Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bacon Day, Eat Outside Day, more

August 31st, 2013, is International Bacon Day, Speak Kind Words Saturday, I Love Litigating Lawyers Day, Limbra Noastra, Independence Day (Malaysia), Independence Day (Kyrgzstan), Independence Day (Trinidad and Tobago), and National Eat Outside Day.

The Saturday before the first Monday in September is International Bacon Day. With apologies to everyone not allowed to eat this porky delight, bacon is possibly nature's most delectable food. Check out this tribute to bacon from The Trend Police.

The last Saturday in August is Speak Kind Words Saturday. Surprise someone with a compliment - even a stranger.

You might have trouble drumming up enthusiasm for this holiday, unless you've won a big lawsuit or you're married to an attorney, but today is I Love Litigating Lawyers Day. Lawyers are a necessary component of the judicial system.

Moldova celebrates Limbra Noastra, honoring their national language, traditons, and freedoms. "Limbra Noastra" means "our tongue" or "our language."

Malaysia celebrates Independence Day, marking independence from Britain since 1957.

Kyrgyzstan observes Independence Day today, celebrating independence since 1991.

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates fifty years of independence today, Independence Day.

National Eat Outside Day is a great idea if it's not 100-plus degrees where you are. Enjoy!

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Forgive Your Foe Friday, Holistic Pet Day, more

August 30th, 2013, is Forgive Your Foe Friday, Daffodil Day (Southern Hemisphere), National Frankenstein Day, National Holistic Pet Day, Victory Day (Turkey), Constitution Day (Kazakhstan), Feast Day of Santa Rosa of Lima, and Toasted Marshmallow Day.

Maybe lawyers or litigants have been your foes lately. If not, surely someone else has held you back or put you down. Wipe the slate clean, if you can, for today is Forgive Your Foe Friday.

Daffodil Day is the premiere fundraising and awareness event sponsored by the Cancer Society, observed in the Southern Hemisphere in August while daffodils are in bloom. "The daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, whose bright yellow blooms remind us of the joys the new season will bring. It represents the hope there is for the 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by cancer."

National Frankenstein Day commemorates the birth date of Mary Shelly, who wrote Frankenstein at the tender age of eighteen.

National Holistic Pet Day is a time to think about the health of your pets from a prevention point of view. Pets, like people, benefit from proper diet and adequate exercise.

Turkey observes Victory Day on this date, remembering their victory over Greek invaders in 1922.

Kazakhstan celebrates Constitution Day on August 30th. Their current constitution was ratified in 1995.

Peru rmembers Santa Rosa of Lima today as a feast day. Some celebrants drop good will letters into a hollow where St. Rose tossed the key of her belt in penance.

Toasted Marshmallow Day is here, encouraging us to spend time together, whether around a campfire or a kitchen stove. The only matter to debate is golden vs. blackened.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday, According to Hoyle Day, more

August 29th, 2013, is Thoughtful Thursday; According to Hoyle Day; International Day Against Nuclear Tests; National More Herbs, Less Salt Day; and National Lemon Juice Day.

The last Thursday of August is Thoughtful Thursday. You know what to do, right? Give it some thought.

Wanna play cards? Edmund Hoyle invented the 52-card deck and wrote rules of play. Check your bookstore for rules according to Hoyle, then have a fun According to Hoyle Day.

August 29th is International Day Against Nuclear Tests, sponsored by the United Nations. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes: "On this Day, I pledge to personally continue promoting the cause of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and to intensify my efforts to encourage all remaining States to ratify the CTBT."

National More Herbs, Less Salt Day is an inspirational holiday for all. Salt adds flavor, but too much salt has negative  health consequences. Herbs add flavor and offer health benefits. You do the math.

Along with herbs, citrus adds flavor, nutritional benefits, and an acidic zing to food Experiment with flavor on National Lemon Juice Day.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday, Crackers over the Keyboard Day, more

August 28th, 2013, is Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday, Crackers over the Keyboard Day, Race Your Mouse around the Icons Day, Dream Day Quest and Jubilee, National Bow Tie Day, Gone-ta-Pott Day, Mariamoba, and National Cherry Turnover Day.

The last Wednesday in August is Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday. Look around - surely someone nearby needs help toting groceries, meeting a deadline, tending their garden, or surviving until payday. Be there to lend a hand!

If you love your computer or simply want to keep your office job, you should skip this holiday. Otherwise, go crazy and celebrate Crackers over the Keyboard Day.

If you haven't ruined your computer by celebrating the holiday above, feel free to participate in Race Your Mouse around the Icons Day.

Dream Day Quest and Jubilee is one of three Emancipation Days of Respect, honoring the memory of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. August 28th is the anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

If you're a fashion maverick or something of a geek, you'll be glad to know today is National Bow Tie Day.

The fun people at Gone-ta-Pott have declared the 28th of every month as Gone-ta-Pott Day.

The Democratic Republic of Georgia observes Mariamoba on August 28th. Pilgrims from all over the country climb a mountain to Sameba Church in Kasbegi. One tradition involves leading a lamb to the church, circling the church three times, then slaughtering, boiling, and eating the lamb.

