Teddy Bears, Tongue Twisters, Loosening Up, Girls, O.R. Nurses, Diabetes, Spicy Guacamole, and Pickles

November 14, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of iconic American plush toys. Today is Sunday, November 14, 2021. November 14th is the 318th day of the year, and 47 days remain.

National American Teddy Bear Day 

National American Teddy Bear Day is celebrated each year on November 14th. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates teddy bears – however, this holiday also commemorates the date of an ‘incident’ in 1902, that gave the Teddy Bear its name.
The Teddy Bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt. After he refused to shoot a bear cub on a hunting trip in Mississippi on this date in 1902, the incident made national news. A famous cartoon of the incident by Clifford Berryman was published a couple of days later in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902.
Subsequently, in 1903, Russian Jewish immigrant, Morris Michtom, saw the Berryman cartoon and his wife Rose Michtom designed a stuffed bear toy. Michtom wrote and asked permission from President Roosevelt to name the toy after him. “Teddy” Roosevelt responded, “I don’t think my name is likely to be worth much in the toy bear business, but you are welcome to use it.” And, the Teddy Bear was born.
The Teddy Bear is as American as baseball and apple pie. Although bear-type dolls originated in Germany, these dolls were referred to simply as “bears” and were much cruder in design and “gruffer” looking.
To celebrate National American Teddy Bear Day, learn more about the creation of America’s most iconic toy.
Author’s Note:
I know that we have celebrated other “Teddy Bear” related holidays in this past year. However, this particular holiday, National American Teddy Bear Day, was created in 2000 by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company to honor the toys that have become a popular part of American culture, and commemorate the date in 1902 that President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot that bear cub. 

International Tongue Twister Day 

International Tongue Twister Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in November. You needn’t be a linguist to ascertain that this holiday touts the terribly torturous turns-of-phrase that seem to tie our tongues in knots.
Tongue twisters are a series of words or lighthearted phrases that seem simple enough – that is until you say them. The combination of the words and repetition of sounds makes it nearly impossible to properly pronounce the entire phrase, especially when you repeat it over and over very quickly. “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” “A quick witted cricket critic.” “She sells seashells by the seashore” are prime examples. Tongue Twister Day is all about fumbling through these awkward phrases in an attempt to improve annunciation – and impress your friends.
Tongue twisters have both fascinated and vexed people throughout history. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most difficult tongue twister in the English language is: “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.” How many other tongue twisters can you think of? Which ones give you the most trouble?
To celebrate International Tongue Twister Day, read a rhyming book, practice some of your favorite tongue twisters with your friends and family, or try wrapping your tongue around some of these:

  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
  • She sells seashells by the seashore. The shells she sells are surely seashells. So if she sells shells on the seashore, I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
  • Betty Botter bought a bit of butter to make her bitter batter better.
  • Red rubber baby buggy bumpers bounce.
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  • The instinct of an extinct insect stinks.
  • Three free throws.
  • The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
  • Ed had edited it.
  • Truly rural.
  • Chop shops stock chops.
  • Which witch wished which wicked wish?
  • I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit: and on the slitted sheet, I sit.

Watch out for that last one, it could get you in trouble.
Peter Piper is an actual historical figure. Pierre Poivre was a one-armed French pirate and horticulturist during the mid-1700s. Poivre was notorious for stealing spice nuts (known as “peppers”) from Dutch trade ships and using them to plant his garden. On at least one occasion he stole half a bushel of nutmegs, which inspired the tongue twister we know and love today.

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day 

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day is celebrated each year on November 14th. Even if you are dour by nature, you should be able to conclude that this holiday was created to remind us of all the benefits of joy and laughter.
Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day urges us to take things a little slower, de-stress and unwind and to try to find the humor in situations that normally cause us stress. We’re all busy, and it’s easy to get caught up in a spiral of stress and angst of every day life.
Today, in celebration of Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day, take a mental step back, loosen up, lighten up, and find some balance and humor in your life. Or, to put it more succinctly, “take the stick out of your a$$ and enjoy life.”

