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rabbitcruiser · 16 days ago
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Between NoHo and Union Square, Manhattan

Grace Church is a historic parish church in Manhattan, New York City which is part of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The church is located at 800-804 Broadway, at the corner of East 10th Street, where Broadway bends to the south-southeast, bringing it in alignment with the avenues in Manhattan’s grid. Grace Church School and the church houses – which are now used by the school – are located to the east at 86-98 Fourth Avenue between East 10th and 12th Streets.

The church, which has been called “one of the city’s greatest treasures”, is a French Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by James Renwick, Jr., his first major commission. Grace Church is a National Historic Landmark designated for its architectural significance and place within the history of New York City,[5][8][9] and the entire complex is a New York City landmark, designated in 1966 (church and rectory) and 1977 (church houses).

Grace Church was initially organized in 1808 at Broadway and Rector Street, on the current site of the Empire Building. Under rector Thomas House Taylor, who began service at the church in 1834, the decision was made to move the church uptown with the city’s expanding population. In 1843, the land on which the church was built was purchased from Henry Brevoort. The 25-year-old architect James Renwick, Jr. – a nephew of Brevoort – whose sole completed work at the time was the Bowling Green Fountain, was commissioned as the architect.

The cornerstone for the new church was laid in 1843 and the church was consecrated in 1846. Grace Church was designed in the French Gothic Revival style out of Sing Sing marble, and vestry minutes from January of that year break down some of the expenses for building a new church – including items ranging from the cost of the workers from Sing Sing state prison who cut the stone to the cost of the embroidery for the altar cloth. The church originally had a wooden spire, but under the leadership of the rector at the time, Henry Codman Potter, it was replaced in 1881 with a marble spire designed by Renwick. The interior of the church is primarily constructed from lath and plaster.

The east window over the high altar created by the English stained glass manufacturer Clayton and Bell in 1878, dominates the chancel, and the whole church; a “Te Deum” window, its theme is praise. The figures with their faces raised toward Christ, who is seated at the top center, represent prophets, apostles, martyrs and all the world. Other windows in the church are by Henry Holiday. The reredos, with mosaic figures of the evangelists, is made of French and Italian Marble and Caen stone, and shows the four Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, flanking the Risen Christ as he gives the great commission, “Go into all the world and make disciples…” This piece, along with the altar, was designed by Renwick and executed by Ellin & Kitson in 1878. The choir furniture was installed in 1903 after the chancel was lengthened an additional fifteen feet in a renovation designed by Heins and La Farge. On the lawn in front of Renwick’s Grace House (1880–1881), which connects the sanctuary to his Rectory (1846–1847), stands a terra-cotta Roman urn dating from around the time of the Emperor Nero.

For a full generation after it was built it was the most fashionable church in New York: “For many years Grace has been the centre of fashionable New York”, Matthew Hale Smith observed in 1869: “To be married or buried within its walls has been ever considered the height of felicity”.

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rabbitcruiser · 16 days ago
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Ale’s Stones, Sweden (No. 1)

Ale’s Stones (Swedish: Ales stenar or Ale stenar) is a megalithic monument in Scania in southern Sweden. It is a stone ship, oval in outline, with the stones at each end markedly larger than the rest. It is 67 m (220 ft) long formed by 59 large boulders, weighing up to 5 tonnes each.

The carbon-14 dating system for organic remains has provided seven results at the site. One indicates that the material is around 5,500 years old whereas the remaining six indicate a date about 1,400 years ago. The latter is considered to be the most likely time for Ales Stenar to have been created. That would place its creation towards the end of the Nordic Iron Age.

The function and purpose of Ale’s stones is much disputed and there are many different theories. It is generally believed to be a grave monument or a cult center, but another theory is that it is a sun calendar.

A theory explained by Howard Crowhurst (ACEM, Association for the Knowledge and Study of Megaliths, in France) claims that the monument is connected with summer solstice and lunar standstill.

“The Ales Stenar, known in English as the Ale’s Stones, is an ancient megalithic monument of Sweden. The stones are outlining a ship. Here we show the well-known alignment of this ship along the sunset direction on summer solstice. We propose also alignments of the stones along the northern possible moonset on major and minor lunar standstills. These astronomical alignments are shown using the Photographer’s Ephemeris. It is possible that this megalithic monument was used for observing the cycles of the moon." 

