Preposterous Packaging, Professional Speaking, Purple Hearts, Lighthouses, Sea Serpents, Beach Parties, Sand Castles, Mead, Mustard, and Raspberries in Cream

August 7, 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 advocates of easy-open packaging. Today is Saturday, August 7, 2021. Today is the 219th day of the year, and 146 days remain.

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day 

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, celebrated annually on August 7th, provides a path for people to proudly pontificate prolifically, profusely, and profoundly upon the propensity, and particular predilection of product producers to purposely package products in plastic which could probably survive Armageddon – seemingly solely for the purpose of perplexing people.
We’ve all encountered this situation at some point in our lives. Your long-awaited, hard-earned gizmo arrives, but you are thwarted from enjoying it immediately because it’s encased in hard plastic, impenetrable cardboard, and/or impossibly strong tape. And, I should also mention those accursed Styrofoam ‘packing peanuts’ some of which, despite your best efforts to be tidy, somehow manage to escape to the nether-regions of your house – only to turn up decades later.
Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day is set aside for us to bemoan and complain about consumer packaging that provides us with so many frustrating challenges. This holiday is also a celebration of the incongruous package directions and assembly instructions that are often the result of very literal translations from another language. We’ve all encountered those unintelligible assembly instructions.
And, do I even need to mention the detrimental impact that all of this indestructible packaging is having on our environment? Our landfills are overflowing with the remnants of all of this plastic, cardboard, and Styrofoam packaging. There is a place in the North Pacific known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – where, according to National Geographic Magazine, a collection of marine debris accumulates in the North Pacific Ocean. About 80% of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from land-based activities in North America and Asia.
Then there is the risk of injury when you are trying to open your indestructible package to get to your prize. America doesn’t keep statistics on how many people are injured each year trying to open packages, but in England, where they do keep such statistics, 67,000 people reported that they were injured trying to open impenetrable packaging. The injuries consisted mostly of lacerations and sprained wrists, but still, opening your kid’s new Pokémon toy shouldn’t also involve a trip to the Emergency Room.
I understand manufacturers desire to have their products arrive at the retailer intact, but I mean really: Does that minuscule flash drive actually need to be encased in a package 10 times its size made from impenetrable plastic that could withstand a direct hit from a 100 megaton nuclear blast? I also understand the need for tamper-proof packaging in today’s litigious and twisted society, but: Does that bottle of aspirin really need a cap that requires an advanced engineering degree to remove? I guess what I’m trying to illustrate here is that you shouldn’t need a pair of scissors to open a package of scissors.

Professional Speaker’s Day 

Professional Speaker’s Day is celebrated annually on August 7th. As you might expect, this holiday is a day to celebrate those people who have the ability to speak eloquently in front of other people. Most successful people have the ability to motivate, inspire, and inform others through their words. Preachers, politicians, and lawyers are good examples.
Many people are uncomfortable speaking to an audience, but, the skills to wax eloquently before large crowds can be taught. If you are among those who dislike speaking in public, use Professional Speaker’s Day to improve your speaking skills. Watch some professional speakers in action, or enroll in a class to hone your speaking skills. If you have a speech impediment, seek out a speech therapist.
The fear of public speaking is called Glossophobia. 

Purple Heart Day 

Purple Heart Day is celebrated annually on August 7th. You don’t need to be a decorated war hero to conclude that this holiday celebrates the Purple Heart – a military medal awarded to any member of the Armed Forces that has been wounded or killed, died as a result of a wound in battle, or otherwise designated by the President of the United States. Needless to say, this holiday also honors the recipients of the Purple Heart as well.
On this date in 1782, General George Washington designed the ‘Badge of Military Merit’ to honor enlisted men and noncommissioned officers for ‘any singularly meritorious action’. The badge was a figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding. This Badge was the precursor for today’s Purple Heart, which was designed by Ms. Elizabeth Will, an Army heraldic specialist, in 1931. The design sketch for the present medal of the Purple Heart consists of a purple enameled heart within a bronze quarter-inch border showing a relief profile of George Washington in Continental uniform.  Washington’s family coat of arms adorns the medal, along with an inscription inside the heart that reads, ‘For Military Merit’.
This now has been expanded to include those persons killed as a result of friendly fire.
With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award that is still awarded to members of the U.S. military. To celebrate Purple Heart Day, learn more about this medal and what it takes to earn one.

