Hip hip hooray – Oct. 26 is National Pumpkin Day! With Halloween just days away, today is dedicated to all-things pumpkins. And let's face it - pumpkins are just plain fun whether you carve ‘em, decorate 'em or eat ‘em. High in potassium and Vitamin A, did you know pumpkins are 90 percent water? And in case you don't think pumpkins are big business, think again. In 2008, the United States produced about 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins. Up to 95 percent of pumpkins are grown in
Get ready to get your monster on, folks! While one of the best holidays in the entire year is almost here, another annual event is hours away and monsters all over the country are ready to celebrate! The last Friday in October celebrates one of the world’s most famous monsters. It’s Frankenstein Friday, an annual holiday created by writer/producer, Ron MacCloskey in 1997. And just in case you didn’t think this famous monster was popular, think again. Did you know there are ot
If you’re in the mood for a classic horror story or happen to be a monster fan, August 30 is your lucky day! Not to be confused with Frankenstein Friday or National Frankenstein Day, Frankenstein Day is annual “howliday” that celebrates the life of one of the world’s best known authors, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Shelley was born on August 30, 1797. Her mother died soon after her birth and her father eventually remarried. With a new cruel step-mother and an emotionally dist
One of the most delicious days of the entire year is here and folks around the world are ready to celebrate! Oct. 25 is World Pasta Day, also known as International Pasta Day and/or National Pasta Day. But no matter what you call it, today celebrates pasta of all shapes, sizes and varieties. The annual food holiday has been celebrated around the globe since its launch at the first World Pasta Congress in Rome in 1995. People have been consuming pasta for generations. While Ma
Hold on to your hearts, folks! October 25 is National Greasy Foods Day! Whether you prefer the more traditional greasy food like fried chicken, doughnuts, French fries and onion rings, or prefer a more adventurous fare, many Americans have a hankerin’ for a heapin’ helpin’ of their favorite greasy food. In fact, some folks prefer the greasier the better! Let’s face it. If you can eat it, chances are pretty good you can slather it with butter, deep fry it in oil or load it up
October 24 is a pretty sweet day when it comes to "food holidays." Not only is it National Bologna Day, but today also celebrates a sweet treat many may remember eating as kids. Hip hip hooray – October 24 is (National) Good and Plenty Day! These delicious licorice-flavored candies have been enjoyed for over one hundred years. The original Good & Plenty candy actually began production back in 1893 by the Quaker City Confectionary Company and is touted as America’s oldest bran
Today is National Bologna Day - no baloney! While the origins are unknown, this food holiday is celebrated every October 24. Who knew a luncheon meat would get its very own holiday? Named after the Italian city, Bologna, this popular luncheon meat may conjure up all sorts of childhood memories. In fact, “b-o-l-o-g-n-a” was made famous by one of the most popular television commercials back in the 70s. Americans eat 800 million pounds of bologna each year. So what is it? Not to
It’s hard to believe that on this day back in 2001, a revolutionary gadget was unveiled that would forever change the way the world listens to music. Apple launched its 6.5-ounce portable music player – the iconic iPod. October 23 celebrates a musical milestone - it's iPod Day. The tiny MP3 music player had a 5 GB hard drive that could hold a whopping 1,000 CD-quality songs, built-in FireWire port and a rechargeable battery that could play up to 10 hours of continuous music.
The late, great Johnny Carson did it. Funnymen David Letterman, Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson are still doing it. Funny ladies Chelsea Handler and Ellen are doing it too. And Oprah Winfrey did it like no other! What do all these people have in common? October 23 is TV Talk Show Host Day, an annual holiday that celebrates television talk show hosts. While the origins of this “holiday” are unknown, October 23rd is the birthday of one of America’s most beloved talk show hosts, the
Have you heard the news? A special day of the year is here and Americans are ready to celebrate! Oct. 23 is National Mole Day in the U.S.A! While National Mole Day could celebrate the little critters we call moles or those brown and/or black spots that appear on our skin, the occasion actually celebrates a basic measuring unit in chemistry known as Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10 23) . This annual “holiday” is observed every year on Oct. 23 for 12 hours. Because 6.02 is part of
Oct. 22, 2019, is Make a Dog's Day, a 'howliday' created by the folks at Subaru. According to the company, Make a Dog's Day is a way to "meet the underdogs," those furry friends that are "hardest to adopt." "As part of National #MakeADogsDay, you can help support all Underdogs by buying them something from the ASPCA Charity Lists. For every item purchased, Subaru will donate $10 up to $250,000." Today is the perfect time to open your heart and your home to an animal in need.
If you can relate to the jingle – “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t” – today may just be your lucky day! October 22 is National Nut Day! While the origins of this annual “holiday” are unknown, nuts have been eaten for centuries. In fact, walnuts are believed to be the oldest tree food there is, dating back to 7000 B.C. Go Nuts for Nuts! Whether you prefer cashews, walnuts, macadamias, almonds, peanuts, pistachios or pecans, nuts are delicious treats that com
October 22 is International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD), an annual “holiday” that raises awareness about stuttering. ISAD also shines the spotlight on the issues and difficulties people who struggle with stuttering must face every day. In 1988, United States President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Stuttering Awareness Week. For folks who have the gift of gab, it's hard to imagine how difficult and aggravating it must be when the words you want to use do not
When it comes to non-traditional holidays, Oct. 21 ranks right up there! Not only is it Reptile Awareness Day and the delicious National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, it is also Count Your Buttons Day! No foolin'! Count Your Buttons Day Like many non-traditional holidays throughout the year, the origins of Count Your Buttons Day are unknown. But nobody is quite sure what on earth the holiday actually means! Today is the perfect day to get out the ole' needle and thread and sew thos
If you love cheesecake, today is your lucky day. Oct. 21 is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day! While the origins of this annual food holiday are unknown, cheesecake lovers don’t really need a special "holiday" to indulge in a slice or two of rich and creamy cheesecake, right? While cheesecake is delicious to eat during any time of the year, just add a bit of pumpkin to the mix, and you’ve got the all-time perfect fall or Thanksgiving dessert. In just in case you have never trie