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National Day Calendar
January 29, 2023 - National Corn Chips Day | National Puzzle Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 29th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate corny legends and puzzling pastimes.  Some say the story of corn chips began on a road trip. In 1932 Elmer Doolin was traveling through San Antonio, TX where he discovered a local favorite called friotes. Elmer bought the recipe from a man who wanted to quit the corn chip business. Little did he know it would be the best 100 dollars he ever spent. Doolin perfected them in his mother's kitchen and started selling the chips from the back of his Model T. But sales really took off when his mom Daisy came up with a recipe campaign called Cooking with Fritos. This led to a partnership with Herman Lay and today Fritos are a corn chip legend. On National Corn Chip Day enjoy your own favorite chips!   Putting together a puzzle is a fun way to spend a quiet day indoors. Of course, depending on the number of pieces, it can get frustrating. 100 pieces? Piece of cake. 500 pieces? A bit of a challenge. 1000 pieces? Now we are getting a little crazy. But, let's put things into perspective. According to the Guinness Book Of Records, the most pieces ever used in a single puzzle is 551,232. It took 1,600 students in Vietnam around 17 hours to put it together. When completed, it measured over 48 by 76 feet and it depicted a lotus flower with 6 petals. No word whether there were any pieces missing. On National Puzzle Day, cozy up with your own beautiful challenge. 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

National Day Calendar
January 28, 2023 - National Kazoo Day | National Have Fun At Work Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 28th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the buzz on kazoos and having fun at work. The Down South Submarine is a uniquely American instrument better known as the kazoo. It was invented in the 1840s by German watchmaker Thaddeus Von Clegg. The kazoo has created some buzz over the years but mostly as a toy rather than a legitimate instrument. All of that changed in the jazz and blues era, though not many soloists made it their career instruments. Today you can listen to Barbara Stewart for inspiration. Barbara learned to play at the age of three and adds over 30 years of classical music training to her serious kazoo stylings. Check her out on YouTube and if you happen to be in South Carolina today, swing by the Kazoobie Kazoo factory for a tour on National Kazoo Day. Barbara is so cool. Did you know that everything sounds better when it's played on a kazoo? Like, what's your favorite song Marlo? 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

National Day Calendar
January 27, 2023 - National Chocolate Cake Day | National Big Wig Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 27th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate having your cake and eating it too and thinking like a Big Wig. Here in America, chocolate was consumed primarily as a beverage until the 1840s. According to the Dover Post, the chocolate cake was born in 1765 when a doctor and a chocolate maker teamed up in an old mill. They ground up cocoa beans between huge millstones to make a thick syrup. The liquid was poured into molds shaped like cakes, which were meant to be transformed into a drink. It wasn't until 1947 that a popular Philadelphia cookbook author, Eliza Leslie, published the earliest chocolate cake recipe in The Lady's Receipt Book. Then in 1947 Betty Crocker released their first dry mix cake. On National Chocolate Cake Day celebrate having your cake and eating it too. Today is National Big Wig Day, and in honor of the Look Good Feel Better Campaign, folks across the country host parties to raise money for cancer patients. It's a way for people to show their inner Big Wig by taking on the role of philanthropist. No matter how you make a living, today is your chance to pool resources with like minded people to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cancer charities of your choice. Show your support on National Big Wig Day by sporting lovely locks and giving as generously as you can. 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

National Day Calendar
January 26, 2023 - National Green Juice Day | National Spouses Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 26th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the drinking of the green and the art of marriage. Green juice is tastier than ever these days and one convenient bottle can hold the nutritional value of several servings of fruits and veggies. While juice has been around for thousands of years, the crazes of the last century have produced some amazing results. Norman Walker, who invented the first modern juicer in the 1930s lived to be 99 years old. Jack LaLanne who drank juice faithfully lived to be 96. And evidence suggests that it's never too late to turn over a new leaf, especially if your juice contains more green veggies than fruit. Give yourself the green light to make small healthy changes that are easy to stick with on National Green Juice Day!  Frida Kahlo was smitten from the moment she set eyes on a mural created by Diego Rivera. Fifteen years later they were formally introduced and they fell in love and were married. Their rocky relationship had many ups and downs, however, the impact they had on one another's art was enormous. Individually, they became two of the greatest artists of the 20th Century, but it was their mutual love for one another that fueled their creativity. On National Spouses Day, celebrate the partners who stick with you through thick and thin. As Frida put it, You deserve someone who brings you hope, coffee, and poetry. 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

National Day Calendar
January 25, 2023 - National Opposite Day | Library Shelfie Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 25th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a study in opposites and sharing our love for books.  Calvin Coolidge became our 30th United States President in 1923 upon the death of Warren G. Harding. He then ran for reelection in 1924 and won the Popular vote by a margin of 25.2, which is still considered a landmark victory. By 1928, Coolidge announced to the press, “I do not choose to run,” when commenting on the upcoming Presidential election. This statement caused widespread debate about whether or not he meant the opposite. But the President's life had been touched by the tragedy of losing his son, and he felt it was time to retire. He is credited with restoring dignity and prestige to the office of President after the political landscape had reached an all time low. While some politician's make a game of doing the opposite of their campaign promises, we celebrate a Commander in Chief who knew how to quit while he was ahead on National Opposite Day.  In the early 1500s, Leonardo da Vinci kept a notebook to jot down his observations of the world around him. Among other things, he discusses why fossils of fish can be found in mountains and why the moon shines so brightly. It's full of random notes and illustrations, and is written in Da Vinci's famous backwards writing, which can only be read when viewed in a mirror. This simple 18 page book, known as the Codex Lester, was bought and sold several times over the years and became one of the most expensive books in the world. In 1994, Bill Gates bought it for just under 31 million dollars. On Library Shelfie Day, share your own love of books by taking a selfie in front of your prized editions. 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

National Day Calendar
January 24, 2023 - National Compliment Day | National Peanut Butter Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 2:00


