Diatomaceous Earth, Lawyers, Dining Alfresco, and Trail Mix

August 31, 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 diatom lovers. Today is Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Today is the 243rd day of the year, and 122 days remain.

National Diatomaceous Earth Day 

National Diatomaceous Earth Day is celebrated annually on August 31st. As you might suspect, this holiday recognizes the diatom – and the remarkable mineral it creates. This holiday was created by EP Minerals to celebrate this fascinating naturally bio-engineered material. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016. No information was available regarding why this date was chosen as the date to celebrate this holiday.
Diatomaceous earth is a sedimentary rock found in large deposits worldwide and mined primarily in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Peru, France, Spain, Denmark, and China. While still being formed today, some of the deposits of diatomaceous earth developed millions of years ago. Diatomaceous earth deposits are formed as diatoms die and fall to the bottom of bodies of water. Over time, the organic portions of the diatoms are weathered away and the remaining opal frustules form diatomaceous earth. Some of the largest deposits in the United States were formed in ancient lakes in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, and some large deposits were also formed in oceans and occur along the coasts of North and South America.
Peter Kasten is credited for the discovery of diatomaceous earth in Germany around 1836, however, there is evidence that long before Kasten’s discovery the world was using diatomaceous earth. Ancient Greeks used it as an abrasive as well as a building material in light-weight bricks, and, even in pre-historic times, diatomite was used in the ice-age cave paintings in France. Diatomaceous earth is known for its absorbency, filtration properties, polishing properties and stabilizing qualities.
Most people today are familiar with diatomaceous earth because they use it to filter their swimming pools or for its natural insecticide properties to control insects in their homes or gardens. Biologists know about diatoms, the single-celled plants that form diatomaceous earth, because they are truly the lungs of the earth, that produce about ¾ of the world’s new oxygen supply, and diatom skeletons (called frustules), the tiny, intricate porous opal structures because they are known to be the strongest naturally occurring substances.
Today, diatomaceous earth is one of the most useful and durable substances known. It is used in the filtration of liquids, including, beer, wine, water (for swimming), chemicals, food, and pharmaceuticals. It provides the flatting in almost all flat paints. When oil is spilled, diatomaceous earth is often the first choice to absorb it — And there are hundreds of other applications for diatomaceous earth and probably many more yet to be discovered. To celebrate National Diatomaceous Earth Day, learn more about this useful resource.

Love Litigating Lawyers Day 

Love Litigating Lawyers Day is celebrated annually on August 31st. You needn’t be a barrister to ascertain that this holiday salutes those oft-maligned members of the bar who act as our representatives in court. Lawyer jokes abound, and those lawyers who get national attention in the media usually do little to mitigate the stereotype of lawyers being soulless, smarmy, bottom-feeding scum bags.
With that said, should you (God forbid) ever need the services of a good litigator, these are the same type of people you would choose to represent you. Litigating lawyers get a bad rap, but then, you don’t go to lawyers when you’re are having a good day. You seek them out when you need help, and/or guidance. The truth is that a majority of litigating lawyers work hard every day to right wrongs, make a difference, and help their clients. It’s just that the bad lawyers get all the press.
I’m at a loss for suggestions as to how you should celebrate Love Litigating Lawyers Day, but, I guess, the least you could do is refrain from telling any ‘lawyer jokes’ today.

Eat Outside Day 

Eat Outside Day is celebrated annually on August 31st. As you can easily infer from its name, this holiday encourages you to eat at least one meal outside today.
Eating outside (aka dining Alfresco) is a popular summertime activity. Today is the last day of August, which makes this a perfect time to take your breakfast, lunch, or dinner into the great outdoors and enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather. Soon autumn weather will be upon us and the temperatures will begin to cool, making dining outside uncomfortable.
Al-fresco dining first became popular in the 18th century. Patrons who enjoyed eating their meals in the open air could visit tea gardens, seashore resorts, or rooftop restaurants. Eating outside was considered a tourist activity up until the early 1900s. Around that time, the first sidewalk cafes appeared on the streets of Manhattan.
There are many ways that you can participate in Eat Outside Day. Eat at your favorite restaurant that offers outdoor dining as an option, enjoy a popsicle on your porch, organize a barbecue in your backyard, or have a picnic at a local park. Whatever you decide to do, just be sure to enjoy at least one of your meals outside today.

