Saturday, May 14, 2011

Naked Gardening Day, Dance like a Chicken Day, Windmill Day, more

May 14th, 2011 is World Naked Gardening Day, Dance like a Chicken Day, National Windmill Day, Underground America Day, National Buttermilk Biscuit Day, Stamp Out Hunger, International Migratory Bird Day, National Miniature Golf Day, Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test, World Fair Trade Day, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day and Birth Mother's Day

WARNING: Don't click the following link if you find nudity offensive! Today is the sixth annual World Naked Gardening Day. Be careful with the pruning shears if you celebrate this one. Oh, and please don't call me to bail you out.

Are you gardening naked? Might as well take it to the next level and do the Chicken Dance among the iris and shrubbery. Happy Dance like a Chicken Day!

Celebrate the 39th annual National Windmill Day today and tomorrow, if you're in Holland. I wish I were there! More than half of the Dutch windmills are open to the public on National Windmill Day, with food and activities for all.

Underground America Day honors North Americans who live under the ground rather than on it. Architect Malcolm Wells conjured up (conjured down?) this holiday in 1974. Wells states, "I woke up one day to the fact that the Earth's surface was made for living plants, not industrial plants."

Today is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. Can't beat 'em with sausage gravy.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, is the largest single-day food drive in the United States. According to their website, 49,033,784 Americans are hungry today.

International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in May in the U.S. and Canada; on the second Saturday in October in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The theme for 2011 is "Go Wild, Go Birding!" But how do birds manage to migrate year after year without GPS?

Ready for some retro fun? Play a round or two on National Miniature Golf Day.

The Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test is a companion event to Armed Forces Day (May 21st, 2011). The event takes place on May 14th, 2011 to avoid conflict with the Dayton Hamvention. During the Amateur Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test, amateur radio operators and short wave listeners are given "an opportunity to demonstrate their individual technical skills and to receive recognition from the Secretary of Defense and/or the appropriate military radio station for their proven expertise."

Sponsored by the World Fair Trade Organization, World Fair Trade Day is meant to help producers "improve their livelihoods and communities through Fair Trade."

On Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day, learn more about this genetic disorder that affects approximately 1 in 10,000 live births. CdLS causes physical, cognitive, and medical challenges.

Birth Mother's Day occurs on the second Saturday in May, to honor women who placed their children in adoption. The day was founded by a group of Seattle mothers, out of recognition that "Mother's Day is one of the most painful days of the year - second only to the birthday of our missing children."

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