NATIONAL PECAN PIE DAY
National Pecan Pie Day is observed annually on July 12th. The delicious pecan pie is made primarily with corn syrup, pecan nuts, salt and vanilla flavoring with some variations including sugar syrup and molasses or maple syrup. Chocolate and bourbon whiskey may also be added to the pie recipe and is a popular addition in some areas. Pecan pie is often served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
The attempts that have been made to trace this dish’s origin have not found any recipes dated earlier than 1897, even though there are claims made of the pie existing in the early 1800′s in Louisiana. Well known cookbooks such as Fannie Farmer and The Joy of Cooking did not include this dessert until 1940.
Pecan pie was significantly popularized by the makers of Karo syrup. Their company has claimed that the pie was a “discovery”, in the 1930′s, by a corporate sales executive’s wife, as a “new use for corn syrup”.
NATIONAL PECAN PIE DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pecan Pie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL SIMPLICITY DAY
Author, naturalist, philosopher, historian, tax resister, abolitionist, development critic, surveyor, and leading transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817. National Simplicity Day is observed on July 12th in his honor. Thoreau was an advocate for living a life of simplicity.
Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) is well-known, by many, for his book “Walden”, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. He asserted that: “ as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex”.
In our fast, ever-increasing busy lifestyles, National Simplicity Day is the time to, take a step back and begin to simplify our lives. One can start by slowing down, tuning into nature, enjoying the simple things in life, decluttering and striving for balance. Once you have done this, you can begin to enjoy the many stress-reducing pleasures and benefits of a simple lifestyle.
“Choosing to live a life of simplicity is not about choosing to live in poverty; it is about living in balance. Based on three key elements – ecological awareness, frugal consumption and personal growth, voluntary simplicity is helping people change their lives and collectively helping to create a better world.”
“My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants.”
– J. Botherton
“Simplicity is the essence of happiness.”
– Cedric Bledsoe
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
– Robert Brault
“It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.”
– Henry Ward Beecher
“The simplest things are often the truest.”
– Richard Bach
NATIONAL SIMPLICITY DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Simplicity Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL DIFFERENT COLORED EYES DAY
National Different Colored Eyes Day is observed annually on July 12th. There are many people out there that have two different colored eyes and this is their day to celebrate!
Having two different colored eyes is a condition called Heterochromia . There are two types of Heterochromia:
- Complete heterochromia – one iris is a different color from the other.
- Partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia – part of one iris is a different color from it remainder.
The concentration and distribution of melanin is what determines the eye color, specifically the color of the irises. The affected eye may be hyperpigmented (hyperchromic) or hypopigmented (hypochromic). The excess of melanin indicates hyperplasia of the iris tissues, whereas a lack of melanin indicate hypoplasia.
Most cases of heterochromia are hereditary, caused by a disease or syndrome or due to an injury. It is possible that just one eye may change color following certain diseases or injuries.
A few celebrities that are known of having two different colored eyes include David Bowie, Christopher Walken, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Seymour and Mila Kunis.
NATIONAL DIFFERENT COLORED EYES DAY HISTORY
We were unable to locate the creator and the origin of National Different Colored Eyes Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
PAPER BAG DAY
Each July 12th, the significance of an invention that we take for granted is celebrated. Paper bags are used by millions of people every day. Readily recyclable, paper bags have been around for many years. American inventor, Francis Wolle, is credited for his patent of the first paper bag machine in 1852. Margaret E. Knight was known to be “the mother of the grocery bag” after her invention, in 1870, of a machine that would cut, fold and past square paper bag bottoms. Over the years, other inventors have received recognition and/or patents for their inventions of devices that improve the paper bag and/or it’s production.
PAPER BAG DAY HISTORY
Our research was unable to find the creator of Paper Bag Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.