May 23, 2020 – National Lucky Penny Day | National Taffy Day

Transcript for May 23rd

Welcome to May 23rd, 2020 as we bridge the social distance on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate luck in all it’s many forms.  More after the break from Anna Devere.

The United States first issued a one-cent coin in 1787 which was designed by none other than Benjamin Franklin.  On one side, it read “Mind Your Business” and the other “We Are One.” While today’s pennies don’t have much street value, finding one on the street is still a symbol of luck that could affect the outcome of your day.  If you abide by this superstition then pick up a penny showing “heads.”  And if it shows “tails” flip the coin to heads and leave it for the next person.  I’m not sure if this is what Ben Franklin had in mind but on National Lucky Penny Day we celebrate the 

choice to pick up a little luck throughout our day.

And it appears that luck is in the eye of the beholder.  Consider the “happy accident” of salt water taffy for example. In 1883, David Bradley of Atlantic City, New Jersey walked into work to find that his entire supply of taffy had been covered in ocean water when a storm flooded his shop. When a girl walked in that morning and asked to buy taffy, Bradley joked that he only had “salt water taffy.”  The girl tasted a piece, loved it, and ran down to the beach to tell all her friends about it. And with that, salt water taffy became a mainstay at candy stores and gift shops everywhere. On National Taffy Day, celebrate the sticky situations turned sweet and thank your lucky stars for that big storm.

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