Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Labor Day (Labour Day in Canada) in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.
Here is the history:
Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Therefore, in 1887, the United States holiday was established in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.
Canada's Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 other countries celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1 as their holiday dedicated to labor.
Hand washing works!
A three-year study into the effects of hand washing on reducing illnesses has proved that the practice really does work.
The study, which involved 20,000 adults, is the first large-scale randomised test to confirm that increased hand washing leads to lower rates of infection. It looked at the impact of hand washing on rates of acute respiratory, influenza-type and gastro-intestinal illnesses.
"Until this trial it wasn't really clear whether hand washing really did work,"said lead researcher Paul Little, professor of primary care research at the University of Southampton in the UK. "But we now know that this is the case."
During the trial a group of adults were given access to online materials asking them about their hand washing practices and providing education on the spread of germs and viruses. It also gave out information about the most important times to wash the hands. This group saw a 15 to 25 per cent reduction in infections compared with the control group.
There is something wistful about a Labor Day cookout — something ever-so-slightly melancholy about putting those burgers and brats on the grill one last time before summer’s end. For many, the holiday marks the start of what Spy magazine once called ‘‘anxiety season’’ — time to ‘‘overstuff the briefcase, to yearn for a new apartment, fret about the raise, lose patience, work harder, fidget, stew, anguish, roil.’’ In anxiety season, we think there is no longer room for warm-weather pleasures like cooking outside.
Perhaps, but many Americans seem to disagree. In 1985, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, a group that monitors such things, charcoal grills outsold gas ones by a wide margin. But by 2013, the last year for which the association has data, the figures were very different: Manufacturers still delivered around 5.5 million charcoal grills to stores, but they also sent out more than eight million gas ones. We grill a lot in America. Increasingly, we do it over gas.
However you like to cook outside, either with gas or coals, just do it! Then on Tuesday get back to work!
Here is some Pork Shoulder ready to be pulled!
Have a great Labor Day and an even better sales week!
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