Dragons, Book Publishers, Prohibition, Nothing, Hot and Spicy Food, and Fig Newtons

January 16, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning mythical reptile fans. Today is Sunday, January 16, 2022. January 16th is the sixteenth day of the year and 349 days remain.

Appreciate a Dragon Day 

Appreciate a Dragon Day is celebrated every year on January 16th. Contrary to what you might assume, this holiday has nothing to do with dragons –either real or imaginary. The purpose of this holiday is to encourage young readers to explore of the cultural significance of mythical creatures in our society and history. And what better mythical creature than the dragon?
For thousands of years, dragons have been a powerful symbol of mythology in cultures all over the world. While originally, they were meant to instill fear, in modern culture, they have become more of a source of fascination. Authors and filmmakers, these days have helped transform dragons into something that instills curiosity and perhaps even admiration in people.
If you want to celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day, do some research on dragon mythology. Is there any folklore about dragons in the area where you live? If you want to celebrate this holiday literally, your only options are to visit a zoo that has a Komodo Dragon exhibit, or to do some research on Komodo Dragons.

Book Publisher’s Day  

Book Publisher’s Day is celebrated annually on January 16th. You needn’t be clairvoyant to conclude that this holiday celebrates book publishers – from the big powerhouses like Random House and Penguin, to the smaller publishing houses, to the independent online publishers.
Where would we be without books? Book publishers provide us with countless hours of enjoyment, and are responsible for distributing books. They are the conduit between authors and readers. It is their job to cull through the countless submissions from would-be authors and choose the best works to publish – a dauntingly tedious, yet necessary task.
The best way to celebrate Book Publisher’s Day, is to simply pick up a book and start reading.

Prohibition Remembrance Day 

Prohibition Remembrance Day is celebrated each year on January 16th. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to deduce that this holiday commemorates the date in 1919 on which Nebraska became the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution – the prohibition of alcohol in America – making it law. One year later, it went into effect.
Prohibition came about after many years of work by those in the temperance movement, which wanted complete abstinence from alcohol. Not surprisingly, the movement had close ties to the church. The amendment was intended to protect children, women, and families from the effects of alcohol abuse, by reducing social problems such as poverty, crime, mental illness, and drunkenness. Contrary to popular belief, the amendment did not ban the consumption of alcohol. It did, however, ban the production, transportation, and sale of alcohol.
As you might suspect, the amendment was quite controversial. Soon, this fostered an underground bootlegging industry, largely controlled by organized crime. Many people were prosecuted for violating the amendment, which overburdened the justice system. Prohibition also was costly. There was a large amount of money spent on enforcement, and there was a loss of tax revenue from the lack of alcohol sales. So, thirteen years later, the amendment was repealed by the 21st Amendment.
If you feel inclined to celebrate Prohibition Remembrance Day, you have two options. Either you can abstain from partaking in alcoholic beverages — or you can partake of an alcoholic beverage or two in defiance. The decision is yours to make.
Author’s Note:
Always drink responsibly.

National Nothing Day 

National Nothing Day is celebrated annually on January 16th. Quite simply, it is a holiday for nothing. The purpose of this holiday is to provide Americans with one day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing, or honoring anything. It was created by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973. Although this holiday was mentioned in all of my primary sources, they were all over the board with their interpretations regarding the meaning of this holiday. One source went into a lengthy esoteric diatribe about the meaning of “nothing.” Another stressed the futility of celebrating “nothing.” Yet another, for some odd reason, even tried to make a correlation to the upcoming Martin Luther King Day ‘floating holiday’ which is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January, and would therefore fall on MLK Day every seven years – effectually saying that it would be racist for someone to celebrate “nothing” if it happens to fall on MLK Day.
National Nothing Day has me in a quandary. Am I, by covering this holiday, violating its premise? Or, for instance, suppose that you, a member of your family, or a close friend is having a birthday, getting married [or divorced], gets engaged, graduates, or gets a promotion at work. Are we not supposed to celebrate such an event today? Oh well!
Please note that National Nothing Day is not “do nothing” day. You still have to fulfill your daily obligations like going to work or school. Other than that, celebrate [or don’t] National Nothing Day in whatever manner you deem appropriate for you and your family.
Have an uneventful day!

International Hot and Spicy Food Day 

International Hot and Spicy Food Day is celebrated every year on January 16th. As you might suspect, this holiday is a celebration hot and spicy foods.
Archeological evidence suggests that people have been using hot spices in their recipes for over 6000 years.  Throughout the world, there are hundreds of different spices that contribute to an array of hot flavored foods. Hot (spicy) foods can actually be very good for you because of their medicinal and antimicrobial properties. Garlic, chilies, onions, allspice, and oregano all kill bacteria and make food safer to consume.
If you want to “spice up your life” then celebrate International Hot and Spicy Food Day by enjoying a few hot spices, peppers, or hot sauces in/on/with your meals today.
Factoid:
As of 2020, the hottest chili pepper in the world is the Carolina Reaper. With 2,200,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), these peppers are about 420 times spicier than a jalapeno pepper with a SHU rating of about 5200.

Fig Newton Day 

If your taste buds [or your physician] demand that you celebrate something blander, do not despair. There is still a food-related holiday for you today. Fig Newton Day is celebrated annually on January 16th. You don’t need a vivid imagination to discern that this holiday celebrates the Fig Newton cookie.
Up until the 19th century, many physicians believed most illnesses were related to digestion problems. As a remedy, they recommended a daily intake of biscuits and fruit. Fig rolls served as an ideal solution but were locally produced or homemade products.
Popular myth has it that Nabisco’s chewy Fig Newton cookies were named after Sir Isaac Newton. In reality, they were named after their birthplace, Newton, Massachusetts. Fig Newtons were created by Charles M. Roser, a cookie maker in Ohio. He won fame for creating the Fig Newton recipe before selling it to the Kennedy Biscuit Works (later renamed Nabisco), located in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. They were known for naming many of their cookies after neighboring towns – the “Newton” in Fig Newton is a nod to the nearby town of Newton. They rank as the 3rd most popular cookie in the United States, with over 1 billion eaten each year.
Today, Nabisco makes ‘Newton-type’ cookies in 4 other flavors besides the original Fig Newton. They are strawberry, apple & cinnamon, sweet peach and apricot, and triple berry.
Although National Fig Newton Day specifically mentions Fig Newtons, I don’t think that the “holiday Gods” would consider it sacrilege if you choose to celebrate this holiday with one of the newer ‘Newton’ varieties. Personally, I dislike any kind of ‘Newton’ cookie, but especially Fig Newtons – so I won’t be joining you in your celebration today.

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

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