December 2nd National Fritters Day

If you have ever lived in the South, you’ve had fritters. Actually, if you are from the North you’ve had fritters too! Apparently, if you are anywhere you’ve had fritters at some time in your life. It is simply deep friend food wrapped up in dough.

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It may have fruit, vegetables or meat inside the dough. In the case of hush puppies, it may not have anything other than spices mixed into the dough. It’s probably not all that healthy, but boy is it good.

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You can try and make them healthy by putting healthy foods inside of the fritter, the problem is… they are deep fried. We are talking grease here! But that said, eaten in moderation you can probably survive it. It makes me wonder… is a doughnut a fritter? Corn dogs must be fritters, and I assume everything you find in Long John Silver’s is a fritter!

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And the best way to fritter your day away is by eating fritters. You can become a fritter fritterer.  Oh, and don’t forget the dips. Guess that would make you a fritter dipper fritterer.

How to celebrate – Buy a deep fry cooker to make your fritters. Invent your own type of fritter. Have a fritter party, make sure to keep a defibrillator on hand.

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November 30th National Mason Jar Day

November 30th National Mason Jar Day

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Today the world of food preservation changed forever when John Landis Mason patented #22186 with a screw-neck bottle. It was not really the bottle that changed, though it did by adding threads to the top, it is the lid that revolutionized the industry.

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Adding the rubber seal keep germs and bacteria from getting inside the preserved food keeping it safe for consumption. Today was created by Michelle Campbell-Olbert for Unboxing the Bizarre.

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How to celebrate – Buy some Mason Jars. Make some preserves. Visit Unboxing the Bizarre.

November 30th Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day

I do not see why an organization such as Wellcat.com has to own certain days by copyright but here is one I actually agree with. Owning it seems a bit odd to me but who really cares. The point is, why stay home because you are sick? What are you going to do, stay home and be miserable? Why not stay home and enjoy yourself…

 

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Sleep in if you like, just don’t stay in bed because you are sick… there’s no fun in that. You might as well be at work since you can’t enjoy yourself anyway. True, you might make everyone else sick that comes in contact with you but by then, you will probably be getting well again.

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Maybe you can play some music! Learn to play the accordion or better yet, the radio. Chill out and make the day special. Just remember you owe Wellcat.com something for creating the day so tomorrow, you really need to go to work to pay for the rights to the day you have played sick.

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So go ahead and stay at home today even though you are not sick. If someone at work complains, tell them that the good people at Wellcat.com gave you permission for owning this day.

How to celebrate – Enjoy your day off. Throw an “I’m sick day” party! Look up some rare and unusual illness that cn’t be traced as an excuse.

November 29th Square Dance Day

Is there anything more American than the square dance!?! Well, yes because the square dance actually comes from the Irish, English and Scottish! However, they do not use a caller for those required directions are truly American.

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Allemande, Promenade, Courtesy, Circulate and Do Sa Do (Or Do Si Do) are all popular commands for the square dance. If they do not sound familiar to you, you probably do not square dance.

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You can see the origins in Medieval dance, though their squares were more rectangles. The way royals often showed their royalty by being the only ones who knew the steps to the dance. Since America has no royalty, we use the caller to tell us what to do.

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Generally accompanied by country or folk music with a quick beat, this dance style is both fun and rigorous. It can also be painful for those who do not know the steps. (Toes are likely to be stepped on)

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I wonder if Mr. and Mrs. Claus square dance? Perhaps it could become the traditional Christmas dance! It generally is colorful enough and it is a celebration. An new invention, The Christmas Square Dance!

How to celebrate – Learn how to square dance. Learn how to become a caller. Invent a rock and roll square dance.

November 28th Red Planet Day

Today commemorates the Spacecraft Mariner 4 closing to within 6,118 miles of Mars, a planet named after the mythical War of God, Ares. The date was, November 28th, 1964. The mission took 228 days and sent back photos of the Red Planet, red because of the filter on the lens of the camera on the spacecraft.

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The temperatures on Mars run from -207 degrees F to +81. Not exactly the temperatures one might like to spend the winters in.  It has two moons, Deimos and Phobos and it requires 687 days to circle the sun.

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Mars is often visible to the naked eye from earth and as such many have dreamed and had fantasies about Mars. However it is just a planet, too cold to support life and of little use to those on earth.

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Perhaps there may be life below the surface, we will not know until we set foot on the planet. If this is what you are waiting for, you might have to wait a while since we no longer have a space program pf our own. Since profits now lead the program from the private sector, there seems little worth landing on Mars for.

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Space, the final frontier. Who knows what we may find out there, what may save our planet from destruction. We know little of what may be out there but logic dictates there is very little there.

How to celebrate  – Look in the nigh sky for Mars. Study the photos sent back by Mariner 4. Learn more about Ares.

November 27th Pins And Needles Day

Bet you didn’t know that today was a day created to express the needs and value of American labor unions. It is the day that the play by Harold Rome released “Pins and Needles” on Broadway. November 27, 1937, on the Labor Stage Theater in New York City.

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It was produced by the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union. Okay, so maybe they weren’t exactly known for their play productions over the years but this show actually ran for 1,108 performances and held that record for years to come.

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Broadway is a bit of an unusual venue to for a union to argue their merits but they did, in this case, make their needs known to the public. There are a lot of opinions stated on Broadway, maybe not all that many of the garment industry but whose counting.

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Most of us think of pins and needles today as being excited and waiting for something good, or bad, to happen. It does sort of change that excitement to realize Pins And Needles meant the instruments the garment industry used. Maybe like a double-stitch, there’s a double meaning here.

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At least Harold Rome thought so which is a little odd because he also wrote “Fanny” for Broadway. You put the pieces together.

How to celebrate – Go see Pins and Needles (If you can find it). Go see Fanny (If you can find it) Look for the Union Label.

November 27 National Electric Guitar Day

November 27th National Electric Guitar Day

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The guitar has been around for next to forever, but it was normally used in small setting and as a chording instrument to accompany singers. When Jazz started featuring the guitar something was required to make it louder and the electric guitar was invented.

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Work on the electric guitar started in the 1910’s but it was not successful until 1931 when George Beauchamp and Paul Barth, of the National Guitar Corporation actually made a working model.

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How to celebrate – Buy an electric guitar. (It is easier to play than an acoustic guitar) Learn how to play guitar. Listen to your favorite guitarist.