In 1989, during the first archaeological excavations performed in order to scientifically investigate and date the monument, archaeologists found a decorated clay pot with burned human bones inside the ship setting. The bones are thought to come from a pyre and to have been placed in the pot at a later date. The pot’s contents varied in age; some material was from 330–540 CE while a piece of charred food crust also found inside was determined to be from 540–650 CE. The archaeologists working on the project also found birch charcoal remains from 540–650 CE underneath an undisturbed boulder.  According to the Swedish National Heritage Board, carbon-14 dating of the organic material from the site indicates that six of the samples are from around 600 CE, while one sample is from ca. 3500 BCE. The diverging sample came from soot-covered stones that are believed to be the remnants of an older hearth, found close to the ship setting. On the basis of these results, the Swedish National Heritage Board has set a suggested date of creation for Ales Stenar to 1,400 BP, which is the year 550 CE.

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rabbitcruiser · 16 days ago
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Take a Walk Outdoors Day

There are numerous benefits to taking walks, and doing so outside is much more fun than walking on a treadmill. Walking outside also gives you vitamin D, which 75 percent of adults don’t get enough of. Taking walks can brighten your mood, as chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine are released during and after walks. Walking can lessen depression, and it is more effective in doing so if you walk outside than inside. Walking can also benefit the brain by helping new brain cells to grow, which can fight memory loss and dementia. Walking is beneficial for the heart: it can lower your blood pressure, and can lower your risk of getting a heart attack. It can also lessen your chances of getting lung cancer, help you burn fat, strengthen your bones, and keep your skin healthy by helping your body to produce more collagen.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by taking a walk outside. Take a walk with family or friends, or spend some quiet time alone. Take a nice leisurely stroll, or power walk at a brisk speed. Walk in your neighborhood, or take a hike in a wooded area or state park. Above all, make sure you get outside and get some exercise. Your body and mind will thank you.

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rabbitcruiser · 17 days ago
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Penguin Awareness Day

Penguin Awareness Day is celebrated on January 20 of every year. Penguins are a group of aquatic and flightless birds. They live in Southern Hemisphere and a particular species of the Penguin named Galapagos Penguin if found only in the north equator region called Temperate Zone. The Penguins are counter-shaded dark and white plumage. Their Wings are evolved into flippers, and they live in water areas only. Most of the penguins will feed krill, squid, fish and some forms of sea life creatures that caught while swimming under the water. The life of Penguins may be divided into two portions. They spend half of their lives in land and another half in the ocean. The Penguin Awareness Day was initiated to bring more focus to the conservation of Penguin Habitats.

“Our babies are like penguins; penguin babies can’t exist unless more than one person is taking care of them. They just can’t keep going.” – Alison Gopnik

History of Penguin Awareness Day

The exact origin and the founder of Penguin Awareness Day are still unknown. The term Penguin first published in the 16th century as a synonym for Great Auk. There is a debate about the etymology of the name “Penguin”. The source of the word is from the English or Dutch. The alternative etymology relates the word to Latin Word “Pinguis” which refers Fat or Oil. Penguins are divided into three categories named Brush-Tail, Crested and King or Emperor. Nearly 17 species of Penguins comes under those three categories. The majority of Penguins are found in Australia, NewZealand, Antartica, SouthAfrica and Galapagos Island (Temperate Climate). The smallest penguin is Little Blue Penguin which is off 16 Inches tall and 2.2 lbs of weight. The Largest Penguin in the world is Emperor which is off 3.7 feet tall and 75 pounds of weight. There is believe that some of the old penguins grew up to the size of human beings.

There is the fact that the white and black coloured penguins are Camouflage. It helps them to hide from underwater predators. Normally Penguins are good at diving and Swimming. Even though they are part of the Bird Family, they can’t fly. To move quickly in underwater, they use their wings as flippers. Penguins have excellent vision in water and thus by they avoid them from Predators. At a time, they can remain in underwater for nearly 15-20minutes and capable of swimming 12 miles per hour. The Penguins seem to be having no fear of human beings, and they are Friendly with peoples.

How to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

Celebrating the Penguin Awareness Day is quite easy. Learn more about those birds and their habitats. If your local zoo has penguins, just visit the zoo with your friends, family members and spend some time observing more facts about Penguins.

