NATIONAL FUN AT WORK DAY
Fight the workday doldrums during National Fun At Work Day on January 28th! National Day Calendar makes it so easy to do when everyone around the workplace has a birthday for one example. Just head over to Search here! and enter any date for the current week (January 28 for example) to discover National Days to celebrate at work.
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 #FunAtWorkDay
Plan ahead and get the fun going. We supply a few ideas to make the day worth celebrating.
- Host a boss look-alike contest.
- Organize a chili cook-off.
- Go office to office singing random songs.
- Create a healthy potluck with a variety of fruits and veggies.
- Set up a corn hole game in the break room or in any appropriate space.
- Celebrate the National Days with National Day Calendar
Use #FunAtWorkDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL FUN AT WORK DAY HISTORY
NATIONAL KAZOO DAY
National Kazoo Day on January 28th recognizes 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 both comedic punctuations to just about any childhood song. If you can hum, you can play the kazoo!
Vest was inspired by an African horn called a Mirliton. The horn was 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.
Warren H. Frost first proposed the name “kazoo” when he subitted his U.S. patent application for a musical toy instrument.
The U.S. Patent Office granted Frost’s application with patent no. 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 a little more cumbersome for a child to manage, makers touted the bazooka as an instrument anyone could play (and build).
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKazooDay
Do you play the kazoo? We want to hear your music! You can also make a kazoo. Join a kazoo band or learn more about the kazoo! No matter how you celebrate, be sure to have fun doing it. Use #NationalKazooDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for ways to celebrate the National Days with your students.
NATIONAL KAZOO DAY HISTORY
Founded in 1983 by Chaplin Willard Rahn of the Joyful Noise Kazoo Band, National Kazoo Day celebrates the humble kazoo and all the infectious joy it brings to people of all ages.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PANCAKE DAY
On January 28th, National Blueberry Pancake Day brinks the sweetness of blueberries to your pancake, flapjack or hotcake.
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 #BlueberryPancakeDay
Whip up some pancakes with this recipe: Todd’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes recipe.
Use #BlueberryPancakeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PANCAKE DAY HISTORY
As we continue our search for the origins of this breakfast food holiday, another stack or two will hold you over. Add some real maple syrup and fresh blueberries, too. While you’re having seconds, be sure to include a dollop of real whipped cream. None of the fake stuff. Origin stories take time. Pancakes are forever.
DATA PRIVACY DAY
Data Privacy Day on January 28th reminds us each year to review how our data is used. It’s an excellent opportunity to take stock and evaluate our personal cybersecurity.
Our personal data is collected and used through a variety of media and for numerous reasons. Part of the problem is most of the time, the people who have access to our data, don’t need it. Additionally, it gets redistributed legally and illegally. Thanks to the internet, massive amounts of personal data can be easily distributed. While the information may be out there due to our own carelessness or privacy violations, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
- On any new device, set your privacy settings immediately. This includes new applications, social media, and programs.
- Never use unsecured WiFi – especially for banking or shopping.
- Check your bank and credit card statements regularly. When you spot anything questionable, contact the organization to stop payment on the purchase and cancel your card. In the same vein, check your credit report at least annually.
- Keep your software up to date. Out of date software is vulnerable to hackers.
- Never give personal information over the phone, email, or text.
- Stop taking online quizzes that ask random questions about your childhood, children, tattoos, marriages, pets, and favorite foods. Each time you take one of these, people trying to access your data gather a little bit more information about you that allows them to steal your data or identity.
- Use strong password phrases. The longer the password, the harder it is to break.
- Do not save your passwords on your device.
- Change passwords when your accounts may have been compromised or when you visit the dentist.
- Use virus protection and a firewall.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DataPrivacyDay
Take steps to secure your digital devices. Make a commitment to learning ways to protect yourself and maintain those tech-savvy practices. When you do, you and your family will be more secure.
For more tips, visit staysafeonline.org for tips on keeping your data safe. Use #DataPrivacyDay to post on social media.
DATA PRIVACY DAY HISTORY
The Council in Europe first initiated Data Privacy Day in 2007. Their mission grew to a global platform. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives recognized National Data Privacy Day. The United States Senate later recognized Data Privacy Day in 2010 and 2011. Since then, various groups and organizations continue supporting the observance annually.
January 28th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The first female detective in the United States dies of pneumonia. Kate Warne served as a Pinkerton detective for 12 years. During her career, Warne proved integral to thwarting an 1861 assassination plot against President-elect Abraham Lincoln.
U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 135,245 to Louis Pasteur for an “Improvement in Brewing Beer and Ale.”
The Danish toy building block company, Lego, filed an application to patent the interlocking plastic toy building blocks. Originally invented and designed out of wood by the company’s founder Ole Kirk Christiansen, the company produced its first plastic blocks in 1949.
Singer-songwriters from across the United States including Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Willie Nelson, Daryl Hall, John Oats, and Paul Simon came together as USA for Africa. They record the hit single We Are the World, raising over $63 million for Ethiopian famine relief.
Seven NASA astronauts tragically die when the space shuttle Challenger breaks apart 73 seconds after launch. Crew members included Payload Gregory Jarvis, Judy Resnick, Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Michael Smith, and Ellison Onizuka.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep: 45 minutes
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces cheese
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
4 eggs beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Grease a 9-inch tart or quiche pan.
Line the bottom of the pan with cheese and bacon.
Combine and whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour into the pan.
Bake for 35 minutes until set.
January 28th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Auguste Piccard & Jean Piccard – 1853
The twin brothers attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Auguste studied physics, and Jean studied chemistry. Their mutual interests in ballooning led to several scientific achievements.
Jackson Pollock – 1912
The abstract expressionist painter achieved critical success during his lifetime. Some of his most iconic works include Mural (1943), She-Wolf (1943), and Convergence (1952).
Anna Gordy Gay – 1922
In 1959, the record executive formed A.N.N.A. Records in Detroit, Michigan, with her sisters Gwen Gordy and Roquel Billy Davis.
Vera Williams – 1928
The award-winning children’s author was best known for her novel A Chair for My Mother.
Henry Morton Stanley – 1841
Popularly known as the explorer who found missing explorer Dr. David Livingstone who disappeared in Zanzibar, Africa. Upon reaching the weakened and ill doctor on Lake Tanganyika, Stanley said, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” Stanley was also a journalist, soldier, politician, and author.
Charles William Nash – 1864
Nash made enormous contributions to the automotive industry. He first served the industry at General Motors as Buick’s VP and as GM’s fifth president. In 1916, Nash established Nash Motors when he purchased Jeffery Motor Company.
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