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3 minutes | a day ago
March 4, 2021 – National Grammar Day | Marching Music Day
Did You Hear The One About The Band Geek And The Football Player Who Met On The Field And Became Friends? Welcome to March 4, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a handy rule of thumb and band geeks. Grammar is a manual for language. With it we learn everything from when to use periods and various verb tenses. But here’s a rule that you probably use without being aware of it. When stringing together adjectives, there’s a specific order in which you need to put the words: opinion-size-age-shape-color-origin-material-purpose. Confused? Don’t be because you do it every day. For example, you could say “beautiful, large, old, green, wooden door.” If you said “green, beautiful, wooden, large, old door” you’d sound like you hit your head. But you already knew that, smarty pants. So celebrate National Grammar Day with some reading or maybe watch a movie. Something like “My Fat Greek Big Wedding.” I mean “My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Not all battles end in victory for geeks. In the 1982 Cal versus Stanford football game in which the Golden Bears scored a touchdown in the last four seconds, one trombone player proved a formidable foe. Believing that the game was over, the Stanford Marching Band took to the field in celebration, only to be tackled at the 20 yard line by player Kevin Moen. After five lateral passes and some legendary maneuvers, the famous Big Game ended in a 25 to 20 victory for the Bears. While Gary Tyrell appeared on the Tonight Show, the trombone player commented that he thought he would be famous for his talent as a musician, not for being knocked down on the football field. He and Kevin Moen are friends to this day. On Marching Music Day we celebrate the geeks who make our hearts beat faster in the drum lines, drill squads and color guards. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 2 days ago
March 3, 2021 – National Cold Cuts Day | National Anthem Day
This Bologna Has A First Name And It's S-e-r-i-o-u-s! Welcome to March 3, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a serious sandwich and a song we all know by heart. Anyone who’s packed a school lunch has eaten a bologna sandwich at some point. This lunchbox staple has very distinguished origins. As the name would imply, it was created in Bologna, Italy, where it is known as Mortadella. This cured meat was eaten by Roman soldiers over 2,000 years ago. It became a food coveted by nobility, and its popularity grew so much that people began making counterfeit versions. This became such a problem that in the 1600s a law was passed that made counterfeiting mortadella punishable by death. Talk about taking your lunch seriously. But make no mistake: Mortadella, which you can still buy by that name is a far superior product. Think of it as gourmet bologna. Celebrate National Cold Cuts Day with a sandwich made of fresh cut deli meats. Just make sure you ask for the real stuff. The United States won its independence in 1776, but did you know that the British tried to take their colonies back? At least they hoped to restrict America’s ability to trade and expand her territories, and for this the United States took on the greatest naval power in the world. Of all the major battles waged, Fort McHenry alone was bombarded by the British navy for nearly 25 hours straight. We can only imagine that the sound was deafening. On the quiet morning that followed, the sight of our tattered flag still flying in the smoke filled sky symbolizes our relief. Our Nation stood firm and sovereign and our sacrifices were not in vain. On National Anthem Day, we celebrate The Star Spangled Banner penned by Francis Scott Key that remains the symbol of freedom that we all know by heart. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 3 days ago
March 2, 2021 – National Old Stuff Day | National Read Across America Day
Did You Watch The Game Show $100,000 Pyramid? Welcome to March 2, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate golden oldies and loveable authors. Anna: Hey Marlo did you ever watch the game show $100,000 Pyramid? Marlo: Hosted by Dick Clark? Of Course I did! Anna: You wanna play? Marlo: Sure! Anna: All the clues will be things that are old. Ready? These items come in 33s, 45s, 78s and are played on a turntable. Marlo: Vinyl Records. Anna: This Rolling Stone is known for his strut and pouty lips and is now a great grandfather. Marlo: Mick Jagger. Anna: This guy began his career at World Book Encyclopedias and is now the keeper of the calendar. Marlo: Hey! I resemble that remark. Anna: Happy National Old Stuff Day, Marlo. And now for a National Read Across America Day tradition on our show a poem by Chris Cecot: There are books about pirates and books about Dizzles. Poems of monkeys who dance when it drizzles. If you let yourself dream with a rhyme or a book To a wonderful, magical place you’ll be took. So hop on a train or ride the caboose. Cuz today we celebrate the good Dr Seuss. Happy Dr. Seuss Day! I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 4 days ago
