Tag Archives: july 2012

July 31: Mutt’s Day

Happy Mutt’s Day! Although purebreeds are great, dog lovers everywhere know that mutts (or mixed breed dogs, for the more PC readers) are just wonderful.

Dog owners (and those that are owned by dogs) can celebrate today by spending lots of time with their dogs.

“Like one who seizes a dog by the ears
is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.”

Proverbs 26:17

July 30: Paperback Book Day

July 30 is Paperback Book Day, so bibliophiles rejoice!

Figuring out why today is Paperback Book Day took a decent bit of research, so I’ll share my findings with you.

Penguin Books published its first paperback books on July 30, 1935. Although other books with paper covers had been published for many years (such as penny dreadfuls, yellow-backs, dime novels, and even pulp magazines), only one other publisher had attempted to publish any respectable quality writing without a hardcover.

That company (Albatross Books) printed several books in 1931 and 1932, but went under quickly. However, when Penguin Books began printing a few years later, their cheap reprints of popular books became immensely popular very quickly. Therefore, their opening day, July 30, can now be celebrated as Paperback Book Day!

Celebrate by reading a favorite paperback, a new paperback, or trying your hand at being a “Paperback Writer” yourself!

“Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.”

Ecclesiastes 12:12b

July 29: Lasagna Day

I hope you like Italian food, because July 29 is Lasagna Day! You can make it yourself, or find yourself a good Italian restaurant. I’d recommend some salad and bread sticks with it. Sounds delicious!

“Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”

Genesis 27:4

July 28: Milk Chocolate Day

Who doesn’t love milk chocolate? Well, actually, I’ve met a few people that don’t like chocolate, and I’m still in shock over that. As for the rest of us, if it’s chocolate, we’ll take it.

July 28 is set aside particularly for milk chocolate (not chocolate milk, although I probably love that even more). So, get yourself a candy bar, make some chocolate chip cookies or peanut blossoms, or go fancy and rent a chocolate fountain.

“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do.”

Ecclesiastes 9:7

July 27: National Sleepy Head Day

While most “national” days on this website are held in the U.S., this holiday is celebrated in Finland.

July 27 is the traditional feast day for the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus. Christian tradition (at least in some areas) as well as the Q’ran hold that seven young men hid in a cave near Ephesus one night to escape from persecution. When they awoke, it was either 200 or 300 years later and Christianity was now the official religion of the area.

In Finland, National Sleepy Head Day is celebrated every July 27 by waking up people by either throwing them into water or by throwing water onto them. In some cities, especially the city of Naantali, the day has become a large celebration, where a Finnish politician or celebrity is secretly chosen and then thrown into the sea.

Personally, I think the way to celebrate this day is obvious, but I doubt the person that wakes up suddenly in cold water will truly appreciate it!

“If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning,
it will be taken as a curse.”

Proverbs 27:14

July 26: All or Nothing Day

Just go for it, or stop pretending. It’s All or Nothing Day, so no half measures. As Yoda says, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Whatever it is that you’ve been sort of doing, dabbling in, getting by with, and managing just enough, stop. Either do it or don’t, because it’s all or nothing. An old proverb (possibly begun by Lord Chesterfield) reminds us that “Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Revelation 3:15-16

July 25: National Carousel Day

National Carousel Day, or National Merry-Go-Round Day if you prefer, is July 25. During the Middle Ages, carousels were used for military training, when cavalrymen would practice sword strokes and spear throws as they galloped past a carousel turned by men or horses.

Although pleasure carousels had been around for centuries, July 25 is celebrated as National Carousel day because the first U.S. patent for a carousel was granted to Willhelm Schneider on this day in 1871.

If at all possible, the best way to celebrate carousels is to go and ride one. If that isn’t possible, I recommend at least watching “Mary Poppins” win a race with her carousel horse or watching the old Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel.” It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music.”

Psalm 98:4