MAY 12, 2021 | NATIONAL LIMERICK DAY | NATIONAL SCHOOL NURSE DAY | NATIONAL NUTTY FUDGE DAY | NATIONAL ODOMETER DAY | NATIONAL RECEPTIONISTS DAY | NATIONAL FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL THIRD SHIFT WORKERS DAY
NATIONAL LIMERICK DAY
Observed annually on May 12th, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author, and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888). Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose, and limericks.
The day also celebrates the limerick poem. Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846. A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. Within a limerick, there are five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth line rhyme together.
The Limerick also has a particular rhythm which is officially described as anapestic trimeter.
THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY
By Edward Lear
There was a Young Lady whose chin
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.
While Lear is credited with popularizing the Limerick, the poetry style existed long before the publication of his book. Even so, the Limerick celebrates fun turns of phrase, rhythm, and humor in short form. It also plays with words and peoples’ expectations.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLimerickDay
Enter a Limerick contest with a poem of your own. Read and share your favorite Limericks using #NationalLimerickDay to post on social media. If you don’t have a favorite, try reading Looney Limericks compiled by Frank Jacobs.
You can also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects to help you Celebrate Every Day!
NATIONAL LIMERICK DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of this poetry day. However, the day has been observed since at least 1984.
NATIONAL SCHOOL NURSE DAY
National School Nurse Day on the Wednesday of National Nurses Week honors all school nurses who care for the children in the schools every day. School nurses promote learning through healthy children.
School nurses are often the first place a student thinks to go when they don’t feel well or have been hurt. But they also provide a wealth of information that supports a successful education as well. The observance reminds us of all the reasons the nurse is available to your school. They provide more than bandaids for scrapes on the playground and check for fevers when a child shows the first sign of illness. School nurses are first responders for medical concerns and administer mid-day doses of medication.
They advocate for students, too. In a school setting, school nurses make referrals for pediatric care when necessary. As a team member, school nurses play a vital role in guiding students to healthy lifestyles.
All the roles of a school nurse lead to healthier students who are better prepared for learning.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSchoolNurseDay
Thank a school nurse you know! Send them a card of appreciation or a gift you know they will enjoy. Give them a shout out using #NationalSchoolNurseDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL SCHOOL NURSE DAY HISTORY
On July 4, 1968, the National Education Association established the Department of School Nurses (DSN), an association dedicated to the advancement of school nursing practice and the health of school-age children. Over the next few years, each state established its own school nurses association under the umbrella of the Department of School Nurses. In 1974, President Ford proclaimed the fourth Wednesday in January as National School Nurse Day. School nurses are now nationally recognized and celebrated for contributing to the health and well-being of the nation’s students. For more information on this day visit the National School Nurse Day website.
NATIONAL NUTTY FUDGE DAY
Each year on May 12th, National Nutty Fudge Day tempts you to indulge in smooth chocolate fudge filled with crunchy nuts.
A Western confection, fudge is usually sweet and delicious. It consists of combining sugar, butter, and milk, heating it to the correct temperature, and then mixing it while it cools to a smooth, creamy consistency. There are many varieties and flavors of fudge, with chocolate being the most popular.
In 1886, a letter was found written by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge a Vassar College student in Poughkeepsie, NY about her Baltimore, MD cousin. It referred to a fudge her cousin had made and sold for 40 cents per pound. Hartridge obtained the recipe, and in 1888, she made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction.
Late in the 19th century, some shops on Mackinac Island, Michigan, began to produce similar products as the Vassar College fudge and sold it to summer vacationers. Fudge is still made in some of the original shops there today.
Many candy makers include pecans and walnuts when they prepare their fudge. As a celebratory treat, fudge makes a delicious gift. It packages well and recipients are often overjoyed to receive homemade fudge.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNuttyFudgeDay
Make a special batch of nutty fudge to share. Keep some for later and give some as a gift. If you’re looking for a recipe, we even have a recipe to share: Chocolate Nut Fudge.
