Eat an Extra Dessert Day

September 4th is Eat an Extra Dessert Day, a day that encourages people to treat their sweet tooth with a second helping of dessert. It is unclear who created this awesome but unofficial holiday, but we think that whoever it was, deserves a big slice of cake.

An extra dessert should be eaten sometime during the course of this day. Desserts are usually a sweet course served after the end of a meal. While in the past typically this meal took place at the end of the day, in modern time’s desserts can accompany a mid-day meal as well. Desserts are also known as sweets in many part of the world.

The word “dessert” is derived from the French word “desservir”, which means “to clear the table”. Fruits and honey were probably the first sweeteners used in food, and the dawn of desserts was bolstered by the expansion of the use of sugar. Sugar was in use in India before 500 BCE, and through trade it arrived in places such as Macedonia and China over the next thousand years or so. It wasn’t until at least the 12th century that it arrived in Europe. During the Industrial Revolution desserts began being mass produced, and they were able to be processed and preserved in new ways, which increased their popularity.

Indulge yourself in a little extra dessert on this day, and inform everyone you know about this happy holiday. We are convinced that it will soon become everyone’s favorite made-up holiday. Try a dessert popular in another country, or plan a trip to one of the best dessert spots in the United States. Make your own desserts, and then share them with friends, family, and co-workers. But don’t get carried away, as to be true to the holiday, you should really only eat one extra dessert.

As with anything in life, we would recommend balance. Tomorrow balance the extra dessert with a little extra exercise. We have wonderful gyms, and activities to try here in Dallas. Try something new! Stop in a Harvest CrossFit to learn about their brand of exercise, go to a yoga class at Chateau Bianca. If classroom style is not to your liking then try one of the three gyms conveniently located downtown.

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it to? Not us.

 

Take Your Pants On A Walk Day

July is great for going to the beach and watching fireworks, but apparently it is also good for… taking your pants for a walk?! That is right – July 27th is Take Your Pants on a Walk Day. A whimsical name for a good day. Celebrated each year this day is a day to get outside and go for a nice walk. It makes sense that where you go, of course your pants will also go.

There are many jokes and cartoon drawings about putting your pants on a leash and actually walking them as you would your pet. We guess that one could do that, however, we would recommend make sure that those are extra pants from your closet and that you are wearing some while on your walk.

Today is about getting out and getting exercise. Make it a fun time with your friends. Take a nice walk along the river, or through the park and enjoy the outdoors, while at the same time, getting the health benefits from your walk, maybe even take your camera with you!

This year Take Your Pants for a Walk Day is easy for us Dallas residents, and the surrounding community to observe. Tomorrow is also the kick off for Summerfest! Come down to the Courthouse lawn and show off your hometown pride. Tomorrows schedule starts with the Willamette Valley Greeters with networking and shopping opportunities for local Chamber business owners. Vendor booths, BINGO, and activities with the National Guard start at 10 in the morning and goes all day until the concert. Throughout the day we will have local entertainment on stage such as Parkside Self Defense, Clouded Skies, and LuAnn Ritts. Starting at 12:30 come down and dunk a dignitary in the dunk tank. Dallas Fire Department will be holding a Waterball Competition at 6 pm. To finish off this great day of fun Ants In the Kitchen will be playing at the Academy stage from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Can you think of a better way to enjoy the summer weather, and take your pants on a walk? Neither can we. Come down, dunk a few people, explore the vendors, and visit with the community.

Embrace Your Geekness Day

Pokemon fans to Final Fantasy nerds, LARP’ers to Medieval Reenactors, rise up and be proud! Don your Lyre Pipe hats and your rattan swords, polish up your gunblades and bundle up your pokeballs, Embrace Your Geekness Day is for you! No matter what your fandom or what impassions you to creativity and brings skip to your step, cry it loud and proud! The Geek and fan community is truly one of the most amazing and creative groups out there, and every year more geeks are crying their fandoms loud and proud.

What exactly does it mean to be a geek? Well, definitions differ (and believe me, you don’t want to look up the Victorian age definition of a geek) but in today’s world it just means one thing. A geek is completely obsessed with one or more subjects, and can speak fluently on it for hours, sounding like a walking encyclopedia of geeky facts.

Wellcat Holidays organized the holiday stating that we all should be proud of the things that define us, and little defines us as much as those things we’re passionate about. “Dungeon games, comic books” we should have no shame about anything we’re into. In fact, you should shout it loud and proud. Geekdom brings people together, whether they’re sharing their love of a mutual fandom, or talking about their individual fandoms to inspire others to check it out, they love community. Some of the most amazing costuming and tech gadgets have been put together by people inspired by the shows, stories, and games that they love. That’s the power of being in touch with your imagination, and that’s what Embrace Your Geekness Day is all about.