March 1, 2021 – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day | National Pig Day
Are You A Fan Of Monkey Butter? Welcome to March 1st, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the spoils of war and weaponizing Wilbur. Many of the folks who fought during World War II have passed away, but the great war passed on some unexpected traditions that live on to this day. While food items such as hamburgers, cream and butter were in short supply, one item was never rationed during the war; good old peanut butter. Known by soldiers as “monkey butter” this wasn’t the smooth creamy type that some of us prefer. To sweeten their sandwiches and keep them from sticking to the roof of their mouths, soldiers added jam. The PB&J became popular with the kids back home, and peacetime brought a new generation of monkey butter fans. On National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day celebrate this iconic lunchtime staple with a tall glass of milk! In ancient times, the Persian Empire had one of the most terrifying weapons anyone had ever seen on a battlefield. War elephants. This animal was the equivalent of a tank and made the Persian army nearly unbeatable. When they attacked the Greek city of Edessa, war elephants ran through the streets, destroying everything in their path. But then another animal stopped the giant creatures in their tracks. The pig. Their squeals terrified the elephants and sent them running. When the Greeks realized this, they began to use pigs in battle. The elephants were rendered useless. While this may seem strange, keep in mind that a pig’s squeal is only a few decibels lower than a jet engine. On National Pig Day, celebrate the barnyard animal that accidentally saved the course of Western civilization. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 5 days ago
February 28, 2021 – National Chocolate Souffle Day | National Floral Design Day
Have You Heard Of The Zundert Floral Parade? Welcome to February 28th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate magical dessert and over the top flowers. Souffle is a French word meaning “to puff or blow up” and when paired with chocolate the results are intoxicating. But don’t let the fancy word fool you, for if you are brave enough to conjure some stiffly beaten egg whites, you’re halfway to creating this masterpiece in your own kitchen. Lots of people shy away from making souffles because they believe the results are elusive, but with some tricks up your sleeve you’ll be a wizard in no time. The key is to keep things quiet while the souffle bakes, as any loud noises will cause them to fall. Straight from the oven, few things are more delightful and on National Chocolate Souffle Day you’ll be celebrated for your kitchen magic! The small Dutch town of Zundert is home to the largest floral parade in the world. It began in 1936 to celebrate the birthday of the Queen and has grown into a huge annual festival. Like the Parade of Roses in Pasadena, California, it showcases the beauty of its local blooms. But the floats are designed using dahlias rather than roses. And Zundert floats don’t depict sweet scenes of butterflies and teddy bears. Instead, artists build things like giants, Viking warships, and entire city skylines using hundreds of thousands of flowers for each float. Some of these floats are 3 stories tall and over 6 stories long, nearly twice the size of their American cousins. In 2016, the winning design was a giant orange dragon that breathed actual fire from its mouth. On National Floral Design Day, we celebrate the artistry of flower arrangement in all its shapes and sizes. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 6 days ago
February 27, 2021 – National Kahlua Day | National Polar Bear Day
If You Think Polar Bears Are Cuddly, Think Again! Welcome to February 27th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the winding road from Mexico to Canada and a cuddly killer. It might surprise you to learn that the Mexican liqueur Kahlua owes much of its popularity to a Canadian. In 1977, bartender Peter Fich of Alberta, Canada, created a shot called the B-52. This mixture of Kahlua, Bailey’s, and triple sec was such a hit that the demand for Kahlua skyrocketed, and it’s been a staple at bars ever since. Fich named the shot after his favorite band, the B-52s. That band named themselves after a beehive-style hairdo called the B-52, which had been named after the B-52 bomber used in the Air Force. Confused yet? Maybe it’s time to celebrate National Kahlua Day with a drink! The Arctic Circle is home to the largest four legged predator on earth. Polar bears are beautiful, but make no mistake they are built for hunting. With super powers such as traction on the ice and the ability to smell their prey from over 20 miles away, most other animals don’t stand a chance. And polar bears are not afraid to take a dip to catch their favorite prey, the arctic seal. They are perfectly camouflaged with a beautiful white coat that is actually made up of translucent hairs. The fur only appears white because it reflects the color of snow. On National Polar Bear Day consider helping them with the only threat they cannot overcome on their own, their disappearing habitat. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 7 days ago
