, social media permeates every aspect of our society. However, contrary to popular belief, social media (communication) has been around for centuries. Letter writing, the telegraph, the telephone, and radio are all early forms of social media. Early forms of the internet and email were created in the 1960s, and by the late twentieth century, what we now know as social media began being developed and used.
The first social media site, Six Degrees, allowed users to create a profile and add other users as friends; it existed from 1997 to 2001. Myspace began in 2003, and for a time was the largest social media website in the world. It became the template for social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, originally exclusively for Harvard students. However, as of 2018, Facebook is now the largest social media website, with over 2 billion users worldwide. Twitter was founded in 2006. It was being inspired by text messaging and messages were initially limited to 140 characters, but that was changed to 280 characters in the mid-2010s. As of 2018, there were close to 500 million Twitter users.
Today, many social media sites are geared towards specific interests and subjects. LinkedIn, an early social media site still in use, is used to connect professionals. Flickr was an early photo-sharing site, and it is still one of the most popular. PhotobucketPinterest, and Instagram are other photo-related sites. Tumblr is a microblogging site that was launched in 2007.
As I alluded to earlier, if you are reading this post, you are already celebrating Social Media Day {because you probably accessed this website through my daily link on Facebook}. To fully participate in celebrating this holiday, leave a comment.

National Mai Tai Day

National Mai Tai Day is celebrated annually on June 30th. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates the Mai Tai – one of the world’s most popular “tiki” drinks. Credit for the invention of the Mai Tai goes to Victor J. Bergeron, (a.k.a. Trader Vic) who created the Trader Vic’s chain of “tiki” bars in the late 1950s.
The original Mai Tai recipe combines dark and light rums, lime juice, orange curaçao, orgeat syrup (almond-flavored simple syrup), and regular simple syrup. However, today, there are many variations of this drink available – that use pineapple juice and orange juice.
To celebrate National Mai Tai Day, channel your “inner mixologist” and enjoy a Mai Tai today. The original Mai Tai recipe and many of its variations are readily available online.

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

Cameras, Hugs, Waffle Irons, and Almond Butter Crunch

June 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 shutterbugs. Today is Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Today is the 180th day of the year, and 185 days remain.

Camera Day 

Camera Day is celebrated annually on June 29th. You needn’t be Ansel Adams to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the devices that enable us to record and preserve those special moments of our lives – cameras.
Cameras are everywhere these days. Whether you have thousands of dollars invested in the latest photography equipment, or just use the camera in your smartphone for snapshots, today is the day to get out and take some pictures. Update your family portrait, take pictures of that backyard project, or just go to a serene setting and take some nature shots.
The point of Camera Day is to get whatever camera you normally use and take pictures. Whether you use a conventional or digital camera, still or video; go out and photograph your day. If you are among the freakishly small minority of people who still don’t own a camera, today is the day to invest in one. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to operate. Cameras today are small, lightweight, and therefore portable; you can always have one close at hand to capture that special “Kodak moment”.
Since the dawn of the new millennium, advances in photo technology have been staggering. The days of having to carry bags of expensive equipment to take good-quality photographs are all but gone. Today’s digital technology makes taking memorable photographs simple, even for the novice photographer. Heck, some camera models let you edit your pictures while still in the camera.
Listed below are a few interesting facts about cameras and photography:

  • The word ‘photography’ is derived from the Greek words photos– for “light” and –graphos for “drawing.”
  • Literary accounts of pinhole cameras have been found in the writings of Aristotle and Euclid from the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.
  • The first known photograph is entitled “View from the Window at Le Gras” and was taken by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. It took eight hours to develop.
  • English inventor William Fox Talbot invented the process that creates negative images in 1840.
  • The first color photograph was taken in 1861.
  • In 1884, George Eastman developed film technology, which replaced the cumbersome photographic plates.
  • Kodak unveiled the first commercially viable digital camera in 1991, and the modern age of photography was born.

Do I really need to give you suggestions regarding how to celebrate Camera Day?

Hug Holiday 

Hug Holiday is celebrated annually on June 29th. Contrary to what it seems to infer, this holiday does not mean that you should take a holiday from hugging. On the contrary, it means the exact opposite. Hug Holiday means that you should be generous with your hugs today – just don’t go overboard and run around willy-nilly hugging complete strangers. In today’s litigious society, that could only lead to trouble. Hug Holiday was created by the “Hugs for Health Foundation”. According to the Foundation:

” Hug Holiday is founded on the premise that hugs, friendship, and volunteer support are vital components to the overall senior care plan.”

