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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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    January 16, 2022 - National Nothing Day | National Fig Newton Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 16th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate deep thoughts and a bite of cookie history.  According to some philosophers, there is no such thing as nothing. With the very idea of thinking of the concept of nothingness, you're proving that it doesn't exist. That may sound like a big concept, but I think we can all relate. In the middle of our hectic lives, there's almost no time for nothing. But the truth is we need to take a step back and relax— and basically, do nothing. Turn off your phone, stay away from social media, take a nap. Embrace the nothingness. It's not often that you can get away with it, but on National Nothing Day, you've got the perfect excuse. When someone asks you what you're doing, feel free to tell them to buzz off because you're busy doing nothing. Which is actually something. Kinda. 19th Century physicians believed that most illnesses were caused by digestive problems. The remedy they most often prescribed was a small biscuit or cookie. So when Charles Roser invented a machine to fold fig jam into dough, the Kennedy Baking Company saw an opportunity. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts they were already naming cookies after nearby cities. When they purchased the recipe for Roser's fig cookie in 1891 they had a few choices for the name. One was Shrewsbury. And thank goodness they had the sense to choose Newton, Massachusetts instead. And that is how Fig Newtons got their name. No offense to Shrewsbury—the Fig Shrewsbury just doesn't have quite the same ring to it. On National Fig Newton Day, pour yourself a glass of milk and enjoy this bite of cookie history.  I'm Anna Devere and I'm John McClain. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    January 15, 2022 - National Hat Day | National Bagel Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 15th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate causing a stir and carbs with a checkered past.  It's said that on this day in 1797, John Hetherington—a London hat maker—stepped out into the street wearing his latest creation. A top hat. And to say it made an impression is an understatement. According to reports, Mr. Hetherington “appeared on the public highway wearing upon his head what he called a silk hat (which was of a shiny lustre and calculated to frighten timid people)”… Officers of the Crown stated that several women fainted at the unusual sight, while children screamed, dogs yelped and a boy was thrown down by the crowd…and had his right arm broken.” Mr. Hetherington was brought up on charges of inciting a riot and fined 500 Pounds. On National Hat Day, put on your favorite hat and step out in something that makes an impression on the folks around you.  The recipe for making bagels was once a closely guarded secret. Jewish immigrants in New York City had brought this baked good to America in the early 1900s. They formed a union to keep their tradition to themselves and to keep jobs within their community. Only the sons of members were offered membership, and meetings were conducted only in Yiddish. As crazy as it may sound today, this bagel union was extremely powerful. But they only made bagels, you're thinking. Well, when workers went on strike in the 1950s, all but 2 bagel bakeries in Manhattan had to close, leading to what was called a Bagel Famine. And the sales of lox dropped by over 50%. On National Bagel Day, we celebrate our love for chewy, delicious bagels and the fact that you can find them almost anywhere today.  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

    January 14, 2022 - National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day | Ratification Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 14th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a well traveled meat and the man who made all the difference just by rolling out of bed.  Pastrami, in its original form, was created by the Ottoman Turks. Their version was a salt-cured, spiced beef or lamb called pastirma. Because of its jerky-like texture it traveled easily and traders brought it to Eastern Europe. It became popular in Romania, where goose became the preferred meat rather than beef and it was called pastramă. When immigrants came to New York City, the recipe was switched back to beef brisket because that meat was cheaper and more readily available. The recipe was also changed to use a weaker salt brine, making for a softer cut of meat. No one's entirely sure why the name changed to pastrami, but it's probably because it rhymed with “salami,” which made it easier to order. On National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, order up one of these well traveled subs. We nearly missed the official founding of our nation because people couldn't show up on time. The United States colonies signed the Treaty of Paris to end the war with England on September 3, 1783. They were then given 6 months to ratify the agreement and send it back to England to make it official. However, the ocean voyage took about 2 months, so the Continental Congress needed to vote on the treaty by January at the latest. Although delegates were called to meet in November, not enough of them showed up. If Richard Beresford of South Carolina hadn't left his sickbed to vote, the whole war could have been for nothing. On Ratification Day we celebrate one of America's lesser-known holidays and one man who made all the difference.  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

    January 13, 2022 - National Sticker Day | Stephen Foster Memorial Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 13th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate sticky stories and a man who topped the charts.  We see them every day, but have you ever paid attention to the stickers on many fruits and vegetables? These are known as PLUs, or "price look up" labels, and they're the same everywhere around the world. So if you buy a banana in Germany the code on it will be identical to one you buy in Minnesota. These stickers also have a story to tell: If a fruit has been grown with pesticides, the 4-digit code starts with a 3 or 4. If it's GMO, the code is 5 digits and starts with an 8. And if the produce is organic, there's a 5-digit code that starts with a 9. A lot of info for such a small item, right? And here's a tip for celebrating National Sticker Day, if you can't remove that sticker from your apple, use a piece of tape to get it off more easily. One of the greatest songwriters in American history was born on July 4th, 1826, which seems only fitting. Over a century before Elvis Presley or The Beatles were topping the charts, Stephen Foster was making his indelible mark on American culture. While his name may not be instantly recognizable, his songs certainly are. In 1847, the song Oh Susanna became his first big hit and catapulted him to fame. It became even more popular when the miners in the California gold rush adopted it as an anthem. Later, songs like Camptown Races, Beautiful Dreamer, and My Old Kentucky Home cemented his place in the pantheon of American music. On Stephen Foster Memorial Day, we celebrate the man who created hits that have stood the test of time. 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

    January 12, 2022 - National Pharmacist Day | National Curried Chicken Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 12th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate historical healthcare and chickens with “kick.” Because of its busy port Philadelphia was one of the fastest-growing cities in the American Colonies. As the population grew, so did the need for medical care. Enter Benjamin Franklin. In addition to all of his inventions and political influence, Franklin helped create America's first public hospital along with the first hospital pharmacy. At the time, medicine was shipped in from Great Britain, so when the War of Independence began, drugs were in short supply. As a result, the role of the pharmacist became much more important. They found homeopathic remedies for their patients, which helped shape the future of medicine in the United States. On National Pharmacist Day we celebrate the men and women who continue to shape our healthcare system. Country Captain is a chicken curry dish with a long association to the American South. But just when did this marriage of exotic spices and humble chicken take place? We know that Britain's longtime presence in India gave them a taste for curry's spicy mix of cumin, coriander, ginger garlic and turmeric. Country Captain was served aboard British trading ships, with the word “country” referring to things indigenous to India. This food sailed west to the ports of Charleston and Savannah and eventually became a favorite of Franklin D. Roosevelt and General George Patton. It was even added to the United States Army's Field Ration Menu because Patton loved it so much. On National Curried Chicken Day we celebrate the culinary union that has lasted for ages. 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

    January 11, 2022 - National Arkansas Day | National Hobby Month

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 11th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate natural wonders and changing things up.  Arkansas is known for many things, but it has a valuable surprise up its sleeve. The Natural State is home to the only active diamond mine in the country; the Crater of Diamonds, near Murfreesboro. Most of the gemstones mined from this location are colored brown or yellow. But there have been a few whoppers found over the years. In 1924, miners unearthed the largest diamond ever found in North America: the Uncle Sam Diamond, a 40.23-carat white gem. Then in 1997, Shirley Strawn discovered a 3.03-carat stone that is certified as flawless and is considered one of the only perfect diamonds in the world. It's displayed at the visitor center at the Crater of Diamonds State Park and you may want to check it out on National Arkansas Day. January is National Hobby Month and if you've never thought of hobbies as part of your selfcare routine why not start today? This is your chance to explore what brings you a little bit of joy each day. Austin Kleon, the author of Steal Like An Artist says that hobbies are something creative that's just for you; “something that gives but doesn't take.” With this in mind, it's time to try something new. Whether it's painting, photography, exercising or crafting, making fun activities part of your daily routine will boost your mood and your overall well being. And that's good for those around you too! 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

    January 10, 2022 - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day | National Soup Month

