Category: April 16



    National Bean Counter Day on April 16th is every accountant’s favorite day of the year. After the flutter and the flurry of preparing taxes right up until the stroke of midnight, these diligent number crunchers are well past due for a day off.


    The term “bean counter” hasn’t always referred to our reliable accountants. Like many phrases, it was much more literal before it morphed into the idiom we use today. Not unlike, meeting a customer at the deli counter or fabric counter to complete their order, clerks met consumers at the bean counter. However, over time, the phrase became attributed to accountants who watched each and every penny (or bean) that went in and out of the business.

    Once April 16th rolls around, it’s time to give the accountants a break. All the receipts have been tallied. All the various tax forms in duplicate and triplicate have been submitted. The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of debits and credits. It is time for all bean counters to take a well-deserved break.  April 16th is the accountant’s day to turn off the phone and return to a more normal routine.


    • Don’t call, text, e-mail or visit your accountant on National Bean Counter Day.
    • If you are a bean counter, take the day off!
    • If you happen to see one, send a “thank you” his or her way.
    • Use #NationalBeanCounterDay on social media.


    Kevin Wenig, a CPA from Trumbull, Connecticut founded National Bean Counter Day to insure April 16th as an official day off for accountants everywhere.

    Bean Counter

    Q. Is there a machine that counts beans?
    A. Well, yes. These machines count seeds, including beans, for packaging. There are also sorting machines that divide beans and other items by size and weight.

    Q. Are all accountants bean counters?
    A. No. And not all bean counters are accountants. However, they all share an interest in finances.



    Each year on April 16th, National Orchid Day recognizes one of the world’s diverse and widespread flowering plant families. The orchids’ often colorful and fragrant blooms grow in abundance around the world. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species. Not only are they prolific, but they range in size from the 2.1 mm wide Platystele jungermannioides to broad-bloomed Grammatophyllum speciosum


    While some find the orchid challenging to grow, others find pleasure in their pleasant fragrance and uncommon beauty. With so many varieties to choose from, anyone can enjoy the beauty from home or by visiting botanical gardens around the world.


    Enjoy the beauty of an Orchid. Share photos of beautiful orchids you grow. Give an orchid to someone with a green thumb. You can also download and print this orchid coloring page. 

    Use #NationalOrchidDay to share on social media. Twitter:
    Visit the official site.
    Also, check out the Humble Bumbles Honey Facebook page:
    Visit the inspiring orchid sanctuary Orquideas Moxviquil.
    And also, check out Chadwick and Son Orchids Inc.


    Orchids are beautiful and extremely special. The creators of National Orchid Day, Mike and Faith Young, volunteered at an orchid reserve in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, in 2010. The experience changed their lives forever. So much so, the Youngs decided if they were ever to have a daughter, they would name her Orchid. On April 16, 2014, sadly, they lost their precious daughter during labor. They named her Orchid Faith. Since then, they have been desperately trying to find ways to honor her life.

    Creating National Orchid Day

    After discovering that no National Orchid Day existed, the Youngs set out to secure the day in honor of their daughter, Orchid Faith. On the year anniversary of losing their precious little girl, they created a Kickstarter campaign. They offered pre-orders of their backyard honey (The Humble Bumbles Honey), intending to designate April 16th as National Orchid Day through the Official National Day Registrar. Within the first day, they met their goal, and the campaign brought in over $1,500. Thanks to the generosity and kindness of many friends, family, and supporters, April 16th will now forever be National Orchid Day in honor of their daughter.

    For the rest of their lives, Mike and Faith say they will be caring for and spreading awareness about orchids. They feel having a National Orchid Day dedicated to the beautiful life they lost, people everywhere will appreciate orchids a little bit more, and their little girl will feel the warmth of those that think of orchids that day. They feel as though all orchids represent their little girl and hope that this special day will inspire those who come across orchids to think of their daughter, Orchid Faith, too; she is alive within you and all of us.

    Radiant Faith Orchid

    For Mother’s Day 2015, Mike designated and named a Cattleya orchid ‘Radiant Faith’ through Chadwick and Son Orchids, Inc. The International Orchid Register of the Royal Horticulture Society in England officially recognizes and recognizes the Radiant Faith orchid. The Youngs were inspired by Pantone’s color of the year for 2014 (the year they lost their daughter) – Radiant Orchid. Learn more about the Radiant Faith orchid by visiting the International Orchid Register

    In 2015, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Orchid Day to be observed on April 16th, annually.

