Happy Earth Day

Tomorrow we will be celebrating our mother…Earth! Our beautiful blue dot in this gigantic universe. In 1970, this holiday was created by Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to show the nation that we need to take care of our planet. At the time, there was no EPA, no Clean Water Act, and no Clean Air Act. Luckily, we now have many organizations to help fight climate change and to help our planet. However, we also need to do our part. Here are some ways to celebrate Earth Day and to help our planet:

  1. Plant trees – Did you know that Brainfiller plants a tree for each person who signs up for our courses? We have partnered with the National Forest Foundation to plant trees where they are needed most. You can also help by planting trees in your community.
  2. Pick up litter – Trash is everywhere. Next time you’re walking around, bring a trash bag with you to help clean up the litter. If you live near an ocean, head to the beach for your trash cleanup. Let’s help keep our communities and our ocean clean. 
  3. Start a recycling program – Many offices surprisingly do not offer recycling. Start a recycling program at your work. Find your local recycling center to get more information to start your program. 
  4. Go paperless – We live in a world that makes it so easy to go paperless. We can sign documents on a computer. We can get our bills online. We can take screenshots of documents and receipts instead of printing them. We may not be able to be completely paper free, but we can definitely limit what we use.
  5. Hike a national park – Get outside and enjoy nature! Every time we visit a national park and pay for the entrance fee, we are helping to fund the upkeep for that park. Not interested in paying every time you go? Order an America the Beautiful pass. It’s a yearly pass that allows unlimited entrance to all of the national parks for one year!
  6. Eat more veggies – …and less meat! The meat, egg, and dairy industry negatively impact our environment. You don’t need to become a vegan, but maybe try Meatless Mondays
  7. Buy second hand – Clothes and furniture are great things to buy second hand. Buying second hand instead of new can also help cut back on emissions. 
  8. Turn off your lights – Open the windows and turn off your lights during the day. 
  9. Make upcycled crafts – Reuse things that you might otherwise throw away and turn them into something awesome! Here are some fun examples that you can try: Upcycled Crafts
  10. Use reusable – Cut back on single use plastics and invest in reusable items. Try out reusable straws, use totes instead of plastic bags, reusable sandwich bags, etc. There are so many creative options to help reduce our use of plastics. Here’s a great list of items that you can buy: Eco-Friendly Products.

Have an amazing Earth Day!

Luck of the Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today we will see a sea of green as people pretend to be Irish for just one day. The Irish sure are a lucky bunch. Or at least that’s what people say. We’ve all heard the saying, “Luck of the Irish,” but what does it really mean and where did this saying come from? It actually originated in the second half of the 19th century during the gold and silver rush in America. The Irish and Irish American miners were said to have had the best luck while searching for their mining fortunes. For many years, this was a derogatory saying because it was perceived that those people could only succeed by dumb luck and not with their brains alone.

Although this is likely the most accurate version of its origins, there are also several people across the world who believe that this phrase really refers to Ireland’s favorite mascot, the leprechaun. Stories of these mythical creatures living on the Emerald Isle say that they lived in abundance, forever protecting their pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. They successfully hid their good fortunes in an impossible to reach place.

Everyone wishes to be as lucky as the Irish, especially on this day of the year. However, when it comes to electrical hazards (bet you didn’t see this part coming) don’t rely on luck, wear your PPE!

Have a safe and lucky day!


National Chili Day

Today is National Chili Day! This hearty people-pleaser makes everyone feel warm and cozy during the cold Winter months. With so many variations and recipes, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular dishes for cooking competitions. But where did this amazing meal come from? It is believed that it was introduced in San Antonio by people who immigrated from the Canary Islands in the 1700’s. However, the name was first written by J.C. Clopper in 1828. In 1977, Texas declared chili as its official dish.

How does one celebrate this holiday? By eating chili, of course!  You can make it, you can order in, or you can go to a restaurant. You can also go on a chili tour and eat all of the best chilis from the different restaurants in your area. If you decide to make it yourself, here are some of the best chili recipes that I have found so far:

  1. Chili with Chorizo and Chocolate – Chocolate in chili?? Yes! Believe it or not chocolate is a great “secret” ingredient to add to your chili. You can find this amazing recipe right here: Chili with Chorizo and Chocolate Recipe | Allrecipes
  2. Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili – This is one of my personal faves! For this delicious, meatless chili, you can find this recipe here: Best Vegan Chili Recipe – Love and Lemons
  3. BBQ Crockpot Chicken Chili – Perhaps you’re interested in something that’s a little more tangy and smoky? Check out this recipe here: BBQ Crockpot Chicken Chili – The Endless Meal®
  4. Game Day Beer Chili – Looking for something a little boozy? You’ve come to the right place! I recommend using either a stout or a porter for this one. Here is this awesome recipe: Game Day Beer Chili. – How Sweet Eats
  5. Ultimate Vegan Chili – I have made something similar to this for years! Even my meat loving friends can’t tell the difference. I recommend using Gardein Plant-Based Ground Be’f crumbles for this one: Ultimate Vegan Chili – Nora Cooks
  6. Green Pork Chili – Do you prefer green chili? This recipe is great! Not a fan of pork? It also tastes great with chicken. You can find the recipe here: Green Pork Chili – A Beautiful Plate
  7. Skillet Chili Cornbread Pot Pie – For a less traditional version of this dish, try making it in a skillet with cornbread. This recipe can be found here: Skillet Chili Cornbread Pot Pie | 12 Tomatoes

Enjoy your cozy, chili day!

National Fun at Work Day

This Friday is National Fun at Work Day! Whether you’re working from home, in an office, or outside, there are many ways to celebrate and bond with your coworkers. This holiday is celebrated every year on the last Friday in January. It was created to bring happiness and boost morale in the workplace. So get your team together and plan a fun filled day!  

Here are a few ways that you can celebrate:

  1. Get out of the office: Take a field trip and do a fun group activity. Go to a museum Volunteer with a local charity. Build a snowman (if you’re in a wintery part of the world). Go for a hike (if you’re in a not-so-wintry part of the world). Have fun outside and get some vitamin D!
  2. Wear costumes: Who says that you can only wear costumes on Halloween? Wear your best costumes and have a contest!
  3. Declare a nerf war: Create teams and start an office nerf war! 
  4. Office karaoke: Bust out your favorite karaoke songs and perform for your favorite work family. It’s ok. They’re only judging you a little bit.  
  5. Have a contest: Who can stuff the most marshmallows in their mouth? Who can make the best paper airplane? Whatever you decide, make it fun!
  6. Ice cream social: Who doesn’t love ice cream? Create an ice cream bar with lots of options for toppings. Make sure to include some vegan options for your dairy free friends.  
  7. Office trivia: This one is a great option for a virtual game to include anyone working from home! Create a trivia game or choose a game that’s already available online. 
  8. Scavenger Hunt: Try to find things in the office, in your home, or outside. The options are endless!  
  9. Bring your dogs to work: What’s better than snuggling with your pup all day? Nothing! Bring your favorite fur babies to work and snuggle with them while you work. 
  10. Yoga or Zumba together:  Does your team like to get active? Have a private yoga or Zumba class for your group! You can even use a virtual class and follow along.  