Welcome to January 24th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate honeyed words and spreadable gold.  Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Studies now show that our brains process positive affirmations the way we process financial rewards. For inspiration on making someone's day, check out Shea Glover's short film produced in a Chicago high school. She told fellow students that she was taking pictures of things she finds beautiful and asked them to pose for her. I challenge you to not react as you watch these faces bloom into smiles with this surprise compliment. With over 25 million views on YouTube, it's obvious that people love the good vibes of watching a compliment take effect. The video is called People React To Being Called Beautiful and it will inspire you to pay it forward on National Compliment Day. In 2014, a group of scientists in Germany ran some experiments to help them better understand the Earth's mantle, or the layer between the crust and the core. They discovered that intense pressure on a substance will pull oxygen out of carbon dioxide, which can create diamonds. You're probably wondering what this has to do with today's celebration. It turns out that of all the ordinary objects they tested the theory on, only one created a diamond. Peanut butter. Now don't get too excited. It's not as if you're going to find gemstones in your next PB and J. On National Peanut Butter Day enjoy this diamond in the rough trivia that's also delicious on toast. 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

National Day Calendar
January 23, 2023 - National Handwriting Day | National Pie Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 23rd, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate handy work and the pie war to end all wars. Before the invention of the printing press, the only way to get a copy of a book was to duplicate it by hand. During the Middle Ages, monks worked for hours at a time to reproduce the Bible, history books, and countless other volumes that might have been lost over time. This massive undertaking undoubtedly caused more than its fair share of cramped hands. So think of that the next time you gripe about taking meeting notes by hand. On National Handwriting Day, we celebrate the lost art of writing longhand and how it shaped history. Anyone who has ever baked a pie from scratch knows there is no such thing as, “easy as pie.” Turns out, there's some skill involved in taking a pie to the face. Ben Turpin, the comedian and silent film star is largely credited with being the first victim of this joke in the 1909 film Mr. Flip. Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton perfected the gag with specific recipes depending on the victims hair color. Blackberries looked better on blondes and cream filling was funnier on brunettes. By the time Laurel and Hardy were in full swing, the pie to the face was almost old hat, but Stan agreed to make the pie picture to end all pie pictures with the film Battle of the Century. The Los Angeles Pie Company provided the more than four thousand pies required for the movie, which debuted in 1927. Life magazine later wrote that this pie Armageddon was so classic that every pie made its special kind of point and piled on its special kind of laugh. On National Pie Day, don't insult your favorite baker by making a joke of their masterpiece. Instead, savor a sweet bite with a classic comedy film. 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

National Day Calendar
January 22, 2023 - Celebration Of Life Day | National Blonde Brownie Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 22nd, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate having fun with our kids and the brownie's blonde cousin.  Charles Swindoll said that each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Today is the day to make that investment count by letting our kids know how much we love them. Celebration of Life Day is about appreciating the Now, whether it's a walk in the park together, coloring or reading a book. Kids grow up much faster than we can imagine. And while your children may be racing towards adulthood, they are never too old to appreciate your attention and encouragement. This day is for everyone who loves a youngster. It's a gentle reminder that the best thing you can give your children is time.  Did you know that the first brownies didn't have cocoa at all but got their color from molasses? It's believed that these dessert bars originated in Sandusky, Ohio at least 10 years before their chocolate cousins. When chocolate became the norm in the early 1900s they differentiated the bars by calling the original the blondie. This name appeared in recipe books of the 1940s and called for light brown sugar instead of molasses. Blondies have all the caramel sweetness of a chocolate chip cookie with the soft fudgy texture of a bar. On National Blonde Brownie Day enjoy this ultimate way to satisfy your sweet tooth. 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

National Day Calendar
January 21, 2023 - Squirrel Appreciation Day | National Fruitcake Toss Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 21st, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate crafty critters and blowing off holiday steam.  Each Fall, squirrels gather nuts and then bury them for safekeeping. Because of scavengers, squirrels can't hide their stash all in one place and use a technique called “scatter hoarding.” A few nuts get buried here, a few there, and before you know it, the treasure is spread out over hundreds of places. Sometimes they even dig fake holes to throw off other animals from finding the real stuff. And, contrary to popular belief, squirrels are really quite good at recovering their hidden nuts. Through a combination of smell and memory, these furry little creatures can locate nearly 3/4 of everything they buried. And, yes, if they find another squirrel's hoard, they're not above stealing. On Squirrel Appreciation Day, celebrate these crafty backyard critters. Every year people buy fruitcakes. And every year there are unopened cakes still loafing around in January. The people of Manitou Springs, Colorado have a solution. For the last 20 plus years they have 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 of 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

National Day Calendar
January 20, 2023 - National Cheese Lover's Day | National Disc Jockey Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 20th, 2023 on the National Day. Today we celebrate risking it all for cheese and the folks who keep music spinning. Some cheese lovers take their obsession into the danger zone. On Cooper's Hill near Gloucester, England a 200 yard race rivals the danger of Spain's running of the bulls. Participants in the Cooper's Hill Cheese-Roll and Wake follow a 9 pound wheel of Double Gloucester cheese, which is given a one second start. The first person to cross the finish line wins the wheel of cheese. This Springtime event sprang from a pagan tradition of rolling baked goods down hill, but chasing after cheese was first caught on camera in 1982. If you enjoy a good “wipeout” there are plenty of cringeworthy Cheese-Roll videos online. On National Cheese Lover's Day curl up with your favorite fromage and catch up on all the action.  When Thomas Edison patented the phonograph in 1877, he had no idea of the impact it would have on the world. He intended the phonograph to be a device for recording voice messages. As we know, it also became a way to bring recorded music to the world. Nearly 60 years later, Walter Winchell first used the term "disc jockey” and those who played records over the airwaves changed music history. Even as our listening devices have changed, DJs have managed to stay in the game. Two turntables and a microphone have become an iconic platform for reaching a global audience. On National Disc Jockey Day, we celebrate those with the power of music in their hands. 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