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rabbitcruiser · 17 days ago
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Camcorder Day

Camcorder Day is an annual celebration observed on January 20th of every year. Once before the invention of cameras and video recorders, it is certainly not possible to make the memories live. However, technology has made everything possible and it is certainly true with the invention of Camcorder, a device that is a combination of a video camera and also a videocassette recorder. Camcorder Day celebrates all those different types of videography and videographers.

“The day I made that statement, about the inventing the internet, I was tired because I’d been up all night inventing the camcorder.” – Al Gore

History of Camcorder Day

The history, origin, and the founder of the Camcorder Day are unknown. There is no record of the year from when this Day has been celebrated. However, the idea of creating such a day was created by someone who has loved this profession and the device. The creator of this Day would have started this Day with an intention to honour the camcorders, its usefulness and those who are in the profession. The term “camcorder” describes a portable, self-contained device that can primarily capture video and record it. The advanced function varies with different types of devices. The earliest version of the camcorders was tape-based and it records analogue signals onto the videotape cassettes. Later in 2006, the digital recording has become popular with the tape replaced by the storage media like the SD cards and internal flash memory. The recent inventions that are capable of recording video include camera phones and digital cameras.

How to Celebrate Camcorder Day

Celebrating the Camcorder Day is very simple. Make this Day as a celebration and record the moments using a camcorder. You can get to know about Camcorder, its types, and techniques used. Organize a party for your friends and family on this Day and record your celebrations.

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Camcorder Day is an annual celebration observed on January 20th of every year. Once before the invention of cameras and video recorders, it is certainly not possible to make the memories live. However, technology has made everything possible and it is certainly true with the invention of Camcorder, a device that is a combination of a video camera and also a videocassette recorder. Camcorder Day celebrates all those different types of videography and videographers.

“The day I made that statement, about the inventing the internet, I was tired because I’d been up all night inventing the camcorder.” – Al Gore

History of Camcorder Day

The history, origin, and the founder of the Camcorder Day are unknown. There is no record of the year from when this Day has been celebrated. However, the idea of creating such a day was created by someone who has loved this profession and the device. The creator of this Day would have started this Day with an intention to honour the camcorders, its usefulness and those who are in the profession. The term “camcorder” describes a portable, self-contained device that can primarily capture video and record it. The advanced function varies with different types of devices. The earliest version of the camcorders was tape-based and it records analogue signals onto the videotape cassettes. Later in 2006, the digital recording has become popular with the tape replaced by the storage media like the SD cards and internal flash memory. The recent inventions that are capable of recording video include camera phones and digital cameras.

How to Celebrate Camcorder Day

Celebrating the Camcorder Day is very simple. Make this Day as a celebration and record the moments using a camcorder. You can get to know about Camcorder, its types, and techniques used. Organize a party for your friends and family on this Day and record your celebrations.

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rabbitcruiser · 17 days ago
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National Cheese Lover’s Day

National Cheese Lover’s Day is an annual feast celebrated on January 20th of every year. It is all the way a day for the cheese lovers. Cheese is one among the most loved food items by millions of people from all over the world. It is being spread in different varieties, and cheese has been celebrated in some way or the other on ten out of twelve months in the calendar with eighteen plus different cheese variety celebration days. Why not a Day for such a famous food loved and celebrated in different forms with a Day in the calendar? National Cheese Lover’s Day celebrates the entire cheese varieties and those who love every other cheese.

“I eat junk food, cheesecake, cheese, pizza – but just lower amounts of it.” – JWoww

History of National Cheese Lover’s Day

The history, origin, and the founder of the National Cheese Lover’s Day are unknown. There is no mention about the year from when this Day has been celebrated.  However, cheese has a long history and tradition. Cheese is a food obtained from milk and has a wide range of flavors, forms, and textures by the coagulation of the milk protein casein. The milk obtained is usually taken from the proteins and fat from the milk of cows, buffalo, goats, or sheep. The earliest archaeological evidence of cheese-making record dates back to 5,500 BCE. Several years ago, milk was transported and stored in sheep stomachs and left for a few days until the proteins would separate into curds and whey. Now the curds are salted and left to age.