International Girls Day 

International Girls Day is celebrated annually on November 14th. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates girls. This holiday was created in 2010 by the Kappa Delta Sorority on behalf of the Confidence Coalition. The celebration recognizes the spirit of girls and encourages girls to make their dreams a reality.
Media messages, cultural stereotypes, and peers often tell girls they have to look and act a certain way. International Girls Day is a celebration of girls, all kinds of girls, with all kinds of interests and strengths. It’s a day to celebrate what makes every girl unique, an opportunity for each girl learn how to realize her full potential.
To celebrate International Girls Day, simply encourage the girls in your family to pursue whatever interests or career they want to – and to disregard stereotypes or peer pressure in pursuit of their goals.

Operating Room Nurse Day 

Operating Room Nurse Day is celebrated each year on November 14th. You don’t need to be a medical professional to discern that this holiday honors those dedicated nurses who care for patients before, during and immediately after surgery. This holiday was first created by Iowa State Governor Terry Branstad by Executive order on November 14, 1989.
Operating Room nurses play an important role, during a period where a patient’s comfort and life is in another person’s hands. These nurses are responsible for maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room, monitoring the patient during surgery, and coordinating care throughout the process. They are also responsible for making sure the OR team provides the patient with the best care possible.
To celebrate Operating Room Nurse Day, learn more about the role they play in the complex Healthcare System.

World Diabetes Day 

World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14th. You should be able to figure out that this holiday was created, not to celebrate this invasive disease, but rather to raise awareness about diabetes amid growing concerns about the escalating health threat that it now poses worldwide. This holiday was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization, and became an official United Nations holiday in 2007.
World Diabetes Day is intended to draw attention to issues of the millions of diabetes sufferers throughout the world and to keep diabetes in the public spotlight. It commemorates the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.
To celebrate World Diabetes Day, learn more about the causes of, and the treatments for, this dreaded disease.

National Spicy Guacamole Day 

National Spicy Guacamole Day is celebrated each year on November 14th. You don’t need to be an avocado farmer to infer that this holiday celebrates spicy guacamole –  one of America’s favorite dips for tortilla chips.
There is no set recipe for guacamole. Recipes vary from region to region depending on the ingredients available locally and personal taste. Basically, guacamole is simply mashed up avocado with various spices and finely-diced hot peppers and onions added.
To celebrate National Spicy Guacamole Day, simply make and enjoy some guacamole today – the spicier the better.

National Pickle Day 

National Pickle Day is celebrated annually on November 14th. Common sense and logic dictate that this holiday celebrates pickles – or, more specifically, it honors the culinary history of pickles.
Pickles have been a popular food for thousands of years. In 2030 B.C., cucumbers were imported from India to the Tigris Valley. There, they were first preserved and eaten as pickles. In ancient Egypt, people consumed pickles for their nutritional value and because they were thought to enhance beauty. Cleopatra attributed her good looks to her full diet of pickles. Centuries later, Napoleon believed that pickles offered health benefits for his armies, so he offered a huge cash prize to anyone who was able to preserve them safely.
There are many different kinds of pickles – Dill, Kosher Dill, Gherkin, and Bread and Butter to name a few. The term pickle comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine. Each year in the United States, 5,200,000 pounds of pickles are consumed. Pickles are a great snack, low in calories and a good source of vitamin K – though they can be high in sodium.
To celebrate National Pickle Day, enjoy one or two of your favorite type of pickles.
Handy to know:
In the United States, the word “pickles” refers to pickled cucumbers. Other pickled vegetables in America are referred to as the vegetable or fruit, that is being pickled; such as pickled carrots, pickled beets, pickled mango, etc. In the rest of the world, however, all pickled produce is referred to as “pickles” – so if your are in a foreign country and want an American “pickle,” you will have to specifically ask for a “pickled cucumber.” 

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

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