To celebrate Hug Holiday, seek out people today who might be in need of need a hug – such as people in senior centers, or in hospitals and hug, with their permission, them. Focus on the elderly, the young, the sick, and the invalid. Then, if you can, give the organization or institution a “financial hug” by making a small donation during your visit.

Waffle Iron Day 

Waffle Iron Day is celebrated annyally on June 29th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to deduce that this holiday celebrates waffle irons. This holiday is on the cusp between being a food-related holiday and a ‘normal’ holiday. Back on March 25th, we celebrated Waffle Day, but Waffle Iron Day celebrates the appliance that enables us to create those crispy, golden brown treats.
Waffle irons originated in Belgium during the 14th century. These early contraptions consisted of two metal plates hinged together. The plates were then attached to a long pole, which allowed the cook to hold the iron over an open fire.
In 1869, a man named Cornelius Swarthout patented the first American waffle iron. This device was designed for cooking waffles over the burner of a wood or gas stove. Fifty years later, General Electric began producing the first electric waffle irons for everyday use.
Waffle irons have come a long way from those bulky contraptions of yesteryear. With the advances in non-stick technology, making waffles at home is no longer a “crapshoot” as to whether your waffles will stick to the iron plates of your waffle iron. Waffle irons are also reasonably priced these days (you can purchase a good one for under $30.00).
If you feel inclied to celebrate Waffle Iron Day, but don’t yet own a waffle iron, do not despair. Waffles aren’t just for breakfast anymore. You can still go buy one today and enjoy chicken and waffles for dinner. How about a nice strawberry waffle? YUM! Enjoy a waffle or two for any meal today.

National Almond Butter Crunch Day 

National Almond Butter Crunch Day is celebrated annually on June 29th. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates almond butter crunch – a world-renowned confection.
Buttercrunch is basically toffee – covered with chocolate. It has a crunchy texture and a caramel flavor. The variation on the recipe which includes toasted almond sprinkles is the one we are celebrating today.
Making buttercrunch calls for a good candy thermometer and some cooking experience. Creating the toffee involves caramelizing sugar at high temperatures, which requires precision, timing, and the right tools and safety techniques for a successful outcome.
So, unless you are feeling particularly adventurous today, or are an experienced cook, I recommend that you celebrate National Almond Butter Crunch Day by simply visiting your local “ye olde candy shoppe” and buying some almond butter crunch to enjoy as a treat today.

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

CAPS LOCK, Tau, Paul Bunyan, Insurance, Ceviche, and Tapioca

June 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 LOVERS (OR HATERS) OF IMPROPER CAPITALIZATION. TODAY IS MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021. TODAY IS THE 179TH DAY OF THE YEAR, AND 186 DAYS REMAIN.

INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY 

INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY IS CELEBRATED ANNUALLY ON JUNE 28TH. YOU NEEDN’T BE A GRAMMARIAN TO DEDUCE THAT THIS HOLIDAY IS AN ENTIRE DAY DEDICATED TO A PRACTICE THAT DRIVES NORMAL PEOPLE BONKERS — PEOPLE WHO TYPE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. THIS HOLIDAY WAS CREATED IN 2000 BY DEREK ARNOLD OF IOWA. IT WAS INTENDED TO POKE FUN AT THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO UNNECESSARILY CAPITALIZE LETTERS, WORDS, PHRASES, SENTENCES, OR ENTIRE PARAGRAPHS.
THE HOLIDAY BECAME SO POPULAR WITH INTERNET USERS THAT IT IS NOW CELEBRATED TWICE A YEAR: ON JUNE 28TH AND AGAIN ON OCTOBER 22ND.
SO, HIT YOUR CAPS LOCK KEY AND CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY BY TYPING TO YOUR HEARTS CONTENT. USE IT ESPECIALLY TO ANNOY YOUR FRIENDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES – WHERE THIS EGREGIOUS ABUSE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS MOST COMMON.

