Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: Celebrating art is good for your heart

When it comes to holidays, Jan. 31 has a little something for everyone! Not only is it Scotch Tape Day, Backward Day, National Hot Chocolate Day, Brandy Alexander Day and Eat Brussels Sprouts Day, it is also Inspire Your Heart with Art Day! Hooray! While the origins of this annual "holiday" are unknown, Inspire Your Heart with Art Day celebrates art of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Whether it's a trip to a local museum, watching or acting in a play at the local theater or tapping your toes to a rockin' concert, today celebrates creativity with an artistic flair as well as the positive effect it has on our lives. Art inspires us to get creative and appreciate all different forms of art. Ho

National Hot Chocolate Day

If your taste buds are screaming for a delicious sweet treat to warm you up on a cold winter's night, go grab your mug. Jan. 31 is National Hot Chocolate Day! This annual "holiday" celebrates the warm and creamy beverage we love to drink. While the terms hot chocolate and hot cocoa are often used interchangeably, hot chocolate is comfort in a cup no matter what you call it! Why not whip up one or two sinfully delicious tried-and-true or brand new hot chocolate recipes in honor of National Hot Chocolate Day? And speaking of holidays, Jan. 31 is also Backward Day, Eat Brussels Sprouts Day, Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, Scotch Tape Day and Brandy Alexander Day.

Scotch Tape Day: It's a Wrap

Double or single-sided, folks have been dispensing this sticky product since it was invented back in 1930. In case you’ve never heard of him, chances are pretty good you’ve used his products a time or two! Engineer Richard Gurley Drew found himself in a bit of a "sticky situation" when he invented a moisture-proof, transparent product first used by grocers, bakers and meat packers to seal cellophane wrap. January 31st is Scotch Tape Day! And not only did Drew develop the transparent “Scotch Cellulose Tape” for the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M), but he also invented masking tape and Duct tape too! During the Depression, many used tape to make simple repairs to items around t

Happy Backward Day - Celebrate Jan. 31 in reverse!

If you are stuck in a rut or like to do things a bit differently than everyone else, today may just be your lucky day! Today is Backward Day, also referred to Backwards Day or yaD drawkcaB! Not to be confused with National Opposite Day, this annual event is celebrated every year on January 31. How to Celebrate Backwards Day Instead of waking up on the wrong side of the bed today, try waking up on the right side! While reading a book from cover-to-cover is always recommended, begin with the end and end with the beginning! Eat your dessert before the main course! And to kick things up even more, eat dinner in the morning and breakfast in the evening! Instead of eating a sandwich with the goodi

Brandy Alexander Day

When it comes to unusual holidays, Jan. 31 is a biggy! Not only is it Scotch Tape Day, Backward Day and Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, it is also a great big food holiday. Jan. 31 also celebrates a much-maligned vegetable, a sinfully delicious drink and a creamy cocktail. It's also Eat Brussels Sprouts Day as well as National Hot Chocolate Day and (National) Brandy Alexander Day! Brandy Alexander Typically made with brandy, cream and creme de cacao, some believe the delicious after-dinner drink was actually created for King George and Queen Mary's oldest daughter's wedding to Viscount Lascelles. It is also believed to have been one of John Lennon's favorite drinks. If you're looking for a

Eat Brussels Sprouts Day: Brussels Sprouts recipes that don't suck

Let's be honest. January 31 celebrates a vegetable that is not on everyone's favorite food list. It's Eat Brussels Sprouts Day, an annual food holiday that encourages folks to give Brussels sprouts a second, third or fourth chance. Brussels Sprouts Whether you love 'em or well, not so much, these miniature members of the cruciferous family are really good for you! High in protein, iron and potassium, Brussels sprouts also contain Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. In honor of Eat Your Brussels Sprouts Day, why not whip up one or two of the recipes listed below? Who knows, you may actually like them once you give them a try. Go ahead - you can do it! Brussels Sprout Recipes That Don't Suck! G

Brandy Alexander Day: Cheers!