Enjoy a tasty treat, suitable for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, in honor of National Cherry Turnover Day.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Touch-a-Heart Tuesday, Pots de Creme Day, more

August 27th, 2013, is Touch-a-Heart Tuesday, Just Because Day, The Duchess Who Wasn't Day, Feast of St. Monica, Independence Day (Moldova), Banana Lover's Day, and National Pots de Creme Day.

The last Tuesday in August is Touch-a-Heart Tuesday. You can touch a heart in many ways, from helping someone in need to offering a sincere compliment, from forgiving someone who cares about you to planning a romantic interlude.

Just Because Day is a holiday to celebrate any way you choose, just because! Enjoy your freedom, just because.

The Duchess Who Wasn't Day is a tribute to novelist Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who sometimes wrote under the pseudonym "The Duchess." To celebrate, say aloud this famous quote from The Duchess' novel, Molly Bawn: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

The Feast of St. Monica celebrates the patron saint of abuse victims, alcoholics, alcoholism, difficult marriages, dissappointing children, homemakers, housewives, married women, mothers, victims of adultery, victims of unfaithfulness, victims of verbal abuse, widows, and wives.

Moldova observes Independence Day, celebrating independence from the Soviet Union, on August 27th.

Celebrate the banana, the world's most popular fruit, on Banana Lover's Day. You'll love the flavor; your body will love the fiber and potassium.

National Pots de Creme Day celebrates a fabulous French custard. Interestingly, pots de creme also refers to the lidded pots in which the custard is often served.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Motorist Consideration Monday, Cherry Popsicle Day, more

August 26th, 2013, is Motorist Consideration Monday, Toilet Paper Day, National Dog Day, Women's Equality Day, Heroes' Day (Namibia), and National Cherry Popsicle Day.

Just for today, let someone merge into your lane rather than speeding up. Use your turn signals. Maintain a proper following distance. Keep your horn and your gestures to yourself. You've successfully followed the spirit of Motorist Consideration Monday! Was that so hard? How about doing the same again tomorrow?

For some mysterious reason, today is Toilet Paper Day. Be grateful we've progressed beyond Corn Cob Day.

National Dog Day is the perfect time to show love for man's best friend, as the saying goes. Shimmer, the Official Blog Dog of the Trend Police, will have a nice chunk of burger at dinner time.

Women's Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in the United States, in 1920. Representative Bella Abzug of New York inspired Congress to designate this holiday in 1971.

Namibia observes Heroes' Day on August 26th, remembering when the first bullet was fired in their fight for liberty in 1966.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere we're still enjoying the dog days of summer. Make the most of today with a cold treat in honor of National Cherry Popsicle Day.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Kiss and Make Up Day, Banana Split Day, more

August 25th, 2013, is Sacrifice Our Wants for Others' Needs Sunday, Kiss and Make Up Day, Second-Hand Wardrobe Day, National Heroes' Day (Philippines), National Whiskey Sour Day, and National Banana Split Day.

The last Sunday in August is Sacrifice Our Wants for Others' Needs Sunday. How will you participate?

If you sometimes lose patience with the ones you love, here's the holiday for you. Embrace the true spirit of Kiss and Make Up Day.

I try to teach my tween daughter the value of shopping for that million-dollar outfit on a bargain budget. It's a game, a challenge, a valuable skill. Hit the consignment shops, for today is Second-Hand Wardrobe Day.

The fourth Sunday in August is National Heroes' Day in the Philippines.

The whiskey sour is a classic cocktail, around since the 1860s, but often overlooked these days. Did you know that a truly authentic whiskey sour includes egg white for frothiness? Cheers, for today is National Whiskey Sour Day.

If you're under twenty-one or simply prefer not to drink, National Banana Split Day is a great alternative. Banana splits feature enough fruit and nuts to seem sorta healthy, but they also include enough ice cream, chocolate, and whipped topping to satisfy every dessert fanatic.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Strange Music Day, Peach Pie Day, more

August 24th, 2013, is International Strange Music Day, Vesuvius Day, Can Opener Day, National Knife Day, Flag Day (Liberia), Independence Day (Ukraine), National Waffle Day, and National Peach Pie Day.

What's your concept of strange music? I think of Richard Cheese, Frank Zappa, and some contemporary jazz. Happy International Strange Music Day!

Vesuvius Day commemorates the date in 79 A.D. when Mount Vesuvius erupted, killing many, preserving some in the midst of their daily activities in Pompeii, Italy.

Do you buy canned goods anymore? Some of us have cut back, preferring to reduce sodium intake and appreciate the goodness of fresh food. Nonetheless, sometimes it's irresistably convenient to zip open a can of veggies or soup. August 24th is Can-Opener Day.

Let's focus on cooking, not stabbing, in honor of National Knife Day.

Liberia celebrates Flag Day on August 24th.

Ukraine celebrates Independence Day on August 24th.

