Archive | August, 2012

Book Lover’s Day

Old books - Stories From The PastWriters, readers (young and old), bibliophiles and all of you who carry a book in their purse or back pocket no matter where you go, celebrate Book Lover’s Day on August 9 by calling in sick and spending the day – yes, the whole day – curled up with a good book. You know you’ve always want to leave reality and its obligations behind to spend the day reading in bed, on the couch, in the grass or in a hammock. Ok, you don’t have to read all day, so if you can bear to tear yourself away, you should start a book club with your friends or head to the book store to buy one or two (or three or four…) new books. If you have a book lover in your life, celebrate their passion for reading by giving them a new book.

Looking for a new book to read or missing a few classics in your collection? Check out these book lists:

New York Times: Best Sellers Lists

Goodreads: 100 Books that everyone should read at least once

The Telegraph: 100 novels everyone should read

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com

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National Zucchini Day

Courgettes primeur artlibre jnlAugust 8 is National Zucchini Day!

Today is all about the zucchini, a summer squash that you could live on if you had to, considering that it grows from one the most prolific plants, which produces a seemingly endless supply of zucchini no matter how many you pick.

If you’ve got too much zucchini on your hands, today is the day to get rid of it. Incorporate zucchini into every meal today, which isn’t hard at all! Add zucchini to stew or soup, toss with pasta or salad, grill or fry, or bake into bread. If you still find yourself overwhelmed by piles of zucchini, bake it all into bread and give a loaf to everyone you know. We’ll even provide the recipe: Mom’s Zucchini Bread!


Sources: punchbowl.com, holidayinsights.com
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National Night Out

US Navy 050829-N-4385W-008 Photographers Mate Airman Jesse Praino laminates a poster for the National Night Out ProgramWhat is National Night Out?

Created and sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out (NNO) is an annual crime and drug prevention event designed to raise awareness of crime and drug prevention, gain support for local anti-crime programs and fight back against criminals by remaining organized and strengthening the community-police partnership.

Learn about the history of NNO by clicking here.

When is National Night Out?

NNO takes place on the First Tuesday of August. This year NNO falls on August 7.

What do people do on National Night Out?

Displaying outdoor lights and front porch vigils has always been a tradition on NNO. However, NNO celebrations have expanded to include block parties, cookouts, parades and exhibits, flashlight walks, contests, youth programs and visits from local police and sheriff departments.

Learn more about National Night Out, NNO events and how to register your community by clicking here.

Sources: nationalnightout.org
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National Root Beer Float Day

Today is National Root Beer Float Day, and as the summer heat reaches its peak (for some of us, at least), a day that celebrates a cold, refreshing treat couldn’t come at a better time.

The root beer float, a delicious combination of root beer and vanilla ice cream, was invented in the late 19th century by Frank J. Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company. Wisner had been making soda waters for the citizens of Cripple Creek, which included Myers Avenue Red root beer, the most popular soda water among the children. The idea came to Wisner while staring out at Cow Mountain. Glowing under a  full moon, the dark, snow capped mountain looked as if it were capped by a scoop of ice cream. Inspired by this sight, Wisner added a scoop of vanilla ice cream to his popular root beer and called it “Black Cow Mountain,” which the children eventually shortened to “black cow.”

Celebrate National Root Beer Float Day by cooling off with a sweet, refreshing, and easy-to-make root beer float.

Sources: Punchbowl, Wikipedia

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When is Eid al-Fitr in 2012?

August 19, 2012

Learn more about Eid al-Fitr.

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National Watermelon Day

WatermelonAugust 3 is National Watermelon Day!

The sweet, refreshing watermelon is a summertime staple. Made up of 92 percent water, watermelon is not only a tasty and healthy snack but a thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Watermelon is also a highly nutritional fruit and an excellent source of lycopene, a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that may protect against a variety of cancers, including prostate, breast, endometrial, lung and colorectal cancers. Learn more about the health benefits of watermelon at Whfoods.com. You’ll also find tips on how to select, store, prepare and serve watermelon.

Celebrate National Watermelon Day simply by enjoying this sweet summer fruit.  Or gather your friends for a watermelon carving contest! You’d be surprised what you can do with a watermelon…just check out the creative watermelon carvings at the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s website (instructions included)!

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, whfoods.com, watermelon.org 
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First Lincoln Penny Issued

Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck!

The Lincoln Penny was designed by sculptor Victor David Brenner at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt to replace the Indian Head Penny. When Roosevelt left office in March of 1909, Brenner continued the project since the idea was to release the new design in 1909, the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. After several design changes, samples were sent to President William Howard Taft who approved the final coin. Secretary of Treasury Franklin MacVeagh approved the design fit for printing on July 14 and the new Lincoln Penny was released on August 2, 1909.

Several changes have been made to the back on the penny since its issue, but Brenner’s original design, known as the Wheat Cent, remained in production for 50 years until it was replaced with the Lincoln Memorial design in 1959. The Lincoln Memorial design was replaced by several designed minted in 2009 only for the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, then in 2010, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended the current Union Shield cent design.

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Francis Scott Key’s Birthday

Today is Francis Scott Key’s birthday!

Though Key worked as a lawyer in Georgetown, he is most known for writing the words to our national anthem

During the War of 1812, British soldiers bombarded the Americans at Fort McHenry in Baltimore.  The next morning at dawn, Key was able to see an American flag still waving and wrote a poem entitled “Defense of Fort McHenry”. He set his words to an already popular tune, “To Anacreon in Heaven” by John Stafford Smith. The song was later renamed “The Star Spangled Banner” and became our national anthem through an Executive order by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and a Congressional resolution signed by President Herbert Hoover in 1931. Key is even responsible for the United States’ national motto, “In God We Trust”, which he wrote in the fourth stanza of his poem.

The first stanza of “The Star Spangled Banner” opens sporting events around the country, and perhaps one of the best vocal performances was by Whitney Houston at Super Bowl XXV.

Sources: Wikipedia, FrancisScottKey.org

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