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 10th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate cutting costs and savory soup.  If you believe in the old adage that “a penny saved is a penny earned” then listen up! Did you know that tuning up your heating system can save from three to ten percent on your energy bill? And that's not all. Tips such as carpooling, taking shorter showers and using energy efficient light bulbs can make a huge difference to your bottom line. On National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, celebrate the little things that add up to big savings! Some say that the secret to delicious soup is letting the ingredients simmer for a long time. But how about a recipe that's been simmering for 45 years? On a busy street in Bangkok, one soup pot has been tended by three generations of cooks, who stir and add ingredients to it every single day. The flavor of this Beef Noodle soup is incomparable and those who have tried it are devoted fans. About 150 pounds of beef are used to make the soup each day. And each night a portion of it is placed in a separate pot to simmer while the main 5 foot pot is washed. Not all recipes take 45 years, and we bet that Mom's chicken noodle tastes just as good to you. During National Soup Month simmer up your own favorite recipe for a bowl of warm 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

    January 9, 2022 - National Static Electricity Day | National Balloon Ascension Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 9th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate shocking effects and reaching great heights.  Did you ever rub your feet on the carpet and then zap someone? Then you already know the magic of static electricity! When the positive and negative charges of an atom are out of balance and have nowhere to go they build up and stay static in one place, until they are released. A spark of static electricity can measure thousands of volts, but has very little current and only lasts for a short period of time. Lightening is a powerful and dangerous example of static electricity and while it has the power to knock over trees it's also relatively harmless. About 70 percent of people struck by lightning survive. On National Static Electricity Day celebrate this force of nature that's useful in photocopiers and printers and also good for annoying your friends The first manned balloon flight in America took place on January 9, 1793. Jean Pierre Blanchard, ascended to a height of nearly 6,000 feet in a hydrogen filled balloon and then made a successful landing in New Jersey. Almost 200 years later, another aeronaut made a spectacular, but less famous flight in California. Larry Walters attached 42 weather balloons to an aluminum lawn chair, pumped them full of helium and sailed off into the air. Unfortunately, he had not planned his flight very carefully and soon found himself 16,000 feet above the ground. Walters stayed there for nearly 2 hours before he got cold and descended by popping balloons with a pellet gun. On National Balloon Ascension Day, celebrate by taking a balloon ride but please leave the piloting to the professionals. 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

    January 8, 2022 - World Typing Day | National English Toffee Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 8th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate curious keys and Anglophile treats.  If you've ever looked at the top row of your keyboard, then you've noticed the made-up word QWERTY. How exactly did QWERTY come to be and not something more intuitive like alphabetizing the letters? Turns out that it was because the design was proprietary. The Remington company began producing typewriters based on the design of Christopher Latham Sholes, who had come up with the QWERTY arrangement. When the Remington company sold the typewriters, they also held trainings on how to use them. Similar to what Microsoft or Apple does today. This keyboard arrangement has been around so long that everyone just accepts it as normal. By the way, the word “typewriter” can be typed using only the top row of your keyboard. It's World Typing Day and whether you're a speed-typist or prefer the hunt-and-peck method keyboards show no favorites. Fans of English toffee may be surprised to learn that the treat they've enjoyed all these years isn't toffee at all. Hang on, let me explain. Most of the English toffee we eat in America is actually buttercrunch. So what's the difference? It's all about the ingredients. Toffee in England uses brown sugar in its recipe, but the buttercrunch we make in the United States is made with white sugar. Also, we often add nuts and other flavorings, while our British friends do not. Then why do we call this treat English toffee? Maybe it's because it just sounds more posh. No matter which recipe you prefer, on National English Toffee Day celebrate the sweet, buttery crunch found on both sides of the pond.  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

    January 7, 2022 - National Tempura Day | National Bobblehead Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 7th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate delicious imports and wobbly heads.  You may think of tempura as a Japanese dish, but the art of batter frying first came to Japan from Portugese missionaries. In the mid 16th century Nagasaki, Japan was a closed-port to most of the world, but the Portugese were allowed to bring in Catholicism and with it, a food that they made during lent. The name tempura actually comes from the Latin quattuor anni tempora or Days of Ember when no red meat was eaten. And with fresh veggies, prawns and fish in a delicious light batter, apparently no one was missing it. The dish caught on with street vendors called yatai, and it soon became a foodie favorite. On National Tempura Day we celebrate this culinary technique that covers everything from ice cream to squid. Bobbleheads have been around since the 18th Century. They were brought to Europe from China, where they were known as temple nodders or nodding head figures. But the bobbleheads we treasure today, first became popular in the 1960s, when sports teams began depicting their mascots and famous players. Some of the earliest were Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. Then in 1964, the first modern bobbleheads that didn't depict an athlete were made of the Beatles, and they are still some of the most sought after by collectors today. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame Museum houses the world's largest collection and if you happen to be in Milwaukee you can drop in to see the exhibits. You could even celebrate with a custom made figure of yourself as long as you don't let it go to your head on National Bobblehead 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

    January 6, 2022 - National Cuddle Up Day | National Technology Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 6th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate staying cozy and the age of technology.  If you think you're cold this winter, try living in Antarctica. In winter, the wind chills can plunge to minus 76°F. One of the only animals who can survive in this climate is the Emperor Penguin and they do it by cuddling together. Their system is simple; one penguin stands in place, surrounded by its friends who protect it from the cold wind. Then, that penguin steps out and another takes its turn in the warm center of the circle. They keep rotating until everyone gets a chance to be nice and cozy. On National Cuddle Up Day snuggle up with someone you love, and be glad it doesn't take a village to stay warm. Everything from the invention of the wheel to your smartphone can be considered technology. History is shaped by these gadgets and achievements, and no matter how far into the future you daydream, if you can imagine it, someone will create it. But there are still some who consider technology dangerous. Everything from railroads to cars to electricity were protested and derided back in their day.  Anna: Marlo, where are you right now? Marlo: I am broadcasting from CES. On National Technology Day we celebrate the wonders that advance our world and keep us a buzz with food for thought.    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

    January 5, 2022 - National Bird Day | National Whipped Cream Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 5th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate an exotic species and sweet inventions.  The Hooded Pitohui is a colorful songbird that lives in the forests of New Guinea. The bird's black and orange coloring is reminiscent of its cousin the oriole. But there's something about the Pitohui other than its coloring that makes this bird stand out in the crowd—it's poisonous. There are many toxic species of reptiles and fish in the world, but there are only a handful of birds who fit this description. This Pitohui's poison was discovered when a scientist accidentally cut his finger on the bird's claw. When he licked the cut, his mouth started to go numb too. Luckily, the poison wasn't deadly, but it is for predators and that's exactly why these birds evolved this way. On National Bird Day, we celebrate our feathered friends from a safe distance. The first recipes for whipped cream date back to 1549 when they used a willow branch to beat the cream into “snow milk.” This technique lasted for the next few centuries until a clothing salesman from St. Louis changed all of that. During WWII when cream was rationed, Aaron “Bunny” Lapin began pedaling Sta-Whip, a substitute made of light cream and vegetable oil. Then in 1946 Crown Cork and Seal Company made the first seamless aerosol canister. Lapin used the technology, changed the name to Reddi-wip and with an army of milkmen to deliver it, he made a fortune in only a few short years. On National Whipped Cream Day celebrate Bunny Lapin's birthday with a little extra on the top. 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

    January 4, 2022 - National Missouri Day | National Trivia Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 4th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the “Show Me” State and random facts that could pay off bigtime! The Mississippi River divides the United States roughly into half and crossing over it serves as the gateway to the western part of the country. To mark the crossing point, the city of St. Louis, Missouri, held a contest to find the best design for a landmark. Nearly 200 architects from around the world submitted entries, and the city chose the submission from Eero Saarinen. Eero was the son of a famous architect who had designed buildings across Finland and the United States. And this is likely how the selection committee accidentally addressed the winning telegram to Eero's father Eliel. This caused some minor embarrassment during the celebration when the gaff was discovered but the Gateway Arch remains a proud landmark. On National Missouri Day, we celebrate the Show Me State and all its impressive sights. Marlo: Hey Anna, what 1987 song holds the record for most MTV Video Music Awards with 9?  Anna: Hmmm, I have to think about that. Marlo: If you've ever attended quiz night at a local pub, you know how exciting trivia can be. The answers to questions like these might even hold the key to cash and prizes. In the early days of television, trivia was all the rage. Quiz shows were so popular that when news broke about cheating on the shows, it became national news and Congress held hearings to get to the bottom of things. And if you're still chewing on that first question, the answer is…. Anna: Wait, wait, don't tell me…It's Sledgehammer! Marlo: That's right! On National Trivia Day, celebrate your inner know-it-all by sharing this, or any other random facts.  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

