June 27 - National Bomb Pop Day

(Last Thursday of June)

Posted on June 27, 2019

I am not sure I've ever had a Bomb Pop - but apparently these red-white-and-blue popsicles have been really popular ever since they were invented in 1955, when I was just a baby.

Is it the size?
The rocket shape?
The multiple flavors?
The patriotic colors?
The fact that your tongue might not just get colored by eating the popsicle, but it might get multi-color colored?

The fact that you might, on a hot summer day, get multi-color drips down your arm?

Bomb Pops are SO popular, two other companies make pretty much identical looking popsicles - red-white-and-blue rocket-shaped popsicles - and are selling them under different names (Rocket Pop and Firecracker). 

And I bet they all sell really well in early July, in time for the "rocket's red glare" and fireworks shows associated with the United States' Independence Day.

By the way, I mentioned multiple flavors, but I neglected to mention WHAT flavors. The original Bomb Pops were cherry, lime, and blue raspberry. And that original flavor popsicle is still available, but the manufacturer, Blue Bunny, also offers:

Fruit Bomb
Watermelon Bomb Pops
Hawaiian Punch Bomb Pops
Banana Fudge Bomb Pops
Tongue Splashers Bomb Pops
Jolly Ranchers Bomb Pops
Sour Power Bomb Pops
Extra Sour Tear Jerkers Bomb Pops
and WARHEADS Bomb Pops.

Oh, and Original Flavor / Sugar Free!

Notice that some of these flavors have different color schemes as well as different flavors.

June 26 - 626 Day

Posted on June 26, 2019

Today is June 26, which in the U.S. is commonly written 6/26 or 6-26. (In most of the world, dates are written day-month-year. In a few nations, they are written year-month-day. Only the U.S. writes dates month-day-year, although some nations writes dates multiple ways, including month-day-year.)

Because of this date-writing convention, it makes sense that, if ANY day were to be 626 Day, it would be today.

But...why have 626 Day at all?

It turns out that, in the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch, the critter that Lilo named Stitch used be called 626. 

As in lab experiment #626.

(As in extra-terrestrial lab, with an alien scientist doing illegal genetic experiments!)

At any rate, fans of the movie Lilo and Stitch have made 6/26 their special day to celebrate all things Lilo (Hawaiian clothing and music and food, maybe even a little surfing) and all things Stitch (well, he's very cute and shows up in everything from purses and dog costumes to dolls and posters). 

Ohana is an important word in the movie - and in Hawaiian culture. It means "family" - but it extends to blood-related relatives, adoptive family members, and intentional family members, meaning special friends who are close enough to be counted as family. 

(In the Hawaiian language, 'ohana begins with that punctuation mark that indicates a glottal stop. It's called 'okina in Hawaiian...which should actually be spelled Hawai'ian!)

I think that we can all celebrate ohana today, even those of us who have never seen the Disney movie!!

And here are my Pinterest boards for:

June 25 – Global Beatles Day

Posted on June 25, 2019

The whole point of today's holiday is NOT to sell us Beatles paraphernalia, not to sell us Beatles music, even. It's not about being fans.

Instead, it's about thanking the Beatles for their messages of love that they put out into the world, and sending back some love their way. (Of course, only two of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, are still alive at this point.) 

Here are some of those messages of love:

  • All you need is love.

  • I get by with a little help from my friends.

  • And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

  • Remember to let her into your heart.

  • I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love.

Beatles music has been out in the world for so many decades, I am wondering if pretty much everyone has heard at least some of it, and if pretty much everyone has at least heard the name "the Beatles" - or has their global fame diminished with, say, younger folks and in some parts of the world? Way back when, they were SO famous, it was hard to imagine a continent or a country where they were completely unknown. 

During the Beatles' heyday, they didn't meet with ONLY love and adulation.

Apparently, in 1964, the Beatles were banned from performing in Israel because officials there feared the Beatlemania being reported elsewhere in the world. But I gather that Beatles music still filled Israeli airwaves...

There was going to be a Beatles concert in Israel...
but then the Beatles were banned from coming and performing.
Some Israeli officials said that they didn't want their youth,
like others in the world, infected by Beatlemania.

On their world tour in 1966, the Beatles received death threats from Japanese traditionalists and accidentally caused riots in the Philippines because their manager turned down an invitation from the nation's first lady (apparently part of policy of turning down official invitations).

Some Americans were
proud to burn their Beatles
albums, circa 1966.
The last commercial tour that the Beatles ever took, also in 1966, was in the United States. John Lennon had famously remarked that the band was "more popular than Jesus," so there was a protest from some religious and conservative folks in the U.S., including people burning their records, a preacher or two calling the Beatles "anti-Christ," the Ku Klux Klan picketing some concerts (although that's definitely something to be proud of!), and even some death threats.

Even though the Beatles continued to create loads of new and popular music from the time of that last tour, in 1966, until their break-up in 1970, after 1,400 concerts worldwide, their live concerts were over.

And now, more than half a century after that last concert, we are left as fans then were left with "just" the music...or rather: the music plus the myth, the stories, the music history. And the messages.

Most enduringly, perhaps, messages of love and peace.

There is a wall in Prague that is constantly changing, but always
features song lyrics from the Beatles and/or John Lennon.

This wide variety of Global Beatles Day posters,
including the one at the top of this post, evokes
the variety of styles and iconic record covers
of the Beatles over the course of their amazing
stardom, from 1962 or 1963 to 1970.