NATIONAL NUDE DAY
On July 14th, laundry is unnecessary. It’s National Nude Day! Enjoy an air bath or explore the naturist movement.
One thing is for sure, the observance offers a way to keep cool on a hot, sticky summer day. Nudist groups around the world celebrate this holiday and take it quite seriously, too! Nudists (also known as naturists) are not perverts, even though their desire to go au natural might be offensive to the conservative population. They are individuals who believe the human body is most beautiful in its natural state. Whether or not you agree with them, nudists encourage people to shed the restrictions of clothing and be natural.
Noted for enjoying the natural state, Benjamin Franklin would reportedly take air baths by the open window of his room allowing the fresh air to drift around his birthday suit. The postmaster didn’t invent the naturist movement, nor did it take any particular nation by storm.
Its observance is firmly planted during the middle of the summer months for a good reason; the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mess around in January!
Some of the obvious benefits of the lifestyle include lighter luggage when traveling for vacation and as mentioned before, smaller loads of laundry. There are other benefits, too. Without the shields of clothing, the wrinkles and sagging that come with time cannot be camouflaged. Acceptance becomes very real and normal and reassuring.
However, wearing sunblock is still advisable during any outdoor activities. Watch out for poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Roses do have thorns, among many other plants and animals. When recommended, wear protective gear. Skateboarding comes to mind.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNudeDay
However you chose to celebrate this holiday, avoid breaking any Public Decency Laws. Learn about clothing-optional resorts and privacy fencing. Post on social media using #NationalNudeDay.
NATIONAL NUDE DAY HISTORY
The founder of National Nude Day is unknown. However, the holiday has origins in New Zealand.
NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY
One of the classic comfort foods earns a place of honor on July 14th. It is National Mac and Cheese Day!
Made with macaroni noodles, cream or milk, and the golden goodness of cheese, mac and cheese shines as a side dish while also standing on its own as a main dish. This meal reminds many of us of home while also teaching us the basics of the kitchen. What other recipes allow us to create so flamboyantly and often with so little knowledge about cooking?
From the classic mac and cheese with cheddar or American cheeses to the spicy cowboy mac with bacon and jalapenos, there’s a combination for everyone. Mix up the cheeses or load up on seasonings. It’s easy to get a toasty crust by setting the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time.
Mac and cheese offers a multitude of ways to enjoy it, too. As a soup, it warms us up after a long day. Stuff it inside a meatloaf or a burger for a meal made for a hungry, busy family. Roll up bite-sized bits in bread crumbs and deep fry for mouthwatering appetizers. Put your favorite mac and cheese between two slices of crusty bread. Then put into a panini press for some grilled yumminess. Whether we like it mild or spicy, mac and cheese has us covered.
Besides being simple to make, mac and cheese enables us to experiment with other flavors we enjoy. We break into our kitchen skills with mac and cheese, and it makes us look good. Sometimes the can opener doesn’t do that. On July 14th, celebrate mac and cheese not only because we love to eat it, but because it taught us we can cook, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMacAndCheeseDay
Enjoy some mac and cheese! Experiment with different cheeses or try it with toppings. Don’t hesitate to break out of your normal routine. This is no time to be ho-hum. It’s a celebration of a food that’s not only convenient but is versatile and delicious, too. Use #NationalMacAndCheeseDay to share on social media.
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NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY HISTORY
We were unable to identify the creator of National Mac and Cheese Day.
NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY
On July 14th, measuring twice means something extra on National Tape Measure Day.
Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut made the lives of carpenters, electricians, seamstresses, and countless other tradesmen and craftsmen easier. On July 14, 1868, Fellows was granted a patent for “Improvements in Tape Measures” that created a whole new era for measurement. Enter the generation of retractable tape measures.
The first recorded use of the tape measure goes back to the Romans, utilizing marked strips of leather. Before Fellows’ patent, Englishman James Chesterman designed a steel measuring tape, but it was expensive for its time. At $17 in 1853, it was equivalent to $300 in today’s U.S. dollars. Chesterman’s big, bulky design didn’t fit in a pocket or even a toolbox. When Fellows’ patent came along, tape measures became the sliced bread of the toolbox.
The tape measure we know and use now comes in a wide array of sizes, colors, and materials. You can find some smaller than the palm of your hand or bigger in lengths of 300+ feet. They are used for anything from DIY projects at home, by contractors, and in construction and at a much lower price. They are a standard tool in almost every household.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTapeMeasureDay
Purchase a tape measure and measure to your heart’s content. Keep one in your glove compartment, purse, junk drawer, backpack, and buy extra as gifts. They’re undeniably useful. Whenever space needs to be filled or a picture needs to be hung, a tape measure comes in handy. Who doesn’t have parts to replace? You need a tape measure for that. Do you have a honey-do list? Celebrate your tape measure. It’s summer, so there’s probably a watermelon seed spitting contest going on somewhere. Get out your tape measure!
