Friday, July 29, 2011

Lipstick Day, Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day, Cudjoe Head Festival, more

July 29th, 2011 is National Lipstick Day, Rain Day, National Talk in an Elevator Day, National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day, SysAdmin Appreciation Day, Gilroy Garlic Festival, Cudjoe Head Festival, and National Lasagna Day.

Today is National Lipstick Day. Even if you don't have the time or inclination, ladies, to apply full makeup, a little lipstick can really brighten up your style. And it's nice for kissing.

Rain Day takes place every July 29th in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, when citizens gather to check for rain. As of 2010, it's rained 112 out of the last 136 years. The strange observance began when a farmer mentioned to a local drug store owner that it would rain the following day, July 29th. When the drug store owner asked why, the farmer explained that the date was his birthday, and his journal showed that it almost always rained on his birthday. Has anyone checked the forecast for Waynesburg? There's an app for that.

National Talk in an Elevator Day pokes fun at social taboos. When I was in college, friends who studied sociology were assigned to turn around and face the other riders in elevators. Similar idea.

National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day is the day when you're supposed to purchase cheese solely for the purpose of baiting your mousetraps. No cheese for you!

Today is SysAdmin Appreciation Day, so do something nice for the System Administrator in your life. These days, they make the world go 'round.

The thirty-third annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, in Gilroy, California, begins today and runs through July 31st. The new item this year in Gourmet Alley is the Surf & Turf Alley wrap - steak, shrimp, rice, cilantro, and garlic aioli, wrapped in a garlic-infused lavash. That sounds amazing. Some day I've gotta try garlic ice cream.

Montserrat celebrates the Cudjoe Head Festival today through July 31st. Cudjoe Head is named for an 18th-century slave, Cudjoe, who ran away from his master, then was recaptured and beheaded. His head was placed on a silk cotton tree as a warning to others. The modern festival celebrates the town's strong African heritage.

Despite the fact that you're supposed to use the cheese you buy today to bait mousetraps, today is National Lasagna Day. Oh well, just plan to buy your ricotta and mozzarella yesterday.

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