Cheese is highly valued for its long life, portability, and high content of fat, protein, calcium, and phosphorus. It is also more compact and has a longer shelf life than that of the milk. At various stages bacteria, enzymes or fungi are added. When it is further maintained under a certain controlled temperature, time and moisture result in the desired taste, color and texture. Sometimes herbs and spices are also added as flavoring agents. Cheese is more flavorful at the room temperature. There are over 900 cheese types that are classified by taste and texture. Depending on the variety of cheese, its nutritional values will differ. Most notably, the world’s largest cheese was displayed on this day at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 that weighed over 34,000 pounds.

How to Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day

Celebrating the National Cheese Lover’s Day is quite simple. Fill up your mouth with some cheese recipes to celebrate cheese. Learn how to prepare cheese at home and prepare some cheese variety dishes to serve it for your family. You can order cheese rolling, fondue, cheese pizza and anything you would love eating at your favorite restaurant. To make it simple, you can even taste a slice of cheese and anything you prefer.

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rabbitcruiser · 39 days ago
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Astor Place, Manhattan (No. 3)

The current 299-seat Off-Broadway Astor Place Theatre, has been located in the landmark Colonnade Row on Lafayette Street, half a block south, since 1969. It was known for premiering works by downtown playwrights like Sam Shepard, but since 1991 has been the home of Blue Man Group, which now owns the theatre. The Joseph Papp Public Theater (home to the New York Shakespeare Festival) is located across the street in the former Astor Library building.

The trapezium-shaped traffic island in the center of Astor Place is a popular meeting place and center of much skateboarding activity. The island is most notably home to Tony Rosenthal’s sculpture “Alamo”, known popularly as “The Cube”, which consists of a large, black metal cube mounted on one corner. Installed in 1967 as part of the “Sculpture and the Environment” organized by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Alamo Cube has since become a popular meeting place in the East Village.The sculpture can be spun on its vertical axis by one person with some effort, and two or more people without trouble. In 2003, the cube was the subject of a prank played by the ATF squad (All Too Flat) in which it was turned into a giant Rubik’s Cube. The members of the organization were careful with the prank, as they didn’t want to be destructive. The cube stayed up for about 24 hours before city maintenance removed the painted cardboard panels from the sculpture. On March 10, 2005, the Parks Department removed the Cube for maintenance. The original artist and crew replaced a missing bolt, and made a few other minor repairs. A makeshift replica of PVC tubes named the Jello Cube in honor of Peter Cooper was placed in its stead. As of November 2005, the Cube returned with a fresh coat of black paint, still able to spin.

Other nearby points of interest include:

  • In 1860, Abraham Lincoln came to the attention of the fledgling Republican party with his Cooper Union Address. Given in The Cooper Union’s Great Hall, the ‘Right Makes Might’ speech examined federal control of slavery and the thoughts of the signers of the Constitution. Cooper Union also housed one of the first free public libraries.
  • One of the original libraries making up the New York Public Library, the Astor Library was housed in the Astor Library Building. The building is home today to Joseph Papp Public Theater.
  • The Astor Place subway station (4, ​6, and <6> trains) is among the original 28 subway stations, and is on the List of Registered Historic Places in New York. The tile mosaics on the station platform feature beavers, a tribute to John Jacob Astor, whose fortune was founded in beaver-pelt trading.
  • The Peter Cooper Memorial by Augustus Saint Gaudens is one block south on Cooper Square.
  • 21 Astor Place (also known as “Clinton Hall” and “13 Astor Place”) stands on the site which was once the Astor Opera House. After the Astor Place riot, the building was turned over to the New York Mercantile Library, which used it until 1890, when they tore it down and built the current 11-story building. The Library left in 1932, and the building became the headquarters for a union. It has now been redeveloped into modern condominiums behind the original 19th century façade, an example of the technique of facadism.
  • The Cooper Station Post Office, built in the 1920s, is just three blocks north.

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rabbitcruiser · 40 days ago
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Kåseberga, Sweden (No. 2)

Ystad Municipality (Swedish: Ystads kommun) is a municipality in Skåne County in southern Sweden. Its seat is the town of Ystad. The present municipality was created in 1971 by the amalgamation of the former City of Ystad with four surrounding municipalities.

