MARCH 18, 2019 | NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY | NATIONAL SUPREME SACRIFICE DAY | NATIONAL SLOPPY JOE DAY | NATIONAL LACY OATMEAL COOKIE DAY | NATIONAL BIODIESEL DAY
NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY
On March 18th, we recognize National Awkward Moments Day. This is an annual day that every person can relate to as we have all had our awkward moments from time to time as they are a part of life; they just happen.
Awkwardness or embarrassment is defined as an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself.
Have you ever called someone by the wrong name, tripped over nothing, walked into a door, had the completely wrong words come out of your mouth or just forgot what you were doing? The list could go on and on. Sometimes, things just do not seem to go right, and something happens that may make you feel like you want to run and hide. Whether on National Awkward Moments Day or any other day, everyone has them.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Find the ability to laugh at yourself, see the humor in awkward moments and have fun with them. Use #AwkwardMomentsDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Awkward Moments Day.
NATIONAL SUPREME SACRIFICE DAY
March 18th is National Supreme Sacrifice Day. This day honors those that have made tremendous sacrifices for the sake and the good of others as well as those who sacrifice their lives every day for us.
We may most readily call to mind the men and women in uniform who have laid down their lives protecting their country and communities. This day also honors those who may have stepped forward during times of crisis to rescue a stranger or a neighbor and gave the supreme sacrifice that day.
These sacrifices don’t always come in uniform and are often unsung.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Remember someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice and use #SupremeSacrificeDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Supreme Sacrifice Day.
NATIONAL SLOPPY JOE DAY
National Sloppy Joe Day is observed each year on March 18th.
One of America’s all-time favorite hot sandwiches, it is often made with ground beef, onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, cola or maple syrup to sweeten it and seasonings to spice it, all served up on a hamburger bun or roll.
There are different claims to the origin of the sloppy joe. In Havana, Cuba in the 1930s there was a genuine bartender who gained popularity with vacationers who went by the name of Sloppy Joe. He earned his name for his less than enthusiastic way of cleaning the bar. He was, however, an attentive bartender, and the bar was a hot spot for the jet set.
However, no mention is found in papers from the era of a hot sandwich on the menu matching the description of a Sloppy Joe, and the man of the same name retired to Spain in 1933.
Reader Steven Hirsch wrote to National Day Calendar and informed us that Town Hall Deli in Maplewood, NJ has a direct connection to Sloppy Joe of Havana fame. It opened in 1927 and during the 1930s, Maplewood’s Mayor Sweeney traveled to Havana where he met the bartender named Sloppy Joe and was served a delicious sandwich. He came back to New Jersey and with a well-developed taste for Joe’s sandwich. The mayor enjoyed it so much in fact he asked one of Town Hall Deli’s proprietors, Fred Heinz, to replicate it. According to the website “It was made with coleslaw, ham, cow tongue, swiss cheese, with lots of dressing and was served on thin rye bread. Hence, the origin of the Sloppy Joe sandwich and how Town Hall Deli of South Orange became The Birthplace of the Sloppy Joe!”
Another claim on the sandwich is at the Ye Olde Tavern Inn by Abraham and Bertha Kaled in Sioux City, Iowa that had a loose meat sandwich on their menu in 1934.
Whoever brought the Sloppy Joe to the world, it was made more convenient when in 1969 Hunt’s put it in a can and called it Manwich.
Today many families have their secret recipes that make their Sloppy Joe’s special. Whether it’s an unusual spice, a novel ingredient for sweetening or a homemade tomato sauce, a Sloppy Joe lends itself to originality and personality. A new flavor is just around the corner. In the south, you might come across a barbecue flavor while in the north Sloppy Joe might be a little sweeter. Whatever your flavor, it is certainly an all-American food holiday!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy one of the following Sloppy Joe recipes:
Use #NationalSloppyJoeDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Sloppy Joe Day.
NATIONAL LACY OATMEAL COOKIE DAY
National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day is observed annually on March 18th. This day is sometimes also referred to as National Oatmeal Cookie Day (which is celebrated on April 30th). The difference between the two is that lacy oatmeal cookies are wafer-thin and typically accompany a scoop of ice cream or sorbet.
It wasn’t until the early 1900s that oatmeal became a major ingredient in the American diet. Originating in England, oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800s. It is believed that they were created after the oatcake. Soldiers used to carry oatcakes with them for a quick boost of energy during battle. Most research has found that the first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie recipe was written by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896. Considered as a “health food,” the cookies quickly became popular, and by early 1900s, a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats.
Oatmeal cookies are an excellent source of iron and fiber
There are many different recipes for the lacy oatmeal cookies. They can be made with a variety of oats, such as old fashioned oats, quick cooking oats, oat bran or oat flour. For a healthier cookie, add finely chopped or ground fruits (such as raisins) or nuts and use a sugar substitute. Lacy oatmeal cookies are often decorated with icing drizzled on top of the cookie.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy this delicious recipe: Lacy Oatmeal Cookies recipe.
Use #LacyOatmealCookieDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day.
NATIONAL BIODIESEL DAY
National Biodiesel Day is observed annually on March 18th. The day is the birthday of Rudolph Diesel.
Rudolph Diesel invented the diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900. The engine was originally designed to run on peanut oil, and R. Diesel was a big believer in the role plant oils could play in fueling America.
In a 1912 speech, Diesel said, “…the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present time.”
Biodiesel is a cleaner burning, petroleum-free alternative to diesel that can be made from animal fat, vegetable oil and recycled cooking oil. It is reducing U.S. dependence on imported diesel and creating green jobs as well as improving our environment. Biodiesel is America’s first advanced Biofuel and has become an increasingly popular fuel.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalBiodieselDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the origin and creator of National Biodiesel Day.
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