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Nylon Stockings Day - May 15th

Nylon Stockings Day is celebrated in May 15 every year, in honor of the nylon socks, which are available in a variety of fashionable colors, and also in the color of the skin when their goal is to be invisible.

The history of nylon stockings

Until 1890, socks made of woven fabric such as cotton, linen, wool or silk were worn to protect the feet from the cold.

In 1920, when the hem of the dresses began to be high, it became common for women to wear tights on their bare legs. The tights of these years were made of real or artificial silk.

In 1938, DuPont developed the nylon patent. In 1939 they began using it in the process of making tights. The nylon stockings arrived in stores in the US and were received with great enthusiasm. They were cheap, durable and comfortable and every day 4 million pairs were sold.

On February 11, 1942, with the entry of America into World War II, DuPont stopped manufacturing nylon socks and shifted its focus to the production of parachutes, mosquito nets, wire and rope for aircraft and more. The nylon stockings were collected from the shelves and returned for military use. They became a kind of symbol of civil sacrifice for the homeland and women were asked to donate the tights they already bought for "Uncle Sam". There was a mass shortage of tights and trade in them moved to the black market.

At the end of World War II DuPont resumed sock production but failed to meet the high demand, which led to riots in American stores. Over time, DuPont was able to increase its productivity.

# Tips

The most annoying thing about long nylon stockings (tights) is that they have a tendency to tear easily. Every small hole in a nylon sock can turn into a run in seconds. The way to deal with a hole in the sock and prevent it from developing is to apply clear nail polish on the hole. So every time you wear nylon stockings, take a clear nail polish with you in the bag in addition to an extra pair of tights.

What can you do with nylon socks that can no longer be used?

Torn nylon socks have many uses and it is a pity not to recycle them instead of throwing them in the trash. They can be used as packaging for delicate clothes in the laundry, which you don't want to get tangled up in other clothes. They can be used as dust filters, to wrap fruit on the tree to prevent birds from eating them or as a cover for insect repellents. They can be used as rags for cleaning dust and sinks, a strainer for paints, storing onions and garlic, tying climbing plants and more.

How to celebrate Nylon Stockings Day?

Today, nylon socks come in a variety of colors and styles. Show off your fashion sense with different styles of tights. Go to the nearest mall, or shop to buy a sock and use it this day. Share on social media using the hashtag #NylonStockingDay

Nylon Stockings Day

May 15 is also Vascular Birthmarks Awareness Day and Chocolate Chip Day

Sunglasses Day - June 27

Everyone has at least one pair of them but Elton John has over a thousand. what are we talking about? about sunglasses of course!
Sunglasses are an item designed to protect our eyes. They absorb radiation and regulate the entry of sunlight to prevent glare, but they are also a popular fashion item that is necessary to complete our look and add a cool style.

We do not know why June 27 was chosen as sunglasses day, but what is known is that sunglasses were invented a long time ago. Already in the prehistoric period, the Inuit peoples (Eskimos) who lived in the Arctic realized that they needed to reduce the amount of light entering their eyes to prevent blindness that could be caused by the glare created by the sunlight returning from the snow. They made ivory accessories that limited the amount of light that entered the eyes.
Inuit sunglasses designed to reduce the entry of sunlight into the eyes
In the 14th century, Chinese court judges used "smoky" quartz glasses to hide their eye expressions during the trial and appear indifferent.

In the mid-18th century, James Iscoff of the United States experimented with glasses with lenses made of dark glass in order to find effective remedies for vision problems. His goal was not to protect the eyes from sunlight to prevent vision problems, but to solve the problems after they appeared. His glasses are similar to the sunglasses we have today, but they have not yet completely protected the eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.
One of the surviving testimonies from the history of sunglasses is that of the famous French scientist Antoine Lavoisier in 1772, who wore dark glasses while conducting an experiment related to combustion created by increasing sunlight.
In the photo: Antoine Lavoisier wears sunglasses (Source)
The sunglasses as we know them today began to be marketed only in 1929, when entrepreneur Sam Foster began selling them to people who visited the promenade on the shores of Atlantic City in the USA.

Those who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of sunglasses and their recognition as an essential commodity are the pilots of the U.S. Air Force in World War I. Many pilots have complained that sunlight causes them headaches, dizziness and nausea and also blinds them and interferes with them performing gentle maneuvers. Therefore, in 1933, the U.S. military ordered a large number of sunglasses from the optics company Bush & Lomb to protect its pilots.
In 1937, Bush & Lomb created the "Ray Banner" brand, which means "Ray Banner". The glasses gained much popularity mainly among men, thanks to the masculinity they radiated because of their connection to the military pilots.
In the 1960s, sunglasses became a fashionable accessory. In the time of the flower children the sunglasses were given an infinity of new shapes, sizes and colors, to complete the popular hippie look.

How to celebrate Sunglasses Day?
Sunglasses have a very long history, but also a promising future. They are a must-have item for everyone both for health and for appearance. The Sunglasses Day website wants to upload selfies with sunglasses to social media and add the hashtag #SunglassSelfie or #NationalSunglassesDay to celebrate this day.

Hat Day – January 15

Does the winter frost threaten to freeze your scalp? Does the summer sun threaten to fry it? Freeze or fry or any phase in-between, nothing beats a proper hat to tackle whatever discomfort you feel at any season of the year. You may choose your headgear from a vast variety ranging alphabetically from baseball cap to zucchetto (if you happen to be a Roman Catholic cleric). A woolen knit-cap with or without a pom-pom would probably defend your head when weather is chilly, and a visor-hat should help prevent the sun from scalding your nose (unless you are in the habit of wearing your hat with the visor behind). The need to cover one's head has been understood by humans ever since the hat was invented sometime at the dawn of history. Along the millennia, hats have metamorphosed into abundant styles dictated by needs and fashions.