Tau Day 

Tau Day is celebrated annually on June 28th (6/28). I don’t know how many of you actually celebrated Pi Day with me on 3/14, but if you did, you’ll enjoy Tau Day twice as much.
You may be asking yourselves about now, “What the Heck is Tau, and why does it deserve its own holiday?”
Well, in 2001, Bob Palais published the article “π Is Wrong” in which he argued that the beloved constant π is the wrong choice of circle constant. He instead proposed using an alternate constant Tau – which is equal to 2π, or 6.283… or approximately equal to 6.28,  to represent “1 turn”, so that 90 degrees is equal to “a quarter turn”, rather than the seemingly arbitrary “one-half π”.
In 2010, Michael Hartl published “The Tau Manifesto” echoing the good points made by Palais and building on them by calling this “1 turn” constant τ (tau), as an alternative to π. Tau is defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its radius, not its diameter, and is equal to 2π.
You can celebrate Tau Day by learning more about this new mathematical constant – or, by eating twice as much pie as you did on Pi Day (3/14). Who says that change isn’t good –literally.

Paul Bunyan Day 

Paul Bunyan Day is celebrated annually on June 28th. You don’t need to be a woodsman to ascertain that this holiday celebrates Paul Bunyan – one of the best-known heroes in American folklore. This legendary lumberjack (and his faithful companion Babe the Blue Ox) starred in many of the “tall tales” told in the Midwest during the 1800s.
According to the stories, Bunyan was a giant man with incredible physical strength. He single-handedly established the logging industry, cleared North and South Dakota of its forests for farming, scooped out Lake Superior to water Babe, and even trained carpenter ants to help his fellow loggers. It is said that Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes were created by Babe’s footprints. The general theme of all of these folktales dealt with absurdly severe weather conditions and fearsome wild beasts.
The etymology of the name Paul Bunyan is unknown, but many think it could have been related to the Québécois expression “bon yenne!” that expresses surprise or astonishment.
French Canadians were believed to have originated the Paul Bunyan tales during the Papineau Rebellion of 1837.  While he may have been created in Canada, Paul Bunyan quickly became a huge American legend. Many of the tales of Paul Bunyan originated in the lumberjack industry and logging communities. Like all good folklore, it was passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. Over campfires, his legend grew, and tales were created.
A young woman named K. Bernice Stewart was the first person to write down the original Bunyan tales. Stewart collected the stories from local loggers while studying at the University of Wisconsin in 1914. Paul Bunyan was further popularized by freelance writer and advertising guru William B. Laughead (1882–1958) in a 1916 promotional pamphlet for the Red River Lumber Company who was looking for a face for the advertising campaign. Laughead embellished greatly on the character’s older exploits and added some of his own, such as Paul Bunyan’s pet blue ox, “Babe”. The writer also increased Paul Bunyan’s body to impossible proportions.
Today, Paul Bunyan is mentioned in more than 1,000 books and has become one of the most widespread icons in American culture. No data is available to explain why Paul Bunyan Day is celebrated on this particular date.
To celebrate Paul Bunyan Day, relate a few of your favorite Paul Bunyan tales to your children or grandchildren to perpetuate the legend of this mythical giant.

Insurance Awareness Day 

Insurance Awareness Day is celebrated annually on June 28th. As you might expect, this holiday seeks to raise awareness about the need for the different types of insurance you may need in case of an unforeseeable event.
In my humble opinion, Insurance is nothing more than a legally sanctioned form of gambling. If you buy insurance, you are gambling that something will go wrong. If you don’t buy insurance, you are gambling that something will not go wrong. Insurance, whether life, homeowners, automobile, or disaster (flood, fire, tornado, etc, etc,) offers peace of mind that in the event something does occur, you will be financially protected. Life situations change over time. Inflation, additional children, or children growing up and starting their own lives, can affect the type and amount of coverage you need.
To celebrate Insurance Awareness Day, take time today to review all the insurance coverage that you have and make sure it is still adequate for your needs. Who knows, you might be able to reduce or eliminate some coverages and save a little money – much to the chagrin of your Insurance agent.