Whatever you decide to do on Friday, I hope that it makes you smile.

Winter Solstice

Happy first day of Winter!  As if December doesn’t have enough holidays to celebrate, there is another reason to get together and celebrate this month: the Winter Solstice!  This day is celebrated in December for the Northern Hemisphere and in June for the Southern Hemisphere.  It is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.  But don’t worry.  The days only get brighter from here!  Around the world, different cultures celebrate this day in their own unique ways.  Here are just some of the ways that this day is celebrated around the world:

  1. Soyal: This is the celebration of the Hopi Indians in Northern Arizona.  This is the time that the Hopi welcome protective spirits from the mountains, known as kachinas.  Their ceremonies include dancing, purification, and gift giving.  
  2. St. Lucia’s Day: Also known as the Festival of Lights, this celebration is held in Scandinavia to honor St. Lucia, a Christian martyr.  They also incorporate earlier Norse traditions like lighting fires to ward off spirits.  Young women wear white dresses, red sashes, and wreaths of candles on their heads.  
  3. Yaldā Night: This Iranian celebration is a night where friends and family gather together to eat, drink, and read poetry.  Watermelon and pomegranates are significant in their feasting because they are red in color.  This symbolizes the glow of life.  The poems often read are from the poet Divan-e Hafez. 
  4. Stonehenge Gathering: In England, Stonehenge was built in a way that lines up with the sun’s movement.  Because of this, people have gathered for years at dawn after the longest night of the year to revel in the beauty of the sun rising through the stones.  
  5. Dongji: In South Korea, this day is called the Little New Year.  This tradition includes eating patjuk, a red bean porridge.  Other traditions include giving socks and calendars as the old Korean kings used to do.  On this day, it is considered good luck if it snows!  According to their tradition, the cold weather and snow will bring a bountiful harvest.  
  6. Dong Zhi:  This festival is celebrated in China!  It is the arrival of winter.  This tradition is said to have started as a celebration of the end of their harvest.  When the workers returned from the fields, they shared their harvest with their family. Tang Yuan, or glutinous rice balls, is one of the special foods enjoyed on this day.  
  7. Shalako: The Shalako festival is celebrated for multiple days by the Zuni people in New Mexico.  The Shalako is a 10 foot tall structure with the face of a bird symbolizing important deities.  These celebrations are usually closed to the public and include various dances and symbols representing the different deities.  They celebrate these deities to bring “balance” and “blessings” for their agricultural year.  


We hope that you have a happy and safe holiday season!

Celebration of the Mind Day

Celebration of the Mind Day is an international holiday dedicated to bringing people together to play with puzzles, games, magic, and math.  This day reminds us that learning can be fun.  It is a day filled with events for people of all ages because let’s be honest – everyone likes puzzles and games!  

This holiday originated as a celebration of Martin Gardner’s birthday.  Gardner was an American mathematician and writer.  He wrote over 100 books.  He was also known as a “mathemagician” – a mathematician who is also a magician.  Gardner made many contributions to society, but he is best known for developing recreational mathematics.  Gardner created subjects that had never been heard of before including flexagons, paradoxes, and the “Game of Life.”  His writings greatly influenced members in the fields of mathematics and science.  Gardner was also well known for being a skeptic.  He is acknowledged as the founding father of the skeptical movement.  In 2010, Gardner passed away at the age of 95.  His fans created a group to keep his legacy alive.  This group is called the Gathering 4 Gardner Foundation and they created this holiday.  

So how does one celebrate this holiday?  Simple!  Play your favorite games or put together a puzzle.  Learn a new magic trick.  Try out mind bending math games.  In the era of YouTube and apps, there are unlimited puzzles, magic tricks, and math games to help you celebrate this day.  Here are eight of the best puzzles and games for your mind:

  1. Sudoku – Played online or offline, this is a logic-based number placement puzzle.
  2. Chess – Internationally known, this is a classic board game involving strategy that is also played in tournaments.
  3. Lumosity – This popular app is an online program to help boost your memory and concentration.
  4. Peak Brain Training – Have a blast with this brain “workout” online.
  5. 3D Jigsaw Puzzle – These add a whole new dimension to your average puzzles.
  6. Rubik’s Cube – A 3D combination puzzle that was originally called the “Magic Cube.”
  7. Crossword Puzzles – This one is also available both online and offline and can vary in difficulty.  Use the clues to fill in the blanks.
  8. Visual Brain Teasers, like “Droodles” and “Rebus Puzzles” – These are images with other meanings.  Try to figure out what each image actually means.


Happy Fall, Y’all!

Today is the first day of Autumn!  The weather is cooling off.  The leaves are changing colors.  Football season is in full swing.  It’s the perfect time of year to drink hot apple cider and sit by the bonfire.  Or maybe drink a pumpkin spiced latte at an actual pumpkin patch.  In my opinion, this is the BEST time of year!

Fall is also the perfect time of year to explore new places.  Here are some beautiful places around the world to see vibrant fall colors:

  1. Kyoto, Japan:  Although it’s more commonly known for cherry blossoms, this area also has countless places to see the fall foliage.  Make sure to visit the Eikando Temple to see the most beautiful fall colors.  
  2. Queen’s View, Loch Tummel, Scotland: Located near the town of Pitlochry, this viewpoint was made famous by Queen Victoria in the 1800’s when she used to picnic there.  
  3. Manchester, Vermont: Vermont is very picturesque in the fall, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations this time of year.  They have everything you’re looking for: apple orchards, pumpkin patches, beautiful fall foliage, and a multitude of events.  
  4. Bavaria, Germany: Bavaria might not be on everyone’s radar, but they have some of the most beautiful colors of the season.  Not only do they have the best autumn weather, but they also have several autumn festivals between August 23rd-November 11th.  Many fairs, parades, and markets trace their origin back to “Kirchweih” celebrations.  These celebrations were held on the third Sunday in October by each parish.
  5. Million Dollar Highway (US 550), Colorado: For this destination, you don’t even have to get out of your car.  This beautiful 305 mile long highway is lined with Aspen trees that glow red, orange, and yellow.  
  6. Forest of Dean, England: Also famous for being in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, this forest is great for leaf peeping.  Some of the favorite fall foliage spots are the Cyril Hart Arboretum and the ancient hill fort at Symonds Yat Rock. 
  7. Napa Valley, California: The weather in Napa is always mild and perfect.  The best time to see fall foliage is mid-October until early November.  This is the best place to enjoy a glass of wine at a local vineyard while staring at the colorful leaves.  
  8. Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island, Canada: This area has one of the longest fall foliage seasons in eastern Canada.  The gorgeous sugar maples, cherry, and birch trees can be seen from mid-September through the end of October.  
  9. Foreste Casentinesi National Park, Italy: Located in Eastern Tuscany, this is one of the largest forests in Europe.  This park is perfect for the active hiker who wants to see the beautiful fall colors and then sit down to enjoy a local glass of Italian wine.
  10.  White Mountains, New Hampshire: Like Vermont, New Hampshire is also a popular tourist destination this time of year.  The White Mountains have some of the most vibrant fall colors in New England.  Because this area is so famous, there are multiple fall festivals throughout the season.  There is also an audio driving tour to talk you through your scenic drive, which can be found here

I hope that you all have a safe and wonderful fall season!



Willis Carrier – The Father of Air Conditioning

It’s summer and it’s hot!  If you’re lucky enough to be able to enjoy air conditioning, then you have Willis Carrier to thank.  Willis Carrier invented the modern day air-conditioner.  Some might say that he was the “coolest” man ever.  

Willis Haviland Carrier was an American engineer born in Angola, New York on November 26, 1876.  In July of 1902, he designed the world’s first modern air conditioning system.  He created this to help solve an issue at the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing & Publishing Company of Brooklyn.  This publishing company struggled with the humidity ruining their paper.  Carrier’s invention not only helped cool the air, but it also helped control the humidity.  The authorities in this field then decided that A/C must be able to perform four basic functions: control air circulation and ventilation, control humidity, cleanse the air, and control the temperature.  

After many more years of testing, Carrier received a US patent for the first spray-type air conditioner.  They called it an Apparatus for Treating Air.  He received another patent in 1907 for his design of the automatic control system.  This design stemmed from his discovery that “constant dew-point depression provided practically constant relative humidity.”  This discovery later became known as the “law of constant dew-point depression” in the field of air conditioning engineers.  In 1915, he founded the Carrier Engineering Corporation.  After years of earning several awards and honorary doctorates, he passed away on October 7, 1950.  

Stay Cool!


National Inventors Month


May is National Inventors Month!  This month recognizes the creators and innovators that have helped shape our world.  This holiday originated through the collaboration of the Academy of Applied Science, the United Inventors Association of the USA (UIA-USA), and “Inventors Digest” in August of 1998.  The month-long holiday was later moved to May in 2011 to better align with the academic calendar.  From light bulbs to solar panels, there are so many people and inventions to celebrate and to become inspired by this month.

Here are a few famous inventors to help inspire you:

  1. Thomas Edison – Known as the “Wizard of Menlo Park,” Edison has been described as one of America’s greatest inventors.  He is credited for his work with electricity, light bulbs, audio devices, and film.  He acquired 1,093 patents in his 84 years of life. 
  2. Nikola Tesla – Tesla was hired as an engineer by Edison in 1884.  He is credited with inventing the first alternating current (AC) motor and developed AC generation and transmission technology.  He also improved lights and the high-voltage transformer known as the Tesla coil.  In the 1890’s, Tesla invented electric oscillators and meters.  He experimented with X-rays and gave short-range demonstrations of radio communication.
  3. Dr. Shirley Jackson – Dr. Jackson was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear physics from MIT.  Her work in theoretical physics created a path for a number of developments in telecommunications.  These inventions include the portable fax, call waiting, caller ID, the touch-tone telephone, and the fiber-optic cable.  
  4. Marie Curie – Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.  She was also the first person to ever win two Nobel Prizes.  She discovered the radioactive elements polonium and radium.  She used radium as the gamma ray source on X-ray machines.  She also created smaller more portable X-ray machines.
  5. Alexander Graham Bell – Bell changed the way we communicate with his invention of the telephone.  In 1877, he launched the Bell Telephone Company.  He held 18 patents.  After developing the telephone, he created the photophone which enabled sound to be transferred on a beam of light.
  6. Nancy Johnson – Johnson’s invention made all of our lives a little sweeter.  She invented the first wooden ice cream freezing machine in 1843.  This device was created before freezers were ever invented and was operated by using a hand crank.
  7. Maria Telkes – Also known as “The Sun Queen,” Telkes was one of the founders of solar thermal storage systems.  She was best known for her invention of the first solar-powered heating system and solar distiller.  This was designed to heat residences.
  8. Elijah McCoy – Have you ever heard the phrase, “The Real McCoy?”  That phrase was created because of this famous inventor!  Elijah McCoy received over 50 patents in his lifetime.  His most famous invention was a cup that feeds lubricating oil to machine bearings through a small tube.  Engineers and machinists only wanted McCoy lubricators because they were, “The Real McCoy,” meaning, “the real deal.”
  9. Grace Hopper – Hopper helped create UNIVAC, the first all-electronic digital computer.  She created the first computer piler which helped translate written instructions into computer codes.  This led her to help develop one of the first standardized computer languages, COBOL.
  10. Aleksandr Stoletov – Stoletov is one of the founders of electrical engineering.  He studied the photoelectric effect, which was first discovered by Hertz in 1887.  This led him to the development of the first solar cell, an electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect.

Let us all use this inspiration to help us create the next great inventions of our time.

Happy Inventing!


Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month.  This is the month when we honor contributions made by women in American history.  This holiday originally began as Women’s History Week.  It started in 1978 with a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. This celebration was later declared by President Jimmy Carter to be a national holiday in 1980.  Every President thereafter carried on this tradition.  In March of 1987, Congress passed a law making the entire month Women’s History Month.  Each year, the theme is picked by The National Women’s History Alliance.  This year’s theme is: Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.