National Day Calendar
January 19, 2023 - National Popcorn Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 19th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate taking the road less traveled in pursuit of our favorite snacks.  On a cold snowy day in January, a man sat at his usual spot in his favorite coffee shop cruising around the internet. He happened to see the mention of “National Popcorn Day,” and being his favorite snack, the man dug a little deeper. “What's the deal with National Days? Where do they come from and why are they a thing?” His research came up empty for there wasn't one site describing all of the days and some of their origins were nonexistent. This man was more than a little persistent, for he gave up nights and weekends for the next two years to create over a thousand posts all around the subject of National Days. Little did he know that the hobby would become his Hallmark and today National Day Calendar turns 10 years old. On National Popcorn Day, I'm celebrating the man behind the hobby, Marlo Anderson! 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

National Day Calendar
January 18, 2023 - National Thesaurus Day | National Winnie The Pooh Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 18th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate having a way with words and silly old bears. You may not immediately recognize the name Peter Mark Roget, but chances are you've read his book. Or at least parts of it. In 1852, he published his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, which is still in use today. Over the years, Roget's publication has been a lifesaver for writers trying to avoid overusing the same words. And oddly enough, the word “thesaurus” is derived from the Greek word for “treasure.” Others have published thesauri over the years, but on National Thesaurus Day we celebrate the original tome. Marlo: Did you say tomb? Anna: No, no, no, no; "tome." You know, like the writing or the publication. Marlo: Oh, okay I got you. John: Is a "thesauri" a kind of dinosaur? Marlo: I wonder if anyone ever went up to Peter said, "Hey, I've read your entire book!" Anna: What's another word for cretin? Marlo: Good question. Alan Alexander Milne was born on this day in 1882. His father ran a private school where one of Alan's teachers was H.G. Wells. The boy would grow up to be an author himself, though not in the science fiction genre favored by his teacher. Alan tried his hand at playwriting but found his true calling in children's books. Inspired by visits to the London Zoo, he discovered his most loveable character through a black bear named Winnie. His son, Christopher Robin named his own teddy bear Winnie and the charm of this 1926 series was born. Today the books have been translated into more than 50 languages! On National Winnie the Pooh Day we celebrate the classic legacy of the gentle adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

National Day Calendar
January 17, 2023 - National Classy Day | National Bootlegger's Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 17th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate class acts and the real McCoy.  Born on January 17, 1922, Betty's White's talent was legendary. The Guinness World Records named her the female entertainer with the longest career in 2018. She first appeared in a 1939 radio broadcast at the age of 17, and for the next 82 years she never stopped. Her grace and charisma touched the world, while her endearing wit was featured in countless television shows and movies, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland. Last year National Day Calendar created National Classy Day in her honor. While it's been a whole year since her passing at age 99, we hope that her light never goes out.  Before Prohibition, Bill McCoy used to build yachts for people like the Carnegies and Vanderbilts. But once alcohol became illegal, he moved into another business. Smuggling. He built himself a ship with a motor fast enough to outrun the Coast Guard and with plenty of storage for carrying liquor into the United States. It even had a hidden machine gun just in case he needed to get out of trouble. A lot of the alcohol being served at the time was homemade and not very good. But if you were lucky enough to get your hands on some of the genuine alcohol that Bill smuggled in, then you knew you had the Real McCoy. Which is where we got the phrase. National Bootlegger's Day is celebrated on the day that Prohibition went into effect. It's also the birthday of legendary bootlegger, Al Capone.   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

National Day Calendar
January 16, 2023 - National Nothing Day | Martin Luther King Jr. Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 16th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate making something out of nothing and a man with a dream.  John: Uh, Anna, We're recording. What are you eating? Anna: Nothing.  John: No you're eating something. Anna: No nothing. Marlo? Marlo: Yeah? John: Marlo, what are you eating? Marlo: Nothing either actually. John: So who's eating? Anna: Alright, alright. It's me. I'm eating a fig newton. I'm celebrating National Fig Newton Day and I'm sorry. I didn't bring enough for everybody. John: But they're ooey, gooey rich and chewy inside! Anna: I know, I'm sorry. Marlo, what are you celebrating? Marlo: Because of you I'm celebrating National Nothing Day. John: Oh, I'm celebrating nothing with you too, Marlo. Anna: That's a good call. Somebody's gotta do it. John: Yeah, way to be a team player. Marlo: Yeah, thanks, Anna! President Johnson once called Martin Luther King Jr. the apostle of nonviolence because of his legendary service through civil disobedience. As a clergyman, activist and leader of the civil rights movement, Dr. King is perhaps best known for his “I Have A Dream” speech. Hallowed in our history books as one of the all time greats, this speech was almost heard by no one. Right before the event the sound system was sabotaged and reportedly fixed on orders by Attorney General Robert Kennedy. What's more, King had not planned to “share the dream,” but improvised this portion upon the encouragement from singer Mahalia Jackson. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we honor the unifying spirit of a man who changed the world by speaking from his heart. 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

National Day Calendar
January 15, 2023 - National Hat Day | National Bagel Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 15th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate causing a stir and the wise guys of bagel making.  On this day in 1797, John Hetherington—a London hat maker—stepped out into the street wearing his latest creation. A top hat. 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 try not to cause a stir.  The bagel makers of New York in the early 1900s were nothing to mess with. Referred to as the bagel mafia, these men conducted business in Yiddish to keep their trade secrets a secret. Bagel making was hard labor and the conditions of most shops were actually quite appalling, but in the 1930s Bagel Bakers Local 338 Union changed everything. These elite bakers tested their benchmen for 6 months until they could roll 832 bagels per hour. And, 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. Today bagels can be found almost anywhere thanks to the Lender family who automated the process, but on National Bagel Day, we celebrate the tough guys who made these chewy wonders part of the American Dream.  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

National Day Calendar
January 14, 2023 - National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day | Ratification Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 14th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a globe trotting sub and great moments in “Near Miss History.”  Pastrami 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. The name was also changed to pastrami, but no one is exactly sure why. 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

