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JULY 14, 2018 | NATIONAL NUDE DAY | NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY | NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY | NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY | COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY

National Nude Day July 14
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NATIONAL NUDE DAY

On July 14th, laundry is unnecessary. It’s National Nude Day! 

National Nude Day is a way to keep cool on a hot, sticky summer day. Nudist groups around the world celebrate this holiday and take it quite seriously!  Nudists are not perverts, even though their desire to go “au natural” might be offensive to the conservative population!  Nudists are individuals who believe the human body is most beautiful in its natural state. Whether or not you agree with them, nudists encourage people to shed the restrictions of clothing and be natural.

Noted for enjoying the natural state, Benjamin Franklin would reportedly take air baths by the open window of his room allowing the fresh air to drift around his birthday suit.  The postmaster didn’t invent the naturalist movement, nor did it take any particular nation by storm. Its observance is firmly planted during the middle the summer months of the Farmer’s Almanac for a good reason; the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mess around in January!

HOW TO OBSERVE

However you chose to celebrate this holiday, avoid breaking any Public Decency Laws.  Post on social media using #NationalNudeDay.

HISTORY

The founder of National Nude Day is unknown. However, the holiday has origins in New Zealand.

NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY

One of the classic comfort foods earns a place of honor on July 14.  It is National Mac and Cheese Day!

Made with macaroni noodles, cream or milk, and the golden goodness of cheese, mac and cheese shines as a side dish but can stand on it’s own as a main dish as well. From the classic mac and cheese with cheddar or American cheeses to the spicy cowboy mac with bacon and jalapenos, there’s a combination for everyone.  Mix up the cheeses or load up on seasonings, set the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time and let the cheese get a nice toasty crust.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy some mac and cheese! Use #NationalMacAndCheeseDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of  National Mac and Cheese Day.

NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY

National Grand Marnier Day is observed annually on July 14th.  An 1880s French invention by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, Grand Marnier adds a splash of orange liquor to mixed drinks or desserts.  Also enjoyed neat, this cognac concoction blended one of the most expensive fruits of the time with a strong spirit. The result was truly grand.   

Grand Marnier is used in a long list of desserts including liquor cream buns, Yule log, cranberry sauce, Crepes Suzette and Grand Marnier souffle creme brulee’.  Grand Marnier is also used in the sauce of the roasted duck dish, “Canard a l’Orange.”

Some examples of the mixed drinks including Grand Marnier are: Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Sidecar, Dirty Harry, Grand Mimosa, B-52, the Grand Marnier Smash, Grand Smash, Smash Marnier, Bloody Smash, Maced Marnier, Ace Marnier Smash,  Frosty Smash, Smace, Grand Hound, Blood Pug, Clarke, Nogley and the Grand Marnier Fireball.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make something that uses Grand Marnier as an ingredient. Post on social media using #NationalGrandMarnierDay.

HISTORY 

We were unable to locate the creator of National Grand Marnier Day.

NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY

On July 14 measuring twice has extra meaning.  It’s National Tape Measure Day.  

Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut made the lives of carpenters, electricians, seamstresses and countless other tradesmen and craftsmen easier when his patent for “Improvements in Tape Measures” was granted.  His patent was dated July 14, 1868.  Enter the generation of retractable tape measures.  

The first recorded use of the tape measure goes back to the Romans, utilizing marked strips of leather.  Before Fellows’ patent, Englishman James Chesterman designed a steel measuring tape, but it was expensive for its time.  At $17 in 1853, it was equivalent to $300 in today’s U.S. dollars. It was also big and bulky and not likely to fit in a pocket or toolbox. Fellows’ patent was an improvement on Chesterman’s design.  

The tape measure that we know and use now comes in a wide array of sizes, colors, and materials.  You can find some smaller than the palm of your hand or bigger in lengths of 300+ feet.  They are used for anything from DIY projects at home, by contractors and in construction and at a much lower price. They are a staple in almost every household.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Purchase a tape measure and measure to your heart’s content. Post on social media using #NationalTapeMeasureDay.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin or the creator of National Tape Measure Day.

COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY

Collector Car Appreciation Day is observed annually.

This day is set aside each year to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. Americans have had a fascination with the automobile since the first U.S. horseless carriage was demonstrated in 1893 by the Duryea Motor Wagon Company.  

The automobile appeals to American’s sense of adventure, nostalgia, perseverance and exploration.  The motor companies tailored their designs to a public that demanded a particular style.  With the Ford assembly line came affordability.  We associate each era with a certain car.  Whether it’s Prohibition-era Cadillac Sedans, 1950’s era muscle cars or our grandfather’s pickup trucks, they take us back.   

HOW TO OBSERVE

Post photos of your collector car on social media using #CollectorCarAppreciationDay.

HISTORY

Collector Car Appreciation Day is sponsored by the SEMA Action Network (SAN) since 2009. Per request of The SEMA Action Network (SAN), each year the U.S. Senate has passed a Resolution helping to launch Collector Car Appreciation Day. For more information visit www.semasan.com.

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