July 17th National Hot Dog Day

Who doesn’t like a hot dog? They always seem best at the ball park during a baseball or football game. They are warm and comfortable, as long as you don’t think about what might be in them. In fact, some 24 million are sold at ball parks annually. In addition to that, another 837 million packages of hot dogs are sold in stores a year. When you realize the average package contains 8 hot dogs that’s like… a lot of hot dogs! Today, being the third Wednesday of July is National Hot Dog Day. It always falls on the 3rd Wednesday of July, placed there by The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

How to celebrate – Have a hot dog. Go to a ball game and get a hot dog. Study which hot dogs contain the least objectionable products put in them.

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July 18th National Hot Dog Day

Today is National Hot Dog Day. It always comes the third Wednesday of July which happens to be the 18th this year. America has a love affair going on with hot dogs. They are a fun food to eat and filling. That combination generally works really well together.

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Almost a fast food, the hot dog has been around for a very long time. They started as sausage and have evolved over the years from being one of the most unhealthy foods you can eat to getting a whole lot better. I still remember finding things in my hot dogs that I did not want to know what they were. Today many are Kosher and a lot aren’t even made out of pork.

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24 million hot dogs are sold at baseball games alone in America. Most don’t look all that good but people eat them anyway. One can’t hardly imagine going to a baseball game and not having a hot dog. (I love Baseball but it can be boring at times so having a hot dog to eat entertains you for a while).

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And, of course, what would the backyard cook-out be without the hot dog! There are 837 million packages of hot dogs sold in grocery stores to Americans every year. Multiply that by normally 12 in a package, is… is… is a lot of hotdogs! Today was created by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council which I can’t imagine why!?!

How to celebrate- Have a cook-out and make some hot dogs. (The burnt ones are always the best) Go to a baseball game and have a hot dog. Get creative in a way to serve your hot dogs for supper tonight.

April 27th Babe Ruth Day

“The Bambino” is probably the best known baseball players in history. His 60 home runs in a season held up for decades as what seemed to be a unattainable feat and apparently it took the use of steroids to beat any way. (Not saying that the Babe didn’t use anything either) He became  legend and today is the day we celebrate his success.

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It’s odd when you look at the man who made the Yankees who they are. Known as, “The House Ruth Built” the stadium, the team and the league all benefited from what Ruth was able to accomplish. But in the end, even the Yankees traded him away.

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Nearly every kid admired him. Today he would have made a fortune in endorsements, his home run for the kid in the hospital are things people will probably speak of into the next century. He retired on April 27th, 1947 after being diagnosed with throat cancer. He faded from the game only to become a legend.

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Whether you like the game of baseball or not, you have to admire what the man did. Probably not everything was above board or would met with the expectations one sets on heroes but that’s okay… since we are all flawed, it makes our heroes a little more human.

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And so the man passed away, but his legend will live on forever. That would be considered a success in nearly everyone’s book.

How to celebrate – Read about Babe Ruth. Go to the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Have a baseball party themed around Babe Ruth.

February 21st Read A Card Day

It seems a little odd that today is read a card day since there is no real holiday associated with it. However, it still can be a good day to read a card. Particularly to re-read a card that you have already received. Or to send one you meant to sent. I mean, how cool would it be to receive a card for no reason at all!?!

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Or how about leaving one to a co-worker, of course unsigned. They’ll be wondering all day who gave them the card. Although, in the world today maybe that’s not such a good idea. Sad, you can’t really be nice to anyone anymore.

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And Heaven forbid anyone give out Valentine Day Cards anymore. After-all, that means someone may like you… we can’t have that anymore now can we!?!

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I think it’s still safe to read a baseball card. It’s pretty cool, it has all kinds of information on the back of the card. Of course it depends on whether they are a pitcher or a position player. And then you have to read all those years where they were getting started (Normally not so good) but then as they rose through the ranks it gets pretty interesting. I always find it a little interesting that when a player can hit safely 3 times out of 10 they are considered a really good hitter and get paid millions of dollars. I couldn’t, but then I am not earning millions of dollars for doing it either.

