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.
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- 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 – May 14: National Dance Like A Chicken Day
Anyone who’s ever been to a wedding is familiar with the Chicken Dance, that upbeat oom-pah song that gets everyone out on the dance floor to have fun and look silly. Today (May 14) in celebration of National Dance Like A Chicken Day, we’d like to share some of the history behind this ubiquitous party tune.
The song that would become known as the Chicken Dance was composed in the late 1950s by accordionist Werner Thomas of Switzerland. At that time, Thomas had a flock of ducks and geese that he tended, so he initially titled the song “Der Ententanz,” or “The Duck Dance.”
Thomas gave the first public performance of “Der Ententanz” at a restaurant in Davos, Switzerland, in 1963. The restaurant-goers were instantly charmed and began to dance along with the music, mimicking the birds that had given the song its name.
By the 1970s, the tune had become known as “Vogeltanz,” or “Bird Dance,” and had developed a set choreography. It was strictly a Davos phenomenon, however, until a Belgian music publisher on vacation stopped by the restaurant at which Thomas played.
Thanks to this music publisher, the popularity of “Vogeltanz” soon spread throughout Europe. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. publishing rights to the song were acquired by Stanley Mills of September Music Corp., who had a surprisingly hard time selling it.
Mills was determined, however, to introduce Americans to the joys of “Vogeltanz” and promoted the song tirelessly. He convinced several bands to record it on their albums, but the song never made it on to the pop charts.
People may not have been calling into radio stations and requesting that “Vogeltanz” be played on the air, but the song was slowly gaining popularity on the live music circuit, with bands performing it at Oktoberfests, weddings and other such functions. Mills realized just how popular the song had become when the band at his son’s bar mitzvah played it without knowing the family’s connection to the song.
By the mid 1990s, Mills was getting phone calls from record labels and advertising executives, asking to use the song that had come to be known as the Chicken Dance on their compilation CDs and in their commercials. It took almost two decades, but the Chicken Dance had finally arrived in the U.S.
The Chicken Dance is known by many names, with some calling it “The Birdie Dance,” “Tchip-Tchip” or “The Song of the Chicken.” The little-used lyrics also have different meanings in different languages, rather than being the same words translated. No matter where you go in the world, however, the melody is still the same, which means you can do the Chicken Dance in Spain just as easily as in New Hampshire.
– Teresa Santoski