National Trail Mix Day 

National Trail Mix Day is celebrated annually on August 31st. Oddly enough, this holiday celebrates trail mix – that world-renowned combination of dried fruits, nuts, and granola that was created to provide a burst of energy to people while walking, hiking or other strenuous activities. Coated chocolate (like M & M’s) is also often also added to the mix. Trail mix is an ideal hike snack food because it is very lightweight, easy to store, nutritious and provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruits or granola as well as sustained energy from the fats in the nuts.
Trail mix has been around since at least 1910 when it was mentioned in Horace Kephart’s The Book of Camping and Woodcraft. In many European countries trail mix is known as “student snack” or “student food”. Many hikers refer to trail mix as “gorp” (which is probably an acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts” or “granola, oats, raisins, peanuts).”
Commercially produced trail mixes are available in almost every sporting goods store, supermarket, and convenience store – with a variety of flavor combinations and ingredients. Trail mix is sold either prepackaged or in bulk. However, if you prefer, it is easy to make your own trail mix at home. Simply combine the portable foods that you like best, in whatever ratio most satisfies you. [It should be noted that it is best to avoid messy foods that will leave your hands sticky and it is also recommended that you avoid too many salty items as well]. Ultimately though, you are the arbiter of the contents of your homemade Trail Mix.
There are about a bazillion different types of Trail Mix available – if you include the homemade ones. To celebrate National Trail Mix Day, make or buy some Trail Mix today – then, go take a hike.

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

Motorists, Beaches, Holistic Pets, Whale Sharks, Frankenstein, and Toasted Marshmallows

August 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 courteous car operators. Today is Monday, August 30, 2021. Today is the 242nd day of the year, and 123 days remain.

Motorist Consideration Monday 

Motorist Consideration Monday is observed each year on the last Monday in August. As you can easily infer from its title, this holiday reminds us of something that we should be doing every day anyway – practicing patience and consideration towards others while traveling. Whether you’re a commercial driver, traveling by car, bike, bus, public transportation, or even walking, show a little common courtesy to your fellow travelers – and, use a little common sense when you’re in your vehicle today – and every day.
Listed below are a few handy tips to guide you towards your efforts to celebrate Motorist Consideration Monday:

  • When driving on a freeway, move over into a center lane if you see emergency vehicles on the side of the road.
  • Be sure to put your car lights on in the daytime to ensure better visibility to other vehicles.
  • Be alert when behind (not trying to pass) a school bus.
  • Don’t drive aggressively by tailgating and bullying people on the road.
  • Don’t carry over your personal anger into “road rage”.
  • No drinking and driving.
  • Allow a fellow motorist to come out in front of you in a line of heavy traffic.
  • Always yield to pedestrians.
  • Don’t Speed. Highways are not raceways!
  • Be cautious of emergency vehicles. No rubbernecking!
  • Always use child safety seats for any child being driven in your car.
  • Always use seat belts. In most states, it is the law!
  • Slow down in bad weather.
  • Don’t text while driving. It’s the law!
  • If you are a pedestrian, pay attention to your surroundings. Don’t put a driver into an emergency situation because you were on your phone checking out the hot new selfie Tiffani (with an “I”) just posted on Instagram – and stepped out into traffic!
  • Kids, be considerate if you are going somewhere in the school bus. Don’t shout and scream and distract the driver. Don’t throw things out of the windows either, or leave rubbish on the floor.

National Beach Day 

National Beach Day is celebrated annually on August 30th. You don’t need to be a “beach bum” to ascertain that this holiday celebrates our nation’s beaches and the pleasure that beaches give to young and old alike. This holiday is the brainchild of Colleen Paige, a leading pet & family lifestyle expert and was created in 2009.
Apart from celebrating our favorite beaches, the goal of National Beach Day is to encourage beach lovers to clean up trash left by others on the beach. Thousands of seabirds, seals, pelicans and other beach/sea animals are killed and injured every day by discarded fishing line, plastic bags, aluminum cans, oil spills and other debris. These items poison animals and get tangled in wings, beaks, and intestines, causing pain, starvation and the slow painful death of these innocent animals.
To celebrate National Beach Day, go to a beach – just be sure to clean up after yourself when you leave.