Here are 10 incredible women from our history that we can celebrate this month:

  1. Susan B. Anthony – This awesome woman helped lead the way for women’s right to vote.  She was also the co-founder of the Women’s Suffrage Association.  She spent her life fighting for women to have equal rights and an equal voice.  
  2. Rosa Parks – This legendary woman helped initiate the Civil Rights Movement when she boycotted giving up her seat on the bus to a white man.  She is known as the “First Lady of Civil Rights” and “The Mother of the Freedom Movement.”
  3. Mae C. Jemison – Mae C. Jemison is an astronaut, physicist, and an American engineer most famously known for being the first black woman to travel into space.  While working for NASA, she served as a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. 
  4. Ruth Bader Ginsburg – R.B.G. pushed for gender equality throughout her expansive career.  She helped women to attend state funded schools, the ability to sign mortgages and have bank accounts without a male co-signer, and she helped to protect pregnant women in the workplace.  She pushed for equal pay, argued that women should be allowed to participate in juries, and strived to make the world a better, more equal and fair place for everyone.  
  5. Eleanor Roosevelt – Eleanor was one of the most influential women of the 20th century.  She was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and she was the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights.  She oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which outlined the rights and freedoms that everyone is entitled to.  
  6. Maya Angelou – Maya Angelou always stood up for what she believed in.  Her career spanned over 5 decades.  She started as a singer and a dancer.  She was later a journalist and a civil rights activist.  Finally, she became a poet, screenwriter, and memoirist.  She was the first female inaugural poet and she recited her poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at the inauguration for President Bill Clinton.  She has won many awards including the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP, the National Medal of Arts, three Grammy awards for her spoken-word albums, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  7. Katherine Johnson – Katherine’s knowledge of mathematics helped her (and NASA) to figure out the paths for a spacecraft to orbit around Earth and to travel to the Moon.  We would not have landed on the moon without her.
  8. Margaret Knight – At the turn of the 20th century, Margaret Knight invented a new method for brewing coffee that inspired how we brew our coffee today. In 1908, she received a patent for her coffee filtration system. 
  9. Katharine Burr Blodgett – This incredible woman was the first woman to receive a PhD in physics from England’s Cambridge University.  She was also the first woman to be hired by General Electric where she invented non-reflective, or “invisible” glass.  This glass was used for cameras and projectors.
  10. Stephanie Kwolek – Stephanie invented Kevlar, a durable material used for military helmets, bullet proof vests, fiber optic cables, building materials, and so much more!

Enjoy your day!

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

“Kindness is love made visible.” – H. Swanepoel Raktivist

Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day!  Kind acts, both big and small, can brighten anyone’s day.  Something as simple as a kind note or a compliment can turn a person’s frown upside down.  Every year, individuals and organizations celebrate this holiday by doing nice things for others.  The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation celebrates more than just one day.  They celebrate Kindness Week.  Their website has several resources to help encourage kindness in schools and at home.

Here are some ways for you to celebrate kindness today:

  1. Leave random happy notes for people.
  2. Leave a yummy treat in the mailbox for your mail carrier.  
  3. Donate food to a local food pantry.  
  4. Make care packages for the homeless.  
  5. Buy coffee for a stranger. 
  6. If you live somewhere that’s snowy, shovel the snow from your neighbor’s driveway. 
  7. Offer to go grocery shopping for someone who isn’t able to leave their house.  
  8. Donate to someone’s GoFundMe. 
  9. Give compliments to everyone you see today.  
  10. Send flowers to a loved one. 
  11. Write “get well soon” cards for people in the hospital.  
  12. Create art and give it to a friend. 
  13. If you have a child in school, write a letter to their teacher about how much you appreciate them.  
  14. Leave an extra generous tip for your server or delivery person. 
  15. Make an awesome meal for someone.  

Be awesome.  Be caring.  Be kind.


National Plan for a Vacation Day

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2021!  The year of unlimited possibilities!  Although we are still very much in the middle of a pandemic, it’s still fun to think about all of the things that we can do when this is over.  If you’re a planner like me who has spent entirely too much time within the same walls of their home, you might be thinking about the first vacation that you’re going to take when it’s safe to do so.  Will you be flying to another country?  Driving cross-country?  Camping in an RV or maybe a tent?  Will you be staying in a luxury resort?  All of the above?  Personally, I have an extensive bucket list of places that I would love to visit.  Although planning for a future vacation is fun, please remember to stay safe.  And maybe get that travel insurance in case this pandemic doesn’t end as soon as we’re all hoping.  

In honor of National Plan for Vacation Day, here are some fun ideas for your first post-pandemic vacation:

  1. Take a cross-country road trip! You can see more cities and national parks on a road trip than you can if you fly.  One day you might be hiking in Yellowstone National Park and the next day you could be at the famous Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle.  Take the roads less traveled and see everything that your country has to offer.  
  2. Hawaii – Each island offers its own unique tourist attractions.  You can do everything from snorkeling, to hiking a volcano, to touring plantations, to laying on the beach and working on your tan.  There is something for everyone in Hawaii!
  3. La Fortuna, Costa Rica –  This small town in Costa Rica is in the heart of the rainforest.  Monkeys and sloths can be found everywhere.  You can go zip-lining above the rainforest, white water rafting, go on an ATV tour around Arenal volcano, relax in natural hot springs, or (my personal favorite) canyoning and waterfall rappelling.  The locals are kind to the tourists and the food is amazing.  I highly recommend this experience for anyone with an adventurous spirit.  Pura Vida!
  4. Backpack through Europe!  Wake up under the Northern Lights of Iceland one day and then eat tapas in Spain the next day.  Enjoy a tour of a vineyard and the historical sites of Italy.  And don’t forget to check out the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Looking for something a little less touristy?  Click HERE to check out 18 charming small towns that are off the beaten path.
  5. Springtime in Japan – Japan has so many things to offer, but one of the prettiest sites is when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  The most famous place to see them is in Yoshimo, Japan and the best time of year to visit is in March.
  6. Galapagos Islands – Are you a fan of animals?  The Galapagos Islands are filled with creatures for you to see.  You can see tortoises, iguanas, and even penguins!  The most popular island to check out is San Cristobal Island.
  7. New Zealand – New Zealand has everything from large cities to beaches and mountains.  You can spend time in their amazing capital city of Auckland and then head down south to see the Waitomo Gloworm Caves.  Are you a Lord of the Rings fan?  Check out the actual hobbit homes used in the films in Hobbiton!  
  8. Santorini, Greece – Check out the real Atlantis, hike to the top of Santorini Volcano, visit the quaint village of Pyrgos, and end your day drinking wine and eating the best Greek food you’ve ever tasted.  
  9. Close your eyes and pick a random place on a map.  Sometimes the most random places become the best destinations.

