Sunday, July 24, 2011

Drive-Thru Day, Tell an Old Joke Day, Parents' Day, Tequila Day, more

July 24th, 2011 is National Drive-Thru Day, Tell an Old Joke Day, Pioneer Day, Parents' Day, Cousins' Day, Birthday of Nannarrup hoffmani, Instant Coffee Day, and National Tequila Day.

Today is National Drive-Thru Day. It's nice to have the option of drive-thru service on a busy day. Some restaurants even have healthy items on the menu. Only problem is, sometimes it's hard to hear or be heard through the cheap speakers they use. Tell you what - I propose a new annual holiday, starting a month from now, August 25th. Let's call it National Improve Drive-Thru Speakers Day. Spread the word!

What does an elephant do when he breaks his toe? He calls a "toe" truck. Sorry for the old joke, but today is Tell an Old Joke Day. If you need a supply of old jokes, much better than mine, the late Henny Youngman had many to offer.

The state of Utah observes Pioneer Day today, remembering the date in 1847 when Brigham Young and a group of Mormon pioneers arrived at Salt Lake Valley.

The fourth Sunday in July is Parents' Day. The National Parents' Day Coalition states, "Parents' Day provides an opportunity to recognize and promote parenting as a central vocation for our families and communities. More than just a time to celebrate, it is an occasion to make a statement about what is important in our society. It is a chance to create a positive tradition based on a core axiom - that the role of parents is crucial in the nurturing and development of children, and thus requires investment, focus, and commitment."

Today is Cousins' Day, a time to reminisce about the good times you've had with your cousins at family reunions and such. How many cousins do you have? I have thirty-two, believe it or not, but sadly three are no longer with us.

July 24th is the Birthday of Nannarrup hoffmani. Never heard of him? That's because "he" is a centipede, a new genus of centipede, discovered in New York's Central Park. The eighty-two-legged creature was found in 1998, but not officially classified until July 24th, 2002.

If you're in too much of a hurry to hit the drive-thru, have some instant coffee in honor of Instant Coffee Day. If you refuse to drink instant coffee, use some to flavor frosting or add a subtle dimension to a gravy or sauce. Be creative!

On National Tequila Day, have a margharita or a tequila sunrise. Or better yet, make diamonds. Did you know scientists have turned tequila into diamonds? I'll drink to that.

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