February 26, 2021 – National Tell A Fairy Tale Day | National Pistachio Day
Welcome to February 26th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate happy starts and useful ends. Anna: Once upon a time there was an industrious boy named Marlo who liked to daydream. One day, on his way to market, he was stopped by a wise old owl… Marlo: Anna, what the heck are you talking about? Anna: It’s National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, so I’m telling a fairy tale. Marlo: But why is it about me? Anna: It’s not. He just has the same name as you. Marlo: Okay. Go on. Anna: So…the owl told him to go back to town and tell the people that the next day was to be a celebration of popcorn. Marlo: You’re sure that’s not about me? That’s literally how National Day Calendar was started. I mean, other than the owl and the market. Anna: Who’s telling this story, Marlo? Marlo: Okay. Okay. Anna: I forget the rest, but they all lived happily ever after. The End. John: What happened to the owl? When it comes to nuts, some are just plain addictive. Take pistachios for instance. The global consumption for just one year can reach over one and half million pounds. Because they are easily cracked from their shells, most people eat pistachios by the dozens. And that means piles of leftover shells when you are done snacking. But did you know there are plenty of ways to recycle them? Some people use them as kindling to start a fire. Others line the bottom of a potted plant with shells for better drainage. Salted pistachio shells can make a border for outdoor plants that keep snails and slugs away. And the nuts themselves are full of nutrients for healthy snacking. With all this good news National Pistachio Day is the perfect time to get cracking. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 8 days ago
February 25, 2021 – National Toast Day | National Clam Chowder Day
Which Do You Prefer, New England Or Manhattan Clam Chowder? Welcome to February 25th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a peaceful breakfast and a feisty lunch. A Toast to Toast: On any given morning, a chill hangs in the air. You shuffle to the kitchen and give the fridge a stair. With one eye closed you grab a loaf of any random bread Fresh or stale, it matters not… there’s one thought in your head. It only takes two minutes or three at very most. To transform ordinary bread into the crispy toast. And as you watch the butter melt pleasingly away You raise a cup of coffee to the best start of the day. Happy National Toast Day! Boston and New York have a rivalry that dates back centuries. One was colonized by the religious Puritans, the other by The New Amsterdam Company. Boston became a center of education. New York was built around banks. And, of course, the Yankees and the Red Sox. This rivalry extends into the world of food as well. New England clam chowder is a rich, cream based soup made with potatoes, onions, and pork fat. The Manhattan version is tomato based. They are equally delicious, but don’t tell that to any New Englanders. The region is so against the Manhattan recipe that someone once introduced a bill in the Maine legislature to ban the use of tomatoes in chowder. On National Clam Chowder Day, enjoy a hot bowl of this seafood favorite, but look over your shoulder before placing an order. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 9 days ago
February 24, 2021 – National Tortilla Chip Day | National Heart Month
Have You Taken The "One Chip Challenge?" It's Not For The Faint Of Heart! Welcome to February 24th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate brave mouths and healthy hearts. One of the best parts of eating at a Mexican restaurant is gorging on chips and salsa before the meal arrives. But sometimes, one tortilla chip is more than enough. For the past few years, a company called Paqui has been daring customers to eat one of their chips. Just one. The catch is that this one tortilla chip is spicier than almost any other food. To be specific, it’s 8,000 times hotter than a jalapeño pepper. The single black chip comes in a coffin-shaped box with a giant skull on it. We are in no way recommending that you try this, but be sure to check out videos of the One Chip Challenge on YouTube. And celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day with some mild mannered chips and dip while you watch videos of the brave, crazy people who think they can handle spicy food. While Valentines Day has come and gone, there is still time to celebrate someone who deserves your attention: you! February is National Heart Month and while your New Year’s resolutions may have already been broken, this month is the perfect time to learn a few small steps that can make a big impact. Speaking of steps, it takes as little as 30 minutes of exercise, five times per week to jumpstart your heart health. Learning about heart healthy foods can have a ripple effect because even swapping out delicious healthy food for some of the junk can make a difference in how you feel right away. The key is understanding that your small positive choices add up and believing that you are worth it! I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 10 days ago