    Orchid FAQ

    Q. How many kinds of orchids are there?
    A. Orchids have been around longer than most other flowering plants, giving them plenty of time to diversify. They are also one of the largest flowering plant families on the planet. As a result, there are more than 25,000 species!
    Q. How long do orchids live?
    A. They can live up to 100 years or longer. A tiger orchid in the Singapore Botanic Garden is believed to be more than 150-years-old. It may also be the world’s largest orchid.




    National Healthcare Decisions Day educates and empowers the public and healthcare providers to take part in important advance care planning. 


    In the absence of an advanced directive, medical personnel relies on family members to determine what a patient’s wishes might be. Family members also often struggle to make these difficult decisions. However, many of these difficult decisions can be avoided with advanced planning. 

    The observance emphasizes the importance of advance directives, and national, state and community organizations come together in a collaborative effort to promote the day. These entities are working together to ensure the availability of the information, opportunity, and access needed to document health care decisions.

    While advance care planning seems like a difficult discussion, the alternative leaves family members struggling to make the decision for you. Completing an advanced directive removes the burden from our loved ones. It also frees us to have more pleasant conversations in the future. 


    • Plan ahead for your important healthcare decisions.
    • Find the documents you need now, complete them, and put them where they are easily accessible.
    • Discuss your decisions with your loved ones.
    • Let them know where your documents are in the event you have a healthcare event, too.
    • Encourage other family members to complete an advance directive, too.
    • Don’t place the burden of these decisions on your loved ones.
    • Use #HealthcareDecisionsDay to post on social media.


    Nathan Kottkamp, McGuireWoods LLP, founded National Healthcare Decisions Day to help educate the general public about advance directives. To learn more, visit The Conversation Project

    Healthcare Decision FAQ

    Q. Where can I get an advance directive?
    A. There are several options for obtaining an advance directive.

    • Healthcare provider
    • An attorney or state bar association
    • Health department
    • Care facility for the aging

    Q. Is “Do not resuscitate” or a DNR the same as an advance directive?
    A. No. But a DNR can be part of an advance directive.

    April 16th Celebrated History


    Clatonia Joaquin Dorticus received patent no. 537,442 for his invention of a “machine for embossing photographs.”


    Less than a year after becoming the first woman in the United States to obtain a pilot’s license, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly a plane across the English Channel.


    The Fibber McGee and Molly radio comedy show aired for the first time on the NBC Blue Network. Jim and Marion Jordan played the roles of Fibber and Molly along with a full complement of actors playing Doctor Gamble, Mayor LaTrivia, and Thockemorton Gildersleeve among many others who lived in Wistful Vista.


    NASA launches Apollo 16. The three-person crew included Commander John Young, Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke, and Command Module Pilot Ken Mattingly. Their mission was the space program’s fifth crewed lunar landing and tenth crewed mission overall.

    April 16th Celebrated Birthdays

    Flora Batson Bergen – 1864

    The concert soprano and baritone earned international acclaim in the late 19th century. Some of her songs include “Six Feet of Earth Make Us All One Size” and “The Last Rose of Summer.”

    Wilbur Wright – 1867

    From a young age, Wilbur Wright and his brother, Orville, developed a fascination with flight. Inspired by a rubber band-propelled helicopter created by the inventor, Alphonse Penaud, the brothers would dedicate their lives to the invention. They first found success manufacturing bicycles including the Van Cleve and St. Clair.

    They never lost interest in flight and continued to develop designs. By 1902, the future aviators were making progress with their gliders and nearing a successful mechanical flight. They sold their bicycle business and on December 17, 1903, achieved their goal.

    Charlie Chaplin – 1889

    The British comedic actor, director, and film producer of the silent era is best known for developing his staple character the Tramp. In 1919, Chaplin joined Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to establish United Artists.

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 1947

    For 20 years, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played center in the National Basketball Association. He remains the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and during his career, he brought home six national championships – one with the Milwaukee Bucks and the other five with the Los Angeles Lakers.



    Each year on April 16th, National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day allows us a reprieve after meeting a late-night deadline shuffling receipts, and adding columns to file our taxes. 