National Holistic Pet Day 

National Holistic Pet Day is celebrated annually on August 30th. You needn’t be a seer to deduce that this holiday encourages you to adopt a holistic approach toward your pets. Also, it is a day to celebrate the growing interest in natural/holistic medicine and the animals that are treated holistically.
Holistic medicine is a growing trend practiced by more and more people each year. It urges people to adopt a healthy lifestyle to prevent diseases rather than just treating the disease itself.  Just as you should lead a healthy lifestyle, so should your pets. This holiday urges people to examine the environment they provide for their pets. Do you keep their living area clean? Do you use any harsh cleaning products that could harm your pet? Do you feed your pet good quality, nutritionally balanced, natural food without added preservatives? Do you regularly exercise your pet? Do you bond with your pet through daily massage?  A holistic approach raising your pet will lead to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling relationship with your “fur baby”.
If you are taking a holistic approach to your life, why would you not do the same for your pet in celebration of National Holistic Pet Day?

International Whale Shark Day 

International Whale Shark Day is celebrated annually on August 30th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates one of the most misunderstood creatures in our oceans – the whale shark. This holiday was created in 2008 by over 40 countries who were participating in the International Whale Shark Conference. The goal of this holiday is to raise awareness and provide a deeper understanding of this unique species, and an appreciation for the importance and need of preserving it.
Whale Sharks are harmless animals that reach lengths up to almost 50 feet, weigh 12 tons, and feed on plankton. The Whale Sharks impressive size and ample mouths, which open to about 5 feet, make them an awesome sight to behold. Sadly, in many parts of the world, whale sharks are vulnerable due to being hunted for their meat and especially their prized fins.
To celebrate International Whale Shark Day, learn more about Whale Sharks.

Frankenstein Day 

Frankenstein Day is celebrated annually on August 30th. You don’t need to be a mad scientist to discern that this holiday celebrates Frankenstein – one of the world’s best known fictional monsters. More precisely, it marks the anniversary of the birth, in 1797, of Mary Wollenstone Shelly – author of the original epic novel, “Frankenstein”.
First published in 1818, “Frankenstein” has become a classic novel in the genre of the macabre. There have been many movie adaptations of Ms. Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein”, some dating back as far as the silent movie era.
To celebrate Frankenstein Day, read this classic novel, or watch one of the classic “Frankenstein” movies.

National Toasted Marshmallow Day 

National Toasted Marshmallow Day is celebrated annually on August 30th. You needn’t be a confectioner to conclude that this holiday celebrates one of America’s favorite campfire treats – toasted marshmallows. This holiday is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association. My research found no other details about this holiday.
The history of the marshmallow dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians harvested the sweet gooey extract of the mallow plant and used it to make candy. It was a very special treat reserved exclusively for gods and royalty. The modern-day marshmallows we know and love today emerged during the 19th century and are a confection made from egg whites, water, and sugar or corn syrup.
Personal preference dictates the degree of “toastiness”. Some people like their marshmallows lightly toasted, while others prefer a charred outer layer. The charred outer layer is achieved by igniting the marshmallow. Marshmallows now come in many flavors, colors, and sizes for maximum toasting potential. My personal preference is lightly toasted to a golden brown with a soft center – but I lack the patience to achieve my goal, so I usually end up with marshmallows flambé.
With summer coming to a close, today is the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family to gather around a campfire and toast up some marshmallows. To celebrate National Toasted Marshmallow Day, toast some marshmallows to your desired degree of toastiness. All you need is a heat source and some marshmallows. If you have some graham crackers and chocolate bars lying around, you can make a sandwich with your toasted marshmallows – but wait, that’s an entirely different holiday which I have already covered in this BLOG.

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

Hoyle, Individual Freedoms, Herbs, Lemon Juice, and Chop Suey

August 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 game enthusiasts. Today is Sunday, August 29, 2021. Today is the 241st day of the year, and 124days remain.

