Friday, May 25, 2012

Don't Fry Day, Brown-Bag-It Day, Geek Pride Day, Towel Day, more

May 25th, 2012, is Don't Fry Day, National Brown-Bag-It Day, Geek Pride Day, Towel Day, National Tap Dance Day, Global Planking Day, National Missing Children's Day, African Liberation Day, Independence Day (Jordan), and National Day (Argentina).

The Friday before Memorial Day in the United States is Don't Fry Day. Yes, wearing sunscreen can be a sticky hassle - but your alternative could be skin cancer.

National Brown-Bag-It Day is an opportunity to save a few dollars and cut calories. Unless, of course, your brown bag holds yesterday's pizza, greasy chips, and double-fudge brownies.

Since you're reading this, there's at least a fifty-fifty chance you're a geek. Not that there's anything wrong with that! Check out some geek jewelry in honor of Geek Pride Day.

Towel Day will only make sense if you've read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. "A about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have," according to the guide. Do you know where your towel is? Check the tweets at #towelday.

National Tap Dance Day is celebrated on the agreed-upon birth date of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson - he had no birth certificate. National Tap Dance Day earned official recognition in 1989.

On this date in 2011 the world celebrated the first - and apparently last - Global Planking Day. Another fad bites the dust.

President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children's Day in 1983. Always keep a recent, high-quality photo of your children close at hand. Also study photos of missing children - you could be the hero who reunites a family.

African Liberation Day commemorates the liberation of many African countries from European colonial powers.

Jordan achieved independence from Britain on this date in 1946. Today is Jordan's Independence Day.

Argentina's National Day or First Government Day commemorates that country's independence from Spanish rule. Argentinians dress in white and blue to celebrate.

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