National Income Tax Day

National Income Tax Day

  April 15, 2015 is National Income Tax Day! Did you know?  Many United States residents mark Tax Day as the deadline to file their income tax details to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The date is usually on or around April 15. However, this deadline may be extended to accommodate holidays or extreme weather conditions. A large proportion of residents of the USA have to inform the IRS of all income that they received in the previous fiscal year. Some groups, particularly veterans, pensioners and some low-income families, do not have to file a tax return unless they wish to qualify for certain types of income subsidy. Others may wait until the last moment to file their tax return and pay any money they owe. Some people may find that filing a tax return is complicated, while others may feel that they should not have to pay income tax. In the United States, income tax returns may be filed on paper or electronically. Now, people are encouraged to file a return via Internet as this is efficient and reduces the risk of mistakes being made or documents being lost in the post. Source: www.timeanddate.com   Did you know? Income tax was first introduced in the United States of America in 1861. A rate of three percent was levied on incomes above $800 per year and the resulting revenue was used to help fund the American Civil War effort. However, income tax was seen as unconstitutional and the law was repealed in 1872. The idea of a tax on personal income, at a rate of two percent, was reintroduced in...
National Moment of Laughter Day

National Moment of Laughter Day

  April 14, 2015 is National Moment of Laughter Day! Did you know?  Professional speaker, author and humorolgist, Izzy Gessel, created the annual event. Source: www.examiner.com   Did you know? The Benefits of Laughter Besides feeling good, some experts believe laughing is actually good for you. Besides numerous health benefits, laughter also plays a role in relationships. According to psychology today, laughter can help “defuse anger and anxiety.” It also plays a role in mating.  Men tend to like women who laugh. While both males and females laugh, females laugh 126% more than men. And laughter really is contagious – just like yawning....
National Scrabble Day

National Scrabble Day

  April 13, 2015 is National Scrabble Day! Did you know?  Today celebrates the popular board game on the birthday of it’s inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts. Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a gameboard marked with a 15×15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary.. Source: www.cute-calendar.com   Did you know? The game is sold in 121 countries and there are 29 different language versions. Approximately 150 million sets have been sold worldwide, and sets are found in roughly one-third of American homes. In 1938, American architect Alfred Mosher Butts created the game as a variation on an earlier word game he invented called Lexiko. Alfred Mosher Butts was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on April 13, 1899....
National Big Wind Day

National Big Wind Day

  April 12, 2015 is National Big Wind Day! Did you know? This day commemorates the recording of, what was, the highest natural wind gust measured on the Earth’s surface.  On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds at 231 miles per hour. Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft and it is the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. . Source: www.nationaldaycalendar.com   Did you know? It can still be argued that Mount Washington holds the record for the highest surface wind speed recorded ‘by man’; the new Australian record of 2010 was measured by an automated station while no human was present, while the Mount Washington wind gust was actually measured by a human being. Phenomena measured via satellite or radar, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and air currents in the upper atmosphere, are not directly measured at the Earth’s surface and do not compete with either of these records....
National Siblings Day

National Siblings Day

  April 10, 2015 is National Siblings Day! Did you know?  The holiday was originally conceived by Claudia Evart to honor the memory of her brother and sister, both of whom had died at early ages.  The organization was incorporated in 1997 and achieved non-profit status in 1999. Source: www.wikipedia.org   Did you know? Sibling’s Day is a holiday recognized annually in some parts of the United States on April 10 honoring the relationships of siblings. Unlike Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it is not federally recognized, though the Siblings Day Foundation is working to change this.  Since 1998, the governors of 39 states have officially issued proclamations to recognize Siblings Day in their state....
National Chip and Dip Day

National Chip and Dip Day

  March 23, 2015 is National Chip and Dip Day! Did you know? Not so long ago, Jan Petersen wrote in to ask, “When did dips for chips first become popular?” Jan’s seemingly Superbowl-minded question may seem like a version of the old conundrum about chickens and eggs, at least as regarding which came first. But in this case there’s an answer. If you look through cookbooks before the 1950s, you won’t find any mention of dips, although you will happen upon recipes that seem to channel them. In the appetizer section of the 1947 edition of Fannie Farmer’s The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook, there exist cocktail spreads intended for use with canapés or hors d’oeuvres devised from crackers. Farmer also includes a paragraph on a Mayonnaise Cocktail Bowl, which was something like our contemporary crudités: a bowl of mayonnaise, flavored with mustard or Worcestershire sauce and surrounded by raw cauliflower florets, canned artichoke hearts, cooked or canned asparagus tips, cooked or canned shrimp, even lobster pieces. However, there’s no mention of chips—and certainly nothing resembling the modern notion of dips as big bowls of sauces into which guests dipped savory or salty snack foods. The Oxford English Dictionary asserts that the earliest appearance of the word “dip” in print, at least in our desired sense of the word, came in 1960, in this telling sentence in James Kirkwood’s book There Must be a Pony!: “We were up to our necks in dips: clam dip, cheese dip, mushroom dip.” Obviously, something occurred between 1947 and 1960 that changed the word, and the substance it named, from nonexistent to all-too-common.   Source: www.leitesculinaria.com...