Category: February 27

  • ANOSMIA AWARENESS DAY – February 27

    ANOSMIA AWARENESS DAY

    Anosmia Awareness Day on February 27th brings attention to a condition causing a loss of smell. Of all our senses, smell perhaps is taken for granted more than any other.

    There are many causes of Anosmia. The most common reasons are due to upper respiratory or sinus/nasal infections or diseases. We’ve all experienced a cold or allergy that’s temporarily prevented us from smelling.

    However, other conditions cause a permanent or long-term loss of the sense. When anosmia symptoms are prolonged or lifelong, many anosmics do not get to enjoy the flavor of foods, the scent of an infant or use their sense of smell as an early warning system for danger.

    Our olfactory sense has a powerful effect on memories and emotions. When we lose this sense, the impact is terrific. Anosmia Awareness Day provides an opportunity to learn more about the condition and where to go for support.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #AnosmiaAwarenessDay

    • Learn more about anosmia by reading. We recommend Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way by Molly Birnbaum and A World Without Smells by Lars Lundqvist.
    • Explore your world and the smells in it. What would it be like without those odors? Smoke, mold, and sweat serve as warning signals to us. Other smells play positive roles in our lives. What are they and how would losing them impact your life?
    • Share your experiences with loss of smell.
    • Learn more about anosmia and how to find treatment, visit anosmiaawareness.org. Resources across the country support those with anosmia.
    • Use #AnosmiaAwarenessDay to share on social media.

    ANOSMIA AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

    Daniel Schein founded Anosmia Awareness Day in 2012 to provide improved educational opportunities and support to those with olfactory conditions.

    Anosmia FAQ

    Q. Are some people born without the ability to smell?
    A. Yes, but it is an extremely rare condition called congenital anosmia.

    Q. What are the five senses?
    A. The five senses are:

    • smell
    • taste
    • hearing
    • sight
    • touch

    Q. Do we lose our sense of smell as we age?
    A. Our sense of smell may fade as we grow older. In fact, all our senses may be impacted by aging. Our eyesight becomes weaker. Foods begin to taste bland. We turn up the television or radio because our hearing isn’t what it used to be. We may become more sensitive to touch.

  • NATIONAL RETRO DAY – February 27

    NATIONAL RETRO DAY

    On February 27, National Retro Day takes us back to a time before smartphones and the internet.

    Every generation looks back and asks, “Remember when?” This celebration indulges our love for the good ol’ days while remaining in the present.

    No matter the decade, pick a point in time where people talked more face to face than text to text, had dinner at home around the table and the kids played games that didn’t require internet.

    What’s your retro? On National Retro Day, swoop the hair into a mile-high beehive or strut those eight-inch bell bottoms. Can you maximize the curls for a stellar Afro? Don’t hesitate to break out the old roller skates and see if you still have those mad skills. Tie the hair up with a polka dot bandana and strike muscle pose like Rosie the Riveter. Maybe you prefer a moonwalk, a leather jacket, and a single glove.

    With no smartphones, internet, or social media, we spent more time focused on each other when we were together. Each moment is recorded in memory for us to look back retrospectively and not for the whole world to see.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRetroDay

    • Whatever your retro is, wear it, drive it, play it on Retro Day.
    • Host a retro party.
    • Watch a classic, retro film.
    • You can also follow #NationalRetroDay on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
    • What’s your retro? Let us know by using #NationalRetroDay on social media.
    • Read the Celebration Spotlight with National Retro Day founder Robert Duran.
    • Take a trip down memory lane by reading about these 7 Groovy Reto Styles From History.

    NATIONAL RETRO DAY HISTORY

    Hermelinda A. Aguilar and Robert and Tina Duran founded National Retro Day to take a look back at how life was before social media, the internet, and smartphones became a necessity of our daily lives.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the celebration in 2018 to be observed annually on February 27.

    Retro FAQ

    Q. What does retro mean?
    A. Retro refers to fashion trends, music, art, and trends from the recent past – about two to three decades before the present time.

    Q. Can anyone celebrate National Retro Day?
    A. Yes! Even someone who isn’t old enough to be retro.

    Q. Are the 1970s considered retro anymore?
    A. Sadly no. They are now considered classic.

  • NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY – February 27

    NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY

    National Polar Bear Day, also known as International Polar Bear Day, focuses our attention on conservation efforts and learning more about the fabulous polar bear on February 27th.