If you have a fandom you’ve been hiding in a closet, don’t let it sit there unloved anymore. Get out into the world and wear your favorite shows t-shirt, talk to your friends about the stuff you love, maybe even try an arts project. Don’t restrain yourself to just comic books, dungeon games, and mangas. What are you passionate about? People, animals, sports? Embrace it. Embrace Your Geekness Day reminds us that we’re not alone in our Geekness, and the world is a better place for our bright showing of imagination, creativity, and pride. Now get out there and get your geek on!

14 Memorable TV Geeks for Embrace Your Geekness Day:

  1. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory
  2. Steve Urkel from Family Matters
  3. Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons
  4. Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation
  5. Dexter from Dexters Lab
  6. The Kids from Stranger Things
  7. Liz Lemon from 30 Rocks
  8. Screech Powers from Saved by the Bell
  9. J.D. from Scrubs
  10. Abed Nadir from Community
  11. Dwight Schrute from The Office
  12. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  13. Stuart Minkus from Boy Meets World
  14. Eric Forman from That ‘70s Show

Teddy Bear Picnic Day

It’s a wonderful day for a stroll in the woods! Grab your favorite stuffed toy, a hamper goodies, and set off for a Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Why not arrange an outing with friends and family, and enjoy the summer sun, fun and games, and creativity with your favorite toys?

Celebrated mainly in the United States, Canada, Australian and in some parts of Europe, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day is celebrated on July 10th. If you are planning on going down to the woods today for a picnic, why not plan a big family surprise picnic that will have the kids super-excited or at the very least, have your teens in stitches at the silliness of it all!

How to Celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic Day:

Step One: Find your favorite teddy bears. Spruce them up in readiness for attending the picnic. After all, even they get to enjoy a little primping and preening before their big outing.

Step Two: If it’s a girl then dress her up in dresses or accessories, and if it’s a boy dress him up in smart clothes. Go all out; wash your teddy bear, and refurbish your teddy bear. Sew a teddy bear if you a) have the talent and ability, and b) if you don’t have a teddy bear, or enough of them to make a picnic. If your kids are already in on the picnic, have them make their bears a teddy bear suitcase to keep them busy in the background.

Step Three: Prepare the food. No Teddy Bear’s picnic would be complete without the right food. Don’t forget that bears love honey and other sweet things! Some ideas of what to make or buy include: Sandwiches, salad (use “bear paw” servers to serve it with), cupcakes, honey cake, teddy bear shaped crackers (and teach your kids how to dunk a teddy bear biscuit in milk)

Step Four: Pack everything needed into an old-fashioned picnic basket. Make sure to include plates, cups, utensils, and picnic rugs to sit on.

Step Five: Play teddy bear games and hold bear competitions. Even the adults can have some fun. Hold a competition for the best-dressed bear, the smallest and tallest bears, for the best-named bear. Play hid and seek with the bears, the rules are up to you. Have the kids play act being a bear. Play look out for the bear. Just have fun!

Step Six: Hold some teddy bear activities. Paint bear paws on the children’s faces. Make a bear out of clay or play-dough. Read bear stories.

Step Seven: Tell the children it’s the teddy bear’s bedtime when it’s time to wrap the picnic. It will help prevent tears and complaints and you can lay it on thick, asking the children to look after their tired teddies.

Just have fun with this silly little holiday, we are lucky enough to live in a beautiful community with city and national parks to take advantage of. Get out and spend time in nature, and more importantly with family!

International Joke Day

Do you think you’re funny? The best way to get a feel for a country is to try to understand the humor. Laughter is a universally recognized expression of amusement, and joke telling can become a professional gig for those that truly have the humorous touch. International Joke Day on July 2nd, is the perfect day to let out all the guffaw producing, or groan inducing jokes you’ve collected over the years, sharing them with friends or any passerby you can get to listen to you.

International Joke Day seems have officially begun in the United States but whatever the origins of International Joke Day, it is clear that jokes themselves pre-date by hundreds and hundreds of years. The first joke is often attributed to the Greeks, specifically Palamedes, who is also credited with the invention of many other things. An example of ancient Greek joke telling reads thus:

“A barber, a bald man and an absent-minded professor take a journey together. They have to camp overnight, and so decide to take turns watching the luggage. When it’s the barber’s turn, he gets bored, so amuses himself by shaving the head of the professor. When the professor is woken up for his shift, he feels his head, and says “How stupid is that barber? He’s woken up the bald man instead of me.”

