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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Hammock Day
National Hot Dog Day

Quotes of the Day:
“Love the life you live. Lead the life you love.”- Bob Marley

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”- Helen Keller

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”- Mother Teresa

“Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.”- Henry David Thoreau

Music of the Day:

High School Musical 3 - Can I Have This Dance HD (Full Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCa8pxUtN1s

On This Day In History:
1997 The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario

2013 Mike Babcock is again named head coach of Team Canada, this time for the 2014 Winter Olympics (they would repeat as gold medalists)

2016 Japan’s Funai Electric announce they will manufacture world's last videocassette this month

2019 India's lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 successfully takes off from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota aiming to be fourth nation to soft-land on the moon

2019 Marvel superhero film "Avengers: Endgame" becomes the world's highest-grossing film overtaking "Avatar" earning $2.9 billion

2019 French submarine Minerve rediscovered off coast of Toulon, France, after disappearing in 1968 with loss of 52 crew

2019 NFL Dallas Cowboys named most valuable sports team in the world worth $5 billion, MLB New York Yankees 2nd at $4.6 billion, Real Madrid 3rd with $4.2 billion according to Forbes

National Hammock Day

National Hammock Day is celebrated every year on July 22 to commemorate the universal symbol for relaxation. Developed by the Mayans of Central and South America for sleeping or resting, a hammock is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting, which is suspended between two points such as posts or trees. Most often, hammocks were made from the woven bark from the Hamack Tree — hence “hamacas”. Today the hammock is often seen as a symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation, and simple, easy living. So grab your favorite book, put your feet up, and relax!

History of National Hammock Day
Since the 13th century, humans have enjoyed napping and resting in hammocks that have been tied together between two trees. The word “Hammock” originated from a Taino culture Arwakan word meaning “fishnet”. The name is also derived from the Hamack tree because hammocks used to be woven from their bark. Though hammocks are used around the world, their popularity is arguably at its peak in Latin America, and some say that hammocks embody the ‘relaxed’ lifestyle traditional to those countries and the Caribbean.

It was invented by the native-born people of Middle and South America, who called them “Hamacas”, in the Taino language. Columbus first encountered the hammock in the Bahamas. He observed in 1492 that “people were sleeping in nets between the trees”. He brought the hammock back to Europe where sailors started using it extensively because swinging while suspended in the air led to better sleep than they were previously experiencing on the dirty ship floor.

Nowadays the hammock serves as a bed to some or a symbol of leisure to others. Popular brands like ENO have made hammocking stylish with their sleek materials and colors. Many people today would consider hammocking a social activity, or a place for personal relaxation. Hammocking can be a fun way to spend time with the people you are closest to.

National Hammock Day timeline

2015
Some states, like California and Maryland, begin to ban hammocks in public parks, and on University campuses, to protect the natural trees.

1940
The US Marine Corps utilized “jungle hammocks”, or hammocks sprayed with insecticide, in tropical jungle regions like Burma, during World War II.

1597
The Royal Navy adopts the sling hammock as the official bed for their sailors.

15th Century
The first records of hammocks appeared after Columbus “discovered” them in Latin America.

A.D. 250 to 900
The Mayans invented hammocks, at some point around this time frame.

National Hammock Day FAQs

Is National Hammock Day a real holiday?
This holiday is as real as you make it out to be. ENO and camping aficionados celebrate this holiday and you should, too.

How many hammocks are sold each year?
In North America, more than a million hammocks are sold each year.

What day is National Hammock Day

July 22

HOW TO CELEBRATE

Put up your hammock
Find two sturdy, conveniently located trees or posts and set up your hammock. The versatile slings are now popping up as interior decor. They’ve been spotted adorning the walls of some of our favorite shops, homes, and hotels. So you can even celebrate Hammock Day indoors. Whether you’re indoors or out, putting up a hammock creates a perfect oasis.

Grab a towel and head to the beach
Don’t have a hammock? No worries. Improvise. Grab your favorite beach towel or picnic blanket and head to your nearest beach or park. You may not be relaxing in the air, but you’ll still be relaxing, and that’s the whole point of the day!

Bring a hammock to work
Yep, hammocks at work are becoming all the rage. Some of the world’s best known companies decided to think outside the box, so they placed hammocks over plush carpet so that their employees can recharge for the second half of the day. Feeling rested is the cornerstone of productivity. Don’t forget to get your boss’ permission first.

5 FACTS ABOUT HAMMOCKS

Hammock by name
“Hammock” is a popular English Surname. It was anglicized, originating in Spanish, before it was translated to English.

It’s golden
In the Museum of Gold in Bogotá, Colombia, there is a miniature hammock made of pure gold. You can’t touch this hammock, but it is beautiful to behold.

A mountain view
You can sleep in a giant hammock in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria mountains. ‘Casa Elemento’ is a picturesque mountain hostel in Colombia, that allows hostel guests to sleep outside, in a giant hammock that can fit up to 15 people.

An indoor hammock
You can relax in an indoor hammock cafe in Tokyo. ‘Mahika Mano’ is one of the first hammock-themed cafes in Tokyo. It is located in Kichijoji, and you can sip tea and eat, and the hammocks double as chairs.

A bad idea
In the 19th century, the British prison system adopted the hammock in an attempt to replace jail cell cots. The hammocks were soon taken away, because the prisoners would use the large brass hooks and rings - that connected the hammocks - as makeshift weapons.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL HAMMOCK DAY

You get some me time
You go to work for eight hours, come home, and have to cook dinner. If you’re a parent, you have to take care of your child on top of all of that. Life can be so hectic, so self-care is very important. On National Hammock Day, you get to take a break from all that craziness and recharge.

