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JANUARY 28, 2019 | NATIONAL FUN AT WORK DAY | BUBBLE WRAP APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PANCAKE DAY | DATA PRIVACY DAY | NATIONAL KAZOO DAY

NATIONAL FUN AT WORK DAY

Fight the workday doldrums on January 28.  It’s National Fun At Work Day!

Many people spend a  good portion of their lives at work, so why should they not try to enjoy it?  While looking to find fun things to do at work, let your imagination be the leader. Make sure to obtain your boss’s approval for whatever fun and exciting things you choose to do. Better yet, get your boss involved in the fun!

Dave Hemseth and Leslie  Yerkes, co-authors of 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work say, “Organizations that integrate fun into work have lower levels of absenteeism, greater job satisfaction, increased productivity, and less downtime.”

HOW TO OBSERVE

Do what you can to enjoy work and use #FunAtWorkDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Fun at Work Day.  

National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is observed annually on the last Monday in January.  The primary purpose of bubble wrap is to protect fragile items either in shipping or storage.  People also get enjoyment from popping the bubbles in bubble wrap.

Engineers Marc Chavannes and Alfred Fielding sealed two shower curtains together in 1956 in the town of Hawthorne, New Jersey.  This technique created a smattering of air bubbles which the engineers initially thought would make a great wallpaper!  Sales for the wallpaper never materialized, so they moved to selling the product as greenhouse insulation.

The Sealed Air Corporation was founded in 1960, but Air Cap (name before it became Bubble Wrap) wasn’t used for shipping until IBM starting shipping the 1401 computer in 1961.  Bubble Wrap is a trademarked brand of Sealed Air Corporation.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Wrap up something in bubble wrap.  Find an old piece and have some fun popping the bubbles.  Use #BubbleWrapDay when posting on Social Media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for a National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day assignment.

HISTORY

Our research has been unable to determine the origin of National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.

NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PANCAKE DAY

At breakfast, add a few blueberries to your pancake, flapjack or hotcake. National Blueberry Pancake Day is observed January 28.

The early pancakes consisted mostly of flour and milk and were more like biscuits. Later, eggs, milk, a leavening agent (such as baking powder) and fat were added creating the fluffier, lighter pancake we know today.

Adding blueberries to the pancake batter when mixing up the ingredients may result in a bluish hue. To avoid this, add them right after dropping dollops of batter to the hot griddle.

Blueberries add a freshness to pancakes and nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese and copper.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Whip up some pancakes with this recipe:  Todd’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes recipe.

Use #BlueberryPancakeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Blueberry Pancake Day.

DATA PRIVACY DAY

Cybersecurity is a growing concern. Data Privacy Day is observed every January 28 as a reminder to protect and safeguard private data.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Visit staysafeonline.org for tips on keeping your data safe.

Use #DataPrivacyDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Data Privacy Day was first initiated by the Council in Europe in 2007.  In 2009 the United States House of Representatives recognized National Data Privacy Day and the United States Senate recognized Data Privacy Day in 2010 and 2011.  It has continued through the efforts of various groups and organizations since.

NATIONAL KAZOO DAY

January 28 is National Kazoo Day, recognizing nearly 200 years of kazoo music in the United States.

Alabama Vest of Macon, Georgia made the first Kazoo in the 1840s.  The instrument requires little effort to create a sound (though some skill is necessary to make intelligible music) the kazoo adds a jazzy element to a song or comedic punctuations to just about any skit.  If you can hum, you can play the kazoo!

Inspired by the African horn, the Mirliton, made from bone, gourds and a variety of other materials, Vest partnered with Thaddeus Von Clegg to produce his design in metal. Clegg, a German clockmaker, took Vest’s idea and put it into production.

The first U.S. patent for a toy musical instrument with the proposed name of “kazoo” was submitted to the U.S. Patent office by Warren H. Frost and granted patent number 270,543 on January 9, 1883.

Along came traveling salesman, Emil Sorg. He took great interest in the kazoo and carried the idea back to Western New York in 1912 where he partnered with Michael McIntyre. In 1915, McIntyre partnered with Harry Richardson, and they established The Original American Kazoo Company which began producing metal kazoos. They are still in production today in Eden, NY.

During World War I, another instrument made the scene. Larger and little more cumbersome for a child to manage, the bazooka was also touted as an instrument anyone could play (and build).

HOW TO OBSERVE

Play the kazoo and take the quiz on Today’s Trivia! Use #NationalKazooDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Founded in 1983 by Chaplin Willard Rahn of the Joyful Noise Kazoo Band, National Kazoo Day was created to celebrate the humble kazoo and all the infectious joy it brings to people of all ages.

On Deck for January 29, 2019

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