JANUARY 2, 2018 | NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY | NATIONAL PERSONAL TRAINER AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL BUFFET DAY | NATIONAL CREAM PUFF DAY

National Science Fiction Day - January 2

NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY

National Science Fiction Day is celebrated annually on January 2nd by millions of science fiction fans across the United States.

The date of January 2 was chosen for National Science Fiction Day as it corresponds with the birth date of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

American author and Boston University professor of biochemistry, Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on January 2, 1920.  He was best known for his works of science fiction and his popular science books.  Isaac Asimov, whose works are followed by many, died on April 6, 1992.

Considered a master of hard science fiction, Asimov, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during his lifetime.   The Foundation Series is regarded as Asimov’s most outstanding piece. His other major series are the Galactic Empire Series and the Robot Series.

Some of the successful television shows that are recognized by science fiction fans include Star Trek-The Next GenerationThe X-Files, Battlestar GalacticaDoctor Who and The Twilight Zone.

National Science Fiction Day is recognized by the Hallmark Channel and the Scholastic Corporation. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Watch some classic science fiction t.v. shows or movies.  Start reading a science fiction novel. Use #ScienceFictionDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Science Fiction Day.

National Personal Trainer Day - January 2

NATIONAL PERSONAL TRAINER AWARENESS DAY

One of the most common New Years resolutions is to “get into shape,” “eat better and work out more,” “to get fit and get healthy.”   These intentions make it one of the busiest times for personal trainers across the country.  Each year on January 2, we acknowledge these personal trainers as we celebrate National Personal Trainer Awareness Day.

National Personal Trainer Awareness Day was designed to remind people that professionals are available to help make their promises from their resolutions, a reality.  Personal trainers play a major role in helping people throughout their journey in achieving their goal.

Personal trainers play a crucial role in helping people achieve their health and fitness goals.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #PersonalTrainerAwarenessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Professional Trainer Awareness Day.

National Buffet Day - January 2

NATIONAL BUFFET DAY

National Buffet Day is observed annually on January 2.  Buffets are a popular choice for many when choosing a destination for eating out.

Buffets are a system of serving meals, where food is placed in a public area to be easily viewed and selected, by people serving themselves. Buffets are useful for feeding large groups of individuals at one time and are offered at a variety of places including hotels, restaurants and conventions.

Originating during the middle of the 16th century, the buffet table comes from the Brannvinsbord – Swedish schnapps (shot of alcoholic beverage) table.  The prime of this custom was during the early 18th century and was developed into the more modern buffet around the beginning of the 19th century.  It was during the expansion of the railroads throughout Europe that the smorgasbord buffet increased in popularity.

Originally, the smorgasbord  table was a meal where guests gathered before dinner for a pre-dinner drink and was separate from the formal dinner that followed.

In 1939 at the New York World’s Fair exhibition, the Swedes used a smorgasbord to showcase the best of the Swedish food to the large number of visitors attending the fair.  It was in the second half of the 20th century after the Swedes had popularized the smorgasbord in New York, where the word buffet became popular in the English-speaking world.

The term buffet originally referred to the French sideboard furniture where food was served from, however it eventually became applied to the serving format.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Head out to your favorite buffet-style restaurant and use #NationalBuffetDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the origin of National Buffet Day.

National Cream Puff Day - January 2

NATIONAL CREAM PUFF DAY

Enjoy a cream filled pastry on National Cream Puff Day! Dessert and pastry lovers alike get to celebrate this delicious French creation on January 2.

Originating in France, cream puffs are also known as profiterole and choux a la creme.  Cream puffs are a French dessert pastry filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, ice cream or custard.   They may be served plain or are sometimes decorated with chocolate sauce,  caramel sauce or dusted with powdered sugar.

Borrowed from the French, the word “profiterole” has existed in English since 1604.  The “cream puff” has been found on United States restaurant menus since around 1851.

To prepare cream puffs, a pastry chef pipes a choux paste through a pastry bag or dropped with a pair of spoons into small balls onto a pan, then baked to form hollow puffs.  After cooling, the cream puffs are injected with a filling using a pastry bag and narrow piping tip or by slicing off the top, filling the puff and then reassembling.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try this State Fair Cream Puffs recipe.

Use #NationalCreamPuffDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Cream Puff Day.

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On January 2, 1920 science fiction writer Isaac Asimov was born. Science Fiction Day has arrived! Sit down with your favorite SciFi book or movie and enjoy...