    January 3, 2022 - National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day | National Fruitcake Toss Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 3rd, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the sweet life and blowing off holiday steam.  If life is a bowl full of cherries, why not have yours dipped in chocolate? Folks in the 1700s knew what a perfect mid-winter pick me up this candy could be. In England they included kirsch or cherry liqueur. Here in the United States the treat evolved into a sweet liquid center surrounded by milk or dark chocolate. Even the National Confectioners Association has been known to recognize National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day as an annual event. But if this candy is a bit too much for your sweet tooth try any combination of cherries and chocolate in cookies, bars or cake.   One of the best-selling foods during the holiday season is fruitcake. It's also one of the most disliked and chances are good, this eyesore is still staring you in the face. The people of Manitou Springs, Colorado have a solution. For the last 20 years they've hosted an event that gives folks a chance to work out their seasonal frustrations by hurling this leftover into the sky. That's right, people come from near and far to beat up on fruitcakes by flinging them either by hand, cannon, or giant slingshot. There are even competitions to see who can propel them the farthest. The price of admission to this event is a non-perishable food item which is donated to charity. On National Fruitcake Toss Day, celebrate your own way of disposing with this leftover, but please launch responsibly. 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

    January 2, 2022 - National Buffet Day | National Science Fiction Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 3:30

    Welcome to January 2nd, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a feast for everyone and a voyage of the imagination.  In the mid 16th Century Swedish folks gathered around a Brannvinsbord, where they enjoyed a pre-dinner array of schnapps or shots of alcohol. This evolved into the smorgasbord or casual offering of appetizers and snacks before a more formal dinner. When the Swedes rolled out this food showcase at the 1939 New York World's Fair it was an instant hit. Although the English speaking crowd preferred the term “buffet” which was the French word for the sideboard serving table in a dining room. I can just imagine how that went down. After a few rounds of schnapps everyone sounds like the Swedish chef. On National Buffet Day, head to the feeding table where there's something for everyone. Jules Verne is famous for books like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth. He's also known as the Father of Science Fiction. And his novels weren't only exciting for his time, they also imagined technology that didn't yet exist. Things like helicopters, submarines, space travel, and even videoconferencing! Though he probably didn't foresee us having business meetings in our jammies. As a rule, science fiction blends technology with imagination, but Verne almost seems like a time traveler with the accuracy of his predictions. They say art imitates life, but in the case of Jules Verne, maybe it's the other way around. On National Science Fiction Day celebrate with your own voyage of the imagination. 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

    January 1, 2022 - National Bloody Mary Day | New Year's Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 3:30

    If you're looking for a “hair of the dog” that bit you during last night's reveling, consider the Bloody Mary. It's become a brunch staple, but how did this drink get such a gruesome name? Many people assume it's because of Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's first daughter. But the widely accepted story is that a Paris bartender in the 1920s created a cocktail of tomato juice and vodka. One of the patrons loved the drink and suggested the name "Bloody Mary” because it reminded him of a Chicago bar called Bucket of Blood Club, and a girl named Mary who worked there. Strange way to pay tribute to someone you have a crush on, but maybe there is more to that story. On National Bloody Mary Day celebrate with this classic drink that helps repair the most ghoulish hangover. New Year's Day is one of the most recognized holidays around the world. Though it has been celebrated for thousands of years, the exact beginning of a new year has gone through many changes. In ancient Rome, the calendar started with Martius or March and only had ten months. January and February were added later and the twelve month Julian calendar was eventually adopted. In ancient Babylon, new year's resolutions were about paying back debts and returning borrowed stuff. If that is on your list it's a great start. As the new year begins may we follow the advice of author C.S. Lewis who said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” We hope you'll join us as we find new reasons to celebrate together. 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

    December 31, 2021 - National Champagne Day | New Year's Eve

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 31, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate memorable wines and forgettable songs.  Nothing says celebration like a good champagne, and while the genuine article comes only from the Champagne region of France, there are plenty of good bubbly wines from California and Italy. Prices vary widely, and if you've ever wondered why bottles of Dom Peringnon fetch up to $50,000 a bottle, it's because Dom only produces wine during years when the grapes have reached top quality. That means that since they opened in 1921 they have only produced 36 vintages. If splurging at that price point is not your thing, just pop open a bottle of your favorite sparkling beverage. On National Champagne Day we toast to your health and good fortune and hope you'll remember to always drink responsibly.  Tonight, we bid farewell to 2021 and at the stroke of midnight, we'll all attempt to sing a song that few of us understand. Auld Lang Syne is sometimes referred to as “the most famous song that nobody knows,” and that's not only because people have been drinking before they sing it. Written by Robert Burns, the phrase is Scottish and roughly translates to “days gone by.” Somewhere along the way, it was set to music and became a traditional Scottish song. So how did it come to be associated with New Year's Eve? For that we can thank the famous bandleader Guy Lombardo. Beginning in the 1920s, he played the song on his New Years Eve radio show, and for the next 30 New Years after that. We thank you for joining us during 2021 and on New Year's Eve we welcome all the new opportunities to Celebrate Every 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

    December 30, 2021 - National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day | Bacon Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 30, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the power of pork and other ordinary ingredients.  If you've ever made a volcano at home then you already know the magic of bicarbonate of soda. In 2017 the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry decided to make the world's largest baking soda volcano to best the record of an elementary school in the U.K. OMSI's volcano was constructed from pipes, tarps and scaffolding that was filled with 66 gallons of vinegar, along with 50 gallons of baking soda mixed with water. 3,000 people witnessed the event at the site with another 72,000 viewers watching the livestream. You may be planning your own epic celebration of New's Years Eve, but on National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, remember that baking soda also makes a good hangover cure.   Most people think that the phrase “bringing home the bacon” refers to a paycheck, although actual bacon is worth cheering for as well. But it turns out that the saying goes back to 12th century England, when married men would swear an oath that they had not argued with their spouse for a whole year and a day. Upon taking this oath they were rewarded with a side of bacon. The phrase then referred to men who were seen as exemplary citizens and husbands. Another story says that the phrase came about in 1906, when boxer Joe Gans got a telegram from his mother before fighting for the world lightweight championship. Her message was simply to “bring home the bacon,” which he did, though not literally. On Bacon Day we pay tribute to a food that receives a hero's welcome, no matter who brings it 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

    December 29, 2021 - Tick Tock Day | National Pepper Pot Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 29, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate making the most of the final countdown and a National soup for the soul.  It's hard to believe that it's already time to say goodbye to 2021. Most of us look forward to the end of the year, with the promise of a new year just around the corner. But before we break out the party hats and noisemakers, there are still a few things that need our attention. Are there business purchases or donations that can be made that will impact your tax returns? Have you set up your health plans for next year? And did you make use of all the benefits you had for 2021? If there's still money in a Flex Spending account, now's the time to purchase that cool new pair of glasses or get your teeth checked. The clock is literally ticking, so let's make the most of it on Tick Tock Day. Philadelphia Pepper Pot has been nicknamed the “soup that won the war.” During the brutal winter of 1777 the Continental Army had dug in at Valley Forge and George Washington asked the army's chef to prepare a meal that would both warm the troops and boost their morale. The chef rounded up some peppercorns, small bits of meat and other ingredients and the rest of course is history. Today you can find recipes online that mimic this one pot wonder and though you may have better ingredients on hand than the chefs at Valley Forge, peppercorns are the humble seasoning that brings it all together. On National Pepper Pot Day, we celebrate the simple things that keep the home fires burning. 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