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rabbitcruiser · 41 days ago
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National Popcorn Day

Popcorn, which is celebrated today, is one of four types of corn—the others being dent, flint, and sweet—and it is the only one of the four that can pop. Its hull is thicker, which allows steam pressure to build up inside before it explodes. When it bursts open, starch comes out, and as it cools it turns into the shape we are familiar with. Popcorn kernels with between 13 and 14.5 percent moisture are ideal for popping, and 13.5 percent is the best. If 98 kernels out of 100 pop, it can be looked at as being good popcorn. Popcorn is a whole grain food, being made up of the germ, endosperm, and pericarp—which is the hull. It is low in fat and in calories; there are only about 31 calories in a cup of air-popped popcorn. It is also high in fiber, and is inexpensive.

Seventy percent of popcorn is eaten at home. Of that, about 90 percent is purchased as unpopped kernels. Of the thirty percent eaten outside of the home, much of it is eaten in theaters, sports stadiums, and schools. The main states that produce it are in the Midwest, and most of the popcorn eaten throughout the world is grown in the United States. Americans eat more popcorn than anyone else. About 13 billion quarts of popped popcorn are eaten annually, which is about 42 quarts per person. Another account even puts this figure higher. About two tablespoons of unpopped popcorn makes a quart of popped popcorn. It is most eaten during fall, and a lot is also eaten during the winter months, but not as much is eaten during spring and summer.

Popcorn has been used for thousands of years, and was first used by Native Americans in both South and North America. The oldest popcorn that has been found is between 4,000 and 5,600 years old, and was discovered in the Bat Cave in west-central New Mexico in 1948. The Aztecs were using popcorn when Cortes invaded Mexico in 1519, not only for food, but to decorate their headdresses and statues of gods. Kernels were also found in South American burial grounds in Chile. Some Native Americans believed that spirits lived inside popcorn kernels, grew angry when they were heated, and then escaped.

Early colonists called popcorn “parching corn,” “rice corn,” and “popped corn,” and it wasn’t known as popcorn until the 1820s. It became popular during the holidays, especially with children and during Christmas, where besides being a snack it was also hung on Christmas trees. An early popular way of making it at home was cooking it over an open fire in a wire box with a long handle. In the 1870s, molasses was added to popcorn and popcorn balls began being made. They became one of the most popular confections, they were given as gifts, and ended up in recipe books.

Cracker Jack began being sold in 1896, and consisted of popcorn, peanuts, and molasses. It actually had been sold without the name at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. It soon became a staple at baseball games. The mobile popcorn machine was also first introduced at the Columbian Exposition, and became very popular with street vendors over the next half century, who sold popcorn at fairs, parks, and expositions. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries popcorn also was eaten for breakfast, similar to how cereal is eaten today.

As popcorn was cheap, it could easily be afforded during the Great Depression, and sales actually increased during the time period. It also became popular at movie theaters during this time, and continued to increase in popularity during the years of World War II. As television became popular in the early 1950s, less people went to movies, and less popcorn was eaten as well. Percy Spencer discovered that popcorn could pop from microwaves, and by the early 1980s, many brands were producing microwave popcorn. One of the first brands to produce it was Golden Valley Foods in 1971. The invention of microwave popcorn greatly increased the consumption of popcorn at home.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by eating popcorn! Make it with a hot air popper, with oil on the stove, over an open fire, or in the microwave. Have it at home or at a movie theater or sporting event. Make it into popcorn balls, or use it to make something else. Have some friends over and guess the amount of popcorn kernels inside of a container. Then count to see who was the closest, and pop the popcorn. You could eat it, but you could also get some sewing needles and string and string some popcorn as decoration.

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rabbitcruiser · 65 days ago
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Kåseberga, Sweden (No. 1)

KÅSEBERGA is a picturesque fishing village on the South coast of Österlen, with about 120 inhabitants. We welcome about 700 000 visitors every year, who visit our village with its wealth of attractions. ‘The Stones of Ale’, a remarkable Stone Age shipformation with its wonderful view of the Baltic Sea, is a 'must’ for many. If you are looking for activities, these include paragliding, fishing, surfing, birdwatching, following a sheepherd and her dogs, visiting galleries and the many other sights in and around Kåseberga, or just have an excellent meal at one of our eateries. Whatever might attract you, you are welcome!

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rabbitcruiser · 65 days ago
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National Peking Duck Day

National Peking Duck Day, on January 18th, recognizes the national dish of China.

