National Earmuff Day
National Earmuff Day
National Earmuff Day is observed on March 13. It is celebrated to commemorate the invention of innovative and fun objects like earmuffs.
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Why National Earmuff Day?
The origin of this day has an interesting history behind it. As we already know that necessity is the mother of invention. In the mid-1800s, a fifteen-year-old boy, Chester Greenwood, spent an entire day ice-skating and was freezing in the cold. He wanted a way to keep his ears warm in the chilly weather. So, Mr. Greenwood had an idea, and with the help of his grandmother, he sewed tufts of fur between loops of wire. This is how “Earmuffs” was created.
On March 13, 1877, he received a patent for his creation. Before this, the only way to protect one’s ears in freezing weather was a hat, earplugs, or mufflers. But we all know and have experienced how this amazing creation outweighs its competitors in keeping our ears warm.
Mr. Greenwood had no idea how this innocent piece of the invention would prove to be a boon to millions of people all over the world living in chilly regions. Earmuffs, also known as thermal muffs, are now a basic necessity that and almost everyone possesses at least one pair. Do you remember, in your childhood when your friends used to tease you for wearing ugly masks. Thanks to this invention, we could replace that with something trendy and flexible in our winter fashionwear without looking like a joker.
Nowadays, earmuffs are basically classified as a clothing accessory or PPE. Its construction typically consists of a pair of ear shields or pads connected by a curved strip, usually made of metal or thermoplastic. It is most commonly used to keep ears warm in cold weather, and thus the pads are made from fabric, foam or thermoplastic, or the combination of these materials. Earmuffs are usually worn on top of a person’s head or around the back of his head, like a headband. It comes in a wide variety of colors and multiple designs. The earpads come in various shapes and sizes depending on the purpose and fashion.
The earmuffs later also accelerated the development of “acoustic earmuffs.” As the name suggests, these are sound dampeners. This is mostly used by construction site workers all over the world. This can also be used in a person’s day to day life as it acts as a noise cancellation mechanism. These earmuffs provide various levels of sound cancellation facility according to one’s needs. The maximum Noise Reduction Rating(NRR) that it has is around 33 decibels. It almost blocks the sound entirely!
How can we observe National Earmuff Day?
- Wear your favorite pair
To celebrate this day, wear the cutest earmuff you possess. Match your earmuff with your outfit and rock your look!
- Personalize your earmuff
Choose a pair of earmuffs whose style complements your personality. Add a few stickers, and you are good to go!
- Gift your friends and family members
You can gift a pair to a closed one.
Donating earmuffs to the needy is one of the kindest ways to celebrate this day as not everyone has enough resources to buy it!
- Show some love
Post your pics and videos on social media handles, wearing an earmuff using hashtags like #NationalEarmuffDay and #EarmuffDay.
Interesting facts on National Earmuff Day:
Some interesting facts to make you love this day and your earmuffs even more!
- The inventor Chester Greenwood had large protruding ears, no wonder he had to come up with a way to keep them warm.
- The first working prototype was made from beaver fur and wire.
- Farmington, Maine, is the Earmuff Capital of the world. Every year this town, the inventor’s hometown, celebrates this day with a parade on “Chester Greenwood Day.”
- Greenwood opened an earmuff factory, which by 1883, was making almost 50,000 pairs a year. This also employed workers in his area.
- Greenwood has more than 100 patents, including folding beds, mouse traps that use fake cheese, shock absorber, etc.
- In 2014, Healthcare Earmuff with Bluetooth feature was patented.
- Europe Patent Office has almost 293 patents, which has earmuffs or ear-muffin its title.
- The word “Earmuff” was used as a single word for the first time in 1889.
History of National Earmuff Day:
Who started celebrating this day and why this was first celebrated is still a mystery that is yet to be solved. We know for now that young Chester Greenwood was awarded a patent on the same day that is March 13, for his marvelous invention. This may be one of the reasons behind the celebration of the day on this particular date. However, little did Mr. Chester knew back then that his simple idea would revolutionize the idea of protecting ears entirely and make him worthy of blessings of millions or rather billions of people all around the world!