August 24th, 2023

Vesuvius Day

Vesuvius Day commemorates the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius On August 24, 79 A.D, which destroyed the city of Pompeii and surrounding areas in one of history’s largest recorded volcanic explosions.

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Waffle Day

National Waffle Day is a celebration of waffles, a popular breakfast and brunch dish enjoyed by people around the world. It's a day dedicated to indulging in and appreciating the deliciousness of waffles. The holiday is observed in the United States, and it typically falls on August 24th each year.

The origins of National Waffle Day can be traced back to the 1869 patenting of the waffle iron by Cornelius Swarthout. However, the holiday gained more widespread recognition and popularity in recent times, with various restaurants, cafes, and eateries offering special waffle-related promotions and menu items on this day.

Waffles themselves have a rich history that spans centuries and cultures. The word "waffle" comes from the Dutch word "wafel," and these treats have been enjoyed in various forms across different parts of Europe for centuries. Waffles are made from a batter that is cooked between two hot plates or griddles, creating a distinctive grid-like pattern on their surface. They can be enjoyed with a variety of toppings, including butter, syrup, fruits, whipped cream, chocolate, and more.

There are various types of waffles, including Belgian waffles, which are known for their larger size and lighter texture, and American-style waffles, which are often slightly denser and have a different pattern on their surface. Waffles can be customized to suit a wide range of tastes, from sweet to savory, making them a versatile and beloved dish.

On National Waffle Day, people often celebrate by making or enjoying waffles in different styles and with an array of toppings. It's a time for waffle lovers to come together and share their love for this delectable breakfast food. Whether you prefer classic buttermilk waffles, decadent dessert waffles, or creative savory waffle concoctions, National Waffle Day is the perfect occasion to savor these delicious treats.

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International Strange Music Day

International Strange Music Day was created by Patrick Grant, a New York City musician. The premise is simple: to get people to play and listen to types of music they have never experienced before. The ‘strange’ part can mean either unfamiliar or bizarre – the choice is entirely yours. Patrick believes broadening people’s musical spectrums can also change the way we look at other aspects of life – his mantra is ‘listening without prejudice’. This growing movement has concerts, a record label and strong support from summer schools, where it is appreciated as a great way to stimulate young minds. Have you ever wanted to combine a tight Wonder Woman costume, a frozen turkey drumstick and an inflatable wildebeest into a percussion concert? International Strange Music Day gives you the perfect excuse. What you do with these items once the music stops, of course, is your business… 

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