Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Meaning of "Is" Day, Tell the Truth Day, #2 Pencil Day, more

August 17th, 2011, is National Meaning of "Is" Day, Tell the Truth Day, #2 Pencil Day, National Thrift Shop Day, National Medical Dosimetrist Day, Independence Day (Indonesia), and National Vanilla Custard Day.

On this day in 1998, then-President Bill Clinton uttered his famous words to a grand jury: "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is." The grand jury was seeking to determine the nature of Clinton's involvement with intern Monica Lewinsky. Not a high point in our political history. Anyway, today "is" the National Meaning of "Is" Day.

Tell the Truth Day is an interesting companion holiday to the one already mentioned. Does telling the truth require brutal honesty, deft avoidance of details, or a balance in which people's feelings and intentions matter more than cold, hard fact?

On #2 Pencil Day, take a moment to consider how extraordinary the ordinary pencil is. How do they get the round lead (which isn't really lead) inside that piece of wood?

National Thrift Shop Day celebrates stores where bargains can be found, sometimes on new items, sometimes on items gently used. Who can't use a bargain in these times?

National Medical Dosimetrist Day honors those oncology specialists who measure radiation doses.

Indonesia observes Independence Day on August 17th.

A world of dessert options is available for you today, National Vanilla Custard Day. Serve your vanilla custard plain, in a pie, or in creme brulee. Just enjoy!

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