Dumping the Pump, Crocodiles, Eating Vegetables, Apple Strudel, and Stewart’s Root Beer

June 17, 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 ecologically conscious friends. Today is Thursday, June 17, 2021. Today is the 168th day of the year, and 197 days remain.

National Dump the Pump Day 

National Dump the Pump Day is celebrated annually on the third Thursday in June. You could easily infer that this holiday can be loosely construed to mean that you should not fill your gas tank today – or that you should find alternative ways to get to work other than driving, such as walking, jogging, riding your bike, or car-pooling – and all of these things are commendable. However, this holiday, which is sponsored by, and was created by, the American Public Transportation Association 16 years ago, specifically urges you to use public transportation today.
With gas prices once again on the rise these days, everyone is looking for ways to save money. Congested roads, pollution, and difficulty parking in urban areas are also reasons to consider alternative means of transportation.
National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) to save money. Riding public transit is economical, particularly when gas prices are high.  At today’s inflated gasoline prices, a recent American Public Transportation Association Transit Savings Report shows that a two-person household that downsizes to one car can save, on average, nearly $10,000 a year by riding public transportation.
Public transportation doesn’t just help people save money, though, it also helps communities grow and prosper. For example, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns.  Mayors know that communities with public transportation are more competitive. So, riding public transportation helps people and their communities.
Americans are in love with their cars, and many even feel lost without them. Although you may feel uncomfortable giving up your car, even for one day, celebrating National Dump the Pump Day may be the catalyst you need to break the cycle of dependence on your car as your sole means of transportation. To celebrate National Dump the Pump Day, simply ride public transportation today. The environment and your wallet will thank you.

World Croc Day

World Croc Day is celebrated annually on June 17th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to conclude that this holiday celebrates crocodiles – or, to be more precise, to raise awareness of the plight of endangered crocodiles around the world. This holiday was created by the Crocodile Research Coalition in conjunction with the Belize Zoo. Cuban crocodiles and American crocodiles both faced threats of extinction in the latter part of the twentieth century.
Crocodiles are reptilian “alpha-predators” that live near lakes, rivers, and wetlands in the tropical regions of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Australia. There are thirteen species of crocodiles. The smallest, the dwarf crocodile, reaches about 5.6 feet in length and weighs between 13 or 15 pounds. The largest, the saltwater crocodile, may reach over 20 feet in length and weigh over 2000 pounds.
Crocodiles are carnivores, subsisting on fish, crustaceans, frogs, and birds. While they have strong jaws for chomping, being able to apply 5,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, they don’t have much strength to open them, so the jaws can easily be held shut. Crocodiles can hold their breath for an hour, can swim up to 20 mph, and can run up to 11 mph. Mother crocodiles lay 10 to 60 eggs at a time, and hatchlings take 4 to 15 years to reach maturity. Depending on what species they are, a crocodile may live 30 to 75 years.
To celebrate World Croc Day, learn more about crocodiles.

Eat Your Vegetables Day 

Yesterday was Fresh Veggies Day, and today we celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day, which is always celebrated on June 17th. OK! OK! We get the hint – we’ll eat more vegetables. As you might suspect, this holiday was created to promote a more healthy diet – and was strategically placed in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. It is the perfect opportunity to re-introduce a healthy portion of vegetables into your diet.
Your mother was right, vegetables are essential for living a long, healthy life, and are an important part of any balanced diet. This holiday encourages you to eat vegetables for every meal today, as well as snacks. So, why not celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day by having a veggie omelet for breakfast, some carrot or celery sticks with your sandwich instead of chips or fries with your sandwich today for lunch, or, how about a nice fresh crisp salad for dinner rather than a hot meal. Since it’s the middle of June, why heat up your kitchen today any more than Mother Nature has already done?

National Apple Strudel Day 

National Apple Strudel Day is celebrated annually on June 17th. You needn’t be a pâtissier to deduce that this holiday celebrated apple strudel – a tasty German dessert enjoyed worldwide.
According to some people, every day should be ‘apfelstrudel’ day – to use its proper Austrian name. The German meaning of strudel is a vortex or eddy, which aptly describes the way the pastry layers encircle the filling of this delicious dessert.
A Strudel is a  sweet layered pastry with a filling that became very popular in the latter part of the Habsburg Empire (1278-1780). The oldest Strudel recipe is a handwritten recipe from 1696, now kept in the Vienna City Library.
There are both sweet and savory strudels. Popular sweet varieties include apple (often with raisins), cherry, and cheese. Savory varieties include spinach and cabbage. Although associated with the Austro-Hungarian Empire, strudel has its origins in Byzantine Empire pastries such as baklava. While some people make strudel from phyllo or puff pastry, traditional strudel pastry dough is very elastic and stretchable, and not flaky dough.
You don’t have to don your lederhosen, or know how to yodel, to celebrate National Apple Strudel Day. To enjoy this sumptuous treat, you can make one at home (they aren’t as difficult as they sound), but if you don’t want to bother, apple strudel is available at most bakeries or supermarkets.
Author’s Note:
Those supermarket products known as “toaster strudel” bear no similarity to actual strudel – or even food in my humble opinion.

Stewart’s Root Beer Day 

Stewart’s Root Beer Day is celebrated annually on June 17th. Obviously a sponsored holiday, this holiday celebrates a renowned premium brand of root beer – Stewart’s Root Beer.
Stewart’s Root Beer was created in 1924 by Frank Stewart, a schoolteacher in Mansfield, Ohio. Stewart set out to create the world’s creamiest, best-tasting root beer. He and a chemist specially formulated the root beer, blending 20 different extracts of roots, herbs, and berries to create the world-famous Stewart’s Root Beer. For the first 66 years, Stewart’s Root Beer was only available at Stewart’s root beer stands and later, at Stewart’s Drive-Ins. In 1990, Cable Car Beverage Corporation acquired the bottling rights for Stewart’s and began selling Stewart’s Root Beer in 12-oz. amber glass bottles. Since then, Stewart’s has continued to grow. Throughout the 1990s with the introduction of flavors like the Country Orange n’ Cream, Stewart’s emerged as the leader in flavor innovation for the super-premium, gourmet soda category. In November of 2000, Stewart’s was sold along with Royal Crown and Snapple Brands to Cadbury Schweppes. Today, Stewart’s is part of [Plano, Texas-based] Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, an integrated refreshment beverage business marketing more than 50 beverage brands throughout North America.
If you can find Stewart’s Root Beer in your local market, celebrate Stewart’s Root Beer Day by enjoying a cool refreshing glass of Stewart’s Root Beer today – or better yet, throw in a scoop of ice cream and make a  root beer float. If you can’t find it in your locale, tough toenails! Don’t even think of committing the sacrilege of celebrating this holiday with any other inferior brand of root beer.

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

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