According To Hoyle Day 

According to Hoyle Day is celebrated annually on August 29th. You needn’t be a “card shark” to ascertain that this holiday honors Edmond Hoyle who died on this day in 1769. Although he made his living primarily as a tutor and attorney, he became famous for his expertise in the rules and strategies of card games and board games.
Whist was a card game popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Seeing a need for a standardized set of rules for the game, in 1743, Edmond Hoyle published a book entitled “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist: Containing the Laws of the Game and Also Some Rules”. The popularity of his treatise inspired him to write a book, expanding his treatise on Whist to include the rules and strategies of many other card games and board games such as backgammon and chess. Over time, the phrase “according to Hoyle” has become synonymous with settling any disputes about the correct rules or procedures in any activity or game.
To celebrate According to Hoyle Day, plan a family game night and play a few card or board games. Just be sure that you have the latest edition of Mr. Hoyle’s book on hand to ensure family harmony.

Individual Rights Day 

Individual Rights Day is celebrated annually on August 29th. Contrary to what you might think, this holiday does not celebrate our individual rights. Rather, it celebrates the birth date, in 1632, of John Locke, the philosopher who first prominently argued that a human being has a basic property right based upon his status as a sovereign human being and that it is the government’s role to protect that right and not to treat its citizens as slaves.
According to Locke, “Anything that a man has as a matter of human rights or civil rights is to remain inviolably his” and although Locke conceded that humans surrendered some natural rights in exchange for the collective protection afforded by societies, he held that basic individual rights include life, liberty, property, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to petition government. It is, of course, the foundation of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution.
Individual Rights Day was created by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party, who supports John Locke’s philosophies regarding the rights of society’s smallest minority and basic unit – the individual. It was created so mankind can contemplate the importance of this concept and use reason to ensure their own survival.
To celebrate Individual Rights Day, simply cherish the rights afforded to you by the Bill of Rights. Learn more about our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

More Herbs, Less Salt Day 

More Herbs, Less Salt Day is celebrated annually on August 29th. As you can easily infer from its title suspect, this holiday promotes the use of healthy herbs over salt.
Sodium chloride (table salt) is an essential part of our diet. It maintains the balance of fluids in our bodies. However, too much salt in our diets can lead to some serious health problems; such as water retention, dehydration, and hypertension. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is often easier said than done – it takes thought, time and effort to prepare fresh and nutritious food when less healthy options are often much easier and more convenient.
We all want our food to taste good but we need to restrict our salt intake. A variety of fresh herbs – such as parsley, oregano, sage, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and many others add flavor to our dishes but don’t pose any serious health risks, and can do just as much to enhance the flavor a dish as a heavy dose of salt.
To celebrate More Herbs, Less Salt Day, learn about different herbs and the flavors they impart into your food. Try to completely eliminate salt from your diet – just for today. If you’re successful, it might put you well on your way to a healthier diet.

Lemon Juice Day 

Lemon Juice Day is celebrated annually on August 29th. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates lemon juice – and its myriad uses.
While I’m on the subject of imparting flavor without the use of salt, I would like to first point out that lemon juice, used sparingly, is a great way to enhance the flavor of foods. Besides garnishing seafood and making lemonade, lemon juice can be used in a variety of dishes; sauces, seasoning vegetables, and baking.
However, lemon juice doesn’t stop there. Lemon juice is an incredibly versatile product that also has a number of uses outside the kitchen as well. You can use lemon juice to freshen your breath, lower your blood pressure, repel insects, create blond highlights, and treat infections. Lemon juice is also an effective cleaning agent that is used in many commercial cleaning products.
This link will give you the history of the lemon, and information on the many varieties of lemons available.
To celebrate Lemon Juice Day, research ‘other than traditional’ ways to use lemon juice —  Or, just make some lemonade.