Happy planning and safe travels!

Victories of 2020

You did it!  You’ve made it through the longest year in history: 2020!  Give yourself a pat on the back.  We all know that this year was….not ideal, but it definitely taught us to slow down and appreciate everything that we have.  Maybe you were lucky enough to spend more time at home with your family?  Maybe you learned a new hobby?  Maybe you spent more time in nature?  Maybe you watched Netflix in its entirety?  If nothing else, this year has taught us how resilient we all are.  As 2020 comes to an end, let’s celebrate the victories, both big and small, from this crazy year! 

  1. Our priorities have changed!  Before Covid hit, many of us were running around, constantly busy, constantly stressed, and never had any time to slow down and enjoy life.  2020 has forced many of us to slow down and appreciate what we have.  We also were given time to revisit old hobbies like gardening and baking.  
  2. We have learned to appreciate our frontline workers, teachers, and grocery store workers (among many other essential people) a lot more.  Without them, our country would have come to a screeching halt.
  3. Drive-In movies made a comeback!  Not only were people watching movies from the comfort of their own cars, but some concerts were also held at these venues for drive-in entertainment.
  4. SpaceX successfully launched two Americans into orbit for the first time in nearly a decade. 
  5. 103 year old grandma, Jennie Steins, beat Covid and celebrated with a Bud Light. 
  6. Musicians have given us personal concerts at home!  Instead of having to fight traffic to see our favorite artists, we can now see them from the comfort of our own homes. 
  7. NASA named its headquarters building in D.C. after Mary W. Jackson, the agency’s first African American female engineer.
  8. A 21 year old man named Chris Nikic made history as the first person with Down syndrome to complete the Ironman Triathlon.
  9. La Morada, a small Mexican restaurant in the Bronx became a soup kitchen to help the poor.  
  10. Some Good News was created by John Krasinski in an effort to remind us all that even when the world feels bleak, there’s always something to smile about. 
  11. When resources were scarce, major companies like 3M and Apple shifted production to make masks to help keep people safe.  Distilleries stopped making spirits and started making hand sanitizer.  Everyone tried to do their part to help out.  
  12. When restaurants started shutting down, world renowned chef, Guy Fieri, raised over $21.5 million dollars to help unemployed restaurant workers.  
  13. We have become more creative than ever with how we work, how we celebrate, and how we socialize.  We have had zoom parties.  We have used drones to fly messages to neighbors.  We have had sing-alongs with neighbors from our balconies.  With everything that has happened, we have still found ways to connect with people and enjoy life.  

I could go on forever with this list.  Within the darkness there has been a lot of light this year.  We hope that this light continues to get brighter in 2021. 

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!


Ben Franklin Tried to Electrocute a Turkey

 There are several ways to cook a turkey.  Baked.  Fried.  Roasted.  Electrocuted? 

It was a party trick that turned into a party fail!  Benjamin Franklin used his knowledge of electricity to cook a turkey in a unique and entertaining way.  He told fellow scientist, Peter Collinson, of a dream he had to host the world’s first electric barbeque.  He practiced for months on turkeys and chickens by electrocuting them with Leyden jars.  The tests were unsuccessful.  Each bird would merely be knocked into unconsciousness and then would “rise from the dead” as they awoke.  This of course freaked out Benjamin Franklin.  After several tests, he finally felt that he had mastered this trick.  

On December 23, 1750, Franklin got his chance to show off his new party trick.  Unfortunately, it did not turn out the way that he had planned.  He set the pernicious charge to electrocute the contained turkey, but the electricity shocked him instead!  The turkey fled and Franklin was on the ground.  The only thing that hurt more than his chest was his ego!  Although this trick didn’t go as planned, it forever changed the way that we eat.  Franklin had unintentionally discovered how to tenderize meat through electric charge.  This method has been used to tenderize meat ever since.

With the holiday season just around the corner, you might be wondering how to make your own turkey.  Here are a few recipes that don’t involve electrocution:

  1. Perfect Roast Turkey 
  2. Cajun Deep-Fried Turkey
  3. Vegan & Gluten-Free Tofurkey with Stuffing
  4. Bay Leaf and Honey Glazed Turkey with Pear Chutney
  5. Air-Fryer Turkey
  6. Bourbon-Brined Turkey with Apple Bourbon Pan Gravy 
  7. Braised Turkey with Moroccon Spices
  8. Turkey with Herby Pork and Apricot Stuffing
  9. The Greatest Grilled Turkey
  10. Turducken

We hope that you all have a safe and wonderful holiday season!


National Apple Day

It’s finally Fall!  The weather is cooler.  The air smells like fallen leaves and pumpkin spice lattes.  You can finally wear your favorite sweaters and scarves again.  The best part of all?  It’s apple cider season!  Apples are one of the most versatile fruits in existence.  They’re healthy, delicious, and if you eat one a day it will keep the doctor away.  They’re so wonderful that the U.K.-based charity organization called Common Ground started National Apple Day in 1990 to celebrate all things apple.

Fun Facts About Apples:

  1. The first apple trees were said to have been found in central Asian anywhere from 10 to 20 million years ago.  
  2. Originally sour, they evolved into sweeter fruits.
  3. China is the top producer of apples.  The U.S.A. and Poland are also top producers.
  4. Gala apples are the most popular, followed by red delicious, granny smith, fuji, and honeycrisp.
  5. The apple came to America in 1607.
  6. “Johnny Appleseed” was actually named John Eastman.  In the early 19th century, he traveled through the Midwest to plant apple trees, as well as to educate farmers about how to care for them.
  7. Although it’s considered an American staple, the apple pie was first invented in 1381 in England.
  8. Washington State is the largest producer of apples in the United States.
  9. Black Diamond apples are the rarest type and are actually a dark hue of purple in color.
  10. The wilderness of Koolan in Maui is the largest apple orchard in the world.

Awesome Ways to Celebrate Apple Day:

  1. Plant an apple tree in your backyard.
  2. Visit an apple orchard.
  3. Bake an apple pie.
  4. Try a new variety of apple that you’ve never tried before.
  5. Drink apple cider. (My personal favorite is Big B’s)
  6. Make homemade applesauce.
  7. Make an apple scented candle.
  8. Try bobbing for apples.
  9. Make caramel apples.
  10. Make an apple costume to wear on Halloween.


Enjoy your day!



National Online Learning Day!


