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A little cheer to forget your troubles, and better yet, to toast with a glass of bubbles!

Aug 26 – National Cherry Popsicle Day

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cherry popsicle (Photo credit: stu_spivack)

Enjoy a frozen cherry treat to celebrate this summer holiday. Making your own popsicles is as easy as pouring cherry juice (or Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, etc.) into a popsicle mold (or Dixie cups with sticks, or even an ice cube tray with toothpicks). If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, try some of these recipes: chocolate cherry popsicle, cherry yogurt popsicle, chocolate fudge cherry popsicle, cherry berry cardamom popsicle or the adults-only cherry mojito popsicle (what an extra cheery cherry treat!). Lastly, I have to share the most bizarre recipe I found while tracking down cherry popsicle recipes – and it even rhymes – would you believe cherry pickles? Click here to see the recipe, but be warned…even the author admits she doesn’t like them.

Foodimentary offers Five Food Finds about Popsicles:

In 1905 in San Francisco, 11-year-old Frank Epperson was mixing a white powdered flavoring for soda and water out on the porch

He left it there, with a stirring stick still in it.

That night, temperatures reached a record low, and the next morning, the boy discovered the drink had frozen to the stick, inspiring the idea of a fruit-flavored ‘Popsicle’, a portmanteau of soda pop and icicle.

Eighteen years later in 1923, Epperson introduced frozen pop on a stick to the public at Neptune Beach, an amusement park in Belmar, New Jersey. Seeing that it was a success, in 1924 Epperson applied for a patent for his “frozen confectionery” which he called “the Epsicle ice pop”.

He renamed it to Popsicle, allegedly at the insistence of his children.

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Aug 15 – National Back to School Day

I have no idea what the origin of this holiday is, if it even is a holiday. In fact, I would have been completely ignorant of the day, if I hadn’t gone to Sonic for dinner recently, on a too-lazy-to-cook night. Inside the bag containing a meal for my husband, poochie and myself (all for $7.71!), was a flyer announcing “National Back to School Day”. There are many rituals that lead up to the return to school, my personal favorite being the annual viewing of Staples’ classic commercial (circa 1996),

but this one is a great new addition. All day, Sonic is offering half-price cheeseburgers for Grades K-everyone. Almost makes me nostalgic for buying school supplies, including erasable pens, Garbage Pail Kids posters for locker decor, and the most awesome folder, the Trapper Keeper (do they still have those – or is everything digital now??).

Trapper Keeper Folder

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Aug 8 – National Dollar Day

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Happy Dollar Day! This is a new holiday to me, and I found some interesting pages while researching the origin of the day (which I haven’t confirmed yet). If you are interested in the history of the U.S. monetary system, there are great timelines on the US Mint’s website and the U.S. Treasury website.


Start the day with a stack of silver dollar pancakes (click here for Martha Stewart’s recipe). Then, feel like a millionaire by heading to your nearest dollar store and/or dollar-menu restaurant with a fist full of fresh dollar bills. Go crazy – buy a tiki mug (which you can later fill with a dollar soft drink from McDonalds), pick up a package of candy (which used to be penny candy and is now a bargain at $1), or get a bunch of helium balloons to brighten someone’s day.


A bit of nostalgia for those of us who grew up within Dispensa’s Kiddie Kingdom’s advertising range, which illustrates the changing value of the dollar. (Sadly, the Oakbrook Terrace amusement park closed decades ago). The park’s jingle changed through the years, gradually reducing the number of rides per dollar every few years. YouTube, the great vault of pop culture treasures, shows the dollar’s decline from 1979 (any ride a quarter, 6 for a dollar) to 1981 (any ride a quarter, 5 for a dollar):




Flash forward to 2013, where a recent county fair sold amusement ride tickets for $1 each (5 tickets for most rides!). provides some quotes to further celebrate the day:


Famous and Not-so-Famous Quotes about Money


“The buck stops here.” ~ United States President Harry S. Truman


“Money talks.” ~ Unknown


“Show me the money!” ~ Memorable quote from the 1996 film, Jerry Maguire


“Money doesn’t talk: it swears obscenity.” ~ Bob Dylan


“Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.” ~ Aphra Behn


“When money talks, nobody cares what kind of grammar it uses.” ~ Robert Elliott Gonzales


“Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


“Money doesn’t grow on trees.” ~ English Proverb


“Money is the root of all evil.” ~ English Proverb


“A fool and his money are soon parted.” ~ English Proverb


“Republicans are for both the man and the dollar but in case of conflict the man before the dollar!” ~ Abraham Lincoln


“Another day, another dollar.” ~ English Proverb


“If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.” ~ Benjamin Franklin


“I believe in the dollar. Everything I earn, I spend!” ~ Actress Joan Crawford


“A penny saved is a penny earned.” ~ English Proverb


“A nickel ain’t work a dime anymore.” ~ Yogi Berra


“Money is like a sixth sense – you can’t make use of the other five without it.” ~ William Somerset Maugham


“Inflation is when you pay $15 for the $10 haircut you used to get for $5 when you had hair!” ~ Sam Ewing


“Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.” ~ Helen Gurley Brown


“Money often costs too much.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” ~ Paul Newman


“Money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, I love money.” ~ Jackie Mason


“If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.” ~ Aristotle Onassis


“Love and money should properly have nothing to do with each other.” ~ John Saul


“Focusing your life solely on making a buck sows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.” ~ United States President Barack Obama


“If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.” ~ Earl Wilson


“The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket.” ~ Kin Hubbard


“Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1!” ~ Warren Buffet


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August 6 – National Root Beer Float Day

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Root Beer_01 (Photo credit: rob_rob2001)

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Customers seated at an unidentified ice cream and soda fountain, Seattle (Photo credit: UW Digital Collections)

Thanks to the good people at FreeFlys, I learned about another sweet holiday. August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day, a day to celebrate the summer classic by getting a FREE (yes, you read that correctly) small Root Beer Float at participating A&W restaurants from 2 p.m. til close. Click here to see details. Can this deal be any sweeter? Yes, it is also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. As I have probably mentioned before, despite my reservations about our participation in some of our current wars, I fully support our soldiers. Please click on the link to learn about other ways you can support this exceptional group, whether by donating money, volunteer time, or simply writing a letter to our troops.

As usual, I digress. If you can’t make it to your local A&W, or can’t wait to begin the celebration, make your own float. recommends that you pour your root beer into the glass BEFORE adding the vanilla ice cream, to avoid a big spill. I also learned from this site that the root beer float was invented in the late 19th Century by Frank Wisner, and is also called a black cow. All these years (let’s not dwell on how many, exactly), I thought a black cow was a Coke float…and here, I thought I was a dessert aficionado (well, confirmed dessert addict, in any case). This, of course, makes me digress again to thinking of Laverne and Shirley’s Pepsi and milk concoction (which never seemed like a good idea) and has been tested by Beverage Science as one of their pop culture experiments. I leave you to your own decision on this.

YumSugar expands the history, by explaining that Wisner was inspired to add the vanilla ice cream to root beer (which began being sold thirteen years earlier, in 1881) by the snow on top of Cow Mountain.

A turbo-charged recipe, by MidwestSimple, incorporates vanilla vodka into the mix. Another alternative is the Root Canal Float, proposed by Vintage West:

Posted on May 30, 2013 by nswentz under Drinks


via Yep, that will play | Vintage West.

Whatever your pleasure, be sure to enjoy the cool treat and toast the holiday!

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All Hail Geeks – YouTube’s Geek Week Starts Today (Aug 4-10)

Geeks on dates, “Cartoon Hangover”, tips to make an epic movie for less than $100 and a healthy dose of parodies highlight Blockbuster Sunday. Today is the first day of a week’s celebration of geekery: Blockbuster Sunday, Global Geekery Monday, Brainiac Tuesday, Super Wednesday, Gaming Thursday, Fan Friday – click here to see the full schedule. PC Magazine provides additional details about the week, which is a collaboration between YouTube, Nerdist (U.S.) and Channel Flip (U.K.) to present hundreds of geek channels. The highlight happens on hump day – the exclusive trailer for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World (coming to theaters Nov. 8), hosted by comic-book legend Stan Lee.

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