Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Drive-Thru Day, Tell an Old Joke Day, more

July 24th, 2013, is National Drive-Thru Day, Tell an Old Joke Day, Cousins' Day, Pioneer Day (Utah), 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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