Barns, Pet Photos, World Population, Cheering Up, Free Slurpees, Rainier Cherries, Blueberry Muffins, and Mojitos

July 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 fans of rustic farm structures. Today is Sunday, July 11, 2021. Today is the 192nd day of the year, and 173 days remain.

Barn Day 

Barn Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in July. As you might expect, this holiday is dedicated to barns –  the structures used by farmers and ranchers to house animals, equipment, grain, and hay. The word “barn” is derived from an Old English word, bere, meaning barley, and aem, meaning storage place.
There are various types of barns, and the ways they have been made has changed over the years. Three-aisled Medieval barns greatly influenced many modern barns, and as equipment and technology have improved, barns have been made larger. In the first half of the twentieth century, many barns were built with gambrel and hipped roofs, which allow more space to house hay. These barns are often associated with modern dairy farms. Most barns today consist of a two-tier plan — The bottom floor is used to house the livestock, while the upper level is used for storage.
Barns historically have been the center of a farm, and have been a part of the American landscape since it was first settled. Barns were traditionally built first, even before the dwelling so the livestock could have shelter. As building your own barn was a daunting task, often, communities would welcome new arrivals with a “barn raising”. Men would do the construction, women would provide the food, and children would play at a safe distance. This gave everyone, young and old, a chance to get to know each other.
Barns were typically painted red, in large part because the ferric oxide used in the red paint of the time was cheap and available, and the ferric oxide helped protect the wood from the elements.
These days, many old barns have become local landmarks. They represent the history of the area. To celebrate Barn Day, drive out into the country to see as many barns as you can. Take note of the different types of barns you see and don’t forget your camera. Talk to a farmer about their barn and what it means to them. Also, try to interject “barn humor” into your conversations. Be sure to use phrases such as “Were you born in a barn?” or “You couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with a shotgun.” – just make sure your “barn door” isn’t open, lest they have the last laugh. 

All American Pet Photo Day 

Make sure your camera is fully charged and ready because today is All American Pet Photo Day – observed annually on July 11th. You needn’t be Ansel Adams, or even a pet owner to deduce that this holiday urges you to take plenty of photographs of your pets today. With the ever-increasing popularity of social media, many people already take a lot of pictures of their pets [some may say too many], but this holiday encourages you to go above and beyond. My research was unable to identify the creator of All American Pet Photo Day, the reason it is celebrated on this date – but obviously, whoever actually did create this holiday feels you can never have too many pictures of Fido and Fluffy.
Over half of American households have a pet. The most common pets in America are dogs followed closely by cats. The most common specialty pets are fish. According to a 2007 article in Forbes magazine, the combined total of cats and dogs in America is estimated at 163 million, or more than one for every two people.
A couple of my sources said that you should dress up your pet for their photos. I, however, feel that dressing your pet in a costume just stresses your beloved companion – no matter how much you feel they enjoy it. I will not ever recommend that you dress up your pet, regardless of the occasion. Instead, take your pet(s) to a no-leash park, or let them get comfortable in a chair, or on a fancy pillow, or whatever, then take your pictures of them in celebration of All American Pet Photo Day.

World Population Day – (aka: Day of the Five Billion)  

World Population Day – (aka: Day of the Five Billion) is celebrated annually on July 11th. You don’t need to be a census taker to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the date in 1987 on which the population of planet Earth is estimated to have reached 5-billion people. Additionally, this holiday seeks to raise awareness about the problems associated with overpopulation. The UN established World Population Day to raise public awareness about the challenges we face. The goal is to get people around the world to help those who are negatively affected by population growth.
Until the early 20th century, population figures went largely unnoticed since there was no reliable data on global population dynamics. It is estimated that the population of the world reached one billion for the first time in 1804. But, it only took another 123 years before it reached two billion in 1927. The population took considerably less time to reach the next milestone, reaching three billion in 1960. Thereafter, the global population reached four billion in 1974, five billion in 1987, six billion in 1999, and seven billion in October 2011. Some estimates show that the population of Earth will reach eight billion as early as 2024, and 10 billion by 2050. This alarmingly rapid growth in population is attributed to two primary factors:

  1. The dramatic reduction of infant mortality rates.
  2. The increase in longevity due to advanced medical practices.

Today, billions of people live on planet Earth, but the growth of the Earth’s population has caused many social and environmental problems. Poverty and hunger are two of the key issues. Of course, other things also factor in, such as the need to eradication of deadly diseases.
There is legitimate concern about the dramatic increase in population. Just how may people can the Earth sustain? All I can say is that I’m glad I’m getting old. I probably won’t be around when the fecal matter impacts the oscillating wind generation device.
To celebrate World Population Day – (aka: Day of the Five Billion), learn more about the problems created by overpopulation and how we can address them.

National Cheer Up The Lonely Day 

National Cheer Up The Lonely Day is celebrated annually on July 11th. You don’t need an incisive imagination to ascertain that this holiday affords you an opportunity to make a lonely person happy – and anytime you can make someone happy, you’ve done a good thing and should be proud of yourself. This holiday was created by Francis Pesek of Detroit, Michigan. His daughter, L.J. Pesek reports that he “was a quiet, kind, wonderful man who had a heart of gold. The idea came to him as a way of promoting kindness toward others who were lonely or forgotten – such as shut-ins or people in nursing homes.”
If you know someone who is lonely or going through a difficult time due to health issues, financial reasons, grief due to loss or personal reasons, then National Cheer Up The Lonely Day is a day to reach out to them and try to cheer them up. The best way to cheer someone up is with a personal visit. Try to keep your visit upbeat and positive. When you leave, give a big hug and let them know how much you enjoyed the stay. If you are separated by distance, then a telephone call is the next best option. Again, try to keep the call upbeat and positive. Your small act of kindness can make a big difference to them.
To celebrate National Cheer Up The Lonely Day, visit a lonely, send flowers, make a phone call, send a card or any other activity that engages that person. You will feel better as well.

