18 March

National Sloppy Joe Day

Sloppy Joe

So we are drinking a...

Sloppy Joe

Ah, National Sloppy Joe Day, that magical day when our American friends celebrate the wonder that is the sloppy joe. For those unfamiliar with this culinary delight, a sloppy joe is a sandwich made from ground beef, tomato sauce, and various seasonings, all piled onto a soft hamburger bun. It's messy, it's delicious, and it's a staple of American cuisine.

If you're a Brit reading this, you might be scratching your head at the idea of a sloppy joe. After all, isn't a sandwich supposed to be neat and tidy? Pass the tea and scones won't you? Well, sometimes it's okay to let loose and embrace the mess. In fact, there's something almost cathartic about sinking your teeth into a juicy, saucy sandwich and feeling the tomato sauce drip down your chin. It's a reminder that life doesn't always have to be prim and proper. Sometimes, it's good to get a little sloppy.

And let's not forget the practicality of the sloppy joe. It's the perfect meal for those busy days when you don't have time to sit down for a formal dinner. Just grab a sloppy joe, and you're good to go. Plus, it's an easy meal to make for a crowd, which makes it ideal for parties and other social gatherings.

So, on this National Sloppy Joe Day, let's all take a moment to appreciate the messy, delicious, and uniquely American sandwich that is the sloppy joe. And if we can't convince you to try one, maybe we could tempt you with the Sloppy Joe cocktail. It's rather less messy to consume, but just as delicious.

Global Recycling Day

Although hopefully the majority of us are already recycling as much as we can, there is still more to do, and Global Recycling Day is on a mission to raise awareness around the importance of recycling, its impact on climate change, and the wellbeing of the planet we call home.

The day was started in 2015 by the then-president of the Bureau of International Recycling, Ranjit S. Baxi, who raised awareness for it at the World Recycling Convention the same year. March 18th was chosen due to it also being the birthday of the Bureau of International Recycling, and it has been recognised by the U.N. since 2018.

We rely on six natural resources to survive: water, oil, air, natural gas, coal and minerals. Also known as the 'Seventh Resource', recyclables can be used repeatedly instead of natural resources, which we have a limited supply and are rapidly running out of. Recycling helps to slow the rate at which we use natural resources by reusing the materials we've already used. It also helps to reduce the pollution caused by using natural resources and the production of brand-new items.

Get involved in local recycling events, speak up against big companies and corporations who aren't doing enough, and look at your waste before throwing it and consider if it has another use. By reusing items we were going to throw away, we can save ourselves money and, if not, donate it or recycle it correctly. If you need to buy something, can you source it second-hand?


  • The world produces hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic waste annually, with approximately 10 million tonnes of that entering our oceans.
  • Recycling provides 500,000 jobs just in the US.
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled repeatedly.
  • The recycling industry is set to save a billion tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030.
  • Newspapers and magazines can be recycled into new ones within a week.

Some brands within the spirit industry are now producing products in cardboard bottles to reduce their carbon footprints and have a positive impact on the planet. Remember to look out for the green, three-arrowed, triangle recycling logo, remember its significance and do your bit.

We're drinking a Green Park in honour of our green spaces that we hope with the combined effort of the world we can protect along with the rest of our planet and the natural wonders and resources within it.

Fra Angelico died this day

The folk behind the hazelnut liqueur Frangelico claim that their secret recipe dates back to a hermit monk named Fra Angelico in 18th-century Piedmont, Italy.

But the Fra Angelico who died in a Roman convent on this day in 1455 is rather better attested: one of the true stars of early Italian Renaissance art, this humble, devout monk was known as "Blessed One" during his lifetime, and would not even pick up a brush without praying first. Today he is beatified - halfway to sainthood - and is the official patron of Catholic artists.

We are toasting him with an Italian-inspired cocktail, a take on the northern Italian aperitif Spritz: the Biscotti Spritz includes not only hazelnut liqueur (that's what Frangelico is) but butterscotch, too.

The last woman burned at the stake in Britain died on this day

Crime and punishment has mercifully moved on over the decades. Britain got rid of the death penalty in the 1960s; we formally abolished hanging, drawing and quartering in the 1870s; we stopped hanging pickpockets in the early 1800s; and we last burned someone at the stake over 230 years ago today. Her name was Catherine Murphy and she had been forging coins, a crime that counted as high treason. Her male conspirators were killed by hanging; as a woman, she had to be burned at the stake.

When we last checked, at least 54 countries around the world still used the death penalty with the USA the last of the G7 countries to maintain the death penalty.

Today, the longest sentence you can serve for forging money is ten years. And we're toasting this more merciful world with The Money Penny, a deliciously grapefruity drink we discovered at the Blue Owl, NYC.

Join the Discussion

... comment(s) for National Sloppy Joe Day

You must log in to your account to make a comment.

Report comment

You must be logged in to upvote or downvote a comment

Click here to login
Welcome to Difford's Guide

All editorial and photography on this website is copyright protected

© Odd Firm of Sin 2024