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May 31, 2015 – NATIONAL MACAROON DAY – NATIONAL SAVE YOUR HEARING DAY – NATIONAL SPEAK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES DAY

30 May National Speak in Sentences Day - May 31

NATIONAL MACAROON DAY

Each year on May 31, National Macaroon Day is observed.  This day commemorates the “macaroon”, a small meringue-like cookie.

Most macaroon recipes call for egg whites, sugar and almond paste.

Recipes for macaroons can be found in recipe books dating back to 1725 (Robert Smith’s Court Cookery or the Complete English Cook).

The coconut macaroon is most commonly found in the United States.  Its main ingredients are egg whites, sugar and shredded dried coconut.   Most varieties of coconut macaroons are dipped in milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate.  Almonds, pecans, cashews or other nuts are sometimes added to the cookie.

Following are two “tried and true” macaroon recipes for you to try and enjoy!

 Coconut Macaroons

French Macaroons

NATIONAL MACAROON DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Macaroon Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Save Your Hearing Day - May 31

National Save Your Hearing Day – May 31

NATIONAL SAVE YOUR HEARING DAY

Each May 31st, National Save Your Hearing Day is observed.   On this day, it is important to take some time to learn about ways to protect your hearing and that of your family.   Our hearing is vital and there are ways that hearing loss can be avoidable.

There are various reasons from which hearing loss can be the result, some of which include:

  • Age
  • Noise
  • Genetic
  • Illness
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Medications
  • Chemicals
  • Physical Trauma
  • Neurobiological Factors

It is estimated that half of the cases of hearing impairment and deafness are preventable.  There are many preventative strategies that are effective including: immunization against rubella to reduce congenital infections, immunization against H. influenza and S. pneumonia to reduce cases of middle ear infections, and avoiding or protecting against excessive noise exposure.

Finding and utilizing the available education on the perils of hazardous noise exposure will increase your awareness in the important need of hearing protection.

Following are a few links to some valuable information:

http://www.betterhearing.org/

http://www.betterhearing.org/hearing_loss_prevention/index.cfm

Always be alert to hazardous noise and wear proper hearing protection when needed!

 NATIONAL SAVE YOUR HEARING DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Save Your Hearing Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Speak in Sentences Day - May 31

National Speak in Sentences Day – May 31

NATIONAL SPEAK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES DAY

National Speak In Complete Sentences Day is observed annually on May 31st.  This day is dedicated to using proper sentence structure while speaking.  In fact, you could observe the day while texting as well.  So no LOL or ASAP on May 31.  So if you must “Laugh Out Loud” “As Soon As Possible”, say it or write it the way it was meant to be.

History of National Speak In Complete Sentences Day

We have been unable to determine the origins of National Speak In Complete Sentences Day.

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May 30, 2015 – NATIONAL MINT JULEP DAY – LOOMIS DAY – NATIONAL HOLE IN MY BUCKET DAY – NATIONAL WATER A FLOWER DAY

29 May National Mint Julep Day - May 30

National Mint Julep Day - May 30

NATIONAL MINT JULEP DAY

National Mint Julep Day is celebrated annually on May 30.  Each year, on this day, people around the country join together for a glass of  mint julep!  This refreshing southern classic is a traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby.

Traditionally a mint julep is made with mint leaf, bourbon, sugar and water.  In the Southern states, where mint julep is more associated with the cuisine, spearmint is the mint of choice.  Preparation of the drink may vary from one bartender to another.

  • It is believed that the mint julep originated in the southern United States sometime during the 18th century.
  • The term “julep” is generally defined as a sweet drink, particularly one used as a vehicle for medicine.
  • During the 19th century Americans also enjoyed gin-based julep.
  • Each year almost 120,000  mint julep is served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby.
  • May, 2008 – Churchill Downs unveiled the world’s largest mint julep glass. ( 6-foot  tall)

Enjoy a mint julep on this nice spring day!

