August 29: celebrate National Lemon Juice Day!

As an old saying goes, when life hands you lemons…make lemonade! And we add…when life hands you a chance to celebrate National Lemon Juice Day on August 29, do it! Lemons have been used for a variety of purposes over the years, but the most popular is probably the classic lemon juice. It can be used in people’s favorite drinks, wellness products, and even some of the tastiest dishes. Lemons are now one of the main ingredients in a whole range of things, and the juice is what is used…

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Last full weekend of August: International Bat Night

Bats have many places in literature and history, and serve roles dark but not only, depending on where you find them. Probably their most common association is with vampires, but there is also the fun-loving bat from Ferngully (Batty Coda) along with a host of other characters from literature and cinema. However, “real” bats have an important role to play in our eco-system, and some of them are becoming endangered. International Bat Night encourages us to learn more about this mostly nocturnal creature, and It takes place each year during…

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August 25 – Enjoy National Banana Split Day!

Probably this is one of the best parts of summer or, at least, any time of year where you like to indulge in an ice cream treat. Give your taste buds the thrill of delicious ice cream and luscious chocolate covering a fresh banana topped off with nuts, a cherry and whipped cream! Banana Split Day is exactly what you expect to be: a day to celebrate this amazing dessert, and It gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy it. After all, who doesn’t love a delicious banana split? On…

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Vulcanalia: appeasing the God of fire

In ancient Rome, Vulcan (or Volcanus) was well known as the god of fire, both beneficial and hindering fire, particularly in its destructive aspects as volcanoes. Similar to the Greek Hephaestus, he was a god of the forge, and renowned for his metalworking skills, and he is portrayed as being lame. He was patron also of those occupations having to do with ovens such as cooks, bakers, pastry makers and pizza makers. Vulcan is one of the oldest of the Roman gods, and his origins can be traced back to…

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August 22 – Pecan Torte Day

Pecan Torte, Pecan Pie, and Pecan cakes are all very similar treats, and all of them are incredibly common to find being served in the deep south in the USA. Their delicious flavor is very appreciated, and best enjoyed with a rich topping of whipped heavy cream! But what is the difference between a cake and a torte? Tortes are invariably denser and are naturally creamier. They’re also commonly multi-layered to take advantage of rich creamy toppings like that mentioned above. They are typically prepared without baking powder or soda,…

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Sturgeon Moon: August’s full moon

As we already know, in ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which the 12 months in our modern calendar are based on. For millennia, people across Europe, as well as Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, and many of these names are very similar or identical. Today, we use many of these ancient month names as Full Moon names. A common explanation is that Colonial Americans adopted…

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August 19: celebrate National Potato Day!

National Potato Day is today, August 19, so if you like spuds, this one’s for you! A bag of chips, french fries, baked potatoes and mashed potatoes are just some of the delicious things you can make with potatoes, little tubers that have played an important role in the history of the world and was even the primary food crop for an entire nation. Potato Day celebrates the tuber and all the things you can use it for. What’s your favorite potato treat? Potatoes were first cultivated by man in…

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Celebrated International left-handers day on August 13!

International Left-Handers Day is today, August 13! It was started by the Left-Handers Club on 13th August 1992, when they launched International Left-Handers Day, an annual event when left-handers everywhere could celebrate their sinistrality and increased public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. According to other sources, the day was first observed in 1976 Campbell, founder of Lefthanders International, Inc. But, in any case, this event is now celebrated worldwide, and in the U.K. alone there have been more than 20 regional events to mark the day…

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August 10: Happy National S’mores Day!

Graham crackers, melted chocolate and sticky toasted marshmallows, all in one little sandwich: S’mores are the one of the most popular North American treats, and it is estimated that over 90 million pounds of marshmallows are toasted over a fire there each year. It is also estimated that 50 percent of marshmallows bought during the summer are used for s’mores! Never tried them? Then S’mores Day is the perfect day to get started. And even for those people who have tried them, there is no reason to pass up the…

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August 3: National Watermelon Day

Mark Twain said: “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” Well, this American literary hero understood the serious deliciousness of this fruit (or vegetable?), and, hopefully, after reading this article, you do, too. National Watermelon Day on August 3 recognizes the refreshing summertime fruit and, since it is 92% water, it is very satisfying in the summer heat. In fact, in the Kalahari desert (in Southern Africa), where they are called tsamma, watermelons are one of the main sources of water during the dry, hot season.…

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The Month of August: holidays, falling stars and folklore

“Summer declines and roses have grown rare, But cottage crofts are gay with hollyhocks, And in old garden walks you breathe an air Fragrant of pinks and August-smelling stocks.” —John Todhunter (1839-1916) Welcome August! What do we celebrate in this month? August is the time to reap what you’ve sown, quite literally even, as most summer vegetables are ready to be harvested. In fact for us it brings the best bounty of the season, including ripened tomatoes, melons and watermelons, sweet corn on the cob, and zucchini. Canning season is…

