March 18, 2021 – National Awkward Moments Day | National Sloppy Joe Day

There Are Moments That Are Awkward, And Then There’s Epically Awkward…

Welcome to March 18, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate famous gaffs and loose beef. 

Everyone has experienced awkward moments, but not quite like this one. At the Academy Awards ceremony in 2017, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the Oscar for Best Picture of the year. They announced La La Land as the winner and the cast and crew of that film made their way to the stage. The crowd went wild. The producers gave their acceptance speeches. Then someone realized there had been a mix up. The award was supposed to go to another film—Moonlight. Everyone stood around unsure of what to do until the La La Land people were ushered offstage and the Moonlight crew usher on. It’s one thing to have an uncomfortable moment, but this might be the worst one ever. On National Awkward Moments Day, embrace the unintended faux pas of life and be grateful that tens of millions aren’t watching you do it.

Some say that the Sloppy Joe sandwich was born in the 1920s at a greasy spoon diner in Sioux City, Iowa.  The “steamed hamburger” was made of ground beef served loose on a bun with grilled onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard.  And if you’re in a “come as you are” kind of mood, then a loose meat sandwich probably fits the bill. At a Key West, Florida bar they called the same sandwich the Sloppy Joe. For this we can thank none other than Ernest Hemingway, who encouraged the bar owner to rename the place after Joe, a sloppy Havana bar keeper.  Joe’s place in Cuba also served a loose meat sandwich, but the American owner knew a good name when she saw it.  Today more than 50,000 sandwiches are sold each year at the Sloppy Joe’s bar in Key West. Of course you can always whip one up at home on National Sloppy Joe Day. No shoes, no shirt, no problem.  

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


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