November 16th National Fast Food Day

Well, it’s food, and it’s fast, and it tastes good (normally)… so it’s bad for you, got to give a little, take a little. It’s not the quality of the food that often tastes good. It’s the salt and other seasoning but it does fill you up…and out.

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All of these restaurants owe their beginnings to Walter Anderson who opened the first official “Fast Food” restaurant in 1916.  It survived until after World War 1 when he joined forces with Billy Ingram and they formed White Castle in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. It stayed in business but was not widely known until the automobile became a way of life in the 1950’s. People would get out just to go for a ride and see the country. Fast food restaurants were a fast, easy way to feed the need for a moving population. In fact, Merriam-Webster dictionary recognized the the term “fast food” and put it in their publications.

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Today America is covered with fast food restaurants, it’s hard to drive down a city block and not find several all tempting you to come in for a quick bite. It’s not just America that has fallen to the charm though, American fast food restaurants are doing business in over 100 countries around the world.

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And all those secret recipes, that end up being something common, entice us to keep eating, and eating, and eating. Sure they add a little a little lettuce and tomato to make us think we are eating healthy but we all know better. The first Happy Meal appeared in June of 1979 and soon enough, everyone was following suit. Kids could get a fast meal with a toy! What else did they need!?!

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Well, whether you go through a drive through, eat in or sit on the curb if you get your food from a fast food restaurant it’s all pretty much the same. On occasion a fast food meal really isn’t all that bad for you, just don’t make it a regular part of your diet. Splurging every once in  while is fine.

How to celebrate – Today is your day to splurge! Have some fast food. You got your choice these days of breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try a fast food restaurant you have never tried before. Search out the healthiest fast food restaurant you can find.

November 3rd National Sandwich Day

Could America exist without the sandwich!?! I don’t think so. It is probably the most popular food in all of America, maybe even the world. We now have breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, and dinner sandwiches. There are super sandwiches for football game parties and tiny sandwiches for those on a diet. We even have ice cream sandwiches and aren’t most cookies actually sandwiches?

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Well, we owe it all to John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, and his passion for gambling. In the 18th century, meat was served very greasy and Montagu did not wish to soil his fine clothing. So he ordered the meat served between two pieces of bread to soak up the grease and keep his fingers clean for card playing. Soon everybody was doing it, well not the gambling part, the ordering sandwiches. Oddly, he never really was the Earl of Sandwich though. The towns original name was Sondwic which got changed to Sandwic and finally Sandwice in 1086. But no one wants to eat a sandwice, which means “Market Town on Sandy Soil”.

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The nice thing about a sandwich is that you can put anything you want on it and you can restrict it to only things you like! What is more perfect!?! The perfect meal served with only the foods you like and all made portable because of the bread!

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So this is John Montagu’s birthday, November 3rd and hence, National Sandwich Day. Subway will give you a free sandwich if you show up and ask for it. There are some limitations but for the most part, you can have it your way (something you really can’t get at Burger King).

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And Arby’s also has a free sandwich they will give you but you have to register for it, I believe on their website.

How to celebrate – Either go out and buy a sandwich or make one of your own at home. Try to create your own sandwich and see if you can get it named for yourself! Share a sandwich with someone, educating them first about the history of National Sandwich Day.

June 16th National Dump the Pump Day

What if you never had to buy another gallon of gas or never had to get stuck in traffic? What if you could read a book on the way to work or take a nap on your way home from work? Well you can if you use public transportation, though you might not want to actually take a nap.

The idea of National Dump the Pump Day is to try and get more people to use public transportation for all sorts of very good reasons. There would be less traffic on the road, less pollution, less road rage, and according to the experts, a normal couple would save over $9,000.00 a year by not having to buy gas, not having to buy licenses, tags, insurance…

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Also proven is that for every dollar spent on public transportation the economy gains four dollars according to the American Public Transportation Association, the APTA.  Insurance companies and gas companies are not too thrilled about this however.

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The fact is, if more people used public transportation our country would be a lot better off. Advances in transportation would benifit us all but it can only happen if we use what is already there.

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If you live in a city like New York, public transportation is practically a requirement. Even if you have your own car good luck finding a place to park it.

This is the 11th year this holiday has been celebrated.

How to celebrate:  Try using public transportation for just one day. Encourage others to use public transportation (if nothing else it will open up the roads more for you). Help change the things that are wrong with the public transportation in your area.