National Ceviche Day 

National Ceviche Day is celebrated annually on June 28th. While the word ceviche (pronounced say-VEE-chay) may sound like a type of gourmet French cheese, in actuality, it is a type of uncooked seafood cured by acidic citrus juice that is popular in Latin America for centuries – so basically, it’s just Latin American sushi.
A chemical process occurs when the fish/shellfish is marinated in the highly acidic citrus juice, which denatures the protein. The result is similar to what happens when the fish is cooked with heat. Instead of “cooking,” however, the fish is cured in the marinade, which adds its own delicious flavors.
Both Ecuador and Peru claim to have originated ceviche: Both were part of the Incan Empire. Today, ceviche is so popular that there are “cevicherias” – restaurants that specialize in ceviche. The term ceviche is thought to come from the Spanish escabeche – meaning marinade. Others argue that the word ceviche comes from the Quechua (Incan) word siwichi—but that word couldn’t be documented in Quechua dictionaries. There’s a whole menu of ceviche, from types of fish and seafood to country-specific preparations. Each country adds its own spin based on local seafood and preference for ingredients, like avocado.
Because of my dislike of seafood in general, I will not be celebrating this holiday. However, if you like sushi, celebrate National Ceviche Day by giving ceviche a try – if you can find a restaurant that serves it.

National Tapioca Day 

National Tapioca Day is celebrated annually on June 28th. It takes little imagination to conclude that this holiday celebrates tapioca. When most people, including me, see the word tapioca, they immediately think of tapioca pudding, but actually, tapioca is a gluten-free starch with myriad uses worldwide.
Tapioca is extracted from the Manioc plant, otherwise known as ‘Cassava’.  Its origins can be found in Brazil, where the cassava plant is called the mandioca, and its extracted starch is called Tapioca. One little-known fact about the tapioca starch is that when it is extracted from the green branched variety of the plant, it is the source of a potent cyanide-based poison, and must be processed to remove this poison before it becomes edible. [How many people died before they figured that out, I wonder]? Anyway, once this process is completed it is processed in different ways, which produces fine or coarse flakes or flour/meal, tiny round pearls, powder, and rectangular sticks.
Tapioca is a flavorless, colorless, odorless starch and it is most used worldwide as a thickening agent. The products are traditionally white, but sticks and pearls may be colored brown or vibrant pastels. The form of tapioca most familiar to American consumers is white pearl tapioca. All forms except flour and powder must be soaked prior to cooking, to rehydrate them; they absorb water equal to twice their volume or more. In all forms, tapioca is opaque before cooking; after cooking it becomes translucent.
To celebrate National Tapioca Day, simply enjoy some tapioca today. The easiest way is to simply make some tapioca pudding. But, if you’re feelig adventurous, do a simple Google search and find other ways to enjoy your tapioca today.

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

Log Cabins, Happy Birthday, Sunglasses, Orange Blossoms, and Pineapple

June 26, 2021 at 10:51 pm | 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 fans of rustic, felled timber-constructed domiciles. Today is Sunday, June 27, 2021. Today is the 178th day of the year, and 187 days remain.

Log Cabin Day

Log Cabin Day is celebrated annually on the last Sunday in June. You needn’t be a pioneer to ascertain that this holiday celebrates log cabins and the role they played in the development of early America. Log Cabin day was created by the Log Cabin Society in collaboration with the Bad Axe Historical Society. Each year people go out to help preserve historical log cabins so that they can be maintained for the future and hold on to the artifacts and memories that make them so important.
Throughout history, log cabins have been a popular type of dwelling. Since humans discovered the ax, trees have been felled to make some kind of shelter. From crude lean-to’s to today’s modern luxury vacation homes, the evolution of log cabins has been thoroughly documented in history. The log cabin played an important role in the development of America in its early years as the population moved steadily west. So important, in fact, that the Whigs (the American Colonists who supported the American Revolution) used the log cabin as the symbol of William Henry Harrison’s Presidential campaign to show that he was a simple man of the people.
Log cabins date back further than the development of America though. Anywhere there were tall sturdy timbers log cabins became a mainstay of habitation. Log cabins appeared all over the northern reaches of Europe in an incredible range of styles before America was discovered, much less colonized. Sometimes the exterior logs were hewn flat so that siding could be added, and occasionally the interior was given the same treatment to make the way for wallpaper, lathe, or plaster. The Wood Museum in Trondheim displays multiple forms of log cabins, fourteen in total.
If you own a log cabin, celebrate log Cabin Day by packing up your family and spend a relaxing, stress-free day there. However, even if you don’t own a log cabin, you can still celebrate this holiday. Research the history of log cabins and their role in the development of civilization.