    While some people call this day “the best holiday of the year,” it was created for fun. Wearing pajamas to work creates a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere especially for those accountants, tax preparers, and last-minute filers. Wearing pajamas offers a little relief from the nailbiting and stress that often comes with filing taxes. The day helps to let go of the anxiety and offers a few more minutes of sleep for those who pushed the deadline to the limit.

    Appropriate styles of pajamas would include tops and bottoms, of course. Wear the cozy flannel or snazzy silk. Cotton always breathes so well, too. Cartoon characters are always fun. But, be sure to cover your feet, too. Slippers or other footwear are required. 


    • Wear your favorite pajamas to work.
    • Make a party of it and coordinate with coworkers.
    • Don’t forget your fuzzy slippers and robe.
    • Award prizes to the one who wears it best.
    • Give a gift of pajamas to your tax preparer to show your thanks, even if that person is your dad or a close personal friend.
    • If you work from home, this is a prime opportunity to wear your pajamas and invite the rest of the world to enjoy the comfort of dressing down for the day.
    • Take group photos and post them use #WearYourPajamasToWorkDay to post on social media.


    In 2004, Pajamagram launched a campaign celebrating Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day as a reward for the late nights working on taxes. 


    Q. Where does the word pajama come from?
    A. The word pajama or pyjama comes to English by way of Persia. The word is derived from a garment known as a leg garment (pāy meaning leg and jāmā meaning garment). It found its way into the Hindi language where it was later adopted by British colonists during the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Q. Is there a world record for wearing pajamas?
    A. Yes! According to Guinness World Records, the largest gathering of people wearing pajamas took place in Shantou, China where 1,879 people from the Guangdong Hongxing Industrial Co. wore their pajamas on October 9, 2015. One of the requirements was that they wear a one-piece pajama. The previous record took place in Milton Keynes, UK where 752 residents wore their one-piece pajamas on November 5, 2013.




    On April 16th, National Eggs Benedict Day celebrates a long-favored breakfast or brunch dish. Eggs Benedict consists of poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce and Canadian bacon or ham on English muffin halves.


    There are two different stories as to how Eggs Benedict came to be.

    • In 1894 stockbroker Lemuel Benedict ordered “buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a side of Hollandaise”  at the Waldorf Hotel. They were so impressed with the dish that they put it on the menu, substituting ham and English muffins in place of the bacon and toast.
    • In the early 18th century, Pope Benedict XIII liked an egg dish so much that he requested it time and time again. Many believe that Pope Benedict XIII had an illness that added to his desire for this particular egg dish, hence the name Eggs Benedict.

    Some restaurants serve their own versions of Eggs Benedict. Mix it up by substituting the ham for salmon or corned beef. Add sliced tomatoes or steamed asparagus. Replace the English muffin with thick, crusty toast or thin, crisp bagels. There are so many ways to be creative in the kitchen. The important elements with Eggs Benedict are properly poached eggs and a perfect hollandaise sauce. When the yolk and sauce blend with all the other ingredients, this meal is divine. 


    • Treat yourself to a delicious breakfast of Eggs Benedict at home or your favorite breakfast restaurant.
    • Learn how to poach the perfect egg. Then whip up a delicious hollandaise sauce, too.
    • It’s one of The Seven Mother Sauces used in cooking. F
    • ind out more about the types of sauces used and how to make them.
    • Try making the recipe below or share one of your own.
    • Use #NationalEggsBenedictDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this delicious food holiday. 

    Eggs Benedict

    Q. Why is my hollandaise sauce runny?
    A. Hollandaise is one of the more temperamental sauces to make. It’s a balancing act of egg yolks, butter, lemon juice, and mixing. If you’ve melded these ingredients together but the sauces is thin, one quick fix is adding a small amount of thickener like starch over a little heat in a double boiler. You can also add more butter or more egg yolks.

    Q. Why did my hollandaise sauce curdle?
    A. The likely cause is too much heat. You will need to start again because there’s no fixing curdled hollandaise.

    Q. Can I use a fried egg for Eggs Benedict?
    A. It’s not Eggs Benedict unless the egg is poached. Poached eggs create a creamier texture than fried eggs, no matter how slow or gently you fry them.