Chop Suey Day 

Chop Suey Day is celebrated annually on August 29th. You don’t need to be a 5-Star Asian chef to deduce that this holiday celebrated that world-renowned Asian dish – chop suey. Although listed in multiple sources, none offered any information regarding the creation of this holiday.
For us westerners, Chop Suey is basically Chow Mein without the noodles. It is a stir fry made with a hodgepodge of ingredients like egg, meat, and vegetables. In fact, the name “chop suey” is derived  from tsap seui, a Cantonese word meaning; “(miscellaneous leftovers, odds and ends).” Chop Suey is traditionally served with plain rice to soak up all the delicious flavors. Here in America, meat like pork or chicken is often added for extra flavor.
There are many myths and legends regarding the creation of Chop Suey and nobody knows for sure where it originated, but the Chop suey that we know and love here in America is thought not to be an authentic Chinese dish, but in fact, is an American-Chinese creation. Some culinary experts give credit for its creation to the personal chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang, who is said to have created the dish in 1886 in New York City, but other experts differ, saying that it was created much earlier than that as a cheap dish that was served to the Chinese workers who helped build the railroads. Other “experts” claim that in the 1860s, a Chinese restaurant cook in San Francisco created Chop Suey. He was forced to serve something to a bunch of drunken miners after hours. To avoid a beating, having nothing fresh to offer, he threw leftovers in a wok and provided a makeshift meal to the miners. And finally, other “experts” contend that Chop Suey is, in fact, a traditional Chinese dish from the Taishan district of Guangdong Province in China that may have been inspired by the stir-fried vegetables Chinese farmers used to eat after a long day working in the fields. (Taishan was the home of many early Chinese immigrants to the United States and some contend that chop suey was brought to America by these immigrants).
Anyway, to celebrate Chop Suey Day, simply order some Chop Suey today – either as take-out or enjoy it in the ambiance of your favorite Chinese restaurant. No matter where it originated, it is delicious.

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

I Have a Dream, Rainbow Bridge, Pony Express, Radio Commercials, Bow Ties, Red Wine, and Cherry Turnovers

August 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 dreamers. Today is Saturday, August 28, 2021. Today is the 240th day of the year, and 125 days remain.

Dream Day Quest and Jubilee   

Dream Day Quest and Jubilee is celebrated annually on August 28th. Despite its innocuous title, this holiday celebrates one of the most iconic events in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s – the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 before a gathering of more than 200,000 people. It is considered to be one of the greatest political speeches of all time. In this speech, Dr. King advocated peace, and hope for a better future for African-Americans, and thus everyone, in America.
Although the speech was powerful and awe-inspiring, it seems to have gone unheeded. Racism is still prevalent today. On the surface, great strides have been made towards racial equality: The Equal Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are good examples. However, as long as people – from both sides of the political equation – can profit either financially, or politically, (or both) from racism, it will remain firmly entrenched in the fabric of our society.
To celebrate Dream Day Quest and Jubilee, re-read Dr. King’s iconic speech – or better yet, watch it here.

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is celebrated annually on August 28th. Another holiday with an esoteric title, this holiday sets aside a day to remember the pet companions we’ve lost through the course of our lives. This holiday was created by Deborah Barnes, author and blogger, in tribute to her Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, who she had to say goodbye to on August 28, 2013. She shared the journey of letting him go in her book, Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond. The reaction from her readers was so overwhelming, she decided to create this holiday in his honor as a way for others across the world to share memories of their own pets they had loved and lost.
Most Americans consider their pets to be a part of their family and we feel their loss deeply. Their allotted time on Earth is considerably shorter than ours, and, at some point, we have to deal with that fact.  Whether your pet had fur, fins, feathers, scales, or some other form of exoskeleton – one pet, or many – Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is meant as a day to honor the pets who are no longer with you.
The Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt went so far as to entomb and mummify their cats, and buried them with all the things they would need in their afterlife — And, animals of all sorts have been found in other ritualized burial sites around the world. There is no need for you to take it as far as the Ancient Egyptians did though. Mourning the death of a beloved pet is different for everyone, and this holiday provides a way to help us deal with the loss in our own way.
To celebrate Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, celebrate the loving home you provided for them and the joy your beloved pet(s) brought you in return. Take time to enjoy memories of your pet, look through old pictures of your pet,  or create a special outdoor memorial. Whatever helps you cope with the loss.

