Today is: Banana Day? Really? …

Today is: Banana Day? Really? …

Banana Day is a bit like a heady mix of April Fool’s Day and Halloween (without the sweets or vandalism) and with a helpful portion of healthy eating thrown in for good measure. The origins of Banana Day, which is aimed at celebrating bananas in every conceivable sense of the word, are murky. However it’s known that every year students at many prestigious American universities use Banana Day as a way of celebrating this humble lunchbox standard. They eat and share weird and wonderful banana concoctions (banana punch, anyone?), they dress as bananas and they generally go a bit…well…nuts. And bananas too, of course. (source: http://www.daysoftheyear.com)

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Today is ‘Save The Elephant’ Day

Today is ‘Save The Elephant’ Day

They might be wildlife icons, but, sadly, elephants are in crisis. Save The Elephant Day is a chance to show our love and support for these much-loved giants and raise awareness of the threats to their future in both Africa and Asia, ranging from ivory poachers and traffickers to loss of habitat. Also known as World Elephant Day, the occasion was founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, based in Thailand, working together with Canadian film-maker Patricia Sims. The launch of this international initiative in 2012 saw the release of the documentary film ‘Return to the Forest’, narrated by Star Trek legend William Shatner. The ideal way to mark the day is to donate to a charity helping elephants or organise an event in aid of these beautiful but threatened beasts. You could also watch a wildlife film about elephants or sign a petition to raise awareness. (source: http://www.daysoftheyear.com)

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Today in History: Leonetto Cappiello born in 1875

Today in History: Leonetto Cappiello born in 1875

143 years ago today, painter and poster artist Leonetto Cappiello was born in in Livorno, Italy. Leonetto Cappiello started his career as a caricaturist before dedicating himself to poster art.

Sometimes called the “father of the advertising poster,” Cappiello spent 40 active years in Paris, creating over 500 posters in his career.

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Today is National Beer Day

Today is National Beer Day

National Beer Day is observed annually on April 7th.  The world’s oldest beverage might date back as far as 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed, so recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and Egypt. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage worldwide and is surpassed in consumption only by water and tea. In March of 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Cullen-Harrison Act which legalized the sale of beer after 13 years of Prohibition in the United States. The law came into effect on April 7 which henceforth became known as National Beer Day.

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Today is National Caramel Day

Today is National Caramel Day

Americans began making sugary syrups in the 1600s, but the delicious chewy caramel we know and love today was a more recent innovation. Caramel candy emerged during the 18th century and quickly became one of the most popular sweets on the market. In fact, Milton Hershey’s first business was the Lancaster Caramel Company! Caramel is made with butter, brown and white sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla. It is usually enjoyed as an ice cream topping, a candy filling, or on its own. You can also find caramel flavored puddings, popcorn, desserts, and coffee. To celebrate National Caramel Day, enjoy some of your favorite caramel candies or make a batch of homemade caramel! (Source: www.punchbowl.com)

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Today in History: Simplicissimus first published in 1896

Today in History: Simplicissimus first published in 1896

122 years ago today, the first edition of the satirical magazine “Simplicissimus” was issued. The weekly publication was created by publisher Albert Langen (1869-1909) and graphic artist Thomas Heine (1867-1948) and quickly became known for its politically daring content mixed with a modern graphic style. The satirical weekly was published until 1967s (with a gap between 1944 and 1954).

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Today in History: First Dishwasher marketed in 1889

Today in History: First Dishwasher marketed in 1889

129 years ago today, the first dishwashing machine was marketed in Chicago, Illinois. Josephine Cochrane patented her invention in 1886. A wealthy socialite, Cochrane designed the dishwasher because she was tired of her best china being chipped by the hired help. Cochrane’s dishwasher company eventually became KitchenAid. Cochrane died in 1913 at the age of 74.

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