Today, the anniversary of the first U.S. patent on a waffle iron, is National Waffle Day

As summer winds down, enjoy a sweet, juicy summer fruit. Celebrate nature's bounty on National Peach Pie Day.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Virgo, Sign of the Virgin, August 23 to September 22

Virgo. Image: Salvatore Vuono,

Everyone born between August 23rd and September 22nd is a Virgo, the sign of the Virgin.

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Ride the Wind Day, Valentino Day, more

August 23rd, 2013, is Ride the Wind Day, Valentino Day, Hug Your Sweetheart Day, Daffodil Day (Southern Hemisphere), International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, Black Ribbon Day, Buttered Corn Day, and National Sponge Cake Day.

Today is Ride the Wind Day, commemorating this date in 1977 when the Gossamer Condor was flown by Bryan Allen. This achievement marked the first human-powered flight, because Allen had to pedal the plane as if it were a bicycle!

Valentino Day is a time to remember silent film star Rudolph Valentino, born on this date in 1895 as Rudolfo Alfonzo Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla.

If circumstance prevents you from actually hugging your sweetheart on Hug Your Sweetheart Day, at least send an e-card.

Daffodil Day is the premiere fundraising and awareness event sponsored by the Cancer Society, observed in the Southern Hemisphere in August while daffodils are in bloom. "The daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, whose bright yellow blooms remind us of the joys the new season will bring. It represents the hope there is for the 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by cancer."

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, sponsored by the United Nations, is a day to "pay tribute to the tireless struggle of the slaves for their freedom."

In 2008 the European Parliament proclaimed August 23rd as European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism.

Canada observes Black Ribbon Day on this date, remembering the victims of Europe's totalitarian regimes.

As summer turns to fall, what better food to enjoy than buttered corn? Corn conjures up notions of summer BBQ and fall harvest decor. Happy Buttered Corn Day.

National Sponge Cake Day makes me think of my mother, who is no longer with us. Sponge cake is a delicious retro dessert, best served with fresh fruit and childhood memories.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Be an Angel Day, Eat a Peach Day, more

August 22nd, 2013, is Be an Angel Day, National Tooth Fairy Day, Punctuation Day, Hoodie Hoo Day (Southern Hemisphere), National Pecan Torte Day, and Eat a Peach Day.

On Be an Angel Day, celebrated every year since 1993, everyone is asked to "do one small act of service for someone." What will you do?

Moving from angel to fairy, today is also National Tooth Fairy Day. She works hard every night!

Attention! Are, you, sure??? Shall I continue; abusing -- these: punctuation marks? Of course not, because today is "*-National Punctuation Day. -*"

The Southern Hemisphere celebrates Hoodie Hoo Day on August 22nd. Step outside at noon, wave your arms in the air, then shout, "Hoodie-hoo!" If you're lucky, your efforts will help usher in spring.

National Pecan Torte Day celebrates a special layered concoction. A torte is a cake made from eggs, sugar, and ground nuts instead of flour.

If you crave something simpler, more natural than pecan torte, take heart. Today is also Eat a Peach Day. Nothing tastes better than a sweet, juicy peach.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Senior Citizens' Day, Spumoni Day, more

August 21st, 2013, is Senior Citizens' Day, National Medical Dosimetrist Day, and National Spumoni Day.

In 1988 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed August 21st as Senior Citizens' Day. The proclamation states: "For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older - places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity."

Today is National Medical Dosimetrist Day. You may ask, what is a disimetrist? A dosimetrist helps cancer patients who need radiation therapy. That's a most worthy occupation.

Spumoni is a fabulous Italian concoction featuring stripes of cherry, vanilla, and pistachio ice cream, laced with dried fruit and nuts. Today is National Spumoni Day. Buon appetito!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

World Mosquito Day, Chocolate Pecan Pie Day, more

August 20th, 2013, is World Mosquito Day, Virtual Worlds Day, National Radio Day, Constitution Day (Hungary), and National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day.

World Mosquito Day isn't a time to celebrate those pesky little critters who bite. It is a time to think about prevention. Use repellant, avoid being outdoors at dusk, and remove any standing water from your property. Here's a great tip to help your little ones who want to scratch: Circle the bites with a blue ink pen! I can't say why, but the circles stop the itch.

What is your favorite virtual world? I'm partial to The Sims, especially The Sims 3, a most satisfying time-sucker. Happy Virtual Worlds Day!

On National Radio Day, take a moment to appreciate a medium that's free to all and reliable, offering news, music, and entertainment. Radio has survived in spite of television, the Internet, and so many other options.

Hungary celebrates Constitution Day on August 20th, honoring the adoption of their constitution in 1949.

Pecan pie is one of the world's most perfect desserts. Adding a bit of chocolate couldn't hurt, I suppose. Enjoy National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Full moon names for August 2013

Full moon. Image: morgueFile.

The full moon for August 2013 takes place on August 20th or 21st, depending on your location.  Some call this full moon a blue moon - the third of four full moons occurring within one season.