“Happy Birthday to You” Day 

“Happy Birthday to You” Day is celebrated annually on June 27th. You don’t need to have an imminent anniversary of birth celebration pending to deduce that this holiday celebrates the date, in 1893 when  Mildred J. Hill wrote the melody to the little ditty “Good Morning to all” that is now universally recognized as “Happy Birthday to You”. Soon after, her sister Patty Smith Hill wrote the lyrics to the melody as follows:

Good morning to you,
Good morning to you,
Good morning, dear children,
Good morning to all.

No one is sure exactly who added the “Happy Birthday to You” lyrics to the melody, or when they were added, but they first appeared in print in a songbook edited by Robert H. Coleman in 1924 as a second stanza to “Good Morning to All”.
Believe it or not, from the mid-1930s until 2015, the song was still copyrighted. Did this mean that if you sang “Happy Birthday” to little Timmy or Tabitha you had to fear that the “copyright police” would come crashing through your door and haul you off to the gulag? No! It is, however, the reason that when you held a birthday celebration at a restaurant or bar, the wait staff sang some obnoxious, silly, contrived ditty in its stead. In other words, royalties were only due when the song was used commercially. The going rate was $700 per single-use. This link will further clarify the copyright debacle involved with this song.
To celebrate “Happy Birthday to You Day” learn more about this quaint little ditty. You can read about this song’s history here. 

Sunglasses Day 

Sunglasses Day is celebrated annually on June 27th. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates sunglasses.
Sunglasses are the most important fashion accessory of the summer. Humans have been wearing protective eyewear for centuries, but the stylish designs we are accustomed to today are a much more recent invention. As far back as the prehistoric era, the Inuit people of what is now Alaska used walrus ivory to create sun goggles, which blocked out the powerful rays of sun that reflected off the snow and ice. By the 1700s, doctors were regularly prescribing tinted glasses for vision correction. By the 1930s the Foster Grant company was selling modern-day sunglasses on the boardwalk of Atlantic City. On the eve of World War II, a little company called Ray-Ban began producing anti-glare sunglasses for pilots. “Aviators” became the first commercially successful sunglasses. Today, people wear sunglasses for a variety of reasons:

  1. They want to look like movie stars.
  2. They want to hide behind a pair of sunglasses so they can travel incognito through a crowd.
  3. They think they are James Bond and are up to a little espionage.
  4. They want to make a fashion statement.

Oh yes, and a few people even wear sunglasses to actually protect their eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun and to reduce glare – which Opticians have found to be helpful in the prevention of cataracts. As alluded to earlier, the effects of UV rays from the sun can be magnified during the winter months as they hit you on the way down, and then are reflected back up from the snow.
To celebrate Sunglasses Day, wear your favorite pair of sunglasses proudly – or go out and buy a stylish new pair. You can bet I’ll be sporting my Spotters™ (not sponsored).

National Orange Blossom Day 

National Orange Blossom Day is celebrated annually on June 27th. When first researching this holiday, I expected to find that it related to something botanical, or at least something related to gardening. I was surprised to find that it is actually a beverage-related holiday. National Orange Blossom Day actually celebrates the Orange Blossom Cocktail, a bittersweet drink consisting of gin, sugar, and orange juice which was created during Prohibition to offset the often acrid taste of “bathtub gin”.
Orange blossoms are cultivated from orange trees and are used in cooking, flower arranging, and perfume making. Blossoms are commonly used to make tea, marmalade, and flavor bakery items. When bees pollinate the blossoms, the honey they produce takes on a sweet citrus flavor that is very popular.
To celebrate National Orange Blossom Day, try to recreate the original Orange Blossom Cocktail – or, do some research on ways to include orange blossoms in some of your recipes.

Pineapple Day 

Pineapple Day is celebrated annually on June 27th. This holiday is not related to either pines or apples. Pineapples are a tropical fruit native to the America’s, first found being consumed by the Tupi people. Their word for the fruit, nanas, meaning “Excellent Fruit”,  perfectly describes everyone’s reaction to this tangy treat. Pineapples are actually herbaceous perennials, meaning they are leafy plants, not trees. These plants are so ambitious in their growth that if you cut the fruit from one stalk, it grows multiple stalks called ‘suckers’ to produce more fruit.
Since their discovery, pineapples have been transported all over the world. One of their unique traits is that once harvested, they tend to not continue to ripen. This gives them an amazing shelf life and lets them remain stored on a shelf for quite some time.
Pineapples can be used in a variety of ways; from a stand-alone treat all on their own to pineapple upside-down cake, to a garnish for baked ham, to producing a tasty fruit beverage loaded with vitamin C.
No special skills are needed to celebrate Pineapple Day — All you need is some pineapple and your imagination. Yes! Even canned pineapple counts in your celebration, but fresh pineapple is preferable.

