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Stay informed with fun facts and stories about what National Days we are celebrating today. Features Singer / Songwriter Anna Devere and the founder of National Day Calendar, Marlo Anderson.

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    June 30, 2022 - National Meteor Watch Day | National Bomb Pop Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 30th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a show that's outta this world and a rocket that keeps us cool here on Earth.   The Comet Swift-Tuttle is one of the largest extra-planetary objects in the solar system. Each year, this giant ball of ice and rock gives the people of Earth quite a show. Debris from the comet's long tail plunges into our atmosphere at 37 miles per second and burns up. This creates spectacular meteor showers known as the Perseids, which are visible from late July through August. On nights when the moon isn't as bright, sky watchers can see anywhere from 25-100 meteors per hour. But the Perseids aren't the only show in town. On National Meteor Watch Day, peel yourself away from your phone or TV and look to the skies for some out of this world entertainment. Doc Abernathy and James Merrit of Kansas City, MO were supposedly on a road trip when they came up with the idea for the bomb pop. It was 1955, during the height of the Cold War, when these two were inspired by a patriotic theme. Today the red, white and blue trio of cherry, lemon and blue raspberry still appeals to the kid in all of us. If you remember scrambling for change at the sound of music from the ice cream truck turning down your street, you'll remember your first bomb pop. Some original popsicle flavors have been retired, but the bomb pop is still the best way to stay cool on any given day in Summer. On National Bomb Pop Day, celebrate staying frosty with this iconic blast from the past. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 29, 2022 - National Camera Day | National Waffle Iron Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 29th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate capturing the moment and a breakfast favorite that inspired a shoe.  In 1838, Louis Daguerre set up his camera near the Boulevard du Temple in Paris. Then he took a picture. Today we are used to instant photos. Touch the button on your phone or camera and the picture is taken. But for Daguerre, the exposure time was nearly 10 minutes. This meant that if the subject wasn't standing perfectly still it wouldn't appear in the frame. For this reason, the busy Paris streets look abandoned in the photo. Except for one solitary figure in the lower left-hand corner: a man getting his boots shined. And this is the very first image of a human being caught on camera. On National Camera Day, be thankful that technology can now capture the moment. The waffle iron got its start in the Low Countries of the 14th century. These early metal plates heated over an open flame pressed images such as a coat of arms into batter. Something about all those extra nooks and crannies soaking up melted butter, syrup and jam can turn ordinary pancake batter into a special occasion. And for Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman, his wife's waffle iron inspired a shoe. Bill used the pattern to design a running shoe that would grip the road while remaining lightweight. The “Moon Shoe” and “Waffle Trainer” set Nike apart in the 1970s and they've been out in the lead ever since. On National Waffle Iron Day, cook up your own inspiration.   I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 28, 2022 - National Insurance Awareness Day | National Paul Bunyan Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 28th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate peace of mind and tall tales.   Just about everyone buys insurance in one form or another, most likely it's for their cars or homes. But there's one insurance company that does things a bit differently. Lloyd's of London offers policies for things most of us wouldn't even think to insure. For example, Bruce Springsteen insured his voice for $6 million. Keith Richards has his hands insured in case he's no longer able to play guitar. Both Heidi Klum and David Beckham have insured their legs, though for different reasons. On National Insurance Awareness Day, take the time to review your policies and coverages. Insurance is something you think you'll never need—until you do. Paul Bunyan first appeared in print in 1906. But it wasn't until 1914 that a logging company advertisement made the lumberjack with the red plaid shirt and his blue ox a part of American folklore. These tall tales fueled our imagination with larger-than-life explanations. His ax carved the Grand Canyon as he dragged it behind him. The Great Lakes became watering holes for Babe the big blue ox. Today there are statues of this legendary duo that remind us of the grandeur of our own natural resources. It's as if Paul Bunyan's character showed us how to take in the size and splendor of our precious country. On National Paul Bunyan Day, celebrate the tall tales that help us measure the worth of our own neck of the woods.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 27, 2022 - National Ice Cream Cake Day | National Sunglasses Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 27th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate staying cool under pressure and looking cool while you're at it.  On Memorial Day weekend of 1929, Tom Carvel was driving his ice cream truck around when he got a flat tire. He pulled into the parking lot of a local shop and watched helplessly as the ice cream began to melt. Staying cool under pressure, he decided to sell the slightly melted ice cream to passersby. The softer texture was a big hit and he quickly sold out his entire stock. Carvel soon opened a permanent store to sell the new style of ice cream and the name Carvel became synonymous with sort-serve and ice cream cakes. On National Ice Cream Cake Day enjoy this perfect way to have your cake and ice cream and eat them too.  Sure sunglasses are cool, but thanks to the Vision Council, most of us know they're our first line of defense from harmful UV rays. That doesn't mean you can't flaunt your own personal style! If you're going for “Risky Business chic,” why not try a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers like the ones worn by Tom Cruise? Fashion icon Jackie O. turned heads in her signature oversized glasses that are still popular today. And who doesn't like the anti glare benefit of a classic pair of Aviator glasses? On National Sunglasses Day, be sure to pick a pair that offers the best protection for your peepers.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 26, 2022 - National Beautician's Day | National Coconut Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 26th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate our best friends in beauty and adventurous fruits.  They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. With nearly 100 billion dollars spent each year on cosmetic and personal care products in the United States alone, that's a market that depends heavily on how we see ourselves. Regardless of economic downturns, these self-esteem boosters are high on our list. Products like lipstick trended upwards, even while folks stood in line for food during the Great Depression. Today we celebrate our trusted friends in our quest to be our personal best: our beauticians, barbers, aestheticians and cosmetologists. They know us in our weakest moments, when we can't face the mirror alone. And the transformation is much deeper than listening to our troubles while they whisk away our flaws. On National Beautician's Day, we celebrate those who help us find beauty in ourselves.  If you find yourself walking the beaches of Ireland or the UK, you may be in for a surprise. Yes, you'll see all the usual things like seashells and gulls, but you may also stumble across coconuts. How did these tropical fruits come to be found in such a far off locale? As unusual as it may seem, there is a perfectly logical explanation. Coconuts fall from palm trees in the Caribbean and get caught up in the Gulf Stream. The current picks up the coconuts and takes them on a journey across the Atlantic of nearly 4,500 miles. From there they wash up on beaches, much to the surprise of residents and tourists. On National Coconut Day, enjoy the exotic taste of this adventurous island fruit.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 25, 2022 - Summersgiving | National Leon Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 25th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate two winter holidays in the Dog Days of Summer.   The Saturday after the Summer Solstice, gather your friends and family to celebrate Summersgiving! This day is designed to combine all the fun of Summer with America's favorite Thanksgiving foods. It's a celebration of life rooted in gratitude, to be shared with the friends that make life fun. Everyone has a favorite holiday food or tradition, and Summersgiving lets you celebrate outside under the stars. What a perfect opportunity to expand this tradition to a broader circle of family and friends. With the season in full swing, the heat is probably getting to you. Take some cool consolation that Christmas is a mere 6 months away. It may sound a bit premature to be thinking about the holiday, but this is the perfect time to start planning for Christmas, especially if you are the crafty type. Why wait til the last minute when you can get a head start on the festivities? That doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying your summer. It means you have more time to get your ducks in a row. So hang by the pool, and know that you're way ahead of the game today on National Leon Day. If you're confused, don't be. Leon is just Noel spelled backwards!  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 24 - National Take Your Dog To Work Day | National Pralines Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 24th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate furry interns and sweet “nut-things.”  