We have America to thank for National Watermelon Day which falls annually on this day. Why the 3rd August? Who cares, it’s a good excuse to eat a watermelon, carve a watermelon, or, in our case, use watermelons in cocktails.
But first, 10 fun facts from America's National Watermelon Promotion Board:
Not to be outdone by the National Watermelon Promotion Board, we present 10 watermelon cocktails (click names for recipes):
Navigating under the North Pole is no mean feat but at 11.15pm on 3 August 1958, Captain Anderson and the crew of the USS Nautilus submarine did exactly that - despite magnetism confusing conventional guidance systems, and there being absolutely nothing to see.
They discovered that the Arctic Sea stretched more than (2½ miles 4,000 metres) below the North Pole's ice floes. Avoiding antagonising the USSR, they travelled between Alaska and Iceland at the impressive speed of around 25 mph (40 kph). Anderson hoped that passenger submarines would one day ply the route. They don't - yet his achievement deserves celebrating with the aptly named Submarine Kiss.
This day in 1914, the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, looked out over a darkening London and remarked: "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."
Germany declared war on Russia on the 1st August 1914 and France on the 3rd, also invading Belgium on the same day. Britain had promised to protect Belgium so the invasion effectively forced Britain's entry into the First World War. Millions would die in the trenches, and millions more would live the rest of their lives with injuries and trauma.
In the hope we never see a Third World War, we're toasting Sir Edward with a Moonlight Cocktail, a riff on the Aviation created by the great Garry 'gaz' Regan. We'll leave you with our favourite, very British, joke about American defence policy: "The Americans were late for the first two World Wars so they're trying to be really punctual for the third."