February 23, 2021 – National Tile Day | National Banana Bread Day
Have You Ever Heard Of The Toynbee Tile Mystery? Welcome to February 23rd, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate mysterious tiles and a banana’s last stand. Since the 1980s, people in cities across the United States have found strange tiles on their sidewalks and streets. Each of these license plate-sized tiles all had the same bizarre message: TOYNBEE IDEA IN MOVIE 2001 RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPITER. And they’ve continued to pop up randomly for 40 years. They’re called Toynbee Tiles and no one has ever figured out who’s doing it. Or even why. The message seems to be a reference to the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but that’s not for certain. All that anyone knows is that the tiles usually show up during the summer months and are set in place using tar paper. On National Tile Day keep a look out for the mystery that may be lurking under foot. If you have ever turned overripe bananas into delicious banana bread then you already know the virtue of the adage, waste not want not. But before the 1930s most banana based desserts only used slices of the fruit in perfect condition. The Great Depression changed all of that. During a time when food was scarce, no one would dream of tossing out fruit, even if it was past its prime. The real hero was a newly discovered ingredient which did most of the heavy lifting: baking soda. By the 1930s, cookbooks made use of baking soda in all kinds of quick bread recipes and ripe bananas played a starring role! On National Banana Bread Day, bake up a tradition that’s still good to the last crumb. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 11 days ago
February 22, 2021 – National Snack Food Month | National Margarita Day
What's Your Favorite Snack Food? Welcome to February 22nd, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate healthy snacks and a frozen twist. If I say snack, you say? It’s National Snack Food Month and before you go hog wild on all the stuff you gave up for New Year’s consider this: healthy snacking is a good way to lose weight. Smaller servings of nutrient rich food can keep your metabolism stoked all day. So keep some heart healthy nuts with you. Or load up your lunch box with fresh veggies and fruit. Hard boiled eggs and beef jerky are great for protein on the go. Oh I give up. Grab some yummy snacks and enjoy them with a margarita. That’s right folks it’s also National Margarita Day! When Mariano Martinez began serving frozen margaritas at his restaurant in the 1970s, he found that people loved this new version of the drink, but his bartenders did not. There was too much time and preparation involved in making one. Martinez found a solution at a 7-Eleven convenience store. He noticed the Slurpee machine and thought it would be a great way to make a large batch of margaritas. Using a soft serve ice cream machine he began experimenting with recipes to get the consistency of the margaritas just right. Eventually, he found the perfect mixture of tequila, simple syrup, and water. And voila! A new twist on an old favorite was born. Celebrate National Margarita Day with some chips, salsa, and this frozen favorite. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 12 days ago
February 21, 2021 – National Grain-Free Day | National Sticky Bun Day
Have You Ever Tried Gluten Free Baked Goods? Now There Are Plenty Of Ways To Celebrate These Two Days Together! Welcome to February 21st, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate flat tummies and big buns. If you suffer from a grain allergy then baked goods are most assuredly off the menu for you. And it turns out that a good portion of people have some mild sensitivity to them. On National Grain-Free Day we celebrate the many alternatives and simple substitutions that can be made for folks who still love the tastiness of grains. Did you know that cauliflower makes a delicious stand in for fried rice? People even use it as a base for tortillas and pizza crust. And have you ever tried almond flour or coconut flour in your favorite cookie recipe? Macaroons have no flour whatsoever and flourless chocolate cakes are actually my favorite! Even if you have no sensitivity to grains at all, you may find that making these changes flattens your tummy and smooths out your muffin top. And that’s worth celebrating any day! In 2018, Wolferman’s Gourmet Baked Goods in Oregon wanted to find a way to celebrate their new 5 pound cinnamon bun. They decided that the best way to do that was to create an even bigger bun; over 1,100 pounds bigger. That’s about the size of a full grown cow! Wolferman’s broadcast a livestream of the process, much to the delight of foodies around the world. Once it was completed, this delicious monstrosity used 350 pounds of flour, 378 pounds of cinnamon sugar and over 13 dozen eggs. The Guinness World record holder was sold, piece at a time for charity at the Medford’s Annual Pear Blossom Festival. Celebrate National Sticky Bun Day by going over the top. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 13 days ago