For those of us who work at home, every day is National Take Your Dog To Work Day. And these pups are truly lucky to be around their favorite person all day - you! There's the added benefit of playtime, treats, and tummy rubs which can break up work nicely. But if you work in an office, consider this: dogs at work can relieve stress and increase productivity, not just for you but also for your whole team! Don't be afraid to bring your pooch along, to celebrate the canine calming effect on National Take Your Dog to Work Day. There are lots of stories about the origin of the candy known as the praline, but they all point to the same 17th century Count. Apparently this lovesick Count asked his personal chef to create an irresistible candy that he could give out to the women he was courting. The confection, which was originally made with almonds, became very popular and was brought to the Southern United States by French immigrants in the 1800s. It was there that the candy was given a local twist, replacing almonds with pecans. The praline that we know and love in the States was born from this substitution. On National Pralines Day, celebrate your sweet tooth with this classic confectionary love note. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 23, 2022 - National Pink Day | National Detroit-Style Pizza Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 23rd, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate being in the pink and Motown pizza.   Some people have streets named after them. Others have landmarks. But not many people can say they have a color named in their honor. Madame du Pompadour, a mistress of Louis XV loved pink so much that a designer created a shade just for her. The color Rose Pompadour became very fashionable with European royalty during this time, and was used for clothing and fine china. While it may be traditionally associated with women's fashion, pink has been gaining popularity with men nowadays. If you're “in the pink” today, it means you are in good health, top form or condition. Though you may prefer to call it salmon, rose or fuchsia, on National Pink Day, we hope you're feeling uplifted with good reasons to celebrate.   8x10 is the size of a photo frame. Unless you're in Detroit. Here, an 8x10 or a 10x14 are pizza sizes. While New York and Chicago usually get all the attention, Motor City has its own spin on the Italian favorite. Their brand of pizza is similar to the Sicilian style—thick, square slices. But what sets Detroit-style pizza apart is the way it's constructed and baked. First, the dough is shaped into the pan, then the add-ons like pepperoni are placed on top, then cheese, then pizza sauce. This seemingly mixed-up order of ingredients prevents the dough from getting soggy while it's being cooked. If you haven't tried this type of pizza, National Detroit-Style Pizza Day is the perfect time to give it a whirl. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 22, 2022 - National Chocolate Eclair Day | National Onion Rings Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 22nd, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate carbs fit for a king and great moments in greasy spoon history.  Not much is known about the origin of eclairs, but we do know they became famous in nineteenth century France. Chef Careme is thought to be their creator, as he baked them at the Court of King Louis the 18th. The word eclair means flash of lightning, which may be a nod to its shiny frosting. Or it could be the speed at which Louis devoured his favorite pastry. Today, chocolate eclairs can be found in bakeries around the world, although they shouldn't be confused with the Long John. This is a doughnut that's shaped like an eclair with a cream filling and chocolate glaze. On National Chocolate Eclair Day, celebrate in courtly style, with the pastry that still goes down like lightning.   It's not often that a fried food becomes a lightning rod for controversy, but on June 10, 2007, that's exactly what happened to onion rings. After 6 seasons, The Sopranos took its final bow. But rather than the series ending with a bang, it ended with the main character sitting in a diner, eating an onion ring. The frustration at this show's “big finale” is understandable, but so is the moment of solace that Tony Soprano gets from this diner grub. Usually French fries get all the love, but there's really nothing better with a burger than a crispy order of onion rings. Whether thickly battered or lightly fried, this comfort food is absolute heaven. On National Onion Rings Day, hook up your meal with the side dish that truly satisfies.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 21, 2022 - Go Skateboarding Day | National Selfie Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 21st, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate shredding the half pipe and the need to overshare.   The Z-boys were a group of Los Angeles teenagers who rode the waves near the Santa Monica pier. On days when the ocean was too calm for surfing, they would go skateboarding. In the early 1970s, there was a major drought in Southern California and when pools began to dry up, the teens found a silver lining to the situation. They skated the walls of empty pools, which was the origin of skate parks and half-pipes that every skateboarder knows today. Without the Z-boys, there would never have been a Tony Hawk or X-Games and skaters everywhere owe these kids a debt of gratitude. On Go Skateboarding Day, grab your longboard and cruise the streets or get out to the skate park and start shredding. Selfies are more popular than ever, as folks can't seem to resist sharing every aspect of their lives. There are even categories of selfies that express our favorite moments. Duck face selfies need no explanation along with selfies we take in the car. Foodie Selfies show off our good taste in meals, and Pet Selfies capture how much we look like our pets. Travel Selfies show off the places we go and Celebrity Selfies are a big boost on Social Media. If you're looking extra glamorous or buffed out at the gym, Selfies capture that air of confidence. And perhaps most popular of all are the Bestie Selfies that feature the folks who always make us look and feel our best, no matter what we are up to. On National Selfie Day, celebrate sharing what you care about the most.   I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 20, 2022 - National Turkey Lovers Month | National American Eagle Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 20th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate great birds in history.  Benjamin Franklin once said that the turkey was “a Bird of Courage… '' that would not hesitate to attack any British soldiers who dared to step foot onto their farm. This argument did not win the day when choosing our Nation's mascot and unfortunately for the bird is loved today for very different reasons. June is National Turkey Lovers Month and while the bird was passed over as a mascot, it's still a go to protein for meat eaters and a formidable foe on the farm. Celebrate your love for turkeys with a burger or a trip to the petting zoo depending on which camp you're in.  After the United States became a sovereign nation, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers requested that a Presidential Seal be made. But it took nearly 6 years to find an acceptable design that Congress could agree on. It's the one we know today, with a Bald Eagle as the focal point, and its appeal was nearly unanimous. Well, nearly. Ben Franklin thought the illustration made the eagle look like a turkey. Thankfully, Ben was outnumbered on this one and the eagle took its place as the symbol of our country. On National American Eagle Day, we celebrate the majestic bird that still inspires us to reach great heights. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 19, 2022 - National Watch Day | Father's Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 19th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate timeless timepieces and the guys we look up to.   For hundreds of years after their invention in the 1500s, watches were carried in pockets or worn on chains around one's neck. Wristwatches didn't become popular with men until the early 1900s, and then only out of necessity. During World War I, soldiers wore timepieces on their wrists in order to keep both hands free to load and fire weapons. Soldiers grew so accustomed to wearing them that watches became all the rage after the Great War even for civilians. Not only were they functional, they were also viewed as quite masculine because of the connection to the military. On National Watch Day, celebrate the timepiece that keeps on ticking. Marlo, you have a watch that also keeps track of your steps, eh? Father's Day was made for honoring the guy in your life who taught you how to fish or ride a bike. Maybe you haven't always seen eye to eye, but just for today give your dad the celebration of his choice. Fortunately there's something for everyone. If your dad likes to lay around on the couch and eat lasagna, you could celebrate National Garfield The Cat Day together. Or fire up the grill and cook turkey burgers for National Turkey Lovers' Day. And if your dad likes gadgets there's always National Watch Day to inspire some new gear as a gift.   No matter how you celebrate Father's Day, spending quality time together is the very best present of all.   I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 18, 2022 - National Splurge Day | National Go Fishing Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 18th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate side splitting self care and relaxing hobbies.   Today is about the ultimate in self care - “the splurge!” Splurging is that “certain something” that makes you feel spoiled in your own special way. It might be extra whipped cream on your latte, a great bottle of wine or a gadget that would make your life easier. But if you're like me, splurging means ordering whatever you please from the menu. And if you happen to be in Kingman, AZ, Mr. Dz Diner is the perfect place to do just that. John, what was that thing you ordered on our last trip to Mr. Dz? I believe there's an unwritten law that calories consumed on a road trip don't count. So give yourself permission to celebrate the best life has to offer on National Splurge Day. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you can expect him to disappear for hours on end. No, that's not how the proverb goes, but anyone who has ever stood on the water's edge with a fishing rod in hand knows it's a great way to spend an afternoon. Sure, some people take fishing very seriously and won't be content unless they reel in the big one. But plenty of folks are happy to patiently wait for a tug at the end of their line, while enjoying the peace of the great outdoors. Bragging about the one that got away is optional. Today is the perfect excuse to get outside and cast a line. On National Go Fishing Day, cast your cares aside too as you head on down to the old fishing hole.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 17, 2022 - National Apple Strudel Day | National Mascot Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 17th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a dessert that keeps on rolling and a mascot who keeps us laughing.  The German word “strudel” literally means “swirl,” which makes sense if you think of its whirlpool shape. This flaky, fruit-filled pastry was created in 1696 and became very popular during the Habsburg Dynasty. Today apple strudel is still one of Austria's most famous dishes, but you may not know that at one time it was also the official state pastry of Texas. That's because German settlers brought strudel to America and won over this part of the country. While many flavors of strudel exist both savory and sweet, the apple kind has remained a favorite. This is probably because apples can be found during good times and bad, and on National Apple Strudel Day, you can count on this dessert to inspire celebration.  In 1974, Ted Giannoulas was hired to dress in a chicken costume for an event at the city's world-famous San Diego Zoo. Ted was a big fan of the Padres baseball team and worked out a deal to wear the costume during games. His intent was to be able to watch the Padres for free, but the mascot's appearances at games became a sensation. Even when the team wasn't playing well, people would show up to the stadium simply to see the San Diego Chicken's antics. Dancing, chasing around players, joking with the umpires…he did it all. For nearly 50 years, the Chicken entertained audiences and became the most famous team mascot of all time. On National Mascot Day, celebrate the folks who are willing to “take one for the team” to keep fans entertained even when their teams are stinking it up on the field I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks fo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 16, 2022 - National DJ Month | National Fudge Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 16th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate profitable pastimes and candies.   There was a time that if you wanted to listen to music in public, there needed to be a live band. But Jimmy Savile changed all that in 1943, when he threw the world's first DJ dance party in Otley, England. He played jazz records at the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds and was the first DJ to use twin turntables, a setup DJs still use to this day. Later that decade, the first disco club opened in Paris, France, called Whiskey a Go-Go. Since then, the disc jockey has become a fixture in popular culture and is an integral part of getting pop music to the masses. June is National DJ Month, when we celebrate the folks who keep the world singing and dancing. From her desk at Vassar College, Emelyn Hartridge wrote that a classmate's cousin had sold a pound of fudge for 40 cents. She hatched a plan to make up a batch for the Senior Auction that year and the entrepreneur spirit quickly spread. Soon other women's colleges had developed their own recipes and by 1888 fudge fever was afoot. Young women dodged curfew and cooked up the candy over gas lamps in their dorm rooms. Fudge was seen as an indulgence, which probably fueled the rebellion. But regardless of who cooked it up first, candy stores on Mackinac Island, Michigan put this treat on the map. Today gift shops across the country carry all sorts of flavors and on National Fudge Day, it's easy to celebrate the candy that still sells like hotcakes. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 15, 2022 - National Megalodon Day | Nature Photography Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 15th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate deadly creatures and amazing views.   The Great White Shark is one of the most deadly predators on Earth. But it looks positively tame when compared to its great great great granddaddy—the Megalodon. This prehistoric fish hunted throughout the world's oceans until about 3.5 million years ago when it went extinct. Based on fossils, the Megalodon was about 50 feet in length, making it not just the biggest shark ever, but also one of the biggest fish ever. So big, in fact, that its name literally just means big teeth. It used to feed on whales and its open mouth measured 10 feet across—large enough to swallow a couple full grown humans whole. Luckily, people weren't around at the time to witness this monstrosity in the flesh. On National Megalodon Day, celebrate by learning more about one of the ocean's deadliest creatures.   Have you ever noticed how being out in nature can automatically boost your mood? On Nature Photography Day why not bring that feeling home with you? Most smartphones take amazing pictures, and you don't have to be an expert like Ansel Adams to capture the moment. Great pictures tell great stories, and this is your chance to bring your vision to life. Sharing them on Social Media can inspire others to take in their own view. We could all use a break and the natural world is a ready oasis, even if your National Geographic adventure extends only to the backyard. On Nature Photography Day, answer the call of the wild and watch your day get a little brighter.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 14, 2022 - National New Mexico Day | National Bourbon Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 14th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate inspirational bears and distinctly American tastes. In 1950, a large and destructive wildfire tore through the mountains of south-central New Mexico. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they found a tiny bear cub hanging on to the top of a charred tree. Rangers took him in and nursed him back to health and gave him a name—Smokey Bear. This little guy became a mascot for the United States Forest Service as well as the face of fire prevention and forest conservation. When he passed away in 1976, his remains were returned to the mountains where he'd been rescued so many years before. There's even Smokey Bear Historical Park built in his honor. On National New Mexico Day, we celebrate the Land of Enchantment and all its citizens, even the four-legged ones. Countries around the world have their own distinct take on alcohol. Russia has vodka. Japan has sake. And here in the United States, we have bourbon. It's widely believed that whiskey can only be considered bourbon if it comes from Kentucky. That's not true, but there are some specific legal requirements for every alcohol that wants to be labeled bourbon. First, the grains used to produce it must be at least 51% corn. And it must also be aged in charred oak barrels. The aging process is what gives bourbon its distinctive taste. If you're an aficionado, you already know this makes all the difference in the world. On National Bourbon Day, enjoy a glass of this distinctly American drink.   I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 13, 2022 - National Sewing Machine Day | National Weed Your Garden Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 13th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a persistent inventor and persistent weeds.   Elias Howe patented the sewing machine in 1838, but didn't make any money selling it. In fact, he was living in poverty until he realized that other manufacturers had been ripping him off and selling lots of sewing machines in the process. So he sued them. All of them. And he won each lawsuit, earning himself millions of dollars. But what really brought the machine to the masses was his collaboration with Isaac Singer, who had invented a sewing machine that was totally different, except for one thing. Singer licensed the needle design from Howe, who took a cut of every machine sold, and the rest is history. On National Sewing Machine Day, celebrate a revolutionary invention that's kept us in stitches for more that 150 years! In the early 1900s, farmers in the Southeastern United States found a plant that provided an inexpensive way to combat soil erosion. It was called kudzu. It does do that, but it also kills other plants by smothering them and cutting off any nutrients. And it grows like wildfire. Kudzu can grow a whole foot in one day and in just a few decades it has covered the landscape from Florida up to New Jersey and as far west as Texas. And there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. So when you're in your backyard complaining about dandelions and crabgrass on National Weed Your Garden Day, remember that it could be a lot worse.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 12, 2022 - National Red Rose Day | National Jerky Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 12th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate floriography and tasty health food.  Floriography, the process of communicating via flowers and their arrangements, was developed during the Victorian era. For example, a bouquet containing verbena is asking for your prayers. A bouquet with yellow tulips is saying that the sender loves your smile. And birdsfoot trefoil means that someone is looking for revenge. But the most timeless symbol of floriography is the red rose. It symbolizes romantic love in its purest form. Henri Matisse once said “There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” On National Red Rose Day, give someone you love a subtle hint with a bouquet of these classic blooms. Stopping in at a convenience store is typically about 2 things, getting gas or buying snacks. And many times, that snack is a bag of jerky. This food once served an important role in global exploration, especially in cold climates. Fur traders in Canada used jerky and other dried foods because the fresh stuff was often in short supply. Expeditions to the North and South Poles carried a type of jerky called pemmican because it weighed less and took up less space in their packs. Plus, it had good nutritional content, perfect for sustaining the explorers on their long treks. On National Jerky Day, celebrate this delicious snack that can keep you going on your local expeditions. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 11, 2022 - National Corn On The Cob Day | National German Chocolate Cake Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 11th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate Summer's best veggie and a confusing cake.   Americans love fresh corn and, on average, eat about six pounds per person each year. During summer cookouts, it's arguably the most popular food other than burgers and hotdogs. But some people take their love of corn to the extreme. The National Sweet Corn Eating Championship is held each year in West Palm Beach, Florida and attracts corn aficionados from around the world. Carmen Cincotti from New Jersey holds the record for most corn on the cob eaten in a 12-minute span. In 2019, Cincotti wolfed down 61.75 ears. That's roughly 38.5 lbs of corn, more than enough to last someone for several summers. On National Corn on the Cob Day, celebrate with some sweet corn of your own. But go slow and savor it. German chocolate cake…it's a luscious dessert straight from Germany, right? Nope. The cake is actually named after the man who invented it: Sam German. The thing that made it stand out from traditional chocolate cakes was its use of sweet, rather than dark baking chocolate. Plus the frosting with coconut and pecans. For years, it was known as German's Chocolate Cake, but wasn't particularly popular until the 1950s when a newspaper in Dallas, Texas brought it to the public eye. And somewhere along the way, the apostrophe S got dropped, giving it the somewhat confusing name we know today. There's no confusion about how delicious it is though, so go ahead splurge on National German Chocolate Cake Day, with a nice big slice. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 10, 2022 - National Movie Night | National Ballpoint Pen Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 10th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate movie classics and disappearing ink.   It's estimated that since the beginning of film, there have been about 500,000 feature-length movies made. And although it fluctuates from year to year, the genre that has earned the most money worldwide is Action. The all-time highest-grossing film is Avatar, with over $2.8 billion in ticket sales. Unless you adjust for inflation. Then the top film ever is Gone With The Wind, which has grossed the equivalent of $3.75 billion since its release in 1939. You've got thousands of options to celebrate National Movie Night, so get that popcorn popped and pull up on the couch with one of your favorites—movies and people. Considering how quickly they disappear from desks, ballpoint pens can seem like a precious commodity. And when they were first introduced in America in 1945, they were priced as if they were. The first ballpoint pen sold in the United States, the Reynolds Rocket, was priced at $12.50, which is the equivalent of nearly$150 today. Despite the hefty price tag, the Reynolds company sold nearly 1.5 million units that year. Today, over 3.5 billion of these pens are imported into the United States annually. Safe to say that they've become an integral part of everyday life, even if you can never find one when you need it. On National Ballpoint Pen Day, celebrate the ordinary item we can't seem to live without. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 9, 2022 - National Donald Duck Day | National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 9th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the bird that still quacks us up and Summer's best sweet tart duo.   Donald Duck was first introduced to the world in 1931 in a book called The Adventures of Mickey Mouse. In the story, he and several other animals join Mickey and Minnie for a hoedown at a local barn. The story isn't that significant, but something in the book is—it's the first and only time that Donald ever wore pants. Plus, the pants and matching hat were green, so maybe that just means he hadn't yet joined the Navy. That outfit didn't make an appearance until his first film role in 1934. Today, we celebrate the crazy, foul-tempered little duck who plays second fiddle only to Mickey, Mr. Donald Fauntleroy Duck. Yes, that's really his middle name. Happy National Donald Duck Day! It will probably come as no surprise that rhubarb was initially produced as a medicine. The first recorded use dates back to 2700 BCE. Today we know that rhubarb is high in oleic acid, although the leaves are toxic and the stalks must be cooked before they can be eaten. It's also a food that tastes much better when paired with sugar or sweet fruits. Strawberries to the rescue! This winning combination was first discovered in England and Germany, but we have gladly adopted its sweet, tart flavor here in the United States. On National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day, pucker up and celebrate a seasonal super star!   I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 8, 2022 - National Accordion Awareness Month | National Best Friends Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 8th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate polka paradise and pals who are the perfect fit.   Not many people have made a career out of playing an accordion. But then again, most people aren't Weird Al Yankovic. Since he burst onto the music scene in the early 1980s, Yankovic has been poking fun at other musicians. And while they made names for themselves with electric guitars and drums, Al did it his way—with kooky lyrics and his trusty accordion. The instrument isn't exactly cool, but it gives a distinct sound and, as Weird Al put it: “It's great, especially if you're a solo accordion act. You can get a whole lot of really cool sounds out of it and basically be a one-man band.” June is National Accordion Awareness Month, a perfect time to polka or dive into Weird Al's discography. Most of us choose our friends because they like the same things we do. But best friends aren't necessarily our twin. Take Bella the Labrador retriever and Bubbles the elephant. This pair met at Myrtle Beach Animal Safari after Bubbles was rescued from Africa. Their unlikely friendship was featured in the movie Ace Ventura II and even a Janet Jackson Video! What makes these two so special is their love of water. They can be found splashing around, playing catch and cuddling afterwards. And while your bestie might not double as a perfect leather sofa, On National Best Friends Day, be sure to show them love for being the perfect fit in your life! I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 7, 2022 - National Oklahoma Day | National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 7th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate feathered heroes and a frozen favorite.   In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, you can visit a museum that pays tribute to some of the lesser-known heroes of the American armed forces—the winged kind. Specifically pigeons. During World War II, over 55,000 of these winged messengers carried notes high above battlefields, delivering information that might otherwise be intercepted over radio or phone lines. The American Pigeon Museum & Library offers an in-depth look at how these birds helped shape American history, both in times of war and peace. On National Oklahoma Day, celebrate the Sooner State and all its citizens, winged or otherwise. While the most popular ice cream flavor is vanilla, it may surprise you that chocolate ice cream was invented first. The recipe for chocolate ice cream appeared in an Italian cookbook in 1692, but like most frozen treats, it came from popular drinks that were poured over ice. When the Spaniards conquered Mexico in 1519 they discovered the irresistible Mayan chocolate drink that would become the basis of the first frozen chocolate. Spanish explorer Alberto Garcia reportedly exclaimed, “In all my life I have never made a discovery so fine. This is not a taste, it's an emotion.” On National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, celebrate the scoops that still make us swoon!  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 6, 2022 - National Yo-Yo Day | National Drive-In Movie Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 6th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a toy that distracts us from life's ups and downs and a blast from the past.   Yo-yos were all the rage in the United States during the mid 1900s, but the toy has been around since ancient times. Pottery from Ancient Greece depicts children playing with yo-yos and images of the toy have been found in Egyptian art. In 18th Century France, the aristocracy found yo-yos very fashionable and royalty had them made of ivory and glass. But not all cultures thought of yo-yos as toys or fashion accessories. In the Philippines, hunters used them as weapons, hiding in trees and dropping the yo-yo onto their prey. On National Yo-Yo Day celebrate life's ups and downs with this fun, classic toy. If you're looking for a fun way to spend a Summer's night with the whole family, consider the drive-in movie. While they're not exactly new, once upon a time, these theaters looked a lot different. In Long Island, New York one of the largest drive-in theaters boasted 29 acres that could fit 2,500 cars. It also had a full-service restaurant with rooftop seating, a trolley system to take kids to the playground and indoor seating in case of bad weather. Though drive-in theaters fell out of fashion for a time, today they're making a comeback. With better sound, digital projection, and more restaurant-like concession stands, you can celebrate National Drive-In Movie Day in futuristic comfort. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 5, 2022 - National Moonshine Day | National Veggie Burger Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 5th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate potent potables and primal plant protein.  