April 6 might be setting a new tradition with Dog and Chips Day in the UK. Not a celebration of deep fried canine and spuds, but a legal requirement for pet owners in England, Scotland and Wales to get their best friend fitted with a microchip that logs details of ownership. Compulsory chipping has been active in Northern Ireland since 2012 and has successfully reduced levels of stray, lost and abandoned dogs. Owners now face a £500 fine if their dog is not chipped.
It’s National Tartan Day in America when Yanks with a Scottish heritage can celebrate their Highland origins so long as they don’t eat real Haggis. Actually there is hope of lifting the US ban on haggis, so there might be lights at the end of the tunnel (geddit?). (UPDATE 1) New York apparently extends festivities to a Tartan Week with a parade scheduled for this coming Saturday.
Back in 1938, Scottish cuisine got a helping hand when Dr Roy Plunkett accidentally discovered polytetrafluorothylene, a slightly slippery substance we now call Teflon. Sliding into the kitchen, we have National Teflon Day.
Plunkett and his assistant Jack Rebok were experimenting with a gas, tetrafluorothylene, but discovered one of their pressurised canisters wouldn’t discharge properly. It had also gained weight. Cutting open the canister revealed a white powdery substance. The new material proved to be lubricated and heat resistant and by the Sixties sparked a revolution in kitchenware. Teflon is also widely used in aerospace, pharmaceutical and clothing industries.
(UPDATE2): New Beer’s Eve is anniversary of the night before the day that it became legal to sell beer again in the US on April 7, 1933. I tried a prohibition style beer at the weekend which was quite horrible.
It is also National Caramel Popcorn Day, National Walking Day and National Sorry Charlie Day.