Pink, Typewriters, Hydration, Letting Go, Runner’s Selfies, SAT Math, Detroit-Style Pizza, and Pecan Sandies

June 23, 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 pink-cheeked pals. Today is Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Today is the 174th day of the year, and 191 days remain.

National Pink Day

National Pink Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates the color pink – but no one seems to know why. This holiday is listed in a majority of my sources, but none offered any explanation regarding its origins or significance. One source did posit that it had to do with the wearing of a pink ribbon to raise awareness about breast cancer but offered no documentation as to why the color pink was chosen, or why it is celebrated on this date.
Pink is one of the most common colors of flowers. It is thought that pink serves to attract insects and birds which are necessary for pollination. In English, the word pink is thought to be derived from the Dutch flower, pinken, dating back to 1681.
The color pink is a combination of the colors red and white and came into vogue in the latter part of the 17th century. In the Middle Ages, pink was not a common color. Occasionally it was seen in women’s fashion and religious art. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Christ child was sometimes portrayed dressed in pink, the color associated with the body of Christ. Pink was mainly used for the flesh color of faces and hands during the Renaissance. The Rococo Period (1720-1777) was the golden age for the color pink. Pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe during this time. Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), the mistress of King Louis XV of France, was known for wearing the color pink, often combined with light blue. At one point, Ms. Pompadour had a particular tint of pink made specifically for her.
Surveys taken in both the United States and Europe agree that the color pink combined with white or pale blue is most commonly associated with femininity, sensitivity, tenderness, childhood, and the romantic – while pink when combined with violet or black is associated with eroticism and seduction.
The association of the color pink with femininity is a recent occurrence dating back to the 1920s. Prior to that, pink was associated more with boys than girls. Pink ribbons or decorations were worn by young boys in 19th century England. The men in England wore red uniforms and since boys were considered small men, boys wore pink.
The word pink has many different connotations in the modern lexicon.

  • In the pink – To be in top form, in good health, in good condition.
  • To see pink elephants – To hallucinate from the effects of alcohol.
  • Pink slip – To be given a pink slip means to be fired or dismissed from a job. First recorded in 1915 in the United States.
  • Pink-collar worker – Persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as “women’s work” such as secretarial or nursing.
  • Pink Money – The pink pound or pink dollar is an economic term that refers to the spending power of the LGBT community.
  • Tickled pink – means extremely pleased.

To celebrate National Pink Day, you can do the obvious and wear something pink. However, there are other ways to celebrate this holiday as well. Some examples are listening to music by Pink Floyd or the pop star P!nk, watching Pink Panther movies or cartoons, or giving someone a pinky swear.  To be safe (and Politically Correct), you could wear a pink ribbon to help fight breast cancer, and make a small donation to the cause.

Typewriter Day 

Typewriter Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd. You don’t need to be overly imaginative to ascertain that this holiday celebrates that archaic machine that, in its era, revolutionized the business industry, and made communicating with others easier – the typewriter. On this date in 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for the typewriter, which he called a Type-Writer. Other types of typewriters had been around since the early 1700′s, but his typewriter was the first to be both practical and commercially successful.
Part of that invention was his creation of the QWERTY system of arranging the keys. I’m reasonably sure that Mr. Sholes didn’t coin the phrase QWERTY for his systematic arrangement of the keys on his typewriter, but his arrangement of the keys put the most commonly used letters (in the English alphabet) at the user’s fingertips. Unlike Mr. Sholes – and for all intents and purposes, the typewriter itself – the QWERTY keyboard is still around to this day and is the standard on every computer keyboard manufactured today.
To celebrate Typewriter Day, find your old typewriter [if you still have it] and hone your typing skills.
Author’s Note:
In today’s technologically advanced world, how many of you still even have a typewriter in your home? My old Royal portable, which got me through high school, college, and my first few years in the military using the tried and true “hunt & peck” method, served me well – but has long since been retired. Like practically everyone else on the planet, I now use a computer keyboard for all of my typing needs.