National Day Calendar
January 13, 2023 - National Rubber Ducky Day | Stephen Foster Memorial Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 13th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate ducky trivia and a centuries old pop star.  This toy was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2013 where only 52 other toys enjoy this status. Do you know what it is? Marlo & John: G.I. Joe! Anna: Nooooo! It's the rubber ducky. But do you know why we celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day on this day?  Marlo & John: No. Anna: Okay. It first appeared on the Sesame Street Calendar in 1973 as Rubber Ducky's birthday. Marlo & John: Very cool. Anna: Okay, but do you know what the world's largest rubber duck is called? Marlo: No idea. Anna: It's Mama Duck. She's more than six stories high and weighs over 30,000 pounds. Marlo: What about the tub she's in? Anna: She's on the lake, Marlo. On National Rubber Ducky Day celebrate with this and other trivia and see why this ducky is still the one!   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

National Day Calendar
January 12, 2023 - Kiss A Ginger Day | National Pharmacist Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 12th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a spicy kiss and historical healthcare.  While there's a one in four chance that the recessive gene for red hair will carry on in the offspring of two ginger parents, these rare beauties rarely get a fair shake. Today we tip the odds in their favor on Kiss a Ginger Day, which was founded by Derek Forgie in 2009. If you're one of the less than 2 percent that is crowned with a mane of fire, consider yourself a rock star today and celebrate with confidence this once bullied trait. Did you get bullied for having red hair, Marlo? Marlo: No, not really, but I gave out gingerbread cookies and things. Did you get that? Gingerbread? Anna: I did. Is that how you get all your kisses, then? By handing out cookies? Marlo: Maybe so. Anna: Pucker up and enjoy the ride on Kiss a Ginger Day. 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. 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

It Takes 2 with Amy & JJ
Marlo Anderson - CES 2023 Update and Why CBS Showed Up in Mandan, ND

It Takes 2 with Amy & JJ

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 15:54


Marlo Anderson, the Guru of Geek, has just returned from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 2023 saw a massive uptick in attendance and vendors - find out about the cool things he saw...including an autonomous snow blower! Plus, CBS Sunday Morning made a trek to Mandan, ND just to see Marlo!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

National Day Calendar
January 11, 2023 - National Hobby Month | Heritage Treasures Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 11th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate changing things up and hidden treasures.  January is National Hobby Month and if you've never thought of hobbies as part of your selfcare routine 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! Some people treasure hunt for big money, but Carol Richards of Washington state does it to help other people. Carol and her husband David discovered an old suitcase in their garage belonging to David's grandmother. Grandma Helen passed away in 1988 but she left a priceless collection of photographs from the early 1900s. When Carol realized how lucky it was that Helen's photos were labeled, she decided to search for the descendants. Creating the Facebook page Helen's Suitcase she began scanning and posting these perfect time capsules. One by one people were reunited and discovered new family ties. Carol's favorite photo shows Helen as team captain of a girl's basketball team and their 1911 Championship. On Heritage Treasures Day, discover the adventure that may be waiting for you in your own family relics. 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

National Day Calendar
January 10, 2023 - National Houseplant Appreciation Day | National Shop For Travel Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 10th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the green indoors and dream vacations come true.  In 1989 NASA published a study that showed that plants may improve the air quality for indoor spaces. We all know that plants consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen as they do their photosynthesis thing, so this makes sense. But apparently some plants are better than others when it comes to this phenomenon of boosting your indoor air quality. Apparently, Boston ferns, spider plants, ficus, rubber trees and bamboo plants are more effective than other plants. You're a big fan of talking to your plants eh, Marlo. On National Houseplant Appreciation Day, give some love to the species that helps you breathe easier. National Shop For Travel Day was created in 2018 by the Travel Technology Association. Today it's easier than ever before to get the scoop on planning your next big adventure. Check out apps like Hopper for monitoring airfare price drops. PackPoint lets you enter destinations, time of year and length of stay for customizing your packing list. Citymapper helps you plan the fastest route to your points of interest. And if you prefer a low tech solution, browse through the pages of Lonely Planet magazine or the good old Blue Guide books with more than a century of history to back them up. This day is all about daydreaming, which is the first step to making your virtual vacations come true.   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

National Day Calendar
January 9, 2023 - National Clean Off Your Desk Day | National Balloon Ascension Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 9th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate clearing space and reaching great heights.  Anna: Marlo, I know you don't make New Year's resolutions but I have a challenge for you right now, can you see the top of your desk? Marlo: Kind of. Anna: Well, you know I've heard this new thing about feng shui that if you're living in a messy world you're just going to feel more messy. I actually took that to heart and switched things up. John: Okay you're officially a weirdo. Anna: Okay but hear this out; if you look at your quadrants in your house my office is in the wealth corner and it was an absolute mess like a year ago and I'm cleaning that up and things are happening. I'm just saying. Marlo: You have quadrants in your house? Anna: Yeah, Yeah I could come over and read your office, Marlo... John: They don't have Visas though, Marlo. Marlo: That's good to know. Anna: On National Clean Off Your Desk Day find out how much more productive you are with a little less clutter. 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

National Day Calendar
January 8, 2023 - Earth's Rotation Day | World Typing Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 8th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate our mysterious universe and curious keys.  On this day in 1851 French physicist, Leon Foucault made an important discovery. As a med school dropout and amateur photographer Leon had not yet made his mark. Then on January 8th he suspended a pendulum from the ceiling of the Meridian Room of the Paris Conservatory and invited some fellow scientists to “...see the Earth turn.” As the pendulum swung through the air it traced a pattern that effectively illustrated that the Earth turns on an axis. On Earth's Rotation Day, celebrate the mysteries of the universe that still manage to capture our imagination.   If you've ever looked at the top row of your keyboard, then you've noticed the made up word QWERTY. Turns out that the design was proprietary on purpose. The Remington company began producing typewriters based on the design of Christopher Latham Sholes, who came up with the QWERTY arrangement. When the Remington company sold the typewriters, they also held trainings on how to use them. 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. On World Typing Day celebrate at your own speed even if you're in the hunt and peck lane. 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

