Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday Miscellany - Some Odds, End and Personals

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From Byter Brett:

*-- Bizarre August Holidays --*

1 National Mustard Day 

2 National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

3 National Watermelon Day

4 U.S. Coast Guard Day

5 Work Like a Dog Day

6 Wiggle Your Toes Day

7 National Lighthouse Day

8 Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day 

9 Book Lover's Day

10 National S'mores Day

11 Presidential Joke Day

12 Middle Child's Day

13 Left Hander's Day

14 National Creamsicle Day

15 Relaxation Day 

16 National Tell a Joke Day

17 National Thriftshop Day

18 Bad Poetry Day

19 Aviation Day

20 National Radio Day

21 Senior Citizen's Day

22 National Tooth Fairy Day 

23 Ride the Wind Day

24 Vesuvius Day

25 Kiss and Make Up Day

26 National Dog Day

27 Global Forgiveness Day

28 Race Your Mouse Day 

29 More Herbs, Less Salt Day

30 Frankenstein Day

31 National Trail Mix Day 

I looked up some of the more bizarre ones on the net and sure enough, they are correct, so I am assuming that the rest are legit as well. 

The following site also recognises them and elaborates on each one.  Click on the link to go to the site and then click on the individual days to read about those days.

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So today is National S’mores Day. I was under the impression that this was an abbreviation for National Sophomores Day, the word “sophomore” being a student in the second year of study at university or in year 10 at high school. It is a word that we don’t use in Oz. I looked up National Sophomore Day on the net but couldn’t find such a day. Using “National S’mores Day” did bring results and confirmed that it is on 10 August.  

It turns out that a s’more, sometimes spelled smore, is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.

It appears to date from the 1920’s, having been developed by Boy Scouts and Girl Guides around campfires, the name being a contraction of “Some more.”

Maybe Oliver Twist was really saying “Please sir, can I have s’more?”

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