Category: February 10

  • NATIONAL HOME WARRANTY DAY – February 10

    NATIONAL HOME WARRANTY DAY

    National Home Warranty Day on February 10th reminds us to protect the vital appliances and components of our homes.

    Our homes are filled with complex appliances, technology, and other components that over time can and do wear out. At any given time, one or more of our appliances can break down. When the washing machine breaks down, not only is it inconvenient, but it can be expensive. Often, another item is not far behind. Will it be the hot water heater next? Or, just in time for summer, will the central air go kaput? Each repair adds up.

    A home warranty, unlike home owner’s insurance, covers repair or replacement of these items that break down due to normal wear and tear. Consider how many appliances and systems our homes require these days and protect your investments.

    • Washer
    • Dryer
    • Refrigerator
    • HVAC System
    • Stove
    • Hot Water Heater
    • Garage Door Openers

    There are different types of home warranties, too. Depending on your needs, home warranties can cover a single appliance or an entire system.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #HomeWarrantyDay

    • Review the value of a home warranty.
    • Learn how a policy works and what they cover.
    • If you have a home warranty, take the time to review your policy and make sure you have the right coverage for your home. Maybe you downsized or built an addition recently.
    • Share your experiences and use #HomeWarrantyDay to share on social media.

    NATIONAL HOME WARRANTY DAY HISTORY

    In 2016, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty created National Home Warranty Day to remind homeowners annually about the ways to protect each and every valuable component of their home.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on February 10, 2016, and each year thereafter.

    Home Warranty FAQ

    Q. Is a home warranty insurance?
    A. No. A home warranty is different from insurance. A home warranty covers the costs of service, repair, and replacement of specific appliances or home systems due to normal wear and tear. Homeowners insurance is triggered when fire, water, or other unexpected event damages the home or items in the home.

    Q. Do all home warranty companies cover the same things?
    A. No. Some companies may specialize in home systems such as electrical, HVAC or security systems while others focus on appliances.

     

  • NATIONAL CREAM CHEESE BROWNIE DAY – February 10

    NATIONAL CREAM CHEESE BROWNIE DAY

    On February 10, National Cream Cheese Brownie Day shines a spotlight on an irresistible dessert bar. Combining chocolate and cream cheese has long been a favorite in the bakery. When it’s added to a brownie recipe the results are spectacular. 

    The brownie has been around since the 1800s but was first documented in 1906 in the cookbook The Boston Cooking School Cook Book.  There are hundreds of cream cheese brownie recipes. However, we also enjoy them cut up into parfaits or mixed into ice cream. Add a dollop of whipped cream, berries or a sprinkle of nuts and fruit and they become a decadent dessert in their own right. 

    Adding cream to the batter once it’s poured into the pan and swirling it around with a knife gives the finished product an elegant look. It even suggests a celebration when you look at it! No matter how you enjoy cream cheese brownies, we are sure that you will find one that you like.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CreamCheeseBrownieDay

    • Have a cream cheese brownie for a snack or dessert.
    • Bake cream cheese brownies to share with friends, coworkers or family members.
    • Try a new recipe such as this one: Cream Cheese Brownie recipe.
    • Share your favorite recipe.
    • Give a shout-out to the baker who makes the best cream cheese brownies.
    • Use #CreamCheeseBrownieDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL CREAM CHEESE BROWNIE DAY HISTORY

    Our research has not uncovered the origin of this food holiday. However, we’ve dug into a few pans of cream cheese brownies, and we’re not ashamed to admit it. 

  • NATIONAL UMBRELLA DAY – February 10

    NATIONAL UMBRELLA DAY

    National Umbrella Day casts a little shade on February 10th. The day honors one of the world’s most useful inventions, the umbrella!

    Not only does the umbrella help keep us dry from the rain, but it also protects us from the heat of the sun. You can also use an umbrella as a fashion accessory. While the umbrella is primarily practical, they also decorate cocktails. These brightly colored paper umbrellas make fun party favors, especially when visiting sunny locations.

    Umbrellas have also found their way into the art world. Their color and shape make sharp silhouettes. They also serve as the canvas for art. In movies, umbrellas play a role, too. For example, they played vital parts in Singing in the Rain in 1952 and Mary Poppins in 1964. 

