While Fortune Cookies are most popular in Chinese restaurants, they originated in Japan (think elegant desserts and folding techniques). But they were adopted in America by Chinese restaurants at the turn of the last century and exploded in popularity after World War II and are now an essential part of today's pop food cuisine. Ever … Continue reading National Fortune Cookie Day
Nope, this is not about rock 'n roll or even the Rolling Stones, today is all about real rocks, real stones. You know, the ones you find on the ground, in a stream, in the ocean. Somebody I know likes to collect rocks. Pretty rocks. Interesting rocks. Significant rocks. Rocks that grab her fancy, which … Continue reading International Rock Day
July 11 is National Blueberry Muffin Day and there are few better ways to start the day. To encourage you to eat fresh baked goods at home, feel free to try this simple and straightforward recipe... ===============Simple Blueberry Muffins SUMMARY: There's nothing fancy about this muffin – it's mostly flour, eggs, butter and blueberries. But … Continue reading A simple recipe for National Blueberry Muffin Day!
The second Saturday in July is International Skinny-Dip Day. Here is the naked truth, there are some places where you should not skinny-dip. A snapping turtle pond heads that list. And if you do wish to swim in the all together, look for a sign like this. The proponents of this practice give nonsense reasons … Continue reading International Skinny-Dip Day
Happy Independence Day (Observed)! Hope you have the day off. I have thrown up a few Throwback Thursday post from time to time as I came across things. But I recently came across the mother lode of images I was looking for. Sorry, but there will be many more in the weeks and months to … Continue reading A patriotic Bicentennial Thinnes Pharmacy key ring
May you have a very festive and very safe American Independence Day. Celebrate our country and our republic during these difficult and trying times. This nation has seen and overcome tougher days and we will rise from these challenges. Treasure our system of government and don't let the insurrectionists get you down. Patriotism belongs to … Continue reading Happy American Independence Day
Today is the anniversary of the famous/infamous Roswell Incident in 1947. If you are not aware of the Roswell Incident, good for you, and what rock have you been living under? You can find the story related everywhere online and started this small industry and tourism attraction. The US Air Force has been denying it … Continue reading Today is World UFO Day
July is both National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month. So I expect every one of you to get out there and grill at a picnic! As for me, I will likely stay inside with the air conditioning for a while until this heat wave finishes. Let me know when the pizza delivery gets here. … Continue reading Welcome to July!
A strange thing happened during the recent pandemic last fall. Seasonal flu and other casually contagious diseases experienced a marked decline. Part of that was due to social distancing, widespread mask wearing and compulsive hand washing. Flu bugs can easily be transmitted during handshakes - and there was much less of that during the pandemic. … Continue reading Maybe not on National Handshake Day
The third full week in June is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. It is an effort by the National Weather Service to help increase lightning safety. It may be shocking to learn that lightning is one of the deadliest weather systems. Records kept by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show lightning in the United States … Continue reading Lightning Safety Awareness Week
Hoping that all Father's have a very special day and that all children have a reason to make it a very special day. Being a biological father is not an automatic reason to be celebrated but the love they give, the protection they provide and the lessons they instill make this a time to honor … Continue reading Honor your Pops on Father’s Day
Last year on this date I advocated turning this traditional holiday into a Federal Holiday and clearly Joe Biden was listening to me. Rather than printing the background information again this year you can go to it by clicking here. https://walterthinnes.blog/2020/06/19/happy-juneteenth-and-a-note-about-federal-holidays/ I'm very pleased that things have changed enough to make this happen and hope … Continue reading Welcome to Juneteenth, the newest Federal Holiday!
International Bath Day is celebrated every year on June 14 because it is classically considered the day of Archimedes' greatest discovery. I remember that day well. Let me explain. Archimedes (we called him Archie, but that's a story for another day) was a pretty smart fella and an innovative mathematician. He got the whole measurement … Continue reading Eureka! – I have discovered International Bath Day!
Today is National Fish and Chips Day, not here in the US, but in the United Kingdom! And let me tell you, they know and cherish their Fish and Chips. I've eaten authentic Fish and Chips in England and there is nothing I have found to match it here in the states. I also have … Continue reading National Fish and Chips Day
You remember what your mother told you as a child - "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Hope you learned your lesson well, but today, take it one step further. Please go out of your way to say something nice. Let's increase civility and let it start with us. This … Continue reading National Say Something Nice Day
For those of us in the United States, it is Memorial Day. The unofficial start of summer it is set aside to honor those who died in the nation's armed services defending our nation. For those around the world, the World Health Organization uses May 31 to encourage all those addicted to tobacco products to … Continue reading Two special days in one…
Summer in the USA is the classic time for a road trip and so the Friday before Memorial Day is dedicated to reminding you to make your plans. Sometime this summer I plan to take my motorcycle to my happy place - The Blue Ridge Parkway (and throw in the Skyline Drive in Virginia just … Continue reading National Road Trip Day
I'd like to take this opportunity of National Brother's Day to salute and celebrate my favorite brother (and for that matter my only brother) - Ron. He is extraordinarily special in every way and I can confidently tell you that because I have known him his entire life. He was exceptional in school, indeed he … Continue reading Happy National Brother’s Day!
People love to play with date numbers. March 14 (3.14) becomes Pi Day. May the 4th (be with you) becomes Star Wars Day. Because today, May 13, mimics the area code (513) of Cincinnati it becomes unofficially, of course, Cincinnati Day. Enjoy a bite of Goetta, eat a Skyline Chili Cheese Coney and top it … Continue reading Happy (unofficial) Cincinnati Day!
One of my favorite buildings in New York is the Stephen A. Schwartzman Building which serves as the primary New York City Library Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street next to Bryant Park. I have spent many happy hours writing there in the astonishing Rose Reading Room. And every time I visit, Patience and … Continue reading Happy 100th Patience and Fortitude
In the US today it is Mother's Day (remember last week I reminded you to get your card in the mail and your gift ordered?). Hope you did and that all moms have a terrific day today. The exact date of Mother's Day shifts about the calendar as dictated by the Great Hallmark in the … Continue reading Mom and Socks
Some National Days are helpful and celebratory. Others are silly and fun. A long time ago in a galaxy very close to ours some nerds took the date "May the Fourth" and added "Be With You" and created a special day honoring a certain film franchise. You are bound to see people breathing hard into … Continue reading May the 4th be with you
In the United States the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day. Usually I post on that day with a celebration of my own mom, but that does you, the reader, little good if you have not prepared. So this is a friendly and helpful reminder to get your card in the mail or order … Continue reading Public Service Announcement for NEXT Sunday
Today's National Day has nothing to do with warming your porcine pals (though that would be very nice of you). Instead it celebrates the favorite hors d'oeuvres at a munch reception. It is always the first plate to be emptied and always the star of the party. A simple miniature hot dog wrapped in some … Continue reading National Pigs in a Blanket Day
National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day occurs on the Third Friday of April every year. If you take a thorough look you may find unused and out of date medications that have collected there and clutter up the space. Worse, these medications can be dangerous to you or others in your household. Don't just … Continue reading National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day