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National IPA Day – First Thursday in August

National IPA Day – First Thursday in August

National IPA Day on the first Thursday in August celebrates the beer known as India Pale Ale Beer.

While the IPA is one of the most popular types of craft beers, it’s also making a resurgence with local microbreweries. Many are experiencing success as their brew finds its way into local restaurants and pubs.

The IPA seems to have developed out of an idea from the 1700s. When shipping ale to India, adding hops to the beer increased the longevity of the brew. Brewers thought that hops preserved the beer for long voyages to hot climates. One London brewer gained attention for his ability to brew this particular style of beer. George Hodgson shipped many casks of pale ales to India from London. However, no one knows for sure when or who coined the name India Pale Ale.

Brewers ferment barley to make India Pale Ales. Depending on the length of fermentation, the tannins may cause some bitterness in the beer, even after adding the hops. While IPAs have a reputation of being bitter and hoppy, not all are. They also tend to be crisper than other beers.


Raise your glass on National IPA Day and enjoy this day with friends. The beauty of participating in a National Day such as this one is the support you provide for local craft brewers…Cheers! Post on social media using #NationalIPADay


Author of The Beer Wench’s Guide to Beer: An Unpretentious Guide to Craft Beer and beer enthusiast, Ashley Rousten, founded National IPA Day in 2011.



On August 5th National Underwear Day provides an opportunity to wear your favorite undergarments. Boxers. Briefs. Panties. Tighty-whities. No matter what you call them, our underthings provide a layer of comfort. 

Many Americans have heard their mother’s warning. “Make sure to always wear clean underwear. You never know when you will be in an accident!” While there are other reasons to wear fresh underwear, this is the one that often comes to mind.

Underwear is the layer of clothing worn closest to the body and under the outer clothing. It protects clothing from sweat. Underwear also provides the wearer protection from cold and chafing. Another benefit to underwear includes support and body shaping.

Most of us see these intimate items of our wardrobe as necessities. However, others utilize them as accessories. Since fabrics allow underwear to be designed for specific needs, a wide variety are made for sports and specific climates. Depending on preference, some select garments for modesty or to feel alluring.

A 2012 survey by reveals that the average woman owns 20 pairs of underwear – for every day. Then, they own 14 extra pairs for special occasions.

In 2018, retailers reported an increase in the popularity of nude colors. Instead of bright fashion colors or sultry bedroom styles, shoppers sought something neutral. Skin blending shades that disappear under sheer outer clothes won consumers’ dollars.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalUnderwearDay

Embrace your body image. Use #NationalUnderwearDay to post on social media. If you are the bashful type, just wear your underwear around the house when no one is home. One can also celebrate by watching the 1983 romance comedy Risky Business starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay.

While you’re wearing your favorite underwear, consider these brief ways to celebrate. You might even reveal a naked truth.

  • Read a book about the history of underwear. For example – Unmentionables: A Brief History of Underwear by Elaine Benson and John Esten.
  • Buy some new underwear. You can never have too many pairs.
  • Clean out your underwear drawer. (Yes, we know that might be unbearable.) But maybe we were wrong. You can have too many!
  • Rank your brand of underwear on a comfort scale. You know, what’s the most comfortable underwear you’ve ever worn? It might be revealing.
  • Tell a clean underwear joke. It’s harder than you think, too. But, we’ll get you started with these two:
    • How long does it take to put on a pair of underwear? A brief second.
    • Are you wearing holey underwear? No? Then how did you put your legs through them?


Freshpair founded National Underwear Day on August 5th, 2003. 



On August 5th, National Work Like A Dog Day urges us to charge forth and meet every challenge we face. However, if you look to your dog for direction, confusion may set in.

The English language is confusing. Take, for instance, two common idioms we use in our everyday lives: “It’s a dog’s life” and “Work like a dog.”

“It’s a dog’s life” refers to dogs being able to laze around and sleep all day. Most dogs are companions. As members of our family, their biggest worry is when the next vet visit is. On the other hand, “work like a dog,”  suggests just the opposite. It means working to your maximum ability for an extended length of time. How can these two phrases apply to our canine companions when they mean contradictory things?

When considering the training working dogs received and the value they provided to farms and businesses, the phrase “work like a dog” becomes clear. With their obedience and loyalty rooting out rodents or securing cattle, they performed tasks with purpose. Today, military and rescue dogs receive rigorous training and work hard alongside their human counterparts, too.

Either way, work like a dog for the rewards of a dog’s life.


You can celebrate by either working very hard or – if you’d rather – simply by sharing on Social Media just how hard you work. There are other ways to celebrate, too:

  • Watch videos of working dogs doing what they’re trained to do.
  • Learn about the training of working dogs.
  • Make a video about your average workday.

Use #WorkLikeADogDay to follow on social media and to #CelebrateEveryDay.


Although the origins of “work like a dog” are not known, it most likely refers to actual working dogs. Sheepdogs and sled dogs are good examples. Since breeds like these have the instincts for certain types of work, they derive a kind of pleasure from the work they do.



Get slurping on August 5th with National Oyster Day! Oysters are enjoyed as a seafood in many parts of the world.

Did you know there are over 100 different species of oysters?  Interestingly, oysters tend to take on the characteristics of the water in which they live. Because of this, they’re typically named after the body of water in which they grow.

