National Whatever Day: March 13th

Today we celebrate two National Whatever Days: Ear Muff Day and National Jewelry Day.

Ear Muff Day
It's like mother-nature knew that today was Ear Muff Day and brought in the cold front! Most people in Texas may not have ear muffs but if you have them, today is the perfect day to wear them. March 13th is the day we celebrate ear muffs because on this day in 1977 the "Ear Mufflers" patent was granted.

They were invented originally by a man named Chester Greenwood of Farmington, Maine. Greenwood was born in 1858 and was a grammar school dropout, but his claim-to-fame was the creation of the ear muffs in 1873 at the age of 15. He was tired of his ears being irritated by the bitter winter cold, and had nothing but an itchy scarf.

He made the first ear muffs out of some wire and some fur that his grandma sewed on the ends. The improved model was eventually created with steel and was the first product of Greenwood's Ear Protector Factory. His largest client was US military during World War 1.

In 1977, Maine designated December 21st as "Chester Greenwood day" to honor their native born and his contribution to their culture. Farmington Maine is now considered the Ear Muff capital of the world.

National Jewelry Day
Jewelry has come a long way in the few centuries. There are so many types of precious metals, stones, beads, patterns, and symbols that are worn all over the world every day. Different cultures use different styles of jewelry, as many things in different cultures, including booches, rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Different age groups even have their own statements, like brooches are for "the older generation" and nose rings are for the "younger generation."

With some exceptions, such as medical alert bracelets or military dog tags, jewelry normally differs from other items of personal adornment in that it has no other purpose than to look appealing, but humans have been producing and wearing it for a long time – with 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewelry.

The word "jewellery" is derived from the word jewel, which was anglicized from the Old French “jouel”, and beyond that, to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything. In British English, the spelling can be written as jewelery or jewellery, while the spelling is jewelry in American English.

Since today is also National Ear Muff Day too, maybe a cute necklace instead of earrings; but to each their own!


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