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SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 – NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY’S DAY – NATIONAL EMMA M. NUTT DAY – NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY

31 Aug

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NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY’S DAY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHICKEN BOY!  Each year on September 1, thousands of people across the United States celebrate National Chicken Boy’s Day in honor of his  September 1 ceremonial birthday.

A roadside icon which is often referred to as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles, California”, Chicken Boy is a statue of a boy, with a chicken head, holding a bucket of chicken.   Standing 22 ft. tall, he was named after the former 1960′s restaurant that shared his name.

The iconic statue remained in place at the restaurant until the owner died in 1984.  At that time, Chicken Boy was given to Los Angeles art director, Amy Inouye and it was placed in storage until a suitable location could be found.  Some twenty years later, Chicken Boy was moved to his new home at Inouye’s design firm.  The result of the restoration of Chicken Boy was a community effort and donated funds.

A famous landmark on the historic U.S. Route 66, Chicken Boy was recognized by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with the Governor’r Historic Preservation Award in 2010.

More Awards:

  • Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, Sacramento, California, 2010.
  • Community Beautification Grant, City of Los Angeles, 2005-2006.
  • California Preservation Foundation, Three Minute Success Story, 2009.
  • Highland Park Heritage Trust Preservation Award, 2009-2010.
  • Commendation, City of Los Angeles, 2009.
  • Commendation, California State Assembly, Sacramento, California, 2010.

NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY’S DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chicken Boy’s Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL EMMA M. NUTT DAY

Annually celebrated each day on September 1, it is National Emma M. Nutt Day.  This day commemorates Emma M. Nutt, the first female telephone operator in America.

Emma M. Nutt (1860- 1915)

September 1, 1878 was Emma’s first day of work at a telephone dispatch company.
She worked at a job she loved, in Boston Massachusetts, as a telephone operator, for over 33 years.  

Emma did so well at her job that they began hiring only females as telephone dispatchers.

“‘EMMA’, A synthesized speech attendant system created by ‘Preferred Voice Inc’ and ‘Philips Electronics NV’ is named in her honor.”

NATIONAL EMMA M. NUTT DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Emma M. Nutt Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL  NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY

September is filled with many reasons to celebrate and some of the celebrations have “no rhyme or reason”.

Actually, National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, which is annually celebrated on September 1, is celebrating words, in the English language, which do not rhyme with any other words.   These are words that poets try to avoid using at the end of a sentence.

For example, they are words such as:

  • orange
  • month

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We hope that in each and every way,
You have yourself a very good day.
And if today you are writing a poem,
Once your mind begins to roam,
Do not take any extra time
Trying to use words that will not rhyme.

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NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator or the origin of National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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RESOURCES:

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

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

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AUGUST 31, 2013 – NATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY – NATIONAL FRANCHISE APPRECIATION DAY

30 Aug

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NATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY

Today, everyone grab some dried fruit, grains, nuts and chocolate, mix it all together, start snacking and celebrate National Trail Mix Day! Celebrated annually on August 31, this day honors the mix that was developed as a healthy snack to be taken along on hikes.

Trail mix is an ideal hike snack food because it is very lightweight, it is easy to store, it is nutritious and provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruits or granola as well as sustained energy from the fats in the nuts.

It is claimed by some that trail mix was invented in 1968 by two California surfers who blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.  However, in the 1958 novel The Dharma Bums, written by Jack Kerouac’s, trail mix is mentioned when the two main characters describe the planned meals in preparation for their hiking trip.

Trail mix is sometimes referred to as “Gorp”.

You can make your own trail mix using your favorite ingredients or you can buy prepackaged trail mix in the stores.
Have a great National Trail Mix day and HAPPY TRAILS!
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 NATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY HISTORY

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

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NATIONAL FRANCHISE APPRECIATION DAY

This year, National Franchise Appreciation Day is celebrated on Saturday, August 31.  

“The objective of F.A.D is to create awareness to increase customers knowledge of the importance of using social media networks and location-based services to connect with, and continue to support local franchises. Customers will receive discounts and giveaways to enjoy a day in support of their favorite franchises. Franchisers will show appreciation to the customers that supports their business year-round.”

