Fresh Breath, Gossip, Sand Castles, Mead, Mustard, and Root Beer Floats

August 6, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning halitosis sufferers. Today is Saturday, August 6, 2022.

National Fresh Breath Day 

National Fresh Breath Day is celebrated annually on August 6th. You don’t need to be an oral hygienist to conclude that this holiday is an educational awareness day designed to bring attention to the importance of fresh breath as an integral part of your overall health and wellness. The goal of this holiday is to make people conscious of their breath and teach them how to achieve and maintain fresh breath through proper oral hygiene.
Aside from brushing after each meal, there are a number of other steps you can take to maintain fresh breath.

  1. Replace your toothbrush at least every three months. The purpose of a toothbrush is to remove any trapped food particles in your teeth to prevent tooth decay and to stimulate your gums to prevent gum disease. Also, despite your best efforts, bacteria can accumulate on the bristles of your toothbrush. A worn-out toothbrush renders it ineffective for its intended purpose.
  2. Floss. Flossing is often the first step to oral hygiene we abandon after our annual trip to the dentist. The old adage; “out of sight, out of mind” pertains to many things, including your dental floss. Don’t keep your floss in a cabinet or drawer, keep it on the counter where you are reminded every time you enter the bathroom that you should floss after each brushing.
  3. Try a tongue scraper: There are many versions of scrapers on the market, and they’re super cheap. Find one you like and use it once a night. Even after what you think is a thorough home cleaning, you’ll be amazed how much debris a tongue scraper removes from your tongue. Less debris and bacteria mean fresher breath.
  4. Stay hydrated: Drinking water throughout the day promotes saliva production and is your mouth’s natural defense against the germs that cause bad breath. If you ignored each of our other tips, just drinking water would at least help a bit, not to mention the multitude of other great things being well-hydrated does for your body.
  5. Cover it up in a pinch: If your mom ever tried to get you to eat the parsley on your plate when dining out, maybe she was actually trying to tell you your breath needed some freshening! Parsley appears to have antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help keep your mouth clean. Yogurt and celery also work in a similar fashion, and sugar-free gum or breath mints with Xylitol can also help to promote salivation without adding sugar into the mix.

Oral health is a good indicator of your overall health, so you can celebrate National Fresh Breath Day by evaluating your oral hygiene regimen and making the necessary changes to ensure your mouth and gums are healthy.

Gossip Day 

Gossip Day is celebrated annually on August 6th. Pssst! Have you heard the latest scuttlebutt? You needn’t be a gossip columnist to deduce that this holiday recognizes gossip – an age-old means of spreading rumors about the private lives of others. I heard through the grapevine that the actual origins of this holiday have only been passed on through word of mouth, so the creator of this holiday is unknown. However, Rumor has it that Gossip Day was created to honor Louella Parsons, born on this date in 1881 – the premier “gossip columnist” of our age.
Let’s face it, we all gossip occasionally – some more than others – and some people even make a living through gossip.  So, today especially, you should celebrate Gossip Day by keeping your shades drawn, and your lips sealed – and beware of blabbermouths, rumor mongers, tattletales, and nosy neighbors who might relish in sharing your private life with others.

Sand Castle Day 

Sand Castle Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in August. Asy you might suspect, this holiday celebrates those works of art created by beach goers all over the world.
Often, it’s the little things in life from which we derive the most pleasure, and Sandcastle Day certainly serves to illustrate this point. Children and adults alike have likely been building sand castles since the dawn of civilization. Building sand castles on a beach on a hot summer day are often some of our most cherished memories, evoking thoughts of simpler, more carefree times – times of innocence and discovery.
Most of us built sand castles for fun – often for the simple pleasure of watching them being washed away by the next big wave. But recently, building sand castles has become a serious art form. From 1989 until 2009, a World Championship in Sand Sculpture was held in Harrison Hot Springs in Harrison, British Columbia, Canada. Other countries hold their own versions of the world championships.
If you decide to celebrate Sand Castle Day, you don’t have to live in a quaint, picturesque seaside village. A lake or river is also an ideal place to create your architectural wonder. Heck, you could even build one in your backyard if you want.
Factoid:
The world’s tallest sand castle was built on Myrtle Beach in South Carolina during the 2007 Sun Fun Festival. The structure was almost 50 feet (15 m) high and took 10 days to build, using 300 truckloads of sand.

Mead Day 

Mead Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in August. You needn’t be an expert in ancient alcoholic beverages to conclude that this holiday is yet another of the long line of adult-beverage-related holidays we’ve celebrated so far this month this month. In fact, it is the fourth alcohol-related this month – and it’s only the 6th. Evidently, the creators of holidays in August must think that we have nothing better to do this month other than lay around and get drunk. Mead Day was organized by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 2002. It was created to increase mead awareness and foster camaraderie among mead makers…both commercial and homebrewers.
Mead is perhaps the oldest known fermented beverage. It is made by combining honey, water, and yeast. Mead can range from sweet to very dry and can be flavored with flowers, fruits, herbs, spices, and even vegetables. Mead is also called honey wine, ambrosia or nectar, and has been called the “ancestor of all fermented drinks.”
Mead can be carbonated like beer or more sparkling like cider or wine.  Like beer, it can have a more ‘hoppy’ flavor when hops are added.  Distilled, mead is more like a liqueur and is similar to brandy.
If you opt to celebrate Mead Day, enjoy a glass of mead today – that is, if you can even find mead these days. [Not being an imbiber of strong spirits, I can’t help you in your quest for some of this ancient beverage]. If you can’t find any mead, then learn more about mead and its history.

National Mustard Day 

National Mustard Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in August. You don’t need to be a condiment connoisseur to figure out that this holiday celebrates mustard – a world-renowned condiment. This holiday has been sponsored by the Mustard Museum since 1991. There are records of a National Mustard Day prior to that date, but the origins are unknown.
Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of a mustard plant. The whole, ground, cracked, or bruised mustard seeds are mixed with water, salt, lemon juice, or other liquids and sometimes other flavorings and spices to create a paste or sauce ranging in color from bright yellow to dark brown.
Mustard is commonly paired with meats and cheeses and is a popular addition to sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Mustard is also used as an ingredient in many dressings, glazes, sauces, soups, and marinades.
Mustard is used in the cuisine of India, the Mediterranean, northern and southeastern Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa, making it one of the most popular and widely used spices and condiments in the world.
The optimal way to celebrate National Mustard Day is to simply slather a swath of mustard on your burger or hot dog today. Or, if you’re “eating light” today, make a salad dressing that includes mustard.

National Root Beer Float Day 

National Root Beer Float Day is celebrated annually on August 6th. It should be obvious to everyone that this holiday celebrates that classic summertime treat – the plain ole Root Beer Float. Between the creamy vanilla ice cream and the frothy root beer foam, how can anyone resist this refreshing summertime treat?
At the end of the 19th century, a man named Frank Wisner invented the first root beer float. The proper way to make one of these delicious beverages is to “float” a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass of root beer – notice that I said add the ice cream to the root beer, not vice versa. If you reverse the process and add the root beer to the ice cream, you’ll just end up with a big foamy mess that throws the root beer to ice cream ratio completely out of proportion.
The tastiest, and most logical way to celebrate National Root Beer Float Day, is to just enjoy a root beer float on this hot August afternoon – or any other time today.

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