When it comes to unusual holidays, Jan. 31 is a biggy! Not only is it Scotch Tape Day, Backward Day and Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, it is also a great big food holiday. Jan. 31 also celebrates a much-maligned vegetable, a sinfully delicious drink and a creamy cocktail. It's also Eat Brussels Sprouts Day, National Hot Chocolate Day and (National) Brandy Alexander Day! Typically made with brandy, cream and creme de cacao, some believe the delicious after-dinner drink was actually created for King George and Queen Mary's oldest daughter's wedding to Viscount Lascelles. It is also believed to have been one of John Lennon's favorite drinks. If you're looking for a little decadent delight on

Pop It! It's Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (BWAD)! This annual holiday is celebrated each year on the last Monday in January. Launched in 2001, BWAD celebrates this amazing product first manufactured in 1960 by Sealed Air. But like many great inventions, bubble wrap was actually intended to be something else – textured wallpaper! But inventors Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding soon realized their product would be much better suited for cushioning and protecting prized possessions and products, and the rest, as they say, is pop history. And just in case you think bubble wrap is just for valuables, think again. In 2010, the most accident prone street in the UK, dubbed Accident Avenue, was wrapped in b

National Inane Answering Message Day: Outgoing message tips that don't suck

If you've ever had to push 200 buttons to talk to an actual human being, endure blaring music, annoying background noises or long-winded messages when calling a friend, acquaintance or business, today is your lucky day! January 30 is National Inane Answering Message Day! This annual "holiday" was created by the folks at Wellcat to encourage folks to "change, shorten, replace or delete those ridiculous and/or annoying answering machine messages that waste the time of anyone who must listen to them." Whether you have an answering machine or handy-dandy gadget with voice mail, today is the perfect opportunity to get rid of the old and bring on a brand new, creative and much more appropriate gre

Happy National Escape Day – Give me a break!

Are you feeling a little down in the dumps lately? Have those depressing winter blues set in? If you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, well, no worries. Today is all about taking a well-deserved break from all the hassles and struggles of everyday life. January 30 is National Escape Day. So go ahead and make a run for it! Whether you escape to a tropical paradise or head to your nearest restroom to soak in some suds, today is all about taking a moment out of your hectic day to pamper the most special person in your life – you! While anywhere warm and tropical sounds perfect right about now, for many people, a cruise or tropical vacation just isn’t in the budget. But there

National Croissant Day

Jan. 30 celebrates a type of delicious crescent-shaped pastry that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and/or as a snack. It's National Croissant Day! While the origins of this food holiday are unknown, these buttery, savory and/or sweet treats are just plain fun to eat no matter what time of day or night it happens to be. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these light and flaky treats are made with a special type of dough that is layered with butter, rolled and folded into its unusual shape. In honor of National Croissant Day, why not enjoy a delish croissant? January 30 is also National Escape Day and National Inane Answering Message Day.

Happy National Puzzle Day

If you love to use your noggin, today may be your lucky day! It’s National Puzzle Day. While the origins of this holiday are well, puzzling, this annual event is celebrated each year on Jan. 29. Stimulate Your Mind The old expression, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” certainly holds true in this case. In fact, many experts believe the key to keeping the mind healthy and sharp as a tack is to USE it. Just like your body, exercise is beneficial for the brain too. Researchers discovered that people who participated in mind-stimulating activities including reading, writing, playing crossword puzzles and/or challenging games especially during early and middle life, were less likely to develo

Happy Curmudgeons Day: Best grumpy old men movies

Whether you work with one, live next door to one or happen to live with one, we all know one. January 29 is dedicated to all the Ebenezer Scrooges, Oscar the Grouches and the Grinches of the world. It's Curmudgeons Day, an annual event that actually celebrates the birthday of the legendary William Claude Dukenfield, also known as W.C. Fields. The famous actor and writer frequently portrayed a grumpy old man in his films. According to Merriam-Webster, a curmudgeon is defined as a miser, a "crusty, ill-tempered and usually old man." And with the winter blues setting in, today is as good a day as any to celebrate those crotchety grumps we all know and, well, love. In honor of Curmudgeons Day, w

