Crappers, Vietnam Peace, National Geographic, Punching Clocks, Clashing Clothes, and Chocolate Cake

January 27, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning toilet flushing advocates. Today is Thursday, January 27, 2022. January 27 is the 27th day of the year and 338 days remain.

Thomas Crapper Day 

Thomas Crapper Day is celebrated annually on January 27th. I realize that you are probably asking yourself right now; “Who the crap is Thomas Crapper, and why the crap does he have a holiday dedicated to him, and why should I give a crap anyway?” Well, the answer to those questions is, basically, that Thomas Crapper is credited with creating the technology for the modern-day flush toilet. Although he did not invent the flush toilet as many believe, he did improve the design of and popularize flush toilets. So, as you can plainly see, this holiday isn’t just a load of crap, it actually has gravitas. Mr. Crapper was Baptized on September 28th, 1836, but no record of his actual date of birth is available, so this holiday is celebrated on the anniversary of his death on this date in 1910.
Rather than expound at length on Mr. Crapper’s entire life, and what led up to the creation of this holiday, I will simply provide you with this link which gives you a crap-load of information about him, and should answer all of your questions – and save me a crap-load of time trying to explain it to you.
If you decide to celebrate Thomas Crapper Day, simply pay homage to your “porcelain throne” today. Admire its craftsmanship and be grateful for the convenience it provides — and try not to have a crappy day. Oh well, enough of this crap! Time to move on.

Vietnam Peace Day

Vietnam Peace Day is celebrated every year on January 27th. This is a holiday near and dear to the hearts of many from my generation. On this date in 1973, the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris, France.
The main negotiators of the accords were Dr. Henry Kissinger (United States National Security Adviser) and Le Duc Tho (Vietnamese Politburo member). They both received the Nobel Peace Prize later in the year for their efforts. This link provides a more detailed account if you would like a “refresher course’ in history.
In celebration of Vietnam Peace Day, just be thankful that this unpopular war was finally brought to a conclusion.

National Geographic Day

National Geographic Day is celebrated annually on January 27th. As you might suspect, it celebrates the National Geographic Magazine, whose first issue was published on this date in 1888.
The magazine was originally text-oriented, but the editors soon realized that the most popular articles in their magazine were the ones that contained photographs and soon shifted to a more pictorial format [as photographic technology improved], and has since become famous for its breathtaking photography.
National Geographic has covered thousands of topics over the years, from lovely, peaceful Balinese dancers to more controversial topics like the brutal killing of animals by poachers. It has satisfied people’s interest in faraway places – their foods, customs, their people, and their unique and exotic animals for over 130 years. More recently, the magazine has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of environmental issues, such as deforestation and endangered species.
If you opt to celebrate National Geographic Day, browse through some issues of this historic magazine. If possible, compare issues from the past with more current issues to see how the magazine has evolved over the decades.

Punch the Clock Day

Punch the Clock Day is celebrated each year on January 27th. Despite exhaustive research, I found no information regarding the purpose or meaning of Punch the Clock Day. So, I’ll give you my theory. I believe that the actual intent of this holiday is not to encourage the destruction of any timepieces, but rather to celebrate the old-fashioned “time clock” that used to be at almost every work-site in America before the dawn of the ‘computer age’, and still is in many.
Punch the Clock Day not only celebrates the “punch clock” or “time clock” of old [the device used by employers to calculate the time their workers spend on the job], it also honors all of those working stiffs who “punch a clock” every day at manufacturing facilities across America, providing us with all of the products necessary to conduct our daily lives. [Or at least, they used to before their jobs were outsourced to facilities in Third World countries who now use child labor in sweatshops, or slave labor, to increase profits and line the pockets of greedy corporate CEOs with wealth beyond reason – and Politicians who take “campaign contributions” from these same greedy CEOs to line their own pockets].
Anyway, if you still have one of these [ever diminishing] manufacturing jobs here in America, you should celebrate Punch the Clock Day. You provide a valuable service. Thank You. My life is easier because of you.
Author’s Note:
Let me go on record as saying that I do not condone any form of violence against chronometers. Not only is punching clocks is destructive, it serves no logical purpose – and, it may result in personal injury.

Clashing Clothes Day

Clashing Clothes Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday each January. As you might expect, this holiday encourages you to throw ‘convention’ out the window and wear whatever clothing combinations you want – regardless of whether they conform to what “society” deems appropriate attire.
Plaid, polka dots, stripes, flower prints or solid colors – they all go together, don’t they? Who cares! Today you can celebrate Clashing Clothes Day by wearing any [or all] of them in whatever combination(s) you desire.

National Chocolate Cake Day 

National Chocolate Cake Day is celebrated annually on January 27th. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to determine that this holiday celebrates one of America’s favorite desserts – chocolate cake.
Cakes have a rich culinary history. In Greece, cakes (or “plakous”) were heavy and flat, and people served them with nuts and honey. The Romans made cakes that were more like cheesecake than a pastry and presented them as offerings to the gods. In Medieval England, people used the words “bread” and “cake” interchangeably to refer to anything made with flour dough.
The earliest known recipe for a chocolate cake was published in a work titled “The Lady’s Receipt Book” by noted Philadelphia cookbook author Eliza Leslie in 1847. A company called O. Duff and Sons created the first boxed cake mix in the late 1920s. In 1947, after years of research and development, General Mills released the first “just add water” Betty Crocker cake mixes. The available flavors were Ginger, Spice, Yellow, and White. In 1948, Pillsbury introduced the first modern chocolate cake box mix.
Since then, chocolate cake has become the most popular kind of cake. There are many varieties of chocolate cake from which to choose; milk chocolate cake, dark chocolate cake, chocolate fudge cake, chocolate “Molten Lava” cake, Red Velvet Cake, or [my personal favorite], Devil’s Food cake.
The objectives of National Chocolate Cake Day are threefold:

  1. To bake a chocolate cake – Preferably from scratch, although you could just use a mix if you lack the skills or confidence to make one from scratch.
  2. To decorate a chocolate cake. – In this author’s humble opinion, simply frosting the cake, adding ice cream, or whipped cream counts as decorating the cake – as long as it’s touching the cake, it’s decorated.
  3. To eat a slice of chocolate cake. – No explanation necessary.

If you are too lazy or busy to bake and/or decorate a cake, you can still celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day by simply buying one today – just ensure that it is a chocolate cake. No further explanation regarding how to celebrate this tasty holiday is necessary, is it?

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

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