If you've ever seen someone in a movie pick up a jug with three Xs on the label, you know that it's moonshine. Everyone assumes that the X is just a mark invented by Hollywood, but it's not. In fact, the marks are used as a way to track moonshine's production. An X is added to the jug after each round of distillation. The first round produces some strong but nasty-tasting alcohol known as singling. A couple more rounds gives distillers the nearly pure alcohol we know as moonshine and that's how it earns the three Xs. In some cases, the stuff can get to nearly 200 proof and is almost guaranteed to pack a punch. Proceed with caution as you raise a glass of legal moonshine to celebrate National Moonshine Day. It used to be that vegetarians were a bit on the outside of cookouts. Sure, there were veggie burgers, but they were made of beans or soy and most of the time they didn't hold up on the grill. So maybe you ended up eating some... potato salad…or maybe a roll with cheese on it. But now there are options for people who avoid animal protein: plant-based burgers that taste like…well, actual meat. Thanks to the Impossible Burger and similar brands, non-meat eaters can feel more included at backyard barbecues. On National Veggie Burger Day, celebrate the plant based stuff you can really sink your teeth into. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 4, 2022 - National Black Bear Day | National Cheese Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 4th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the teens of the animal world and the world's rarest cheese.   Black bears are pretty cool animals, but they act like moody teenagers. These bears are introverts, choosing to spend a great deal of their lives alone. But each summer, they get social, meet up with other bears just long enough to find a mate, then retreat back to solitude. And of course they hibernate—sometimes for up to 7 months out of the year. If and when they give birth, the kids get to stick around for about a year and a half before being sent off into the world. On National Black Bear Day, celebrate these curious and surprisingly quiet creatures - just keep a safe distance! Today we celebrate an ooey, gooey comfort food - delicious cheese! This all time favorite can be found in every corner of the world, though it's made from a variety of ingredients. One of the rarest of these is the cheese that's made from moose milk. At the Elk House farm in Sweden, it takes three moose to produce milk at the rate of 5 liters a day between May and September. But at a price tag of $500 per pound for the finished cheese, it's definitely worth all the trouble . Kinda makes good old cheddar seem like a bargain. If you're up for adventure visit the Swedish farm on National Cheese Day. Or grab a slab of something a little closer to home. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 3, 2022 - National Repeat Day | National Doughnut Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 3rd, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate life “on repeat” and our favorite comfort food.   Everyone has found themselves in a conversation with someone who talks too much. According to Greek mythology, it even happened to the goddess Hera. A nymph named Echo started talking to Hera and just. wouldn't. stop. The goddess became so annoyed that she put a curse on Echo—from that day on, the nymph could only repeat the last word that someone else said. Over the years, it got worse and worse until Echo simply faded away into just a sound. And if you've ever been near a canyon, you've heard her. It's National Repeat Day, and you can repeat fun things like snacking over and over. Or you can repeat what your friends say. But be careful who you do that to. Some people really don't like it. Doughnuts are so delicious that most people like to celebrate them every day. But the very first Doughnut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served this comfort food to soldiers during World War I. They were known as the Salvation Army Lassies, and they bravely went to the front lines to deliver this treat and other morale boosters. Doughnuts were so prized that soldiers even used their metal helmets to heat the oil used to fry them up. This is why American Infantrymen were often called doughboys. On National Doughnut Day, celebrate the sweet treat that still serves up that comfortable feeling of home.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 2, 2022 - National Leave The Office Early Day | National Rocky Road Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 2nd, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate taking a break and smoothing the rocky road.  In the film Office Space, the main character Peter beautifully sums up office life: “Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to bosses drone on about mission statements!” Amen, brother. And yet here we are. Doing exactly that. But guess what? It's June. The weather is nice. And it's almost the weekend. So things are looking up. Take a little extra time today for you on National Leave the Office Early Day…and catch up on life a bit before you head back to work tomorrow. Sorry but you do have to go back. Around the time of the Great Depression, ice cream makers William Dreyer and Joseph Edy decided to try something new. Up until then, ice cream came in basic flavors, but a new refrigeration technology allowed for more ingredients to get mixed in. They dubbed their creation Rocky Road, which swirled walnuts and marshmallows into chocolate ice cream. This was a nod to the difficult times people were facing, and this silver lining flavor was a huge hit. At this point we should mention that Dreyer was likely forgiven by his wife for using her sewing scissors to snip up the marshmallows in the first test batch. On National Rocky Road Day, celebrate the good things in life and the small things that make the road a little smoother.   I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    June 1, 2022 - National Running Day | National Pen Pal Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to June 1st, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate going the distance and bridging the miles with words.  Centuries before the Pony Express delivered messages across the American West, the chaskis connected cities across the Incan Empire. The difference is that the chaskis did it on foot. Using a series of relays, these messengers sprinted through what is now Peru and Chile carrying messages from one end of the empire to the other. Some days, runners could cover up to 150 miles. If that sounds impressive, consider that the chaskis were doing it in one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. On National Running Day, lace up your sneakers and get your heart racing. Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were what you might call frenemies. They were very close as they worked on the Declaration of Independence, but had a big falling out after the presidential election in 1800. For the next 12 years, they didn't speak. But when a mutual friend died in 1813, Jefferson wrote a letter to tell Adams the bad news. Adams wrote back to say thank you and shared some of his memories. They slowly rebuilt their friendship over the next 13 years, corresponding until the day they died. And, ironically, they passed on the same day—July 4th 1826. On National Pen Pal Day, take some time to reach out to a friend or strike up a correspondence with someone new. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 31, 2022 - National Utah Day | National Smile Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 31, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a miraculous smarm and smile power. The California Gull is an official state bird—but not of California. It seems strange, but this bird that can sometimes be seen as a nuisance to beachgoers is a hero in Utah. Back in 1848, swarms of crickets descended on the crops of new settlers in Utah. Entire farms were at risk of being wiped out—until flocks of migrating seagulls arrived. The birds swooped in and feasted on the crickets until they'd completely eliminated the invading bugs. In appreciation, the state named the California Gull as its official bird. On National Utah Day, celebrate the Beehive State who appreciates all its residents both great and small. Contrary to popular belief, it does not take fewer muscles to smile than to frown. The simple act of smiling can use up to 53 muscles, while frowning takes only 11. But the good news is that all this upward, facial exercise is actually good for your health. Psychologists say that a smile can instantly improve your mood, even if you have to force it. And smiles relax our bodies too, which is good news for our immune systems. Not to mention the ripple effect this causes for those on the receiving side. You never know how a simple smile can change someone's entire day. On National Smile Day celebrate the exercise that not only benefits you, but also the world around you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 30, 2022 - Memorial Day | National Mint Julep Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 30, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we remember our fallen heroes and celebrate the spirit of the South. Of all the wars Americans have fought, none had more casualties than the Civil War—over 500,000 people in total. Memorial gatherings became a tradition each spring, with communities visiting the cemeteries to place flowers on the graves and pay respects. In 1868, General John A. Logan, declared a nationwide day of remembrance. A day “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country…and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” May 30th was chosen because it didn't coincide with the date of any particular battle. This eventually became known as Memorial Day, which we celebrate today on the final Monday of May. If you've ever been to the American South you have likely been offered one of two drinks. Sweet tea is consumed in this part of the country almost as much as water. But for the non teetotaler, nothing is more Southern than the mint julep. A julep is a sweet beverage that was once served to literally make the medicine go down. From there it graduated to a grownup cocktail that included water, gin, sugar, and muddled mint leaves. Today the mint julep goes hand in glove with the Kentucky Derby and is made with bourbon instead of gin. An estimated 120,000 mint juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two day event. On National Mint Julep Day, celebrate that sweet Southern style with this refreshing Summer drink. