August 13, 2021 – National Filet Mignon Day | International Left Handers Day

If You Are Left Handed You Are In Good Company!

Welcome to August 13th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate left handed compliments and celebrity Southpaws.

If you’ve ever wondered, “Where’s the beef?” after being served a filet mignon, then it’s probably not the steak for you.  Mignon means “cute” in French and while filet refers to the most quality cut of the tenderloin, beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. The French use the term filet mignon to describe pork not steak and you would have to ask for filet de boeuf in order to get a cute little steak in France.  So where did this name come from?  Turns out it was an American author, O. Henry who coined the term in his 1906 novel “The Four Million.”  Apparently, he thought it was a more ironic way to size up a teeny, tiny steak, than asking the waiter, “Hey, where’s the beef?!”  On National Filet Mignon Day, don’t get too cute with the waiter, after all this tenderloin is still delicious!

In ancient times being left handed was associated with witchcraft.  Joan of Arc was supposedly burned at the stake for being left handed. The word sinister actually means “on the left” and for some reason this association has been around awhile.  But fear not. Being a Southpaw actually has its advantages.  In baseball, left handed batters are one step closer to first base. This automatically makes them more valuable players.  Eight of our United States Presidents have been left handed.  So were Einstein, Mark Twain, Beethoven and Bill Gates.  With only ten percent of the population being left handed, chances are good that being a lefty means you’re in good company.  On International Left Handers Day celebrate the difference that could make all the difference.   

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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