Thursday, July 11, 2013

7-Eleven Day, Day of the Five Billion, World Population Day, more

July 11th, 2013, is 7-Eleven Day, National Cheer Up the Lonely Day, Bowdler's Day, Day of the Five Billion, World Population Day, and National Blueberry Muffin Day.

The famous convenience store celebrates its 86th birthday, 7-Eleven Day, on 7/11/13. You might score a free Slurpee - an actual small size this year, rather than the traditional 7.11-ounce giveaway size. Learn the Slurpee Dance!

Observe National Cheer Up the Lonely Day by doing just that - cheering up someone in your life who is going through a hard time. Offer them a break from their routine, take them to lunch, or help them clean out their garage. You get the idea. Just remind them that they are not alone.

According to, bowdlerize means "to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable." The word comes from Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who edited the works of Shakespeare to fit his narrow vision of what is decent. He omitted Romeo and Juliet entirely. July 11th is Bowdler's Day in remembrance of Bowdler's birth date.

On July 11th, 1987, an eight-pound Yugoslavian baby boy was declared to be the five billionth inhabitant of our earth. Day of the Five Billion was surpassed by Day of the Six Billion on October 12th, 1999. On Halloween of 2011 we reached Day of the Seven Billion. That's an unbelievable growth rate, people.

Day of the Five Billion inspired the United Nations to create World Population Day, to raise awareness of our over-population epidemic and the dire future our descendants could face. This year's theme is "Spotlight on Adolescent Pregnancy." If this population counter doesn't mesmerize and terrify you, you have ice in your veins.

Maybe you'd like something to eat while you enjoy your free Slurpee and worry about population growth. How about a blueberry muffin, since today is National Blueberry Muffin Day?

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