Archive | April, 2013

National Jelly Bean Day

April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day!

Although researchers remain unsure as to why April 22 has been chosen as National Jelly Bean Day, we’re pretty sure no one is complaining!

The jelly bean was introduced sometime during the mid-19th century and was an especially popular morale booster for troops during the civil war. Jelly beans had somewhat of a juicy revolution in the 1980s when Jelly Belly began manufacturing jelly beans made with real fruit juices. This innovation cemented jelly beans as more than just your average Easter candy.

Celebrate National Jelly Bean Day by making colorful and edible jelly bean jewelry, playing “How many jelly beans in the jar?”, or simply eating some jelly beans!

Sources: Chiff, Days of the Year

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National High Five Day

National High Five Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of April every year. In 2013, National High Five Day falls on April 18.

This slap-happy holiday was started in 2002 by a group of students at the University of Virginia who spent the day hanging around the campus’ main quad handing out high-fives and lemonade.

The origin of the actual high-five itself however, is the topic of some debate. Some say it was started by Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977. Others say it was initiated by Wiley Brown and Derek Smith from the Louisville Cardinals college basketball team.

Achieve the perfect high-five every time by simply looking at your high-five partner’s elbow. Try this trick out with your friends or coworkers today and see how many perfect high-fives you can hand out!

Or take a lesson from a true master high-fiver himself, Barney Stinson.

Sources: Punchbowl, Wikipedia

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Benjamin Franklin Dies

One of America’s most influential Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, died at his home in Philadelphia on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84.

Born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin was a true Renaissance Man. Some of his vocations included: author, printer, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, civil activist, statesman, and diplomat. He is credited with the invention of the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin Stove among other things.

During his life, Benjamin Franklin facilitated the organization of a local fire department and the University of Pennsylvania. He was elected as the very first president of the American Philosophical Society and became a famous advocate against slavery. Franklin signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and spearheaded many important civil reforms during his lengthy political career.

Benjamin Franklin embodied the principles that America was founded upon and was loved and revered by all who knew him. When his death came in 1790, there were over 20,000 people in attendance at his funeral.

Sources: US History, Wikipedia

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National Stress Awareness Day

April 16 is National Stress Awareness Day!

It’s no coincidence that National Stress Awareness day falls on April 16, the day after taxes are due. The Health Resource Network (HRN) started this health conscious holiday in 1992 with the goal of raising awareness surrounding causes of stress and ways to reduce it.

Stress, no matter its source, can pose as a major health risk and has been linked to many other serious complications, especially when it comes to heart health. No matter how much you have on your plate, take some time today to relax and de-stress.

Some relaxation techniques you can try: going for a run to clear your head, taking a walk out in nature, participating in a yoga class, taking a long nap, or listening to soothing music. Whatever your method, it’s important that you always take time to decompress, not just for your health but for your sanity as well!

Sources: eHow, Holiday Insights

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Jackie Robinson Day

April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day!

Jackie Robinson Day celebrates the day that Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League Baseball player, made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers (today, the Los Angeles Dodgers) on April 15, 1947.

Jackie Robinson was responsible for breaking the color barrier within the Major League Baseball organization. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 for his outstanding contributions to the sport. His number, 42, was retired in 1997 and is the only number retired league-wide.

The first Jackie Robinson Day was celebrated on April 15, 2004 and the 2013 commemoration will mark the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s MLB debut. Each year on April 15, every player, coach, and manager in Major League Baseball wears the number 42. 42, a feature film in memorial of Jackie Robinson’s courageous journey into Major League Baseball, was released in theaters on April 12, 2013 starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford.

Jackie Robinson Day

Sources: Wikipedia, MLB

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Abraham Lincoln Shot

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, occurred on April 14, 1865.

Actor and confederate supporter John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in the back of the head while he was watching the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. The assassination came days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered and was part of a bigger plan to revitalize the Confederate Army.

The arrangement was that John Wilkes Booth and two other men would each kill an important member of the United States Government; Booth was to murder President Lincoln, Lewis Powell was assigned to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, and George Atzerodt was supposed to kill Vice President Andrew Johnson. Killing the President and his two successors was an attempt to throw the government into disarray, but only John Wilkes Booth accomplished his task.

Abraham Lincoln died the next morning, on April 15. He was the first American President to have been assassinated.

Sources: Wikipedia, History

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National Scrabble Day

April 13 is National Scrabble Day!

Scrabble was invented in 1938 by a man named Alfred Mosher Butts.  Butts was born on April 13, 1899 and when he lost his job at an architecture firm, he set out on creating a new board game. Scrabble, originally called Lexico, was based on his beloved crossword puzzles. Celebrate today by playing a game of Scrabble with your family and friends!

Some interesting Scrabble facts:

  • Over 150 million games have been sold in 121 countries around the world.
  • Scrabble is currently produced in 29 different languages. The latest is the Welsh language Scrabble introduced in 2006.
  • The original game did not have a board but was played with tiles only.
  • It’s not possible to play Scrabble in Japanese or Chinese, but they play in English with a rule book in their own language.
  • There is a town called Scrabble in Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA. They don’t have a Scrabble club.
  • The longest word playable with only vowels is ‘euouae’ (a Gregorian cadence) and the longest word with only consonants is crwth(s) (an old Welsh stringed instrument).

Check out some of our awesome Scrabble games and calendars!

Sources: Yahoo, Telegraph

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National Licorice Day

April 12 is National Licorice Day!

National Licorice Day was founded in 2004 by Licorice International, which is the leading specialty seller of imported licorice in the country. Licorice international imports their licorice from 14 countries worldwide, but their main retail site is located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Celebrate National Licorice Day by touring the Licorice International facility, learning about the history of licorice, testing out some licorice tea, or throwing your own licorice tasting party.

Sources: Wikipedia, Licorice International

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Eight Track Tape Day

April 11 is Eight Track Tape Day!

The eight-track was a magnetic tape that had the capacity to record sounds, specifically music. This technology was popular in the United States and the United Kingdom from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, until the cassette tape came along.

Once the cassette tape was invented, the eight track tape became obsolete. If you still have an eight track player, take a trip down memory lane today and listen to some nostalgic tunes.

Sources: Examiner, Holiday Insights

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Golfer’s Day

April 10 is Golfer’s Day!

Golfer’s Day celebrates the sport, the courses and the athletes that engage in it. Whether you’re an avid golfer or just a beginner, taking up the hobby can prove to be an extremely relaxing outlet.

Golf enthusiasts everywhere unite! Celebrate today by getting out on an 18-hole course, or, if you’re short on time, head over to a driving range to hit a few balls.

Happy Golfer’s Day!

Sources: Squidoo, Holiday Insights

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