SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 | NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY | WORLD BEARD DAY | NATIONAL TAILGATING DAY | NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY
NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY
Each year on September 1st, people across the United States recognize National Chicken Boy Day in honor of his September 1 ceremonial birthday.
Standing 22 feet tall and holding a bucket of chicken, this fiberglass statue of a boy with a chicken head stands along Route 66. Named after the former 1960s Chicken Boy Restaurant, he is also known as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles”.
The iconic statue remained in place at the restaurant until the owner died in 1984. At that time, Chicken Boy was given to Los Angeles art director, Amy Inouye, and was placed in storage until a suitable location could be found. Some twenty years later, Chicken Boy was moved to his new home at Inouye’s design firm. The result of the restoration of Chicken Boy was a community effort and donated funds.
A famous landmark on the historic U.S. Route 66, Chicken Boy was recognized by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in 2010.
- Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, Sacramento, California, 2010.
- Community Beautification Grant, City of Los Angeles, 2005-2006.
- California Preservation Foundation, Three Minute Success Story, 2009.
- Highland Park Heritage Trust Preservation Award, 2009-2010.
- Commendation, City of Los Angeles, 2009.
- Commendation, California State Assembly, Sacramento, California, 2010.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Wish Chicken Boy a “Happy Birthday” and use #NationalChickenBoyDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chicken Boy’s Day.
WORLD BEARD DAY
Every September, the luxurious landscape of facial hair becomes an annual event on World Beard Day!
Whether scruffy or carefully groomed, all those beard bearing persons step forward to celebrate the day. World Beard Day encourages competition between the bewhiskered. For those who have none, well, be prepared to pamper those who do or make yourself scarce. The mighty beard goes the spoils.
Throughout the ages, several famous and fabulous beards come to mind. The romantics may quote The Bard and wax poetic when reminded of Shakespeare’s Van Dyke style.
Another memorable speaker with a historically recognizable beard, Abraham Lincoln followed the advice of a young admirer. In a letter to the Republican nominee of 1860, Grace Bedell suggested that if he “let your whiskers grow” he might gain more votes. Lincoln went unshaven and a month later, he was headed for the White House.
Beards come in all sizes. The band ZZ Top can attest to that. Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill’s iconic beards help to identify the group’s image. Ironically, the one original member who doesn’t sport an epic beard bears the last name – Frank Beard.
Speaking of epic beards, the record for the world’s longest beard on record goes to Hans Langseth. Originally from Norway, Langseth immigrated to the United States. According to Guinness World Records, at the time of his death in 1927, Langseth’s beard measured 17 feet 6 inches long.
A modern-day beard with some amazing threads belongs to Questlove. Like other whiskered jawlines, the talented musician joins the ranks of famous beards around the world. These beards have it. Others just don’t.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Drop your razor, show off your well-grown beard and join events near you. Use #WorldBeardDay to share on social media.
Since 2010, the unshaven have been celebrating World Beard Day.
NATIONAL TAILGATING DAY
We know it’s autumn by the colors and scents of the season. Most notably, those colors are related to our favorite football teams and the smells of grilling burgers and brats at our tailgate parties. That’s why we recognize the first Saturday in September as National Tailgating Day!
Tailgating is the custom of gathering outside the stadium before the game with fans of the same team for food, beverages and socializing. Gatherings often take place at the tailgate of a pickup truck or the trunk of a car, but neither are required. Grilling and beer are staples of the tailgate party, though chili competitions and recipe challenges are not out of the question. Come hungry!
The original tailgate is unknown. Many teams take pride in claiming this title, as they should. Some writers have suggested the many observers in attendance at the Battle of Bull Run at the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 with their picnic baskets and bottles of claret to be the very first tailgaters of all time. Perhaps.
Tailgating does center around the sport of football. While football has its roots in the game of rugby, it is generally accepted that the first football game in United States history was on November 6, 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton Universities. Fans arrived early to enjoy each others company and some food.
Much like building a community, tailgating hearkens back to a time when pioneering villages would come together to raise the framework of a building. Often followed by a large meal and perhaps a sporting competition of sorts, these harvest traditions were looked forward to year after year.Those who tailgate come back every year,
Those who tailgate come back every year, weekend after weekend. Couples have met, families have grown, bonds have been forged, all
through the community of tailgating.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Put on your team colors, bring your game face, whip up your best batch of jalapeno poppers and get outside to watch your favorite team play this weekend! Use #NationalTailgatingDay to post on social media.
Post your tailgating pics on one of Tailgating Challenge’s social media pages:
Luke Lorick president of Tailgating Challenge founded National Tailgating Day as a way to share his passion for the sport of tailgating. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016.Tailgating Challenge is one of the largest tailgating companies in the world, and Lorick sees every day the joy and friendships tailgating brings to many Americans. To learn more about Tailgating Challenge visit the website at www.tailgating-challenge.com.
NATIONAL NO RHYME (NOR REASON) DAY
September is filled with many reasons to celebrate and some of the celebrations have “no rhyme or reason”.
National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, observed annually on September 1, actually celebrates words in the English language which do not rhyme with any other words. Also known as refractory rhymes, these are words that poets try to avoid using in verse.
Some unrhymable words in the English language include:
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make a list of words that you believe cannot be rhymed, and check if you are correct. Use #NoRhymeNorReasonDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the origin of National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day.
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