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Disney Unveils “Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster” — to Celebrate National Slinky Day

Disney — I can imagine what comes to everyone’s mind when we hear someone say, Disney. Toys… more fantasy…. the beautiful world for all ages… While most of the toys or our imagination will fade out sometimes, as new things start pop up so often.

Here comes the Slinky, the pre flattened coil of wire or plastic; which can walk on its own and has entertained children and adults for over 70 years. Therefore, it is not surprising to hear that every month on August 30th, people across the United States celebrate this iconic toy with a National Slinky Day.

However, this year the people at Disney have made this event more special by introducing the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster at the Hollywood Studios theme park at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort. While the family ride has been added with two new attractions and themed by Andy Davis, it was inspired by one of the main characters Slinky from the Toy Story movies, he created it in his backyard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit. This is all set to open in Summer 2018. Main attraction draws creativeness from the film’s dachshund, who has a metal Slinky for a body. Though, it is designed to take full advantage of the coils, assuring riders a thrilling journey, which completes with sharp drops and sudden turns. The Slinky Dog Dash will be one of two new rides to excite the park visitors that are looking forward to the newly expanded Toy Story Land. If you do not know anything about the second attraction, it is inspired by the Alien Swirling Saucers, this attraction is themed to a Pizza Planet toy play set with Aliens circling around in their flying saucers with rocket ships.

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Like many great creations, the Slinky was invented accidentally. In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical engineer who was trying to create a spring that would keep gentle ship equipment stable at sea. One day, he unsuspectingly dropped some samples off of a shelf and watched them in astonishment that they landed gracefully, with a “spring” in their own steps, instead of crashing directly on the ground.

Trusting the spring’s action, he thought it would make a great toy, then he and his wife Betty came up with the name and borrowed $500 USD to manufacture the first Slinkys. While this took some time and in the year 1945, the inventors were allowed to demonstrate the toy at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia. To their glee, the entire inventory of 400 was sold within 90 minutes, and the rest, as we see is a History until today… An estimated 250 million units of the classic toy, which was inaugurated into the “National Toy Hall of Fame” in 2000, then been so, and the numbers continue to rise. While Richard made the Slinky by winding 80-feet of wire into a 2-inch spiral, and the toy now comes in many different sizes, color and colors. Some even make sounds while others light up, and one lucky Slinky even gets to go on escapades with his Toy Story friends...

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It’s National Potato Day! We all love to eat potatoes and potatoes have been a popular parts of diets around the world for centuries.

Did you know that more than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the U.S. each year? We can bake them, mash them, turn them into hash browns, fry, and everyone's all time favorite French fries — the list is endless!

The potato is an unusual little tuber which played an important role in the history of the world and was, in fact, the primary food crop for an entire nation. Celebrate this Potato Day and give a tribute to this wonderful vegetable. Potatoes are not only tasty— but they’re good for our health too. Did you know that they contain high levels of important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium and iron?

History of Potato Day

Did you know that potatoes were first cultivated by man in Southern Peru and the Northwest regions of Bolivia sometime between 5000 and 8000 BC? From then on forward it has; spread all over the world to become one of the primary staple crops of many cultures. While potatoes are the favorite part of American cuisine, with millions of different forms of preparationto be found. You can also use potatoes to make bread, rolls and pancakes.

For instance Ireland was so conditional on the potato as a food crop; that a potato plague managed to starve the entire country. Make no fault, there was abundance of food being grown in Ireland at that time, and it is said that 5 ships full were being sailed out of the country each day, but the people of Ireland were being drained dry by the English who ruled them at the time, and potatoes and cabbage were all they had to live on. On the other hand, the Russians discovered quite a different use for the potatoes.

How to Celebrate this Day?

Potato Day is best celebrated by incorporating the noble potato into every dish you like to prepare on this day. You can add them for your breakfast, or simply bake them and add a pinch of salt and pepper, drowned in sausage gravy and cheese. For lunch, you can have a bag of potato chips, especially if you spread them across your sandwich to give it a nice crunch.

What’s Your favorite potato treat?

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Saturday August 19th, 2017....will be National Honey bee awareness day! Have you ever heard about this day before?

This day is an idea to put together by beekeepers in the USA, who petitioned the USDA in 2009 for an official day to honor honey bees and the beekeeping. Honey Bee awareness enthusiasts will probably put a bee in your bonnet and say this is not so much a day to celebrate honey bees, as it is to encourage their involvement in sustainable farming.

Thus, on this day, bee lovers all over the world; decorate their gardens with lavender, marjoram, and borage, the bee’s knees in pollinator lure. If you want to make this day more interesting then have some patience and bake some honey chippers to make your own honey fruit cobbler. If you’ve been busy as a bee all day, sit back and watch Hitchcock’s ‘The Bees’. Count your blessings as honey bees are thankfully nothing like South American killer bees.

