Emily’s list: Too much to celebrate edition
Brace yourself people. Today is such an eventful day.
Amelia Earhart in 1932. In May of that year, she became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean.
It is the birth date of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to cross the Atlantic ocean solo (the second person to do it solo ever). She went missing on a flight and she remains a mystery, though a legend, in aviation history.
It is also Cousins Day. Sure, there’s Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and even Siblings Day. So it only makes sense that there is also a day to celebrate these other wonderful relatives. The only problem is, if you have a gigantic Jewish family like me, actually celebrating it would require buying up a whole section of the Hallmark store, so I might pass on that one.
Additionally, July 24 is National Tell An Old Joke Day. The purpose of this “holiday” is to “keep traditional humor alive.” No dirty jokes — just good, old-fashioned jokes. So go on, make some funnies.
And there’s more. It is National Drive-Thru Day, which celebrates the great roadside restaurant that has helped make America what it is (fat). This annual celebration started in California, where the lovely weather and post-WWII fascination with automobiles started the fast food trend. Jack in the Box, founded in 1951, was the first major drive-thru hamburger chain; it also began the trend. Ironically, my favorite items on its menu are the fish and chips and the chocolate Bundt cake.