National Day Calendar
January 7, 2023 - National Tempura Day | National Bobblehead Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 7th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate delicious imports and wobbly heads.  In the mid 16th century Nagasaki, Japan was a closed-port to most of the world, but the Portuguese 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. The origins of these fritters likely came from Indian pakora, but the Japanese love for fresh foods put a lighter spin on the dish. As strange as it sounds, Japan had no tradition of frying food before this time. Today, tempura is a fundamental culinary technique that we celebrate on National Tempura Day.  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. That's when sports teams began depicting their mascots and famous players like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. 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

National Day Calendar
January 6, 2023 - National Shortbread Day | National Technology Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 6th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate buttery biscuits and sneaky technology.  Originally called Biscuit Bread, these buttery, delectable cookies or “biscuits” began life in the 12th century as leftover bread dough dried out to form a hard rusk. Made famous in Scotland by French pastry chefs working for Mary, Queen of Scots, these became known as “petticoat tails”, likely due to the French name for them, petits gateaux or little cakes. Shortbread as it became known got its name from the crumbly texture via an old meaning of the word “short”, due to its high butter content. This final name was even fought for and defended by Scottish bakers in an effort to prevent having to pay a government tax on biscuits. On National Shortbread Day, enjoy this delicious “cookie” with a long history, just don't call it a biscuit! Ever get the feeling that your technology is spying on you? Turns out, it is, but probably not in the way you're thinking! In the 1980s color printers were becoming popular in homes and the government was worried that people could use them to counterfeit money. Because of this, the Xerox corporation developed the Machine Identification Code to track printed documents. Using a series of practically invisible yellow dots arranged in a binary code, your documents could be traced by the time, date and printer serial number hidden on every page. This code was used successfully to track counterfeiters and the public didn't become aware until 2004, almost 20 years later! So the next time someone talks about their phone listening to them, share this little story about their printer.  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

National Day Calendar
January 5, 2022 - National Whipped Cream Day | National Screenwriters Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 5th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate sweet inventions and the wizards of words.  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. Alfred Hitchcock once said, To make a good film, you need three things, the script, the script, and the script. Without stories, we wouldn't have TV or movies. Even if a book is used as the basis for a film, a screenwriter still needs to adapt the storyline so it works on the big screen. Unless you sit through the credits, you probably wont know who wrote the screenplays for your favorite blockbusters. This is your chance to start noticing these architects of entertainment. For homework you can check out Hitchcock's 1963 classic The Birds, which is also creepy fun for National Bird Day. Extra points if you can identify the screenwriter. On National Screenwriters Day take time to find out who is responsible for making your favorite shows especially entertaining.  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

National Day Calendar
January 4, 2023 - National Trivia Day | World Braille Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 4th, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate nerding out and seeing things in a different light. If you've ever attended quiz night at a local pub, you know how exciting trivia can be. There's a thrill that comes from knowing that a seemingly useless piece of information holds the key to winning a game. Even 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. Celebrate National Trivia Day being a know-it-all by sharing this, or any other random facts. Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809 in a small French village. While playing in his parents saddle shop, he injured his eye and by age five Louis was totally blind. He learned by listening and the diligent student was enrolled in the National Institute for Blind Children in Paris. As fate would have it, a captain in Napoleon's army visited the school and taught the children Night Writing. This complex communication code used 12 dots, but young Louis believed he could make it more simple. By age 15 Louis Braille completed the 6 dot fingertip reading system with 64 characters in total. The code was adopted at Louis's school in 1824 but a new school Director banned the Braille system in 1840, saying it would make sighted teachers obsolete. Thankfully, the world recognized the genius of Louis Braille and by 1916 his system was used in American schools for the blind. On World Braille Day, we celebrate the far reaching impact of a boy who saw things differently.   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

National Day Calendar
January 3, 2023 - National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day | National Drinking Straw Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 3rd, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the sweet life and having the last straw.  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.   You've heard the expression, that's the last straw! But what about the first? The very first straws were used by ancient Sumerians for drinking beer. And because the beer barrels were too large to pass around, these long, communal drinking straws had to go the distance. The next ones were made from rye grass, which made beverages taste, well, grassy! Thanks to Marvin Stone, the paper straw replaced this kind, and folks began sipping in a more appealing way. We celebrate National Drinking Straw Day on January 3rd because that's when Marvin received his patent in 1888. But with more than 500 million plastic straws going to waste each day, some people celebrate with new and improved ways to do their part. If you see plastic as the last straw for the environment, try paper ones or reusable straws made of metal, glass or bamboo.  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

National Day Calendar
January 2, 2023 - National Personal Trainer Awareness Day | National Science Fiction Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 2nd, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a feast for everyone and a voyage of the imagination.  Anna: Marlo, I have a bone to pick with you. I'm all geared up to celebrate National Personal Trainer Awareness Day and I see it's also National Cream Puff Day and National Buffet Day. Is that a joke? John, help me out here. John: What do you mean? I'm gonna work out and have a cream puff and a buffet. Anna: Yeah, but you're already in that routine. For those of us that are like picking the day to take a stand, it's horrible. John: You just have to find your balance. Anna: Okay, I guess I can celebrate being aware... Marlo: You need to find a personal trainer that will join you on these things. Anna: Alright, I'm aware that there's a personal trainer out there with my name on it. I'm just gonna start the training part tomorrow.   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! 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

National Day Calendar
January 1, 2023 - National Bloody Mary Day | New Year's Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2023 3:30


Welcome to January 1st, 2023 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a gruesome drink and a fresh start.  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. 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 Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” We hope you will 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

National Day Calendar
December 31, 2022 - National Champagne Day | New Year's Eve

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 31, 2022 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. If you've ever wondered why bottles of Dom Perignon 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.  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 Years 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 2022 and on New Year's Eve we welcome all that 2023 has to offer! 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