Use #NationalNuttyFudgeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL NUTTY FUDGE DAY HISTORY
While National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this confectionary holiday, we’ll also pursue new recipes to share, too.
NATIONAL ODOMETER DAY
National Odometer Day on May 12th each year provides an opportunity to learn a little bit about the odometer.
An odometer is an instrument that indicates the distance traveled by a vehicle. It may be electronic, mechanical or a combination of both. The word odometer comes from the Greek words hodos meaning path or gateway and metron, meaning measure. In some countries, an odometer is called a mileometer, kilometer, or tripometer.
Odometers were first developed in the 1600s for wagons and other horse-drawn vehicles to measure distances traveled. Arthur P. and Charles H. Warner of Beloit, Wisconsin developed the first odometer for the automobile which appeared in 1903 and was patented as the Auto-Meter.
The brothers would also patent other items including a tachometer, paper making machine, electric brake, and power clutch. At one point their business, Stewart-Warner Speedometer corporation developed a thermometer for the motor. However, they faced a lawsuit for patent infringement which they ultimately lost.
Arthur Warner was one of the earliest pilots in America. His engineering curiosity led him to assemble and eventually fly a Curtiss Pusher airplane.
While technology has changed greatly since 1903, the odometer continues to track how far we have traveled. It also tells us how far we go in a single trip. Other gauges monitor fuel consumption and oil pressure, speed, and RPMs.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOdometerDay
Whether your odometer is at 0 or 999,999, this day is for new and classic car enthusiasts, too. Use #NationalOdometerDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL ODOMETER DAY HISTORY
While National Day Calendar continues to research this technology related holiday, we’ll check the tires and look under the hood for more information to share.
NATIONAL RECEPTIONISTS’ DAY
Each year National Receptionists’ Day on the second Wednesday in May gives recognition to receptionists and the valuable contributions they make to the companies where they work.
Receptionists are responsible for providing an excellent first impression to all customers, in person, and on the telephone. Their customer service skills play a vital role in each company’s image.
Not only do receptionists often serve as a company’s first impression either on the phone or in-person but they often maintain invoices, organize office maintenance, and inventory. Since they are the first person most visitors see, they often serve as the first point of security and safety, controlling the flow of who enters and leaves the office.
Many receptionists serve in multiple roles, too. They may be the one source for the company’s human resources assisting with benefits, new hires, and disability claims. While at the same time, they may occasionally serve as an administrative assistant when needed, too.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than a million receptionists in the United States.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalReceptionistsDay
Be sure to thank your receptionist for the work they do every day. Show your appreciation with flowers, gift cards, or their favorite coffee. Use #NationalReceptionistsDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL RECEPTIONISTS’ DAY HISTORY
The Director of the National Receptionists Association founded National Receptionists’ Day in 1991 to “gain awareness and appreciation of the role of receptionists in a business setting and to provide community and support for receptionists nationwide.”
NATIONAL FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS DAY
Each year on May 12th, millions of people observe National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. This day shares the spotlight with other May 12th awareness days such as International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases or International Awareness Day for MCS, ME/CFS and FM, which are observed globally.
Fibromyalgia affects more than 12 million Americans. It is a musculoskeletal syndrome and causes a variety of symptoms. Some of them include:
- widespread pain
- tender points
- incapacitating fatigue
- migraines/chronic headaches
- irritable bowel syndrome
- irritable bladder
- hypersensitivity to cold/hot
- fibro fog (inability to concentrate/focus)
- difficulty remembering
- decreased energy
- noise, light and odor sensitivity
- skin sensitivity
Symptoms may come and go, lasting a few minutes, an hour, a day, a week, a month, or a year. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of treatments and therapies focus on reducing the amount and frequency of pain. They also aim to improve sleep. Therapies such as exercise, massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic care aim to manage symptoms without pharmacological interventions. Prescriptions manage pain, improve sleep, and combat depression, too.
