Throughout the world body modification has been used for many purposes, from self-expression, to rites of passage, shock value, even religious observances. There has been a growing movement in the western world driving body modification to the forefront of popular forms of expression and self-decoration. The history of body piercing isn’t clear, as there is a lot of misleading information out there, but there is significant indicators that it has been practiced by both men and women since prehistory. Body Piercing Day is an opportunity for you to find a new way to express yourself with this age old practice.
Ear Piercing has been well known in Western Cultures for at least the last couple hundred years, and the evidence of it goes back quite a bit further, with evidence of ears and nose being pierced being discovered in the graves of many cultures, even as far back as 5,000 years ago. It was a well-known way of sending wealth along with the dead into the next life, and honoring them in their burial site.
But this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, lip and tongue piercings have been present in throughout the world, particularly well documented in African and American tribal cultures. Nipple can be tracked back at least as far the Ancient Romans, while genital piercing made a perhaps unexpected debut in Ancient India.
Body Piercing Day is originally dedicated to Jim Ward, often heralded as “the granddaddy of the body piercing movement”. Jim Ward has been an incredibly influential part of the new body modification movement, with a specific focus on body piercing. He has been part of the forward driving force for piercings in the western world, and helped to develop the basic techniques for piercing, with a special focus on genital piercings.
He is directly responsible for introducing the incredibly popular barbell piercing style to the US, the internal threading style of them was a vast improvement over existing piercing techniques. This technique he picked up from ‘Tattoo Samy’ from Frankfurt, who had come to visit him a number of times in the US after this.
Body Piercing Day is a great opportunity to finally take the plunge, and get yourself that piercing you’ve been contemplating. With the ability to choose from the ever growing selection of piercings, from ear piercings, nose piercings, lip, and cheek piercings, you can display your individuality with a piece that’s meaningful to you.
Those are just the ones that are easily visible, when you take into account nipple piercings, the always sexy belly-button piercing, and the incredibly daring variety of genital piercings, there are tons of options for enhancing your life in some rather creative ways. Recent innovations have also brought into light the ‘dermal’, where a circle of skin is essentially punched out of your skin, and a mounting plate slipped under the surface. These can be placed just about anywhere on the body, but are quite common at the top of the sternum, with sparkling jewels or a loop ring being fastened on.
Body Piercing Day is a day to join the ever growing number of people who have started getting piercings. In England in 2005, a survey was done that revealed that 10% of people over the age of 16 have piercings in locations other than their earlobe. Women, as usual, are leading the charge in the newest form of fashion, and the men aren’t far behind. Body Piercing Day is your day to be daring, so get out there and get pierced!
When : Always June 28th
Paul Bunyan Day is a giant of a day. Paul Bunyan was a gigantic lumberjack of American Folklore. According out folklore, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox ""Babe"" lived and travelled around country. He is best known for his logging feats.
Paul Bunyan is ""credited"" with many deeds. Among his more legendary feats:
Celebrate Paul Bunyan Day in a giant way. Learn more about Paul and his tales. Spread the tales around. They are best told by word of mouth around a campfire.
Note: The correct spelling of his name is ""Paul Bunyan"" . Some references have him spelled as Paul Bunyon"".
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Tapioca Day is dedicated the starch that is extracted from Manioc, otherwise known as ‘Cassava’.Â This plant is most commonly known as the source of the translucent beads in Tapioca pudding. But while this is the most commonly known use of this substance, it has cultural significance around the world.Â It’s origins can be found in Brazil, where the cassava plant is called the mandioca, and it’s extracted starch is called Tapioca.
One little known fact about the Tapioca starch, is that when it’s extracted from the green branched variety of the plant, it is the source of a potent cyanide based poison, and must be processed to remove this before it becomes edible. Once this process is completed it is processed in different ways, which produces the spheres, flakes, or sticks.
Tapioca pudding is an odd looking treat relatively common in the western world.Â With it’s signature white color and the translucent and mysterious pearls that give it it’s well known texture, it is a form of pudding instantly recognizable to anyone who has encountered it before.Â One of the most common ‘mysteries’ of this treat is what, exactly, those pearls are within it. To the British Child, it is not uncommonly known as frog spawn a bit of a tribute to the clumps of amphibian eggs it clearly resembles.
Fear not!Â There are no frog eggs in your tapioca pudding, and the mystery of it’s contents is, in fact, answered right in the name.Â Those pearls are a carefully molded form of starch extracted from the cassava plant, actually being comprised of flour from this self-same plant.Â It’s origins can be traced back as 1875, it’s first mention being made in Cassell’s Dictionary of Cooking. It was in this text that the first definition of Tapioca appears, as well as it’s suggestion for inclusion in puddings.
Tapioca day is a wonderful time to try out different recipes and cuisines from around the world that utilize this incredibly versatile substance. In places like Colombia and Venezuela, the traditional flatbread known as Arepa is often made with tapioca flour rather than cornmeal, and judging from the Caribbean name for them, casabe, this method probably predates the use of cornmeal.
Tapioca is often used as a thickener for different dishes, being found in gravies, soups, dumplings and stews.Â It is also used in the brewing of alcohol, with varieties of it being available from all over the world.Â In Brazil you can find tiquira, kasiri heralds from Africa, and masato is a flavorful tapioca based liquor from Peru.
Tapioca Day gives you the opportunity to broaden your culinary horizons, and try a new spin on domestic dishes using this substance.Â With a little research you can find flavors from all over the world.Â In the Congo you’ll even find it being used for fish dishes, eaten with rice and plaintain paste to bulk out the dish.
A dish made with Tapioca pearls that’s growing in popularity in the western world comes from Taiwan. In the early 2000’s Bubble Tea parlors started popping up all over the world, providing this unique and delicious drink to a whole new clientelle. The flavors are delightful, and there’s a satisfying texture to be found when you bite down on the often chewy ‘bubbles’ of Tapioca.
Let Tapioca Day serve as a reminder that there are great undiscovered ingredients for dishes that can add some variety to your menu. Cooking Tapioca is just the start! You can find it showing up as crisps, served in a manner similar to french fries or fried potato wedges, and even grated like coconut over a dessert. Get out there and try out new Tapioca based treats on Tapioca Day, and find yourself on a culinary adventure!