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National Junk Food Day

Posted By: Best Brains Jul-21, 2017 Activities Best BrainsSocial Awareness - Best Brains
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National Junk Food Day falls on July 21st every year; this day is dedicated to everyone who loves to add junk foods in their daily routine. Junk foods are usually high in fats, salt, sugars and calories. They also contain very little dietary value. While for some of us, every day is Junk Food Day; but for the rest of us, National Junk Food Day is a chance to guiltlessly eat our favorite junk food. So, how many of you out there are waiting for this day?

Eating junk once in a while is good, but as per dietitians, it is not a good task if you love to have it daily. Not only the food which is high in calories will make us sick; the foods that are high in salts, fats, and sugars will harm your health.

Origin of National Junk Food Day

This day was most likely created by a diet conscious individual or perhaps a group of people who desire to eat junk food, with no guilt, at least one day a year.

What do people do on this day?

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You can grab anything you wish to eat on this day. There won't be any restriction and you get to eat anything you want and any amount that you would like to as well. Start with donuts to potato chips, candy bars and lollipops, ice cream and milkshakes, jelly beans and much more. Just keep your major goal as to enjoy this day by adding your favorite guilty delights for one day without worrying about all the empty calories you're consuming. But, do remember that tomorrow, however, will be there to remind you to go back to a healthy diet.

Celebrate this day with no guilt..

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Moon Day

Posted By: Best Brains Jul-17, 2017 General Knowledge - BBReading SkillsEnvironment
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Moon Day commemorates the day when man first walked on the moon in 1969. While the Apollo Space program, which was started by President John F. Kennedy, was created to put the first man on the moon. Do you know who accomplished this task?

While Apollo 11 fulfilled that dream, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E Aldrin Jr. As per the astronauts, it was an amazing and historic event.

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On July 16th, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy Space Center atop a huge Saturn V Rocket. July 20th, 1969, was the date when the Lunar Module, nicknamed the "Eagle", touched down on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported: "The Eagle Has Landed". A few hours laterNeil Armstrongstepped off of the Eagle's ladder, placed one foot upon the moon's surface and proclaimed: "That one small step for a man, was like one giant leap for mankind".

Once in a while, the human race achieves something truly remarkable, and Moon Day is very special to all of us as stepping upon our nearest neighbor is not that easy. It’s almost certainly the best thing that happened to gloss quietly over how long it has been since the last visitors landed there, but there is no reason to hold back on the celebrations.

After all, there’ll never be a better reason to launch firework rockets over your neighborhood and you can even dress up in a tinfoil suit with a fishbowl on your head. Otherwise, you can grab a telescope to look throughand enjoy seeing the sky.

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Enjoy Moon Day reliving this historic day; or watch a movie on space. Gather all your pals and read a book on space flight or watch a movie. 

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Cow Appreciation Day

Posted By: Best Brains Jul-14, 2017 General Knowledge - BBSocial Awareness - Best Brains
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Cow Appreciation Day

Emmett Lee Dickinson; Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request has set July 15thas Cow Appreciation Day. Being a famous writer he wrote about it in his now-classic poem "A Bovine's simple Fame". This poem inspired the third cousin Emily to pen her own poem "A Clover's simple Fame."

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History

Most people know about Emmett Lee Dickinson’s love towards corn, but only a few know of his appreciation towards cows. While Dickinson was also a great admirer of Gelett Burgess, the poet who wrote a famous poem about the cow - “I never saw a purple cow.”  To pay respect to Burgess, Dickinson penned many poems about cows in the style of Burgess, and established July 15thas “Cow Appreciation Day” this day was originally called “Purple Cow Appreciation Day."

In July 2013, the Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum which is located above the coin-op Laundromat on Dickinson Boulevard in historic Washerst, Pennsylvania; hosted a unique show, "What Rhymes With Purple Cow", which became very famous then.

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Cow Appreciation Day is sponsored by the American Library Association, and on July 15th, librarians greet all of their customers with the official Cow Appreciation Day greetings, - Lang may yerlum reek-- which means "May you live long and stay well."

As you pass people on the streets on July 15th, people join with the ALA and greet the passers - by with "Lang may yerlum reek."

A Brief History of Cow Appreciation Day

The "Cow Appreciation Day” was sponsored by the American Library Association and is officially celebrated on July 15th.  However, it is not affiliated with Chick-Fil-A’s unauthorized “Cow Appreciation Day,” which always scheduled on the second Friday of July.

You can see the image of the - The National Headquarters for the American Library Association, proud sponsor of Cow Appreciation Day.  The monument in the front of the building is of Emmett Lee Dickinson, Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed at her request.

This day was established on July 15 as “Cow Appreciation Day” in the late 1800's as a tribute to great poet Gelett Burgess. This holiday was originally dubbed “Purple Cow Appreciation Day,” but the “Purple” was then dropped in 1878 in the midst of an emotional family feud.

There is a story that a few years earlier, Emmett Lee’s cousin Alvina Dickinson, daughter of Merton Dickinson, wedded a wealthy chicken tycoon then Charles “Chic” Fillay, The Fillays own a chain of fried chicken restaurants called “Charlie's Chicken Coop.”  However, Alvina and Charles divorced when Alvina caught Charles in what came to be branded in Washerst and around the country as the “Spring Chicken Scandal."

