Archive | September, 2012

National Punch Day

September 20 is National Punch Day!

Before you start punching your friends in the arm (and get knocked out yourself for it), National Punch Day is a celebration of punch the beverage, not the other kind of punch. Punch is a type of beverage that is primarily made up of fruit juices and may be drunk with or without alcohol.

Did You Know…The original punch, made in India, contained the ingredients alcohol, sugar, lemon, water and tea or spices. Learn more about the history of punch by clicking here.

Celebrate National Punch Day by making some homemade punch! Click here to find the perfect punch for your taste.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, holidayinsights.com, wikipedia.org
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Jackie Robinson Named Rookie of the Year (1947)

On this day in 1947 (the same year he broke the color barrier in baseball by becoming the first black Major League Baseball player since the 1880s), Jackie Robinson was named Rookie of the Year. Though the award had been created in 1940, it didn’t become national until 1947, making Robinson the inaugural winner of the award.

Did you know…In 1987, the 40th anniversary of Robinson’s breaking the color barrier, the National and American League Rookie of the Year Awards were renamed the Jackie Robinson Award in honor of Robinson and his legacy.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, ESPN

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United States Air Force Turns 65!

On this day in 1947, the United States Air Force (USAF)  was created as a separate branch of the military under the National Security Act of 1947.

The USAF’s birthday is not only a day to celebrate the Air Force but to celebrate and recognize the men and women who have served and currently serve on the USAF. Head over to the White House blog to read the Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley’s, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III’s and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy’s birthday message that recognizes the accomplishments the USAF has made.

If you know anyone who is a part of the Air Force, show them your thanks and appreciation. If you don’t know anyone in the Air Force, you can still honor those in service by sending a thank you message to a military family at whitehouse.gov.

Finally, take some time to learn more about the United States Air Force – it’s mission and values, history, and more – at Airforce.com.

Sources: Wikipedia, The White House Blog

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National Apple Dumpling Day

September 17 is National Apple Dumpling Day!

Apple dumplings are crispy pastries with a warm, sweet and cinnamon-y, apple-filled center. Native to the northeastern United States, particularly around Pennsylvania, apple dumplings are commonly eaten at breakfast or with vanilla ice cream as a a dessert.

Make your own apple dumplings to celebrate this fall treat:

Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Country Apple Dumplings

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, wikipedia.org
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Win an Autographed Honey Badger Calendar!

Congrats to our winner Beth Brevik! She wants to see Randall narrate a video about a giraffe, and we think that is a great idea!

You still have another chance to win a 2013 Honey Badger Calendar autographed by Randall!
Randall talked to us about his childhood and how his life has changed since the Honey Badger phenomenon.

Take a look at the video and answer the question below to be entered to win this week’s contest!

What TV show do you think Randall should have a guest role on?

How to enter:

Comment on this blog post and answer the question above to be entered to win the autographed calendar. Only those comments that answer the question will be considered entries.

Contest runs from Saturday, September 15 to 5:00pm CDT Friday, September 21. Winner will be announced Saturday, September 22.

Read full contest rules and regulations.

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National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day

Custard doughnutSeptember 14 is National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day!

Going on a morning doughnut run? Forget the plain glazed, drop the doughnut holes, and don’t even think about snagging a bear claw – it’s National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day! Cream-filled doughnuts might pack  a little extra calories and sugar, but just for today, go cream-filled in honor of National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day.

For those of you whose doughnut of choice is already the cream-filled doughnut, celebrate by making your own cream-filled doughnuts, like these decadent Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts by chef Joanne Chang.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com
Photo Source: Alpha via Wikimedia Commons

 

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Margaret Chase Smith Elected Senator

On September 13, 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was not only the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate (without having been appointed to the office first) but the first woman to represent the state of Maine and the first woman to serve in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Smith is also known for her June 1, 1950 “Declaration of Conscience” speech, in which she condemned the tactics used in Senator Joesph McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunt – the first member of Congress to do so.

Learn more about Margaret Chase Smith over at the Margaret Chase Smith Library.

Sources: Wikipedia, Margaret Chase Smith Library, Senate.gov

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National Video Games Day

Check out our video game calendars!

Ever wish you could spend the whole day playing video games? Ok, so maybe you already do, but today is the one day of the year you have an excuse…It’s National Video Games Day! (And actually, you get two days each year – July 8 is Video Game Day.)

If you have the day off from work or school, spend the day playing video games, whether alone or with friends, online or with a game console, at home or at the arcade, even on your phone! If you have to go to school or work today, we won’t judge you if you take the day off to play video games…Just kidding – we’ll judge you a little.

If you’re playing video games with other players, make sure you practice proper gaming etiquette.

Did you know…According to the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) 2012 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry, “The average gamer is 30 years old and has been playing for 12 years. Sixty-eight percent of gamers are 18 years of age or older.” Find out more interesting facts at the ESA’s website.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Yahoo! News, Entertainment Software Association

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Make Your Bed Day

Make You Bed Day might not sound like anything to get excited about…especially if you already make your bed every day…or if you so loathe making the bed that your bed is perpetually unmade.

But did you know that making your bed – as mundane as it sounds – every morning can boost your happiness, create a peaceful environment, and make you more productive? Just check out how one woman, who once hated making her bed and never did, discovered the happiness that comes from the 3-minute task over at Apartment Therapy.

Making your bed can also improve health by promoting a  more comfortable sleeping environment, which results in a better night’s sleep.

If you’re a habitual bed-maker, kudos to you! If you never make your bed, give it a go today, then do it again tomorrow, then again the next day to see how it feels. Maybe you’ll pick up a new healthy habit!

Not sure how to make your bed? Don’t worry, The Art of Manliness will show you how in their easy-to-follow, illustrated guide.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Apartment Therapy, Yahoo! Voices

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World Suicide Prevention Day

On average, almost 3,000 people commit suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 more may attempt to end their lives.”

- World Health Organization (WHO)

September 10, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of World Suicide Prevention Day, an initiative organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), with the help of WHO, to raise the awareness that suicide is “a major preventable cause of premature death,” prevent suicide and suicidal behavior, increase education about suicide awareness, decrease the stigma associated with suicide and the silence that surrounds it, and remember lost loved ones.

Become a part of the initiative to spread awareness and save lives by taking five minutes to get involved and become informed. Here you’ll find informational and educational materials, tools to help you learn about suicide and suicide prevention and spread awareness, and resources for helping someone who is struggling and for reaching out if you are concerned for yourself.

The IASP also encourages you to light a candle at 8:00 p.m. on September 10 in remembrance of lost loved ones and the survivors of suicide and to show your support for suicide prevention.

Learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day at www.iasp.info/wspd/.

Learn more about suicide prevention and mental health at WHO’s website.

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