March 11th gets a double-dose of National Whatever Day. Johnny Appleseed Day and Worship of Tools Day are both celebrated on this day each year.
Johnny Appleseed Day
Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on this day because spring is right around the corner and so is the planting season.
John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845), often called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, including the northern counties of present day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. He is also known for winning in several apple eating contests including the Grand Apple Challenge of 1785. He was also a missionary for The New Church (Swedenborgian).
The popular image is of Johnny Appleseed spreading apple seeds randomly, everywhere he went. In fact, he planted nurseries rather than orchards, built fences around them to protect them from livestock, left the nurseries in the care of a neighbor who sold trees on shares, and returned every year or two to tend the nursery. Although apples grown from seed are rarely sweet or tasty, apple orchards with sour apples were popular among the settlers because apples were mainly used for producing hard cider and apple jack.
In some periods of the settlement of the Midwest, settlers were required by law to plant orchards of apples and pears in order to uphold the right to the claimed land. So Johnny Appleseed planted orchards made for popular real estate on the frontier. His first nursery was planted on the bank of Brokenstraw Creek, South of Warren, Pennsylvania. Next, it was believed he moved to Venango County along the shore of French Creek, but many of these nurseries were located in the Mohican area of north-central Ohio. This area included the towns of Mansfield, Lucas, Perrysville, and Loudonville.
Eat an apple today for Johnny Appleseed and because an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Worship of Tools Day
I've never heard of this "holiday" but I know many men who highly value their tools. Though I wouldn't say worship, I would say enjoy them! Build something today with one or several of your tools.
A tool is any physical item that can be used to achieve a goal, especially if the item is not consumed in the process. Informally the word is also used to describe a procedure or process with a specific purpose. Tool use by humans dates back millions of years, and other animals are also known to employ simple tools.
Tools that are used in particular fields or activities may have different designations such as “instrument”, “utensil”, “implement”, “machine”, or “apparatus”. The set of tools needed to achieve a goal is “equipment”. The knowledge of constructing, obtaining and using tools is technology.
Build something for a friend or for yourself today on Worship of Tools Day!