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 29, 2022 - National Coq Au Vin Day | National Paperclip Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 29, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate drunken roosters and amazing trades. You may not be impressed to see “Rooster with Wine” on the menu but any culinary expert knows that a good Coq Au Vin is the hallmark of French cooking. Dating all the way back to the days of Julius Caesar, the dish from the Gaul region features a braise of chicken, cooked with wine, salt pork, mushrooms, and garlic.  Marlo: “Did you say “bruised chicken?” Anna: No, braised, as in cooked in liquid.   Marlo: Oh, I thought that might be something they did in ancient times. Anna: Stay out of my kitchen, Marlo. Marlo: “With pleasure” Have you ever heard the story about the guy who traded a paperclip for a house? Kyle MacDonald, a Canadian blogger played the childhood game called Bigger, Better and started with a simple paperclip. The idea of the game is that you keep trading up for something bigger and better until you reach an item you would actually like to keep. At first Kyle traded his paperclip for a fish-shaped pen. After thirteen exchanges he found himself with a movie role, which someone offered to trade for their two story farm house in Kipling, Saskatchewan! Imagine turning an office supply into a house after only fourteen transactions. On National Paperclip Day, celebrate the simple things in life that are worth more than you think!  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 28, 2022 - National Brisket Day | National Hamburger Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 28, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate barbecue classics and popular patties. Brisket is one of the most prized cuts of barbecue meat, but it wasn't always so popular. In fact, it was once considered to be of very poor quality. However, that changed in the early 1900s when European Jewish immigrants arrived in America and made their way to Texas. Brisket had long been a staple of Passover meals because it was kosher. And since there were so many cattle in Texas, beef brisket was easy to come by. Ranchers took note of the way their new neighbors prepared brisket and made a slight change—instead of slow-cooking the tough cut of meat in an oven, Texans began to smoke it. On National Brisket Day, celebrate with a helping of this BBQ classic. Hamburgers are one of America's most popular foods, so it's no surprise that dozens of people take credit for their invention. The idea for a cooked patty of ground beef originated in Hamburg, Germany, and years later someone put the patty between two slices of bread. And those are the only details anyone seems to be able to agree on. This culinary superhero doesn't appear to suffer any setback from its lack of an agreed upon origin story, however, with places like McDonald's selling 75 of them every second! On National Hamburger Day fire up the grill or grab your favorite takeout for a flavor that always delivers the taste of home.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 27, 2022 - National Cooler Day | National Road Trip Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 27, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a portable fridge and the gateway to adventure. One of the most useful inventions to come out of World War II was styrofoam, which was originally intended as a replacement for rubber. In the post-war years, styrofoam got put to a new use—portable coolers. As Americans settled into suburban life, picnics and barbecues became popular, which drove the demand for a way to keep foods and beverages cold outside the home. Companies like Coleman and Igloo capitalized on the trend and soon the portable cooler became an everyday item. On the Friday before Memorial Day, celebrate National Cooler Day by loading up this portable fridge and heading to the great outdoors. Anna: So Marlo, we're packing a cooler and heading to Kingman, AZ today right? Marlo: I know, I'm so excited. It's gonna be great to finally time to celebrate National Road Trip Day! Anna: And we are kicking off the party from Kingman because it's the official Gateway to Route 66. Marlo: That's right. So look for us around town if you get there. Anna: Do you have a favorite memories from when we filmed our television show there? Marlo: Oh, probably the ribs and beer and music of course. Anna: I know, I'm bringing my kids just to go to Mr. Dz Diner and have a bottomless root beer float. Marlo: That is actually my favorite thing there. John: Did you guys say "bottomless root beer float?" I'm changing my name to that. Anna: It's so good! And Desert Diamond Distillery makes these chocolate rum filled candies that I still dream about. John: I wanna check out this guy's walking tour tell me about this. Anna: Jim Hinckley is amazing, he makes history fun and they've curated a whole walk about town with historical places and his stories to go with them and the man himself will be there. John: I am excited for that. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 26, 2022 - National Salsa Month | National Paper Airplane Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 26, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate living it up in “Salsaville” and flights of fancy. June 2010 was a great time for fans of tortilla chips—specifically those who were living near Jacksonville, Texas. Bob Blumer, host of Food Network Canada's “Glutton for Punishment” and 20 volunteers chopped up ingredients like tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and limes to create the world's biggest bowl of salsa ever. This record-setting feat resulted in over 2,672 pounds of the delicious Mexican condiment. Once the Guinness Book of World Records verified the feat, Jacksonville mayor Robert Haberle officially changed the name of the city to “Salsaville”—for the next 24 hours, anyway. May is National Salsa Month. Celebrate with some of your favorite Mexican food or just a big bowl of chips and salsa. Though “big” is relative, I suppose. You may think of paper airplanes as kid stuff, but some people take it very seriously. Ken Blackburn set the record for the longest paper airplane flight, when his craft stayed aloft for an unbelievable 27.6 seconds. In fairness Ken is an aeronautical engineer for the Air Force, who has written a few books on the science of folding paper airplanes. No doubt his skills would make even the Wright Brothers jealous. Try your hand at a tournament if you're feeling competitive about your own skills. Or you can just enjoy an easy pastime with the kids, who still love the simple thrill of watching something fly. Whatever you do on National Paper Airplane Day, celebrate the art of folding and flight. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 25, 2022 - National Wine Day | National Tap Dance Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 25, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate inspirational libations and moving to the beat of happy feet. According to Greek mythology, there were twelve gods who lived on Mount Olympus. Of the twelve, only one was part human. Dionysus held a special place for the Greeks, not only because his mother was human, but also because he created wine. This magical beverage, like Dionysus himself, could bring both joy and inspiration to those who drank it. It could, of course, also bring drama and craziness into people's lives—which is why the ancient Greeks considered the really zealous followers of Dionysus to be dangerous. But luckily they didn't ruin it for the rest of us. On National Wine Day, celebrate with a glass of this heavenly libation. Like so many things in American culture, tap dance is a melding of immigrant traditions. Irish step dancing, performed with clogs, and African juba dance, which involves rhythmic clapping and stomping combined to form the basis for a new form of dance. Tap dancing merged aspects of both dances, but added metal to the bottom of shoes, giving each step a musical quality. And that combination created a style of dance unlike any other. Vaudeville popularized tap, but it was made famous by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, who added a bit of ballroom flair to the mix. Astaire's dance in Singin' In the Rain may be the most memorable tap performance ever. Celebrate National Tap Dance Day by watching an old musical or by learning a few steps for yourself. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 24, 2022 - National Wyoming Day | National Scavenger Hunt Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 24, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate amazing monuments and baffling treasure hunts. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt established Devil's Tower as the first National Monument in America. This unique rock formation rises high above the Black Hills area of Wyoming and has long been part of Native American mythology. According to legend, the sides of the butte were carved up by a giant bear that was trying to claw its way to the peak, giving the rock its distinct appearance. In more recent times, Devil's Tower featured prominently in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, becoming a part of pop culture as well. On National Wyoming Day, we celebrate The Equality State, the first state to grant women the right to vote—way back in 1869. Off the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, lies the mysterious Oak Island. In 1795, Daniel McGuiness and his friends began digging a hole and encountered what appeared to be a man-made shaft. As more of the tunnel was unearthed, a rock was discovered with a coded inscription that, when translated, read: “Forty feet below, two million pounds lie buried.” Since then, Oak Island has turned into the world's biggest scavenger hunt, with treasure seekers looking for clues that could lead to a hidden fortune. Some have made discoveries such as parchments that, in turn, led them to other small treasures, like ancient jewelry or weapons. But after more than 2 centuries of digging, no one has found the big treasure. On National Scavenger Hunt Day, plan your own treasure quest, which is even more fun if it only takes a day! I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 23, 2022 - National Lucky Penny Day | National Taffy Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 3:00