History

In the year of 2009, the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, Thomas J. Vilsack, acknowledged the first official day called “Honey Bee Awareness Day".

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According to its organizers, the National Honey Bee Day program was started with a simple idea - to bring together beekeepers, bee associations, as well as the bee enthusiasts and other interested groups to connect with other communities to advance beekeeping. However, by working together and harnessing the efforts that so many people look for will raise and accomplish by using a united effort one day a year, the rewards and messages are magnified many times over. While this association encourages the bee associates from all around the world, individuals, and other groups to get involved and do some initiatives to welcome everyone if you look to join them then the program is free and open to all.

The mission of the organization and the reason behind the creation of National Honey Bee Day is:

  • To promote and advance the beekeeping activities
  • To educate the public about the honey bees and beekeeping
  • To encourage the public and increase the awareness of environmental concerns affecting honey bees.

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Since then the organizations and individuals have been gathering to celebrate every year on August 19th!

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August 15th, is a day to take a day off from your daily routine and relax with your family. Just put your feet up and relax because it is Relaxation Day. However, the origin of this fun holiday is not known, though it is an idea that the holiday began as National Slacker Day in Britain.

In a hustle and bustle of their daily lives, most people often forget to slow down and take some time for themselves and their family. Though this creates stress and other stress-related health issues like high blood pressure and heart problems, people are not keen to take at least a small break for themselves.

Take a Break

Relax... and do whatever that you feel like doing on this day and what relaxes you more, even if it is for a short while.

  • Take a bath or go for a swim.
  • Stretch or meditate.
  • Utilize this day to do a digital detox. Stay away from the computer, put away your phone and stay away from all social media interactions. This will help you feel the stress melt away.
  • Go to a spa for a day full of pampering and have some me time. You can also gift Spa appointments for your parents as well.
  • Go for a leisurely walk in a park or through a garden, stop and smell the roses, walk barefoot on the grass or have a small picnic by yourself.
  • Read a book or a magazine while nature-watching; or go for a good drive with your peers.
  • Spend time with your family, friends and pets.
  • Learn a new skill like knitting or playing golf and continue it in your leisure's.

Take a Deep Breath

Relaxation Day is a reminder for all us that sometimes it is okay to take a deep breath, slow down and take it simple - not only does relaxation make us feel better about yourself, but it can also have long-term health benefits too.

Did You Know...

...that in physics and chemistry, relaxation is a perception which refers to the movement of a system or a procedure from a state of disorder or disturbance to equilibrium?

Happy National Relaxation Day!!!

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This is the month to have great time with your family, friends, or anyone you like to go out and have a great picnic. While the local parks have finally come out from under the pall of cloud gray skies, and picnics can start in earnest.Select what you want to make or take with you... here are some of people's favorites; like fried chicken and sausage rolls, fresh fruit, cookies, chocolates,lemonade; and many more can be added to your list, while these are some of the keys to having agreat meal outdoors.

National Picnic Monthencourages you to get out of your houseand celebrate the warm summer days and find your love and surprise of the outdoors againwhile enjoying some great food.

History of Picnic Month

There has always been something special about leaving the stuffy confines of your home and eating your favorite things outdoors. Going out with family makes us happy and refreshed feeling and there’s abeautiful world out there waiting for us,and whenever summer comes around then we will come to know how much time we’ve been locked inside or being eager to come in from the cold.

However the word ‘picnic’ is thought to have first been used by Tony Willis a famous boxer in 1692, and from that point of time everyone forwarded from the working class to the upperhave been mesmerized with taking their meal outside under the sky.

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Picnics have been used for many things throughout the centuries, and from a simply family meeting spent enjoying the outside, to being used as a quiet protest in the Pan-European Picnic.

Did you know?

That the most prominent, and largest picnic ever held spanned 600 miles, crossing France from coast to coast and renowned the millennium’s first Bastille Day in 2000.

Though we celebrate National Picnic Month this month, there is no specific day to celebrate your special day.  We should have such days to celebrate the history of this activity and the way it has been used to bring families, countries and all humanity collectively.

How to celebrate Picnic Month

Picnic month is remarkably easy to celebrate. You just need to have a great place to go outside into the world and enjoy all the wonderful sights and smells it has to offer us. Get your family and friends to gather there and bring your favorite foods that can be eaten cold for a traditional picnic, or take a small grill and cookthe warm yummy food on the spot!

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Here is the day to enjoy the most popular campfire treat which hits every year on August 10th during National S’mores Day. This delicious and gooey treat day is loved by many across the United States.

Did you know that S’mores consist of a roasted marshmallow with a layer of a chocolate bar that is sandwiched between two pieces of graham crackers?

Origin

The s’more is the contraction of the phrase “some more”, which is not unusual allowing for how tasty they are. While the origin of this tasty bite is credited to a famous entrepreneur, Alec Barnum. However, the first recorded version of this recipe can be found in the 1927 publication of Tramping and Trail with the Girl Scouts. Even though the Girl Scouts were not the first ones to make s’mores, they describe them in their reports as early as 1925.  However, the earlier recipes used the name “Some Mores”. Being somewhat an unclear name, it was then shortened to S’mores.

