Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sweet Tooth Fairy Day, Stepmother's Day, Be a Millionaire Day, more

May 20th, 2012, is International Sweet Tooth Fairy Day, Stepmother's Day, Be a Millionaire Day, Eliza Doolittle Day, Independence Day (Cuba), Independence Day (Camaroon), Watercress Festival, Pick Strawberries Day, and National Quiche Lorraine Day.

Unrequited love handles! Magnetic personality disorder! Pop-up ad nauseum! No, I haven't gone crazy - I'm just celebrating International Sweet Tooth Fairy Day. Sweet Tooth Fairies are a sweet kind of word play, invented by Graham Hidderley/Burgess. Take a common two-word expression, such as "remote control," then make another two-word expression starting with the second word in that expression, as in "control freak." Mash it together - "remote control freak" - and there you have it. I really wish I had a poetic license plate.
Here's to all of you wonderful stepmothers out there, who aren't evil like in the fairy tales of old. Happy Stepmother's Day to you!

Gather your play money or dust off your Monopoly board in honor of Be a Millionaire Day. Buy a lottery ticket. Follow a lucky stock tip - Facebook, perhaps? Of course, if you're fortunate enough to be a millionaire every day, for real, feel free to disregard this holiday.

Eliza Doolittle Day is celebrated on May 20th each year, as set forth in lyrics from the musical, My Fair Lady: "Next week on the 20th of May, I proclaim Eliza Doolittle Day." My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion.

Cuba's Independence Day is celebrated by the exiled Cuban community.

Cameroon celebrates Independence Day today. The Republic of Cameroon, home to approximately 250 ethnic groups, gained its independence in 1972.

Today brings the Watercress Festival in New Alresford, Hampshire, England. I'd sure like to try the champion watercress soup.

Even though today is Pick Strawberries Day, ours aren't ready yet. Perhaps I'll step outside and explain the facts to our lazy, disrespectful strawberry plants. I hope you're having better luck!

Today is National Quiche Lorraine Day. This classic French dish features eggs, bacon and Swiss cheese, combined and baked in a pie crust. The French know their cuisine, but plain old scrambled eggs and bacon would hit the spot right about now.

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