NATIONAL PEACH ICE CREAM DAY – July 17
1. Do you enjoy fresh peaches? What is your favorite way to use them in a recipe?
NATIONAL PEACH ICE CREAM DAY
National Peach Ice Cream Day on July 17th sweetens the day with a few scoops at the peak of peach season.
Since peaches begin peaking in July, this celebration comes just in time. It also lands right in the middle of National Ice Cream Month. So, it’s an excellent time to add peach ice cream to the growing list of flavors to choose from when it comes to frozen, creamy treats.
Generally speaking, there are two types of peaches – freestone and clingstone. The difference has to do with how the flesh comes away from the stone or the pit in the middle of the peach. When the meat comes away freely from the stone, the peach is a freestone peach; if the flesh clings to it, it’s a clingstone.
While Georgia may be the first state to come to mind when we think of peaches, California actually leads the nation in production. In the United States, 20 states produce peaches commercially. Besides California and Georgia, the other two top producers are South Carolina and New Jersey. Pennsylvania and Washington grow a lot of peaches, too.
This sweet stone fruit makes delicious ice cream when it’s very ripe and full of peachy juices. However, you don’t have to use fresh peaches to make this ice cream. Buy frozen peaches if the grocery or farmer’s markets don’t have them in yet. The family will love making homemade ice cream together. The best part will be eating up the finished product on a hot summer day.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PEACH ICE CREAM DAY
Grab your ice cream maker and invite your friends and neighbors over for an old-fashioned ice cream social! Give this homemade peach ice cream recipe a try. If you need tips for picking fresh peaches visit Frog Hollow for an easy guide to the best peaches.
You can also visit an ice cream parlor and order a dish or cone. Don’t hesitate to add sprinkles or some pecans.
I love the smell of fresh peaches but can't abide the texture! I know, I'm crazy!
NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY – July 17
2. Have you ever gone the wrong way on a one-way street? What do you think about Mr. Corrigan's story? True or False? To my knowledge, I've never gone the wrong way on a one-way street but I won't say it could never happen! Mr. Corrigan's story sounds like just that...a story :)
NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY
National Wrong Way Corrigan Day on July 17th commemorates the transatlantic flight of an Irish-American stunt pilot from Galveston, Texas. Douglas Corrigan gained notoriety for an unplanned transatlantic flight to Ireland on July 17, 1938.
Growing up as a boy, Douglas Corrigan’s (January 22, 1907- December 9, 1995) fascination with flight was not uncommon. Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight may have been the most impressionable moment in his young life. In 1938, the young stunt pilot flew from his home in California to New York. Upon arrival, he requested permission to duplicate his hero’s historic flight. They quickly denied his request due to the age of Corrigan’s 1929 Curtiss Robin.
With only a magnetic compass, Corrigan advised officials he was returning to California. According to the story, after takeoff, cloud cover prevented Corrigan from accurate navigation. When Corrigan dropped below the clouds hours later, he saw he was surrounded by water. It was then that Corrigan realized his navigation was off. He continued, and 28 hours later, he landed in Ireland.
That was the story as Corrigan told it. Reporters suggested Corrigan made secret plans to repeat his hero’s flight anyway. However, years later, Corrigan held fast to his original explanation.
After the Flight
The wayward pilot wrote about his misadventure in his memoir That’s My Story. While the book is out of print, a few copies can be found for the right price. Corrigan also received a movie deal and soon played himself in The Flying Irishman. During World War II, he tested bombers. After the war, the stunt man toured the country with other familiar war heroes in parades. As the notoriety died down, Corrigan settled into a quiet life with his wife and family. Occasionally fame would catch up to him again when Corrigan would run into a reporter who wanted to question the veracity of his story.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY
Explore the history of transatlantic flight and more stories like Douglas Corrigan’s. Watch The Flying Irishman or visit an air museum. Use #WrongWayCorriganDay to share on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY
National Wrong Way Corrigan Day originates with the date Corrigan left New York in 1938. In 1987, Long Island commemorated the 49th anniversary of the 80-year-old Corrigan’s flight with a parade and called the day “Wrong Way Corrigan Day.” The city of Galveston, Texas proclaimed Wrong Way Corrigan Day in 1992 to be celebrated on January 22nd, the date of their hometown hero’s birth.
NATIONAL YELLOW PIG DAY – July 17
NATIONAL YELLOW PIG DAY
National Yellow Pig Day on July 17 honors the unique attributes of the number 17 and its significance to mathematics.
If you don’t think the number 17 plays any role in our lives, consider these facts:
- The number 17 is a premium number in the arena of prime numbers. Add the first four prime numbers together, and 17 is their sum.
- The average loaded school bus weighs 17 tons
- Each of the following words has 17 letters:
- The atomic number of chlorine is 17.
- Pebble Beach named a road 17 Mile Drive along the Monterey Peninsula in California. However, the exact length of the road is 16.78 miles.
- The 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gave the citizens of the United States the right to elect their senators by popular vote. Before the states ratified the amendment on April 8, 1913, each states’ legislatures elected the senators to Congress.
Look for the not so random occurrence of the number 17. Look! Yellow pig!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Brush up on your calculus and round up your yellow pigs. Look for the number 17. It’s everywhere! Post on social media using #NationalYellowPigDay.