 Following is a list of full moon names for August, ranging from common to surprising:

Cutter Moon - Abenaki
Dog Days Moon - Algonquin
Green Corn Moon - Algonquin
Red Moon - Algonquin
Sturgeon Moon - Algonquin
When Indian Corn Is Edible - Algonquin
Wood Cutter's Moon - Algonquin
Berry Moon - Anishnaabe
Geese Shedding Their Feathers - Arapaho
When the Chokeberries Begin to Ripen - Arapaho
Black Cherries Moon - Assiniboine
Nikini Poya - Buddhist
Dispute Moon - Celtic
Drying Up Moon - Cherokee
End of the Fruit Moon - Cherokee
Fruit Moon - Cherokee
Grain Moon - Cherokee
Harvest Moon - Chinese
Big Harvest Moon - Choctaw
Women's Moon - Choctaw
Dog Day's Moon - Colonial American
New Fall Moon - Comanche
Summer Moon - Comanche
Young Ducks Begin to Fly Moon - Cree
Big Harvest Moon - Creek
Big Ripening Moon - Creek
Much Heat Moon - Creek
Moon When All things Ripen - Dakotah Sioux
Fish Moon - Deborean
Corn Moon - English Medieval
Cedar Bark for Hats and Baskets - Haida
Shravan Purnima - Hindu
Raksha Bandhan - Hindu
Narali Poornima - Hindu
Moon of Joyful - Hopi
Moon of Life at its Height - Hopi
Krugyuat tingiviat - Inuit
Dispute Moon - Janic
Harvest Moon - Janic
End of Summer Moon - Kalapuya
Mid Summer Moon - Kalapuya
y'aamuni daawaatra - Keresan
Yellow Leaves Moon - Kiowa
Thumb (counting on fingers, beginning with thumb in August) - Klamath
Halanitca - Kumeyaay
Moon of the Ripening - Lakota
Acorns Ripen - Maidu
Eslakum Middle - Maidu
Corn Moon - Medieval English
Wort Moon - Medieval English
Time of Freshness - Mohawk
Big Harvest Moon - Muscokee
Mulberries Moon - Natchez
Full Red Moon - Native American
Green Corn Moon - Native American
Grain Moon - Native American
Full Sturgeon Moon - Native American (fishing tribes)
Big Harvest - Navajo
Lightening Moon - Neo Pagan
Yellow Flower Moon - Osage
Feather Shedding Moon - Passamaquoddy
First Acorns - Pomo
Corn Is in the Silk Moon - Ponca
Moon of the Middle - Potawatomi
Wheat Cut Moon - San Juan
Plum Moon - Shawnee
Hot Moon - Shoshone
Moon When the Cherries Turn Black - Sioux
Moon When the Geese Shed Their Feathers - Sioux
Autumn Moon - Taos
Berries Ripe on Mountain Moon - Tlingit
Wyrt Moon - Unknown
Corn Moon - Wiccan
Blackberry Patches Moon - Wishram
Dog Days Moon - Yuchi

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    Sandcastle and Sculpture Day, Aviation Day, more

    August 19th, 2013, is National Sandcastle and Sculpture Day, World Photography Day, World Humanitarian Day, National Aviation Day, Independence Day (Afghanistan), Cupcake Day for the RSPCA, and National Potato Day, 

    If you're lucky enough to be near a beach, today is the holiday for you. Create a masterpiece in honor of National Sandcastle and Sculpture Day.

    To celebrate World Photography Day, capture and submit a special image of your world.

    The United Nations supports World Humanitarian Day on August 19th. The theme for 2013 is "The World Needs More..."UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon writes: "Every year on August 19th we mark World Humanitarian Day in honour of aid workers, who have lost their lives in the line of duty. We commemorate their sacrifice and reaffirm our commitment to the lifesaving work that humanitarians carry out around the world every day, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, where others cannot or do not want to go. This year our World Humanitarian Day campaign is calling on people to answer a question: ‘What do you think the world needs more of?’"

    August 19th, the birth date of Orville Wright, is celebrated as National Aviation Day.

    Afghanistan observes Independence Day on August 19th.

    Today is Cupcake Day for the RSPCA, benefiting Australia's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. People purchase cupcakes for the benefit of the organization. Cupcake competitions are also featured.

    In honor of National Potato Day, enjoy the tasty, nutritious potato in some form other than french fry or potato chip.

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Bad Poetry Day, Ice Cream Pie Day, more

    August 18th, 2013, is Bad Poetry Day, Mail Order Catalog Day, National Ice Cream Pie Day, and National Soft Ice Cream Day.

    In honor of Bad Poetry Day, try your hand at some truly bad verse. I'll start....

    Roses are red,
    Cactus is spiky.
    Poetry ain't easy,
    But I'll try, by crikey!

    Mail Order Catalog Day commemorates the publication of the first mail order catalog on this date in 1872 - a single sheet produced by Montgomery Ward.

    Today National Ice Cream Pie Day! Grab a pie shell and let your creativity run wild. How about pistachio cherry, or butter pecan chocolate chip? Delish.

