July 5, 2020 – National Graham Cracker Day | National Bikini Day

Transcript for July 5th

Welcome to July 5th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate small things with big impact .  More after the break from Marlo Anderson.

If the graham cracker strikes you as being a bit plain, that’s the whole point. In the 1800s, reverend Sylvester Graham taught people that a bland, vegetarian diet was the best way to stay healthy and to avoid sinful urges. One of his followers invented a cracker in Graham’s honor which was exactly what the preacher would’ve wanted…dull. While graham crackers haven’t changed much over the years, they have certainly rounded out the edges of our most decadent desserts.  After all, what would cheesecakes and tarts be without the graham cracker crust? On National Graham Cracker Day, celebrate with s’mores and other treats with the wholesome balance of sinfully rich and sensibly plain. 

When the “atomic impact” of a revealing two piece bathing suit hit the fashion scene on July 5th 1946 it was banned in many places for the next few decades. French designer Louis Réard named his fashion statement after the Bikini Atoll where the United States was conducting atomic testing and it sent a shock wave that wouldn’t be embraced on American beaches until the early 1960’s.  But when Ursula Andress emerged from the sea in the iconic attire as the original Bond girl in “Dr. No,” few could argue that two well placed strips of fabric had a dangerous allure that was well worth the risk. On National Bikini Day go as bare as you dare without causing too much of a stir.

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