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Lammas: welcoming the harvest

We are in the middle of the dog days of summer, when the gardens are full of beautiful flowers, the fields are full of grain, and the harvest is approaching. The hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Corn has been planted, tended, harvested and consumed for millennia, and so it’s no wonder that there are myths about the magical properties of this grain.…

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The ancient origins of the Dog Days of Summer

According to popular folklore: “Dog Days bright and clear Indicate a happy year; But when accompanied by rain, For better times, our hopes are vain.” It sounds good…but what are the Dog Days of summer, exactly? And what do they have to do with dogs? The exact dates of the Dog Days can vary from source to source and probably they have changed over time. However, most sources agree that they occur in mid- to late summer, from July 3 to August 11. This is soon after the Summer Solstice…

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#TodayInHistory – August 31

August 31 – Some important events on this day. 1142 👉🏼 Possible date for establishment of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) League – with the aid of Hiawatha and Deganawidah 1422 👉🏼 Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months 1772 👉🏼 Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica 1888 👉🏼 The body of Jack the Ripper’s first victim, Mary Ann Nichols, is found in Whitechapel in London’s East End. Jack the Ripper was a serial Killer that, thanks to his horrible crimes, sadly became a celebrity. His failure to…

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#TodayInHistory – August 30

August 30 – Some important events on this day. 257 👉🏼 St Sixtus II begins his reign as Catholic Pope 1146 👉🏼 European leaders outlaw crossbow, intending to end war for all time 1363 👉🏼 Beginning of the Battle of Lake Poyang; two Chinese rebel leaders Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang are pitted against each other in what was one of the largest naval battles in history during Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty 1590 👉🏼 Tokugawa Ieyasu enters Edo Castle (Traditional Japanese date: August 1, 1590) 1682 👉🏼 William Penn leaves England…

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#TodayInHistory – August 29

August 29 – Some important events on this day. 1350 👉🏼 Battle of Winchelsea (or Les Espagnols sur Mer): The English naval fleet under King Edward III defeats a Castilian fleet of 40 ships 1526 👉🏼 Battle of Mohács: In a decisive battle the Hungarian Empire is conquered by the Ottoman Empire led by Suleiman the Magnificent 1533 👉🏼 Atahualpa, last Sapa Inca Emperor is suspected to have been buried in Northern Peru or in Ecuador. ✔️READ THE ARTICLE! 1825 👉🏼 Portugal recognizes the Independence of Brazil 1831 👉🏼 Scientist…

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Chocolate rain falls in Switzerland

Residents of an industrial area of Olten, a town in north-western Switzerland, just few days ago, have been reporting chocolate powder raining from the sky. Well, if chocolate was ever going to fall from the sky anywhere in the world, it had to be just in Switzerland, the European country well-known for making probably the best chocolate in the world! Reports of chocolate powder falling from the sky in the town of Olten started showing up online a few days ago, accompanied by photos of cars covered in brown. People…

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#TodayInHistory – August 28

August 28 – Some important events on this day. 476 👉🏼 Orestes, father of Emperor Romulus Augustulus is captured and executed by Odoacer and his followers. When Romulus Augustulus came to power as the Emperor of the Western Roman Empire, it was but a fraction of what it had once been. The empire in the East essentially treated its Western realm as a client state. Rome itself had been sacked by barbarians twice in the fifth century. Odoacer was a Germanic mercenary soldier for the Roman army, who when refused…

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Krakatoa: the story of the world’s mightiest explosion

The biggest explosion the world has ever known (try to imagine: an estimated 13,000 times greater than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima during WWII) happened on this day, August 27 1883, as eruptions of the Krakatoa volcano reached their peak. To understand, the noise of the explosion was heard 3,000 miles (4,800km) away, five cubic miles (21 km^3) of rock and ash were projected 50 miles (80.5km) into the air, while 36.5m tsunamis were created and 36,000 people lost their lives. The island of Krakatoa (originally Krakatau) featured three linked…

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#TodayInHistory – August 27

August 27 – Some important events on this day. 479 BC 👉🏼 Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Plataea, Persian forces led by Mardonius routed by Greek army under Pausanias; together with Greek success at Battle of Mycale halts Persian invasion of Greece 479 BC 👉🏼 Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Mycale won by Greek forces over Persian naval troops on Ionian coast, double victory with that at Plataea ends Persian invasion 663 👉🏼 Battle of Baekgang: Tang Chinese and Silla Korean forces defeat Korean Baekje forces and their Yamato Japanese allies on…

