JULY 17, 2018 | WORLD EMOJI DAY | NATIONAL TATTOO DAY | NATIONAL YELLOW PIG DAY | NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY | NATIONAL PEACH ICE CREAM DAY
WORLD EMOJI DAY
July 17 recognizes World Emoji Day and many of the world’s symbolic icons for digital calendars.
Now before the emoji, there were emoticons. Emoticons (emotion + icon) were developed as an expression of emotions in the cold hard texts that were devoid of them.
Emoji, a Japanese expression, roughly means “picture word” and was developed in 1990 by Shigetaka Kurita. While working for NTT Docomo, a Japanese telecom company, Kurita design these picture words as a feature on their pagers to make them more appealing to teens.
When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, an emoji keyboard was embedded to nab the Japanese market. While not intended for U.S. users to find, they did and quickly figured out how to use it.
Every year new emojis (both emoji and emojis are acceptable plural forms of the word) are developed. The emojipedia.org keeps track of all the emoji updates across all platforms and operating systems. There are over 1800 emojis covering much more than just emotions. From transportation, food, an assortment of wild and domesticated animals to social platforms, weather, and bodily functions emojis virtually speak for themselves.
HOW TO OBSERVEExplore emojis. Send them to your friends. if they it! Use #WorldEmojiDay to share on social media.
In 2014, Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge created World Emoji Day. The date of July 17 has been intrinsic to the iconic red and black Apple calendar emoji since its launch in 2002.
NATIONAL TATTOO DAY
National Tattoo Day on July 17 might just be the date to get that ink you’ve been contemplating.
Evidence of humans marking their bodies with permanent designs have existed for thousands of years. Egyptian and ice mummies reveal several forms of religious and status symbols.
The word “tattoo” is derived from the Polynesian language for tatau which means “to tap or to mark.” Around the world, cultures surrounding tattooing vary and some have changed very little over time. In the United States, sailors brought tattooing to coastal shores from their island exploits.
Getting inked continues to be a growing trend as technology and acceptance increases. Age, gender, and religion are less common barriers than they used to be. The reasons for going under the needle range from intensely personal symbols to recording a significant event. There are those who get a tattoo on a whim. Some people confess it’s an addiction.
HOW TO OBSERVE
You have the design. National Tattoo Day is the time. Use #NationalTattoDay to share on social media.
Within our research, National Tattoo Day has been observed since 2016. The founder and source of the day have not been identified.
NATIONAL YELLOW PIG DAY
National Yellow Pig Day is observed on July 17 and is a holiday especially for the mathematicians of the world!
Look for the not so random occurrence of the number 17. Look! Yellow pig!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Brush up on your calculus and round up your yellow pigs. Post on social media using #NationalYellowPigDay.
Our research found that National Pig Day originated sometime during the early 1960s when two mathematicians named Michael Spivak and David Kelly analyzed the random properties of the number 17 and a mysterious yellow pig. It seems the process became excessive and professional. Kelly lectured and developed classes around it. Spivak published several mathematics texts, while not based upon it, does subtly reference the number 17 and Yellow Pig.
NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY
An Irish-American stunt pilot from Galveston, Texas, gained notoriety for an unplanned transatlantic flight to Ireland on July 17, 1938. It is National Wrong Way Corrigan Day.
Growing up as a boy, Douglas Corrigan’s (January 22, 1907- December 9, 1995) fascination with flight was not uncommon. Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight may have been the most impressionable moment in his young life. In 1938 the young stunt pilot flew from his home in California to New York and requested permission to duplicate his hero’s historic flight. They quickly denied his request due to the age of Corrigan’s 1929 Curtiss Robin.
With only a magnetic compass, Corrigan advised officials he was returning to California. According to the story, after takeoff, cloud cover prevented Corrigan from accurate navigation. It wasn’t until he dropped below the clouds hours later and saw water surrounded him that Corrigan realized his navigation was off, and 28 hours later he landed in Ireland. Or so he said. Reporters suggested Corrigan made secret plans to repeat his hero’s flight anyway, but years later Corrigan held to his original explanation.
Corrigan’s received a movie deal and soon played himself in The Flying Irishman. During World War II, he tested bombers and after the war toured the country with other familiar war heroes in parades. As the notoriety died down, Corrigan settled into a quiet life with his wife and family occasionally running into a reporter who wanted question the veracity of his story.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #WrongWayCorriganDay to share on social media.
National Wrong Way Corrigan Day originates with the date Corrigan left New York in 1938. In 1987, Long Island commemorated the 49th anniversary of the 80-year-old Corrigan’s flight with a parade and called the day “Wrong Way Corrigan Day.” The city of Galveston, Texas proclaimed Wrong Way Corrigan Day in 1992 to be celebrated on January 22nd, the date of their hometown hero’s birth.
NATIONAL PEACH ICE CREAM DAY
July 17th is National Peach Ice Cream Day.
Fresh peaches are at their peak during July. So, it makes perfect sense to celebrate National Peach Ice Cream Day in July. It’s also National Ice Cream month, so add peach to the growing list of flavors to choose from in the creamy frozen treat section! This sweet stone fruit makes delicious ice cream when it’s very ripe and full of peachy juices. Make it a refreshing treat to try on a hot July day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Grab your ice cream maker and invite your friends and neighbors over for an old-fashioned ice cream social! Give this homemade peach ice cream recipe a try. Share your own on social media using #PeachIceCreamDay.
The origin of National Peach Ice Cream Day is currently unknown.
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