National Corn Chip Day

Have you heard the latest “scoop?” While yesterday was all about blueberry pancakes, today is all about chips. Corn chips, that is. Jan. 29 is National Corn Chip Day, not to be confused with National Tortilla Chip Day which is observed next month. These salty and crunchy treats have been gobbled up en masse since they were first “invented” by the folks at Fritos back in the day. According to the company website, C.E. “Elmer” Doolin was frustrated tortillas just didn’t stay fresh long enough at his store. But one day in 1932, he met a man who was selling fried corn chips. After he pawned his mama’s wedding ring, he paid the man $100 for his recipe – which was a heckuva lot of loot back in tho

It's National Blueberry Pancake Day: Pancakes to flip for!

f you’re in the mood for a delicious stack of piping hot pancakes, drenched in your favorite syrup and loaded with delicious blueberries that burst in your mouth, you’re in luck! Besides National Kazoo Day, Jan. 28 is National Blueberry Pancake Day! Hooray! Who can resist gobbling up a delicious batch of comforting pancakes just like mom used to make? And don't forget - blueberries are super healthy for you too! And by the way, pancakes aren’t just for breakfast anymore. Serve ‘em any time of the day or night! In honor of this annual event, why not whip up one of these mouthwatering pancake recipes listed below? No matter how you stack ‘em, your family will FLIP over you! And by the way, the

Get Ready to Blow: It's National Kazoo Day

Do you kazoo? If so, it's your lucky day. It’'s National Kazoo Day in the U.S.A! This annual event, usually celebrated "on or about" Jan. 28, during National Kazoo Week, was founded by Chaplin Willard Rahn. Folks have been hummin’ on kazoos ever since they were invented back in the 1840s. Originally made to disguise one’s voice, today’s pocket-sized musical instruments are made out of a variety of materials including metal, wood or plastic. And just in case you’ve never tried one, you don’t have to be a classically trained musician to become an expert kazooer either. Carefully put the kazoo up to your lips and blow, or rather, hum! While beginners have the tendency to blow – experts know h

Happy Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

January 27 is an important day in history for a variety of reasons. Not only is today National Chocolate Cake Day and Thomas Crapper Day, but today is also the birthday of one of the world’s most significant and prolific composers in history! Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Austria on this day in 1756. He was the only surviving son of his parents, Leopold and Maria. His father was a violinist and composer and both Wolfgang and his sister were introduced to music at young ages. The children soon embarked on several European tours showcasing their musical talents. A few years later, an archbishop appointed Mozart assistant concertmaster where he composed operas, symphonies and sonatas. At

Happy Thomas Crapper Day

Today serves as an important day in history. Not only is Jan. 27 National Chocolate Cake Day and one of the world’s most prolific composer’s birthday, but today also honors a man that deserves his own throne! Literally! It's Thomas Crapper Day! Although you may not be familiar with him, his name is synonymous with one of the best inventions of all time. The toilet! Thomas Crapper was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1836. He was a plumber with a reputation for quality workmanship and was a shrewd businessman. Although he is often associated with inventing the flushing toilet, he did not. But he did hold numerous patents for plumbing related products that helped popularize the toilet. Crapper d

National Chocolate Cake Day

For all you chocolate lovers out there, you're in luck. Jan. 27 has got to be one of the best days of the year! Get ready to get your sweet tooth on - it's National Chocolate Cake Day in the U.S.A! If you’re feelin’ a little blue, why not help yourself to a heapin’ helpin’ of decadent and delicious chocolate cake in honor of today’s momentous occasion? It's time to satisfy that chocolate craving with a few brand new or tried-and-true piece of chocolate cake. Now you really can have your cake and eat it too! And speaking of special day, today is also Mozart's birthday and Thomas Crapper Day. No foolin'!

Enjoy Fun at Work Day: Yes, Really!

When you think of work, what is the very first thing that comes to mind? Boring, tedious, monotonous or excruciatingly painful? Or are you lucky enough to have a job you actually enjoy and look forward to? No matter what you do for a living, now is the time to have a little fun on the job. No, really! It's Fun at Work Day! While the origins of this "holiday" are unknown, Fun at Work Day is observed on various days in January, depending on the source. Fun at Work Day is celebrated on various days throughout the year - Jan. 28, the last Friday in January or April 1st. No 'foolin'! Since we spend a good portion of our lives at work, why not try to enjoy it? How to Celebrate Fun at Work Day Wear

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