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#TodayInHistory – August 26

August 26 – Some important events on this day. 1071 👉🏼 Battle of Manzikert: Seljuq Turks led by sultan Alp Arslan beat and capture Byzantine Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes 1346 👉🏼 Battle of Crécy, south of Calais in northern France: Edward III’s English longbows defeat Philip VI’s army, cannons used for first time in battle 1498 👉🏼 Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà. 1748 👉🏼 The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1778 👉🏼 The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the…

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#TodayInHistory – August 25

August 25 – Some important events on this day. 325 👉🏼 Council of Nicaea ends with adoption of the Nicene Creed establishing the doctrine of the Holy Trinity 1609 👉🏼 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers 1718 👉🏼 Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans founded 1768 👉🏼 Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England, on his first voyage on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean 1804 👉🏼 Alicia Thornton becomes first female jockey in England riding at Knavesmire in Yorkshire 1875 👉🏼 Captain…

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#TodayInHistory – August 24

August 24 – Some important events on this day. 49 BC 👉🏼 Julius Caesar’s general Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture. 79 👉🏼 Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Roman Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die 410 👉🏼 Rome overrun by Visigoths under Alaric I for the first time in nearly 800 years, seen as the fall of the Western Roman Empire. The fall and collapse of the…

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#TodayInHistory – August 23

August 23 – Some important events on this day. 79 👉🏼 Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on feast day of Vulcan, Roman god of fire (goes on to destroy Pompeii) 476 👉🏼 Odoacer proclaimed King of Italy by his troops, 1st barbarian King of Italy 1305 👉🏼 William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is executed for high treason by Edward I of England. One of the great heroes of Scotland, William Wallace was one of the main leaders of the First War of Scottish Independence. In September 1297 he defeated the English army…

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#TodayInHistory – August 22

August 22 – Some important events on this day. 565 👉🏼 St Columba reports seeing monster in Loch Ness 1454 👉🏼 Jews are expelled from Brunn Moravia by order of King Ladislaus 1485 👉🏼 Battle of Bosworth Field: Henry Tudor’s forces defeat English King Richard III during last battle in the Wars of the Roses. Richard is killed, the last English monarch to die in battle. 1603 👉🏼 1st stones laid in Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam 1639 👉🏼 Madras (now Chennai), India, founded by the British East India Company on sliver of…

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#TodayInHistory – August 21

August 21 – Some important events on this day. 1192 👉🏼 Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192) 1264 👉🏼 Kublai Khan accepts the surrender of his younger brother Ariq Böke at Xanadu, at the end of the Mongol civil war 1321 👉🏼 160 Jews of Chincon France, burned at stake 1541 👉🏼 Ottoman Turks under Suleiman the Magnificent capture Buda, the capital of the Hungarian Kingdom and go on to dominate central Hungary for 150 years 1703…

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#TodayInHistory – August 20

August 20 – Some important events on this day. 2 👉🏼 Venus and Jupiter in conjunction – possible astrological explanation for Star of Bethlehem 1000 👉🏼 The foundation of the Hungarian state, Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary. 1597 👉🏼 1st Dutch East India Company ships return from the Far East 1612 👉🏼 9 Pendle witches hanged at Gallows Hill in Lancaster, England 1619 👉🏼 1st known African Americans in English North America (approx. 20) land at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe), Virginia. They are…

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#TodayInHistory – August 19

August 19 – Some important events on this day. 43 BC 👉🏼 Octavian, later known as Augustus, compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul 1274 👉🏼 Edward I is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey after returning from the Ninth Crusade 1692 👉🏼 Five more people hanged for witchcraft (20 in all) in Salem, Massachusetts. Perhaps the most notorious case of mass hysteria in colonial America, the Salem witch trials saw around 200 people accused of witchcraft, with 19 found guilty and executed. Another man was crushed to…

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#TodayInHistory – August 18

August 18 – Some important events on this day. 293 BC 👉🏼 The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded, starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica (grape harvest festival) 1201 👉🏼 The city of Riga is founded 1737 👉🏼 First public admittance to the Salon de Paris art exhibition at the Louvre in Paris 1817 👉🏼 60-70ft (18-21 meters) sea serpent sightings reported offshore in Gloucester, Massachusetts 1838 👉🏼 United States Exploring Expedition headed by Charles Wilkes departs for the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica 1868 👉🏼 French Astronomer Pierre…

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#TodayInHistory – August 17

August 17 – Some important events on this day. 1585 👉🏼 Antwerp surrenders after 8 months siege by Duke of Parma 1590 👉🏼 Governor of Roanoke Island colony, John White, returns from England to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier 1858 👉🏼 1st bank in Hawaii opens 1891 👉🏼 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in NYC (People’s Bath) 1891 👉🏼 Electric self-starter for automobile patented 1903 👉🏼 Joe Pulitzer donates $1 million to Columbia University & begins the Pulitzer Prizes in America…

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