S’mores Day was created several years ago to party this gooey delight and is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.

While today we see many variations on the original s’more, you can try spreading peanut butter on the graham crackers and then add other ingredients you wish to. Alternate peanut butter cups in place of the chocolate bar, you can also replace the graham crackers with fudge-dipped cookies.

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How to observe?

What better way is there to celebrate S’mores Day than enjoying this sweet treat? As always, it is the best to make your own snack or dessert, and S’mores are incredibly simple to make. Of course, it is traditional to make them around a campfire in the woods sitting with your family or friends while sharing some ghost stories, like the treat’s creators did almost 100 years ago. If you’re not going to be camping anytime soon, then there’s no other way for you to make some s’mores other than in the comfort of your own home.

Search for some different recipes online, or you give your personal touch and invent a new delicious dessert and share it with your family and friends on this special day.

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Happy S'mores day!!!!!

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International Day of Friendship is an initiative which follows the proposal made by UNESCO and taken up by the UN General Assembly in 1997 as per the act - A/RES/52/13, which defined the Culture of Peace as a set of attitudes, valuesand behaviors that reject violence and endeavor to stop conflicts by addressing their root causes with a vision to solve the problems.

However, the resolution of 1998, proclaim the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World from 2001 to 2010 as per the - A/RES/53/25 Act, later the General Assembly recognized that the massive harm and suffering were caused to children through different forms of violence. It emphasized that the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence should be instilled in children through education. The main aim to start this initiation is to make the children learn to live together in peace and harmony; as it will contribute to the strengthen the international peace and cooperation.

The Declaration and Program of Action on a Culture of Peace Act - A/RES/53/243 was adopted in 1999 and set 8 areas of action for nations, organizations and individuals to embark on in order to promote a culture of peace to overcome and:

  • sustain economic and social development
  • respect for all human rights
  • make sure equality between women and men
  • advance democratic participation
  • move forward understanding, acceptance, and unity
  • support participatory communication and improve the free flow of information and knowledge sponsor international peace and security

However, the International Day of Friendship is also based on the appreciation of the relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and precious sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world.

We face many challenges in every aspect of our lives,  this type of initiation will always be there for the people to confront them from those challenges. But everyone should be active and help the organizations to understand the actual root causes of such challenges; so that they can be addressed properly and by promoting such initiatives you can help the people you find in trouble.

Defending a shared spirit of human harmony that takes many forms - while the simplest of form is friendship.

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What Do People Do?

We see groups or individuals encouraging the governments, and organizations to hold events, activities, and initiatives to promote solidarity, mutual understandingand reconciliation.

Background

In 2011, the United Nations proclaimed International Day of Friendship with the thought that friendship between peoples, groups, countries and cultures can motivate peace efforts and build bridges between communities. While the UN wanted for the day to involve young people, as future leaders to be part of such thought in community activities which include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

 

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Variety of chocolates - World Chocolate Day

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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A Boost for Bees -  An endangered bumblebee gets new protection..

A boost for Bees—There’s a lot of buzz about some bees recently. This spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Organization have added the rusty-patched bumblebee to the endangered species list. These are the first bees in the contiguous United States to be added to the list.

Saving the Species

These rusty patched bees were once found in prairies and other grassy areas in 28 states of the United States, but its range has slowly fallen since the late 1990s, whereas its population also dropped by nearly ninety percent.

As per the research, the scientists say that these bees face many threats, including diseases and loss of its habitat; and this is due to the construction of cities, farms and roads. Pesticides also play a vital role in endangering the species; farmers spray these pesticides on crops to protect them from harmful insects, but these chemicals are being the cause of harming and killing bees.

As the rusty-patched bees are listed as endangered, harming them or its habitat is now illegal; as per the Protection Act. However; the Fish and Wildlife Service Organization is working to develop a plan to help the bee’s population to recover, which may include setting new rules on where pesticides can be used and where they cannot.

A Boost for Bees -  An endangered bumblebee gets new protection....

The rusty-patched bumblebee is one of more than 4,000 bee species native to North America. Like all bees, they play an important role in nature. Did you know that bees help pollinate many types of flowers and plants, enabling them to reproduce; and about one-third of our food crops, from tomatoes to blueberries are pollinated by bees.

Unluckily, scientists estimate that nearly one-quarter of all bee species in North America are at risk of extinction and are no longer found alive. But still, the conservationists are in hope that the new measures that are taken to protect the rusty-patched bumblebee will also help other bees that share its habitation.

Scott Hoffman Black, the head of the Xerces Society says - It’s a really good day for this bumblebee and all of the other bees that are out there."

However; seven other bee species are listed as rare, but they are only found in Hawaii.

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