August 12, 2017 – NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY – NATIONAL VINYL RECORD DAY – NATIONAL GARAGE SALE DAY – NATIONAL JULIENNE FRIES DAY – NATIONAL BOWLING DAY

AUGUST 12, 2017 | NATIONAL MIDDLE CHID DAY | NATIONAL VINYL RECORD DAY | NATIONAL GARAGE SALE DAY | NATIONAL JULIENNE FRIES DAY | NATIONAL BOWLING DAY | NATIONAL GARAGE SALE DAYNational Middle Child Day August 12

NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY

Each year on August 12th, National Middle Child Day is observed across the United States. This day gives special recognition to the middle child or children in the family.

It is believed by many that birth order plays a pivotal role in the personalities of children.  The “Middle Child Syndrome” states that the first-born is often the leader and the role-player while the youngest one is always considered the baby of the family, therefore, leaving the middle child without a special “role”.

Birth order is known to contribute to the Big Five personality traits: extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience.

One personality study claims that middle children tend to be artistic and creative.

For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Middle Child Day.

National Vinyl Record Day August 12

NATIONAL VINYL RECORD DAY

The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Monkees.  Does the mention of these musicians make you picture a round black record?  A vinyl record? The vintage vinyl is almost as much of a classic as the bands themselves.

These vinyl records are commemorated annually on August 12.  Vinyl records are also known as a gramophone record, phonograph record or a record.  It is an analog sound storage medium consisting of a flat disc which has an inscribed, modulated spiral groove.

Juke Box at Wax Trax Records in Las Vegas loaded with 45s.

Juke Box at Wax Trax Records in Las Vegas loaded with 45s.

Vinyl records are referred to based on rotational speed  The RPM’s, or revolutions per minute of the more popular vinyls are:

  • 45s
  • 33 1/3
  • 78s

Other features of vinyl records included reproductive accuracy or “fidelity” (High Fidelity or Hi-Fi, Orthophonic and Full-Range), their time capacity (long playing or single), and the number of channels of audio provided (mono, stereo or quadraphonic).

For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Vinyl Record Day.

National Garage Sale Day Second Saturday in August

NATIONAL GARAGE SALE DAY

Saturdays and Summertime are the perfect combinations for garage sales.  That is why the second Saturday in August is designated National Garage Sale Day.

On this day, you will see people finding great deals at these neighborhood sales.  For those having the sales, this is a way for them to find new homes for items they no longer need.

HOW TO OBSERVE

If you see a driveway full of items and a sale sign out, stop by and celebrate National Garage Sale Day. And when you stop for a break, grab some Colorado Jack Popcorn for a satisfying snack.  Use #NationalGarageSaleDay to share your great deals on social media.

HISTORY

C. Daniel Rhodes of Alabama came up with the idea of having a National Garage Sale Day in 2001 after seeing neighbors having sales on different weekends.  Rhodes thought it would be more convenient if they all had them on the same weekend. He is also the founder of Mulligan Day and Brother’s Day.

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NATIONAL JULIENNE FRIES DAY

Each year, National Julienne Fries Day is observed on August 12th.

Cut into thin, uniform matchsticks, julienne fries tend to be crispier and are often called “shoestring fries”. The oldest written known reference to the julienne cut is the 1722 edition of Francois Massialot’s Le Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeois.  

Although the origin of the julienne cut is uncertain, Eneas Dallas in the book Kettner’s Book of the Table written in 1877, analyzes the origins of the julienne cut. He considers one recipe, Julienne Soup, which calls for all the vegetables, such as turnips, carrots, potatoes, to be cut into long strips or straws.  Staying on the trail of “receipts” the original Julienne recipe may have come from a wooodsorrel soup which required two cuts to be made on each leaf.  Not one or three, but two.  By doing so would create a trefoil or a trinity, which would be significant to some Christian or superstitious cooks.  

For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Julienne Fries Day.

National Bowling Day Second Saturday in August

NATIONAL BOWLING DAY

National Bowling Day is observed annually on the second Saturday in August.

While it is possible that bowling style games existed in ancient civilizations around the world, we likely owe the modern game of bowling to the land of Germany. Kegels were used much like batons for protection or sport. They would place them at the end of an alley and roll a stone, attempting to knock them down. It was believed that by knocking down the kegel, their sins would be forgiven.

Other lawn games such as bocce and petanque may also be precursors to bowling. American literature’s first mention of ninepins is in Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle. Bowling, like many sports, was fodder for gambling and often came under scrutiny. In 1841, Connecticut passed a law prohibiting ninepin bowling alleys. Circumventing the law, alleys added one pin to the line-up. Very little about the game has changed since.

For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Bowling Day.

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