July 1, 2015 – NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY – NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY – NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY – NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVORS DAY

30 Jun
National Postal Worker Day - July 1

National Postal Worker Day – July 1

NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY

National Postal Worker Day is observed annually on July 1st.  This is a day to appreciate and thank the numerous men and women that work consistently and diligently to help us send and receive all of our mail and packages.  These employees suffer some of the harshest working conditions, yet continue to persevere six days a week.

Across the United States, postal workers walk an average of 4 to 8 miles carrying a full load of letters and packages and delivering them in a timely manner to each one of our doorsteps.  Postal workers have to work rain or shine, or should we say rain or snow or sleet or hail or thunderstorms or blizzards or immense heat and/or any combination of the above.

Take an extra minute to say thank you to your postal worker and let them know how much they are appreciated.  A simple thank you, maybe a gift or even a handshake will brighten the day of the postal worker who works so hard for you.

NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY HISTORY

The creator of National Postal Worker Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was unable to be found.

National Gingersnap Day - July 1

National Gingersnap Day – July 1

NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY

Mmmmmm, hungry?  Celebrate July 1st, National Gingersnap Day, by enjoying this sweet and savory treat. Gingersnaps are cookies typically made from molasses, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar.  They are a combination of sweet and spicy and have long been enjoyed by many.

Gingersnaps are a healthier alternative to other cookies, being that they are generally low in calories and have many benefits.  The ginger that is in these cookies has anti-inflammatory properties, is known to help treat nausea and fight heart disease and other illnesses.

The American version of the gingersnap is a little more like a sugar cookie, while other versions, such as the Scandinavian one, is a small, thin cookie.

To enjoy this national holiday, you could make a batch yourself and savor a nice treat while knowing that you are getting some health benefits at the same time!  Here is just one gingersnap recipe you can try.

NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY HISTORY

The history of the gingersnap goes back for centuries.  Ginger dates back to the middle ages and gingersnaps have long been created in Germany and England.  The original creator of National Gingersnap Day, an “unofficial” holiday, could not be located.

National U.S. Postage Stamp Day - July 1

National U.S. Postage Stamp Day – July 1

NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY

We can celebrate National U.S. Postage Stamp Day by appreciating the ease and simplicity with which we can send and receive mail.  Because of the invention of the postage stamp, we can simply pay a standard rate to purchase a “symbol” that we can attach to our letter and send it with no responsibility to our recipient.

Before the postage stamp, the cost of sending a letter/package was actually given to the recipient.  The postal worker would take the letter and deliver it to the desired destination and would only then, collect the money for the postage.  Because of this, there were times that the recipient would refuse the letter, leaving the cost to the postal service.  The postal service had to set aside an allotted amount of money for this, and took it as a loss.

The postage stamp completely reinvented this whole process, leading to a simpler, smoother and more cost-effective system of sending and delivering mail.

To celebrate, go to http://www.eduplace.com/activity/pdf/stamp.pdf and design your very own stamp!

NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY HISTORY

In our research, we were unable to locate the creator of National U.S. Postage Stamp Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day - July 1

National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day – July 1

NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVORS DAY

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  July 1st celebrates National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, a day to ponder over, or taste, the many creative, awkward or just plain silly different types of ice cream flavors. It is meant for more than the love of the traditional vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream.

Celebrate by venturing out to your local ice creamery and testing their many concoctions, or head down to the grocery store and get creative with finding different ingredients to make your own!  You can also try to find some crazy flavors yourself!  Here are just a few we came across – mashed potato ice cream, beer ice cream, olive oil ice cream, buffalo wing ice cream, goat cheese ice cream and candied bacon ice cream.  Willing to try one?  :)

NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVORS DAY HISTORY

While researching National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, we were unable to locate the creator. –

June 30, 2015 – NATIONAL METEOR WATCHING DAY – SOCIAL MEDIA DAY

29 Jun
National Meteor Watch Day - June 30

National Meteor Watch Day – June 30

 

NATIONAL METEOR WATCH DAY

National Meteor Watch Day is observed every year on June 30th.  On this day, which is also known as National Meteor Day,  people across the country search the skies hoping to find meteors or “shooting stars” streaking across their view.

Daily there are millions of meteors that occur in the Earth’s atmosphere.

“A meteor or “shooting star” is the visible streak of light from a meteoroid or micro-meteoroid, heated and glowing from entering the Earth’s atmosphere, as it sheds glowing material in its wake.” (Wikipedia)

The majority of the meteoroids that cause meteors are only the size of a pebble.

Meteors sometimes occur in showers.

Meteors are usually observed at night and are visible when they are about 34 to 70 miles above the Earth and they usually disintegrated at about 31 to 51 miles above.  Their glow time is normally about a second.

A very small percent of meteoroids hit the Earth’s atmosphere and then skip back into space. 

The chemical composition and the speed of the meteoroid will cause different hues to the light.  Possible colors and elements producing them include:

  • Orange/yellow (sodium)
  • Yellow (iron)
  • Blue/green (copper)
  • Purple (potassium)
  • Red (silicate)

A list of meteor shower dates as well a a guide to successful watching can be found on the EarthSky website.

NATIONAL METEOR WATCHING DAY HISTORY

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

Social Media Day - June 30

Social Media Day – June 30

SOCIAL MEDIA DAY

Social Media Day is observed annually on June 30th.  In it’s short life, social media has redefined how people interact, communicate and share with family, friends and the world.