National Day Calendar
December 30, 2022 - National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day | Bacon Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 30, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the power of ordinary ingredients. With only 24 hours left till the new year, it's time for a quick science lesson. Trust us, you'll wanna remember this. If you plan to tie one on for New Year's Eve remember that not all hangover cures are made equal. Some swear by the hair of the dog, or an over the counter remedy like Alka Seltzer, but a magical ingredient is waiting to be discovered right in your own kitchen. If you guessed baking soda you are correct. It turns out that products like Alka Seltzer contain only a few active ingredients and bicarbonate of soda is one of them. Add in some aspirin and you are totally prepared for a wicked hangover. On National Bicarbonate of Soda Day discover this mighty wonder and please celebrate responsibly. “Bringing home the bacon” is a saying that 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. This might be a good day to make a similar resolution for the coming new year, although it's much easier to simply buy bacon these days. It's true that few people can resist the smell of bacon frying up in a pan, so it's bound to lead to a harmonious home. On Bacon Day we celebrate a food that is delicious 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

National Day Calendar
December 29, 2022 - Tick Tock Day | National Pepper Pot Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 29, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate making the most of the final countdown and a National soup for the soul.  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 2022? If there's still money in a Flex Spending account, now's the time to purchase that cool new pair of glasses or better yet, order a National Day wall calendar! 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

National Day Calendar
December 28, 2022 - National Card Playing Day | National Car Donation Month

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 28, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the art of bluffing and kicking your clunker to the curb.  The game of poker originated in Louisiana, and is believed to be 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 paid out a whopping $18.35 million. On National Card Playing Day you may wanna bone up on the skill of bluffing.   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. There is still time to make a difference by donating an old or unused vehicle during National Car Donation Month. Most charities make the process as simple as possible and in some cases the car doesn't even have to run. If you don't have a car to give away, you can still help by spreading 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

National Day Calendar
December 27, 2022 - National Fruitcake Day | Learn A Foreign Language Month

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 27, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate starting something new and being nutty as a fruitcake.  Anna: You probably didn't notice this Marlo, but December is Learn a Foreign Language Month. Marlo: You know, I didn't notice it obviously. I can't even say "Mario" correctly. Anna: You were too busy giving out calendars and hanging out with Santa Claus. John, didn't you learn Spanish or Portuguese? John: Si, si; uh, espagnol y un petit peu de français. Anna: Wow, I'm impressed. It's because you took a trip. John: Yes, and I learned no Croatian or Greek while I was there. Anna: Well, you know it's not too late. I mean, I know we have like four days, but you can start learning a new language today and it wouldn't be a bad call. What language would you pick Marlo? Marlo: I would probably pick Italian. Anna/John: "Eh, it's a me, it's a Mario." Anna: During Learn A Foreign Language Month don't be afraid to start something new. Your tree may be losing its needles, but one holiday item is still holding onto its cheer, 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. They were then saved until the following year to ensure the next season's bounty. Perhaps your fruitcake has become a holiday joke that gets tossed or re-gifted. Don't forget that National Fruitcake Toss Day is just around the corner. On this day fruitcakes are launched in creative ways and last year's cake becomes this year's ammunition. On National Fruitcake Day, celebrate your own favorite tradition, even if you're labeled nutty as a fruitcake.   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

National Day Calendar
December 26, 2022 - National Candy Cane Day | Boxing Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 26th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate extending the flavor and good will of the season.  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 though they were assigned much later on. The shape of the cane is a shepherd's crook, the white symbolizes purity and the peppermint flavor is reminiscent of hyssop which was used for purification during biblical days. You may already be missing the fun of the holidays as you take down the Christmas trimmings but on National Candy Cane Day, we invite you to savor the flavor of the season. Boxing Day has been an official holiday in England, Wales, Ireland and Canada since 1871. Also known as St. Stephen's Day and Good Will Day in South Africa, the origins of this celebration point back to King Wenceslas, a 10th Century Duke. Upon observing a poor peasant, the Duke ordered that food, wine and firewood be brought to his subject in need. The Church of England adopted this tradition, distributing donations from a box that parishioners filled all season. Boxing Day is a great Second Christmas that folks around the world celebrate to extend this 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

National Day Calendar
December 25, 2022 - Christmas Day | A'Phabet Day Or No "L" Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 25, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate holiday puns and the true spirit of gift giving. A'Phabet Day or No “L” Day is observed on December 25th. This day is for punsters who can't resist the play on words and avoid using the letter “L” in jokes and correspondence. Groan if you will, but No “L” Day invites you to celebrate with the fun loving folks, who make bad jokes a tradition. And if you still didn't catch on, that's ok too. William Sydney Porter wrote his most famous story, the Gift of the Magi under the pen name O. Henry in 1905. This timeless tale of a down on their luck couple has been memorialized in movies and parodies ever since. O. Henry reportedly penned the Gift of the Magi in only two hours, just days before Christmas. In the story, the wife sells her long, luxurious hair to buy an expensive watch chain for her husband. The husband sells his watch to buy combs for his wife's beautiful hair. Each character is unaware of the sacrifice until the day of their gift exchange. While some see this as a cruel twist of fate, others are reminded of a simple truth, the best gifts are given from the heart. No matter how you celebrate Christmas, we wish you peace and the true spirit 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

National Day Calendar
December 24, 2022 - National Eggnog Day | Christmas Eve

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2022 4:00


Welcome to December 24, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate clearing up the mystery behind two holiday favorites.  Have you ever wondered how eggnog got its name? It turns out that alcohol was once served in carved wooden mugs called noggins. It's believed that the first eggnog or posset was made as a cold remedy that included milk, spices, and alcohol. Some people added eggs to the recipe and others called it egg flip for the way it got poured between two pitchers. One American bartender dubbed it “egg and grog” because he made it with grog or rum. If you're feeling a little foggy on the whole thing, celebrate National Eggnog Day without the alcohol. Or have yourself an eggnog latte like I do.   'Twas 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 his 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

National Day Calendar
December 23, 2022 - National Roots Day | Festivus

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 23, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate getting back to our roots and a Festivus for the rest of us. These days we have all become a little more interested in our roots. I'm not talking about the gray kind that we cover up with hair dye, I'm talking about family history. DNA testing has doubled in popularity since these kits began offering valuable information including health issues, the migration of our forefathers and a deeper sense of our personal identity. If you're lucky, you still have a valuable source of living history right in your own family circle. On National Roots Day, dig a little deeper into the roots of your own family tree and find out more of what you're made of. Reader's Digest author Daniel O'Keefe created a new holiday tradition called 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. No matter how you celebrate the holidays you are sure to reach the point of wishing you could screech SERENITY NOW!   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