Why was January 15 chosen as this special day?
As the story goes, on January 15 1797, an English haberdasher whose name was John Hetherington was fined by court to the amount of £500 on the charge of breach of the peace and inciting a riot, having frightened women, children and even dogs by appearing in public wearing a silk top-hat which he had invented and never seen before. Although this tale is most probably nothing more than a fable, the date January 15 was proclaimed to commemorate it.

Here are a few interesting anecdotes about hats
  • The earliest known evidence that humans wore hats appears in drawings on engraved stones dating back to about 15,000 BC. The stones were discovered in 1937 by Leon Pericard and Stephane Lewoff in a cave near Lussac-les-Chateaux in western France.
  • The first performer to pull a rabbit out of a hat was the French magician Louis Comte who performed the act in London in 1814. 
  • London black taxi cabs have tall ceilings in order to accommodate gentlemen who wish to keep their tall hats on their heads during the ride.
  • In the middle of the nineteenth century, baseball umpires used to wear brimmed hats.

  • The traditional tall white toques that chefs wear on their heads have 100 pleats that represent the 100 ways to cook eggs. The toques were originally designed by the French chefs Marie Antoine CarĂªme and Auguste Escoffier.
  • The term "Mad as a hatter" originated in the Victorian era, when some workers in the hat industry were inflicted by mercury poisoning in the course of producing felt hats. In some cases the contamination caused brain damage that brought about madness and occasionally even death of the victims. The mad hatter character in Louis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland book was inspired by this term.
  • The Fedora hat was called after Princess Fedora Romanoff, heroine of the play Fedora by nineteenth century French dramatist Victorien Sardou. Originally designed for ladies, it is worn nowadays by both sexes and popular among gangsters, detectives and celebrities.
  • A strange practice customary in America in 1920 was to beat up people who wore straw hats after September 15.
  • Now guess where Panama hats originated! Panama, you say? Nope, you guessed wrong! The answer is Ecuador, where in the mid 1600's hat weaving evolved as a cottage industry in villages and small towns mainly along the coast. Nowadays Ecuador is the main producer of Panama hats.
  • The pointed conical paper hat, known as the dunce cap, was used in the past by teachers to discipline pupils who misbehaved in class, labeling them as dunces. The word "dunce"' which is synonymous to "fool", is believed to have evolved as a misspelling of the first name of Duns Scotus (1266-1308), a renowned philosopher and theologian. According to legend, Duns Scotus recommended that conical hats should be worn to stimulate the brain. Thus, the name of an outstanding thinker who more than 700 years ago bore a significant mark on modern philosophy has been coupled with a very derogative term. Sic transit gloria mundi!
  • Contrary to popular belief, there is absolutely no evidence that the Vikings wore horned helmets.
12th century picture of Sea-faring Vikings (source: Wikipedia)

Some weird laws regarding the use of hats

Queen Elizabeth the First proclaimed a law obliging every person from the age of seven up to wear a hat on Sundays and holidays.
In Wyoming, USA, the law forbids wearing a hat that obstructs the view in the theater or any other place of entertainment.
If you wear a hat while dancing in North Dakota, you are breaking the law and might be sent to jail.
In Kentucky, USA, men are forbidden by law to purchase 10-gallon hats unless their wives help them to choose the style.

How to observe Hat Day

Wear a hat! If that is what you usually do on other days, wear a different hat, preferably one that you would never wear on other days.

January 15 is also Strawberry Ice Cream day

Cute girls chibi kawaii coloring pages

Cute kawaii chibi coloring pages to print of different clothing and hair styles. Kawaii is the culture of cuteness in Japan. It can refer to items, humans and nonhumans that are charming, vulnerable, shy, and childlike. Choose the coloring page of the girl you like, print and paint the hair and clothes as you like. You can print again to design the same girl differently. Below you will find cute girls coloring pages which you can paint for your enjoyment. Choose the coloring page of the girl you want to paint, print and paint for your enjoyment. To print the page you would like to color, click on page and then click Ctrl+P. Have fun!
Chibi coloring page- cute girlCute girl coloring page- going to school

Kawaii coloring page- cute girl

Cute girl coloring page

Cute coloring page- evening prom dressCute coloring page- A girl in a sweater holding a cup of coffee
Wonder Woman coloring pageCute girl coloring page
Cute girl coloring pageCute girl with headphones coloring page

coloring page cute girl cloud rain of hearts

National Second-hand Wardrobe Day- August 25

When we talk about environmental protection, we mean that we should all reduce the use of electricity, fuel and water, consume less and recycle everything possible.
One way to reduce resource use and save money is to wear second hand clothes and not buy new clothes.

Did you know that since year 2000, world clothing production has doubled? We buy a lot of clothes that we do not need, wear them on average no more than 6 times and then throw them in the recycle bin or trash to make room in the closet for other clothes.
Second-hand clothing day is a day that aims to increase awareness of the importance of clothing recycling. This day can be celebrated in several ways: you can donate old clothes to charities that take care of the needy, hold a clothes change fair at home where people bring their clothes and can swap with others' clothes, buy clothes at thrift stores or sell your old clothes and make some money and more.

Where can we buy and sell second-hand clothes?
Almost in every state there are second hand stores and flea markets. On Facebook you can find places where fairs of second-hand clothes are held.

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