Pony Express Day 

Pony Express Day is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in August. You needn’t be a horseman/horsewoman or a letter carrier to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the Pony Express. We celebrated another Pony Express Day last April which celebrated the inaugural Pony Express ride. However, this particular Pony Express Day is geared more towards honoring the Pony Express riders who are commemorated for exhibiting the true pioneer spirit of the Old West.
The Pony Express’s sole function was delivering mail, messages, newspapers, and small packages from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. It began due to a need for faster communication with the West. Stretching 2,000 miles, the route trailed through the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mail reached the end points in 10 days. This mail service lasted 18 months, beginning April 3, 1860, and ending October 24, 1861, when the transcontinental telegraph lines were finally completed and there was no longer a need for it.
Even though it was short-lived, the Pony Express is an important part of our country’s history. It employed 120 riders and almost 400 people to work the stables, coordinate routes, man the stations, cook meals, etc. The company had 400 horses and 184 stations. There were 2 types of stations. “Swing” or “relay” stations were about 10-15 miles apart and used for the riders to change horses. “Home” stations were spaced 90-120 miles apart. Riders had their room and board here when not working.
Riders could not weigh over 125 pounds, use foul language, fight, or drink alcohol. Honesty and faithfulness to the job were also expected. At hiring, riders had to sign an oath to abide by these rules. On average, 80 riders were working at any time. They rode 75-100 miles at a time and switched horses 8-10 times. In an emergency, they might ride 2 stages. Riders rode day and night, year round, and through all types of weather. They carried 20 pounds of mail and 20 pounds of equipment, which included a water sack, Bible, a revolver, and a horn used to alert the upcoming station to get a horse ready for their arrival.
Among the Pony Express’s most famous employees were William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. Hickok was a stock tender, while Cody was a rider. Bronco Charlie Miller was hired at age 11 and is said to be the youngest rider. Another noteworthy rider, Jack Keetly, rode 340 miles in 31 hours without stopping to rest or eat. Robert “Pony Bob” Haslam made the longest round trip on record at 380 miles. He was even shot in the jaw by an Indian arrow and lost 3 teeth during this ride.
The original Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, Missouri have been restored and are open as the Pony Express Museum.
To celebrate Pony Express Day, learn more about the history of the short-lived Pony Express.

Radio Commercial Day 

Radio Commercial Day is celebrated annually on August 28th. You don’t need to be a disc jockey to deduce that this holiday celebrates the bane of commercially-operated radio stations – the radio commercial.
On this date in 1922, the first radio commercial was broadcast on New York radio station WEAF. The commercial was broadcast by Queensboro Realty and was a whopping 10 minutes long and cost $100. Although today’s radio commercials are much shorter (about 30 seconds on average), they are not any less annoying – and there are many more of them. While our first instinct is to change the station when a radio commercial comes on, some commercials can be quite entertaining/informative.
To celebrate Radio Commercial Day, listen to the radio commercials when they air rather than changing the station. Who knows, you may learn something useful, – or at least be somewhat amused.

National Bow Tie Day 

National Bow Tie Day is celebrated annually on August 28th. You don’t need to be a fashionista to conclude that this holiday celebrates bow ties – an iconic fashion statement.
Bow ties, in one form or another, have been around since the 17th century when scarves tied around the neck were first worn by Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian Wars. From the height of their popularity in the 1940s and 1950s when they were seen under some pretty famous faces, such as Winston Churchill, to their inclusion as part of the iconic Playboy Bunny uniform, the bow tie has had many lives. In more recent history, Pee Wee Herman has added some gravitas to the wearing of bow ties and “Whovians” know that Dr. Who often wears a bow tie as well. Mickey Mouse and his pal Donald Duck almost always sported a bow tie in their cartoons.
Bow ties are often seen as attire for nerds and the socially awkward, but in fact, formal Black Tie affairs require the wear of a black bow tie. Most formal military mess dress occasions also incorporate a black bow tie as well.
Bow ties aren’t just for men either. Women can wear bow ties on occasion too. You can use a bow tie to accent your outfit or to just make a fashion statement. Don’t be a slave to convention.
To celebrate National Bow Tie Day, simply wear your bow tie today. You do have one, don’t you?