Franchises allow entrepreneurial and business-minded individuals to set up and run their own business with all of the support and buying power of an established brand. Franchise Appreciation Day celebrates the franchise business model, and encourages you to shop with your local franchises!

For complete information regarding National Franchise Appreciation Day, including special promotions and discounts in your area, see : 

http://www.franchiseappreciationday.com/

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RESOURCES:

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

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

AUGUST 30, 2013 – NATIONAL COLLEGE COLORS DAY – NATIONAL TOASTED MARSHMALLOW DAY

29 Aug

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NATIONAL COLLEGE COLORS DAY

Across the United States, on the first Friday of each college school year, students, parents, family, fans, alumni and etc celebrate National College Colors Day.  This day is annually celebrated by wearing your college’s (or the college you support) favorite colors and college/university apparel.

Show your school spirit and your support on
Friday, August 30, 2013!

For more information regarding National College Colors Day, see: http://www.collegecolorsday.com/

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NATIONAL TOASTED MARSHMALLOW DAY
If you were not hungry for something sweet, once you begin today’s celebration you soon will be as August 30 annually celebrates National Toasted Marshmallow Day!
Get your friends together, gather up some firewood, a few long sticks and a bag of marshmallow and you have the makings of a great night ahead of you.  Toasted marshmallows is a special part of summer evenings around a bonfire.  One of the popular ways to enjoy a delicious warm, gooey toasted marshmallow is with chocolate and Graham crackers in a S’more.
Upon personal preference, marshmallows are heated to various degrees from gently toasted to a charred outer layer.   The charred outer layer is achieved by igniting the marshmallow.
If you are camping or just enjoying a fire pit in your backyard on National Toasted Marshmallow Day, enjoy as many toasted marshmallows as you want!
Have a wonderful, warm and gooey day!
NATIONAL TOASTED MARSHMALLOW DAY HISTORY
National Toasted Marshmallow Day, an “unofficial” national holiday is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association

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AUGUST 29, 2013 – NATIONAL CHOP SUEY DAY

28 Aug

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NATIONAL CHOP SUEY DAY

Get your chop sticks ready!  National Chop Suey Day is celebrated each year on August 29. 

Chop suey, which literally means, “assorted pieces” is a dish in American Chinese cuisine, consisting of meat (chicken, fish, beef, prawns or pork) and eggs that are cooked quickly with vegetables (usually bean sprouts, cabbage and celery) and bound in a starch-thickened sauce. Rice normally accompanies this delicious dish.

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“A prime example of culinary mythology” and typical with popular foods, there is a long list of colorful and conflicting stories of the origin of chop suey, according to food historian Alan Davidson.

It is believed, by some, that chop suey was invented in America by Chinese Americans however, anthropologist E.N. Anderson concludes that it is based on tsap seui (“miscellaneous leftovers“) which is common in Taishan, a district of Guangdong Province.  Taishan is the home of many early Chinese immigrants to the United States.

Another account claims that chop suey was invented by Chinese American cooks that were working on the transcontinental railroad in the 19th century.

A tale is told of chop suey’s creation steaming from the Qing Dynasty premier Li Hongzhang’s visit to the United States in 1896 by his chef who wanted to created a meal that was suitable for both the Chinese and the American palates.  It has also been told that Li wandered to a local Chinese restaurant after the hotel kitchen closed, where the chef, embarrassed that he had nothing ready to offer, came up with the new “chop suey” dish using scraps of leftovers.

Another myth tells of an 1860′s Chinese restaurant cook in San Francisco that was forced to serve something to the drunken miners after hours.  To avoid a beating, having no fresh food, he threw leftovers in a wok and served the miners.  The miners loved the dish, asking him what it was called to which he replied, Chopped Sui.  

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Traveling to the United States in 1903, Liang Oichao, a Guangdong native, wrote that there existed a food item called chop suey which was popularly served by Chinese restaurateurs, but which local Chinese people did not eat. 

HAVE A WONDERFUL, NATIONAL CHOP SUEY DAY!

NATIONAL CHOP SUEY DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we could not find the creator of National Chop Suey Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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RESOURCES:

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

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