Thursday, August 11, 2011

Son's and Daughter's Day, Presidential Joke Day, Raspberry Bombe Day, more

August 11th, 2011, is  Son's and Daughter's Day, Presidential Joke Day, National Play in the Sand Day, National Garage Sale Day, Annual Medical Check-Up Day, Ingersoll Day, Assistance Dog Day, St. Clare of Assisi Feast Day, and National Raspberry Bombe Day.

Today is Son's and Daughter's Day. Celebrate as you will, but most of us parents know that every day is pretty much Son's and Daughter's Day, with carpools, schedules, homework, laundry, guidance, and that pesky room and board.

Presidential Joke Day was born on this date in 1984. Then-President Ronald Reagan made an ill-conceived remark, not realizing a nearby microphone was live. Reagan joked that he had outlawed Russia and the bombing would begin in five minutes. Well, humor is subjective, right?

You're so lucky if you live near the beach. You're all set to celebrate National Play in the Sand Day.

Do you have extra thingamabobs and doohickeys taking up space, or do you love rummaging throuth the random accumulations of your neighbors? If so, get ready, because today is National Garage Sale Day.

Here's a truly important yearly event - the Annual Medical Check-Up Day. If it's been a while since you've visited your general practitioner, please schedule an appointment today. I need all of you readers!

Ingersoll Day celebrates the memory of Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899). He was a famous orator and free-thinker, known for his agnosticism and stance against slavery.

Assistance Dog Day was established in 2007 in appreciation of the service dogs who help people with disabilities live fuller lives. Appreciate assistance dogs from a distance, though, with a donation rather than a pat on the head. These animals shouldn't be distracted from their duties.

St. Clare of Assisi Feast Day honors the patron saint of sore eyes.

Today's foodie holiday celebrates a dessert that's new to me - the raspberry bombe. Whip up this unique cold dessert for National Raspberry Bombe Day.

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