National Online Learning Day

September 15th is National Online Learning Day! This day recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of online and blended learning institutions. As we all know, Covid has forced many of us to rethink how we work and also how we learn.  Many of us are working and learning from home. We can’t think of a better day than today to tell you all that we have put all of our courses online! We have interactive live-streamed courses, as well as courses on the go. Some of them are even FREE! (Yes, you read that correctly. FREE!)  You can earn your continuing education units while lounging around in your pajamas at home, camping in the woods, chilling by the pool, or maybe even sitting next to your child who’s also learning from home. You can learn at your own pace from anywhere in the world! 

But enough about us.  Did you know that the first online high school was created in 1994? With the internet growing in popularity, more online schools were established.  Eventually, colleges and universities added online courses as flexible learning options. Virtual classrooms have become more technologically advanced since their humble beginning in the 1990’s.  Now, there are more programs and apps available to make learning on the go much more convenient. 


Here are just a few ways to celebrate Online Learning Day:

  1. Take an online course – Whether it’s from us at Brainfiller or from your local university, now is the perfect opportunity to learn the latest and greatest in your field. Or maybe you’re interested in learning something new? That’s the beauty of online learning. You can learn anything at any time from anywhere!
  2. Learn a new skill – Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet? Or maybe you would like to learn how to build a desk for your home office? Luckily, we live in an era with endless Youtube tutorials that can teach us whatever we’re interested in!
  3. Create a Youtube Tutorial – Do you have a skill that you would like to share with the world? Help others by creating a YouTube tutorial video!
  4. Become an online teacher – Have you been in your field for awhile and now you’re looking for a way to help others? Try teaching online! Many universities are looking for online instructors for various fields of study. You may also consider teaching ESL to children from around the world. The possibilities are endless.
  5. Thank your online teachers (and teacher friends!) – It’s not always easy, but they sure make it look like it is.  Send a thank you to your favorite online teacher to let them know that they are appreciated.

Happy Learning!

National Hot Dog Day!


It’s National Hot Dog Day! In 1871, a German baker named Charles Felton opened the first hot dog stand on Coney Island.  Originally called dachshund sausages (named after the dog), he sold 3,684 in his first year.  Thanks to this culinary innovation, the hot dog has become an American staple in food culture.  Not only are there many toppings to choose from, but there are also many different types of hot dogs.  Beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and even vegan options have gained in popularity.  Here are some of our favorite hot dog recipes that we would like to share with you!


  1. Quesadogas – Get your tex-mex fix with this perfect combination of a hot dog and a quesadilla. 
  2. Campfire Pigs in a Blanket – Are you going on a camping trip?  Or maybe you’re just hanging out around the fire pit in your backyard?  This is the perfect campfire meal for this summer!
  3. Homemade Gourmet Vegan Hot Dogs – Looking for something plant-based?  This yummy recipe also includes a recipe for cashew-almond cheese sauce.  Short on time?  Most grocery stores have fantastic veggie dogs that you don’t need to make from scratch.  Toppings not included.
  4. Hot Dog Bar – Is your family picky?  Do they each like different things?  Set up a hot dog bar and let them create their own hot dog creations!
  5. Garlic Bread Hot Dog – Want something that’s a little more Italian?  Try out a hot dog stuffed in garlic bread!
  6. Mac and Cheese Dog Casserole – If you’re not in the mood to eat a hot dog in a bun, you can try putting it into a casserole!  I mean, who doesn’t love mac and cheese? 
  7. Pizza Hot Dogs – Here’s a recipe that combines two of the best foods on the planet!
  8. Bánh Mì Hot Dogs For an amazing Vietnamese flare on a traditional meal, try out the Banh Mi Hot Dog!


Enjoy your hot dogs!


It’s Not All Bad…

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We’re almost halfway through 2020!  It’s no secret that this year has been challenging for most of us and that it is sometimes difficult to stay positive.  However, with all of the bad there’s also a lot of good in the world.  In the wake of our pandemic, actor John Krasinski from the show The Office created an entire online news program called Some Good News, which was dedicated to sharing good news that’s happening in the world.  This has inspired us to share some good news with you. 

Here are a few positive things that have happened so far in 2020:

  1. 7-year Old Holds Prom for His Babysitter:  When Rachel Chapman’s prom was cancelled due to Covid-19, young Curtis decided to take matters into his own hands.  He surprised her with dinner and a dance.  Curtis dressed up and picked out a menu based on what they would eat together when she babysat: peanut butter and apples, Chick-fil-A, and smoothies.
  2. 99-year-old Veteran beats Covid-19 and Surprises Granddaughter on Wedding Day:  WWII veteran, Vincent Simeone, was hospitalized for Covid for two weeks.  When he recovered, he was able to surprise his granddaughter, Amy Zimmerman at her wedding on May 24th.  This also would have been his late wife Millie’s 100th birthday. 
  3. Iowa Teen Launches Free Grocery Delivery Service for Seniors:  Seventeen-year-old Tenner Kenin has a mission to keep senior citizens safe during the pandemic.  He started T’s Angel Hands to help out seniors who are struggling to find delivery times and aren’t able to go to the store for fear of getting sick.  He and dozens of volunteers are not only helping seniors, but they are also helping people with underlying health issues and pregnant women.  
  4. Canadian Company Aims to Plant 1 Billion Trees by 2020 Using Drones: Flash Forest, a Canadian startup, is using drones to drop seed pods into areas that may otherwise not be reached.  They are currently able to plant 10,000-20,000 trees per day, but are hoping to reach 100,000 trees per day.
  5. Singer Rents Cherry Picker to Sing to a Senior Center: Since nursing homes currently do not allow visitors, Colette Hawley of Chicago decided to take matters into her own hands.  She rented a 30 foot cherry picker bucket truck to lift her up to sing through the windows of Chicago Methodist Senior Services.  The grateful residents were seen clapping and waving through the windows.  Some were even brought outside to dance.

Hang in there.  




National Electrical Safety Month

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May is National Electrical Safety Month!  This month is a great time to double check all of your electrical equipment in your home.  It’s also a great time to learn about electrical hazards and how to avoid them.

Electrical Safety Checklist:

  1. Check all electrical cords for fraying and replace any that may be damaged.
  2. Keep all electrical appliances away from water.
  3. Don’t nail or tack cords to the wall or floor.
  4. Use outlet covers to protect children from electrical outlets.
  5. Never touch a downed powerline!  Stay at least 35 feet away and call 911.
  6. Don’t plant trees near utility equipment or under power lines.
  7. Stay at least 10 feet away from all overhead power lines.
  8. Do not touch anything that’s touching a powerline.
  9. Check your extension cords.  These are meant to be temporary and not a permanent fixture.  All appliances should be plugged directly into the wall and not into an extension cord.
  10.  Don’t overload your electrical circuits.  Flickering lights, warm or discolored wall plates, and mild shock from appliances or switches can all indicate overloaded circuits.