National Lighthouse Day 

National Lighthouse Day is celebrated annually on August 7th. You needn’t be overly bright to deduce that this holiday shines the spotlight on those iconic beacons of light that once burned brightly across America’s shorelines – lighthouses. On this date in 1789, through an Act of Congress, the Federal Government took over responsibility for building and operating our nation’s lighthouses. The government recognized the importance to ships at sea to find safe harbor during fog and storms. Some 200 years later, Congress designated this date as National Lighthouse Day.
Throughout maritime history, lighthouses have shined their powerful, sweeping lights through the fog and storms, allowing ships of all kinds to find their way back to port during inclement weather. With the advent of radar and GPS technology, lighthouses have taken a backseat in guiding ships to port. However, they remain the universal symbol of a safe harbor to ships and communities that rely on the sea for their livelihood. There are numerous local and national lighthouse preservation societies and lighthouse organizations. They serve to preserve and promote lighthouses, and their historical significance to communities, and to the nation.
To celebrate National Lighthouse Day, visit a lighthouse, or learn more about your local lighthouse preservation society. If there are none in your area, use today to learn about the history of lighthouses, and how they worked.

National Sea Serpent Day 

National Sea Serpent Day is celebrated annually on August 7th. Even if you aren’t a believer in mythological sea creatures, you should be able to discern that this holiday recognizes sea serpents.
One of the most famous sightings of a sea serpent in recent history. This sighting was made by the men and officers of HMS Daedalus in August 1848 during a voyage to Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. The 60-foot long creature that they claim to have seen allegedly held its peculiar maned head above the ocean water.
From the Biblical Leviathan to the Loch Ness Monster, literature and folklore have been inundated with stories about treacherous sea monsters since man first ventured into the world’s oceans. National Sea Serpent Day pays tribute to all of these monsters of the deep.
Most scientists agree that we know more about the far reaches of outer space than we do about what lurks in the depths of our oceans. Cryptozoologist Bruce Champagne identified more than 1,200 purported sea serpent sightings since the beginning of the 20th Century.  Most of these sightings can be explained as known animals such as oarfish, whales or sharks (particularly the frilled shark).  However, there are some cryptozoologists that suggest that the sea serpents are relics from the past like plesiosaurs, mosasaurs or other Mesozoic marine reptiles that somehow have survived (much like crocodiles and sharks). The idea which is often associated with lake monsters such as the Loch Ness Monster.
To celebrate National Sea Serpent Day, have a discussion with your friends about whether sea serpents are a myth or if they are real.  It should make for an afternoon of great conversation. Alternatively, you can head for the seashore and see if you can spot the next Leviathan – which segues nicely into our next holiday…

Beach Party Day 

Dude! Surfs’ up. Let’s go check out the gnarly waves. Yep, it’s Beach Party Day, which is celebrated annually on August 7th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to ascertain that this holiday urges us to head to the shore and have a party.
Going to the beach is a fun experience. Whether you just want to swim, relax on a beach towel with a book, or just stare off towards the water and contemplate the vast universe, a day at the beach can help invigorate you and help you to rejuvenate.
Unless you already live by the beach, it is probably hotter than blazes where you live right now, so, what are you waiting for? You won’t find a better excuse than Beach Party Day to gather your family together, grab that picnic basket, beach blanket, sand pail, and shovel, channel your inner Frankie or Annette, crank up the beach tunes, and set sail to the nearest shoreline for a mid-summer shindig in the sand.