    December 28, 2021 - National Short Film Day | National Card Playing Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 28, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the humble beginnings of some of our favorite pastimes.  When you watch the Academy Awards, are you tempted to go grab some popcorn as they announce the winners in the Short Film category? Then perhaps you'll be interested to know that we owe a huge thanks to a short film called “Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory,” which made its debut in 1895 at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The movie was only a few minutes long and showed workers going home at the end of their shift. The 33 people in the audience that day became the first ever to view a motion picture in a theater and right then and there, our fascination for the movies was born. On National Short Film Day, we celebrate this one small clip and the giant leap forward for the movie making industry.  A standard pack of cards may be used for playing a variety of games, some of which are played for money. It's said that the game of poker, which originated in Louisiana, is a derivative of the game of dominos which dates back a few thousand years. What's common to both games is the art of bluffing. Even the best poker players in the world only have a 5 percent advantage over other players and thus bluffing is what makes the game more interesting. The earliest games like Texas Hold'em were played for gold nuggets and while it's hard to calculate the winnings of those hands, the most lucrative tournament in modern times was won by Antonio Esfandari who took home a record $18.35 million. On National Card Playing Day you may wanna bone up on the skill of bluffing.   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

    December 27, 2021 - National Fruitcake Day | Learn A Foreign Language Month

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 27, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate being nutty as a fruitcake and starting something new.  The holiday cheer may be fading fast but one treat is still alive and celebrating: the fruitcake. That's because they are built to last. In the early 1700s these dense cakes were baked during harvest time and loaded with nuts and fruits. But they were saved until the following year to ensure the next season's bounty. Fruitcakes also had quite a reputation for being sinfully rich. Queen Victoria was said to have waited a whole year after receiving one for her birthday before eating it, just to show proper restraint and dignity. But if your fruitcake has become a holiday joke, that gets re-gifted only to get tossed, perhaps you haven't tasted a truly delicious one. On National Fruitcake Day, make a pledge to find a good recipe for next year.    Marlo: While this month is nearly gone, it's never too late to start something new. In case you didn't know it, Anna it's Learn a Foreign Language Month. Anna: How are you going to learn a new language in only four days, Marlo? Marlo: I didn't say I was going for fluency. Just starting a new habit is what matters. John: Tim Ferriss, the entrepreneur actually has a blog post about how if you learn the 100 most used words in any language you can achieve functional fluency very quickly. Anna: I think I could do that! Marlo: I could do that too. Anna: You've got three days. Go! 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

    December 26, 2021 - National Candy Cane Day | National Thank-You Note Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 26th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the flavor of the season and etiquette for everyone.  Peppermint sticks have been around for at least 200 years, but the red and white striped candy cane that we all associate with Christmas did not actually appear until 1900. Many folklore tales describe the symbolism behind this iconic treat which was made by hand until 1921. That's when Brasher O. Westerfield invented a machine that turned out the 5” peppermint canes. And that's a good thing as these days we produce more than a billion every year. Today you can find candy canes in almost any flavor, though peppermint is still the perennial favorite. On National Candy Cane Day, we invite you to savor the flavor of the season. One day in 1934, Henry Ford opened his mail and got a big surprise, a thank you note from one of America's most infamous bank robbers. Clyde Barrow wrote to thank Ford for putting out such a quality car. Or as he put it, “For sustained speed and freedom from trouble, the Ford has got every other car beat… It don't hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8.” Today is a good day to surprise your family and friends with letters of your own. Thank them for their holiday gifts or their general love and support. And since handwritten messages are becoming a lost art, surprise them even more by putting pen to paper. On National Thank You Note Day, show people that you care enough to go the extra mile to acknowledge their generosity. 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

    December 25, 2021 - Christmas Day | A'phabet Day Or No "L" Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 25, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the windy road of Christmas and the most punderful time of the year.  While Christmas enjoys popularity throughout the world today, its traditions have fluctuated widely. In medieval times, the birth of Jesus Christ was a solemn observance with very little feasting or singing. The Renaissance gave rise to the gift giving, decorating and caroling we enjoy today. The traditions of tree trimming and mistletoe came from the ancient celebration of Yule, which was adopted into Roman customs along with Christianity. For this reason, early puritans banned Christmas for nearly 20 years in America. The true spirit of this holiday is alive today because of our universal love for celebration. No matter how you keep this tradition, today we wish all you a very merry Christmas.  Marlo: It's also A'phabet Day! Anna: You mean “Alphabet”. Marlo: No. A'phabet. It's the word “alphabet,” but with no L. Get it? Noel. Like Christmas. Anna: That's right it's bad pun day isn't it? I remember this from last year. Marlo: Yep. Today, while you're enjoying the festivities, see how many puns you can slip into conversations. Anna: I wish I could just enjoy the day without puns. Marlo: Is that why you have resting Grinch Face? Anna: Hey! Marlo: Yule be sorry if you don't attend my Christmas party this year. Anna: You're being a jerk, Marlo. Marlo: It takes one to snow one. Anna: But wait there's myrrh. 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

    December 24, 2021 - National Eggnog Day | Christmas Eve

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 24, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate clearing up the mystery behind two holiday favorites.  You may be scratching your head as to how eggnog its name and which came first, the egg or the nog? It turns out that alcohol was once served in carved wooden mugs called noggins. In the middle ages a drink known as posset was made with milk, spices, and alcohol and served as a cold remedy. From there the trail gets foggy with some adding eggs to the recipe and others calling it egg flip for the way it got poured between two pitchers. Because rum was known as grog here in the States, one bartender dubbed it “egg and grog.” Confusing, we know, but one thing is sure, National Eggnog Day celebrates the delicious flavor that's been a holiday favorite much longer than pumpkin spice.   T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house… You know the rest. Most of us do. Clement Moore's classic poem is one of the best-known literary works in American history. When he wrote it in 1822, he used the title “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” He shared the story with a friend who liked it so much that they sent it to a newspaper for publication, without Moore's permission, and without his name attached. The poem became a huge success, though no one knew Moore had written it. He was reluctant to claim the piece until his children urged him to do so, and in 1844 he finally included it in a book of poetry. On Christmas Eve, we celebrate with a quote from Moore's poem: “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!” 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

    December 23, 2021 - Festivus | National Re-Gifting Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 23, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a festivus for the rest of us and festive recycling.  Reader's Digest author Daniel O'Keefe created a new holiday tradition of “Airing Family Grievances” that was first celebrated in 1966. Today we celebrate this “Festivus for the rest of us,” largely due to the popularity of a Seinfeld episode that was written by O'Keefe's son. The tv version takes family tension to comedy extremes. Characters roast each other at the dinner table and wrestle around an aluminum pole to display their “feats of strength.” What makes this bit of pop culture so delicious is that it's all too familiar. No matter how you celebrate the holidays you're sure to reach the point of screeching “SERENITY NOW!” Ironically Festivus is celebrated on December 23rd in honor of Daniel O'Keefe's first date with his future wife, which is a kismet miracle in itself.   It's the time of year to get presents you don't want from friends and relatives. Everyone's been there. Opening a gift in front of your grandmother and having to pretend you love it…Meh. But you could always just re-gift, right? While it's not considered polite, thousands of people pass along their unloved presents each year. So what's the proper etiquette in this situation? According to Emily Post, there's really only one “polite” way to re-gift. If you get two of the same gift, you can pass it along to a friend. But that seems boring. Celebrate National Re-Gifting Day by giving a friend a gift that someone else gave to you and think of it as the ultimate in recycling.   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