With the launch of Friendster in 2002 and MySpace in 2003, social media had become mainstream.  2004 brought the founding of the king of social media, Facebook.  Twitter brought social media to the traveling public with encouraging people to post under 140 characters with their smart phones.

Social media has made it possible to stay connected and informed about what is going in with those you care about.   Re-connecting with classmates, past work associates and more is also an important part of social media.

CELEBRATE

Post something on your favorite social media platform.  Find a social media meetup in your area.  Use #SMDay when posting and to remind others of this day.

HISTORY

Social Media Day was founded in 2010 by Mashable.  

June 29, 2015 – NATIONAL CAMERA DAY – NATIONAL ALMOND BUTTERCRUNCH DAY – NATIONAL WAFFLE IRON DAY

28 Jun
National Camera Day - June 29

National Camera Day – June 29

NATIONAL CAMERA DAY

National Camera Day is observed each year on June 29th.  This day celebrates photographs, the camera and its invention.  The camera is an irreplaceable tool used to record and replicate memories, events and people/places.  Before the invention of the camera, the only resource to document a vision was a painting.  As there are not many people who can perfectly replicate something into a painting, the power of a camera provided many people with a simple, inexpensive and fast solution.

The camera was made popular by a man named George Eastman, also called “The Father of Photography”.  While he did not invent the camera, he did invent  many additions that improved the use, ease and production of a camera, making it widely available to homes around the world.

The original camera was large and bulky, but has now evolved into something that can be as small as a pen.  Cameras have many features and variations, making them appealing to men and women of all ages for personal and professional use.

CELEBRATE

To celebrate National Camera Day, go find something or someone who you enjoy, snap a picture and cherish the memory.  Post photos on social media using #NationalCameraDay.

NATIONAL CAMERA DAY HISTORY

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

National Almond Buttercrunch Day - June 29

NATIONAL ALMOND BUTTERCRUNCH DAY

National Almond Buttercrunch Day is observed annually on June 29th.  This unofficial national food holiday celebrates this toffee candy. Buttercrunch is a combination of toffee covered with chocolate. It has a crunchy texture and a caramel flavor. Variations on the recipe include toasted almond sprinkles.

Making buttercrunch calls for a good candy thermometer and some cooking experience. Creating the toffee involves caramelizing sugar at high temperatures, which requires precision, timing and the right tools and safety techniques for a successful outcome. Buttercrunch can be served on top of ice cream or on it’s own. Buttercrunch flavored cookies or cakes are other ways to enjoy the sweet treat.

National Buttercrunch Day History

The beginning of National Buttercrunch day is not well documented. However, a related food holiday, National Almond Butter Crunch Day is celebrated on June 29th. The crunchy candy, sometimes called just buttercrunch but other times referred to as almond buttercrunch, was made famous in World War II. A buttercrunch candy called Almond Roca, made by Brown and Haley was shipped in tins to U.S. troops overseas.

National Waffle Iron Day - June 29

National Waffle Iron Day – June 29

NATIONAL WAFFLE IRON DAY

Waffle lovers finally have their day of recognition on June 29, which is the day National Waffle Iron Day os observed.  Some people enjoy their waffles plain with syrup, but we like ours topped with berries, whipped cream, and syrup,  Who knew a simple machine would make such a big impact on our lives!

June 28, 2105 – NATIONAL PAUL BUNYON DAY – NATIONAL INSURANCE AWARENESS DAY

27 Jun
National Paul Bunyan Day - June 28

National Paul Bunyan Day – June 28

NATIONAL PAUL BUNYAN DAY

Each year on June 28, National Paul Bunyan day is celebrated across the country.  It is suggested that on this day, take some time and read one of the Paul Bunyan original tales.

Described as a giant and a lumberjack of unusual skill, Paul Bunyan is one of the most famous North American folklore heroes. In the tales, Paul Bunyan was almost always accompanied by his companion, Babe the Blue Ox.

First appearing in print in 1906, in a story published by Northern Michigan journalist James MacGillivray, Bunyan’s character originated in folktales circulated among lumberjacks in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada.  One account states that the tales began during the Papineau Rebellion of 1837.   In 1914, the stories  were reworked by William Laughead, for a logging company’s advertising campaign, and found a new widespread popularity.  It was the 1922 edition of Laughead’s tales that inspired many others and soon the character was widely known across all of the United States and Canada.

Statue of Paul Bunyan in Akeley, MN

Statue of Paul Bunyan in Akeley, MN

The Paul Bunyan legend tells that it took five storks to carry him as a newborn and as he was a little older and clapped and laughed, it broke windows.  The legend continues that he sawed off the legs of his parents’ bed, in the middle of the night, when he was only seven months old and that the Grand Canyon was formed as he and Babe the Blue Ox walked through dragging his axe behind him. The myth of the Great Lakes being formed by Bunyan needing to create a watering hole for Babe to drink from is another popular one told by many.

Many cities in the north-central section of the United States, claim the title as ” the official home of Paul Bunyan”.  

 NATIONAL PAUL BUNYAN DAY HISTORY

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

National Insurance Awareness Day - June 28

National Insurance Awareness Day – June 28

NATIONAL INSURANCE AWARENESS DAY

National Insurance Awareness Day is observed each year on June 28.  This day was created as a day to review your insurance coverage’s.

Insurance does offer a person peace of mind knowing they are financially protected in case of loss, damage, illness or death. 

 NATIONAL INSURANCE AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator and origin of National Insurance Awareness Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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