Punch Drunk

I’m not referring to love.  It’s National Punch Day!  I’m also not referring to giving someone the old “what for,” but if you choose to go in that direction that’s your prerogative (see paragraph 4).  I am referring to the party drink that’s in a punch bowl, ingredients unknown, sometimes revolving and occasionally spiked.

Punch has a long tradition as does the punch bowl, which used to be considered a family heirloom.  Punch dates back to 17th century India and trade ships.  The word, punch, is borrowed from the Hindi word panch meaning five, for the five base ingredients – alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices.  The fruit and spices varied depending on where ships were docked.  Since you were a pirate yesterday, it only seems right to drink the drink of pirates today.  Celebrate with punch, punch, and more punch.  Drink well and…



IN THAT DIRECTION…  Sometimes people just deserve the old what for and it’s your job to give it to them.  That doesn’t mean they don’t have the right to press charges, so take it there in a back alley with a mask over your face (not that I’m condoning violence or telling you how to get away with it).  The punch dates back to the beginning of time, beginning with Cain and Able, although Adam may have thought about it after getting kicked out of the garden. The word punch is borrowed from the Hindi word panch meaning five, just like the five fingers used to make a fist.  Should you choose to celebrate today crossing folks off your “punch them in the face list” I suggest you don’t, at least not without a written waiver.


Today’s References: Bible Gateway, History


You know how sometimes you and your friends are playing around and make up a new word, then use that word in public and all of a sudden everyone is using that word?  Well, that’s basically how today’s holiday began.  It’s Internationally Talk Like a Pirate Day!  The pirate guys, John Baur and Mark Summers, are friends who spontaneously started talking like pirates and made it a personal holiday that eventually became an international celebration.  What do you do when pirates take over the world?  Join or walk the plank.  If you don’t plan on walking the plank, brush up on your pirate lingo and join the celebration.  You have permission to go all out.  This is an international holiday.  So, pull out your eye patch, parrot, and hook. Walk the walk, talk the talk, and…



Today’s References: Talk Like a Pirate, Pirate Glossary


hamburgerhelperToday may seem redundant, but apparently, a slice of cheese makes a big difference.  It’s National Cheeseburger Day!  National Cheeseburger Day is just like National Hamburger Day except with cheese.  Now that we realize cheese is so important its entrance requires an extra day of celebration, I’d like to point out a peculiar fact. Why is Hamburger Helper called Hamburger Helper instead of Cheeseburger Helper?  The box doesn’t come with burger meat and most of the dishes have cheese in them.  I guess alliteration bested cheese from its spotlight.

Celebrate today with a cheeseburger.  Grill if you can, if not, don’t.  I’ve recently become a pescatarian, so I’ll be celebrating, but the burger to my cheese will be made of brown rice, black beans, and mushrooms.  Remember the cheese and…


27 times

Today is a good day to think about what you stand for; what are your principals and the truths you hold to be self-evident?  It’s National Constitution Day!

On this day in 1787, the Constitution of the United States was signed.  It still had to be ratified and accepted by the states which would take 2 more years, but today is the day 39 men gathered in agreement to sign their collaborative work after understanding the Articles of Confederation needed revising.  Since 1787, the U.S. Consitution is still the spine of our government. Regardless of how rigid in their views at the time, those original 39 authors, expected and made provisions for changes they knew would be necessary. Maybe it is because their aim wasn’t to simply satisfy their own needs but to create an inclusive document that reflected the needs and wants of citizens during their time. The Constitution has been and revised 27 times. Since 1787 the definition of a citizen has changed as have the needs and wants of citizens.  Today is a good day to think about change.

Celebrate by reading the Constitution of the United States.  Have a dinner party, discuss it with friends and ask yourselves, in light of today’s circumstances, what changes are needed for today’s “citizens”?  We the People…


Today’s References:  U.S. Constitution, History, Art & Archives, Scholastic, History

Cars and ice cream

Stay a preschooler, it’s National Play-Doh Day! Originally invented to clean wallpaper it appealed more to school teachers who used it in their classrooms. So, what would any businessman do when he sees his product being misused?  Add colored dye, rebrand and remarket it. So spend the rest of your day enjoying the 1930’s invention of  Noah McVicker.  How else could we live in a world where cars and ice cream are made of the same thing?  Have fun and…


Buttons, Glue, and Feathers

Be a preschooler for a day and celebrate National Make Your Own Hat Day!  Get creative with buttons, glue, feathers and whatever office supplies you can find.  Spend the day making a hat using paperclips and rubber bands.  It’s Friday.  Don’t worry about what your cubicle neighbors are doing.  Concentrate on your masterpiece and wow the world. On a more patriotic note, it’s also National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Be sentimental and make a hat to honor someone you love, admire or miss.




Pull that belt loop back a notch. It’s National Cream-Filled Donut Day!  This sweet treat is a gift from the Dutch and originally there were no holes.  Even though today specifically mentions cream-filled doughy goodness, I say let’s celebrate the entire lot.  So, whether you like the holes or the whole thing, satisfy your sweet tooth today with a baker’s dozen (to share, of course).  My favorite is the Cruller “a doughnut dough leavened with yeast or baking powder that’s shaped into a long twist, deep fried and sprinkled with sugar or glazed with a thin icing.” Yummmm!  Should you enjoy a cream-filled celebration, wear a bib and…


Today’s References: The Food Network