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S’mores Day

SmoreAugust 10 is S’mores Day!

S’mores, a contraction for “some mores,”  are traditional campfire treats consisting of a marshmallow toasted over a fire  and a piece of chocolate sandwiched between two graham cracker squares.  While the creator of the s’more is unknown, the first recorded version of the recipe appeared in the Girl Scout Handbook in 1927 and was credited to Loretta Scott Crew.

Whatever the origins of this gooey, chocolaty dessert, s’mores are definitely something to celebrate. Gather your kids, family or friends for a backyard campout and enjoy all the s’mores you can eat!

However, you don’t need a campfire to make s’mores. You can also make s’mores using a grill, toaster oven or microwave. Find out how by clicking here!

Looking for s’mores with a twist? Try adding extra ingredients, such as peanut butter, or making s’mores inspired desserts, such as  S’more Brownies or Easy Pan O’ S’mores.

Sources: punchbowl.com, holidayinsights.com, wikipedia.or
Photo Source: (CC) Larry D. Moore
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Bernie Mac Dies at 50

Legendary American comedian Bernie Mac died from complications of pneumonia on August 9, 2008 at the age of 50.

Bernie Mac was born Bernard Jeffery McCullough on October 5, 1957 in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. As a young man, he established his own variety show at the Regal Theater in his hometown before landing regular gigs at comedy clubs in 1977 where he gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. Mac counted The Three Stooges and Richard Pryor as his major comedic influences.

The same year, Bernie Mac wed his high school sweetheart Rhonda, with whom he had a daughter named Ja’Niece. The 1990s for Bernie marked breakout film roles in the comedies Mo Money (1992) and Friday (1995), as well as increased popularity as a comedian due to frequent performances on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.

From 2001 to 2006, Bernie Mac starred in his own television sitcom The Bernie Mac Show. In it, he played a father-figure role to his sister’s three children after she enters rehab. The show received much critical acclaim, garnering an Emmy for Outstanding Writing, a Peabody Award, and a Humanitas Prize among other accolades.

In 2001, Bernie Mac brought to life one of his most famous roles as Frank Catton in Steven Soderberg’s Ocean’s Eleven alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt. In the next few years, Bernie Mac would continue to act in major motion pictures such as Head of State (2001), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Bad Santa (2003), Mr. 3000 (2004), Guess Who? (2005), as well as the Ocean’s Eleven sequels in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

In addition to acting, Bernie Mac also wrote two autobiographical books; I Ain’t Scared of You: Bernie Mac on How Life Is in 2001, and Maybe You Never Cry Again in 2003.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Dustin Hoffman’s Birthday

American film, television, and theater actor Dustin Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 1937. Most known for his portrayal of vulnerable characters and antiheroes, Dustin Hoffman practices method acting to properly get into many of his roles. By definition, method actors fully immerse themselves during role preparation, adopting the thoughts and feelings of their characters to give a true-to-life performance.

In 1955, Dustin Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School and registered at Santa Monica College to study medicine. Hoffman dropped out of school after one year to join the Pasadena Playhouse alongside a young and unknown Gene Hackman. The two became fast friends and ended up moving out to New York City together in search of acting jobs.

After working in a few off-Broadway and Broadway productions, Hoffman’s breakthrough film role occurred in 1967 as Ben Braddock in The Graduate. Always self-conscious for not having the typical Hollywood blonde-haired, blue-eyed looks, Hoffman helped pave the way for a different type of leading man.

Hoffman went on to star in many more critically acclaimed films, such as: All the President’s Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Tootsie (1982), Rain Man (1988), Hook (1991), I Heart Huckabees (2004), and Stranger than Fiction (2006). He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two, and 13 Golden Globes, winning six, among other accolades. Dustin Hoffman continues to act and recently made his directing debut in 2012 with Quartet, starring Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay.

Happy Birthday, Dustin Hoffman!

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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National Lighthouse Day

Farofindelmundo2August 7 is National Lighthouse Day!

On August 7, 1789, Congress approved “An Act for the Establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.” On August 7, 1989, the 200th anniversary of the signing of the act, America celebrated the first National Lighthouse Day after Congress had signed the resolution designating August 7 as National Lighthouse Day in 1988.