Red Wine Day 

Red Wine Day is celebrated annually on August 28th. You needn’t be a vintner to discern that this holiday celebrates red wine – one of the world’s most popular fermented spirits. This annual ‘spirited’ holiday, was created by wine-lover and freelance writer, Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, to raise awareness about the numerous health benefits of red wine.
Historians believe that people have been making wine since around 3100 B.C. In 2007, an archaic winery was uncovered during an excavation in an ancient Armenian cave dating back to the Stone Age.
With over 900 million gallons of wine consumed in America each year, wine is among most preferred alcoholic beverages in the country. Today, there are many different types of red wine from which to choose. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir to Beaujolais Nouveau, Malbec, Zinfandel or Chianti, are but a few examples.
Red wine not only tastes great, some believe red wine, in moderation, has many health benefits as well. A few examples are listed below:

  • Good for your heart – Grapes are loaded with antioxidants. Resveratrol, a powerful type of antioxidant, is believed to be the key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and increases the good kind of cholesterol – HDL. One to two glasses of red wine a day raises your good cholesterol by 12 percent and that is good for your heart!

  • Cancer – Evidence suggests drinking dark red wine may also reduce the risk of colon, lung and prostate cancer as well. Quercetin, another antioxidant in red wine, may also help prevent lung cancer. Drinking one glass of wine three to four times a week may help starve “nascent cancer cells.” Some believe resveratrol attacks cancerous cells and “inhibits their ability to function.”

  • Brain Power – Resveratrol may also help keep your memory sharp-as-a-whistle.

  • Colds – Red wine may help keep the common cold at bay.

  • Red wine may also prevent tooth decay.

  • Resveratrol testing on animals suggests the antioxidant may also help protect against obesity and diabetes. The skin of red grapes may help regulate blood sugar.

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, a novice, or somewhere between, raise your glass in celebration of Red Wine Day today. Do you prefer a glass of fine wine after a hard day at work? How about a glass with a few of your friends at your favorite local pub? Or, how about enjoying a glass of red wine during dinner with the family? No matter your preference, savor a glass (or two) of your favorite red wine today.
Author’s Note:
Remember, like most things in life, moderation is key. Drink responsibly! Cheers!

National Cherry Turnover Day 

National Cherry Turnover Day is celebrated annually on August 28th. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to determine that this holiday celebrates cherry turnovers – a sweet tasty hand-held pastry. This is another in the list of cherry-related holidays celebrated during the height of cherry season.
Turnovers are a delicious pastry that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. They originated in ancient times and are classified as “portable pies.” Other dishes in this culinary family include empanadas and spring/egg rolls.
A traditional cherry turnover recipe calls for puff pastry, which is stuffed with a gooey cherry filling and then baked until golden brown. There are many variations on this classic treat, though. Some recipes call for cream cheese, extra lemon juice, or even ice cream.
Listed below are some fun cherry facts.

  1. Cherries are drupes or stone fruits and are related to plums, peaches, and nectarines.
  2. Cherries were brought to North America in the 1600’s by the English colonists.
  3. There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States.
  4. There is an average of 44 cherries in one pound.

To celebrate National Cherry Turnover Day, bake, and eat, a few cherry turnovers today. If you are culinarily impaired, most supermarkets, bakeries, and donut shops sell them.

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

Petroleum, Just Because, Bananas, and Pots de Crème

August 27, 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 fossil fuel fans. Today is Friday, August 27, 2021. Today is the 239th day of the year, and 126 days remain.

National Petroleum Day 

National Petroleum Day (aka National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day) is celebrated annually on August 27th. You needn’t be an oil tycoon to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the contributions petroleum and natural gas have made to our global society. The Industrial Revolution would never have occurred without them.
The first successful attempt to extract crude oil from the ground using a drilling rig occurred on this date in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Regardless of your feelings on the environment, there is no denying that this single event changed world history forever.
To celebrate National Petroleum Day look around you. Practically everything you see is there because of petroleum. Petroleum was either used in its manufacturing process or it was transported there by vehicles that use petroleum. So, learn more about petroleum and its myriad uses.
Author’s Note:
Fossil fuels are a finite source of energy that will eventually be depleted. Therefore, alternative sources of energy need to be explored. I could go on a rant here about how the environmental extremists and the Government are impeding the process, but I won’t. Wind and solar technologies are in their infancy. Chernobyl and the Fukushima power plant disaster in Japan in 2011 show that nuclear energy as an option to meet our future energy needs should be reconsidered and the safety of nuclear power plants needs to be vastly improved. Steps need to be taken to meet our future energy needs soon but in a logical and rational way. Sadly, logic and rationality are not the strong points of extremists – or Governments either for that matter. I don’t claim to have any answers, but I do know that continuing to use energy as a “political football” is certainly not an option. 