National Day Calendar
December 22, 2022 - National Date Nut Bread Day | National Re-Gifting Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 22, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the perfect holiday date and the rules of seasonal recycling.  If you're looking for a date for the holidays look no further than date nut bread. While it doesn't have the shelf life of a fruit cake, its less gaudy appearance speaks for its excellent taste. Dates have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, and are prized for their sticky sweetness. Quick bread recipes first appeared in the 1930s, when they were served as a tea time treat. Dress this classic with a cream cheese frosting if you're placing it on your holiday table. On National Date Nut Bread Day, it's guaranteed to get more attention than its ugly Christmas sweater cousin.  While re-gifting may seem like a good example of recycling, there are a few rules of etiquette. Make sure that the receiver of your re-gift wasn't the original giver. If the gift was handmade or of personal value, it is best not to give it away. Gifts that are new or in other words, not a hand me down, are more likely to be well received. And finally, be prepared with a story of how you found the item, unless deception is not your thing. Some families celebrate the art of re-gifting with a white elephant or obviously repurposed present. On National Re-Gifting Day, celebrate by using your best judgment and be kind with this art of deception.   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

National Day Calendar
December 21, 2022 - Winter Solstice | Humbug Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 21, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate an ancient tradition and turning your holiday frown upside down.  One of the oldest celebrations still in existence today is the Winter Solstice. Ancient ruins like Stonehenge were even built around this event when the Earth's poles are at their maximum tilt. If you don't have a giant sundial in your yard, have no fear, you will likely notice that the day feels remarkably short. Unless of course you live in the Southern Hemisphere, where you are experiencing the peak of Summer. The festivities of Winter Solstice vary widely but still include decorating an outdoor tree to feed wildlife, gathering indoors for hot mulled cider and lighting lanterns for the longest night of the year. It's all designed to inspire hope for the “birth of the sun” as we mark a new year's voyage. The word humbug dates back to the 1750s when it was used to describe anything false or deceptive. Charles Dickens made the phrase popular with his character of Ebenezer Scrooge. To this day, anyone who scoffs at looking at the bright side is synonymous with the name of Scrooge. We all know it took some ghostly interventions to turn Ebenezer around. If the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is filling you with humbug, take the cue to find 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

National Day Calendar
December 20, 2022 - National Sangria Day | Go Caroling Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 20, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate festive drinks and songs that stick.  Sangria originated in early Greek and Roman times when safe drinking water was not always available. Alcohol killed the bacteria in water and fruit made it even more drinkable. The word Sangria comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word for blood, which speaks to its color, though folks now use both red and white wines and even limoncello. At the 1964 World's Fair, Americans added an extra shot of brandy, for bonus warmth and cheer. What makes sangria truly special is the variety of flavor combinations of its seasonal fruits. No matter what's available today you can add some sparkle to your holiday party on National Sangria Day.  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. Robert L. May was given the task and was inspired by his daughter's love for reindeer. While staring out the window at the fog, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer sprang to life and the iconic Christmas story was born. Rudolf eventually made his way into a song and the rest is Yuletide history. On Go Caroling Day, celebrate with your favorite 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

National Day Calendar
December 19, 2022 - National Oatmeal Muffin Day | National Hard Candy Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 19, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate healthy hearts and candies that go the distance.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was first published on December 19, 1843. Today Christmas would not be complete without the story of Ebineezer Scrooge and his miraculous change of heart. Dickens's own reason for the seasonal tale can be summed up in line from Scrooge's nephew Fred: “I have always thought of Christmas time as… a kind, forgiving, charitable…time; when men and women … open their shut-up hearts freely.” If this seems like a lot of humbug, consider changing that lump of coal in your chest by eating something healthy. Studies show that the heart-healthy fiber in oatmeal can improve the most fowl of dispositions. On National Oatmeal Muffin Day, celebrate your own change of heart with this delicious remedy. In 1949, Bill and Dorothy Harmsen founded Jolly Rancher in Golden, Colorado. The couple originally sold ice cream and chocolate, but found their ice cream sales plummeted during the winter months. This prompted them to focus their business on producing hard candies, a decision that would pay off big. The first flavors were grape, apple, and fire stix, and while these flavors are still going strong, most people put watermelon, blue raspberry and cherry on top. Today, Jolly Rancher produces the most popular hard candy of all time. On National Hard Candy Day, savor the long lasting flavor of a candy that goes the distance. 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

National Day Calendar
December 18, 2022 - Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf | Chanukah

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 18, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate elfing around and the festival of lights. Anna: Buddy, the Elf. What's your favorite color? Marlo: Yellow, yellow, yellow! Anna: John? John: Red. No green! Anna: Did you guys know it's Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day? John: I do now! Anna: Right, I'm getting my "elf on!" Do you know what kinda music elves like best? John: Uh, jingle music? Anna: No: wrap music! And what do you call an elf who wins the lottery? John: Uh, lucky! Anna: Wealfy! It's not bad joke day. What's the first thing elf children learn in school? The Elfabet! Feel free to get you "elf on" on Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day. 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 the Jewish Holy Temple was desecrated. 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.  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

National Day Calendar
December 17, 2022 - National Maple Syrup Day | Wright Brothers Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 17, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate being sappy and fueling our dreams.  If you've ever wondered how maple syrup got its grades, here's a tip, it's all a matter of taste. In the past, Grade A syrup indicated an earlier harvest, hence a lighter color and milder taste. Grade C was harvested later and was best used as a substitute for molasses. Grade B was often overlooked, because folks thought it was somehow inferior. That's why the International Maple Syrup Institute dropped the grading system in 2015 and correctly labeled syrup by its color from golden to amber to dark and very dark. If you want to get fancy, check out the single forest Escuminac, Extra Rare syrup from Canada. That one will make you feel at the head of your class. On National Maple Syrup Day celebrate your sappy smarts with an extra pile of pancakes. From a young age Orville and Wilbur Wright were fascinated by flight. It all started in 1878 when their father brought home a rubber band helicopter. When the toy sailed across the room the boys were hooked. On December 17, 1903, their famous attempt to keep a mechanically propelled airplane aloft lasted only 12 seconds, but it carved a path that others would follow. While their dad was proud he was also nervous, and never allowed his sons to fly together. Seven years later, at the age of 82, he took a turn himself, and apparently enjoyed it. He reportedly yelled, “Higher, Orville, higher!" On Wright Brothers Day, we celebrate those who never lose sight of their dreams. 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