NATIONAL MINT JULEP DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Mint Julep Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

Loomis Day - May 30

LOOMIS DAY

Loomis Day is annually observed across the nation on May 30.   Washington, DC dentist, Mahlon Loomis, received a US patent on wireless telegraphy in this day in 1872.

Backed up by an experiment in the mountains of Virginia, the patent, titled “An Improvement in Telegraphing,” described how to do without wires.

Born on July 21, 1826, Mahlon Loomis was a dentist, the inventor of artificial teeth and the earliest inventor of wireless communication.  Loomis died on October 13, 1886.

 LOOMIS DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of Loomis Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

National Hole In My Bucket Day - May 30

NATIONAL HOLE IN MY BUCKET DAY

May 30, of each year, National Hole in My Bucket Day is observed.   This “wacky holiday”  is in honor of the fun children’s song “There’s a Hole in My Bucket”.

This song has a nice “catchy” tune and is based on a conversation, between Henry and Liza, about a leaky bucket.  It describes a deadlock situation as follows:

Henry has got a leaky bucket, and Liza tells him to repair it. But to fix the leaky bucket, he needs straw. To cut the straw, he needs a knife. To sharpen the knife, he needs to wet the sharpening stone. To wet the stone, he needs water. However, when Henry asks how to get the water, Liza’s answer is “in a bucket”. It is implied that only one bucket is available — the leaky one, which, if it could carry water, would not need repairing in the first place.  (Wikipedia)

The earliest known archetype of this song goes way back to the 1700′s in Germany and since then there have been many varying versions throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, both in Germany and in the United States.

NATIONAL HOLE IN MY BUCKET DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator and origin of National Hole in My Bucket Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Water a Flower Day - May 30

National Water a Flower Day – May 30

NATIONAL WATER A FLOWER DAY

Celebrated each year on May 30 is National Water a Flower Day.  Some people have a garden full of flowers and will not be able to stop with watering just one flower but that is okay.   You can also include you indoor plants and flowers on National Water a Flower Day.  Maybe you have a vase with flowers on your desk at work, this is your reminder to give them fresh water  also.

This is a fun day; a day to enjoy the happiness that flowers bring to people.  It is possible that you know someone who is home-bound, hospitalized, needs some cheering up or that you want to say “thank you to” or just to “make someone’s day.  If so, then It would be a great day to take them a bouquet of flowers, but  remember  to “water the flowers” before you deliver them!

Happy Water a Flower day!

NATIONAL WATER A FLOWER DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Water a Flower Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

May 29, 2015 – NATIONAL PAPERCLIP DAY – NATIONAL COQ AU VIN DAY – NATIONAL HEAT AWARENESS DAY

28 May National Paperclip Day - May 29

National Paperclip Day - May 29

NATIONAL PAPERCLIP DAY

National Paperclip Day is observed each year on May 29.  Yes, even the paperclip has it’s own day of honor. It is about that well-known piece of curved wire that keeps our papers together and helps keep us organized.

However there are much earlier claims to invention of the paperclip, according to the Early Office Museum, the first patent for a “bent wire paper clip” was presented to Samuel B. Fay in the United States in 1867.   The original intention of Fay’s clip was to attach tickets to fabric, however the patent recognized that it could also be used to attach papers together.

Along with Fay’s patent, there were as many as 50 others that received patents for similar designs prior to 1899.   One other notable name receiving a patent for his paperclip design in the United States was Erlman J. Wright in 1877.    At that time, his clip was advertised for use in fastening  newspapers.

The Gem paper clip, which was most likely in production in Britain in the early 1870′s by “The Gem Manufacturing Company” , was never patented.  It is the most common type of wire paper clip and is still in use today.  It was introduced to the United States around 1892 and in 1904, Cushman & Denison registered a trademark for the “Gem” name in connection with paper clips.  Paperclips are still sometimes called “Gem clips”.

Today, paperclips come in various sizes, shapes and colors and can make your paperwork look more fun and lively.

