Do you remember elementary school? The teachers would attempt to instill some sort of musical appreciation into a room full of wriggly 1st graders, line them all up, hand them plastic Kazoos and away they’d go. Oh my! The noise. . . . um, the music! Yeah, that’s it. Happy Kazoo Day! This day celebrates the joy of this musical instrument for young and old. A man by the name of Alabama Vest from Macon, George made the first Kazoo in the 1840’s. Well, truth be told, he thought up the Kazoo, and had a German clock master by the name of Thaddeus Von Clegg, make the Kazoo to his specifications. The commercial production of the Kazoo didn’t happen until years later, in 1912. The manufacturing was first started by Emil Sorg in western New York. Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre – who was a tool and die maker in Buffalo. They moved production to Eden, NY and the factory remains there today. Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first Kazoo in the 1840’s. Actually, he conceived the Kazoo, and had Thaddeus Von Clegg, a German clock master make it to his specifications. The best part of all of this? This fun instrument was conceived, designed, and manufactured in the USA! Woohoo! Kazoos are very easy to play. You simply hum a tune into the kazoo, and suddenly you’re an expert. Kazoos can be played solo, or in groups (as in the 1st grade class example above) and iIt plays a great tune both ways. What do you do on National Kazoo day? Well . . . duh . . . you play the Kazoo!
production line. They incorporated Sealed Air Corporation in 1960, and today, Sealed Air is a leading worldwide manufacturer of numerous protective and specialty packaging materials with annual revenues exceeding 3 billion dollars. Not too shabby for what turned out to initially be a failed invention for something else!
Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day was started by “Spirit 95” Radio, an FM radio station in Bloomington, IN in 2001. They held their 1st annual Bubblympiad with games such as a Bubble Wrap® popping relay, Pop-a-Mole (similar to a well-known carnival game), and sculpture and fashion design contests. I looked up things made with bubble wrap! Oh my gosh – do a search! I don’t typically show pictures with people’s faces in them (unless it’s my family) or I could have put a bunch of really elaborate bubble wrap fashion pictures – but this dress came up without a person in it. It’s ALL bubble wrap! That’s pretty wild, isn’t?
In a world that feels sometimes like it’s gone crazy and is spinning out of control, days of simple, fun and childlike celebrations are good to have. Today is just one of those days. If you don’t have a Kazoo, I’m betting you can find one in your area where toys are sold. Just pick one up if you have the time and hum a few bars. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face when you’re through. I personally will be celebrating with these two sheets of bubble wrap that I received in a package yesterday. Normally I would have discarded them right away, but I saved them and now I’m so glad! After work I’m going to come home and have a bubble popping celebration with my hubby. No matter whether you play a Kazoo, or play Pop-A-Mole, do it with a happy heart. God bless you today, and every day. I’ll see you tomorrow! (pop – pop – pop – snap – pop . . . )