    National Soft Ice Cream Day celebrates the softer side of ice cream, sometimes known as soft serve or custard. This is easier to find than an ice cream pie, since it's available at many restaurants and drive-thrus.

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    Saturday, August 17, 2013

    Thrift Shop Day, Vanilla Custard Day, more

    August 17th, 2013, is International Homeless Animals Day, National Meaning of "Is" Day, Tell the Truth Day, #2 Pencil Day, National Thrift Shop Day, Independence Day (Gabon), Independence Day (Indonesia), and National Vanilla Custard Day.

    The 3rd Saturday in August is International Homeless Animals Day. Candlelight vigils will be held around the world.

    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? Here's Macklemore, to give you some inspiration:

    Gabon celebrates Independence Day on August 17th.

    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!

    Friday, August 16, 2013

    Roller Coaster Day, True Love Forever Day, more

    August 16th, 2013, is National Men's Grooming Day, Roller Coaster Day, True Love Forever Day, National Tell a Joke Day, Restoration Day (Dominican Republic), National Rum Day, and Bratwurst Day.

    National Men's Grooming Day, sponsored by American Crew, is observed on the 3rd Friday in August. Some salons and barber shops offer special deals.

    Roller Coaster Day commemorates the day in 1898 when the first roller coaster was patented. Did you know the world's fastest roller coaster - 149.1 miles per hour - is in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates? Learn more at the Roller Coaster Database.

    Today is True Love Forever Day. How romantic! If you have found your one true love, show them how you feel. If you haven't found your true love yet, stay hopeful - he or she is out there somewhere! (I know that from personal experience.)

    In honor of National Tell a Joke Day, dust off your favorite old joke or learn some new ones. Keep your humor appropriate for your audience and have fun!

    The Dominican Republic celebrates Restoration Day on August 16th with elaborate costumes and folk dancing.

    If you're over twenty-one, cheers! Today is National Rum Day.

    Are you hungry? Grill up some delicious sausage links and top them with mustard. Celebrate Bratwurst Day!

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Relaxation Day, Failure Day, Hello Day, more

    August 15th, 2013, is National Relaxation Day, National Failure Day, Hello Day, Chauvin Day, Flooding the Nile, Feast of the Assumption, Assumption Day, Independence Day (India), Independence Day (South Korea), Constitution Day (Equatorial Guinea), and National Lemon Meringue Pie Day.

    Today is National Relaxation Day. Does that mean I should take the day off and not finish this blog post? Nah. But I will find a few moments to sit back, chill, and simply... be. So should you. De-stressing is healthy.

    Take a chance on something outside of your comfort zone today, perhaps something you've never tried before. Even if your attempt is a complete bust you'll be successful, because today is National Failure Day.

    On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison suggested the word "hello" as the standard telephone greeting, rather than Alexander Graham Bell's suggestion, "ahoy." Happy Hello Day.

    Chauvin Day honors (or dishonors) Nicholas Chauvin, a French soldier who idolized Napoleon and anything French. He became an object of ridicule because of his blind devotion, inspiring the word chauvinism. According to Merriam-Webster, chauvinism means:

    1. excessive or blind patriotism
    2. undue partiality or attachment to a group or place to which one belongs or has belonged
    3. an attitude of superiority toward members of the opposite sex; behavior expressive of such an attitude

    Before researching this, I only knew about the third definition. There's always something new to learn.

    Egypt observes Flooding the Nile or Wafaa El-Nil on August 15th. The three stages of Egypt's flood cycle are Akhet, Peret, and Shemu.

    The Feast of the Assumption celebrates the happy departure of the Virgin Mary from this life and the assumption of her body into heaven.

    Vanuatu observes Assumption Day on August 15th.

    India observes Independence Day on August 15th, the date in 1947 when India gained independence from Britain.

    South Korea observes Independence Day on August 15th, even though the country gained independence on August 13th, 1948.

    Equatorial Guinea observes Constitution Day today, commemorating the revision of their constitution in 1968.

    Today is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day. What's better than a cool, sweet-and-sour treat on a hot summer day?

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    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    Navajo Code Talkers Day, Wiffle Ball Day, more

    August 14th, 2013, is Navajo Code Talkers Day, V-J Day, Wiffle Ball Day, National Financial Awareness Day, Independence Day (Pakistan), and National Creamsicle Day.

    Navajo Code Talkers Day honors patriotic Navajo soldiers who, despite lacking the right to vote in the United States, played a pivotal role in helping the U.S. during World War II. They assigned Navajo words to military words, creating a code their enemies could not crack.

    August 14th, the day in 1945 when Japan surrendered during World War II, is observed as V-J Day or Victory over Japan Day. Some observe V-J Day on August 15th. Others choose September 2nd, when the formal surrender took place on the U.S.S. Missouri.

    Today is Wiffle Ball Day, commemorating the date in 1953 when the game was first introduced.

    National Financial Awareness Day is a time to honestly assess your financial situation, your attitude toward money, and your best plan of action for a secure retirement. If only our government would do the same.