Paperclips are not just for holding papers together, there are many other things that you can do with them!

NATIONAL PAPERCLIP DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Paperclip Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Coq Au Vin Day - May 29

NATIONAL COQ AU VIN DAY

Annually celebrated on May 29 is National Coq au Vin Day.   Coq au vin is French braise of chicken, cooked with wine, lardons (salt pork), mushrooms and garlic.

Coq au vin is a French staple that literally translates to “rooster with wine.” It’s a rustic, peasant-style dish that is easy to serve when entertaining because a lot of the work can be done in advance.

Different legends tell of coq au vin back in the days of Gaul and Julius Caesar however the first documented recipe was in the early 20th century.   There was a somewhat similar recipe, poulet au vin blanc, that appeared in an 1864 cookbook.

Following is a “tried and true” recipes for you to enjoy:

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/coq_au_vin/

NATIONAL COQ AU VIN DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Coq au Vin Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Heat Day - Last Friday in May (1)

NATIONAL HEAT AWARENESS DAY

National Heat Awareness Day is observed each year on the last Friday in May.  Resulting in numerous fatalities each year, heat is one of the leading weather related killers in the United States.

  • 1980 – Heat wave claimed 1,250 lives
  • 1995 – Heat wave claimed more than 700 lives in Chicago (the deadliest weather event in Chicago history)
  • 2003 – August, record heat wave in Europe claimed an estimated 50,000 lives

Most American summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the United States.  Some parts combine high temperatures and high humidity however some of the worst heat waves have been dry.

The following advisories may be issued from the National Weather Service:

  • Excessive Heat Outlooks
  • Excessive Heat Watches
  • Excessive Heat Warning/Advisories

There are precautions that can be taken when weather heat advisories are issued:  stay hydrated (drink lots of water), avoid alcohol, caffeine drinks and extra sugar,  avoid over exertion and find a cool place to stay in.

For more weather safety information and first aid and safety tips, see:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml

http://www.weather.gov/safety

NATIONAL HEAT AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

National Heat Awareness Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, is sponsored by the National Weather Service.

May 28, 2015 – NATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY – NATIONAL BRISKET DAY

27 May National Hamburger Day May 28
National Hamburger Day May 28

National Hamburger Day May 28

NATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY

 National Hamburger Day is celebrated each year on May 28.  This day is set aside to honor a classic sandwich, the hamburger.  National Hamburger Day is part of National Hamburger Month.

For Some Fun Hamburger Trivia See: http://www.foodreference.com/html/fhamburgers.html

It is most likely that the hamburger first appeared in the 19th or early 20th centuries and there is much controversy over it’s origin.  The true origin might not ever be identified with certainty.  Over the years, the hamburger has become a culinary icon in the United States.

From early on, the hamburger was prepared with all of the now typically characteristic trimmings. including onions, lettuce and pickles.

Since the beginning, many different variations of the hamburger have been created, some of which have become very popular.  Much of this diversity comes from restaurant chains that have tried to reproduce the success of other very famous and extremely successful hamburger chains.

NATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to locate the creator or origin of National Hamburger Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Brisket Day May 28

National Brisket Day May 28

NATIONAL BRISKET DAY

 National Brisket Day is celebrated annually on May 28.  As one of the nine beef prime cuts, brisket is the cut of meat that comes from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal.

Brisket is best when it is cooked correctly to tenderize the meat.  There are many different ways that the perfect cooking process can be done such as slow braising or roasting.  Another way that is popular in the United States is to rub the brisket with a spice rub or marinate the meat, then cook it very slowly over indirect heat from charcoal or wood.  Many times oak, pecan, hickory or mesquite is added to the other hardwoods to enhance the flavor.   Brisket will be fork tender when it is fully cooked and is then served with or without a sauce.

Following is a “tried and true” brisket recipe for you:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bangin-smokey-beef-brisket/detail.aspx

NATIONAL BRISKET DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Brisket Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

 

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