Our research found that National Pig Day originated sometime during the early 1960s. Two mathematicians named Michael Spivak and David Kelly analyzed the random properties of the number 17 and a mysterious yellow pig. It seems the process became excessive and professional. Kelly lectured and developed classes around it. Spivak published several mathematics texts, while not based upon it, he does subtly reference the number 17 and Yellow Pig.
3. Tell us about your life when you were 17.
When I was 17, I was a Senior in high school and could hardly wait to be an "adult". Now, I tell my girls: "don't wish your life away".
WORLD EMOJI DAY – July 17
WORLD EMOJI DAY
July 17 recognizes World Emoji Day and many of the world’s symbolic icons for digital calendars. The day encourages us to use emojis to send unique messages.
Now before the emoji, there were emoticons. Emoticons (emotion + icon) were developed as an expression of emotions in the cold hard texts that were devoid of them.
Emoji, a Japanese expression, roughly means “picture word” and was developed in 1990 by Shigetaka Kurita. While working for NTT Docomo, a Japanese telecom company, Kurita design these picture words as a feature on their pagers to make them more appealing to teens.
When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, an emoji keyboard was embedded to nab the Japanese market. While not intended for U.S. users to find, they did and quickly figured out how to use it.
Every year new emojis (both emoji and emojis are acceptable plural forms of the word) are developed. The emojipedia.org keeps track of all the emoji updates across all platforms and operating systems. Over 1800 emojis cover much more than just emotions. From transportation, food, an assortment of wild and domesticated animals to social platforms, weather, and bodily functions, emojis virtually speak for themselves.
When it comes to celebration emojis, the designers created a variety to make sure we could express our excitement. Whether we celebrate the arrival of a new baby, an anniversary or a birthday, there’s something for every celebration. In fact, if we search our emojis carefully, we could probably Celebrate Every Day® on National Day Calendar® emoji style.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD EMOJI DAY
Explore emojis. Send them to your friends. if they it! Use #WorldEmojiDay to share on social media.
HISTORY OF WORLD EMOJI DAY
In 2014, Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge created World Emoji Day. The date of July 17 has been intrinsic to the iconic red and black Apple calendar emoji since its launch in 2002.
4. Do you use emojis when you text, email, or FB message? Do you have a favorite?
I don't often use emojis. The only one I really use is the smiley face, oh and the thumbs-up :)
NATIONAL TATTOO DAY – July 17
NATIONAL TATTOO DAY
National Tattoo Day on July 17th recognizes the history, culture, and artists dedicated to etching ink permanently on the skin. The day might just be the date to get that ink you’ve been contemplating.
Evidence of humans marking their bodies with permanent designs have existed for thousands of years. Egyptian and ice mummies reveal several forms of religious and status symbols.
The word “tattoo” is derived from the Polynesian language for tatau, which means “to tap or to mark.” Around the world, cultures surrounding tattooing vary, and some have changed very little over time. In the United States, sailors brought tattooing to coastal shores from their island exploits.
Getting inked continues to grow as technology and acceptance increases. While age, gender, religion, and class once divide the tattooed from the non-tattooed, those barriers are less common than they used to be. Reasons why we go under the needle differ. A tattoo may represent a significant event or hold intensely personal meaning. However, some people do get tattoos on a whim. Still, others confess, the need for a new tattoo is an addiction.
Getting a Tattoo
As the art form increases in popularity, it’s important to consider a few things before getting a tattoo.
- Research and find a reputable artist. Remember, this art is permanent. You will want the finished piece to be polished with no regerts – that is, no regrets.
- Once you’ve found an artist, be sure you have a design in mind. If you aren’t an artist, pulling an idea from your head and making it a reality will take time to develop.
- Check spelling. Fact check. If you use a foreign word or a quote in your design, research the meaning and check the spelling. The same applies to symbols. Just because a website translated a meaning or said symbol represented peace or love in a certain culture, doesn’t mean it’s true. It’s not the artist’s responsibility to know either. Sometimes the design means something altogether different to the client.
- Be prepared to be placed on a waiting list. Good artists are in demand.
- Be prepared to pay for good art. Nobody wants a lousy tattoo.
Day of Your Appointment
- Clear your day, especially if you’re getting a large tattoo.
- Arrive on time. Most artists charge by the hour and any adjustment throws their entire day off. You can’t rush good art.
- Dress comfortably.
- Eat something. A protein bar won’t make you fill stuffed but will keep you alert and satisfied through the session.
- Bring water and stay hydrated.
- Tip your artists when the session is over.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL TATTOO DAY
Take some time to thank your tattoo artist. Do you have a new design? July 17th is the day. Use #NationalTattooDay to share on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL TATTOO DAY
National Tattoo Day has been observed since 2016. The founder or source of the day has not been identified.
5. It has been asked many times, but do you have a tattoo? Do you want to get a tattoo?
I do not have a tattoo. There's nothing that I can even think of that I would want marking my body for the rest of my life. The only possibility would be my girls' names.
If you made it this far, congrats and thank you! My week so far has been hot and full of reading and other enjoyable summer activities. I hope you are having a great summertime week as well.
6. Last, but not least, please tell us something about your week!