While many people enjoy fresh oysters raw, the shellfish can also be savored in multiple other ways. As a side dish, oysters add immense flavor to Thanksgiving dressing. They also make delicious stews, soups, and chowders. Other recipes will bake, grill or broil the oysters with or without the shell.

These mollusks provide valuable nutrients whether eaten cooked or raw. Since oysters supply a high amount of vitamins B12 and A, they may benefit heart, skin, and brain health. These vitamins also support lung and kidney function. Additionally, oysters benefit the environment since their valves are capable of cleansing an ecosystem of pollutants.

Here are some other exciting oyster facts:

  • The Chesapeake Bay produces more oysters in the world than any other body of water. 
  • The world loves oysters! We consume almost two billion pounds of oysters each year around the world.
  • Illustrating how the body of water influences the flavor of the oysters, the east and west coast U.S. oysters taste very different from each other. On the east coast, oysters tend to be smaller, milder and saltier. However, west coast oysters take on a creamy texture and a sweet flavor.  
  • Only one out of every 10,000 oysters will produce a pearl.


Make or order a dish that uses oyster as one of its main ingredients. Try this Grilled Oyster recipe or share a recipe with us. You can celebrate in other ways, too.

  • Read up on oysters. We suggest The Essential Oyster: A Salty Appreciation of Taste and Texture by Rowan Jacobsen or Appreciating Oysters: An Eater’s Guide to Craft Oysters from Tide to Table by Dana Deskiewicz.
  • Watch the documentary The Oyster Divers by Erin DeJesus.
  • Explore the world of cooking with oysters.

Use #NationalOysterDay to post on social media.


The origins of National Oyster Day have not been determined.

On Deck For August 6, 2021

National Days

International Days

August 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Cyrus W. Field’s idea to lay a telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean comes to fruition. On this day, the final section of the cable was laid.


Congress enacts the Revenue Act and it is signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The act allows the collection of income tax for the first time in the United States.


Cleveland, OH installs the first electric traffic light at Doan’s Corner. Today, the intersection is East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue.


Major League Baseball broadcasts its first game over the radio. The Pittsburgh Pirates shut out the Philadelphia Phillies.


Cartoonist Harold Gray publishes “Little Orphan Annie” in the New York Daily News.


Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini attempts his most challenging escape. However, after spending 91 minutes in a casket underwater, he signals to his assistant to release him.


American Bandstand broadcasts nationally for the first time. Hosted by Dick Clark, bands would lipsynch their music to a dancing crowd of teenagers.


At the 27th Academy Awards, From Here to Eternity wins Best Picture.


South African police arrest Nelson Mandela on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the government.


Actress and singer Marilyn Monroe dies. Monroe was known for film hits such as Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Seven Year Itch.


Launched on March 27, 1969, Mariner 7 flies past the planet Mars. While the spacecraft was the second craft to fly by Mars, it used information from the first flyby to cataloged additional information scientists were seeking.


Joan Jett forms the first all-girl hard rock band, the Runaways.


Marathon runner, Joan Benoit, wins gold in Los Angeles at the first Olympic marathon for women.


The U.S. version of the improvisational comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” debuts on ABC.

Recipe Of The Day

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
 6 – 8

With so many soup day’s on the calendar, it’s good to be prepared. This Chicken & Wild Rice Soup will warm you up on any cold day. Serve it with homemade French Bread and your home will be toasty all day! Double the batch and freeze some for easy meal prep later in the month.


2 Chicken Breasts
2 Carrots – Sliced
1 Celery – Sliced
3 Green Onions – Sliced
1/4 cup Frozen Peas
2 Cloves Sliced garlic
2 15 oz cans Chicken Broth
1 Box Wild Rice


Prepare 1 cup store brand Wild Rice per instructions on the label using chicken broth to replace water.

While rice is soaking, cube skinless chicken breast into 1/2″ cubes

Dice carrots, celery, and green onions into 1/8″ slices. Set aside.

Dice garlic into 1/8″. Set aside.

In a medium skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or frying oil. Add chicken and garlic and cook thoroughly (about 8 minutes).

Pour remaining chicken broth and veggies into a soup kettle. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.

Add frozen veggies and rice. Mix well.

Simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Stir frequently.

August 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Deodoro Da Fonseca – 1827

The first president of Brazil, Fonseca was a military leader who led a coup to end the Empire and establish a republic on November 18, 1889. The coup took place after the Empress, Princess Isabell abolished slavery in 1888. However, Fonseca served less than a year, making him the first Brazilian president to resign.

Neil Armstrong – 1930

The astronaut is known for being the first human to step foot on the moon. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. Their feat was broadcast around the world.

Herb Brooks – 1937

The American hockey player and coach is best known for leading the U.S. Olympic hockey team to gold. Known as the “Miracle on Ice,” the team upset the Soviets during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY.

Loni Anderson – 1945

Best known for her role as Jennifer Marlowe on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, Anderson was also married to actor Burt Reynolds. The WKRP character was the AM radio station’s receptionist.

Patrick Ewing – 1962

Now the head coach for Georgetown University’s men’s basketball team, Ewing began his professional career as a first-round pick in the NBA draft. He played the majority of his career with the New York Knicks. In 1992, he also played as a member of the U.S. Olympic Dream Team.

Reid Hoffman – 1967

Hoffman launched the internet’s largest professional network, LinkedIn, in 2002. Since then, the social media network has grown to 575 million users.

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There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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