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So if baseball isn’t your sport you can always get football cards, or basketball cards, or… well, if anything is popular you can get a card of someone that plays, acts or is a star of some kind. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had cards like those for the everyday worker. The back of the card could be like hobbies, interests and jail records!

How to celebrate – Enjoy getting a card while you still can. Enjoy giving a card while you still can. Make up cards for people where you work, it should get a few laughs!

April 27th National Babe Ruth Day

It seems only appropriate now that baseball season is back in full swing that we should celebrate one of the men who made the game what it is – Babe Ruth.  Baseball has been popular since the Civil War when soldiers use to play their version of the game when in camp (this included hitting the runner with the ball, often knocking them out), but its popularity hit its zenith during Ruth’s days at “The House That Ruth Built” – Yankee Stadium.

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This date is remembered as the next to last time Ruth visited the stadium was on April 27th, 1947. He would die of throat cancer soon after and a legend would pass from the game leaving behind fans that still speak of him today.

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For years he would hold the home run record at 60, which is odd for a man that started his career as a pitcher. Since then, many have passed his record, namely Roger Maris (also a Yankee), with 61. No one will ever forget his famous gesture of pointing to where he would hit a home run for a young boy who he had visited in the hospital.  He proceeded to hit it exactly where he aimed. There seems to be some controversy as to whether this actually happened or not but what harm is there in believing it?

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“The Bambino” helped make baseball what it is today and should always be remembered.  He wasn’t perfect but he was a hero to so many.

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How to celebrate – Visit Yankee Stadium and enjoy a baseball game today. Cheer on your favorite baseball team today.  Go to a little league game and cheer the children, even if you don’t know any of them.

September 30th Chewing Gum Day

People have been chewing gum for over 5,000 years. Not gum as we know it today, but gum nonetheless. In 2007 the British found traces of gum (tree bark)  in Kierikki, Yli-Li, Finland. They found teeth marks in the bark indicating it had been chewed.

Over the years, it has been used to stave off hunger, curb nicotine cravings, and to freshen breath. It has been made from bark, plants, grass, and other resins, most probably not tasting all that good. It wasn’t until 1848 when John B. Curtis started giving it some flavor, or so far as we know. He was also the first to sell it commercially.

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It was called “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum”. As many gums of the time, it came from the sap of trees. It must have been okay because he sold a great deal of it.

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In 1850 an upgrade came to gum, being made out of paraffin wax. Sort of like the stuff you find in those little mock soda bottles. The gum didn’t last all that long but it was better tasting as the wax could easily be mixed with different flavorings.

On Dec. 18th, 1869 Willliam Semple filed for a patent on his gum (#98,304).

Obviously gum has changed a lot since then. Wrigley, Dentine, Juicy Fruit… It has been found to improve memory, reduce stress, and increase alertness. The newer sugar free versions also improve oral hygiene, curb cravings, and improve digestion.

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Besides that, if we didn’t have gum,  what would baseball players chew? How could you blow bubbles? And the 1950’s might never have been! People rarely turn down a piece of gum if it’s offered to them. There are so many positives that maybe the only negative is…

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How to celebrate – Get a piece of your favorite gum and give it a chew. Take enough with you and share with your friends or co-workers. Try some flavors of gum you have never had. You may not like them but all you have to do is spit it out! Preferrably in a garbage can.

May 19th May Ray Day

Now that the winter has passed, the earth has started to turn green again and flowers are beginning to bloom. It’s time to get outside and enjoy the sun. There are all sorts of things you can do now that you couldn’t while there was snow on the ground. You could go fishing…

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play baseball…

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go swimming …

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have a picnic …

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or just stay home and swing in a hammock.

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Whatever you choose, just enjoy the sunshine.  Remember to wear sunblock!