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National Junk Food Day

Potato-ChipsJuly 21 is National Junk Food Day!

For those of you who stick to a healthy diet and stay away from food with little to no nutritional value (like foods high in salt, fat, sugar and empty calories) on a daily basis, National Junk Food Day is your chance to give in to the temptation of some of your guilty pleasures. Whether you have a tamed sweet tooth for chocolate candy bars or have to constantly curb your craving for salty french fries, take advantage of National Junk Food Day by eating one (or two…) of your favorite junk foods.

We all need a cheat day every now and then, no matter how clean your diet. Just don’t get too attached to your junk food guilty pleasures…The healthy diet resumes tomorrow!

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com
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Black Tot Day

July 31, 1970 marked the last day that the British Imperial Navy would serve daily rum rations (or tots) to their sailors.

In the 17th century, British sailors were given a gallon of beer as their daily drink ration, which was replaced with a half pint of rum in 1655 due to storage issues. Drunkenness among sailors on board Navy ships became a problem, and naval regulations in 1740 called for the pint of rum to be cut with water.

In December of 1969, the Admiralty Board issued a statement that read: “the rum issue is no longer compatible with the high standards of efficiency required now that the individual’s tasks in ships are concerned with complex, and often delicate, machinery and systems on the correct functioning of which people’s lives may depend”.

July 31, 1970 was the end of the rum ration, and sailors mourned their loss with black armbands and mock funerals.

Sources: Wikipedia, The Telegraph

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Birthday

Former professional bodybuilder, actor, and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947 in Austria.

At age 20, Schwarzenegger won Mr. Universe and received the Mr. Olympia title seven times after that. He gained the nickname “Austrian Oak” for his roles in Hollywood action films including Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Eraser, and many more. Arnold Schwarzeneggar served for two terms from 2003 to 2011 as the 38th Governor of California.

Happy Birthday, Arnold!

 

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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National Lasagna Day

July 29 is one of the most cheesy and hearty food holidays of all – it’s National Lasagna Day!

This pasta dish, said to have originated in Greece but now characteristic of Central Italy, is made by combining rippled lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, and cheese in its simplest form. However, there are many variations that include different meats and veggies as well, so that carnivores and vegetarians alike can enjoy it.

Celebrate National Lasagna Day by gathering your close friends and family for a homemade lasagna dinner. Try this easy and delicious recipe from The Pioneer Woman, complete with step-by-step instructions.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Punchbowl

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Johann Sebastian Bach Dies

Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer and musician, died at the age of 65 on July 28, 1750. Many historians agree that a combination of stroke and pneumonia are to blame for his death.

Bach came from a very musical family and is now regarded as one of the best composers of all time. Some of his most famous compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Mass in B Minor, original cantatas, chorales, and partitas, among others.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Take Your Pants for a Walk Day

July 27 is Take Your Pants for a Walk Day!

Who knows who came up with a holiday that appears to revolve around taking an inanimate object for a walk…but we suspect that “take your pants for a walk” is just a silly way of saying “go for a walk.” Celebrate Take Your Pants for a Walk Day by heading out for an early morning or post-dinner walk.

Considering that this holiday is smack dab in the middle of summer, you might be more comfortable in shorts…but carry a pair of pants with you anyway so that you can literally take them for a walk.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com
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Aunt and Uncle Day

July 26 is Aunt and Uncle Day!

We have days dedicated to celebrating mothers and fathers…but what about aunts and uncles? They may not have created you or spent a good portion of their life raising you, taking care of you, and putting up with your antics, but aunts and uncles gave us a lot growing up, too: good advice, an open ear (for those things you just can’t discuss with the parental units), the best birthday presents, and all the dirt on your parents’ teenage years…including a plethora of embarrassing stories.

Celebrate Aunt and Uncle Day by taking your aunt(s) and/or uncle(s) out to lunch or giving them a call. Are you an aunt or uncle? Spend some quality time with your niece(s) and/or nephew(s).

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com
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Culinarians Day

July 25 is Culinarians Day!

Whether you’re a chef or just love to cook, celebrate by cooking your favorite meal, trying out a new recipe, or creating a new dish. If you go out to eat today,  take the time to send your compliments to the chef.

Not much of a cook? Sign up for a cooking class (or a few) in your area so that you’ll be prepared for the next Culinarians Day.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com

 

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National Tequila Day

July 24 is National Tequila Day!

Tequila originates from Mexico in the 1800s and is now one of the most popular alcohols worldwide, especially in America.

Check out this awesome video to see the step-by-step process of how tequila is made.

Sources: Examiner, Altius Directory

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Daniel Radcliffe’s Birthday

British actor Daniel Radcliffe, best known for his role as Harry Potter, was born on July 23, 1989 in London, England.

Radcliffe got his start playing the young title character in BBC One’s television adaptation of David Copperfield. At the age of 11, he was offered the role of Harry Potter, a character he would play in 8 series films over the span of 10 years. The Harry Potter films have been credited as the highest grossing film series of all time with receipts of over $7.7 Billion.

In 2007, Daniel Radcliffe transitioned to stage acting and began starring in productions such as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the critically acclaimed Equus. He has also acted in several other films such as The Woman in Black and Kill Your Darlings with more projects to come.

Happy Birthday Daniel Radcliffe!

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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