National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar

December 30, 2021 - National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day | Bacon Day

December 29, 2021

Welcome to December 30, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the power of pork and other ordinary ingredients. 

If you’ve ever made a volcano at home then you already know the magic of bicarbonate of soda. In 2017 the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry decided to make the world’s largest baking soda volcano to best the record of an elementary school in the U.K. OMSI’s volcano was constructed from pipes, tarps and scaffolding that was filled with 66 gallons of vinegar, along with 50 gallons of baking soda mixed with water. 3,000 people witnessed the event at the site with another 72,000 viewers watching the livestream. You may be planning your own epic celebration of New’s Years Eve, but on National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, remember that baking soda also makes a good hangover cure.  

Most people think that the phrase “bringing home the bacon” refers to a paycheck, although actual bacon is worth cheering for as well. But it turns out that the saying goes back to 12th century England, when married men would swear an oath that they had not argued with their spouse for a whole year and a day. Upon taking this oath they were rewarded with a side of bacon. The phrase then referred to men who were seen as exemplary citizens and husbands. Another story says that the phrase came about in 1906, when boxer Joe Gans got a telegram from his mother before fighting for the world lightweight championship. Her message was simply to “bring home the bacon,” which he did, though not literally. On Bacon Day we pay tribute to a food that receives a hero's welcome, no matter who brings it home. 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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