Sand Castle Day 

And…while you’re at the beach, you may as well build a sand castle. Yes, it is, coincidently, also Sand Castle Day, celebrated annually on the first Saturday in August.
Often, it’s the little things in life from which we derive the most pleasure. Sandcastle Day serves to illustrate this point. Children and adults alike have likely been building sand castles since the dawn of civilization. Building sand castles on a beach on a hot summer day are often some of our most cherished memories, evoking thoughts of simpler, more carefree times – times of innocence and discovery.
Most of us built sand castles for fun – often for the simple pleasure of watching them being washed away by the next big wave. But recently, building sand castles has become a serious art form. From 1989 until 2009, a World Championship in Sand Sculpture was held in Harrison Hot Springs in Harrison, British Columbia, Canada. Other countries hold their own versions of the world championships. The world’s tallest sand castle was built on Myrtle Beach in South Carolina during the 2007 Sun Fun Festival. The structure was almost 50 feet (15 m) high and took 10 days to build, using 300 truckloads of sand.
To celebrate Sand Castle Day, you don’t have to live in a quaint, picturesque seaside village. A lake or river is also an ideal place to create your architectural wonder. Heck, you could even build one in your backyard if you want.

Mead Day 

Mead Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in August. You needn’t be an expert in ancient alcoholic beverages to conclude that this holiday is yet another of the long line of adult-beverage-related holidays we’ve celebrated so far this month this month. In fact, it is the fourth alcohol-related this month – and it’s only the 7th. Evidently, the creators of holidays in August must think that we have nothing better to do this month other than lay around and get drunk. Mead Day was organized by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 2002. It was created to increase mead awareness and foster camaraderie among mead makers…both commercial and homebrewers.
Mead is perhaps the oldest known fermented beverage. It is made by combining honey, water, and yeast. Mead can range from sweet to very dry and can be flavored with flowers, fruits, herbs, spices, and even vegetables. Mead is also called honey wine, ambrosia or nectar, and has been called the “ancestor of all fermented drinks.”
Mead can be carbonated like beer or more sparkling like cider or wine.  Like beer, it can have a more ‘hoppy’ flavor when hops are added.  Distilled, mead is more like a liqueur and is similar to brandy.
To celebrate Mead Day, enjoy a glass of mead today – that is, if you can even find mead these days. [Not being an imbiber of strong spirits, I can’t help you in your quest for some of this ancient beverage]. If you can’t find any mead, then learn more about mead and its history.

National Mustard Day 

National Mustard Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in August. You don’t need to be a condiment connoisseur to figure out that this holiday celebrates mustard – a world-renowned condiment. This holiday has been sponsored by the Mustard Museum since 1991. There are records of a National Mustard Day prior to that date, but the origins are unknown.
Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of a mustard plant. The whole, ground, cracked, or bruised mustard seeds are mixed with water, salt, lemon juice, or other liquids and sometimes other flavorings and spices to create a paste or sauce ranging in color from bright yellow to dark brown.
Mustard is commonly paired with meats and cheeses and is a popular addition to sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Mustard is also used as an ingredient in many dressings, glazes, sauces, soups, and marinades.
Mustard is used in the cuisine of India, the Mediterranean, northern and southeastern Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa, making it one of the most popular and widely used spices and condiments in the world.
To celebrate National Mustard Day, simply slather a swath of mustard on your burger or hot dog today. Or, if you’re “eating light” today, make a salad dressing that includes mustard.

National Raspberries in Cream Day 

National Raspberries in Cream Day is celebrated annually on August 7th. As you can easily glean from its name, this self-explanatory holiday celebrates the delightful combination of raspberries and cream.
Since raspberries are in season now, we’ve had a spate of raspberry-related recently, so there is no need delve into the history of raspberries. And, you should already know the attributes of cream, so there isn’t a need to expound on cream either.
To celebrate National Raspberries in Cream Day, simply put some raspberries in a bowl, whip some sweetened heavy cream, scoop it over the raspberries, stir, and enjoy. What better way to celebrate than with this simple and delicious treat. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you could also make a raspberry cream cake or raspberry cream pie as well.

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

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