National Lighthouse Day not only commemorates the 1789 act but honors and celebrates the lighthouse – a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and security for ships at sea. Learn more about lighthouses by clicking here.

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day by donating to a lighthouse preservation society or visiting a local lighthouse. Find a lighthouse near you with the University of North Carolina’s Lighthouse Directory.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, lighthousefoundation.org, holidayinsights.com
Photo Source:Calyponte (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
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Wiggle Your Toes Day

August 6 is Wiggle Your Toes Day!

It’s summer! Put away the socks and sneakers and give your toes some wiggle room with a pair of comfy flip-flops or stylish sandals. Better yet…hit the pool and cool off your hard-working feet by sticking them in the water and wiggling those toes.

Wiggle Your Toes Day is also a great day to start incorporating toe stretches into your regular stretching routine. The muscles in your toes and feet may be smaller than other muscles in your body, but neglecting these hard-working muscles can lead to tightness and cramping in your toes. Try this group of toe stretches from livestrong.com.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, livestrong.com
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International Beer Day

Beer Bernard 1August 5 is International Beer Day!

International Beer Day, founded in 2007,  is a global celebration of the second most popular beverage in the world: beer! International Beer Day festivities take place in pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, breweries, backyards and anywhere else you can enjoy a cold one.

However, International Beer Day isn’t just about celebrating beer:

International Beer Day is our chance to let the breweries and bars of the world know how much we appreciate them, all while participating in one of the best activities ever – drinking beer! Perhaps even more than the beverage itself, International Beer Day is about celebrating the establishments who produce it, sell it and give folks a place to enjoy it.”

- Internationalbeerday.com

So celebrating International Beer Day involves more than just drinking beer. To make sure you successfully fulfill the holiday’s purpose, follow Internationalbeerday.com’s guidelines for celebrating the holiday.

Cheers!

Sources: internationalbeerday.com
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Borden Murders

On August 4, 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered with an axe in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. About one week later, Lizzie Borden was arrested for the murder of her father and stepmother.

The trial, which began on June 5 in 1983, lasted 15 days and ended with the acquittal of Lizzie Borden. Upon her release from jail, Lizzie Borden chose to resume her residency in Fall River despite being ostracized by everyone in the town.

Although she was found not guilty, many people still believe to this day that Lizzie Borden was responsible for the murders. Other theories include the maid, an illegitimate son, or Andrew Borden’s first wife as the true suspects in this horrifying crime.

Sources: Wikipedia, Library of Congress

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Domestic Goddess Day

Do you know a Suzy-Homemaker type? Someone who is always hosting dinner parties and family events, constantly cooking, baking and beautifying their home? Today, August 3, is the day we honor this Hostest with the Mostest.

Show your appreciation to your own personal Domestic Goddess by pampering her with a spa day, flowers, or a small gift. Or, let her relax by taking over all domestic duties today!

Sources: The Best Hearts Are Crunchy, Yahoo

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Alexander Graham Bell Dies at 75

Scottish scientist, engineer, and inventor Alexander Graham Bell died at the age of 75 on August 2, 1922 due to complications from diabetes.

Born on March 3, 1847, Bell exhibited a natural scientific curiosity and a talent for the arts, which his mother nurtured. His mother (and later in life, his wife) were both deaf, impacting his desire to work with elocution and speech down the road.

Bell’s efforts in the fields of hearing and speech led him to receive a patent in 1876 for the first telephone. In addition to this groundbreaking invention, Alexander Graham Bell alone held 18 other patents, and 12 more with partners, mostly dealing with optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics.

Alexander Graham Bell helped found the National Geographic Society and has been credited as one of the most influential inventors of all time.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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National Girlfriends Day

Each year on August 1 we celebrate National Girlfriends Day!

Take time today to show your gal pals some much needed appreciation. After all, who else is there for you through bad breakups, family issues, triumphs at work, and all of your other ups and downs?

Whether you have one best friend or a close-knit group of six, plan out a special activity for you and your pal(s) to engage in today. Go get mani-pedis, take a shopping trip, go to a wine tasting, host a dressy dinner party – the possibilities are endless! For friends who live far away, send a note or an e-card that tells them how much you value your friendship.

Happy National Girlfriends Day!

Sources: SheKnows.com, Punchbowl

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