National Hydration Day

National Hydration Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd. As you can easily infer, this holiday serves as a reminder to replace fluids our bodies lose on these hot summer days. This was created by SafeTGard Corporation to increase awareness of the importance of proper hydration to athletes everywhere – and to honor football Coach Victor Hawkins who invented a mouth guard that released electrolytes to keep his players hydrated during games and practices. This holiday honors Coach Hawkins’ contributions to athlete health, safety, and success.
The human body contains more than 60 percent water. Maintaining a proper balance of water in the body, especially for physically active people, can be a challenge. Becoming overheated or dehydrated can lead to heatstroke and possibly death.
There are ways to help prevent dehydration, and, chief among them, is drinking plenty of fluids. After a workout, your body will continue to need to replenish fluids. There are ‘sports drinks” that contain electrolytes (Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, and Potassium) to replenish the essential minerals the body loses through perspiration – but they can also contain a lot of things, like sugar, which aren’t that good for you. Your best choice for hydration is probably good ole H2O.
To celebrate National Hydration Day, stay hydrated – no matter your personal level of physical activity.

Let It Go Day 

Let It Go Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd. Obviously, this holiday urges you to just let go of whatever emotional baggage, grudges, or other issues you’ve been hanging onto.
Sometimes we hold on to feelings, incidents, or events to the point that it becomes disruptive. Holding on to feelings of anger, regret, or resentment can have a negative effect on your relationships at work, with your family, or with your friends; and in extreme cases, actually lead to health problems. You cannot change the past nor can you control the future. Learning how to let go of the things that cause you stress will free you to deal with your relationships in the present.
To celebrate Let It Go Day, take steps to free yourself from the petty annoyances that are affecting your life. Don’t let them control how you feel.

Runner’s Selfie Day

Runner’s Selfie Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd. You don’t need to be a nerd to figure out that this holiday is an “Internet-generated” holiday. The premise, I guess, is to go for a run today and document your progress with selfies along the way.
This holiday doesn’t make sense to me. The only possible reasons that I can envision for the average person to run is for exercise, to flee the scene of a crime, or to escape the Zombie Apocalypse or another such catastrophic event – and in any of these scenarios, stopping along the way to take a selfie seems counter-productive.
Before celebrating Runner’s Selfie Day, you might want to refer back to my post from a couple of days ago on June 21st  – particularly the entry about National Selfie Day, and specifically, the link that I provided therein regarding selfie-related injuries and deaths.

SAT Math Day

SAT Math Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd. You needn’t be a mathematician to solve the equation that this holiday is intended to encourage you to share your favorite SAT math problems. It celebrates the birthday of Alan Turing. If you are a regular reader, you already know from previous posts that Alan Turing was a British mathematician, computer scientist, cryptanalyst, and logician who pioneered the modern-day computer.
Since advanced mathematics isn’t in my wheelhouse, I have no suggestions for you regarding how to celebrate SAT Math Dasy.

National Detroit-Style Pizza Day

National Detroit-Style Pizza Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd. You needn’t hail from “Motor City” to conclude that this holiday celebrates a specific style of pizza first created in Detroit.
Detroit-Style Pizza Day was first served in Detroit [DUH] at Buddy’s Pizza in 1946. It is a deep-dish, square-shaped pizza with a light and airy crust. The steel square pans (borrowed from the auto industry) give it a unique shape and one-of-a-kind flavor. Authentic Detroit-Style Pizzas layer the toppings backward, meaning they lay the gourmet pepperoni directly on the hand-stretched dough. Next comes a generous layer of Wisconsin Brick Cheese, spread all the way to the edges of the pan. The resulting caramelized cheese creates an incredibly crisp crust. Finally, racing stripes of tomato sauce finish the top.
Detroit-Style Pizza has grown beyond Buddy’s Pizza into a nationwide phenomenon that you can now find in many pizza restaurants across America in almost every major city.  So, to celebrate National Detroit-Style Pizza Day, try to find a pizza joint in your area that serves this unique style of pizza and enjoy a slab or two today. From the description of the ingredients, I think your tastebuds will thank you.

National Pecan Sandy Day 

National Pecan Sandy Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd. It shouldn’t be too difficult for you to glean that this holiday pays tribute to those fabulous shortbread cookies that are rich with both butter and toasted nuts – Pecan Sandies.
A Sandy is a cookie similar to shortbread. It consists mostly of sugar, flour, vanilla, and some form of fat. While shortbread recipes almost invariably use butter for their source of fat, Sandies are often made with vegetable shortening, margarine, or oil. A pecan sandy contains finely chopped pecans, which seems to be the most common form of Sandy.
To celebrate National Pecan Sandy Day, simply enjoy one, or two, or three for a snack today. Pecan Sandies pair perfectly with tea, coffee, or milk.

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

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