February 20, 2021 – National Love Your Pet Day | National Cherry Pie Day
Do You Speak Your Pet's Language? If Not, Find Out What You're Missing! Welcome to February 20th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate talking with the animals and a slice of history. These days you probably don’t need a reminder to love your pet. The furry, feathery or scaly creatures that chew up our furniture and make messes on the floor hold a special place in our hearts. You may even think you’re good at spoiling them, but have you ever considered learning their language? I’m not talking about a Dr. Doolittle course, but love languages are universal. These include physical touch, quality time, words of affirmation, gifts and service. Chances are that your pets are giving you clues as to which of these they prefer the most. Once you understand all of their messages you can probably avoid the cold shoulder or an accident on the rug. On National Love Your Pet Day celebrate the best friend in your life who already knows the way to your heart. Pies have been around for thousands of years, but most were savory, filled with meats and cheeses. But pie really took off in the 1500s, when someone started making them sweet by baking in fruit. According to legend, the first person to be served a cherry pie was Queen Elizabeth I. There’s even some versions of the story that say she came up with the idea and baked it herself. We can’t confirm that, but we can say confidently that cherry pie is more than worthy of all the praise. While it’s only the 5th most popular pie in the States, its American roots are as storied as its British counterpart. George Washington reportedly cut down his dad’s cherry tree just to bake one, for goodness’ sake! Celebrate National Cherry Pie Day with a delicious slice of history. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 14 days ago
February 19, 2021 – National Chocolate Mint Day |National Lash Day
This Animal Causes Eyelash Envy In The Human And Animal Kingdom. Welcome to February 19th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate lash envy and a winning combination. If anyone understands the allure of chocolate and mint, it’s the Girl Scouts. The Thin Mint has been a hands down favorite since it first appeared in 1939. Back then they were called Cookie Mints and they’ve gone through no less than 7 name changes. But the fact that they’ve never been retired is a testament to this winning combination. About 50 million boxes of Thin Mints are sold in a season, making it the Girl Scout’s number one best seller. Rabid fans know they are best served frozen, so that may account for why more of them are sold. It’s easy to stock up. But we also know there is something just perfect about these flavors that we celebrate on National Chocolate Mint Day. When it comes to thick, beautiful eyelashes, one animal stands head and shoulders above the rest. Giraffes have unique eyelashes that protect their peepers. In nature, lashes that are too long cause evaporation. Lashes that are too short don’t protect from dust and wind. And thick lashes make it hard to see. But giraffes go against all these rules. They have several rows of thick eyelashes that filter out sunlight and dust, which is very important when they’re standing around in the bright African plains. In the giraffe lashes are essentially built in sunglasses. On National Lash Day we celebrate the beauty and function of eyelashes. And secretly envy animals who don’t have to worry about leaving their sunglasses on the kitchen counter. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 15 days ago
February 18, 2021 – National Drink Wine Day | National Battery Day
