Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Flitch Day, Stick Out Your Tongue Day, Triple Play Day, more

July 19th, 2011 is  Flitch Day, Stick Out Your Tongue Day, Triple Play Day, Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, National Daiquiri Day, and National Raspberry Cake Day.

Flitch Day is an old custom, practiced in Dunmore Priory, England, beginning in the 15th century. Couples who could convince a jury that they had lived in harmony and fidelity for the previous year would receive a flitch of bacon from the priory monks. The tradition has fallen in and out of popularity over the years. If you'd like a virtual flitch of bacon, check out "Bacon makes everything better."

Today is Stick Out Your Tongue Day. Doing so for no reason might get you labeled as rude or worse, so consider sticking out your tongue to enjoy a popsicle or an ice cream cone.

Triple Play Day commemorates the first unassisted triple play in baseball, back in 1909. The feat was achieved by Neal Ball, shortstop for the Cleveland Naps. He caught a line drive, touched second base, and tagged a runner. Major League-sanctioned triple plays have only occurred fifteen times.

The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, observed by Jews on July 19th, marks the beginning of a three-week period of mourning. The fast is held in remembrance of five tragic events that occurred on this date, according to Chabad.org:

  1. Moses broke the tablets when he saw the Jewish people worshipping the Golden Calf.
  2. During the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, the Jews were forced to cease offering the daily sacrifices due to the lack of sheep.
  3. Apostomos burned the holy Torah.
  4. An idol was placed in the Holy Temple.
  5. The walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans, in 69 CE, after a lengthy siege. 

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a refreshing rum drink with lime and simple syrup. Embrace National Daiquiri Day!

National Raspberry Cake Day is easy to celebrate, even if you don't bake. Take a store-bought pound cake (or a Twinkie!) and top it with fresh raspberries. Voila!

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