    December 22, 2021 - National Date Nut Bread Day | National Car Donation Month

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 22, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a dynamic duo and a happy retirement for the old jalopy.  If you're already burnt out on holiday goodies why not try something healthy and delicious by celebrating National Date Nut Bread Day? Dates have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, and are prized for their sticky, caramel sweetness. But they also provide protein, fiber and minerals. Nuts add a super-charged nutritional crunch and this combination has been used in quick bread recipes since the first one appeared in 1939. Back then it was served as a tea time treat but today this dynamic duo practically passes for health food! On National Date Nut Bread Day, celebrate a warm from the oven goodie with cream cheese frosting and kick the fruitcake to the curb.  More charitable donations are made in December than in any other month. Yes, it's probably because people need a tax deduction, but it also comes at a time of the year when some folks need help the most. Even if money is tight, you can still make a difference by donating an old or unused vehicle during National Car Donation Month. The car doesn't even have to run and the charities make it as simple as possible for you to donate. And if you don't have a car to give away, you can still help to raise awareness of this charitable act. Spread the word on Social Media. And if your neighbor still doesn't take the hint, you can etch “Donate Me” in the dirt on the windshield of his old jalopy. 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

    December 21 - National Maine Day | Humbug Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 21, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate vacation sweet spots and turning your holiday frown upside down.  If you want to catch the sunrise before anyone else in the United States, pack your bags and head to Maine. Specifically the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. This building was constructed in 1858 and is at the easternmost point of the country. That means it sees the first rays of the sun each day. And it's hard to miss, even though Maine is home to more than 60 lighthouses. The West Quoddy Head lighthouse is white with big red stripes, looking like a gigantic candy cane that guides ships into port. It's a pretty sweet spot to check out if you ever visit the state they call Vacationland USA. On National Maine Day, celebrate the people and culture of the Pine Tree State. The word humbug dates back to the 1750s when it was used to describe anything false or deceptive. Charles Dickens assigned this phrase to Ebenezer Scrooge, who scoffed at anyone who would find good cheer in a world full of poverty and misery. While it took some ghostly visitations to turn Scrooge around, perhaps it's wise to take stock of our own frustrations. It's okay to admit that the holiday season is stressful. If the hustle and bustle is filling you with humbug it's probably best to make time for yourself. And if that's not enough, try ditching all the stuff that makes you crabby and focus on what brings you joy! On Humbug Day, celebrate your own transformation into all things bright and beautiful.  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

    December 20, 2021 - National Sangria Day | Go Caroling Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 20, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate festive drinks and songs that stick.  If you're a fan of sangria then you already know how festive this drink can be. Pour some red or white wine into a pitcher with fruits and some seasonal spices and you'll see why the Spanish welcome this libation all year round. It is said that sangria originated in early Greek and Roman times when safe drinking water was not always available. Today true sangria is bottled in Spain and Portugal but every culture seems to make it their own with simple variations. At the 1964 World's Fair, Americans added an extra shot of brandy. On National Sangria Day, celebrate by adding some warmth and cheer to your wintertime festivities! In 1939, the department store Montgomery Wards wanted to create their own Christmas character. They had been giving away coloring books as a promotion each year, but decided that designing their own would save money. One of their admen—Robert L. May—was asked to create a character and write a children's book about it. He was inspired by his daughter's love for reindeer and had an epiphany while staring out the window at the fog. The Christmas icon he came up with was…Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which was eventually made into a song and the rest is Yuletide history. This tune is one of the most popular Christmas carols to this day. On Go Caroling Day, celebrate your own favorite repertoire of songs and don't forget the most famous reindeer 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

    December 19, 2021 - National Pear Month | National Hard Candy Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 19, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate gifts that keep on giving and candies that go the distance.  Anna: Hey Marlo, you're a numbers guy. If someone gave you all the gifts from the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, do you know how many total gifts would you end up with?  Marlo: Y'know, I've never even thought of that. Anna: You would have 364 items in total, which are mostly bird related. Marlo: Yeah, there's no re-gifting those. Anna: The best part would be the 12 pear trees (with partridges, of course). But before you buy someone a pear tree, you'd better check for what variety they prefer because there are a lot! Can you guess how many? Marlo: Marlo guesses Anna: Get this…There are 3,000 different kinds of pears in the world. Which is perfect because that means you have plenty to choose from during National Pear Month.   In 1949, Bill and Dorothy Harmsen founded Jolly Rancher in Golden, Colorado. They chose the name because it sounded friendly and had a bit of western flair. It was also a nod to the Jolly Farmer, a drugstore in their hometown of Minneapolis. Originally, the Harmsens sold ice cream, chocolate, and candy, but because ice cream sales plummeted during the winter months, they focused their business on producing hard candies. The first flavors were grape, apple, and fire stix, but their most popular flavor—cherry—didn't come along till years later. Today, Jolly Rancher produces the most popular hard candy of all time proving that a little perseverance can pay off big! On National Hard Candy Day, savor the long lasting sweetness of a candy that sticks with you. 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

    December 18, 2021 - National Wreaths Across America Day | National Twin Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 18, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we honor our heroes and celebrate amazing pairs. In 1992 a wreath company in Harrington, Maine found themselves with a surplus of holiday wreaths and their founder, Morrill Worcester decided to donate them to Arlington cemetery, a place he had visited as a boy. As he laid the extra wreaths upon the grave sites, he thought of his own life and the success he owed to those fallen heroes. Today, the nonprofit group Wreaths Across America follows in his footsteps with their donation to more than 2,100 cemeteries. By partnering with thousands of schools, and scouting groups they remember, honor and teach the importance of the sacrifice of our veterans on National Wreaths Across America Day.  Twins are fascinating, from their ability to finish each other's sentences to the striking similarities they share even if they are separated at birth. This genetic anomaly can prove useful, like when a toddler needs a rest from acting on the set of Full House, or when selling Doublemint gum. But did you know that it's also helpful for getting us to mars? Astronaut Scott Kelly spent over a year in space and scientists were able to study the effects this had on his body by comparing the results to his twin brother Mark who stayed back on earth. Turns out that Scott grew a few inches taller and furthered the research for the two year voyage to mars. On National Twin Day keep your eyes open for these wunderkind and all the amazing things they do. 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

    December 17, 2021 - National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day | National Maple Syrup Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 17, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the tradition of poor taste and nature's sweet bounty.  While many traditions uphold the beauty and magic of Christmas some are just plain weird. Behold, the ugly Christmas sweater! No one is 100 percent sure how this became a holiday thing, but tacky sweaters can trace their popularity back to 1980s TV comedies. It started on the Cosby Show and became a running joke that sitcom dads wore sweaters that looked like abstract art. Then in 2002, the city of Vancouver threw an ugly Christmas sweater party that was such a hit, it became an annual event. Each year, the proceeds from this fashion eyesore are donated to the Make A Wish foundation and that's a truly beautiful thing! On National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day show your holiday spirit with something fun and hideous. This day was made for pancakes, French toast and biscuits as we pour on the sweetness of National Maple Syrup Day. During cold weather, maple trees store starch in their trunks that is converted to sugar in the Spring. The sap from red, black and sugar maples is collected and processed by heating to evaporate most of the water, which produces a concentrated syrup. About 40 gallons of sap are needed for one gallon of the finished product. Thankfully, the trees that produce this sap can live up to 100 years, though they must be at least 45 years old before they can be tapped. Talk about a late bloomer! On National Maple Syrup Day we celebrate nature's bounty with our Canadian neighbors who produce most of the maple syrup we enjoy today.  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

    December 16, 2021 - Barbie And Barney Backlash Day | National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 16, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate saving your sanity and cocoa mania.  Sometimes being popular is a hazard of the job! But it's hard to argue with success when you're found in over 150 countries. I'm talking of course about Barbie. More than a billion Barbie dolls have been sold around the world thanks to extensive advertising and decades of popularity. Add to that her 36 movies, bigger and better dream houses every year, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah… there's bound to be a backlash. But, Barbie shares the spotlight with another annoying figure; the giant purple T-Rex, Barney. If you're a parent, this paleolithic lounge lizard is ringing in your ears almost every day which is enough to drive anyone to the brink. On Barbie and Barney Backlash Day we're giving everyone a time out. Go to your corners and think about it before you do something you'll regret. The Aztecs considered cocoa beans more precious than gold and even used them as currency. But Europeans were still in the dark about cocoa mania until the Spanish came to the New World in the 16th century. Once chocolate reached the Spanish court, the secret was out. Adding sugar and spices made it all the more addicting. Chocolate houses that catered to the wealthy became all the rage. But thanks to Coenraad Johannes van Houten the Dutch process made cocoa more accessible to the masses. Today, just about anything can be made more delicious by covering it in chocolate from nuts and cookies to potato chips and popcorn. On National Chocolate Covered Anything Day go ahead and splurge as you celebrate cocoa mania.   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