National Day Calendar
December 16, 2022 - National Underdog Day | National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 16, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate rooting for the underdog and the tradition of poor taste.  It's an accepted fact that people love cheering for an underdog. Whether in movies or sports or movies about sports, nothing engages our emotions like watching someone win against all odds. Do you guys have a favorite underdog story?   John: The 1980 Winter Olympics Hockey Team. Miracle on Ice. Marlo: I grew up watching Underdog as a kid. John: Oh, it was such a great cartoon. Why can't you find Underdog in reruns? Anna: I don't know but what's the story about that guy Rudy, that movie? John: Notre Dame football, Rudy Ruettiger. Marlo: That's a great story too. We have plenty of them actually. Lots of underdogs. On National Underdog Day, celebrate your favorite unlikely hero that inspires you to go the distance. Anna: Marlo, what's with that outfit? Marlo: Well, what? That's an interesting outfit you have. Anna: John, back me up. Are you color blind, Marlo? I don't know what's going on with you there. Marlo: I'm not sure either, actually. John: The lights and glitter are an interesting touch. Marlo: Maybe that's why I can't see so well right now. Hang on a second. Let me dim the lights a little. John: Wait a second, is that panel on the front an advent calendar?! Anna: That's what it is. Marlo, are you celebrating Ugly Sweater Day by any chance? Marlo: Ta Da! Anna: Okay. Well it's that time of year when some people have parties to raise money for charity or Toys for Tots donations with an ugly sweater dress code. On National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day show your holiday spirit with something fun and hideous. 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

National Day Calendar
December 15, 2022 - Cat Herders Day | Bill Of Rights Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 15, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate impossible jobs and inalienable rights.  One of the most successful television commercials of all time featured a mockumentary depiction of cat herding. The tongue in cheek interviews of rugged cowboys and their errant kitties aired during the Big Game of 2000. This ad put Electronic Data Systems in the spotlight as it perfectly highlighted the difficulty of leading a team. The earned PR benefits and multiple ad awards put EDS on top. Since then, the company founded by Ross Perot in 1962 was acquired by Hewlett Packard and following its history since is a bit like, well, herding cats. If your job feels like a struggle to maintain order you may want to celebrate Cat Herders Day, by taking the day off. During the First Constitutional Convention of 1787, the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, though not everyone was satisfied with the results. Edmund Randolph, George Mason and Elbridge Gerry felt strongly that a separate document of individual rights should be made. James Madison of Virginia took up the cause and drafted such a list. These personal rights were trimmed down to 17 by the House and another 5 were removed by the Senate. Eventually 10 of the 12 were ratified by the States on December 15, 1791, and our Nation's Bill of Rights was formally adopted. This document holds even more relevance today and we celebrate Bill of Rights Day by remembering those who held firm to its creation.  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

National Day Calendar
December 14, 2022 - Monkey Day | National Bouillabaisse Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 14, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate monkeying around and fancy fish stew.  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. One was a monkey 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. If I say fish stew, you might say “blech.” But if I say bouillabaisse you might just get hungry. That's because the French have a knack for turning a handful of garden variety seafood ingredients into a culinary masterpiece. Bouillabaisse was a soup created by the fisherman of Marseille, who looked forward to a one pot meal at the end of a long work day. Rather than using the more expensive fish in their haul, they gathered up the bonier fish and shellfish left over in the net, added garlic, wine and fennel and voilà a French classic that even Julia Child tried to master. On National Bouillabaisse Day, cook up your own favorite fish and remember that one man's “ewww” is another man's “mmmm.” 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

National Day Calendar
December 13, 2022 - National Violin Day | National Cocoa Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 13, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate fancy fiddles and the convenience of cocoa.  Antonio Stradivari crafted about 1,100 stringed instruments during his lifetime. Today, they are amongst the most rare and valuable but none more so than The Messiah. This violin built in 1716 has the quality of being nearly new, though perhaps it's because no one is allowed to play it. Valued at over 20 million dollars, The Messiah was reportedly played in a London shop by Nathan Milstein in the 19th century. He described it as an unforgettable experience. Today the instrument resides in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford as a shining example for repairing other Strads. Though the jury is out on which instruments produce the sweetest sound, celebrate National Violin Day, with your own appreciation of the classics.  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 sometimes corn. The drink was prized for its effects and soldiers even drank several cups before battle. Though the recipe changed over the years, 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 Hot Cocoa Day, celebrate this cold weather fix with some whipped cream or marshmallows.  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

National Day Calendar
December 12, 2022 - National Poinsettia Day | National Gingerbread House Day

National Day Calendar

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 3:30


Welcome to December 12, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate two holiday favorites and how to extend the season.  The cheerful red poinsettia plant was first brought to the United States from Mexico by botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett in 1825. Today poinsettias range in color from blue to golden orange, though this is not always natural. These plants are often sprayed with paint and even glitter, which doesn't help them live long past Christmas. So how has Ingrid from Missouri kept one poinsettia alive for more than 10 years? Her secret is to prune back the bracts or colored leaves in February or March. She then allows the plant 10 hours of natural light followed by darkness for the rest of the day. Her plant blooms season after season in a mixture of red and white. On National Poinsettia Day we celebrate the beautiful symbol of the season that can truly last all year. 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. Perhaps they devised this story to keep hungry children from sneaking a bite of this holiday treat. Today there is no better way to invite the spirit of the season into your home than by baking up this treat. On National Gingerbread House Day build your own festive villages and celebrate the sweet, spicy scent of this holiday tradition.  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