FEBRUARY 11, 2019 | NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY | NATIONAL INVENTORS’ DAY | NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY | NATIONAL WHITE SHIRT DAY/ WHITE T-SHIRT DAY | NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY | NATIONAL DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK DAY | NATIONAL SHUT IN VISITATION DAY
NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY
Always observed on February 11th, National Make A Friend Day is a fantastic opportunity to meet someone new and make a new friendship. Friends serve a vital role in everyone’s lives. They are one of life’s most valuable assets.
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light” – Helen Keller
New friends can broaden our horizons by helping us to see new perspectives, challenging us to try something different or connecting us to opportunities. Meeting new people can help sharpen our social skills and keep us from becoming lonely.
“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer” – Ed Cunningham
While friends often share common backgrounds or experiences, they certainly don’t have to have everything in common. One of the simplest ways to make new friends is to explore your interests by taking a class or joining a club.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make a new friend and use #NationalMakeAFriendDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Make a Friend Day.
NATIONAL INVENTORS’ DAY
Inventors and their genius are honored February 11th.
What do Ermal Fraze, Thomas Adams, Melitta Bentz and Stephen Perry all have in common? They are recognized annually on February 11, along with the likes of the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver and Elisha Otis on National Inventors’ Day.
Thanks to inventors we can safely ride in an elevator, have a well-lit room at the flip of a switch, speak to someone on the other side of the world or efficiently pump lotion from a bottle. Many inventors go their whole life without recognition for their creation while others are household names. Nearly everything around us is the result of someone tinkering in their garage, laboratory or basement trying to find a solution to a problem.
Some inventions may be happy accidents by an observant person; the microwave oven, penicillin, sticky notes and bubble wrap may never have made their way into their current use if it were not for sharp or persistent inventors.
“Necessity is the mother of invention.”
The proverb “Necessity is the mother of invention” says a lot about how inventors look at life. They are a progressive, forward-thinking bunch. Where would we be without pacemakers, traffic signals, rubber bands or coffee filters?
Though there are some inventions that we may be better off without. A DVD rewinder doesn’t quite fit the necessary criteria. Or, they are otherwise too impractical. For example, tugging around a stroller fridge for your watermelon along with the cooler and beach umbrella seems to be a bit of overkill, but without inventors, the world would be downright dull and much more challenging.
Inventors should keep track of their ideas, processes, ingredients, and components. Protect your inventions and get your unique creations patented.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Inventors around the country, take a bow. Keep tinkering. Keep seeking a cure, a fix, and improvement to our everyday life. Take time to recognize an inventor and encourage them to keep creating the next great invention.
Use #NationalInventorsDay to share on social media.
In 1983 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Inventors’ Day.
NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY
Observed on the second Monday in February, National Clean Out Your Computer Day is a day to take some time out of your busy schedule to do needed care on your computers.
Over time, files and programs that are unused on your PC clog the memory and cause confusion during retrieval and use of other data. They may also slow down your computer. The second Monday in February, Clean Out Your Computer Day, is the day to spend time with your computer!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take a look at your files and programs on your computers:
- Organize your files and folders.
- Delete junk files.
- Delete duplicate files.
- Delete old files and programs not being used.
Use #CleanOutYourComputerDay to post on social media.
National Clean Out Your Computer Day was originally sponsored by the Institute for Business Technology in the year 2000.
NATIONAL WHITE SHIRT DAY/WHITE T-SHIRT DAY
National White Shirt Day, also know as National White T-Shirt Day, is always observed on February 11th.
This unofficial national holiday honors the men and women who participated in the strike at General Motors in 1937.
The United Auto Workers (UAW) union was helped by these autoworkers to become the sole bargaining agent for General Motors autoworkers.
White Shirt Day is best known in Flint, Michigan, and other cities that have a GM auto plant.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalWhiteShirtDay to post on social media.
Bert Christenson, a member of UAW Local 598, initiated National White Shirt/White T-shirt Day on February 11, 1948.
NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY
National Peppermint Patty Day is observed each year on February 11th.
The oldest commercially-made mint patty or cake was made by the Quiggin’s family on the Isle of Man (an island located in the middle of the northern Irish Sea). They had been making the cakes since 1840, but in 1880, four of the sons formed the Kendal Mint Cake Company.
In the United States, as early as 1900, peppermint patties were made by regional confectioneries. Companies such as Idaho Candy Company, Trudeau Candie’s and Pearson’s (which purchased Trudeau in 1951, both were Minnesota companies). Possibly the most known, though not the oldest, York Peppermint Patties were made by the York Cone Company of Pennsylvania.
York Peppermint Pattie’s were first made in 1940 and distributed regionally much like other candy makers of the era. York dominated the market because of its firmness and crispness while the others were soft. A former York employee remembered that the final (sample) test of the patty before it left the factory was called a “snap test.” If the candy did not break clean in the middle, it did not make it onto candy store shelves.
In 1975 the company was acquired by Peter Paul Cadbury. The factory was moved to Reading, Pennsylvania, to much distress to the workers and residents of York. The popular treat was then distributed across the country.
HOW TO OBSERVE
A peppermint patty is a refreshingly cool mint and chocolate candy. Pick some up today or try one of these delicious recipes:
Use #PeppermintPattyDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Peppermint Patty Day.
NATIONAL DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK DAY
On February 11th, Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day is observed by many as a day to think positive. A day for looking on the bright side of things then carry that with you every day after. Do not worry and do not stress over the little things. Life is too short to let the little things bother us.
In one of its oldest forms, the proverb was “No weeping for shed milk” as referenced by James Howell in 1659. The saying has evolved over time, but still retains its original intent. There is no changing what is done and crying over it serves no purpose.
Everyone knows that unexpected or unplanned things happen in life, sometimes on a daily basis. With a positive attitude, life is much brighter and easier.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Don’t cry over spilled milk. Use #DontCryOverSpilledMilkDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day.
NATIONAL SHUT-IN VISITATION DAY
Visiting a person who is shut-in can make a positive difference in that person’s life. February 11th observes National Shut-in Visitation Day, and each year on this day, many people across the nation take the time to make a difference.
A shut-in is a person who, due to physical, mental or emotional reasons, is not able to leave his or her home. These conditions can cause a person to feel lonely, isolated, sad and cut off from the rest of the world. Sometimes they do not have family and friends available to visit and spend time with them. They often lack any kind of companionship.
We often take for granted our freedom to be able to go outside each day, go to work, eat lunch at a restaurant, work out at the gym or take a vacation. These are things that people who are shut-in are not able to experience on any day. A visit with them would brighten their day, and we could share our experiences with them.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Visit a person who is shut-in due to disability or illness and brighten their day. Use #ShutInVisitationDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Shut-In Visitation Day.
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