Bikinis, Mechanical Pencils, Workaholics, Gram Crackers, and Apple Turnovers

July 5, 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 fans of scanty women’s beach attire. Today is Monday, July 5, 2021. Today is the 186th day of the year, and 179 days remain.

National Bikini Day 

National Bikini Day is celebrated annually on July 5th. You needn’t be a “haute couturier” to determine that this holiday celebrates the anniversary of the day in 1946 when French designer Louis Reard unveiled a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. The name of his creation was inspired by a news-making United States atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week.
In 1946, Western Europeans joyously greeted the first war-free summer in years, and French designers came up with fashions to match the liberated mood of the people. Two French designers, Jacques Heim, and Louis Reard developed competing prototypes of the bikini. Heim called his the “atom” and advertised it as “the world’s smallest bathing suit.” Mr. Reard’s swimsuit, which was basically a bra top and two inverted triangles of cloth connected by a string, was in fact significantly smaller. Made out of a scant 30 inches of fabric, Reard promoted his creation as “smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.”
Mr. Reard had trouble finding a professional model who would deign to wear the scandalously skimpy two-piece. So he turned to Micheline Bernardini, an exotic dancer at the Casino de Paris, who had no qualms about appearing nearly nude in public. Before long, bold young women in bikinis were causing a sensation along the Mediterranean coast. Spain and Italy passed measures prohibiting bikinis on public beaches but later capitulated to the changing times when the swimsuit grew into a mainstay of European beaches in the 1950s.
In prudish America, the bikini was successfully resisted until the early 1960’s, when a new emphasis on youthful liberation brought the miniscule swimsuits to American beaches. The bikini was immortalized in song, in the “beach blanket” movies of the early 60’s, and by the California surfing culture. Since then, the popularity of the bikini has only continued to grow.
I’m sure that a majority of my male readers will join me in expressing heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Reard — and in celebrating National Bikini Day.

Mechanical Pencil Day 

Mechanical Pencil Day is celebrated annually on July 5th. As you can easily surmise, this holiday celebrates one of the most innovative writing implements of its time- the mechanical pencil. This holiday created by Cult Pens, a purveyor of pens and pencils in 2019. They set the date for celebration on July 5th, because the date, when written is 7/5 or 5/7 – depending on the part of the world in which one lives. These numbers are significant because the most common mechanical pencil lead sizes are 0.5 mm and 0.7 mm.
Although the pigment core of mechanical pencils is called lead, it isn’t made of lead, and instead is usually made of graphite. The lead is replaceable and comes in a variety of sizes, pigments, and hardness. They are most popular in technical and fine-art drawing, and also among students because they provide consistent width lines without the need for sharpening.
The first mechanical pencil patent was applied for and granted to John Isaac Hawkins and Sampson Mordan of Britain, in 1822, for their “ever-pointed” pencil. However, records of examples of mechanical pencils predate their patent. For example, a mechanical pencil was found aboard the HMS Pandora, which sank in 1791. Eleven years after Britain’s “ever-pointed” pencil, the “forever pointed” pencil was patented in the United States by James Bogardus.
The most significant moment in the development of the mechanical pencil came in 1879 when Joseph Hoffman applied for a patent for the first pencil with a pushbutton clutch. This is probably the first true mechanical pencil.
Over the years, improvements were made to this design of mechanical pencils. Early mechanical pencils had metal and wood casings, while these days, most now have plastic casings. Erasers are now also generally incorporated into the design.
To celebrate Mechanical Pencil Day, simply use your mechanical pencil today – assuming you still have one and can find it in the nether-regions of your home office.

Workaholic’s Day 

Workaholic’s Day is celebrated annually on July 5th. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates those seemingly tireless individuals who are in constant motion working on a number of projects simultaneously – workaholics.
We all know or have known a workaholic. They are the first one to arrive at work, and are the last to leave; often taking work home with them. Then they are genuinely surprised and disillusioned when their relationships fall apart. While dedication is certainly an admirable trait, a healthy balance between work and a social life is also important.
There is an old saying by an unknown author, “All work and no play, makes Johnny a dull boy.” Not only is being a workaholic toxic to personal relationships, it can also have an adverse effect on your physical and mental health as well. Hypertension, irritability, short temper, palpitation, feeling stressed all the time, chronic fatigue, and low energy, are all symptoms of “workaholism”. If not treated, some these symptoms can be fatal.
So if you are a workaholic, celebrate Workaholic’s Day by stepping back and taking it easy today. Re-prioritize your time and try to stick to those priorities. Leave those files on your desk instead of putting them in your briefcase when you go home. You and your family will be much happier.

National Graham Cracker Day 

National Graham Cracker Day is celebrated annually on July 5th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to determine that this holiday celebrates graham crackers – a renowned crispy snack enjoyed worldwide.
On this date in 1822, Reverend Sylvester Graham created Graham bread. Graham’s bread was an unleavened bread made from Graham’s flour, which was an unsifted, coarsely ground wheat flour with no additives or preservatives. He created his bread (crackers) to be “health food”. Rev. Graham was a leader in both the vegetarian and temperance movements of the time. He believed that preservatives and chemical additives in food made it unwholesome. He said that they increased carnal urges, and they also contributed to alcoholism – but, if you used his [Graham’s] flour, your propensity toward these afflictions would be greatly diminished.
The Graham Crackers made these days bear no resemblance to Rev. Graham’s. They are not made from Graham’s flour and, since they are sweet and not salty, they aren’t technically crackers either, but more resemble cookies (or English biscuits). Commercial graham crackers today are made from bleached, heavily processed white flour with copious amounts of sugar added. However, contrary to Reverend Graham’s assertion, they should in no way adversely affect your Libido or your ability to consume the occasional strong spirit – unless you get diabetes from eating too many of them.
To celebrate National Graham Cracker Day, treat yourself to a few graham crackers – chased with a glass of cold milk, naturally.

National Apple Turnover Day 

National Apple Turnover Day is celebrated annually on July 5th. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to deduce that this holiday celebrates apple turnovers – a tasty, flaky apple-filled pastry enjoyed worldwide.
The oldest accounts of turnovers date back to England and America in the mid to late 18th century. A turnover is a type of pastry made by placing a filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, and sealing it. It is common for sweet turnovers to have a fruit filling and be made with either a pie crust-like dough or puff pastry dough. They are usually baked but may be fried. Unlike empanadas, they are triangular in shape. Apple turnovers may be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch or as a snack.
Apples themselves are said to have originated in the Tien Shan mountain range in Northwestern China, and they have been beloved by ancient rulers such as Ramses II and Ramses III, who presented them as offerings to the Gods.
If you want to celebrate National Apple Turnover Day, they are readily available in most supermarkets and pastry shops. Or, you can challenge your culinary skills, and bake a batch of apple turnovers at home today. Either way, enjoy!

Listed below is another holiday celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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