    Polar bears can reach a height of 9 ft tall and a weight of 1400 pounds. They use their large, slightly webbed front paws to paddle as they swim.  As they are powerful swimmers, some polar bears swim hundreds of miles from land. However, some of the distance may have been covered by floating on sheets of ice.

    Polar bears have a warming layer of fat covered by their thick coat of insulating fur, which helps them live in colder environments.

    Some organizations use this day to raise awareness of the declining number of polar bears worldwide. Many believe global warming and the consequential loss of their natural habitat threaten these beautiful creatures.  Groups around the world gather together to find ways to make a difference and spread information to others.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPolarBearDay

    • Learn more about the polar bear, its environment, and how it lives. 
    • Watch a documentary. Try these: 
      • Arctic Tale, directed by Sarah Robertson and Adam Ravetch (2007.
      • The White Planet follows Narrated by Jean-Louis Étienne and directed by Thierry Piantanida (2006)
    • Read about polar bears in Ice Walker: A Polar Bear’s Journey through the Fragile Arctic by James Raffan.
    • Support polar bear research and conservation.
    • Use #NationalPolarBearDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY HISTORY

    Each year, Polar Bears International sponsors National Polar Bear Day. They have been celebrating the day since at least 2011.

    Polar Bear FAQ

    Q. Are polar bears white?
    A. A polar bear’s skin is actually black. Its thick, insulating fur is translucent.

    Q. Where do polar bears live?
    A. Polar bears cover quite a bit of territory. Their home in the Arctic spans from Russia, across Norway, Greenland, Canada, and some parts of Alaska.

    Q. What is a polar bear hybrid?
    A. Some polar bears and grizzly bears have bred creating a hybrid bear. They are called various names including grolar and pizzly bears.

    February 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1900

    U.S. patent no. 644,077 was issued to German chemist Felix Hoffman for Acetyl Salicyclic Acid. He discovered the chemical compound while working for Bayer and the company marketed the pain reliever as Aspirin. While no longer trademarked in the United States, Bayer continues to maintain its trademark for the versatile remedy for pains, aches, and swelling.

    1922

    In Leser v. Garnett, the United States Supreme Court unanimously dismisses a challenge to the 19th Amendment preserving women’s suffrage in the U.S. Constitution. A Baltimore, Maryland attorney by the name of Oscar Leser brought the suit soon after th Tennessee ratified the amendment giving it the needed majority.

    1951

    Following Franklin D. Roosevelt’s third-term election win, Congress set to work on the 22nd Amendment, creating term limits for presidents. The 22nd Amendment reads, “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.” In 1951, the states ratified the amendment to the Constitution on this date.

    1997

    The God Father of Soul, James Brown, asks radio talk show host, Rolonda White to marry him during a taping of her show. She declines.

    February 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – 1807

    The American poet had a profound impact on the nation during his lifetime. His poems spoke both to the heart and the mind, drawing images of pastoral fields and patriotic figures.

    John Steinbeck – 1902

    The 1962 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, John Steinbeck is best known for his novels The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.

    Elizabeth Taylor – 1932

    The blue-eyed actress stole scenes as a young child actress and for more than 60 years. From National Velvet to Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the award-winning actress was a classic star of the cinema.

    Navarre Scott Momaday – 1934

    In 1969, the Kiowa author earned the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel House Made of Dawn. Some of his other works include The Way to Rainy Mountain, The Bear’s House, The Names: A Memoir, and Again the Far Morning.

    Meena Keshwar Kamal – 1956

    As a student in 1977, Meena Keshwar Kamal founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). The organization gave a voice to women fighting for human rights and social justice in a country where these fundamental rights were denied systematically to women. On February 4, 1987, Kamal was kidnapped and murdered.

    Sara Blakely – 1971

    In 1998, the American entrepreneur developed the product and the company named Spanx.

    Notable Mentions

    Mabel Keaton Staupers – 1890
    David Sarnoff – 1891
    Clarence Johnson – 1910
    Irwin Shaw – 1913
    Uri Shulevitz – 1935

  • NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY – February 27

    NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY

    We continue with February’s heart-shaped and red theme by observing National Strawberry Day on February 27th. These juicy, sweet berries can brighten up any dish and are delicious all on their own.

