Daily TWiP ArchivesSomething interesting has happened on (just about) every day of the year, and Daily TWiP provides the proof. An offshoot of my local events column The Week in Preview (affectionately known as TWiP), Daily TWiP was published April 2008-Aug. 2011 and is still giving readers reasons to celebrate.
More in "Daily TWiP"
- Daily TWiP - Oct. 23: National Mole Day
- Daily TWiP - June 18: International Picnic Day
- Daily TWiP - June 30, 1859: The Great Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope
- Daily TWiP - Dec. 1, 1761: Famed wax sculptor Madame Tussaud born
- Daily TWiP - Dec. 4: National Cookie Day
- Daily TWiP - Oct. 8: National Fluffernutter Day
- Daily TWiP - Sept. 7, 1936: "Benjamin," the last thylacine, dies
- Daily TWiP - Nov. 12, 1933: First photograph of the Loch Ness Monster taken
- Daily TWiP - April 1, 1957: The BBC pulls off its infamous spaghetti tree hoax
- Daily TWiP - April 11, 1954: The most boring day of the 20th century
- Daily TWiP - May 3, 1978: The first spam email is sent
- Daily TWiP - Feb. 28, 1939: The non-word “dord” is discovered in Webster’s New International Dictionary
- Daily TWiP - March 3, 1931: "The Star-Spangled Banner," set to the tune of an English drinking song, becomes the U.S. national anthem
- Daily TWiP - May 16, 1777: The American with the most valuable autograph is fatally wounded in a duel
- Daily TWiP - May 25: Towel Day and Geek Pride Day
- Daily TWiP - June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day
- Daily TWiP - July 22: Spoonerism Day
- Daily TWiP - Aug. 13: International Left-Handers' Day
- Daily TWiP - Aug. 23, 1784: The short-lived state of Franklin declares its independence from North Carolina
- Daily TWiP - Feb. 5, 1897: The Indiana General Assembly unanimously votes to change the value of pi
- Daily TWiP - March 10: International Day of Awesomeness and Chuck Norris' birthday
- Daily TWiP - Jan. 25: National Irish Coffee Day
- Daily TWiP - Nov. 30, 1954: Ann Hodges becomes the first person hit by a meteorite
- Daily TWiP - Oct. 6, 1582 does not happen in certain countries
- Daily TWiP - Sept. 17, 1859: Joshua A. Norton declares himself Emperor of the United States
- Daily TWiP - Sept. 30, 2004: First images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken
- Daily TWiP - Aug. 27, 1896: The shortest war in recorded history is fought
- Daily TWiP - July 30, 1419: Czechs chuck politicians (literally) during the First Defenestration of Prague
- Daily TWiP - July 21, 356 B.C.: Herostratus destroys one of the Seven Wonders of the World to ensure his own fame
- Daily TWiP - May 14: National Dance Like A Chicken Day
- Daily TWiP - Jan. 26, 2004: Dead whale unexpectedly explodes in Tainan, Taiwan
- Daily TWiP - Jan. 8, 1835: U.S. national debt hits zero for the first and only time
Daily TWiP – June 18: International Picnic Day
Break out the blankets and the Tupperware containers – today (June 18) is International Picnic Day. Show your solidarity with alfresco aficionados the world over by sharing a meal outdoors in your backyard or other favorite outdoor location.
The word “picnic” dates back to 17th century France, first appearing in the 1692 edition of “Origines de la Langue Francoise de Menage” as “piquenique.” The book indicated that the word had recently entered common usage.
“Piquenique” is thought to have been derived from the verb “piquer” (“to pick, to peck”) and then coupled with the word “nique,” either because of its meaning of “a thing of little importance” or simply because it rhymed. Its exact origin remains uncertain, but it was initially used to describe groups of restaurant diners who brought their own wine.
The word was soon anglicized to “picnic,” making its first English language appearance in 1748 in a letter written by Lord Chesterfield. By this time, the word was being used to refer to a meal where everyone brought something to share, regardless of whether it was eaten indoors or out. It would be another century before “picnic” lost its potluck connotations and became exclusively associated with outdoor dining.
We suggest combining the various incarnations of “picnic” and having a meal outdoors with friends and family to which everyone contributes a dish or a bottle of wine. If your social circle doesn’t include a great many cooks, you may want to assign each guest an entree, appetizer, dessert, etc., as National Drink Wine Day isn’t until Feb. 18.
– Teresa Santoski
Originally published June 18, 2010.