Greece also boasts the first comedy club, though its purpose was sharing jokes among friends rather than stand up performances as we have now. Jokes have likely been told since man first looked at himself in a pool of water a passed judgment on his own complexion, so it’s a safe bet that people have been celebrating jokes for a long time.

There are many options for celebrating! You could simply tell some jokes to a co-worker or friend, or a stranger on the street, whoever seems to need the most hilarity in their day. Or invite your friends over for a joke telling party! Take turns telling jokes or reading them out of a joke book or online source.

Another option is to visit a local comedy club and listen to a professional, or wannabe pro, tell jokes for a night of fun! Find out if the club has open mic opportunities and consider sharing some jokes of your own. If going out for a night on the town doesn’t suit your fancy you could pull up some DVD’s of a famous comedian’s standup routine, such as Robin Williams or Jim Carrey or a TV channel may play an hour long standup comedy special featuring well known comedians such as Daniel Tosh

Need some inspiration? Try out these international jokes:

France:

“What would a parrot says that got its leg stuck in a freezer?” “Shiver me timbers.”

“You’re a high-priced lawyer! If I give you 500 dollars, will you answer two questions?” “Absolutely! What’s the second question?”

Belgium:

“Well, you see, there are basically three kinds of people in the world: those who can count ant those that can’t.”

Sweden:

“A guy phones the local hospital and yells, ‘you’ve gotta send help! My wife’s in labor!’ The nurse says, ‘calm down. Is this her first child?’ He replies, ‘No! This is her husband!’”

Canada:

You know you’re from Canada when…

  1. Driving in the winter is better because all the potholes are filled in with snow.
  2. If the local newspaper requires 2 pages for national and international headlines, but requires three for hockey.
  3. If “vacation” means going anywhere south of Detroit for the weekend.
  4. If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number.
  5. If you find -40C a “little chilly.”

China:

I was walking down the mall with a friend yesterday when he turned to me and said, “Seeing all those flags on display makes me so proud of my country.”

“But Chan, you’re Chinese,” I replied, “All those flags are British.”

“No they’re not,” he laughed, “just take a look at those labels!”

National Chocolate Pudding Day

Rich, flavorful, and decadent, there’s nothing in life quite as good as chocolate pudding. While puddings of every type have a long and decadent history, it’s chocolate that’s the modern favorite. Its creamy texture is without a doubt one of the most amazing things about it, but there’s a secret in the pudding that not everyone knows. Worry not though, we’ll be letting you in on it when we talk about the history of puddings and, of course, Chocolate Pudding Day.

The history of puddings starts far back in the 17th century, when the first recipes for puddings appears. Back then puddings were made much different than the classically thought of pudding is today, and to make it clear we’re talking about dessert puddings not savory puddings, which are another topic entirely. Common ingredients were butter and flour, suet, cereals, and other ingredients which when they came together served to create more of a cake like result than the puddings we think of today. It’s also worth mentioning that they baked, steamed, even boiled into their final form.

Originally it was egg that provided the thickening agent that made a pudding into a type of custard, but the invention of a stable powder-form of egg-free custard mix really helped to bring the dessert pudding into the modern day. Chocolate pudding is the type known as a creamy pudding, and is typically made of a combination of sugar, milk, and a thickening agent of one of a broad range of things. Sometimes a gelatin was used, tapioca and cornstarch are popular, or even rice puddings.

The majority of puddings are served cold, though a few are prepared warm. Rice puddings are particularly popular as a warm served treat, and chocolate puddings are one of the few that can get away with being served warm or cold. Chocolate Pudding Day celebrates this divers and delicious treat!

So to celebrate Chocolate Pudding Day start off with getting yourself a great big bowl of delicious chocolate pudding and go to town. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can even try making your own, which opens up a broad range of possibilities. A milk chocolate may be a classic type of pudding, but you can also mix it up with a dark chocolate, a white chocolate, even a mint chocolate! Then you can top it off with a swirl of caramel or event sprinkle it with rainbow sprinkles. Chocolate Pudding Day celebrates this amazing treat and offers you the opportunity to eat your fill with no guilt, top it with whipped cream!

National Daylight Appreciation Day

National Daylight Appreciation Day is observed each year on June 21st. With all of this beautiful sunshine that Dallas has been receiving how could we not observe this holiday? The day recognizes summer solstice, the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere, and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun.

National Daylight Appreciation Day is also a day to learn more about the importance of daylighting. Daylighting is using skylights, windows, and other architectural openings to natural light interior spaces. Doing so helps not only to reduce energy consumption but may also have health benefits.

Some areas are designed with automatic dimming systems when natural light is present, which reduces the amount of artificial light required. The process is known as daylight harvesting.

