Slugs Return from Capistrano Day
There are trails of zany written all over this faux holiday. You haven't seen slugs in your garden before May 28 because they've been enjoying themselves in Capistrano, according to Wellcat. These slimy and slow gastropods that like to leave trails of slime, and feed on flowers and vegetables. They are more likely hiding from you during the daytime hours.
If slugs plague your garden, try copper foil or copper sulfate to repel them advises the Colorado State University Extension. Salt is toxic to slugs, but it can also be detrimental to your plants. Also consider slug baits if you don't have pets, or trapping slugs with some cups filled with fermented food advises the Ohio State Extension.
Amnesty International Day
Two Portuguese students were arrested for toasting freedom. Attorney Peter Benenson of London heard about the incident. He realized that people were not being given the opportunity to peacefully express their views. He founded Amnesty International with a vision, for "every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards."
The organization has been involved in various human rights causes since its founding, including a "Beijing Olympics campaign provides an opportunity to review China's human rights record and assess China's progress" in 2008.
White Castle might not have worked in the 1920s had owner Billy Ingram called his burger restaurant Blue Castle or Brown Castle. When Ingram opened his restaurant in Wichita, Kan., he was facing a public that was skeptical about the quality of ground meat. Part of this distrust was created by Upton Sinclair's book, "The Jungle."
In his first restaurant the restaurateur "white washed" his building, equipped it with stainless steel counters, and put the meat grinder in full view of the restaurant's patrons. The marketing approach worked and soon consumers were eating up his 5 cent burgers and taking them home "by the sack" according to "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink." On May 28, head to the local burger joint or fire up the grill and flip your own hamburgers.
Sierra Club Founded
The same man who carved "curious but practical mechanisms in wood" founded the Sierra Club. John Muir, born April 21, 1838, loved observing the natural world. "Then it seemed to me the Sierra should be called not the Nevada, or Snowy Range, but the Range of Light ... the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains I have ever seen," Muir wrote.
He founded the Sierra Club on May 28, 1892. The organization promotes conservation of the natural environment and protection of national parks. National parks were the subject of an illustrated book by Muir.