Curling is Cool Day is not dedicated to those of us naturally or otherwise endowed with glistening spiralling locks of hair. Oh, no, no! This is the day George Clooney and Bruce Springsteen get to play their all-time favourite sport and call it cool. Most of us out there will probably wonder what the fuss is about, but if you’re a curling enthusiast, then by Jove do you owe the people who invented it a colossal thank you!
A Scottish game developed in the 1500’s that the Canadians seem to be exceedingly good at- if Winter Olympic Games are anything to go by- curling involves launching a stone on ice and sweeping the ice in its path as it attempts to land on a target and dislodge your competitors’ rocks. But wait, there’s more. The sweepers wear special shoes, one that slides and one that doesn’t, and the stone is more like a 40 pound granite bomb that looks suspiciously too much like a macaroon. The brooms are slightly more evolved now than the ordinary sweepers they used back in the 1900s. In fact, they’re hardly reminiscent of a witch’s broom, at all. The floors are sheets of ice with vinyl markings underneath, for the target, rather than the frozen lake surfaces that were used back in the day. The concept, though, is very much the same. You launch, you sweep, and you score.
While the intricacies of the game will not keep you awake at night, they will certainly be sufficient to keep the children entertained, so what better reason to send them out into the blistering cold to play with a rock? But you’ll have to all join in, because two teams of four are needed to play. So gather-round for a bonspiel and find out why everybody and his uncle played this game and said it’s cooler than bowls and shuffleboard. Admittedly, the competition isn’t the stiffest you’d find in the world of sports. So don’t waste any time. Go out there and find out why hammer-time in curling has nothing to do with MC Hammer!
When : Always February 23rd
Play Tennis Day is a great day to play tennis. After all, it's the objective of the day.
Millions of Americans enjoy playing tennis. In addition to being a good sport, its good exercise, too.
If the weather in your area keeps you from playing tennis today, then watching or reading about tennis is a great backup activity.
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Every dog has its day – and this is it. Nobody seems to know the origins of Dog Biscuit Day, but every canine in the world knows the best way to celebrate it. Pets will be wagging their tails with glee when their owners serve up unusual or home-made doggy snacks to mark the occasion.
The first dog biscuits were developed in the mid-19th century by American manufacturer James Spratt. He came up with the idea after he visited Liverpool in England, where he observed stray dogs hungrily tucking into ship’s biscuits. The first Spratts biscuits were produced in London, with a secret recipe including both meat and vegetables.
Today, dog biscuits are often used in training and as rewards in the show ring. There are even special types of biscuit which clean dogs’ teeth – so giving your best friend a treat can help to keep him healthy!
Melba Toast Day offers a different slant on the sandwich or snack. Why not get creative and substitute normal bread for Melba toast at lunch time?
In the 1960s, you could pick up banana puree at the market. These days, we know to use up those bananas that have seen fresher days for homemade quick bread.