Chaos, Art Museums, Freedom, Fried Chicken Sandwiches, and Scrapple

November 9, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my chaotic friends. Today is Tuesday, November 9, 2021. November 9th is the 313th day of the year, and 52 days remain.

Chaos Never Dies Day 

Chaos Never Dies Day is celebrated annually on November 9th. If you are a regular reader of my posts, you already know that there are quite a number of holidays each year dedicated to stress relief, calmness and generally taking it easy. All of these seem to be based on the premise that we are too busy and need to step away from it all for a little while. However, life isn’t like that. We’re all busy, all the time, and nothing is ever simple, chaos and disorder are everywhere – hectic schedules, changes to plans, unexpected tasks and chores – the list is endless.
Chaos Never Dies Day posits that the perfect, quiet moment we’re all seeking doesn’t exist, and likely never will. And, rather than trying to eliminate the chaos around us, we should simply embrace it, seize the moment, and make the most of ‘now’ – chaos and all. It recognizes the turmoil of modern, everyday life and that there is nothing that can be done about it.
To celebrate Chaos Never Dies Day, recognize that chaos reigns supreme. Chaos is the ‘norm’ and a way of life forevermore, so just accept it and move on with your life.

Go To An Art Museum Today Day 

Go To An Art Museum Today Day is celebrated each year on November 9th. As you should easily be able to infer, this holiday urges us to visit an art museum today.
As you know if you read my post regularly, there are a number of museum/art related holidays throughout the year. However, other than this holiday being listed in one of my sources, I could find no other history regarding Go To An Art Museum Today Day.
So, since this source is normally reliable, I guess you should celebrate Go To An Art Museum Today Day by visiting an art museum today. With Veteran’s Day just around the corner, might I suggest that you combine the two holidays and visit a museum with a sizable collection of military art/history?

World Freedom Day 

World Freedom Day is celebrated annually on November 9th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to conclude that this holiday celebrates freedom – something that we Americans take for granted. This holiday is a federal observance commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall. The day commemorates the end of communism in Eastern and Central Europe and was designated in 2001 by President George W. Bush. It was created to celebrate the reunification of loved ones separated by the Iron Curtain and differing ideologies and ultimately serves to acknowledge that the resolve of the masses can shift boundaries, break unfavorable resolutions and ultimately determine the type of leadership they desire to live is a freer, more fair society.
In many parts of the world, freedom is something that is taken for granted—the freedom to choose any religion we want (or no religion at all), the freedom to be in a relationship with the person we love, the freedom to travel – the list is endless. Unfortunately, there are many, many places in the world where these freedoms are not available to most people. They live in fear of their government and are afraid to voice their dissent for fear of retribution.
To celebrate World Freedom Day, relish the freedom that you have and try to imagine a life where you are not free. Not a pretty sight, is it?

National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day 

National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day is celebrated each year on November 9th. You needn’t be Colonel Sanders to deduce that this holiday celebrates one of America’s favorite sandwiches – the fried chicken sandwich. This is a relatively new holiday that only dates back to 2020 as nearly as I can tell. In all probability, this holiday was created as a result of the social media frenzy surrounding the release of Popeye’s Louisianna Chicken’s fried chicken breast sandwich in late 2019. As you might suspect, this caused a friendly rivalry between Popeyes Louisianna Chicken, – and the reigning “King” of the fried chicken sandwich, Chick-Fil-A – and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Debates were rampant online over which fried chicken sandwich was the best.
People have been eating chicken for millennia. In a marketing coup in the early 1940s, Chick-Fil-A claimed that they had “invented” the fried chicken sandwich. However, in my humble opinion, this claim lacks gravitas. While they were the first to open a chain of restaurants dedicated to fried chicken sandwiches, they by no means can claim to have invented the fried chicken sandwich. Recipes [and food historians] have documented that the Scottish were frying chicken in lard (with no seasonings) before the turn of the 17th century, and West Africans were pan-frying chicken (in palm oil, with lots of seasonings) around the same time. Fried chicken, as we know it, was probably brought to America by Scottish immigrants, and West African slaves, where the two methods were combined to create what we think of as ‘fried chicken’ today. So, you will never convince me that in the ensuing 300 (or so) years, some innovative soul didn’t think of putting fried chicken between two slices of bread – thus actually creating the first-ever fried chicken sandwich.
To celebrate National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day, simply enjoy a fried chicken sandwich today – either from one of the establishments alluded to above, or some other franchise. Or, just make one at home yourself.

National Scrapple Day 

National Scrapple Day is celebrated annually on November 9th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates scrapple – a regional American meat product adapted from similar European dishes. Scrapple is similar in both composition and taste to British white pudding. Scrapple’s name is derived from the fact that it is a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal, wheat flour, and spices. The mixture is formed into a mostly solid loaf, and then it is sliced and pan-fried before serving.
What we know as scrapple today was created more than 200 years ago by Dutch colonists who settled near Philadelphia. It is similar to the medieval German dish known as panhas – which incorporated butchering remnants of different animals such as pigs, chickens, and cows – more specifically the entrails and internal organs. When the Dutch colonists arrived in America, they adapted the recipe to use of locally available ingredients. In parts of Pennsylvania, it is still called panhas. Scrapple is primarily a regional dish that is strongly associated with rural areas surrounding Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, eastern Virginia.
Although it comes from the same animal as pork chops, ham,  bacon, and sausage, scrapple bears no resemblance to any of these in flavor or consistency and is made from what remains after all of the rest of the edible parts of a pig have been used. Scrapple is typically eaten as a breakfast side dish and is often topped with a variety of different condiments such as apple butter, ketchup, jelly, maple syrup, honey, horseradish or mustard. In some regions of the country, it is mixed with scrambled eggs.
To celebrate National Scrapple Day, eat some scrapple today. It is available in some large supermarket chains.
Author’s Note:
From personal experience, I suggest that if you decide to try scrapple today, be sure that you have an unobstructed pathway to the nearest bathroom.

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

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