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

Canoes, Campouts, Picnics, Barcodes, Beauticians, Bartenders, Tropical Cocktails, and Chocolate Pudding

June 26, 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 non-motorized water conveyance enthusiasts. Today is Saturday, June 25, 2021. Today is the 177th day of the year, and 188 days remain.

National Canoe Day 

National Canoe Day is celebrated annually on June 26th. As you can easily surmise, this holiday celebrates canoes and those who enjoy canoeing. This holiday was founded by the Canadian Canoe Museum in 2007 after the canoe was named one of the Seven Wonders of Canada in a CBC Radio feature in which over 1 million votes were cast. The aim of National Canoe Day is to increase participation in paddlesports, engaging new paddlers, and reaching across generational and cultural divides to introduce the canoe to those who haven’t had the opportunity to experience this great sport. Participants from all over paddle in events countrywide; from the midnight sun of northern Canada to the rivers of the south. Although it is primarily a Canadian holiday, National Canoe Day has grown and is now also celebrated internationally by groups in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, South America, and more.
As the popularity of National Canoe Day spread, so also did the types of craft used to celebrate this holiday. Today, not only canoers – but kayakers, rowboat enthusiasts, even skullers and paddleboarders can participate as well. Basically, if your sport uses an oar, you can celebrate this holiday.
Rowing is a great form of exercise, so celebrate National Canoe Day by hitting your favorite stream, lake, pond, or puddle and doing some canoeing today. On your mark – get set – row!

Great American Campout 

Great American Campout is celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in June.  It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to conclude that this holiday urges us to camp out tonight. It was created in 2005 and kicks off a summer-long campaign sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage people to go camping at least once this summer.
Whether you camp in an RV or camp trailer in a state or national or state park, “rough it” on a trail, or just pitch a tent in the backyard, the purpose of the Great American Campout is twofold – to get you outside communing with nature and to encourage you to share the experience with your family to bring you closer together.
To celebrate the Great American Campout, simply camp out somewhere tonight. Share your knowledge of the great outdoors with your children. Discuss with them the importance of leaving as small a carbon footprint as possible. Teach them to respect, but enjoy nature and all its wonders. Learn about the indigenous flora and fauna where you camp and pass it on.

Great American Picnic Day

Great American Picnic Day is also observed on the last Saturday in June. Similar to the Great American Campout above, it urges you to have a picnic today.
Picnics are a great way to commune with nature, and at the same time, enjoy some good food with family and/or friends.
So, if camping out isn’t your thing, then, if the weather is nice where you live, head to your nearest park, or even your backyard, and have a picnic. Remember, be careful about overexposure to the sun. If you use a grill, be safe and make sure to clean up after yourself.

National Barcode Day

National Barcode Day is celebrated annually on June 26th. You don’t need to be a computer whiz to know that this holiday celebrates the technology that revolutionalized the retail industry – the barcode. But, what you probably didn’t know is that this holiday also commemorates the date on which the first barcode was scanned in a retail establishment – when a clerk scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, OH – and the barcode system, invented by George Lauer, an IBM engineer, began to change the world.
From this rather inauspicious beginning, barcodes began revolutionizing industries all over the world. Barcodes, also known as UPC, 1 Dimensional (1D) codes, contain data that help businesses and organizations do their jobs more easily. A more modern version of the barcode, the QR code, contains even more information than the original barcode and has become the standard. Barcodes contain a wealth of information, including pricing, product, dates, manufacturer, and shipping. They are ideal for tracking inventory and sales, but they do so much more than that.
Almost every industry these days uses barcodes, often making your life easier without you even knowing it. Listed below are just a few of the ways barcodes are used today.

  • VINs – Tracking a car’s history became easier when a barcode was added to the VIN.
  • Libraries – Barcodes track books, videos, periodicals, resources in and out of the library.
  • Logistics – Every major shipper uses barcodes to track shipments and deliver your orders.
  • Healthcare – Barcodes help keep patient care more streamlined and records at the provider’s fingertips.
  • Agriculture – Farmers use barcodes to track harvests and livestock.

