January 2 through 6 2023 blog posts

55 MPH speed limit sign

Make safe and right decisions on the road (55 mph Speed Limit Day)

Post by Xiaotong Meng

January 2, 2023

In the “first oil crisis” in 1973, there was no hope of domestic oil production in the United States to meet the increasing demand of oil, in this case, President Nixon proposed the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act to reduce gas usages, setting up the speed limit for 50 mph for passenger vehicles and 55 mph for trucks and buses.

On January 2, 1974, the bill became a law, which required each state to accept the limit or risk losing federal funding for highway repairs.

In 1995, the Congress gave back the power to each state to set up their own speed limits.

As a result, 55 mph Speed Limit Day is introduced to remember President Nixon’s proclamation of speed limit.

Today is also a reminder for us to take a step back and think about road safety and energy consumption. Speed limits are extremely important because they help us to avoid thousands of accidents every day.

 

humility

We are not enemies but friends (Humiliation Day)

Post by Xiaotong Meng

January 3, 2023

We celebrate Humiliation Day on January 3 each year, with the purpose of abandoning our pride and being humble.

The idea of humiliation came from Protestant Christianity, which means to leave one’s pride behind and grow as an equal human being with others before God.

Back to 1775, the Congress issued an observance of setting up a day of humiliation, fasting and praying. Four years later, the Commander-in-Chief George Washington called out for the soldiers to fast, pray and stop all the activities for one day.

Later in 1798, President John Adams brought back this tradition to the citizens in which they could halt unnecessary events and keep grounded.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced this holiday for each individual to find their inner peace and prayer to please God.

Today is an important day for all of us to create a loving community, accept the differences of one another and stop judging people based on their appearances.

 

trivia night

Start a conversation by using a fun trivia (National Trivia Day)

Post by Xiaotong Meng

January 4, 2023

“What element does the chemical symbol Au stand for?” The answer is the element gold. 

January 4 is National Trivia Day. If you know a lot of random and insignificant facts about the world, today is the time to showcase your knowledge.

On the 1940s radio program “Take It or Leave It”, the first well-known trivia game entered numerous Americans’ houses. During the 60s, trivia night wiped out many colleges across the nation.

People’s love for seeking the hidden truth never stopped, no matter what form it is, either through online debating or in person gaming.

Take advantage of today to gather with a group of friends and have an unforgettable trivia night. It is a great way to learn new things and icebreaker with those friends who haven’t been in touch for a long time.

 

keto salmon

Keto diet can help treat certain diseases (National Keto Day)

Post by Xiaotong Meng

January 5, 2023

January 5 is National Keto Day, a reminder that people who are on ketogenic diets cut carbs in each meal, and let their bodies consume fats for energy.

The ketogenic diet can be dated back to the 1920s as a treatment used in the medical field for epilepsy in adults and children. 

In 1994, Hollywood producer Jim Abrahams established the Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies after his son’s epilepsy condition was controlled by ketogenic diets. Afterwards, this organization published many scientific studies of ketogenic, which increased people’s awareness both domestically and internationally.

Today, ketogenic diets are recognized as a therapy to treat epilepsy patients to avoid seizures, increase our cognitive brain functions and help people lose weight.

Keep in mind when you decide to go on keto diets, make sure to apply it correctly to prevent side-effects and ask for help from the doctors if you ever need it.

 

apple tree

An apple a day keeps illness away (Apple Tree Day)

Post by Xiaotong Meng

January 6, 2023

Back to the 17th century, apple farming has become the leading fruit production in the U.S. Therefore, apple trees are rooted significantly in our culture.

On January 6 each year, we celebrate Apple Tree Day.

This holiday is originally in honor of a two-century-old apple tree, but today it turned into a celebration of apple cultivation and its numerous benefits.

From apple cider to pies, we can always find some apple flavored snacks or beverages somewhere throughout the day. There is no food with as many nutritious values like apples.

Apples also build a great commercial export for the country with the outside world, gaining millions of dollars in revenue every year.

On this day, feel free to visit the apple orchard, buy some apples, bake an apple pie or even plant one of your own apple trees in the backyard.

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