Archive | July, 2011

Today is Rain Day!

Rain iconRain Day originated in the Daly & Spraggs Drug Store in Waynesburg, PA. A farmer mentioned to the pharmacist that it would rain the next day, July 29, because it was his birthday  and it always rains on his birthday. Intrigued, Byron Daly began betting store customers, salesmen and townspeople that it would rain on July 29. The wager? A hat, which Daly always won. Daly’s son, John Daly, continued the tradition in later years, and today, Waynesburg’s Special Events Commission continues the tradition and has won hats from TV weathermen and celebrities, including NBC’s Today Show’s then weatherman Willard Scott, Jay Leno, Troy Aikman and the Dixie Chicks.

As of July 29, 2010, it has rained 112 out of 136 years in Waynesburg on July 29.

Learn more about this bizarre holiday’s history and Waynesburg’s annual Rain Day Festival by clicking here.

Source: raindayfestival.com
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My mother always had this book of a day planner that she couldn’t go anywhere without. It went from her desk at work, to her car, to her desk at home and ended the day on the kitchen table. We always knew where it was and to check it before we asked to do ANYTHING. I also had a calendar posted to my door with practices, work schedule, school events, and personal dates written on it so they knew where I was any given day. – Ashton, Marketing

In my family, school supplies are bought little by little, all summer long, so by the time school starts they are fully stocked and ready to go. Then the week prior to school starting we begin the morning and evening school routines, so no one is grumpy about waking up or going to bed once school starts.  – Steve, Customer Service

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National Milk Chocolate Day

Schokolade-braunIt’s National Milk Chocolate Day! July 28 is all about indulging your tastes buds with this sweet treat. Whether you prefer your milk chocolate plain, with nuts, in cookies, blanketing strawberries or melting between graham cracker squares and a toasted marshmallow, you should spend today savoring your favorite milk chocolate bar, candy or other treat.

Just don’t go overboard! Dark chocolate may be full of health-boosting antioxidants, but not milk chocolate.

Learn more about milk chocolate by clicking here.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, webmd.com

Photo Source: Simon A. Eugster via Wikimedia Commons
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Hammock Day

Hammock - PolynesiaJuly 22 is Hammock Day! There’s nothing like spending a lazy summer afternoon in a hammock with a good book, a cold beverage and a dark pair of shades – and that’s exactly what you should do today, Hammock Day.

The origins of this holiday are unknown, but we assume that this is a day for celebrating this brilliant outdoor napping device and for getting as much rest and relaxation as possible before the summer ends.

Learn about the history of hammocks by clicking here.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com

Photo Source:Chris McClave via Wikimedia Commons
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Ice Cream Soda Day

Coke floatJune 20 is Ice Cream Soda Day!

An ice cream soda, or ice cream float, is a carbonated beverage, usually soda, with a few scoops of ice cream. The popular drink was created by soda shop owner Robert Green in Philadelphia in 1874. According to one story, Green ran out of ice for the sodas he was selling, so he used scoops of vanilla ice cream to keep the sodas cold. In another version of the story, the ice cream soda was the result of Green creating a new treat to attract customers away from competing soda shops and stands.

Celebrate this frozen treat and its creator by cooling off with an ice cream soda. Just mix one to three scoops of ice cream with your soda of choice.

Sources: punchbowl.comwikipedia.org
Photo Source: Ginny (originally posted to Flickr as coke float) via Wikimedia Commons
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Bastille Day

July 14 is Bastille Day! Bastille Day is a national holiday in France that commemorates the storming of the Bastille – then a symbol of the absolute power of King Louis XIV’s old regime -  on July 14, 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution, the end of the old regime and absolute monarchy and, eventually, the creation of the French Republic in 1792.

Bastille Day celebrations include the traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysées, communal meals, dancing, musical performances and firework displays.

Learn more about Bastille Day  and the history behind the holiday by clicking the source links below.

Sources: diplomatie.gouv.fr, timeanddate.com, french.about.com
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Embrace Your Geekness Day by Wellcat

July 13 is National Embrace Your Geekness Day!

Self-proclaimed geeks, show your pride!

Closeted geeks, embrace your geekness and proclaim yourself “geek!”

Everyone else? Embrace your inner-geekness (because we all have a geek somewhere inside of us)!

Read about the rise of  geekdom in this CNN article published on Embrace Your Geekness Day 2010.

Excerpt:

It’s “Embrace Your Geekness Day,” and Wall Street embraced geeks by letting them ring the starting bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning. Those bellringers are also known as members of Best Buy’s Geek Squad, who drive to the rescue of people trying to master the computers they bought from the store.

This embracing holiday is just one of a handful of geeky observances: “Darwin Day,” “Pi Day,” “Towel Day” (think “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), “Geek Pride Day.” There’s even a “Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day.”

Note: Embrace Your Geekness Day is copyrighted by Wellcat.

Sources: wellcat.com, holidayinsights.com
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Different Colored Eyes Day

July 12 is Different Colored Eyes Day!

Heterochromia

Different Colored Eyes Day is a day to recognize an eye condition called heterochromia, which is most common in dogs, cats and horses but can occur in humans. People with heterochromia have different colored eyes. The difference in eye color may result from an injury or be a sign of certain diseases, such as Fuch’s heterochromic iridocyclitis, Horner’s syndrome or pigmentary glaucoma, especially if one of your eye’s color changes later in life. (Have your eyes examined if color change occurs!) Babies born with two different colored eyes should undergo an eye examination to make sure the heterochromia isn’t a symptom of a disease or illness.

However, sometimes heterochromia is completely harmless, and you’ll simply get to walk around with an extra unique eye color…or, colors.

Don’t have different colored eyes or know anyone who does? You can also use Different Colored Eyes Day to celebrate eye color diversity. Imagine how boring eyes would be if they were all the same color!

Did You Know…that a variety of celebrities have heterochromia? Such celebrities include actresses Kate Bosworth, Mila Kunis and Jane Seymour. See more celebrities who have different colored eyes here.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, medlineplus.com, allaboutvision.com
Photo Source:  Speakslowly on en.wikipedia cropped by Shannernanner via Wikimedia Commons
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