   Have a safe day!

National Lineman Appreciation Day


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National Lineman Appreciation Day 

Imagine being quarantined without power.  No Netflix.  No refrigerator.  No video games to keep your kids occupied while you’re trying to work.  No computers to allow you to work.  No power or technology of any kind.  Thanks to linemen, we are able to have all of these things.  Saturday was Lineman Appreciation Day.  Linemen work around the clock to make sure that we have power.  They work under high risk conditions on a daily basis.  Without them, we would not be able to function in our high-tech world.  How did this appreciation day come to be?  On April 10, 2013, U.S. Senate Resolution 95 declared April 18th as Lineman Appreciation Day.

Here are a few facts about the history of linemen:

  1. The profession began in the 1840’s due to the invention of the telegraph.  Lines were originally strung on trees, but eventually wooden poles were put in place.  There was very little training available and the job was extremely dangerous.  They were responsible for connecting communities to the ever growing power grid.
  2. Between the 1890’s and 1930’s, line work was considered one of the most dangerous jobs in existence.  One in 3 linemen were killed on the job, typically from electrocution.
  3. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, electricity became more publicly dependent.  Maintenance of power lines and quick repairs became more important.
  4. In the 1950’s, some electric lines began to be installed underground.
  5. Now, industry standards and best practices have been put in place to protect our linemen.  There are 3 organizations leading lineman health and safety: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, National Electrical Contractors Association, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

If you see a lineman, thank them.  If you see anyone on the front lines, thank them, too.  There are many essential workers on the frontlines right now.  We at Brainfiller appreciate ALL of you who are still working to keep life as normal as possible for us during this time.

Stay safe!


A Socially Distant St. Patrick’s Day – Virtual Celebrations

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What a week! Like everyone else, we at Brainfiller have been following the COVID-19 news closely.  For many of us, we are so used to the hustle and bustle of life that when we are forced to stay home and slow down, we are unsure what to do with ourselves.  If you’re like me, you’re home with your kids trying to entertain them and make sure that they are staying happy and healthy.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day.  A day when many of us would be out socializing and celebrating.  Just because we are social distancing, that does NOT mean that we can’t still celebrate!  Here are some fun activities that you can do to celebrate from home:

  1. Dropkick Murphy’s Livestream: Every year, the iconic Celtic-punk band Dropkick Murphy’s puts on a live show to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This year, they will be doing a livestream concert for the entire world to watch.  You can watch it on their YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.  For more information, please visit Dropkick Murphys.
  2. Virtual Milwaukee Irish Fest: With the trend of putting everything online, the Milwaukee Irish Fest will also be live streaming for your enjoyment. They will also be featuring artist-curated videos, Irish Fest throwback videos, and more.  For more information, please visit Irish Fest.
  3. Shamrocks & Shenanigans Virtual 4 Miler: Just because you’re social distancing, doesn’t mean you can’t go outside and run (from a distance). This virtual race will be held all month long. To sign up go to Shamrocks & Shenanigans.
  4. Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The parades have been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun! People all over Twitter have announced that they will be having their own virtual parades in their homes. Dress up in green and orange and have a parade in your own living room!
  5. LemonAid – St. Patrick’s Day Virtual Festival: This virtual festival has several artists performing and will have two virtual stages – one on Facebook and one on Instagram Live. This is taking place from 1pm – 10pm ET and has no cover charge. However, they will be suggesting ways to support the artists.   Check it out at their Facebook event page: LemonAid – St. Patrick’s Day Virtual Festival.
  6. Gardening: This is a great day to try out your green thumb and start planting some flowers and vegetables for the summer. You can do this indoors if it’s still too cold, or outside if the weather is nice. You can even plant shamrocks for a fun St. Patty’s Day addition.
  7. Green Volcano: If you’re at home with your kids, you should create a green volcano! This is a fun experiment for kids of any age.  You can get instructions at: Science Fun! Don’t forget to add some green food coloring.
  8. Tie-Dye Fun: Another fun project for today would be to tie-dye T-shirts! Use green and orange for a fun St. Patrick’s Day project.
  9. Green Food: Try to eat only green foods today. Turn it into a game for your kids by telling them that the Leprechaun’s rule is that they must only eat green today.  It can be a fun way to get them to eat their green vegetables.
  10. Virtually Tour St. Patrick’s Cathedral: There are many museums and tourist attractions available to view online right now. One of them is St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. You can view it on their app or on their website at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

We hope that you all stay safe and healthy.  Have a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day!


National Love Your Pet Day


February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day!  We at Brainfiller have many fur babies whom we love and adore.  From cats and dogs to ferrets and lizards, we love them all.  Above is a picture of our pug Skittles dressed up as Thor.  Did you know that about 85 million households in the U.S. own at least one pet?  Although most of them have dogs and cats, there are many other types of animal companions.  As if we need another reason to love our pets, today is the day to give them some extra love and attention.

Here are some ways to celebrate your pets today:

  1. Make a special treat: Here is a link to recipes for homemade dog treats: Good Housekeeping Pet Treats
  2. Spoil your pet with a new toy: Visit your local pet store to buy a new toy for your pet. If possible, visit an independently owned store.
  3. Give them some extra play time: Take your pet to the park or play in your home. Either way, your pet will love and appreciate the extra attention they are getting from you.  You can also try to teach them a new trick.
  4. Arrange a pet playdate: If your pet loves to socialize, this is the perfect day to let them play with or make new friends. Dog parks are the best places to help socialize your pup.
  5. Take them to a pet spa: Take your pet to get a nice massage and grooming.
  6. Give them some extra cuddle time: Fuzzy or scaly, all animals love to get cuddles from their favorite humans.
  7. Take your pet to a pet friendly restaurant: This one is typically just for dogs, but that’s not always the case. I was recently at a restaurant in Las Vegas, NV and saw a girl carrying around her bearded dragon on her shoulder.
  8. Take your pet for a walk in a new place: Or maybe go hiking! Animals love getting to explore new places and smells.  Just remember to bring plenty of water for your pet.
  9. Drink with your pet: Companies like Pet Winery and Apollo Peak make pet-safe mocktails, beer, wine, and champagne so they can celebrate life with you.
  10. Share pictures of your pet on social media: Tag #brainfillerpets so we can see your adorable pets!

Have fun with your pets today!