Welcome to February 18th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate mature wines and smart batteries. Everyone goes through an awkward phase as they age, when they do a lot of dumb things. And the same applies to wine. Before a wine hits maturity, it can go through what’s known as a dumb phase. This means that its flavor and aroma are dulled, making for a very boring glass of vino. And, like people, you really have no idea when this phase is going to end—or if it will at all. These gawky, teenage years can sometimes transition into a bold, expressive bottle. And other times, it’ll turn out to be a loser whose glory days are long behind it—kinda like that guy that bullied you in high school and never amounted to anything. On National Drink Wine Day, raise a glass to making it through your awkward phase, even if you didn’t. Have you ever noticed that smoke alarm batteries go dead in the middle of the night? This happens because batteries slow down when it’s cold, setting off that annoying sound. As convenient as they are, batteries are far from perfect. But there are reasons to celebrate these portable power sources by seeing just how far they have come! A two thousand year old battery was discovered in a Baghdad museum, which combined a ceramic pot, a copper coil and a rod of iron. Alessandro Volta’s invention in 1800 seems light years better compared to that. Great minds are still making improvements and today smart batteries are even able to detect when they need changing. Maybe in the future they can wake themselves up in the middle of the night so you can spend National Battery Day recharging yourself! I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 16 days ago
February 17, 2021 – National Grapefruit Month | National Random Acts Of Kindness Day
Did You Know That Ruby Red Grapefruit Was A Fluke Of Nature? Welcome to February 17th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a sweet and sour accident and random acts. More after the break. Back in the day, grapefruits got a bad rap. Most people considered it too sour and favored its smaller, sweeter cousin the orange. Both citrus fruits were grown in Florida, with a few orchards in Texas as well. But one day in 1929, a farmer in South Texas discovered something strange. A tree that grew the typical sour pink variety of grapefruits had somehow produced a fruit with red flesh inside and was much sweeter. It became known as the Ruby Red and only a few years later, the Texas citrus industry was booming. This variety of citrus became so popular that in 1993 Texas declared the grapefruit its official state fruit. During National Grapefruit Month don’t be a sourpuss; give this juicy fruit its due. If you know the power of kindness, you probably celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day every day. Spreading kindness comes back to you tenfold and sometimes it breaks Twitter. When a dad posted an online request to send his 9 year old son Ollie a special birthday wish, he had no idea what was in store. Ollie was being bullied at school and his dad was hoping that a celebrity could give the birthday boy a boost. Russell Crowe answered the request along with 6500 others and 14,000 retweets. Sure it’s nice to pay for a stranger’s coffee or a meal when they least expect it, but there are also ways that are absolutely free and also priceless. One thing’s for sure, this habit is guaranteed to change your life! I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 17 days ago
February 16, 2021 – Fat Tuesday | National Do A Grouch A Favor Day
Just Why Is There A Plastic Baby In The King Cake? Welcome to February 16th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate loveable grouches and traditional cakes. One of the world’s more loveable grouches is Oscar from Sesame Street. Everyone in the neighborhood does their best to bring Oscar around. And even though he stays in his stinky “trash can mood,” once in a while we see him have a heart. Jim Henson based this character on a grumpy waiter he encountered in a restaurant called Oscar’s Salt of The Sea. Carroll Spinney performed Oscar’s voice based on a cranky New York taxi driver. We all meet a grouch at some point in life and there’s one trick that works more often than not: doing something nice. On National Do A Grouch A Favor Day try this method with your favorite grouch. Just don’t let them know which day you are celebrating. While many foods are synonymous with Mardi Gras, one of the oldest traditions is king cake. If you’ve ever tried a king cake, you know that there’s a prize baked inside. A tiny plastic baby. This odd custom began as a way to choose the king or queen of Mardi Gras celebrations. For years, the item baked into the cake was a crowned king’s head, which symbolized the three kings who had visited the baby Jesus with gifts. However, this became a problem during the French Revolution. The monarchy saw the heads as a thinly veiled threat. And since royalty during this time had become less popular, commoners were all too happy to swap it out with a baby. When king cake made its way to New Orleans, porcelain figures were used, until a baker ran out and needed a replacement. He found a plastic version and that is the standard to this day. On Fat Tuesday celebrate with your favorite treat and enjoy the last hurrah before Lent. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 18 days ago
February 15, 2021 – National Gumdrop Day | Presidents Day