    There are a few different stories behind the origin of the name. The more widely accepted version is that the berries would drop off the leaves and become “strewn” about the plant. Over time “strewn-berries” became “strawberries”. There was a time (and some gardeners still do this today) when strawberry beds were mulched with straw, insulating the plants over the winter, keeping weeds at bay during the growing season, and making them easier to harvest. Another sweet story tells of English children stringing the berries on grass straws and selling the “straw berries” in their neighborhoods.

    Berry Picking Tips:

    • Pick fully ripe berries. Strawberries don’t continue to ripen if picked too early like bananas or pears.
    • Don’t overfill your container. Berries are tender and can bruise easily.
    • Don’t wash the fruit until you are ready to eat. Strawberries are susceptible to mold and washing will speed up spoilage.
    • The best time to pick strawberries is on cool, cloudy days, but if they will be eaten right away, any time is perfect!
    • If you pick more than you can eat before they spoil, strawberries freeze very well. Pluck off the green caps and toss into a freezer bag. Use for smoothies, ice cream, or cake toppings.

    Not only are they delicious, but they are also fragrant. One of the more aromatic fruits, they belong to the rose family.

    Strawberries are grown in nearly every corner of the Earth (if the Earth had corners) except for her most frozen southern and northern reaches. Along with all these possible locations, there are over 600 varieties of strawberries as well.

    An excellent source of Vitamin C, strawberries are also a good source of folic acid, potassium, and fiber. At 55 calories and zero fat in 1 cup, these sweet things hit the spot when snack time is calling!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStrawberryDay

    • Scout out strawberry festivals and pick-your-own farms.
    • Plan to plant your own strawberry patch. Imagine sitting in your very own patch eating sun-warmed, sweet berries you picked or even grew yourself under clear blue skies.
    • Eat a strawberry!
    • Make a strawberry dessert.
    • Enjoy a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich.
    • Use #NationalStrawberryDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY HISTORY

    While we continue to research the origins of this national food holiday, one resource shows the day has been celebrated by the grocery industry since at least 2013. And it’s showing no signs of stopping, either. 

    Strawberry FAQ

    Q. What other fruit wears its seeds on the outside?
    A. None. Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the skin.

    Q. Do strawberries freeze well?
    A. Yes. Remove the stems and seal in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Frozen strawberries are perfect for smoothies and other cold beverages, too.

    Q. How many calories are in a strawberry?
    A. One medium-sized strawberry contains about 4 calories.

  • NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY – February 27

    NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY

    National Kahlúa Day on February 27th recognizes the rich, cream coffee liqueur that also serves up a great many delicious desserts! This alcoholic beverage adds to cocktails and adult flavored desserts equally well. To celebrate, you may want to use Kahlua, a coffee-flavored rum-based liquor, to flavor your ice cream or another dessert such as cheesecake or cake.  It also tastes great in coffee, hot chocolate, creamy cocktails, as a shot or on the rocks.

    Pedro Domecq began producing Kahlúa in 1936. In 1994, the company merged with Allied Lyons forming Allied Domecq. In 2005, Allied Domecq was partially acquired by Pernod Ricard which merged with the Swedish Vin & Sprit (V & S Group) in March of 2008. 

    Kahlúa is made from coffee and rum, so it does contain caffeine.  Kahlúa is found to be used in a few notable cocktails, including the following:

    •  B-52
    •  Baby Guinness
    •  Black Russian
    •  Mudslide
    •  White Russian
    •  Espresso Martini
    •  Caribbean Mudslide

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKahluaDay

    • Celebrate by baking with Kahlúa flavor. Kahlúa lends a delicious and rich flavor to desserts of all kinds.
    • Serve up a beverage or two, as well.
    • Invite some friends to enjoy a Kahlúa cocktail with you. 
    • (Remember always drink responsibly and never drink and drive) and use #NationalKahluaDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this beverage holiday.

    Kahlúa FAQ

    Q. Where is Kahlúa made?
    A. Kahlúa is made in Veracruz, Mexico.

    Q. Can I add Kahlúa to my coffee?
    A. Yes, but we recommend you save it for your days off.

    Q. Does Kahlúa contain rum?
    A. Yes.