    Pakistan observes Independence Day on August 14th.

    If it's hot and sticky where you are, here's some relief - today is National Creamsicle Day.

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    Double Seventh Festival, Left-Handers Day, more

    August 13th, 2013, is Double Seventh Festival, Chinese Valentine's Day, Left-Handers Day, Independence Day (Central African Republic), and National Filet Mignon Day.

    In 2013 the Double Seventh Festival, sometimes called Chinese Valentine's Day, is observed on August 13th. Girls pray to Zhi Nu for sewing skills (and a chance at romance).

    Left-Handers Day dates back to 1992, founded by the Left-Handers Club. Enjoy your day, lefties, and be happy you live in a time when left-handers aren't forced to convert.

    The Central African Republic observes Independence Day on August 13th.

    August 13th is National Filet Mignon Day. This has to be one of the best foodie days ever created, unless you're a vegetarian.

    Monday, August 12, 2013

    Eleanor Roosevelt Day, Vinyl Record Day, more

    August 12th, 2013, is Eleanor Roosevelt Day, Vinyl Record Day, Middle Child's Day, International Youth Day, Mother's Day (Thailand), and Armed Forces Day (Zimbabwe).

    The second Monday of August is Eleanor Roosevelt Day. Learn more about this great woman who was married to Franklin D. Roosevelt and accomplished much in her own right.

    Because Thomas Edison invented the phonograph on August 12th, it is the proposed date for the national celebration of Vinyl Record Day. The Vinyl Record Day nonprofit organization is dedicated to "the preservation of the cultural influence, the recordings and the cover art of the vinyl record; celebrating our fondest music with friends and family; and promoting the future of vinyl." Don't know about you, but I have a nice stash of vinyl records from my younger days!

    Middle Child's Day celebrates the ones in the middle, not the trailblazers or the babies, but the ones who add personality and common ground to a family. Pay special attention to your middle child or children on this day.

    International Youth Day is a United-Nations-sponsored holiday, celebrating young adults and their quality of life.

    Thailand celebrates both Mother's Day and the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on this date.

    Zimbabwe observes Armed Forces Day on August 12th, celebrating the formation of the Zimbabwe National Army in 1980.

    Sunday, August 11, 2013

    Play in the Sand Day, Raspberry Bombe Day, more

    August 11th, 2013, is National Play in the Sand Day, Presidential Joke Day, Son's and Daughter's Day, Ingersoll Day, Annual Medical Check-Up Day, St. Clare of Assisi Feast Day, and National Raspberry Bombe Day., 

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

    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?

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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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    Saturday, August 10, 2013

    Duran Duran Appreciation Day, Lazy Day, more

    August 10th, 2013, is Duran Duran Appreciation Day, National Spoil Your Dog Day, Lazy Day, and National S'mores Day.

    If you're a fan of 80s music, or if you enjoy Duran Duran's more recent work, turn up the volume for Duran Duran Appreciation Day.

    Today is National Spoil Your Dog Day. How should you celebrate? T-bone steak and a new fire hydrant, if money is no object. An extra dog treat or hot dog, at least. Most importantly, your dog wants your time and you.

    How will you celebrate Lazy Day? If you're so busy you've forgotten how to laze, get some inspiration from my new favorite singer, Bruno Mars:

    Even if you're not a former Girl Scout or Boy Scout, you've probably heard of s'mores. What a taste of childhood! Gather your graham crackers, your chocolate, and your marshmallows for National S'mores Day!

    Friday, August 9, 2013

    Perseids Meteor Shower 2013

    The 2013 Perseids Meteor Shower will be at its peak on August 11th through 12th in the hours before dawn. This is considered to be the best meteor shower of the year.

    City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight, but a  waxing crescent moon this year means the meteor shower will show its full glory.

    Meteor showers are named for the constellation they appear to be near. The Perseids Meteor Shower appears near the constellation Perseus the Hero.

    Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73; FreeDigitalPhotos

    Check out these sites for more information about the Perseids Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe:

    Send an Email Day, Hand Holding Day, Rice Pudding Day, more

    August 9th, 2013, is Rain of Mussels, Send an Email Day, National Hand Holding Day, National Women's Day, Veep Day, Book Lovers' Day, Nagasaki Day, International Day of the World's Indigenous People, Independence Day (Singapore), and National Rice Pudding Day.

    On this date in 1892 a Rain of Mussels fell. Yes, actual mussels, with shells. The strange weather event took place in Paderborn, Germany.

    On Send an Email Day, touch base with someone who would love to hear from you. No spam, please, unless you're contacting a Monty Python fanatic.

    National Women's Day is an important observance in South Africa. On August 9th, 1956, women marched in protest against pass laws. Pass laws were a part of the Apartheid system, requiring non-whites to carry special documents in order to enter so-called white areas of the country.

    Veep Day commemorates the date in 1974 when President Richard Nixon resigned from office, putting into effect new laws of succession. Gerald Ford became the new President of the United States.