Welcome to February 15th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a candy king and a famous peak. If you’ve ever played the board game Candy Land you’ll know there is no gumdrop king in the Gumdrop Mountains. But there was one in real life. Percy Truesdell was posthumously named the Gumdrop King for his improvement of the candy that was once a solid glob of sugar. Thanks to his chemistry experiments in the labs of Ohio State University, Percy landed on the right amount of starch in the recipe and a smooth, chewy confection was born. The original flavors of clove, allspice, cinnamon and spearmint go nicely on gingerbread houses, where no one has to eat them. The flavors of cherry, grape, orange and lemon are still popular today and thanks to the Gumdrop King we can celebrate National Gumdrop Day without breaking our teeth. In 1885, Charles Rushmore was hiking through the Black Hills of South Dakota, checking on gold mines for his employer. As they passed by one of the big peaks, he looked up and asked his guide what its name was. The guide laughed and said, “It never had any but it has now. We’ll call the thing Rushmore”. Today the mountain is a breathtaking monument to some of the greatest presidents in United States history. Washington represents the country’s founding. Jefferson symbolizes its growth. Theodore Roosevelt, the conservation of its natural beauty. And Lincoln, the preservation of its union, no matter the cost. On Presidents Day, we celebrate the contribution of the folks who built the United States from the ground up. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 19 days ago
February 14, 2021 – Valentine’s Day | Organ Donor Day
Have You Heard About The Couple Who Met In The Operating Room? Welcome to February 14th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate matching hearts and birds of a feather. Heather Krueger, who lived in a small town near Chicago, was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer at only 24 years of age. To survive, she needed a liver transplant, and when no one in her family proved to be a match, her situation became critical. Chris Dempsey, a former Marine, volunteered to be Heather’s donor. Although they had never met Chris believed strongly that, “Marine’s never run away from anything.” He became Heather’s salvation when he underwent transplant surgery, donating 55 percent of his liver. And during recovery, Chris and Heather finally got to know each other. They eventually dated, fell in love and married in October of 2016. On National Organ Donor Day we celebrate the matches that are made in heaven and in the OR. In case you didn’t know, there was an actual St. Valentine. He was a bishop who was martyred by the Romans for presiding over Christian marriages. But the romantic holiday was invented by Geoffrey Chaucer in the late 14th Century. In his poem Parliament of Fowls, he tells the tale of a group of birds who come together each Valentine’s Day to find a mate. Three male eagles compete with one another to see which can claim a female’s love. This popularized the idea of the holiday being about love and romance. And the tradition lives on to this day. Spoiler alert, in the poem, none of the eagles gets the girl, so don’t feel bad if you haven’t found your true love just yet. Celebrate Valentine's Day with the one you love, even if it’s yourself. After all, this love thing can really be for the birds. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
3 minutes | 20 days ago
February 13, 2021 – Galentine’s Day | National Cheddar Day
Did You Know That Cheddar Cheese Is Named For A Village In England? Welcome to February 13th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate our gal pals and a better Cheddar. If you’d like to get a jumpstart on celebrating love this month, why not plan an outing today with the ones you love through thick and thin: your gal pals. Amy Poehler’s character on the show Parks and Recreation kicked off this tradition in 2010, but the seeds of girl power were planted long ago. For those who think Valentine’s Day is overrated or doomed to fail under the crush of impossible expectations, make this day all about fun. Gather up your besties anyway you can and celebrate the ones who make you laugh out loud. Guys can have their bromance, but Galentine’s Day is all about the girls. If you think Americans are crazy for cheddar cheese, imagine how smitten the Brits are over their very own village of Cheddar in Somerset, England. Sometimes we forget that foods like cheese can be named for the place they are created. In the case of Stilton no one likely cares, but cheddar cheese accounts for more than half of the multi billion dollar cheese market in the UK. Here in the States, cheddar is just behind mozzarella in popularity. So how did this “cheddar love” migrate across the pond? Enter Peter McIntosh, who brought his talent for cheese making to Tillamook County, Oregon in 1894. His superior skills earned him the title of the Cheese King of the Coast, and today there are more cows than people in Tillamook County. On National Cheddar Day savor the flavor that’s treasured on both sides of the pond. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
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