    Interesting Umbrella TidBits:

    The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow. Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, often used in Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. Bumbershoot is a fanciful Americanism for an umbrella from the late 19th century.

    The basic umbrella was invented over four thousand years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and China.

    We can credit the Chinese for being the first to protect us from the rain. Their paper parasols received a layer of wax followed by lacquer that made the umbrella withstand the elements. 

    One of the first umbrella shops opened in 1830 at 53 New Oxford Street in London, England. The shop, operated by James Smith and Sons, still operates regular hours at the same location today. 

    In 1928, Hans Haupt’s pocket umbrellas appeared. Then, in 1969, Bradford E. Phillips, the owner of Totes Incorporated of Loveland, Ohio, obtained a patent for the first “working folding umbrella.”

    Umbrellas have also been fashioned into hats as early as 1880 and as recently as 1987.

    Photographers use umbrellas with a reflective inside as a diffusion device when employing artificial lighting and as a glare shield and shade, most often in portrait situations.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalUmbrellaDay

    • Spring for a new umbrella and prepare for rainy days ahead.
    • Use an umbrella on a sunny day.
    • Have an umbrella photoshoot modeling your favorite rain gear and umbrella.
    • Order a drink that comes with a paper umbrella.
    • Watch movies with iconic umbrella scenes such as Singing in the Rain and Mary Poppins.
    • Visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas for National Umbrella Day.
    • Use #NationalUmbrellaDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL UMBRELLA DAY HISTORY

    While the origins of the utilitarian holiday remain a mystery, the world has been celebrating it since at least 2004. However, another celebration on the calendar promotes opening umbrellas indoors. The entire month of March recognizes the umbrella, too!

    Umbrella FAQ

    Q. Is it bad luck to open an umbrella indoors?
    A. There is a superstition surrounding the act of opening an umbrella indoors. Whether it’s true or not may depend on many variables. However, opening an umbrella indoors can be awkward, especially if it’s a tight space or crowded.

    Q. Can umbrellas be used in any weather?
    A. While we use umbrellas in the rain or sunshine, the wind tends to be the umbrella’s nemesis. Windy days turn umbrellas inside out and can make them ineffective at keeping out the rain.

    Q. Can anyone celebrate National Umbrella Day?
    A. Yes. Even if you don’t need an umbrella to protect you against the elements, you can celebrate the umbrella in other ways.

     

    February 10th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1840

    Queen Victoria if England marries her German cousin, Prince Albert.

    1897

    New York Times owner Adolph S. Ochs moves the phrase “All The News That’s Fit To Print” from the editorial page to the front page making it the paper’s slogan. The phrase first appeared in the paper on October 25, 1896.

    1933

    In an attempt to save its floundering business, the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company delivered what is considered the first singing telegram.

    1942

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honor of World War II to Second Lt. Alexander Ramsey Nininger Jr. The medal was presented to his father, Alexander R. Nininger by Major General Walter H. Frank during a ceremony at Third Air Force Headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

    1961

    The Niagara Falls hydroelectric project opens.

    1996

    IBM’s Deep Blue computer defeats World Champion Garry Kasparov at chess in 34 moves in Philadelphia, PA. It is the first time a computer ever beat a human at a formal game of chess.

    February 10th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    Joseph Charles Price – 1854

    In 1888, Joseph C. Price founded Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and served as the school’s first president.

    Edith Clarke – 1883

    As the world’s first woman to be employed professionally as an engineer, Clarke’s accomplishments added up. She developed a graph calculator using a mathematical technique to calculate the long distances of transmission lines. Clarke was the first woman to submit a paper to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE). While she spent much of her career with General Electric, Clarke would also become a champion of women’s education.

    Jimmy Durante – 1893

    The American comedian, singer, actor, and performer is probably best known for his performance in the comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. His signature style left an indelible mark on cinema and comedy.

    James West – 1931

    The prolific American inventor is best known for his invention of the foil electret microphone.

    Honorable Mention

    Lon Chaney Jr. – 1906
    Grace Townes – 1907
    Mark Spitz – 1950
    Roberta Flack – 1939