    December 15, 2021 - Cat Herders Day | Bill Of Rights Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 15, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate impossible jobs and inalienable rights.  Have you heard the expression; “It's like herding cats?” This refers to a job that's so tedious it requires the patience of a saint: Kindergarten teacher, wildlife photographer, sound engineer. Marlo, did you let a cat in the studio? Because John can totally add that in later. If you find that nothing stays where you put it or your team is off in left field when you're in the right, you're not alone. If this sounds a lot like your job, feel free to celebrate Cat Herders Day, by taking the day off. The first 10 amendments to the US Constitution are more commonly known as the Bill of Rights. Congress created 14 official copies of the original document, one for the federal government and one for each of the original 13 states. It turns out the copies were a good precaution, as somehow four of them went missing. North Carolina's copy of the Bill of Rights was stolen by a Union soldier during the Civil War and was missing for almost 140 years before the FBI tracked it down. Two other copies have been found over the years. One is housed in the Library of Congress, and the other is kept at the New York Public Library. Thankfully these rights are inalienable and while the paper version may go missing, on Bill of Rights Day we celebrate the permanence of this most important document.   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

    December 14, 2021 - National Alabama Day | Monkey Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 14, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate an inspiring State and monkeying around.  When the crew of the Apollo 11 touched down on the Moon, Americans looked on with a sense of awe—and immense pride. And probably no one more so than the people of Alabama. Scientists and engineers in the Cotton State developed rockets for the space program using technology acquired from Germany after World War II. The rockets were designed in Alabama, but also built with steel manufactured in the state. If not for the Saturn rockets produced there, American astronauts wouldn't have been able to get into orbit and eventually onto the moon. On National Alabama Day, celebrate the people and culture of the Cotton State…or the Yellowhammer state. They have two nicknames. Why not? They deserve it. On May 28th, 1959, two of the greatest heroes of space travel returned to Earth after a 15 minute space flight. It may not sound like much, but it was the first time astronauts were able to survive a return trip from space. And did I mention that the astronauts were both monkeys? One was named Able, and the other was Miss Baker. These brave little primates paved the way for space exploration by helping scientists to understand the physical stress of spaceflight. Unfortunately, Able passed away only a few days later, but Miss Baker lived another 25 years. When she passed away in 1984, over 300 people attended her funeral, paying tribute to her part in the history of spaceflight. On Monkey Day, we celebrate the primates who took the first steps to make mankind's giant leap possible. 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

    December 13, 2021 - National Cocoa Day | National Violin Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 13, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the convenience of cocoa and fancy fiddles.  Thousands of years ago the process of making hot chocolate was long and tedious. Aztecs roasted the fruit of the cacao tree and ground it with water, chilies and even corn. They didn't understand the health benefits, but they knew it packed a punch, and soldiers drank several cups before battle. The recipe changed over the years but the tradition carried on and hot cocoa was even given to troops during the Revolutionary War as medicine and wages. Thanks to a Dutch chemist who separated out the cocoa butter, the powder could be mixed for a handy, packable drink. On National Cocoa Day, celebrate this instant cold weather fix with some whipped cream or marshmallows. The violins and violas we play today are a legacy of Mongolian nomads. These horsemen from Inner Asia with their two string, upright instruments are considered to be the world's first fiddlers. On the other end of the spectrum comes the gold standard of violins, the Stradivarius. Antonio Stradivari crafted about 1,100 stringed instruments during his lifetime. Today, they are rare and extremely valuable. In 2011, a Stradivarius nicknamed Lady Blunt was purchased for nearly $16 million. Another, nicknamed “the Messiah,” is so priceless that no one's even allowed to play it. On National Violin Day, celebrate in grand style or bust out the fiddle and give a nod to the original.  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

    December 12, 2021 - Gingerbread House Day | National Poinsettia Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 12, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the humble beginnings of two holiday favorites.  The first gingerbread was often used in religious ceremonies thanks to the Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis. In 992 AD, he taught French Christians the art of molding his favorite food into the figures of saints. But when the Brothers Grimm told the tale of Hansel and Gretel and their fateful visit to a gingerbread house, German guilds began crafting the sturdy dough into candy-covered cottages. Do you think that some stories are invented to scare kids into keeping their mitts off the treats? Cause that is one scary story. On Gingerbread House Day build your own festive villages and celebrate the sweet, spicy scent of this holiday tradition.   The cheerful red plant that we associate with the holidays got its start in 16th century Mexico. One legend tells the story of a poor girl who wanted to bring the Christ child a gift. The girl gathered weeds by the side of the road and by the time she presented them, the bouquet had transformed into bright red stars. American botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett sent the first cuttings of the plant from Mexico to the United States in 1825. But it was a California farmer who made their magic bloom. Paul Ecke discovered a technique that made the seedlings grow in branches. In the early 1920s he began selling the plants at a simple roadside stand. On National Poinsettia Day we celebrate this beautiful symbol of the season and its humble beginnings.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    December 11, 2021 - Bingo's Birthday Month | National App Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 11, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate one of our favorite ways to beat the odds and the little things that keep us connected.  This month recognizes the birthday of one of America's favorite games: Bingo. While it seems pretty straight forward, the game is far more complicated than you might think. It's estimated that there are over 500 septillion combinations of numbers that could appear on your bingo card. A septillion is a 1 with 24 zeros after it. No wonder people get so excited when they win! It was Edwin S. Lowe, a salesman from New York who came up with the idea. He then hired a math professor who created 6,000 cards, each with a different non repeating combination of numbers. Bingo halls could make more money with these cards because they cut back on the number of winners. Celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month with a game that still makes us excited to beat the odds.  In 1997, the Nokia 6110 phone introduced a simple arcade game called Snake, which is considered by many to be the first mobile app. Almost 20 years later the iPhone was released and with it, users could access nearly 500 apps. Today iPhone users can choose from almost 1.8 million of them and Android users have about 2.5 million. From navigation to learning and even performing surgery, apps have transformed our everyday lives. While they have come a long way from that first game of Snake, apps are still used to entertain us and keep us in touch with family and friends. On National App Day, celebrate the convenience of your favorite apps by sharing them with those you love.  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

    December 10, 2021 - National Lager Day | Nobel Prize Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 10, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate with a toast to Summer and those who change the world.    If you are already chasing the midwinter blues, raise your spirits with a light Summer beer: the lager. Lagers are distinguished from other beers by their cold-conditioning process. They are made with “bottom-fermenting” yeast that can develop at colder temperatures. Before the advent of refrigeration, brewers perfected this process in cellars dug into the ground that were filled with ice. The delicious results are often described as “crisp” and “refreshing.” With so many choices from pale, amber or dark to several craft varieties, you will likely add lager to your list of favorite things. On National Lager Day, grab your friends and celebrate the midwinter season with the taste of Summer.   At the age of 17, Alfred Nobel spoke five languages fluently. This was only the beginning of the young man's accomplishments. Through the course of his life, Nobel amassed a fortune from his 87 businesses and 355 patents worldwide, including the patent for dynamite. In his third and last will, Nobel stated that the money should be given away to those who had done their best to benefit mankind. Each annual prize would recognize the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. Though it took nearly five years after his passing, the Nobel Committee has awarded these prizes every year since 1901. On Nobel Prize Day, we celebrate the generosity of Alfred Nobel and those who continue to make the world a better place.  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

