June 27th National Sunglasses Day

Are you a movie star? An international spy? A jet-setter? A motorcycle police officer? Well these are all people who make sunglasses a fashion statement. So, by wearing sunglasses you are putting yourself in their world! Oh, and you are protecting your eyes as well. James Ayscough is given credit with creating the first tinted lens for glasses, it was in 1752. They didn’t protect ones eyes but they did help people see things that the sun normally blocked out. The lens was generally blue as it helped filter out the UV rays. There are stories of sharpshooters during the American Civil War wearing sunglasses so they could see their targets better. Now if you have nothing better to do with your money you could buy the Cartier CT00690 sunglasses for $6,595.00. They are made out of metal which I would think would get really hot to wear with the sun beating down on you… but if you have that kind of money, who cares!

How to celebrate – Wear sunglasses! Pretend you are a movie star. Pretend you are an International Spy.

February 28th National Public Sleeping Day

Go ahead, take a nap. Doesn’t matter where you are, just close your eyes and go to sleep. The only catch today is it needs to be in public where others can see you. Maybe visit a mattress factory or showcase, where you can get a good rest in!

Now if you are on the lookout for these national sleepers, pay close attention to those wearing sunglasses or sitting in the shade. Snoring is also a good give-a-way that they may be a public sleeper.

I hope you partied hard last night so you have a reason to sleep today. I do warn others though, maybe don’t take an airplane today or make sure your Uber driver stays awake as they get you where you are going.

Well, it’s my turn to go take a nap so I’ll be signing off now…..

How to celebrate – Take a na…. (snoring sounds)

June 27th National Sunglasses Day

Did you know they had sunglasses back during the Civil War? No, not the recent movie but the real Civil War, the War Between the States. In fact they were known to be around in Nero’s time (Roman Empire) though hey may not have been used to actually block out the sun rays.

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Sunglasses serve a valuable purpose. Not only to they block out the sun rays that can hurt your vision but they also help you see better by removing the glare than comes from the sun, often revealing things you might not have seen otherwise.

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Of course, they make you look cool too and who doesn’t want that. Sunglasses were known to exist in 1757, though not widely used. It would be 1929 when they were first produced for the mass population.

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Naturally, sunglasses have been used to hide the secret identity of Hollywood stars, politicians, outlaws and suspicious people (Probably aliens from another planet.) And of course the coolest of cool wear their sunglasses at night! (Normally to hide the black eye they have from wearing them at night before and running into the wall.)

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Ho0w to celebrate – Proudly show off your sunglasses today. Pretend you are a movie star and see if you get people watching you. Go sun glass shopping to find the one that best defines your cool.

June 27th National Sunglasses Day

Protective eye wear has been around since the prehistoric days. Yep, even caveman needed to be able to see better if for no other reason to tell when a man-eating critter might be nearby.  They used flattened walrus ivory glasses, looking through narrow slits to block out a part of the sun. It worked, though there were complaints of cavemen walking into trees for apparently no reason – Lol! They may have looked a little like the glasses below.

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Even Nero used a kind of sunglasses. They were green because he liked to watch the Gladiators fight in an emerald world.

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The Chinese invented their own type of sunglasses to cover their faces so that witnesses could not see the nobles’ facial expressions as they testified. I think they might have looked like the sunglasses below.

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In 1752 James Ayscough began experimenting with what would eventually become the modern-day sunglasses. He tinted glass with blues and greens, not to keep the sun out but to improve general vision. It sort of worked because it blocked out the sun causing less glare. In the 19th century glasses were made out of amber, yellow, or brown because of the sensitivity those with syphilis had to sunlight. Sort of makes you think twice about using those colors today, doesn’t it?

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Tinted glasses were used by sharpshooters during the Civil War. No one reasoned why, but targets were much easier to spot because of the colored glasses. It wasn’t until 1920, before sunglasses actually became the sunglasses we know and love today. They rapidly became popular as fans saw the stars of the day hiding behind the glasses so no one would know who they were. Even back then, the protection the glasses provided from harmful UV waves was not complete understood.

Sam Foster made a cheap pair of sunglasses that anyone could afford. He sold his Foster Grants at Woolworth’s on the Atlantic City pier. In 1936, Edwin H. Land, invented the polarized sunglasses that changed the world forever. By 1937, more than 20 million pair of sunglasses had been sold in the US.

How to celebrate: Get the best pair of sunglasses you can afford, you won’t regret it. Imagine you are a celebrity trying to hide behind your sunglasses.  Try out the sunglasses the cavemen wore, but watch out for those trees.