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

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.

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 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.

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

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'!

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

Bald Eagle Appreciation Day

When it comes to holidays, January is all about appreciation. Not only do we appreciate the chance to ring in a New Year, but we also get to appreciate. Appreciate a Dragon Day, Gun Appreciation Day,Squirrel Appreciation Day and Beer Can Appreciation Day. And January 26 is another day that celebrates one of the world's most magnificent creatures - it's Bald Eagle Appreciation Day. America's Bald Eagle The Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, became America's national bird in 1782. These amazing birds of prey live in North America along rivers, lakes and coastlines and consume fish, small mammals, turtles and waterfowl. While their eyes are about the same size as humans, their eyesight is at

Spouses Day: Celebrating Your Better Half

If you happen to be married, today may just be your significant other’s lucky day! Today is Spouses Day! Observed each year on January 26, this annual celebrates your "better half!" In our busy and hectic lives, those we care about most sometimes feel unappreciated and taken for granted. Today serves as an important reminder that we need to show that special person in our life just how much we care and appreciate him or her. And with the winter blues setting in, many people feel down in the dumps right about now so today is the perfect time to embrace those romantic feelings. Although Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, no worries. You don’t need to buy a pricey gift or expensive dinn

It's National Opposite Day - Or is it?

If you are the type of person who likes to buck the system, refuses to go with the flow or marches to your own drummer, today may be your lucky day! It’s National Opposite Day. While the origins of this annual holiday are unknown, perhaps that’s the point? And if this day celebrates all things opposite, is it really a holiday at all? Regardless, kids are sure to get a great big kick out of this special day that turns conventional wisdom on its head. And since the most depressing day of the entire year was just a few days ago, it’s a great way for adults to break up the monotony of the daily routine and beat those winter blues. And in case you are single, opposites attract, right? How to Cele

National Irish Coffee Day

If the winter blues have got you down-and-out, how does a warm and tasty beverage sound right about now? If you're in the mood to tickle your taste buds, go grab your biggest mug. Jan. 25 is National Irish Coffee Day and Americans are ready to celebrate! This annual holiday celebrates Irish Coffee, a popular cocktail typically made with black coffee, sugar, whipped cream and Irish whiskey. Folks have been enjoying Irish Coffee for decades. Legend has it that restaurant owner/bartender Joe Sheridan invented the tasty beverage in Ireland back in 1942 for a group of cold and weary travelers. He described his drink as "cream as rich as an Irish brogue, coffee as strong as a friendly hand, sugar

National Peanut Butter Day

If your taste buds are screamin’ for a tasty treat to eat, go grab a spoon. It’s time to “spread” a little love your way! Jan. 24 is National Peanut Butter Day. Not to be confused with National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, which is observed in March, this annual holiday also celebrates the nutty treat Americans love to eat – peanut butter. Whether you spread it on toast, sandwich it in a sandwich or eat it by the spoonful, today is the perfect day to enjoy a little peanut butter goodness. Be sure to check out these fun nutty facts..... And speaking of special days, Jan. 24 is also Beer Can Appreciation Day.

'Hoppy' Beer Can Appreciation Day! Cheers

If you appreciate a good beer every so often, today may be your lucky day! January 24 is Beer Can Appreciation Day, also known as National Beer Can Appreciation Day and/or International Beer Can Appreciation Day. Regardless of what you call it, this annual "holiday" commemorates the first day beer was sold in cans back on January 24th, 1935. The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company first distributed it’s Krueger’s Finest Beer to the general public on that date and folks have been sippin’ on suds ever since. Beer Fun & Facts Celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day with this Beer Can Chicken with Dirty Bird Rub recipe from Rachael Ray. Check out this Beer Can Chicken and Baked Potatoes recipe. Nutrit

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