Post on social media using #NationalTapeMeasureDay.
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NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the origin or the creator of National Tape Measure Day.
NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY
National Grand Marnier Day on July 14th recognizes a liquor that brings citrus notes to cocktails and desserts. Since the 1880s, we’ve been enjoying the fruits of Grand Marnier’s exquisite flavor.
Alexander Marnier-Lapostolle invented the orange liquor in the 1880s. His grand experiment pairing fruit liquors with cognac took 10 years to find success. When it did, Lapostolle gave birth to one very expensive liquor. The cognac concoction blended one of the most costly fruits of the time with a very strong spirit, too. The result was truly grand. Not only does it add a splash of citrus when mixed into drinks and desserts, but Grand Marnier can be enjoyed neat.
Grand Marnier is used in a long list of desserts including liquor cream buns, Yule log, cranberry sauce, Crepes Suzette, and Grand Marnier souffle creme bruleé. Grand Marnier is also used in the sauce of the roasted duck dish, Canard a l’Orange.
Some examples of the mixed drinks including Grand Marnier are Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Sidecar, Dirty Harry, Grand Mimosa, B-52, the Grand Marnier Smash, Grand Smash, Smash Marnier, Bloody Smash, Maced Marnier, Ace Marnier Smash, Frosty Smash, Smace, Grand Hound, Blood Pug, Clarke, Nogley and the Grand Marnier Fireball.
However, don’t stop at beverages and desserts. Add Grand Marnier for extra zest in your sauces and marinades. Your meat dishes will take center stage.
Enjoy a mixed drink with Grand Marnier. While you’re sipping your cocktail, why not make a dessert, too. We found some absolutely mouthwatering ones to try. Then, invite some friends over to celebrate the day with you. Remember to Celebrate Every Day® while you’re savoring your delicious dessert. Share it with your friends by posting #NationalGrandMarnierDay on social media.
NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY HISTORY
We were unable to locate the creator of National Grand Marnier Day.
French revolutionaries storm the Bastille.
The Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations opened at the Crystal Palace in New York City. President Franklin Pierce attended the opening as well as thousands of others. The first World’s Fair hosted in the United States followed the London Exhibition from the previous year.
Lincoln County New Mexico Sherriff Pat Garrett shoots and kills American outlaw William Bonney (AKA Billy the Kid).
The film Easy Rider premiered in New York City. Directed by Dennis Hopper, the film followed two bikers across the country. The film starred Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total Prep: 60 minutes
1/2 cup small pearl tapioca
3/4 cup water
2 – 1/4 cups 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar divided
2 eggs separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Soak the tapioca in water for 30 minutes in a 1-1/2 quart saucepan.
Do not drain any remaining liquid from the tapioca.
Lightly beat egg yolks and add to tapioca along with milk, salt and 1/4 cup of sugar.
Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes and stir frequently.
Beat together egg whites and remaining sugar until soft peaks form.
Fold in a portion of the hot tapioca into the egg whites, then carefully fold the mixture back into the saucepan.
Continue to stir over low heat for approximately 3 minutes.
Allow the tapioca to cool for 15 minutes, then add the vanilla.
Serve the tapioca warm or chilled.
As an added treat, top with fruit, nuts, whipped cream, cinnamon or other seasonal favorites.
Gertrude Bell – 1868
The self-taught archeologist and Oxford graduate (the first woman to earn first degree honors there), Bell explored even the world’s mountain peaks as an experienced mountaineer. As a linguist, she served in the role of mediator, specifically in the Middle East and the Conference in Cairo.
William Hannah – 1910
William Hanna partnered with Joseph Barbera and created many of today’s classic animated cartoons. Starting with the successful Tom & Jerry, the team would take us into the past with The Flinstones and fast forward us to the future with the Jetsons. Their studios would produce animated television shows well into the 2000s, including the popular Smurfs.
Woody Guthrie – 1912
Woody Guthrie’s folk music spoke to the working public. From his anthems to his poetic lullabies, Guthrie spoke and sang openly of the human condition or softly of its sweetest moments.
Gerald Ford – 1913
After the resignation of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford took the oath of office and became the 38th President of the United States.
Ingmar Bergman – 1918
The accomplished Swedish film director won his first Academy Award in 1961 for The Virgin Spring. In total, Bergman earned three Oscars, six Golden Globes and numerous international awards.
Jane Lynch – 1960
The award-winning American actress and comedian can be seen in the TV musical series Glee, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and several other shows and films.
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