Grey Matter (the brain not our newsletter)

Grey Matter Facts

The human brain consists of 60% white matter and 40% grey matter.  But what is grey matter? And why do we call this lovely newsletter by that name?

Grey matter includes regions of the brain involved in muscle control and sensory perception.  It is also vital to our intelligence and memory.  We at Brainfiller have a primary goal to fill all brains with as much knowledge as possible.  Your grey matter will help you to remember it.  Thus our reason for calling this newsletter, “Grey Matter.”

Allow us to fill your brain with these fun facts about your brain:

  1. Your brain produces enough energy to power a light bulb. Your brain can produce enough energy to power a 25-watt light bulb, even while sleeping.
  2. Brains are busier when you’re sleeping. We’re always told to get a good night’s sleep before a big test. This is why!  Brains spend your sleeping hours organizing and storing information you come across throughout the day, including all of that information you just studied for a big test.  Your brain is so busy when you’re sleeping that it has to produce a hormone that keeps you immobilized so you won’t react to any of the ideas that are going through your head.
  3. Grey matter isn’t actually grey. Don’t let the name fool you. Grey matter doesn’t turn grey until it dies. It is actually a healthy pink due to all the blood that’s constantly flowing through it.
  4. Humans use much more than 10% of their brains. We aren’t sure where this information about only using 10% came from, but we do know that it’s not true! Although you may not be using every part of your brain at every moment of the day, you will use every part at some point during the day.  Each part of our brain has a different purpose, but they’re all essential to function.
  5. Your brain doesn’t feel pain. Even though our brain will tell us loud and clear when we’re in pain, the brain tissue itself doesn’t contain pain receptors and thus cannot feel pain.
  6. Your brain is addicted to oxygen. Our brain makes up less than 2% of our body weight, and yet it consumes 20% of the oxygen in your bloodstream. The brain divides that oxygen up between grey and white matter, with white matter getting just 6% and gray matter taking in 94%.
  7. Your brain is mostly water. The average brain is about 73% water. Much of that water comes from blood. About a gallon of it flows through every four minutes.
  8. A fat brain is a healthy brain. The brain is the most fatty organ in the body and you want it to be! The fat is necessary to insulate neurons and allow messages to travel through the brain and the body without getting lost.

Have a brainy day!


National Maple Syrup Day!

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Pass the syrup, please!  Yesterday was National Maple Syrup Day!  Yep, we will celebrate anything here at Brainfiller HQ.

This natural sweetener was first discovered and processed by the indigenous people of North America.  European settlers later refined the art of making syrup.  Up until the 1930’s, the United States were the world leaders in maple syrup production.  Now, Canada has taken the maple syrup throne.

Did you know that a maple syrup production farm is called a sugarbush or a sugarwood?  Here are some other fun facts about maple syrup:



  1. Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States.
  2. Sap is boiled in a sugar house which is also known as a sugar shanty, sugar shack or a cabane à sucre.
  3. Although not limited to these maple species, it is usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple or black maple trees.
  4. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.
  5. Quebec produces about 2/3 of the world’s syrup.
  6. A quarter cup of syrup is high in minerals.
  7. The first written account of maple syrup production comes from 1606.
  8. A tree takes about 40 years before it’s large enough to tap.
  9. The International Maple Syrup Institute was founded in 1975 and their meetings include breakfast buffets.
  10. Sap is usually preferred to syrup in Korea. Since the ninth century, the gorosoe, or “tree good for the bones,” is a Korean maple that’s been tapped by southern villagers. Locals drink over 5 gallons in one sitting as a common practice.

Enjoy this day with some pancakes or waffles.  Or you can be like Buddy the Elf and try some syrup on your spaghetti.

Have an extra sweet day!


Hooray – It’s National Cheeseburger Day!

September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day and we are all very excited here at Brainfiller. However, in all fairness it doesn’t take much for us to get excited!

Cheeseburgers have been a staple of American culture since the 1920’s.  In 1926, Lionel Sternberger got the brilliantly cheesy idea to add a slice of cheese to his burger while working as a fry cook at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot.”  Today, that basic cheeseburger has been re-created into a variety of mouth-watering recipes.

Here are our top 5 favorite creative burger recipes for you to try:

  1. The Pizza Burger


  1. The Bloody Mary Burger


  1. Gingered Burger w/Lime Slaw


  1. French Onion Soup Burger


  1. The Mediterranean Burger


Not a fan of meat?  No problem!  With so many vegan options available these days, you can still make each of these burgers without meat.  Try them with the Impossible Burger or your favorite black bean burger.  There are also many options for vegan cheeses, vegan bacon, and even vegan pepperoni!

Just in case I made you lose your mind over cheeseburgers, here is a super cheesy list of deals that I found where you can indulge yourself!

Red RobinGourmet Cheeseburger with Bottomless Steak Fries
Purchase any regular-sized beverage when you dine in and get a Gourmet Cheeseburger with Bottomless Steak Fries for $5.

Black Angus SteakhouseGuacamole Cheeseburger or Steakhouse Bacon Cheeseburger
Black Angus diners will receive a 16 oz. draft beer and a side of fries or coleslaw when they order a cheeseburger for just $12.99 (prices vary in Hawaii and Alaska).

Burger 21 Super Cheesy 
The “limited edition” B21 Super Cheesy has returned for National Cheeseburger Day (naturally). 

Halo Burger QP Burgers 
Halo Burger, the pride of Flint, Michigan, will celebrate its 96th birthday by serving up $1.96 QP Burgers on National Cheeseburger Day. The chain, with eight locations in and around Flint, remains committed to sourcing “fresh, local Michigan ingredients.” The offer’s good from 2pm to 7pm on September 18th.

Black Tap Free All-American Burgers
Black Tap’s All-American is a classic cheeseburger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and house-made special sauce. The first 100 customers at each restaurant receive one free! U.S. locations include Southern California (Downtown Disney), Las Vegas (The Venetian), and New York City.

MooyahFree Cheeseburgers
All Mooyah locations will offer a free cheeseburger to Rewards App members — with purchase of fries and drink (or shake). Note: Anyone can download the app and get the offer on the spot.

Smashburger – BOGO
Smashburger will offer a BOGO (buy one, get one) deal on their double classic Smashburgers.  That’s two burgers for $6.99.

White Castle Sliders
And…if you really want to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, order 10 Cheesy Sliders for only $6.99. Available NOW!

Have a Super Cheesy Day!




(Disclaimer – Brainfiller, Inc. and it’s employees are not responsible for the accuracy of these deals)