    Welcome to May 23, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the luck you are given and the kind you make for yourself. The first one-cent coin in America was minted in 1787, and was designed by Benjamin Franklin. On one side, it read “Mind Your Business” and the other “We Are One,” though we're not sure which side counted as heads or tails. Pennies don't have much value, but finding one on the street is still a symbol of luck. If you abide by this superstition, be sure to pick up a penny showing “heads.” And if it shows “tails” flip the coin to heads and leave it for the next person. Who knows if this is what Ben Franklin had in mind, but on National Lucky Penny Day, celebrate the choice to pick up a little luck throughout our day. Life is full of happy accidents, it's all in how you look at things. Consider the story of salt water taffy. In 1883, David Bradley of Atlantic City, New Jersey walked into his store to find his entire supply of taffy had been covered in ocean water during a local storm. When a girl came in that morning to buy some candy, Bradley joked that he only had salt water taffy. She willingly tried a piece and found it was delicious, and then ran down the beach to tell her friends. Salt water taffy is now a mainstay at candy stores and gift shops everywhere. On National Taffy Day, celebrate the sweet solutions to any sticky situation. And thank your lucky stars for those big storms. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 22, 2022 - National Solitaire Day | National Buy A Musical Instrument Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 22, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate strange instruments and strategic goofing off. The most popular instrument in the world is the guitar. It makes sense if you think about its versatility in terms of genre. But at the other end of the spectrum, you'll find the theremin—one of the most uncommon musical instruments. Theremins are electronic and are played without touch. To make sound, the musician passes their hands through an electric field generated by the antennas, one which controls volume and the other frequency. The music it creates is pretty eerie, so you've likely only heard one in horror movies. Today is National Buy a Musical Instrument Day, so get out there and find something that suits your personal style, whatever that may sound like. The World Video Game Hall of Fame has honored such favorites as Pac Man, Super Mario Brothers and Halo. But one game in the Hall of Fame may surprise you, Solitaire. This game made its debut in 1990 and since then it's been played by more than half a billion people worldwide. Solitaire is also number three on the list of most frequently used Microsoft programs. Anyone who has ever worked in an office can tell you how happy they are that Solitaire exists. Otherwise, how would we make it through conference calls? On National Solitaire Day, celebrate the game for one that helps us goof off, while still being productive at work. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 21, 2022 - National Armed Forces Day | National Learn To Swim Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 21, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate those who inspire us on land, sea, air and space and also in the pool. After a few defeats at the hands of British forces, George Washington requested troops that could fight on both land and sea. On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution to create two Battalions of Marines to serve with the Continental Army and these men changed the course of the Revolutionary War. Since then, the United States military has expanded to include not just the Army, Navy, and Marines, but also the Air Force, Coast Guard, and Space Force. On National Armed Forces Day, we celebrate all the men and women who serve our country both past and present. At the age of 10, most kids are thinking about video games and homework. But not Carson Foster. At 10 years old, he was an avid swimmer and had been competing for a few years, aspiring to be like his idol—Michael Phelps. In 2012, he beat Phelp's record for the 50 meter butterfly by a full second. Phelps was so impressed that he sent Carson a selfie holding a sign that said “Congratulations Carson!” A few years later, at age 16, Carson broke another of Phelps' records. Watch out for Carson Foster, who may just break a few more records on the world stage. Celebrate National Learn to Swim Day by dipping your toes in the water. Who knows where this fun pastime might lead. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 20, 2022 - National Streaming Day | NASCAR Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 20, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate slowing down to the speed of streaming and life in the fast lane. There was a time when if you wanted to watch a season of an entire TV series, you needed to go buy a DVD boxed set. Then in 2012, Netflix changed that forever with a show called Lilyhammer. It's the story of a New York gangster who is living in Norway and it was the first streaming series in TV history. Nowadays, we are overwhelmed with original content from streaming services, but back then this was highly unusual. Although Lilyhammer was only a modest hit, this show paved the way for things like Bridgerton, The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, and all of the Marvel shows. On National Streaming Day, grab some snacks, curl up on the couch, and get binge-ing! During Prohibition, it became very popular in the Southern states to illegally distill the alcohol known as moonshine. Federal agents would chase down vehicles during transport and destroy the barrels, so bootleggers began to soup up the engines on their cars. With these faster cars, they could outrun the Feds. Once Prohibition ended, those really fast cars were going to waste, so people began to race the vehicles and that evolved into what we know today as NASCAR. Each year on the third Friday of May, we celebrate NASCAR Day. So get comfortable on the couch, crack open a cold one and get ready for the races. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 19, 2022 - National Egg Month | National Devil's Food Cake Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 19, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate colorful alternatives and sinful desserts. Buying eggs at the grocery store is a fairly bland affair when it comes to color—everything is either brown or white. Most of the eggs we buy come from a variety of chicken known as the Leghorn. But there are plenty of other chicken breeds that lay much more colorful eggs. There's a breed called the Cuckoo Blubber that produces blue-green colored eggs. If that's not your hue, a Maran chicken will lay you some red eggs. But perhaps you want even more color variety. Then check out the hybrid breed called the Easter Egger. This bird lays pink, green, and blue eggs and it's totally random. May is National Egg Month, when you can enjoy a variety of new colors and delicious recipes.  No one is quite sure where the name Devil's Food Cake came from. But these light, moist chocolate cakes made quite a stir when they popped up in Indiana. One of the first recipes appeared in the 1898 edition of the Hagerstown Exponent. Right in the heart of the heartland, folks were swooning over the rich results made from boiling water and cocoa powder. Perhaps they took off because they appeared side by side with Angel Food Cake recipes and offered a tempting alternative. On National Devil's Food Cake Day, celebrate taking a walk on the naughty side with a dessert that's sinfully delicious. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 18, 2022 - National No Dirty Dishes Day | National Cheese Soufflé Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 18, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the crafty cleanup and puffed up cheese. Cooking and then sharing a meal with loved ones is one of the best things in life. The cleanup afterwards…not so much. So thank goodness for socialite Josephine Cochrane. Her household staff had broken too many pieces of her good china during cleaning, so she came up with an idea for washing the dishes mechanically. Cochrane enlisted the help of George Butters to build the first practical dishwasher. Her invention debuted at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois and has been a mainstay in kitchens ever since. It doesn't matter if you use liquid or powdered detergent–or even whether you put the utensil handles up or down, on National No Dirty Dishes Day put that dishwasher to use! The word soufflé is a French word meaning to puff or to breathe. And many Americans hold their breath while making a soufflé, because frankly they can be hard to master. This is probably because there are so many ways to fail when baking one. You might whip the egg whites too much or too little. And don't even think about opening the oven door too soon or making a loud noise while they bake. The first recipe for soufflé appeared in 1742, and this culinary masterpiece is still regarded as a worthy challenge. On National Cheese Soufflé Day, celebrate by breathing new life into an old recipe that's sure to win over a crowd. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 17, 2022 - National Idaho Day | National Cherry Cobbler Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 17, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate stunning stunts and sweet substitutions. Shoshone Falls in Southern Idaho is known as the Niagara of the West, and boasts some pretty amazing views. But a little past the falls is one of the coolest attractions in the state. In 1974, Evel Knievel, the world's most famous stuntman attempted to jump the Falls. People around the world watched on TV as he launched off the ramp on a steam-powered rocket that he called the X-2 Skycycle. Unfortunately, Knievel didn't make it to the other side because the parachute deployed too soon and he crashed into the Snake River. If you're in the area, check out the Evel Knievel Jump Site, and on National Idaho Day, celebrate the Gem State in all its glory. They say that necessity is the mother of invention and in the case of cherry cobbler that need was for a pudding. I'm talking about British settlers in the American colonies who were longing for a taste of their hometown favorite, suet pudding. The problem was a lack of ingredients and the rudimentary ovens which most people had in the New World. But this episode of Dessert Impossible had a very happy ending. Clever bakers opted for stewed cherries instead of suet and when topped with biscuit dough, the substitutions were quite delicious!  On National Cherry Cobbler Day, celebrate the ingenious results of making due with what you have on hand.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 16, 2022 - National Love A Tree Day | National Barbecue Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 16, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate living history and a legacy of barbecue. In a country with as much history as Great Britain, you'd think the oldest thing there would be some sort of ruin. But oddly enough, there's a tree in Somerset County that outdates just about anything else in England—even Stonehenge. The Ashbrittle Yew has been around for over 3,000 years and was very important to the Ancient Celts. There is a burial mound beneath the tree that, according to legend, is the final resting place for the heads of invading Roman soldiers. Today, the tree is still going strong in the churchyard of the St. John the Baptist parish. On National Love a Tree Day, celebrate the natural world that will probably outlive us all. When you walk through the door of Floyd & Company Real Pit Barbecue, the smell of smoke triggers your appetite. Bubba Floyd left Tennessee and headed West with his family eventually landing in Kingman, Arizona. Like all transplants, he discovered a longing for home that was satisfied by building the Red Neck's Southern Pit BBQ trailer. Now there is a permanent home that carries the Floyd name along with “& Company,” which stands for all the folks who supported them these past 18 years. When you sample the perfectly smoked meats and sides that taste like family recipes you'll understand why. On National Barbecue Day, follow your nose to Kingman Arizona and discover a place that feels like home.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 15, 2022 - National Kids Take Parents To The Playground Day | National Chocolate Chip Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 15, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate role reversal and classic cookies. If you are looking to mix things up, why not celebrate National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day? If you enjoyed the classic role reversal movie, “Freaky Friday”, where a parent and child switched roles for a day, you'll love letting the kids take you to their place of “work” to remind you how exhausting it is to be them. Make sure you pack extra juice boxes and goldfish crackers and maybe some PB&J because going the distance with your kids takes lots of extra energy. While you might not wanna actually switch places with your kids, letting them run you around the park is a fair trade! One of the supposed biggest cookie fans in the world is a big fake. Turns out that Cookie Monster isn't nearly the aficionado of baked goods that he pretends to be. All those chocolate chip cookies we've seen him chomp into over the years weren't cookies at all—they're rice cakes with spots painted on. Puppeteers found that rice cakes break into pieces more easily and dramatically when Cookie Monster goes into a feeding frenzy. Today the rest of us can help pick up the slack by eating our share of some classic cookies—the real kind—on National Chocolate Chip Day. But try to actually get them into your mouth. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 14, 2022 - National Archery Day | National Dance Like A Chicken Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 14, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate breaking records in sports and dance. In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Im Dong Hyun broke the points record in the men's archery competition. The South Korean archer did this despite being legally blind. So how exactly does someone with impaired vision compete in a sport that normally requires such sharp eyesight? He says that the target “looks as if different color paints have been dropped in water” and he aims for the middle of the smallest drop. And by the way, the Olympic record he shattered was the one he also set in the 2012 Olympics. On National Archery Day, try a sport that looks deceptively simple. As soon as you hear the upbeat oom, pah, pah of the Chicken Dance song, you know what happens next. Everyone heads to the dance floor and spends the next few minutes dancing in unison. Since it debuted in the 1950s, this silly little song has become a mainstay at weddings and Oktoberfest celebrations. In 1996, fans of the song took things to the extreme, setting the record for world's largest Chicken Dance. 72,000 people were all flapping their arms and shaking their tail feathers at once. On National Dance Like A Chicken Day, shake things up with an impromptu dance. Even if you're a party of one, it's hard not to smile when you're pretending to be poultry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 13, 2022 - National Frog Jumping Day | National Apple Pie Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 13, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate good old American favorites. Americans didn't invent frog jumping, but we know where the most celebrated contest originated. That would be Calaveras County, California back in 1849. Thanks to Mark Twain, these amphibian Olympics are still celebrated throughout the country to this day. While his story had three different names, Twain landed on The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and his frog Dan'l Webster immortalized this curious event. For the record it's Rosie the Ribeter who holds the title for highest jump, coming in at a whopping 21 feet, 5-¾ inches. On National Frog Jumping Day, join the fun at a local event, or take it easy on the couch with a good read that is still as American as… Apple Pie? There are few things more American than apple pie. Which is kinda funny if you look into the dessert's history. The expression originated in the 1900s, but the first record of an apple pie recipe comes from England in 1381. The list of ingredients included, of course, apples, but also figs, raisins, pears, and saffron. All the other fruit was added because sugar was very expensive and the extra fruits sweetened the food naturally. So why do we say apple pie is American? Probably just because it's awesome and we decided to claim it for ourselves. On National Apple Pie Day, celebrate with a slice of this delicious classic. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 12, 2022 - National Limerick Day | National Odometer Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 12, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate rowdy poems and technology that has stood the test of time. Anna: There once was a man from Nantucket… Marlo: WHOA! You can't read that on the air. Anna: I'm just reading a limerick. Marlo: Okay, but we can't actually read a limerick. They're simple five-line poems with a set rhyme scheme, but they are usually…um…a little off-color. Anna: How about this one? There once was a man from Madras… Marlo: Stop! We don't want to know how that one ends. On National Limerick Day everyone can google some for themselves if they want. And maybe write some clean versions. Anna: Oh, okay. There have been so many technological advancements in the past century that sometimes it's hard to keep track. Inventions seem to come and go, especially in the digital age. But a few devices have stood the test of time. Like the odometer. This device was invented way back in 15 BCE by the Roman engineer Vitruvius. He rigged up a chariot wheel with a feature that would drop a pebble into an attached box after the wheel had turned 400 times—which was exactly a mile. At the end of a trip, the driver could determine the distance traveled by counting the number of pebbles that had dropped into the box. Keep track of how far you've come today on National Odometer Day.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    May 11, 2022 - National Eat What You Want Day | National Twilight Zone Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to May 11, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate comfort food and scary television. If you have felt the pressure of watching what you eat then, today it's time to give in to the food you love the most. Today we give you permission to skip the calorie counting and google up your favorite comfort food. Chips, cookies, pizza, or maybe some cake. Just enjoy yourself. If anyone asks why you're on your second bag of potato chips, tell them to lighten up. It's National Eat What You Want Day and you're allowed to pig out if you choose, though getting crumbs on the couch is probably too far. The next time you find yourself in the window seat of an airplane, check out the wall above the window. If you see a sticker shaped like a small, black triangle, then you're in the best spot to view the wing flaps. It's called William Shatner's Seat, a reference to the famous Twilight Zone episode called Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. Shatner's character spots a monster on the wing of his flight and watches in horror as the beast tears the wing apart. But when he alerts the crew, Shatner realizes that no one can see the monster but him. Today is National Twilight Zone Day, a perfect time to revisit this classic series. We just don't recommend it as in-flight viewing. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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