Daylight has positive psychological effects; it can boost your mental health and lower depression as well as help with increased energy levels. The Vitamin D that we naturally get from the sun has many benefits for us, and Oregonians are known to be lacking this crucial vitamin. Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body: helping to maintain healthy bones and teeth, support the immune system, brain, and nervous system, regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management, support lung function and cardiovascular health, and protect against cancer.

It’s pretty straightforward on how to celebrate Daylight Appreciation Day. Get outside and spend some time under the safest nuclear furnace we know of, the sun! Picnics and walks in the forest are some of the best ways to spend the day, remembering that the year to come will only get darker with every passing day until we’re full in the depths of winter. If you’ve found yourself entombed in your cubicle, shoveling out work for others to go out and spent their day in the sun, take the day off and remind yourself that there is an outdoors. Go swimming, have a barbecue, get friends and family together, and have a great Daylight Appreciation Day! Just don’t forget the spf protection.

Enjoy the summer sunshine and let it into your home. After all, this is Oregon so enjoy it while it lasts!

Corn on the Cob Day

“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.”

~ Anne Bronte

In the height of summer, under a cornflower blue sky filled with cotton-ball clouds, and the smell of grilled meat fills the air. Children are laughing and playing in the creek, and the adults are setting up the picnic tables with red solo cups and paper plates. In the middle of the table sits a large Tubberware bowl covered with a layer of aluminum foil, steam gently escaping from around the edges, rich with the smell of corn on the cob. Corn on the Cob Day celebrates events like these, and the gathering of family around the sweetest healthy treat you’ll ever have!

Corn on the cob is also known in different regions as pole corn, cornstick, sweet pole, butter-pop or long maize. A corn cob is the central woody part of maize or corn on which the corn grains are attached. The corn cob is also part of the corn plant’s flower, and the individual kernels are seeds of the plant.

The history of Corn on the Cob Day goes back to a time before European Settlers actually came to America. Corn is a new world plant that has become more important staple in dishes all over the world, and the by-products of it have been used in quite literally millions of different products. In the America’s High Fructose Corn Syrup is found in almost every candy, and certainly, in every carbonated beverage you can imagine.

Celebrating Corn on the Cob Day is simple, cook up some corn on the cob and enjoy it with a delicious heap of butter and salt! But that opens the doorway to a whole variety of options all by itself. Wrap your corn on the cob in aluminum foil and let it roast in the coals of your campfire, or boil it on your stove until it’s positively bursting with deliciousness. Add butter for a base, and then dust it with seasonings of your choice. Simple salt can work, or you can use seasoning salt, pepper, or any of a variety of spices that suit your palette.

Batman Day – May 1

May 1st is Batman Day. This unofficial holiday celebrates and honors one of the world’s most well-known comic book superhero. While the origins of this holiday are unknown, the general consensus is that the day commemorates the date in 1939 when the crime fighter made his debut in the Detective Comics #27.

In this first story, the Caped Crusader was introduced to readers as Bruce Wayne, a rich socialite who fought crime in the fictional city Gotham City – often in brutal ways. As subsequent issues of Detective Comics was introduced, different parts of what would become the Batman legend would become revealed. For example, in July of 1939, readers saw Batman use his utility belt for the first time. In September of that year, readers were introduced to his Bat Plane, as well as one of his primary weapons – the Batarang. In November of 1939, readers were introduced to his origin story – the killing of his parents by a mugger.

In the April 1940, issue of Detective Comics (#38), Dick Grayson was introduced as Robin the Boy Wonder. According to Robin’s origin story, he was a circus performer who was orphaned when his parents were killed by a gangster. Once Robin had joined up with Batman, however, the stories began to change. He transformed from a vigilante who often murdered the criminals he apprehended into more of a father figure to Robin.

In 1940, Batman was given his own comic, although he still continued to be featured in the Detective Comics series. This first issue of Batman introduced readers to both the Joker and The Cat (who would later be known as Catwoman). Since then Batman has enjoyed infamy with the Batman original series, several animated series’, and more than a dozen feature-length movies- with more being added all the time.

How to Celebrate?

  • Like us, most you of you probably do not need an excuse to revisit your favorite Batman comics, but if you do, today is a good day to do some marathon Batman comic reading.
  • Wear a cape and go to work in your Batman costume. Your boss and coworkers will get a kick
  • Watch any of the several Batman movies out there with family and friends. Maybe you could combine it with a Batman themed costume party? Tell all your guests to come dressed as a Batman comics character.

Did You Know?

That Melbourne, Australia was very briefly called Batmania? It was named after explorer John Batman.