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MAY 14, 2018 | NATIONAL DANCE LIKE A CHICKEN DAY | NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHECKUP DAY | NATIONAL UNDERGROUND AMERICA DAY | NATIONAL BUTTERMILK BISCUIT DAY

NATIONAL DANCE LIKE A CHICKEN DAY

Dance Like a Chicken Day is observed each year on May 14th!  This is an entertaining day from start to finish!  Everyone has probably danced the “Chicken Dance” at least once in their lifetime.  This silly fun song is popular at wedding dances, Oktoberfest, and other celebrations. The song gets people of all ages up and moving on the dance floor.

Written in the 1950s by Werner Thomas, a Swiss accordionist, the Chicken Dance didn’t even make it to the United States until sometime in the 1970s. The Chicken Dance is associated with polkas or oom-pah-pah music. Originally written with the name Der Ententanz (The Duck Dance) it was rumored to have been written as a drinking song for Oktoberfest. The song’s name was later changed to Vogeltanz (The Bird Dance).

Upon arriving in America in the 1970s, the song had acquired choreography with repetitive beak, wing, and tail motions as well as the new name, The Chicken Dance.

  • Cincinnati, Ohio —  September 20, 2004 — At the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, rock musician Vince Neil served as Grand Marshall at the World’s Largest Chicken Dance.
  • Judson Laipply’s Evolution of Dance featured  “The Chicken Dance”.
  • November 13, 2009 — In support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, CIHT-FM played “The Chicken Dance” continuously until 389 tickets for the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime were purchased for $100 each.  They played for over 3 hours straight.
  • April 23, 2010 — An attempt at the World’s Largest Chicken Dance record was held at Byron Center, Michigan at Jake’s  Restaurant in a fundraiser for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.  Jake’s Restaurant is the site of a giant plastic chicken sculpture.
  • July 4, 2010 — Mandan, North Dakota established a new World Record for the Longest Chicken Dance at their annual Independence Day Parade and Street Festival.
    The Mandan, ND “Chicken Dance” line covered twenty-four city blocks and was 1.627 miles long.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #DanceLikeAChickenDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Dance Like a Chicken Day.

NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHECKUP DAY

Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health and as part of National Women’s Health Week, the second Monday in May is National Women’s Checkup Day.

The goal of National Women’s Checkup Day 2016 maintaining regular checkups as one of five healthy habits women can do to improve their health.  Other habits we can include are physical activity, healthy diets, quit smoking and following general safety rules.

Yearly well-woman visits are important and should include discussions of your health habits and family history, setting health goals and scheduling or receiving screenings or necessary exams.  Screening would include blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical cancer and others.

For more information, visit women’s health.gov.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Schedule a checkup if you haven’t had one recently.  Use #Women’sCheckupDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Women’s Checkup Day is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is part of National Women’s Health Week.

NATIONAL UNDERGROUND AMERICA DAY

Across North America, approximately 6,000 people who live in some form of underground architecture. On March 14 we observe National Underground America Day.

One of the top advantages to a subterranean dwelling is energy conservation.  Completely covered homes or Earth-sheltered homes are covered on all sides with earth while earth-bermed homes leave one side exposed.  Both allow for more stable temperatures within the home and less exposure to the elements.

There are also some disadvantages.  If you like lots of light and throwing open the windows on a summer day, this type of house might not be for you.  National Underground America Day gives us all a chance to check it out.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #UndergroundAmericaDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Founded by Malcolm Wells in 1974, National Underground America Day recognizes that thousands of Americans dwell within the Earth, not just upon it. Wells (1926 – 2009) is considered “the father of modern earth-sheltered architecture”.

Wells was also a writer, illustrator, draftsman, lecturer, cartoonist, columnist, and solar consultant practiced what he preached by living in a modern earth-sheltered building of his own design.   He took up the challenge of underground architecture as he believed the Earth’s surface was “made for living plants, not industrial plants”.

Retiring in 2004, Wells continued his advocacy for underground living until the end of his life.

For more information on Underground America Day visit www.malcomwells.com.

NATIONAL BUTTERMILK BISCUIT DAY

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day is observed each year in the United States on May 14. This is a food holiday celebrates the delicious biscuit.

Biscuits are made using baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent rather than yeast.  A typical buttermilk biscuit recipe contains flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, and buttermilk.  They are often referred to as a “quick bread”, indicating they do not need time to rise before baking. While being made, the dough is beaten and folded to incorporate air, which expands while baking, causing the biscuit to rise. 

Before the American Civil War, biscuits emerged as an inexpensive addition to meals.  This sturdier bread product soon became popular as people realized it absorbed the gravy on their plate better than plain bread. Soon a new family favorite, biscuits and gravy, was created.

Alexander P. Ashbourne patented the first biscuit cutter in 1875.

Supermarkets offer canned biscuits which are refrigerated until ready to be baked. In 1931, Ballard and Ballard patented these refrigerator biscuits.

Biscuits have been a staple of the Southern United States cuisine for many years and are often made with buttermilk.  Traditionally served as a side dish with butter, they are also served at breakfast with molasses, light sugarcane syrup, maple syrup, sorghum syrup, honey, jam or jelly or as a breakfast sandwich.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #ButtermilkBiscuitDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Buttermilk Biscuit Day.

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