Just Because Day 

National Just Because Day is celebrated annually on August 27th. As you can infer from its name, this holiday affords you the opportunity to do something today for no reason at all. It was created by Joseph J. Goodwin of Los Gatos, CA, in the late 1950s. It began as a family holiday and has grown into an annual celebration across the United States.
Most people lead fairly structured lives. They do things because they have to, or because it is expected of them. They don’t have time for life’s “What if I” moments, or are afraid to act upon them. Just Because Day urges you to do something totally unexpected, something on a whim, or something out of the ordinary.
To celebrate Just Because Day, take a vacation day and go to a movie or a museum. Visit someone you haven’t seen for a while. Buy something that you’ve always wanted, but don’t really need. Be spontaneous. Why? Just because.

Banana Lover’s Day 

Banana Lover’s Day is celebrated annually on August 27th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates one of the world’s most popular tropical fruits – bananas.
Bananas are a delicious, sweet, healthy, edible fruit high in potassium. Bananas grow on plants, not trees, and the banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. The plants are tall and fairly sturdy. The fruit grows in clusters weighing from 65 to 100 pounds. Each cluster consists of tiers, (aka hands), which consists of an average of about 10 individual bunches. Each bunch has from 3 to 20 individual bananas, which generally weigh about a ¼ pound each.
It is believed that Southeast Asian farmers first domesticated and began cultivating bananas.  Recent archaeological discoveries near Papua New Guinea suggest that banana cultivation there goes back to at least 5000 BC, and possibly to 8000 BC. They slowly migrated to the rest of the world through trade, and it is believed that Portuguese sailors brought them to the Americas from west Africa in the 16th century. North Americans began consuming bananas on a small scale at very high prices shortly after the Civil War, and it wasn’t until the 1880s that bananas became more widespread. As late as the Victorian Era, bananas were not widely known in Europe, although they were available. Jules Verne introduced bananas to his readers with detailed descriptions in his novel “Around the World in Eighty Days”, published in 1872.  The majority of the world’s bananas today are cultivated for family consumption.
Bananas are naturally slightly radioactive, more so than most other fruits, because of their potassium content and the trace amounts of the isotope ‘potassium-40’ found in naturally occurring potassium. Don’t worry too much, though, the amount of radiation found in bananas in inconsequential, and barely measurable.
To celebrate Banana Lover’s Day, simply enjoy a banana or two today.

National Pots de Crème Day 

National Pots de Crème Day is observed annually on August 27th. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to deduce that this holiday celebrates the world-renowned sweet treat – Pots de Crème. In my research, I couldn’t find the creator or origins of this holiday.
Pots de Crème is the fancy French way of saying custard. This delicious French dessert is a loose French custard dating back to the 17th century. Its name means “pot of custard” or “pot of crème” which also refers to the white porcelain cups in which the dessert is traditionally served.
Pot de crème is made by combining egg yolks, cream, milk and typically either vanilla or chocolate flavoring. The mixture is baked in porcelain cups or ramekins in a water bath at a low temperature.
To celebrate National Pots de Crème Day, enjoy some pots de crème today. Sadly, finding Pots de Crème could prove challenging because it is not standard fare at most restaurants – although, some high-end French restaurants might have it on their menu. However, if you aren’t a purist, most Mexican restaurants do serve flan – which is basically a Spanish version of Pots de Crème. Anyway, here is one recipe for Pots de Crème that I found online – should you feel adventurous enough to try to make this sweet, creamy dessert yourself today.
Author’s Note:
My mother made a Pot De Crème that included raisins and was topped with Grape Nuts™ that was delicious – although being plain country folk, we just called it custard. Unfortunately, I don’t have the recipe or I would share it with you. It was one of my favorite desserts.

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

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