Iced Tea Day
Do you know the differences between black, green, white and oolong teas? They actually all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The differences lie in the way the tea is processed.
Tea is a superfood that is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants that detoxify cell-damaging free radicals in the body. It doesn't matter if you drink it hot or cold, doctors say that it reduces the risk of heart disease and may help prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Mourn for Your Money Day
For many of us, receiving a paycheck without withholding tax already deducted would be a thing of wonder. That's because on June 10, 1943, the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943 went into effect.
This law wasn't the federal government's first attempt at a "pay as you earn" system of taxation, however. Payroll taxes had been collected during the Civil War and in the early 1900s as well. Both of those attempts at a federal income tax system failed, though, due to administrative challenges.
To commemorate this controversial event in history, June 10 is "Mourn for Your Money Day." It is a time to think about all the wonderful things you could have and places you could go if you had back all that moola you paid to Uncle Sam.
But rather than whine about things that are certainly inevitable, why not make light of it with some classic Mel Brooks humor instead? I suggest watching the 1993 comedy starring Cary Elwes and Richard Lewis, "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." You can check it out on Yahoo! Movies.
Ballpoint Pen Day
If you lived 6,000 years ago and wanted to draw a picture, chances are you would have made some scratches in soft clay with a piece of bone or a stick. A thousand years later technology might have gifted you with a feather or porcupine quill. But if you had ambitions of writing with something similar to our modern day ballpoint pen, you would have had to wait until 1943.
The Biro brothers, Joseph and Dzhorzhdu, are credited with the invention of the ballpoint pen. The patent rights were purchased by British Parliament and the pens were used during WWII.
June 10 is "Ballpoint Pen Day" to commemorate the Biro brothers' application for this historic patent. You can celebrate by putting down your Smartphone and computer and picking up one of these soon-to-be-archaic inventions. See how long you can write before your fingers ache!
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