    To celebrate Book Lovers' Day, set aside your computer - you can do it - and read an actual paper-and-ink book. Remember how relaxing a good read can be.

    Nagasaki Day marks the day in 1945, at the end of World War II, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.

    August 9th is the International Day of the World's Indigenous People. The theme for 2012 is, "Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices."

    Singapore celebrates Independence Day on August 9th.

    If you enjoy rice pudding, then today is the day for you. Celebrate National Rice Pudding Day!

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    Assistance Dog Day, Date to Create, more

    August 8th, 2013, is National Assistance Dog Day, Happiness Happens Day, Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night, International Cat Day, The Date to Create, Odie Day, Bonza Bottler Day, Eid-al-Fitr, Hari Raya Puasa, Nane Nane, and Ceasefire Day.

    National Assistance Dog Day is observed on the second Thursday in August, as part of International Assistance Dog Week.

    Happiness Happens Day, celebrated on August 8th, was expanded to encompass the whole month of August back in 2000. But try to be extra extra happy today.

    Did your garden get out of hand this year? If so, today is the holiday for you - it's Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night! If you want to sneak something onto my porch, I'll take zucchini, tomatoes, and money.

    International Cat Day is a time to pay special attention to your cat. He or she will probably make their needs known. Am I right, kitties?

    August 8th is The Date to Create, so do whatever inspires you most. No one else can judge what's good or bad in the creative realm. Your vision is all that matters.

    Today is Odie Day, honoring Garfield's goofy canine friend who is always ready for fun.

    Bonza Bottler Day takes place every month when the date and month are represented by the same number. 8/8, for example.

    Eid-al-Fitr, the Feast of Fast-Breaking, marks the end of Ramadan. Eid-al-Fitr comes on the 1st day of the 10th month in the Islamic lunar calendar.

    Hari Raya Puasa also marks the end of Ramadan.
    Nane Nane, literally "eight eight," is celebrated in some parts of Tanzania instead of the older Saba Saba, "seven seven."

    Iraq celebrates Ceasefire Day every year on August 8th.

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

    Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, Lighthouse Day, more

    August 7th, 2013, is Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, Sea Serpent Day, National Lighthouse Day, Purple Heart Day, Professional Speakers Day, Battle of Boyaca, and Independence Day (Cote d'Ivoire).

    Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day is our opportunity to celebrate.... no, wait. It's an opportunity to complain about packaging that requires special equipment or a locksmith to open. Maybe we should pass a law.

    Have you ever seen a sea serpent? If so, today is your special day - Sea Serpent Day.

    In 1789 the U.S. Congress passed an Act in support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers. 200 years later, in 1989, Congress declared August 7th as National Lighthouse Day.
    Purple Heart Day honors members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were killed in battle, who died as a result of wounds received in battle, or who were designated by the President. Thank the veterans in your life and remember those who we have lost. The original badge, the Badge of Military Merit, was designed by George Washington.

    Professional Speakers Day is a time to celebrate those rare individuals who don't freeze up at the mere thought of public speaking.

    Colombia remembers their victory over Spain in the Battle of Boyaca on this date, with decorations and festivities.

    Cote d'Ivoire observes Independence Day on August 7th, celebrating independence from France.

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    Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    Wiggle Your Toes Day, National Night Out, more

    August 6th, 2013, is Wiggle Your Toes Day, National Night Out, Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show, Fresh Breath Day, Hiroshima Day, H.H. Sheikh Zayed Accession, Independence Day (Jamaica), and Root Beer Float Day.

    Wiggle Your Toes Day is a time to let your tootsies dance - on carpet, in the grass, at the pool, or, best of all, in the sand on a tropical beach. Enjoy!

    The United States observes National Night Out tonight, except for Texas, which observes the event on October 2nd. The National Night Out is meant to deter crime and drug use.

    The Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show takes place on the first Tuesday in August. The festival, which originated in 1800, is the oldest surviving such celebration in the United Kingdom.

    Brush your teeth, rinse, then brush again. Now gargle some mouthwash and check on your supply of breath mints. You can't afford to be caught with bad breath on National Fresh Breath Day.

    Hiroshima Day marks the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II.

    H.H. Sheikh Zayed Accession is celebrated as a festival in the United Arab Emirates. Parades and operas celebrate the country's advancements during the Sheikh's reign.

    Jamaica celebrates fifty years of independence on Independence Day 2013.

    Today is Root Beer Float Day. Grab a tall, frosty glass, scoop in some creamy vanilla ice cream, and pour over some delicious bubbly root beer. Now you're ready to celebrate!

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    Monday, August 5, 2013

    Underwear Day, Picnic Day, Beer Day, more

    August 5th, 2013, is  Work Like a Dog Day, National Underwear Day, Picnic Day (Australia), Civic Holiday (Canada), Bank Holiday (Ireland), Shop and Office Workers' Holiday (Iceland), and International Beer Day..

    Work Like a Dog Day doesn't sound like much of a holiday. I guess it depends on what kind of dog. Police dogs work hard, as do guard dogs and service animals. My dog, on the other hand, just eats, sleeps, plays, and licks.

