weird and wacky holidays happening in April

April 8 is Dog Farting Awareness Day

Have you ever let slip a silent-but-deadly gas bomb and blamed it on the dog just as your guests see him through the window, playing in the yard? Worse yet, have you ever done it only to have your friends remind you that you don’t own a dog?

Hey, we’ve all been there. It’s safe to say that anyone who’s experienced the noxious fumes a dog emits is aware of their existence. We can only assume that the creator of Dog Farting Awareness Day wanted to harness the power of canine flatus for the good of mankind.
dog farting awareness day

With that in mind, we want to lay some truth on you. No one is going to believe the dog did it, even when the dog did it. Friends will ask the usual questions: Did a squirrel get trapped and die in your crawlspace?  Are you on a cabbage diet? Do you have some saline so I can flush my burning eyes? If I cook you dinner, how many food groups will I have to omit so you won’t fumigate my apartment? And hey, I can’t afford an exterminator—could you come over and fumigate my apartment?

Your pooch only needs to scarf one box of cereal and release a fog that gags the cable guy for you to figure out he has a wheat allergy. Should you buy it again and keep it on a shelf out of his reach? Maybe he’s trying to tell you something. Could gluten be responsible for your last three failed relationships?

We’re going to take a stand here. Farts are funny. Shocking, we know, but please don’t write us to complain. We donate all our hate mail to charity. Excessive farting—only you can say how much is too much—could be a sign of malabsorption syndrome in animals and humans. So stay vigilant. And never fart in an elevator; only sociopaths do that.

Have a happy Dog Farting Awareness Day!

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April 7 is National Beer Day

Today is National Beer Day but it doesn’t celebrate the end of federal Prohibition, which took place on December 5, 1933. (If you just read our post about New Beer’s Eve, stick around; we’ve got new stuff!)

national beer dayNational Beer Day commemorates a step in that direction. Under the Volstead Act, so-called “near beer” was allowed to have up to .5% alcohol because it couldn’t cause intoxication. Any higher percentage was considered liquor and forbidden.

The Cullen-Harrison Act, named for the Congressmen who sponsored it, revised that legal threshold upward to 3.2%. President Franklin D. Roosevelt then made the decision to sell it the responsibility of state legislators. There was much rejoicing in the land.

It took a bit longer to draft the 21st amendment to the Constitution, which repealed the 18th amendment. It remains the only amendment in U.S. history that nullifies an earlier one. Some residents of Kansas, Utah, Minnesota, Colorado and Oklahoma might wish that Roosevelt had aimed higher. Stores in those states must still abide by the 3.2% limit.

Whether you choose to imbibe or stay sober as a judge, we hope you have a 100% happy National Beer Day!

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April 6 is New Beer’s Eve

April 6th, 1933, is known in the U.S. as New Beer’s Eve because it was the last night that Prohibition kept citizens from freely enjoying a glass of beer.

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On January 16, 1919, the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It stated:

After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Prohibition initially had broad public support. The temperance movement, in existence since 1784, contended that drunkenness caused immoral behavior, spousal abuse, parental neglect and chronic unemployment. An especially compelling argument arose during World War I when groups stated that the barley used to brew beer should have been used to bake bread to feed the troops.

The amendment did not make the drinking of alcohol illegal. Stockpiles amassed before enactment, which could be quite massive in the case of wealthy people with large wine cellars or warehouses, were permitted for personal use. Fruit beverages fermented in the home were allowed as was any liquor used expressly for medicinal, sacramental or industrial purposes. Suddenly, doctors began writing prescriptions for whiskey cures.

The denatured alcohol used by American industries was treated with poisonous chemicals to make it unsafe to drink, thereby avoiding the excise tax on spirits. It’s almost impossible to separate with modern distillation equipment, let alone the stills used in those days. Illegal bars called speakeasies created sweet concoctions like the Tom Collins and Whiskey Sour to mask the harsh taste. Some customers suffered permanent blindness, paralysis or death.

Prohibition inadvertently played a part in the ascendancy of organized crime. Bootleggers like Al Capone made enormous profits. The Mafia was able to consolidate its power in places like New York City and Chicago. Many began to accuse Prohibition of causing the very immorality it sought to defeat; it became, in essence, a cure worse than the disease.

By the time Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for president in 1932, his promise to repeal Prohibition was a popular one. Soon after his election, he passed a law declaring that as of April 7, 1933, states would be permitted to sell beer with its alcohol content limited to 3.2% by weight (4% by volume), as it was considered too low to be intoxicating. (We can only assume that chugging was not taken into account when reaching that conclusion.) After signing the legislation, Roosevelt supposedly remarked, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

Many Americans agreed, lining up on April 6th outside bars and breweries to wait until midnight, when they would be able to legally buy beer for the first time in more than 13 years. They must have looked a bit like shoppers impatient for stores to open their doors on Black Friday or the faithful queueing up in front of the Apple store before the latest iPhone launch. But way more fun.

On December 5, 1933, the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It is the only resolution to be passed using state ratifying conventions instead of state legislatures. Each state was given one up-or-down vote, circumventing the need to win a popular vote. It stands as the only amendment that has ever been passed to repeal an earlier one.

So raise a toast to President Roosevelt and have a happy New Beer’s Eve! (Pace yourself; tomorrow is National Beer Day.)

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April 5 is National Caramel Day

Today is National Caramel Day, one of the most delicious holidays of the year.

national caramel dayThe name has a long history. The English word is cadged from the French caramel, which has roots in 18th-century Spain’s caramelo, which in turn dates back to the Late Latin calamellus. The granddaddy of them all comes from the Greek κάλαμος. 

But who really cares about the name? Buy some caramels or make your own caramel sauce. Put a little spice in your life with the salted version. (We don’t know who came up with that, but thank you, whoever you are!)

Why not try this recipe?

Salted Caramel Sauce


1 cup white sugar
5 Tbsp. butter, cut into slices
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
1 pinch sea salt to taste


Prep time:5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Place sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan set over medium-high heat. Stir continuously until sugar begins to melt. Continue stirring until the sugar melts completely, begins to darken and all the chunks are dissolved, about 10 minutes. Stop stirring and continue to cook until the sugar begins to smoke and turns a dark shade of amber, 3 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and wait 30 seconds.

Whisk in butter until melted and combined. Slowly pour in 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cream, taking care not to let it bubble over. Sprinkle in salt and stir to combine. Transfer sauce to a jar and cool completely before refrigerating.

Maybe you’d prefer a tasty libation instead:

Salted Caramel Martini


2 Tbsp. grated chocolate
Sea salt
2 Tbsp. caramel sauce
6 ounces Bailey’s Caramel Irish Cream


  1. Grate chocolate with cheese grater and place in circle larger than glass on a piece of parchment.
  2. Add a dash of salt to the chocolate.
  3. On another piece of parchment put a circle of caramel sauce.
  4. Dip glass into caramel, then dip into chocolate.
  5. Refrigerate glass to chill.
  6. Pour Bailey’s Caramel flavored Irish Cream into a shaker with ice to chill.
  7. Pour into cold glasses. Serves 2.

However you decide to celebrate it, have a happy National Caramel Day!


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