    December 9, 2021 - Weary Willie Day | National Pastry Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 9, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the success of the underdog.  Traditional clowns wore white makeup, with red noses and cheeks, and pointy hats. During the Great Depression, a clown named Emmett Kelly changed that image. People were down on their luck and while they wanted to be entertained, the usual clown shtick didn't seem relatable. That's when Kelly's clown character, Weary Willie became a reflection of the times. Instead of the typical costume, Weary Willie looked more like a hobo. He wore a frown, had whiskers, and his clothes were torn and dirty. This underdog became iconic because people could see something of themselves in him. On Weary Willie Day, celebrate a clown who was a man of the people. Unless you're afraid of clowns, in which case, forget we said anything.  Pastry dough dates back to the ancient Mediterranean when it was rolled paper thin and baked into baklava. The Crusaders brought it to Europe where it became a versatile base for pies and pasties. But the variety of pastries we enjoy today is thanks to a French chef who mastered the technique of crafting dough into the sublime. Chef Careme grew up poor, but his career took off at age 15 when his larger than life creations reached the table of Napoleon Bonaparte. From there he served the royalty of Europe with his cream puffs, danish, quiches and tarts, and became one of the very first celebrity chefs. On National Pastry Day we celebrate this rich dessert and the kid who shaped his future with it.  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

    December 8, 2021 - National Brownie Day | Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 8, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate dessert on the go and glitches in time.  They say that necessity is the mother of invention and that appears to be the case for our favorite combination of cookie and cake: the brownie. Legend has it that Bertha Palmer wanted a special dessert that would fit neatly into a boxed lunch for her socialite friends attending the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. Bertha's husband owned the Palmer House hotel and one of the chefs there devised the perfect cake-like dessert that could be eaten by hand. Apparently, dessert on the go was a hit as this same recipe is served by the Parker House hotel to this day. On National Brownie Day splurge on your own chocolate fix with or without utensils. On Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day we invite you to slip through the space time continuum with your own imaginary voyage. This celebration began with a blog post in 2007, inviting participants to create a character from the future or past and to dress as that character for an entire day. Of course staying in character means those around you will scratch their head and wonder if you've gone mad, but you can let them in on the game by choosing a recognizable source. Books, shows and movies such as Doctor Who, Outlander, The Terminator or Groundhog Day will at least give your audience a clue as to what you're up to. And if you just don't care what others think, feel free to stay fully immersed in your own strange world. Live long and prosper. 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

    December 7, 2021 - National Illinois Day | National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 7, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a state that stays cozy and remember the day that will live in infamy.  There are plenty of things you can see during a typical Chicago winter. Ice skating at Maggie Daley Park…People walking on Lake Michigan…Train tracks being set on fire. Seriously. Chicago winters can get very cold. Cold enough to affect the operation of the city's L Train. Sub-freezing temperatures cause the metal rails to contract, which pulls them apart at their connection. Chicago Transit Authority workers light the tracks ablaze to monitor the flames. This may sound crazy, but this simple act keeps the train system running throughout the winter months. On National Illinois Day, celebrate by visiting the Prairie State which has plenty to offer even when the weather outside is frightful.  On this day in 1941 more than 3,500 Americans lost their lives or were wounded when the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the Naval Station Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The ambush was designed to destroy our U.S. Pacific Fleet. Up until this time the United States had remained neutral but on November 8th President Roosevelt announced the beginning of our military involvement in World War II. Today, the USS Arizona lies beneath the surface of gentle waves. As a tribute to their lost comrades more than 44 survivors of the attack have chosen to have their ashes laid to rest on this sacred site. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day we display our nation's flag at half mast until sunset and remember the day that will live in infamy. 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

    December 6, 2021 - National Microwave Oven Day | St. Nicholas Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 6, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate shortwave miracles and the spirit of old St. Nick.  In 1945, Percy Spencer, a self taught engineer from Howland, Maine was working on an active radar set when he noticed something strange. A chocolate bar in his pocket had started to melt. The idea for dielectric cooking with a shortwave transmitter had already been demonstrated by Westinghouse at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, but Spencer picked a winner when he tried his hand at cooking popcorn with this method. Raytheon filed a United States patent for Spencer's microwave cooking process and by 1947 the first commercially available microwave oven was built. The British used this technology to reanimate cryogenically frozen hamsters, but on National Microwave Oven Day, we recommend celebrating with something delicious like popcorn.  Saint Nicholas, the real life inspiration for Santa Claus, was born around 280 AD in what is known today as Turkey. His parents died when Nicholas was very young, leaving him with a large inheritance, but out of tragedy his generous spirit was born. Nicholas used the money to help those less fortunate than himself. As an adult, he became a bishop and was known for his generosity and kindness, especially toward children and the poor, and even after he passed away, his legend grew. Children who left their shoes out by the fire would awake to find money or candy inside and this inspired the tradition of leaving out stockings for Santa. On St. Nicholas Day, start the fun early by surprising your family with a gift in their shoes. Just make sure it's not something sharp or uncomfortable! 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

    December 5, 2021 - International Ninja Day | National Repeal Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 5, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate hidden warriors and the rebel spirit.  Anna: Whenever we see a ninja… Marlo: Um…you don't actually see ninjas unless they want to be seen. That's kinda the point. Anna: Okay. Well, when we envision what a ninja looks like, it's typically a person dressed all in black, carrying a sword and throwing stars. But that's not true. While they did carry those weapons, ninjas did not wear black. It turns out that the most effective color for a ninja to wear is actually navy blue. Because at night, black clothing will stand out more than blue. If you don't believe us, just check with the Ninja Museum in Igaryu, Japan. Now have one more trip to add to your bucket list, Marlo. On International Ninja Day, celebrate the history of these silent warriors and hope that we don't end up on their bad side. Because if we do, we'll never see them coming. The controversial 18th Amendment banning the production, transport and sale of alcohol sparked a revolution of speakeasy style. In the early 1800s, groups such as the Prohibition Party and the Anti Saloon League believed that drinking was the root of all evil. They pushed to eradicate it altogether and by 1919 the 18th Amendment was ratified. But this didn't ban folks from drinking, and enforcing the law became expensive during the Roaring Twenties. The terms gangster and moonshine reached their peak. Though the experiment had good intentions, National Repeal Day has been celebrated since December 5th, 1933 when the 21st Amendment was ratified and Prohibition officially ended. Even Al Capone celebrated from his prison cell.  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

    December 4, 2021 - National Cookie | National Dice Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to December 4, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate rolling out the fun in cookie dough and games of chance.  Cookies first appeared in Persia in the 7th century and made their way to Europe through Spain in the 14th century. They later traveled to the United States with Dutch settlers. In the Netherlands they were called koekies or little cakes. Apparently, cookies made good travel companions and a sturdy kind were called jumbles in the early days. Also known as biscuits throughout Europe, the treat became popular in the street markets all the way to the high courts. Today we celebrate National Cookie Day thanks to a Sesame Street Monster, who sums up their deliciousness with a universal phrase, "num, num, num, num, num." At least I think that's universal.    Dice have been around for thousands of years. A game of backgammon, discovered at an archeological site in Iran, is thought to be 5000 years old! But it was Sir William of Tyre who invented a dice game called “Hazard,” in the 12th Century AD. He named it after a castle he'd seen while serving in the Middle East during the Crusades. The game became extremely popular in 17th Century France. Because it required nothing other than dice, Hazard could be played just about anywhere—in taverns, on tables and even on the street. People would crouch down near the ground to play, so the French started calling it crapaud which means toad. This name was later shortened to the game we know today as craps. On National Dice Day roll out some fun of your own, with or without the gambling.  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

    December 3, 2021 - National Tie Month | National Cookie Cutter Week

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    Welcome to December 3, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate tie trivia and rolling out the holiday spirit.  Croatian soldiers who served in the French army during the reign of Louis XIV wore scarves called Cravats. The name is derived from the French word for “Croatian” and soon came to refer to any kind of a neckerchief worn by a man. After the Battle of Steenkerque in 1692, this sort of neckwear was called a steinkirk. As men's clothing evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries, this fashion accessory became known as the necktie. The term cravat is still used. It refers to a scarf worn with a dress suit, which is folded in front with the ends tucked inside the coat. And if that snazzy tie you bought for Dad's gift doesn't wow him, you can always dazzle him with your tie trivia during National Tie Month. Nothing puts the joy in your holiday season like baking homemade cookies. This is the week to roll out some dough and press it with your favorite cookie cutters. Even the ancient Egyptians liked forming sweet cakes in various shapes and folks in Greece, Rome and Western Europe followed suit. By the 1500s Germans made carved wooden cookie molds and gingerbread men, women and houses popped out by the dozens. American tinsmiths of the 1700s made the cookie cutters we still love today. People trimmed their trees with the elaborate creations but when we started adding vanilla and baking soda in the 1930s, cookies became irresistible. During National Cookie Cutter Week, roll out your own favorite tradition and watch the holiday cheer appear! 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

