Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lemonade Freedom Day, World Mosquito Day, Virtual Worlds Day, more

August 20th, 2011, is Lemonade Freedom Day, World Mosquito Day, Virtual Worlds Day, National Radio Day, International Homeless Animals Day, Constitution Day (Hungary), and National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day.

The message of Lemonade Freedom Day is simple - "Selling lemonade is not a crime!" To expand on that message, local officials should back off when our children want to earn a little money, learn a bit about responsibility and business, and simply have fun. Self-described Voluntaryist Robert Fernandes writes, "Please join us on August 20, 2011 and set up your own lemonade stand. We need to send a message to everyone who is listening. They cannot shut down the kids' lemonade stands. If you do not have kids or do not want to set up your own lemonade stand, please support a local kid's lemonade stand. Selling lemonade is not a crime!"

World Mosquito Day isn't a time to celebrate those pesky little critters who bite. It is a time to think about prevention. Use repellant, avoid being outdoors at dusk, and don't leave standing water on your property. Here's a great tip to help your little ones who want to scratch: Circle the bites with a blue ink pen! I can't say why, but the circles stop the itch.

What is your favorite virtual world? I'm partial to The Sims, especially The Sims 3, a most satisfying time-sucker. Happy Virtual Worlds Day!

On National Radio Day, take a moment to appreciate a medium that's free to all and reliable, offering news, music, and entertainment. Radio has survived in spite of television, the Internet, and so many other options.

The 3rd Saturday in August is International Homeless Animals Day. On the 20th annual event in 2011, candlelight vigils will be held around the world.

Hungary celebrates Constitution Day on August 20th, honoring the adoption of their constitution in 1949.

Pecan pie is one of the world's most perfect desserts. Adding a bit of chocolate couldn't hurt, I suppose. Enjoy National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day.

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