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MARCH 18TH, 2013 – NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY – NATIONAL OATMEAL COOKIE DAY – NATIONAL SLOPPY JOE DAY – NATIONAL BIODIESEL DAY …..

17 Mar

NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY

Today, March 18th, we celebrate National Awkward Moments Day.  A day that every person can relate to as we have all had our own awkward moments from time to time.  They are a part of life, they just “happen”.  Today is a day to laugh at ourselves and find humor in these awkward moments.

  • Awkwardness or embarrassment, an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself”

Have you ever called someone by the wrong name, tripped over nothing, walked into a door, had the complete wrong words come out of your mouth, forgot what you were doing, or etc?  The list could go on and on.  Sometimes, things just do not seem to go right and something happens that may make you feel like you want to run and hide.  National Awkward Moments Day is a day to find the ability to laugh, see the humor and have fun with these moments.

NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY HISTORY

Much research failed to find the origin or the creator of National Awkward Moments Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL OATMEAL COOKIE DAY

Celebrated annually on March 18th, it is National Oatmeal Cookie Day.  This day is also known as  National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day and is celebrated, by some, on April 30th.   The difference between a regular oatmeal cookie and a lacy oatmeal cookie is the lacy oatmeal cookies are wafer-thin and typically accompany a scoop of ice cream or sorbet.

It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that oatmeal became a major ingredient in the American diet.  Originating in England, oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800’s.  It is believed that they were created after the oatcake.  Soldiers used to carry oatcakes with them for a quick boost of energy during battle.  Most research has found that the first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie recipe was written by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896.   Considered as a “health food,” the cookies quickly became popular, and by early 1900’s a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats.

** Oatmeal cookies are an excellent source of iron and fiber **

There are many different recipes for the oatmeal cookie. They can be made with a variety of oats, such as old fashioned oats, quick cooking oats, oat bran or oat flour.  For a healthier cookie, there is the option to add fruits (such as raisins), nuts and sugar substitute. Chocolate chips and other candies are also a popular “add in”  to oatmeal cookie recipes.

NATIONAL OATMEAL COOKIE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin or the creator of National Oatmeal Cookie Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL SLOPPY JOE DAY

Today’s National Sloppy Joe Day is celebrated each year on March 18th.  wikipedia:  “A Sloppy Joe is an Americian dish of ground beef, onions, sweetened tomato sauce or ketchup and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun. Commercially made sauces are also available.”

 

  • Most believe the Sloppy Joe was first served in Havannah Cuba at the bar and café “Sloppy Joe’s” in the early 1900’s.
  • The Sloppy Joe also goes by the name Barbecues.
  • “Sloppy Joe’s” were mentioned in the movie  It’s a Wonderful Life.
  • In 1969, Hunt’s revolutionized the Sloppy Joe when it introduced its Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce.
  • In Sioux City, Iowa, a dish of this type is called a “loosemeat sandwich,” created in 1934 at Ye Olde Tavern Inn by Abraham and Bertha Kaled.”  — Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink, John F. Mariani [Lebhar-Friedman:New York] 1999 (p.297).

There are many individual and regional variations on the dish.  Today, various recipes for Sloppy Joe’s can be found in many recipe books and on the internet.  To celebrate, enjoy some today.

NATIONAL SLOPPY JOE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin or the creator of National Sloppy Joe Day an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL BIODIESEL DAY      

National Biodiesel Day is celebrated annually on March 18th.  This day celebrates the birthday of Rudolph Diesel.

Rudolph Diesel invented he diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900.  The engine was originally designed to run on peanut oil and Diesel was a big believer in the role plant oils could play in fueling America.

In a 1912 speech Diesel said, “…the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time.”

* Biodiesel is a cleaner burning, petroleum free alternative to diesel that can be made from animal fat, vegetable oil and recycled cooking oil.  It is reducing U.S. dependence on imported diesel and creating green jobs as well as improving our environment.  Biodiesel is America’s first Advanced Biofuel and has become an increasingly popular fuel.

NATIONAL BIODIESEL FUEL DAY HISTORY

The origin and creator of National Biodiesel Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, were unable to be found.

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ANOTHER “UNOFFICIAL” NATIONAL DESIGNATED DAY………….

NATIONAL SUPREME SACRIFICE DAY

March 18th is National Supreme Sacrifice Day.  This day honors those that have made huge sacrifices for the sake and the good of others and today, we also honor those who sacrifice their lives every day for us.

 

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RESOURCES:

http://www.giftypedia.com/Awkward_Moments_Day

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html

http://www.tastespotting.com/features/march-food-holidays

http://blog.cookies.com/2010/06/04/%E2%80%A8the-real-origins-of-chocolate-chip-and-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiesel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_Diesel

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