    December 2, 2021 - National Mutt Day | National Fritters Day

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    Welcome to December 2, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate loveable mixes and deep fried comfort.  In the world of dogs, some come with pedigrees and champion bloodlines that win dog shows time and again, and others are...well, mutts. Unlike their purebred cousins, mutts are what Bob Ross would call “happy little accidents.” I have to give a shout out today to my adorable Cheezer. She was a mix of Chihuahua and miniature Schnauzer and if you've ever met a pure bred of either of those breeds you might be tempted to give them a wide berth on the dog path. But Blanca was the best of all worlds with her crazy dreadlock hair and a sweet personality. And that's the very best thing about mutts; their personalities. On National Mutt Day, celebrate the uniquely weird dogs that make the most loveable pets. Today we celebrate all things fried with National Fritters Day. Fritters are synonymous with comfort and come in three types: the basic dough kind, the battered meats and vegetables and the small cakes made from chopped food such as corn. Frying food in oil has been around for thousands of years and almost every culture has a tasty version.. The technique of batter frying, however, was introduced by the Spanish and Portuguese in the late 16th century. This culinary inspiration spread to Japan, where it became known as tempura. Today just about anything can be frittered from beignets to squash blossoms. And of course there's always good ole' apple. On National Fritters Day, celebrate your favorite comfort food, no matter what language you speak. 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

    December 1, 2021 - Rosa Parks Day | Operation Santa Paws

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    Welcome to December 1, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a civil rights gamechanger and giving to our furry friends.  While some states honor the birthday of this civil right hero, others celebrate the day of her arrest. On December 1, 1955, after a long day of work, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She sat in the “colored section” but as the bus began to fill, the driver demanded that she give up her seat for other passengers. Rosa refused. She was arrested and was later found guilty of violating a city ordinance. What followed made civil rights history. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others had organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott for the day of Rosa's trial. The boycott succeeded and lasted several months, devastating the transportation system in Montgomery. On Rosa Parks Day we honor the courage and heart of a woman that dared to change a nation. While you may not have room to adopt a pet this season, you can still be a part of a holiday tradition that brings comfort and joy to millions of shelter animals through Operation Santa Paws. This month we celebrate the spirit of giving to our four legged friends to make their stay a little bit brighter until they find their forever home. The cause encourages you to donate blankets, food, toys and money that will make animals feel secure and cared for, which is an important part of keeping them adoptable. And if you're ready for a new family member, they can help you find that perfect pet. Look for Operation Santa Paws at your local shelters between now and December 24th to bring the holiday spirit to our furry friends. 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

    November 30, 2021 - National Mississippi Day | Giving Tuesday

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to November 30, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate amazing flights and the spirit of giving. Mississippi is best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley and The Blues. But it's also known as the setting for one of the world's greatest feats of aviation. In 1935, two brothers from Meridian, Mississippi—Al and Fred Key—took off in a single-engine plane from the local airport. They wanted to see how long they could stay in the air before having to land. Their aircraft, called the Ole Miss, circled the area and refueled from another plane via a special nozzle they had invented. When it was all said and done, the brothers had been flying for just over 27 days and had traveled 52,320 miles--which at the time was a world record. It's National Mississippi Day, and we celebrate The Flying Keys and all of the fine folks in the Magnolia State. If you're already stressed out from a weekend of holiday shopping, today is the perfect time to hit pause. On the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, folks celebrate Giving Tuesday also known as the National Day of Giving. It doesn't take a lot to lift someone's spirits. Take the story of Matthew Flores. Matthew was a 12 year old boy who just wanted something to read. He could not even afford a bus pass to the library, let alone books of his own. Matthew asked his mail carrier, Ron Lynch, for any extra junk mail he could read and the postal worker put the story on FaceBook. 3,500 books later Matthew has his own personal library, which he now shares with those in need. On Giving Tuesday, celebrate your own good fortune by sharing it with those around you.  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

    November 29, 2021 - Electronic Greetings Day | Cyber Monday

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to November 29, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate convenient ways to stay connected and shopping with ease. When Neil Papworth sent the first ever text to his boss in 1992, he had no idea the impact it would have. The text was pretty simple—it said Merry Christmas—but this message changed the world. Texting has become a part of everyday life. In fact, it's the most popular form of electronic communication in the world. Last year, 2 trillion texts were sent—and that's only counting the United States. This form of communication makes it easy to keep in touch with friends and family, no matter where they live. And as we enter the holiday season, thank goodness for that. On Electronic Greetings Day, celebrate by reaching out to those you love. Shopping from the convenience of your living room has never been easier as we celebrate the phenomenon known as Cyber Monday. What began as a marketing gimmick in 2005 was actually a clever trend prediction by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman of The National Retail Federation. They noticed the spike in online sales after Black Friday and figured that folks were using the faster internet at work to round out their holiday shopping. A simple press release launched the phrase and the Monday after Thanksgiving became the biggest online shopping day of the year. In 2019 that translated into more than 9 billion dollars in sales. It's also a win-win for shoppers who enjoy the ease of purchasing from their mobile devices. On Cyber Monday keep calm and shop on. 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

    November 28, 2021 - Chanukah | National French Toast Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to November 28, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the Festival of Lights and reclaiming lost bread.  This evening kicks off Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights. During the time of Alexander the Great, Jewish culture began to blend with Greek culture in a mostly peaceful relationship. That is until Antiochus IV desecrated the Jewish Holy Temple. When the Israelites rededicated the Second Temple in Jerusalem, there was only enough oil to keep the lamps lit for one night, but instead, the oil lasted for 8. Chanukah celebrates this miracle with 8 nights of observance. In the evening, families light the menorah, adding one candle each night until all 9 candles are glowing on the last day. They exchange gifts, and share foods that commemorate this event. On the first day of Chanukah, we share in the spirit of miracles and embrace the ones we love.  Today we celebrate a favorite breakfast food that goes by many names. Best known as French toast, it's actually not French at all. The first known recipe dates all the way back to the 5th century AD. That's when the Romans whipped up eggs and milk, dipped in bread and fried it in oil or butter. And the recipe has remained more or less the same ever since. It was later called “poor knights” in Germany and “eggy bread” in England. And in France the name is “pain perdu” which means lost bread. What a perfect description for the magical transformation of stale bread into a golden toasted perfection. Try it with cinnamon and whipped cream, fruit or syrup and lots of melted butter. On National French Toast Day, celebrate this breakfast favorite with any name you please! 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

    November 27, 2021 - National Craft Jerky Day | Small Business Saturday

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 3:30

    Welcome to November 27, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate protein on the go and supporting the small guys. The preservation of meat by smoking or drying has been around for a very long time. Evidence of meat jerky is even found in the tombs of ancient Egypt. And this makes sense when you realize that refrigeration has only been around a relatively short while. But today we celebrate the artisanal flair of the folks who produce craft jerky with everything from elk to buffalo and even soybeans and mushrooms. Your taste buds may only be geared for the traditional beef kind originally produced by the South American tribes of the Andes.  On National Craft Jerky Day prepare your palate for something savory and something more adventurous if you dare. Small Business Saturday reminds us of the prime shopping opportunities right in our own backyards. These places offer lots of gift-giving possibilities with hands-on service and quality, thoughtful gifts. Small businesses feed our communities. They keep our main streets thriving and employ nearly half of the American workforce. You'll feel good knowing that your holiday shopping puts food on the tables of the folks you know. And plenty of the people on your list prefer handmade items anyway! Don't hesitate to browse a small business website as well as the traditional brick and mortar kind. You may be surprised to discover just what you've been looking for. On Small Business Saturday, celebrate the moms and pops who put the fun and goodwill back into the season of giving.  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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