Jan. 30: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, First Brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives Anniversary, Croissant Day

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Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Styrofoam peanuts everywhere are envious. The last Monday in January is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, according to Sealed Air Corporation. Invented in 1960, Bubble Wrap can be found at the Museum of Modern Art online. The popular packaging material has 1,001 uses including wall, roof and shoe protection, and for party games. Not to burst anyone's bubble, but if you find bubble wrap wasteful, reuse newspapers to wrap fragile items instead, suggests Earth 911.

First Brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives Anniversary

Politicians rarely agree but they are smart enough (usually) not to let their heated debates end in fisticuffs. The first known instance of the presentation of a mace occurred on Jan. 30, 1798, in Congress Hall in Philadelphia. "In accordance with the Rules of the House, on the rare occasions when a Member becomes unruly, the Sergeant at Arms, on order of the Speaker, removes the Mace from its pedestal and presents it before the offenders, thereby restoring order" according to the according to the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. The "brawl erupted between Matthew Lyon (Vermont) and Roger Griswold (Connecticut) "involving an attack with tongs from the fireplace."

Croissant Day

In the U.S. croissants were first introduced after World War I and gained popularity in the 1960s, according to "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink." The flaky croissant does not have and honored place on the healthy breakfast food list. One large croissant has 272 calories and 14 grams of fat, including 8 grams of saturated fat, according to Nutrition Data. Instead of using it as foundation for eggs, breakfast meat and cheese, enjoy the taste of the pastry in all its buttery goodness on Croissant Day. If you're going to indulge by eating a croissant, you might as well enjoy its flavor.

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