Threading the Needle Day
Threading the needle has multiple meanings, from the practical meaning of taking thread and guiding it through the eye of a sewing needle, to a metaphorical one, referring to walking a fine line in an awkward social situation. Maybe you're stuck between an argument of two friends or family members, at the dinner table, or worse, on Facebook. Practice your diplomatic skills by carefully navigating yourself out of the middle of an argument or disagreement that does not directly involve you.
* The phrase "between Scylla and Charybdis," from Homer's "The Odyssey," refers to Homer's challenge of sailing between to perils, Scylla and Charybdis, akin to the modern phrase, "between and rock and a hard place."
* In billiards, "threading the needle" refers to precise shooting so an object ball is carefully shot through a narrow pathway according to Billiardsforum.
* The phrase is also used in football and basketball and it's also a yoga pose.National Merry-Go-Round Day
Swans and tigers and bears, oh my! Animals, and not just horses, are a popular theme for merry-go-rounds and carousels. More than simple child's play, the carousel is part of our cultural history. Some carousels are considered National Historic Landmarks. National Merry-Go-Round Day is a day to celebrate the simple carousel, found on boardwalks, museums and fairs around the United States. William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa patented the modern carousel on July 25, 1871.
* Visit a classic wood carousel (from the 1800s to the 1940s)
* Take a ride on a metal carousel (built in the 1940s to the 1960s)
National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
Hot cold, sweet and decadent, it's National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. Hot fudge is a must-have on any sundae, and no other ice cream topping comes close to its rich flavor or smooth texture. Hot Fudge sauce, along with planters nuts, A-1 sauce and Kellog's corn flakes were all introduced in the U.S. in 1906 according to the Foodtimeline.
Maybe you like bittersweet hot fudge rather than the sweeter variety. No matter, get out the ice cream scoop, a gallon of ice cream, whipped cream and some nuts (optional) and have a hot fudge sundae party at work or at home.
First Airplane Crossing of English Channel
"Where is England?" asked pilot Louis Bleriot from his cockpit. The weather was bad that day, but he flew an aircraft of his own design, the Bleriot XI on July 25, 1909 . The London Daily Mail was offering a cash price for first aviator to cross the Channel in either direction. He left Les Baraques, France in a 28-horsepower monoplane and landed at Northfall Meadow. England. It was the first airplane crossing across the English Channel.