Barcodes have certainly changed the way business gets done these days – and for the better in my humble opinion. To celebrate National Barcode Day, simply scan a barcode today. Use the self-checkout section of your supermarket or other retailers. Or, download a barcode scanner app onto your smartphone and scan every barcode you see today.

Beautician’s Day 

National Beautician’s Day is celebrated annually on June 26th. You needn’t be a licensed cosmetologist to deduce that this holiday celebrates that talented group of individuals who keep us looking our best. Also known as stylists and cosmetologists, they continually train in the best ways to keep us looking our best while keeping up with the latest styles, the best products, treatments, and techniques.
Cosmetology is the study and application of a beauty treatment.  The branches of cosmetology include hairstyling, skincare, cosmetics, manicures, pedicures, and electrolysis.  This means your beautician buffs, polishes, trims, plucks, perks, brightens, lightens, plumps, and makes your finest features shine.
Many beauticians also become close confidants.  Over many years of caring for our hair and skin, they come to know our families and watch them grow, experiencing our ups and downs with us. As a result, we tend to develop a strong bond with our beautician.
Beauticians provide a vital service to women [and men] everywhere. Some women go to their beautician once a week, while others might only go once or twice a year. Most fall somewhere between. No matter into which group you fall, a good beautician is essential for making you look your best. So, to celebrate Beautician’s Day,  schedule an appointment with your favorite beautician today and let them know how much you appreciate them on your next visit.

Bartender and Mixologist Day 

Bartender and Mixologist Day is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in June. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates those talented people who keep our glasses full and our spirits up when we go out for an evening of fun or entertainment – bartenders and mixologists. This holiday was created in 2013. Whether you prefer yours shaken or stirred, straight up or on the rocks, a simple malted or fermented beverage, or prefer one of those frilly, fruity drinks served with a tiny umbrella, Bartender and Mixologist Day is the opportunity to imbibe in one of your favorite adult beverages.
The terms “bartender” and “mixologist” are often wrongly used interchangeably. A bartender is a person who merely tends a bar and can serve beer and make a few different mixed drinks. A mixologist, on the other hand, not only masters the basics of bartending but also studies the craft of creating drinks, understands mixtures and ingredients and creates new concoctions that may very well become the classic cocktails of tomorrow.
To celebrate Bartender and Mixologist Day you don’t have to be a professional mixologist. Simply go to your favorite “watering hole” and partake, (responsibly, of course), in one or two of your favorite adult beverages. — Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try channeling your “inner mixologist” and concoct a brand new cocktail from the ingredients you have on hand at home. Cheers!

Tropical Cocktails Day 

Tropical Cocktails Day is celebrated annually on June 26th. As its name implies, this holiday celebrates that group of fruity, frilly, adult beverages – tropical cocktails.
The hot, muggy days of summer are here, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate Tropical Cocktails Day. Whether you are lounging on a luxurious cruise ship, walking along the beach with your sweetie, relaxing by the pool, lazing in your back yard, or simply enjoying a little R&R in your family room, nothing quite says summer like a cool, tropical drink. Sex on the Beach, Tequila Sunrise, Piña Colada, and Frozen Margaritas are a few of the most popular tropical cocktails available these days.
To celebrate Tropical Cocktails Day, find your set of Tiki glasses and/or hollow out some pineapples and coconuts, check your stock of rum, tequila, and fruit juice, slice up some fruit for garnish, gather plenty of ice, plug in your blender, and start making some refreshing tropical cocktails. Don’t forget the tiny umbrellas – no tropical drink is complete without them.

National Chocolate Pudding Day

National Chocolate Pudding Day is celebrated annually on June 26th. Logically, this holiday celebrates one of the world’s most popular desserts – chocolate pudding.
Dessert puddings can be traced all the way back to the 17th century. During that time, a “pudding” was actually a very moist cake (similar to a modern-day bread pudding or plum pudding).
The sweet and creamy confection we know and love today emerged in the mid-19th century when an English chemist named Alfred Bird developed an egg-free custard powder. This remarkable invention made it very easy to produce a delicious creamy pudding with the perfect consistency. It also made pudding making far less time-consuming.
Today, pudding is a popular dessert all over the world. So, to celebrate National Chocolate Pudding Day, simply have some chocolate pudding for dessert tonight. I like to have mine with a few graham crackers and, of course, a dollop of whipped cream on top.

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

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