Out of bad feeling, “Chic” Fillay established “Chicken Appreciation Day” to put a stop to Dickinson’s “Cow Appreciation Day.”  Angry, Dickinson then penned and published the following poem:

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However, the above poem became an overnight sensation and incensed the Fillay family. Worldwide press coverage of the family dispute brought Charlie’s Chicken Coop to the edge of financial damage. It forced to change the name of the family business to Chick-Fil-A, Charles Fillay -- in a move to spite the Dickinson family -- it also changed the name and concept of “Chicken Appreciation Day”  and created a rival “Cow Appreciation Day."

At a point, Alvina Dickinson Fillay, one of the founders of the American Library Association, sprang to act by enlisting the help of librarians across the country.  She convinced the ALA to endorse July 15th as the official “Cow Appreciation Day.”  This is the time the libraries planned to organize a variety of events to celebrate the day, some were cow rides for “children of all ages.”  Also, in the 1890s, the Board of Trustees of the ALA,  headquartered in Washerst, inaugurated a spectacular "Parade of the Librarians” on Cow Appreciation Day, a custom that continues to this day.

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How Will You Celebrate this day?

Follow the three traditional ways to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day:

  • The Herbivore Way:  Take a cow ride at a local or regional library with your family
  • The Carnivore Way:  Enjoy a juicy steak arrange a family gathering
  • The Omnivore Way:  Ride a cow at the library, Dress up as a cow and you’ll win yourself a free entrée

Did you know?

That Emmett Lee Dickinson invented the Moon Pie?  The Purple Cow Moon Pies Factory; which is the world's leading producer of Moon Pies.

Another great way to celebrate this day is -  Enjoy a Purple Cow Moon Pie!!!

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National Different Colored Eyes Day

Posted By: Best Brains Jul-13, 2017 Study Tips - BBGeneral Knowledge - BBSocial Awareness - Best Brains
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The National Different Colored Eyes Day was recognized to celebrate the beautiful variation in eyes and break the mystery behind it. This day falls on July 12th, every year. However, how this day came into existence is still unknown.

Did you know that there are many people out there who have two different colored eyes, and this is their day to celebrate?

Let us learn the reason of having two different colored eyes; while it is a condition called heterochromia in medical terms; and there are many reasons that can cause Heterochromia, some of them being nothing more than a genetic attribute present from birth itself and others being caused by disease or sometimes by an injury.

Types of Heterochromia

There are three different types of Heterochromia, each one has different degrees to which the heterochromia exists and how it manifests.

Complete heterochromia – one iris will be of the different color from the other. Partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia – part of one iris will be a different color from the rest of the iris. Central heterochromia – the inner ring will be a different color than the rest of the iris.

The color of the irises mostly depends on the concentration and distribution of melanin which determines the eye color, specifically the color of the irises.  However, the affected eye may be hyper pigmented - hyperchromic or hypo-pigmented -hypochromic. While the excess of melanin indicates hyperplasia in the iris tissues, whereas a lack of melanin indicates hypoplasia.

How to celebrate Different Colored Eyes Day

Start your day by finding out if you have any friends who happen to have this particular trait. But be delicate about it though, as some people don’t like to be made a display of it.

Did you know?

That few famous actors and actresses are known to have two different colored eyes include David Bowie, Christopher Walken, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Seymour and Mila Kunis.

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The different colored eyes are not just for humans either, it exists in cats and dogs as well, and it is far and away one of the most beautiful, stunning and most mysterious physical personality mankind is known to have.

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World Chocolate Day

Posted By: Best Brains Jul-07, 2017 Activities Best BrainsGeneral Knowledge - BBReading Skills
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This month brings yet another sweet day for all of us. As we know that there are a number of dates throughout the year for us to celebrate or promote the variations of local, national or international holidays. However, do you all know when International Chocolate Day is celebrated and what day World Chocolate Day is falling on?

While some research says that International Chocolate Day is celebrated on September 13th and World Chocolate Day is celebrated on July 7th. So plan your day and celebrate it with some rich cocoa, some dark chocolate or any type of chocolate that makes you feel good inside.

History

World Chocolate Day is sometimes referred to as International Chocolate Day in some places. Though the exact day when it came into existence was unknown to us; it is an observance that occurs globally every year on July 7th. People celebrate this day enjoying various chocolates and this day marks 466 years since chocolate was introduced to Europe.

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What do people do on this day?

Enjoy this day by eating appropriate amount of chocolate without regret and guilt. Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. We see chocolate in every sweet course, in cookies, shakes or even in some types of coffee. People gift chocolates' to their loved ones on certain holidays. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages, to produce chocolate milk and hot chocolate.

Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, these beans are dried and partially fermented seeds of the cacao tree. This is a small tree which is a native and found in the deep tropical regions of the Americas. Generally, two-thirds of the entire world's cocoa is produced in West Africa, and it is said to be the best cocoa with 43% is sourced from Côte d'Ivoire.

Did you know that?

About 50 million people around the world depend on cocoa as a source of livelihood - and this is as per the World Cocoa Foundation..

Make your day sweet and special by getting your favorite type of chocolate as you will find several types of chocolate in the market and they can be distinguished. Pure, sweet or unsweetened chocolates. This type contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions; whereas much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, which is again combined with white or dark chocolate and sugar. However, you will find that milk chocolate is sweet chocolate which additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk in it.

There are many benefits with chocolates. For example, cocoa and dark chocolate may support cardiovascular health and other effects under preliminary research include reduced risks of cancer, coughing and heart disease by eating dark chocolate.

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Happy Chocolate Day!!!!!!

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