You get to unplug
We could all use a few minutes away from our smart phones and computers. Participating in the national holiday allows you to unplug from technology, relax, get outside and get some fresh air. But if you must bring your phone, turn off your ringer and turn up your playlist.

Adult naps
You have to admit, taking midday naps was the one of the best things about being a kid. National Hammock Day is a day where you can indulge in a guilt-free adult nap. A short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance.

https://nationaltoday.com/national-hammock-day/

National Hot Dog Day

When we think of summer, hot dogs come to mind almost immediately. It’s just part of the overall experience. A summer day at the amusement park or at a baseball stadium pairs nicely with a hot dog (or tofu dog, for those of you who prefer a meatless version). Hot dogs don’t have to be made with meat, and anyone can enjoy the age old American favorite food any time of year. Sure, hot dogs can be purchased and enjoyed at any time of the year, however on July 22 is absolutely the day we hold them in the highest regard.

History of National Hot Dog Day

You should know some solid trivia about hot dogs, including knowing that the term itself was derived in the 19th century, at a time when German immigrants brought their own culinary traditions with them to the new world. It’s believed they brought to New York America’s first hot dogs, originally referred to as a dachshund sausage — for their long shape that resembled the beloved dachshund pups. Around 1870, Charles Feltman, a German immigrant, began to sell hot dogs out of a stand on Coney Island. He sold over 3,600 frankfurters in a bun that year alone.

While we cannot be completely sure how or even when National Hot Dog Day was created, we do know that the day was created as a nod to National Hot Dog Month in July by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council to highlight this fan favorite. Hot dogs became a household name in the late 19th century when casual food lover and baseball team owner of the St. Louis Browns — better known to some as the St. Louis Cardinals — Chris Von de Ahe brought the two together at his own amusement park.

Celebrating this day is fairly straightforward — just make your hot dog your way, and enjoy it however you’d like! Honestly, in the Dog Days of Summer, who doesn’t like a hot dog with all their favorite fixings?
Some take hot dogs beyond food form. There are also Weiner dog races and other relative, inclusive festivals to consider. We very strongly encourage you to indulge away!

National Hot Dog Day timeline

1971
A celebration

Hot Dog Day was first celebrated by students in Alfred, New York. As you might have guessed, the hot dog’s affordability is something that many in school favor. They are also pretty easy to find. In fact, some students celebrated hot dogs for an entire week.

1893
Ball Park Franks

Hot dogs and baseball were officially paired together in St. Louis by the owner of the St. Louis Browns, a team now known as the St. Louis Cardinals. He also distributed them at an amusement park he owned.

1870
Coney Island Dogs

Charles Feltman begins selling sausages in rolls on Coney Island in New York.

13th Century
German Delicacy

Frankfurter Wuerstchen are distributed in Germany on the eve of imperial coronations.

National Hot Dog Day FAQs

Where is National Hot Dog Day celebrated?

It can be celebrated anywhere you are. All you need is a hot dog, some toppings (if you don’t prefer it plain) and a hungry belly.

When did hot dogs start selling on the streets?

Hot dogs were originally sold at street vendors in New York City as early as the 1860s by German and Polish immigrants.

How many hot dogs are sold annually?

Over 9 billion hot dogs are sold each year in the United States. Americans eat approximately 155 million hot dogs every July 4th.

National Hot Dog Day Activities

Have your hotdog your way
There are plenty of ways to enjoy a good hot dog. Seriously, the only rule of the day is to make your favorite hot dog your way, as many times as you like. That means, you can have beef, turkey, or tofu, with mustard, relish, ketchup. Grill it, boil it, or put it in the microwave. Outside feedback or input isn’t required...your preferences dictate your enjoyment.

Hot dog parties are a thing
Did you know that you can celebrate National Hot Dog Day with a party? Yes, it is true. Throw a festival or a small-level soiree with your favorite hot dog. You already know that we like a good party, so throwing one in honor of our favorite foods is an idea we absolutely endorse.

Get a ball park frank
Hot dogs have long been paired with baseball games. So, if you find yourself in a baseball stadium that day, we’d strongly encourage you to enjoy one with the game.

5 Facts About Hot Dog Day That Will Blow Your Mind

7-Eleven Sells millions a year
In 2014 alone, 7-Eleven sold well over 60 million hot dogs in their store and in 2017, the store chain sold over 100 million hot dogs.

Condiments make a hot dog thrive
Of all the toppings you can add to a hot dog, mustard comes in first as the most popular hot dog condiment, followed by ketchup and chili, respectively.

Sports and hot dogs go together
Over 26 million hot dogs are sold annually at baseball stadiums in the United States, one of America’s favorite past times.

A street vendor favorite
From New York City, to Chicago, to Philadelphia, you can find a hot dog on most street corners.

Independence Day
On this summer holiday, over 155 million hot dogs are reportedly consumed.

Why We Love National Hot Dog Day

They are a testament to American innovation
While the deep origins of the hot dog can be traced back to either Frankfurt or Vienna (we’ll let them slog it out for the title of true originator), the American hot dog dates back to the 1860’s, when German immigrants started selling them from stands in New York City. Splash of ketchup here, little bit of mustard there, and you’ve got the birth of the American hot dog.

They offer endless variety
In the mood for an all-beef Chicago dog loaded with toppings on a poppy seed roll? Or are you more of a Texa Chili Dog kind of person? Perhaps the basic, original New York dog is all you’re looking for. Regardless, wherever you are in the country, you can try a unique variation on this once-German/Austrian (whoever you want to believe) tradition.

Anyone can cook a great hot dog
If you need a quick and easy meal this summer, look no further. Boil them, grill them, heck, eat ’em cold as long as they’re precooked. It’s the simplicity and affordability that makes them such a great summer snack. Who wants to stress over what to cook anyway?

https://nationaltoday.com/national-hot-dog-day/

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