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JANUARY 25, 2019 | NATIONAL OPPOSITE DAY | NATIONAL BIG WIG DAY | NATIONAL FLORIDA DAY | NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY

NATIONAL OPPOSITE DAY

National Opposite Day is observed annually on January 25th.

Good morning, or is it good night? Hello, or is it goodbye? I am cold, or am I hot?

National Opposite Day is a day to have fun all day long saying exactly opposite of what you really mean. This day has kids rejoicing everywhere. It is also a great day for adults to play along and break out of the winter blues. Maybe we should have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner!

Most sources say that National Opposite Day is always observed on January 25th while other sources say it is celebrated by some on January 7th. It is also believed to be celebrated by a group of people on the 25th of each month of the year.

FUN TIDBIT:

Sponge Bob Square Pants even got into the act, with an episode containing the whimsical nature of this day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Do the opposite of what you mean and use #NationalOppositeDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for a National Opposite Day classroom discussion.

HISTORY

The origin of National Opposite Day is unknown. However, there are references dating back to President Calvin Coolidge in the 1920s. In the 1928 election, Coolidge made a statement to the press announcing, “I do not choose to run.”  That statement spurred a debate and left everyone wondering if he really meant the opposite.

NATIONAL BIG WIG DAY

Putting the “fun” in fundraising while bringing awareness to a cause close to many hearts, National Big Wig Day™! on the last Friday in January gives everyone an opportunity to play an important role, the role of the Big Wig.

National Big Wig Day™! is both an expression of the potential inside of all of us and an entertaining opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others. To do this, we must dust off our hidden talents and bring them forth without hesitation.  Be bold and even a little bit courageous.  Roll up your sleeves and grab a few friends because that always makes it more enjoyable and the journey more exciting.  But whatever you do, bring your Big Wig with you.  Because we all have one inside us and even Big Wigs need to have fun!

Call it what we will, CEO, director or pilot, we are the Big Wigs in our lives. National Big Wig Day™! reminds us that, regardless of title, we can make a difference and improve the lives of others through celebration.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National Big Wig Day™! by donning your biggest, wildest wig and having a party to raise funds to donate to the American Cancer Society Look Good/Feel Better division. The key is not to give big, but to get lots of people to give a dollar.  You read that right.  On National Big Wig Day™, the fun raising part is to see if 1 million people will give $1 each. By demonstrating that even a dollar can have a big impact, National Big Wig Day™ is out to show we ALL have a BIG WIG inside of us.  Visit National Big Wig Day™ for contact and donation information.  Use #NationalBigWigDay to share on social media.

Visit the National Big Wig Day™ Facebook page and follow Patricia on Twitter, too and share in all the fun raising details.

HISTORY

In 2016, Patty Sharkey founded National Big Wig Day™! after a bout of post-holiday blues. After going through her fabulous collection of wigs and selecting a chocolate, raspberry curly wig and taking a selfie, she posted “Happy National Big Wig Day.”

Soon after the overwhelmingly positive post, Patty was struck with an inspiring cure for the blues and National Big Wig Day™! was born. Friends in California, New Jersey, Texas and Massachusetts hosted inaugural National Big Wig Day™! parties where 75% of the proceeds raised were donated to the Look Good/Feel Better division of the American Cancer Society in 2016.

Each year, Sharkey nominates a Big Wig who inspires the inner Big Wig in us all. Anthony Davis, the Notre Dame Killer, was named the official Big Wig of 2016.  His perseverance after a severe brain injury sidetracked his football career earned him the title of Big Wig.

The 2017 Big Wig is Jo Ann Thomas, co-founder of FANtastick Horror Film Festival for providing a venue for independent filmmakers to feature their work.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Big Wig Day™! in October of 2016.

National Florida Day - January 25
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NATIONAL FLORIDA DAY

National Florida Day on January 25 recognizes the 27th state to join the United States.

The Sunshine State is home to the oldest established city in the country.  With over 400 years of history, St. Augustine’s streets and colonial architecture have stories to tell. Founded by Spanish explorers in 1565, visit the city and walk in the same footsteps as 16th-century bishops, ponder the escapades of pirates and the whereabouts of lost gold and learn about the lives of European settlers.

East and West Florida became the 14th and 15th British Colonies after the end of the French and Indian War in 1763. However, in 1783, after the end of the American Revolutionary War, The Treaty of Paris returned Florida to Spain.

The present-day borders of Florida were absorbed through two transactions: The Louisianna Purchase in 1803 brought East Florida with it (but not without dispute from the French) and through a U.S. intervention in an uprising in West Florida in 1812 causing West Florida to join the Mississippi Territory.

With an average high temperature of 79.5°F, it should be no surprise that Floridian John Gorrie brought refrigeration and air conditioning to the world in 1851.

Add to that, more than half the year with partly cloudy to sunny days, the invention of sunblock would be a necessity, too. Hungary born pharmacist, Benjamin Green, invented a sunscreen in 1944 which later became a tanning lotion known as Coppertone.

Launching astronauts into space, Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County,

Cape Canaveral and the home of the Kennedy Space Center in Broward County has come a long way from its first launch in 1950. From Appollo missions to Hubble Telescopes and Mars Rovers, Cape Canaveral continues missions well into the future. Missions include commercial ventures including SpaceX launches.

Florida offers more than enough to do and see.  From man-made worlds and relaxing beaches to long, colorful and intricate history, the Sunshine State’s open spaces and sunny faces require more than one visit.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join National Day Calendar as we dig into Florida’s sunny beaches and rich history. Seek buried treasures and explore all Florida’s fascinating culture! Look to the past or look to the future and use #NationalFloridaDay to share on social media.

Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.

NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY

Made with strong coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and topped with a rich layer of cream, Irish coffee is recognized on January 25.

On a cold, wet day in 1942 weary travelers to the small Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland found their way to a restaurant and chef Joe Sheridan. To warm his guests, he served them hot coffee, spiked with whiskey and topped with whipped cream. The passengers asked if the beverage was Brazilian coffee. Sheridan responded that it was Irish coffee.

A travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, brought Irish coffee to the United States after having it at Shannon Airport.

Delaplane brought the idea to the Buena Vista Cafe on November 10, 1952. After much trial and error, sampling and a trip back to Ireland for a taste of the original, Delaplane along with Buena Vista owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg were able to replicate the delicious coffee and the method for floating the cream on top of the coffee.

How to Make an Authentic Irish Coffee

Starting with a warm glass, fill 2/3rds full of freshly brewed coffee. Stir in a heaping teaspoon of sugar.  Add 1 ounce of Irish whiskey.

Adding the cream so it floats is the tricky part. According to the Buena Vista account, and at the suggestion of San Francisco’s mayor, a dairyman, cream that is 48 hours old, is best. However, others recommend whipping cream (not whipped cream) that has been lightly whipped or foamed.

When the coffee has stopped swirling from stirring in the sugar, pour the foamy cream over the back of a spoon.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Warm up with an Irish coffee.  Use #NationalIrishCoffeeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of  National Irish Coffee Day.

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