7-Eleven’s Free Slurpee™ Day 

7-Eleven’s Free Slurpee™ Day is celebrated annually on July 11th (7/11). As its name implies, this holiday offers the opportunity to indulge in a free Slurpee at any participating 7-Eleven convenience Store today [only]. It has been sponsored by 7-Eleven Convenience Stores since 2002, which marked it’s 75 anniversary. 7-Eleven licensed the product from The Icee Company in 1967 and began selling it as the Slurpee™. It has become one of America’s favorite iced treats.
From its humble beginnings as an ice house in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven pioneered the convenience store industry. It all began in 1927 when Jefferson Green, an enterprising employee at the Southland Ice Company, began selling bread, milk, and eggs from his ice house location. Joe C. Thompson, one of the founders of the Southland Corporation, soon realized the potential of providing necessities to the public at convenient hours; and the convenience store was created. Due to the upsurge of the popularity of the automobile, they also started selling gasoline in 1928 as well. After Prohibition was repealed in 1932, they began selling beer and other adult beverages. By 1936, people were flocking to these new “convenient” stores which had also begun selling other staples such as canned goods. By this time there were over 60 ice house locations in the Dallas area. In their early years, the company called these stores Tote’m stores with some even having authentic Alaskan totem poles in front. In 1946, the Tote’m name changed to 7-Eleven to reflect the stores’ new, extended hours; from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm, seven days a week. During the 1950’s, 7-Eleven began expanding; first to other locations in Texas, then nationwide. By 1963, there were over 1000 stores across the nation. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, they went global, opening stores in  Australia, Sweden, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, Malaysia and the Philippines. Today, there are more than 50,000 stores around the world.
To celebrate 7-Eleven’s Free Slurpee™ Day, go to a participating* 7-Eleven and get your free small Slurpee™ (hint: you have to ask the clerk for the “special” 11-oz. cup or else you’ll be charged regular price). Pick up a hot dog & a bag of chips as well. It will be a good lunch.
Some 7-Eleven stores are independently owned and operated franchises, and do not participate in this event. It is best that you call ahead to make sure that the 7-Eleven store in your area is a participant.

National Rainier Cherries Day 

National Rainier Cherries Day is celebrated annually on July 11th. Oddly enough, this holiday celebrates the creation of the Rainier variety of cherry in 1952. Harold W. Fogel and other researchers from the Washington Agricultural Experiment Station in Prosser, WA crossed the Bing & Van cherry varieties to create this sweet, juicy variety of cherry.
Rainier cherries are the sweetest of all cherry varieties, with sugar, or Brix, levels ranging from 17 to 23 percent. They are delicate and have a juice that is second-to-none.
In general, Rainier cherries grow a size or two larger than their dark sweet cherry counterparts. They are best eaten fresh out-of-hand, but they can also be used in any recipe that calls for cherries. Rainier cherries are harvested in May in California and then again in July from Washington state.
To celebrate national Rainier Cherries Day, simply enjoy some Rainier cherries today. Just ensure they are Rainier cherries – no other lesser variety of cherry is acceptable.

National Blueberry Muffin Day 

National Blueberry Muffin Day is celebrated annually on July 11th. If you were wondering what to do with all of the blueberries that you picked yesterday celebrating Pick Blueberries Day, then this holiday is your answer. National Blueberry Muffin Day, obviously, celebrates that portable breakfast favorite – blueberry muffins.
A blueberry muffin is the closest you can come to actually having a cupcake for breakfast – that is, short of actually having a cupcake. Blueberry muffins are a healthy-ish way to start your day. They are much more convenient (and less messy) than trying to eat oatmeal in your car on the way to work. They are so popular in Minnesota that they are now the “official” state muffin.
So, to celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day, treat yourself to a blueberry muffin today. Although they are most popular for breakfast, they are good any time of day as a snack.

National Mojito Day 

National Mojito Day is celebrated annually on July 11th. You needn’t be a professional mixologist to conclude that this holiday honors that refreshing summertime adult beverage – the Mojito. My research couldn’t find the creator of National Mojito Day, but since July is one of the hottest months of the year, it isn’t surprising that the cool refreshing Mojito is celebrated during this time of year – though why it is celebrated on this particular date remains a mystery – however, the reason for National Mojito Day is abundantly clear to anyone who has ever had one before.
A Mojito is a highball made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. It was known to be a favorite drink of author, Ernest Hemingway. With its low alcohol content, this refreshing cocktail has gained popularity for its refreshing combination of sweetness, citrus, and mint flavors. Lime wedges and mint leaves are used to garnish this icy treat.
Although born in Cuba, the exact origin of the Mojito is under debate. Some theorize that it dates back as far as 1586. To celebrate National Mojito Day, mix up a pitcher of Mojitos and share it with friends on your patio or deck.

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

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