Monday, August 5, 2013
“I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed reading accident. I hit a book mark and flew across the room.”
― Steven Wright
This week is….
August 4th through 10th is National Farmers Market Week (NFMW). Markets celebrate NMFW in many way: tastings, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, gardening workshops, live music, scavenger hunts, giveaways and prizes. The impact of these farmer-to-consumer transactions is greater than it appears on the surface. Now more than ever, farmers markets serve as anchors across American communities, positively influencing community health and wealth. Markets result in more viable regional economies and local farm businesses, increased access to fresh, nutritious food, and stronger social networks that help keep communities healthy.
The fourth through the tenth is also the 4th Annual National Exercise With Your Child Week™. This week encourages parents and guardians to exercise with their children as part of a healthier lifestyle.
National Bargain Hunting Week begins today. The celebration was founded by author Debbie Keri-Brown in 1996. Consumers are more value conscious today than ever before as a result of the current economic situation in this country. The celebration is recognized the first Monday through the following Sunday in August every year, and coincides with National Smile Week which was developed by Heloise of the Hints From Heloise newspaper column. Although the two celebrations are not affiliated, the date was chosen specifically to overlap because bargain hunting is something to smile about.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which begins today, is an American motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota, usually during the first full week of August. It began in the mid-20th century and was originally held for stunts and races, but has evolved into being a meeting for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country. It brings a lot of income to the citizens of Sturgis. Today, it is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the world.
The deal of the day today is especially for all the motorcycle enthusiasts out there. We have one copy of the book Kawasaki Kz,Zx and Zn 1000-1100Cc 1981-2002 (Clymer Motorcycle Repair). We are lowering its price this week only.
International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) is this week and was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs that help individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family.
Being the Monday of Assistance Dog week, today is Work Like a Dog Day. Today honors working dogs as well as people who Work Like a Dog., those who seldom take a break until the task is completed. Today is a day to show appreciation for those who carry more than their load, and work like a dog. You can also honor them by working like a dog today.
Today is National Oyster Day. There are over 100 species of true oysters and traditionally they are named after the body of water or bay in which they are grown and are known by a myriad of names such as Wellfleets, Kumamoto and La Saint Simon. Archeologists tell us humans have been eating oysters since the dawn of humanity. Oyster farming and cultivation can be traced back to Roman times in France and England. There are a million ways to serve and eat oysters. Oysters can be eaten on the half shell, raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed or broiled. As for finding a pearl in an oyster, that’s a rare find. Only one out of 10,000 oysters will produce a pearl. And those oysters aren’t bred for eating. Most of the pearls that are created by these mollusks begin with human intervention. Pieces of shells or beads are inserted inside an oyster. And the natural process goes from there. The oyster covers the foreign substance with layers of calcium and protein. In time, a pearl is produced.
Today is the 10th Annual National Underwear Day. The idea is to focus the public’s awareness of underwear in the spirit of grand celebration. National Underwear Day is the day when underwear becomes not just the first thing you put on and the last thing you take off, but the most important thing you wear all day. The current record for the largest gathering of people in their underwear is 2,270 people. Freshpair founded National Underwear Day in 2003 and has celebrated each year by hosting various events in New York City. As the founder of National Underwear Day, Freshpair understands that confidence is the byproduct of believing in one’s self. This year they are inviting everyone who has ever doubted themselves to join them in attempting to break a Guinness World Record in Times Square.
Today in history
It was on this day in 1962 that Nelson Mandela was jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
Some of the writers born August 5th include”:
Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540), James Anderson (1662), Ivar Aasen (1813), Guy de Maupassant (1850), Mary Ritter Beard (1876), Ruth Sawyer (1880), Conrad Aiken (1889), Peter Viereck (1916), Wendell Berry (1934), Ron Silliman (1946), David Baldacci (1960), James Gunn (1970), and Dan Hipgrave (1975).
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