This dish is considered a delicacy due to its elaborate preparation and intense flavors. Since the Yuan Dynasty established by Kublai Khan, the process for preparing Peking Duck is rooted in tradition and has been perfected over thousands of years.

The crispy, flavorful skin is the signature element of Peking Duck.

The preferred bird for this dish is the White Beijing duck or in the United States, the Pekin duck. They are raised for 65 days before being brought to slaughter.

It is plucked, pumped full of air between the skin and the meat, soaked in boiling water, skewered, and hung to dry. While drying, the duck is glazed with a sugar coating and left for 24 hours. This whole process adds to the crispness of the skin.

The duck is then roasted hanging from the center of the oven to allow the fat to drip, basting the skin as it does.

When presented, Peking duck is often sliced artfully by the chef before the diners.

Traditionally served in three portions, a Peking duck meal begins with the crispy skin, which diners dip into sugar.

Following the skin, thin pancakes are filled with the tender duck meat, hoisin and bean sauces, and cucumbers, onions, and garlic.

The final serving is a duck soup or broth.

NATIONAL PEKING DUCK DAY HISTORY

While we’ve never had Peking Duck, we’ve also not identified the source of this food holiday. However, we think it’s a swimmingly delicious way to celebrate!

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rabbitcruiser · 65 days ago
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Winnie the Pooh Day

Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated on the birthday of A.A. Milne, the English author who created the popular children’s character, Winnie the Pooh. The name “Winnie-the-Pooh” first appeared in a story called “The Wrong Sort of Bees,” on Christmas Eve in 1925, in The Evening News. The following year, Milne published a volume of stories about Pooh, simply titled Winnie-the-Pooh. He followed this in 1928 with The House at Pooh Corner.

A black bear named Winnie—short for Winnipeg, as she had come from Canada—was an inspiration for the character. Winnie had resided at the London Zoo, and Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne, liked to visit her; he even had the opportunity to feed her honey. Christopher named his own teddy bear Winnie the Pooh, after the real-life Winnie, as well as after a swan named Pooh, that the Milne’s had seen while on vacation. Christopher’s bear actually had originally been named Edward, and had been purchased at Harrods in London.

Many of the other characters that Milne created to accompany Winnie the Pooh, including Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo, were based on other toys of Christopher—although Owl and Rabbit were not. The original toys can be found at the New York Public Library, except Roo, who was lost in an apple orchard in the 1930s. The Hundred Acre Wood, where Pooh and his friends reside, is based on the Ashdown Forest in the English county of East Sussex.

By the 1930s, Milne had sold the rights of Winnie the Pooh to Stephen Slesinger, who created a plush Winnie the Pooh toy with a red T-shirt in 1932. In 1961, Disney bought the rights to the character from Slesinger’s widow, and the hyphens in “Winnie-the-Pooh” were dropped. Over the years, Pooh appeared in animated shorts, television, and feature films.

Today’s celebration of Winnie the Pooh takes place on the birthday of his creator, Alan Alexander Milne. Milne, a veteran of both World War I and World War II, studied mathematics in college, but soon turned to writing. He got his start with Punch magazine. Besides creating Winnie the Pooh, he wrote plays, such as Toad of Toad Hall—an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, and other works, such as The Red House Mystery, a detective novel. He was unhappy that many saw him as just being a children’s author, and continued to publish plays and novels following the success of Winnie the Pooh. He became estranged from his son later in life. In 1952 he had a stroke, and in 1956 he died. Instead of money, what Milne wanted most out of his work was permanence. Although he resented being typecast as a children’s author, he has achieved the permanence he sought, through Winnie the Pooh, and the celebration of Winnie the Pooh Day.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by reading Winnie-the-Pooh or The House at Pooh Corner. You could also read some of Milne’s other work. The day could be spent watching feature films and television programs featuring Winnie the Pooh. It is only fitting that you would eat honey while doing these things; that’s what Winnie the Pooh would do.

If you are feeling a bit adventurous, plan a trip to the New York Public Library to see the toys that the characters were based on. Or you could plan a trip to Pooh Corner in Hartfield, East Sussex, England, to retrace the characters’ footsteps. One place you could stop is the nearby Ashdown Forest, which was immortalized as the Hundred Acre Wood.

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