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AUGUST 16, 2019 | NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY | NATIONAL RUM DAY | NATIONAL AIRBORNE DAY | NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY

National Tell A Joke Day - August 16

NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY

What happened to the comedian do on August 16th during National Tell A Joke Day? Everyone stole his punchlines! All joking aside, get out there an laugh a little and tell some funny ones.

This day will be filled with smiles and much laughter from morning till night. Jokes consist of humorous stories either written or verbal that often end with a punchline. While slapstick includes props and even minor stunts on the part of the storyteller, usually the best jokes are short. They involve a little misdirection and a well-delivered punchline.  The more jokes you tell, the more fun you will have and so will those around you.

Jokes have been a part of human culture since at least 1900 BC. 

Since jokes come in many forms, try out your favorite. For some, that might a one-liner or a knock-knock joke. While many people groan at the sight of a pun, they bring on chuckles, too. If you aren’t comfortable with the whole comedic act, rely on your sense of irony. Use this approach like seasoning, however. You might have a tough crowd.  Others simply rely on gestures to express humor. 

When telling a joke, timing and delivery can be an essential element. Without it, the joke will fall flat. Be sure to know the audience. For example, clown jokes may not go over well at a phobia convention.  

In moderation, laughter is healthy, uses the abdominal muscles and releases endorphins (natural feel-good chemicals) into the brain.

HOW TO OBSERVE #TellAJokeDay

How many jokes did the chicken tell? Just one, then it crossed the road. Splat… Tell a joke. While you’re at it, listen to a few, too. Be sure to laugh, celebrate, have fun and enjoy!  Use #TellAJokeDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator or origin of National Tell a Joke Day.

National Rum Day - August 16

NATIONAL RUM DAY

Join National Rum Day on August 16th as blended beverages and cocktails create a delicious celebration. Rum is a distilled clear alcoholic beverage which is a byproduct of sugar production. I can also be made directly from sugar cane juice.  After the fermentation and distillation process, most rum ages in wooden oak barrels.

RUM FACT: In 1764, the British Crown placed a tax on sugar, molasses and rum on the American colonies. This tax was called The Sugar Act of 1764. It was instrumental in the unrest that finally became the American Revolution.

Rum is the third most popular spirit in the United States. Only vodka and all the whiskeys combined beat it for first and second-rankings. The spirit finds its way into citrusy mixed drinks, and cool blended summer cocktails. So much so, that rum stirs up images of sandy beaches and brightly colored umbrellas in fruity drinks.

However, rum also conjures up sailors and pirates. The reason for that is how rum came to be. In the West Indies during the 1600s, large plantations grew sugar cane. When they extracted the sugar, they created a by-product called sugar. For years, the molasses was a waste product until it was discovered it could be distilled – into rum. Then, rum became not only a commodity for trade but also a ration on the ships delivering the product. Even in the modern Royal Navy, British sailors received an allotment of rum until 1970.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRumDay

There are many ways to enjoy rum.  On a hot summer day, a great way to celebrate is with this recipe for a Strawberry Pineapple Cooler Use #NationalRumDay to post on social mediaRemember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive 

NATIONAL RUM DAY HISTORY

We were unable to identify the creator of National Rum Day.

National Airborne Day - August 16

NATIONAL AIRBORNE DAY

National Airborne Day on August 16th honors the military’s airborne divisions of the Armed Forces.    

August 16, 1940, marks the date of the first official Army parachute jump at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The successful jump validated the innovative concept of inserting U.S. ground combat forces behind a battle line by parachute. These sky soldiers represent some of the most prestigious and expertly trained forces in the United States Army. 

In the U.S. Army currently, two airborne divisions operate. The 82nd Airborne Division out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina began as an infantry division. During World War I, the 82nd Division activation on 25 August 1917 at Camp Gordon. In 1918, they earned the nickname All American for the composition of their division. Since the soldiers came not from all across the country, but several were immigrants, too. The 82nd Division represented all of America as few other divisions did at the time.

The second and still active airborne division had a short-lived beginning. During World War I, the 101st Airborne Division organized for a short while during World War I on 2 November 1918. However, the war ended shortly after. During World War II, the Screaming Eagles were activated on 16 August 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. They currently make their home at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

Both units have served around the world in combat, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAirborneDay

The United States military in all of its branches provide the most professional military men and women of the world. Thank a paratrooper and use #NationalAirborneDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL AIRBORNE DAY HISTORY

President George W. Bush proclaimed National Airborne Day on August 14, 2002. On August 3, 2009, the US Senate of the 111th Congress recognized National Airborne Day with Senate Resolution 235.

National Roller Coaster Day - August 16

NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY

Each year National Roller Coaster Day on August 16th people flock to amusement parks for a thrill and a few excited screams, too! Take a ride on a roller coaster near you. 

The day commemorates the first verticle loop roller coaster which was patented by Edwin Prescott on this day in 1898. A roller coaster consists of one or multiple cars on a track. While they are similar to railroad systems in design, the inclines and vertical loops incorporated in the structures aren’t for transportation. These elements boost the thrills rollercoaster enthusiast seek!

The oldest roller coasters are believed to have originated from the so-called “Russian Mountains.”  Built-in the 17th century, these specially constructed hills of ice located near Saint Petersburg, Russia rose between 70 and 80 feet in height. Passengers faced 50-degree drops. Wooden supports supplied reinforcement.  

Roller coaster designs existed since at least 1872 when J.G. Taylor received one of the earliest patents. He called his creation an inclined railway. Another patent granted for an inclined-plane railway was granted to Richard Knudsen in 1878.

For years, history has believed the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island on June 16, 1884. However, tracing J.G. Taylor’s patent and newspaper articles tells us a different story. According to the Providence Evening Press dated June 1872, Taylor’s elevated railway at Rocky Point, Rhode Island extended 400 feet and gave nine passengers a ride. It all started with a shove and allowing gravity to do the rest.  

While Prescott’s patent detailed ways to improve upon structures such as J.G. Taylor’s and that built at Coney Island, it was Prescott’s designs that led to the roller coasters we know today. His design gave riders a reason to scream and keep coming back for the rush of excitement. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #RollerCoasterDay

Celebrate by visiting an amusement park near you. While enjoying a roller coaster ride or two, also check out some roller coaster history. Check out the science behind the structures and the gravity-defying curves. Seek out some of the most thrilling roller coasters in the country and world!  If you cannot get to a roller coaster, make plans for your next roller coaster adventure! Use #RollerCoasterDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY HISTORY

Since 1986, National Roller Coaster Day has been celebrated. American Coaster Enthusiasts promotes the day across the country and through amusement parks with events.  Visit nationalrollercoasterday.com for a list of participating amusement parks and commemorative t-shirts. 

Recipe of the Day

Peach Ice Cream
Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:  45 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 large, soft, ripe peaches; peeled and cut into chunks

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup peach juice

2/3 cup white sugar

1 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions:

Place peaches, water and juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Cook covered until peaches are soft, stirring occasionally.

Transfer peaches and sauce to a non-reactive mixing bowl.

Mix in sugar and allow to cool to room temperature.

Add remaining ingredients.

Puree in blender or food processor until smooth.

Chill until cold.

Churn in ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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