Daisies, Kazoos, Diet of Worms, and Blueberry Pancakes

January 28, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning flower children Today is Friday, January 28, 2022. January 28th is the 28th day of the year and 337 days remain.

National Daisy Day 

National Daisy Day is celebrated annually on January 28th. You needn’t be an avid gardener to surmise that this holiday celebrates the beauty and cheerfulness of daisies – one of the world’s most-popular flowers.
While January may seem an odd month to celebrate daisies (what with Spring still being nearly 2-months hence), daisies grow year-round in some temperate regions, and, in some cultures, they represent purity and innocence. Daisies are a popular flower the world over and grow naturally on every continent, except Antarctica.
The name ‘daisy’ is thought to come from the Old English daes eag, which is thought to mean ‘day’s eye’ – after the way it opens at dawn. Daisies are ‘vascular plants’ – those which circulate nutrients and water throughout the plant. The daisy family, known by scientists as Compositae, make up almost 10% of all flowering plants on Earth. A daisy is actually two flowers in one. The (usually) white petals count as one flower and the cluster of (usually) tiny yellow disc petals that form the ‘eye’ is technically another.
Daisy leaves are edible and can make a tasty addition to salads (they’re closely related to artichoke and are high in Vitamin C). Additionally, daisies have lots of medicinal properties. They are thought to relieve indigestion, slow bleeding, and ease coughs. In homeopathy, the garden daisy is known as the gardener’s friend for its ability to ease an aching back. Bees love daisies as well, making them an important friend of honey makers.
If you opt to celebrate National Daisy Day, pick a few daisies from your garden and make a nice centerpiece for your table. If you don’t have any daisies in your garden, plant some today.
Author’s Note:
A word of caution to my gardener friends! As pretty as daisies are, if not tended to properly and kept in check, they can quickly go from a beautiful ornamental flower to an invasive, pesky weed. They can thrive in fairly inhospitable conditions and are resistant to most bugs and pesticides. 

National Kazoo Day 

National Kazoo Day is celebrated annually on January 28th. You don’t need to be a musician to infer that this holiday celebrates the kazoo – a simple, yet popular ‘musical instrument’.
The kazoo has been around for about 165 years. Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first kazoo in the 1840s. Actually, he conceived the kazoo and had Thaddeus Von Clegg, a German clock-master make it to his specifications. Commercial production of the kazoo didn’t occur until many years later, [around 1912]. Manufacturing was first started by Emil Sorg in Western New York. Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre, a Buffalo tool and die maker. Production moved to Eden, NY where the factory museum remains today.
Kazoos are easy to play. Simply hum a tune into the kazoo, and you’re an expert. So, if you feel like annoying your family and friends you can do so by celebrating National Kazoo Day. Simply play a few tunes on your kazoo. If, perchance, you have misplaced your kazoo, you can always try the old comb and waxed paper version.

Diet of Worms 

Thankfully, Diet of Worms is not some sort of exotic food-related holiday. Nor, again thankfully, is it a reference to a holiday about a trendy new weight loss fad. As a matter of fact, Diet of Worms is not even an official holiday at all. Nonetheless, I chose to expound upon the Diet of Worms in today’s post because of its historical significance, and because it may be of interest to my some of my religious readers.
In this instance, the word diet is used in its archaic form – meaning a group meeting or council, and Worms was the city in Germany where the Diet met. On this date in 1521, The Diet of Worms was convened. At these proceedings, Protestant reformer Martin Luther had challenged the absolute authority of the Pope over the Church by maintaining that the doctrine of indulgences, as authorized and taught by the Pope, was wrong. Luther also maintained that salvation was by faith alone without reference to good works, alms, penance, or the Church’s sacraments. Luther maintained that the sacraments were a “means of grace”, meaning that while grace was imparted through the Sacraments, the credit for the action belonged to God and not to the individual. Furthermore, he had challenged the authority of the Church by maintaining that all doctrines and dogmata of the Church not found in Scripture should be discarded. At the conclusion of this Diet of Worms, Martin Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic Church. The Diet opted to protect the authority of the Pope and the Church, and therefore they issued the Edict of Worms on May 25th, 1521 denouncing Martin Luther and banning him from the church.
As this is not an official holiday, I will offer no recommendations regarding whether [or not], or how you should celebrate the Diet of Worms. Let your own personal beliefs be your guide.

National Blueberry Pancake Day 

National Blueberry Pancake Day is celebrated annually on January 28th. You don’t need a culinary arts degree to deduce that this holiday celebrates blueberry pancakes.
Blueberry pancakes – they aren’t just for breakfast anymore. You can enjoy them any time of the day. They are nutritious enough to eat for breakfast, tasty enough for a mid-day snack, and easy enough to make for dinner.
To make blueberry pancakes, mix up a batch of your favorite plain pancake batter. Wash the blueberries, pat them dry, and keep them in a separate bowl. Once you’ve poured the batter onto the griddle, drop a few blueberries on top. This will ensure that your blueberries aren’t bruised during the mixing and cooking process and will provide perfect bursts of flavor when you bite into your pancake.
Do I really need to explain to you how to celebrate National Blueberry Pancake Day? Remember, blueberries are full of healthy anti-oxidants, so you can celebrate this holiday virtually without guilt. IHOP, here I come!

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

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