Learn more about fibromyalgia. Support those who have been diagnosed with the condition. If you have symptoms described above, seek medical attention from your physician for a referral or diagnosis. If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, continue to seek treatment or share the treatments that have worked for you. Use #FibromyalgiaAwarenessDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
The first National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day was observed in 1992 in honor of the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Historical documentation suggests Nightingale may have suffered from symptoms similar to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. For more information visit www.fmcpaware.org.
NATIONAL THIRD SHIFT WORKERS DAY
Each year, National Third Shift Workers Day on the second Wednesday in May recognizes the workers who face the night to keep businesses running, hospitals staffed, and streets safe. The day is also known as National Night Shift Workers Day.
Many businesses require 24-hour attention. Whether it’s a manufacturing facility in high demand or a processing plant that requires an overnight cleaning or cycle change, businesses function as efficiently as possible.
However, not all third shifts are in business. Hospitals, first responders, and nursing homes work 24 hours a day, too. Metropolitan areas of any size have employees working overnight to ensure the safety and reliability of water, power, and other infrastructure.
The day honors all third shift workers whether they rotate in and out of the shift or not. Regardless of their duties, the time of day they are performed can make life unusual and sometimes difficult. It recognizes their sacrifices, often missing special occasions and even everyday events because they sleep while the rest of the world functions on a 9-5 schedule. And when they do attend meetings, celebrations, and other events, they are often sleep-deprived.
Many third shift workers choose to work the hours because their spouse works the opposite shift making it possible for a parent to always be home with the children. Or, the choice is so they can care for a loved one who is ill. Of course, other reasons are that it is the nature of the profession they chose.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ThirdShiftWorkersDay
Celebrate a third shift worker you know. Leave them a token of your appreciation. Respect their hours and need for sleep at different times. Be understanding when they are unable to attend events. When you receive an invite from a third shift worker to join them for dinner or drink, understand that it might be a while before you receive another due to their unusual schedule. So take them up on it every opportunity you have. Use #ThirdShiftWorkersDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL THIRD SHIFT WORKERS DAY HISTORY
Jeff Corbett founded National Third Shift Workers Day to recognize those who keep businesses running, the lights on, and people safe throughout the night. Velcea Kay founded the similarly named National Night Shift Workers Day to be observed on the same date recognizing those same dedicated workers who flip their days and nights around so the rest of the world can rest safely.
The infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh is found dead ten weeks after being abducted from his home.
The United States Patent Office issued patent No. 2,040,248 for the Dvorak typewriter keyboard. According to its inventors, August Dvorak and William Dealey, the arrangement of the keys allowed for an increase in efficiency over the QWERTY keyboard design. However, the Dvorak keyboard never replaced the QWERTY keyboard despite many studies that support an increase (if minimal) in speed and efficiency.
King George VI’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey, London.
Former President Jimmy Carter visited Cuba. He was the first U.S. president in or out of office to visit the Caribbean country since the 1959 revolution.
Recipe of the Day
Name: Zucchini Slaw
Prep: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 10 minutes + 1 hour chill
2 small or 1 medium zucchini, coarsely shredded and well drained
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup coarsely shredded carrot
3 TBSP mayo
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1/2 TSP sugar
1/4 TSP salt & pepper to taste.
Mix dressing ingredients, toss in veggies. Cover & refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve.
Inspiration: Anne Knight
Florence Nightingale – 1820
Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of the wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” because of her habit of making rounds at night.
Baron Clemens von Pirquet – 1874
In 1908, the Austrian physician published his diagnostic skin test for identifying the presence of tuberculosis.
Katherine Hepburn – 1907
Katharine Hepburn shunned the traditional starlet roles of Hollywood. Her bold attitude and strong will stole the stage. At a time when women rarely held the reins in Hollywood, Hepburn steered a prolific career with twelve Academy Award nominations and four wins.
Yogi Berra – 1925
“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” ~ Yogi Berra
Born Lawrence Peter Berra, the American professional catcher played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball. As a player, Berra spent most of his career with the New York Yankees shifting into a management position. In 1965, he joined the Mets, temporarily coming out of retirement to play once more. His phenomenal career is highlight by 13 World Series championships as a player, manager, and coach.
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