Good morning to my “folliclally encumbered” friends. Today is Hairstyle Appreciation Day. Each individual develops their own unique hairstyle, although many of these are mere attempts at copying a ‘current trend’. Among the most famous hairstyles were the “beehive” for women, and the “crew cut” for men in the 1950′s. The “Mr. Clean” look came into vogue for men in the mid 1990′s. Thanks to genetics, I was a “pioneer” for that style decades before it caught on in the general populous. No matter the style you chose, today is the day to appreciate it. But remember this, God only made a few perfect heads, the rest he covered with hair in an attempt disguise his mistakes.
Today is also National Honesty Day. The month that starts out with frivolous deceit, white lies, and trickery on April Fool’s Day, ends with an appeal for honesty. In my humble opinion, “Honesty is the best policy” is not some trite adage to be spewed out at your convenience. Honestly, if this holiday were celebrated by everyone, everyday, the world would be a better place. Now, if we could only convince our Politicians of that fact.
Today is also Bugs Bunny Day. On this day in 1938, that “wascally wabbit” made his first appearance in the cartoon “Porky’s Hare Hunt”. It wasn’t until July 27, 1940, however, that he was featured in a cartoon of his own titled, “A Wild Hare”. Happy 74th Bugs.
The food related holiday today is National Raisin Day. The word raisin is not the most appealing word in the English language. Being the consummate hippie-dippy “new ager” that I am, I like the term sun-dried grape. Whichever term you prefer, enjoy some today. They are nutritious, sweet, and delicious.
Good afternoon Zippy. Today is Zipper Day. On this day in 1913, Gideon Sundbeck received a patent for what is now known as the zipper. However, this was not the first patent issued for an “automatic continuous clothing closure”. That distinction goes to Elias Howe who patented a cruder form of the device in 1851. Elias Howe also invented the sewing machine around the same time, so his “zipper” was left by the wayside so he could concentrate on that. In the 1920′s, the B.F. Goodrich company had a “new” product (rubber boots, or galoshes) that they wanted to bring to market that utilized Mr. Sundbeck’s invention. They coined the term “zipper”, and the rest is history.
Fun Fact: Did you ever notice the letters YKK on your zipper and wonder what it meant? Well, YKK stands for Yashida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha. They are the largest manufacturer of zippers in the world.
Today is also National Pet Parents Day. If, like me, you consider your pets part of the family, then today is the day to celebrate that fact. Give yourself a pat on the back for all the poop you’ve scooped or cat litter you’ve sifted. Good luck getting your pet to take you to dinner or send you flowers though. Just knowing that they love you unconditionally should be reward enough.
Other holidays today include: Mother, Father Deaf Day, National Dance Day, “Peace” Rose Day, Pinhole Photography Day, and Greenery Day. As usual, you are the arbiter of if and how you choose to celebrate these.
Today’s food related holiday is National Shrimp Scampi Day. Shrimp Scampi is easy to make. All you need is butter, garlic, shrimp, and a drop or two of lemon juice. If you can’t convince your pet to take you out, make some Shrimp Scampi for yourself at home.
Good morning tadpoles. Today is Save the Frogs Day. Save the Frogs Day is a global event that seeks to raise awareness of the plight of amphibians, which are increasingly endangered by climate change, habitat loss, and disease. I know, you’re probably saying to yourself “Why should I care about the plight of frogs? Don’t they cause warts?” The answer to the last question is no. The answer to the first question is, although they aren’t ‘cuddly’, they are cute in their own unique way, and, I’m told, their legs taste like chicken. If that isn’t reason enough, frogs eat mosquitoes, they provide us with medical advances, they are food for fish, birds, and monkeys, and their tadpoles filter our drinking water. Take some time today to learn about frogs, preferably with your children or grandchildren. Visit a local pond or wetland and see if you can find some frogs and/or tadpoles. Hint, they like stagnant water.
Today is also National “go birding” Day. Today is the day to go bird watching. Go to a park and see how many different kinds of birds you can identify. Heck, you can even bird watch from the comfort of your own back yard if you don’t feel like traveling. Maybe you could “kill two birds with one stone”, so to speak, and combine your bird watching adventure with the above mentioned visit to your local wet land to find frogs.
Here are a plethora of other holidays that you can celebrate today if neither of the above pique your interest. It is also: Great Poetry Reading Day, Kiss Your Mate Day, Biological Clock Day, National Rebuilding Day, Sense of Smell Day, Spring Astronomy Day, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, and World Veterinary Day. Surely, one of these is worthy of celebration.
The food related holiday today is National Blueberry Pie Day. After your bird watching and frog search, wouldn’t a nice slice of Blueberry Pie just hit the spot.
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