Monday, July 11, 2011

Bowdler's Day, Day of the Five Billion, 7-Eleven Day, more

July 11th, 2011 is National Cheer Up the Lonely Day, Bowdler's Day, Day of the Five Billion, World Population Day, Town Crier Day, 7-Eleven Day, and National Blueberry Muffin Day.

Observe National Cheer Up the Lonely Day by doing just that - cheering up someone in your life who is going through a hard time. Offer them a break from their routine, take them to lunch, or help them clean out their garage. You get the idea. Just remind them that they are not alone.

According to, bowdlerize means "to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable." The word comes from Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who edited the works of Shakespeare to fit his narrow vision of what is decent. He omitted Romeo and Juliet entirely. July 11th is Bowdler's Day in remembrance of Bowdler's birth date.

On July 11th, 1987, an eight-pound Yugoslavian baby boy was declared to be the five billionth inhabitant of our earth. Day of the Five Billion was surpassed by Day of the Six Billion, October 12th, 1999. Look out for seven, expected this year right around Halloween. Scary.

Day of the Five Billion inspired the United Nations to create World Population Day, to raise awareness of our over-population epidemic and the dire future our descendants could face. If this population counter doesn't mesmerize and scare you, you have ice in your veins.

June 11th is Town Crier Day, in remembrance of the days when people learned about the latest news from a man ringing a bell in the middle of town square. Today, with Twitter and such, all of us are techno town criers.

The famous convenience store celebrates its 84th birthday, 7-Eleven Day, on 7/11/11. You might score one of five million free 7.11-ounce Slurpees.

Maybe you'd like something to eat while you enjoy your free Slurpee. How about a blueberry muffin, since today is National Blueberry Muffin Day?

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