Working Like a Dog, Traffic Lights, Underwear, Beer, Green Peppers, and Oysters

August 5, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of dog-like drudgery. Today is Friday, August 5, 2022.

Work Like a Dog Day  

Work Like a Dog Day is celebrated annually on August 5th. As you might expect, this holiday honors those among us who seem to be in perpetual motion, working tirelessly from the time they arrive at work until quitting time.
Some people skate through life, doing as little as possible. Others do only what they have to, and nothing more. And, others ‘work like a dog’. When there is work to be done, they dig in relentlessly to complete the task at hand.
The origins of the phrase “Work like a dog” are not known, but most likely, it refers to actual working dogs. Sheepdogs, sled dogs, and service dogs are good examples. They are bred and trained to work hard and they derive pleasure from it.
Often, the English language is perplexing. For instance, take these two idioms: “It’s a dog’s life” and “Work like a dog”. Both are in common use today, yet they have entirely different meanings. “It’s a dog’s life” refers to the ability of dogs (and certain people) to laze around and sleep all day without a care in the world. On the other hand, “Work like a dog” suggests the exact opposite. It means working to your maximum ability for an extended length of time.
Today, you can celebrate Work Like a Dog Day by showing appreciation for those who carry more than their fair share of the load and are always ready to lend a helping hand when the occasion arises.

International Traffic Light Day 

International Traffic Light Day is celebrated annually on August 5th. Oddly enough, this holiday celebrates the invention of the traffic light. Credit for the invention of the [modern-day] traffic light goes to Lester Wire, a policeman in Salt Lake City, Utah, who created a traffic light in 1912. He used red and green lights in his design. However, this holiday celebrates a traffic signal system installed on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio on this date, a couple of years after officer Wire’s traffic light, in 1914, by the American Traffic Signal Company. It too used red and green lights, but it added a buzzer, based on the design of James Hoge, to provide a warning for color changes. The design by James Hoge also allowed police and fire stations to control the signals in case of emergency.
Light, as a form of communicating directions or instructions, dates back centuries, if not millennia. The first non-electric, gas lit, traffic lights were installed on 10 December 1868, outside the British Houses of Parliament in London to control the traffic in Bridge Street, Great George Street, and Parliament Street. They were promoted by the railway engineer J. P. Knight and constructed by the railway signal engineers of Saxby & Farmer. The design combined three semaphore arms with red and green gas lamps for night-time use, on a pillar, operated by a police constable. The gas lantern was manually turned by a traffic police officer, with a lever at its base so that the appropriate light faced traffic.
Commuting to and from work is already time-consuming and frustrating. So, if you opt to celebrate International Traffic Light Day, try to imagine how much more chaotic your commute would be without officer Wire’s invention, and the improvements made by Mr. Hoge.
Factoid: 
According to AAA, the average American commuter spends 58.6 hours, waiting at red lights every year. 

National Underwear Day 

National Underwear Day is celebrated annually on August 5th. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates the essential article of clothing –underwear. A national underwear manufacturer, Freshpair, has taken the idea of fresh, clean underwear one giant step further. They’re inviting everyone to participate in National Underwear Day by wearing their underwear to Times Square on August 5th. They founded this holiday in 2003. By the way, the current record is 2,270 people.
Underwear is worn for a variety of reasons. They keep outer garments from being soiled. Underwear may also be used to preserve the wearer’s modesty. Some items of clothing are designed exclusively as underwear, while others such as T-shirts and certain types of shorts are suitable both as underwear and as outer clothing. The suitability of underwear as outer clothing is, apart from the indoor or outdoor climate, largely dependent on societal norms, fashion, and the requirements of the law. In cold climates, long underwear may also be used as an additional layer of clothing to help keep the wearer warm.
If you are a typical American, at some point in your life your mother warned you to: “Wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident.” Although the reasons for wearing clean underwear have more to do with personal hygiene than your mother’s concern for your embarrassment at an accident scene, the above idiom is the one that most often comes to mind when someone mentions underwear.
If, for some odd reason, you are unable to make the trek to Times Square on the spur of the moment to parade around in your skivvies, do not despair. You can still celebrate National Underwear Day by simply wearing underwear today — Or, if you are so inclined, by watching, and/or by reenacting, the famous/infamous underwear scene from the 1983 rom-com movie “Risky Business” starring Tom Cruise.

International Beer Day 

International Beer Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in August. You don’t need to be a brew master to ascertain that this holiday is another one of a vast number of holidays each year that celebrate adult beverages. International Beer Day was created in 2007. The stated purpose of this holiday is to gather with friends and enjoy beer, to celebrate the men and women who brew and serve beer, and to unite the world by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures.
Beer is one of the world’s oldest beverages produced by humans. Since almost any cereal grain containing certain sugars can undergo spontaneous fermentation due to wild yeasts in the air, it is believed by experts that beer-like drinks were independently developed at different times all over the world. Evidence of a beer-like drink was found in what is now Iran that dates back 7,000 years to the 5th millennium BC. Another beer-like beverage was recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia about 6,000 years ago. In China, residue on pottery dating from around 5,000 years ago shows beer was brewed using barley and other grains.
By the 7th century AD beer was being produced commercially and sold by European monasteries. Today, the brewing industry is a global business, with a plethora of dominant multinational brewing companies, as well as many thousands of other smaller, independent beer producers ranging from brewpubs to regional breweries. More than 35 billion gallons of beer are sold each year – generating more than $300 billion in global sales annually.
If you decide to celebrate International Beer Day, simply enjoy a brew or two – and don’t be afraid to experiment with an imported beer.
Authors Note:
Always drink responsibly.

Green Peppers Day 

Green Peppers Day is celebrated annually on August 5th. Even if you don’t have a “green thumb” you should be able to deduce that this holiday celebrates the versatile fruit – the green pepper. [Yes, green peppers are technically a fruit and not a vegetable].
Sometimes referred to as sweet peppers, green peppers are a good natural source of vitamin C, are an excellent source of carotenoids, and are also a very good source of fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Potassium, and Manganese.
Green peppers can be eaten raw on sandwiches or with dips, sautéed as a side dish, stuffed, or as an ingredient in a wide variety of dishes — So, you shouldn’t have any problem finding a way to celebrate Green Peppers Day.

National Oyster Day 

National Oyster Day is celebrated annually on August 5th. Aw shucks, you needn’t be a fish monger to deduce that this holiday celebrates a popular type of seafood – oysters.
Oysters are an acquired taste, and if you’re one of my regular readers, you already know that, with the exception of some crustaceans, I dislike seafood in general – and mollusks are certainly no exception. Therefore, I will not dwell on this holiday other than to mention it.
Use this link for a “crash course” in Oysters 101 if you want to celebrate National Oyster Day – or simply learn more about oysters.

Other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention are: 

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