NATIONAL CLERIHEW DAY
July 10 of each year celebrates National Clerihew Day in the United States. Invented by Edmund Clerihew Bently, a clerihew is a whimsical, four-line biographical poem.
In the year 1905, Bently wrote one of his best known which is:
Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men
If anyone calls
Say I am desigining St. Paul’s.
“A clerihew has the following properties:
- It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; it pokes fun at mostly famous people
- It has four lines of irregular length and metre (for comic effect)
- The rhyme structure is AABB; the subject matter and wording are often humorously contrived in order to achieve a rhyme, including the use of phrases in Latin, French and other non-English languages
- The first line contains, and may consist solely of, the subject’s name.”
English novelist and humorist, Edmund Clerihew Bently (July 10, 1875 – March 30, 1956), was a 16 year old student when he thought up the lines for his first ever clerihew.
Sir Humphry Davy
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.
On National Clerihew Day, try writing a clerihew or two of your own!
NATIONAL CLERIHEW DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Clerihew Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL PINA COLADA DAY
Celebrate July 10 with a drink in hand, it is National Pina Colada Day. The Pina Colada is a sweet, rum-based cocktail. Along with the rum, it includes cream of coconut and pineapple juice and is unusually served blended or shaken with ice.
‘Pina Colada’ literally means ‘strained pineapple’,
a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice used in the drink.
There are different claims to the invention of the Pina Colada beginning in 1952 in San Juan, each standing to their story. The truth is that pineapple and rum have been together from the beginning of the distillation of rum. The first written reference to a Pina Colada was in 1922. This recipe however, did not include coconut.
On National Pina Colada Day, you do not have to be sitting on a beach or the deck of a cruise ship, you can enjoy a nice tall and cool Pina Colada where ever you are !!
(Remember to drink wisely and never drink and drive!)
NATIONAL PINA COLADA DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator and origin of National Pina Colada Day, an “unofficial” national holiday