    On National Underwear Day, FreshPair hopes to break the world record for the largest gathering of people in their underwear. Register here. The event will take place at Times Square in New York, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.

    Picnic Day is celebrated on the first Monday in August in the Northern Territory of Australia.

    Some Canadians celebrate a Civic Holiday on the first Monday in August.

    The Republic of Ireland enjoys time off today for their Bank Holiday, also known as La Saoire i mi Lunasa.

    Icelanders enjoy a day off on the first Monday in August, celebrating Shop and Office Workers' Holiday.

    Today is International Beer Day, "because we all need another excuse to drink beer."

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

    Backgammon Day, Forgiveness Day, American Family Day, more

    August 4th, 2013, is  Backgammon Day, Coast Guard Day, and National Chocolate Chip Day.

    On Backgammon Day, enjoy this two-player classic that dates back to Mesopotamia. Do you remember the rules?

    National Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in August. Call your friends and have a party, or just swap some tweets.

    National KidsDay was established in 1994 by KidsPeace, a national children's charity, "to encourage adults to spend more meaningful time with their children."

    Today is the 16th annual International Forgiveness Day, as designated by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance. Life is short - forgive someone so you will both enjoy a more contented future.

    On National Sisters Day, spend time with your special life-long companion, your sister, who is there long after other friends come and go.

    On American Family Day, spend time with your sister and other family members who share your history and many precious memories.

    Coast Guard Day honors the U.S. Coast Guard, who guard our shores and waterways. These days they also assist with Homeland Security.

    Today is National Chocolate Chip Day - not the cookie, just the chip. Do whatever you want with those chips, including eating 'em straight out of the bag!

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

    Mustard Day, Twins Days, Watermelon Day, more

    August 3rd, 2013, brings National Mustard Day, Twins Days, Mindfulness Day, Colonization Martyrs' Day,  Independence Day (Niger), Armed Forces Day (Equatorial Guinea), and Watermelon Day.

    The National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin, USA, celebrates National Mustard Day today. Activities include mustard bowling, fishing for mustard, painting with mustard, the spinning wheel of mustard fortune, mustard tasting, and more. Don't miss the frozen mustard custard!

    Twins Days take place on the first full weekend in August in Twinsburg, Ohio. All multiples and their families are invited to attend.

    Mindfulness Day is a Zen Buddhist holiday "for being mindful that you, and all that is, are in the process of transformation."

    Guinea-Bissau celebrates Colonization Martyrs' Day on August 3rd. The day is also known as Pidjiguiti Martyrs’ Day, remembering those who were killed at Pidjiguiti.

    Niger observes Independence Day on August 3rd, celebrating independence from France.

    Equatorial Guinea observes Armed Forces Day on August 3rd.

    Watermelon Day is a great excuse - as if you needed one - to eat watermelon. Eat a lot if you want, because it's mostly water and all delicious. Even the rind is good, pickled.

    Friday, August 2, 2013

    Kadooment Day, Braham Pie Day, more

    August 2nd, 2013, is Kadooment Day, Lady of the Angels Day, Braham Pie Day, and National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

    Citizens of Barbados celebrate Kadooment Day today. They harvest and sell their crops in a parade and carnival atmosphere.

    Costa Rica celebrates Lady of the Angels Day, honoring the appearance of a young girl called La Negrita.

    Braham Pie Day is observed on the first Friday in August in Braham, Minnesota. The festivities include a pie art competition. Art may feature "eating pie, making pie, harvesting or growing pie ingredients, edible pie, mathematical pi, or celebrating Braham, the Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota."

    National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is always observed on August 2nd, helping us through a hot day near the end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

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    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    DOGust, Girlfriends' Day, Lammas Day, more

    August 1st, 2013, kicks off the month with a crazy-long list of holidays: DOGust, National Girlfriends' Day, Rounds Resounding Day, Respect for Parents Day, Lughnasadh, Lammas Day, Minority Donor Awareness Day, Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Day, Emancipation Day, Caribbean Day (proposed), Swiss National Day, and National Raspberry Cream Pie Day.

    DOGust is the universal birthday for shelter dogs whose true birth date is unknown, as declared by the North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Phenomenal! Now our dog, Shimmer, Official Blog Dog of The Trend Police, has a birthday of her own!

    Shimmer, Official Blog Dog of The Trend Police.

    National Girlfriends' Day is a great opportunity to have a girls' night out, a leisurely lunch, or even a long phone chat with your bestie while you lounge in fuzzy slippers and one of those blankets with sleeves.

    Rounds Resounding Day was established in 1987 to celebrate the beauty and pure enjoyment of singing in the round. The mere mention of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" conjures up memories of childhood and simple joy. The motto for this day is: "As rounds re-sound and resound, all the world's joined in a circle of harmony."

    Respect for Parents Day is an idea that's circulating and percolating on the net. I respect my parents (and miss them now that they're gone), and I treasure the opportunity I've been given to be a parent. A day to encourage respect for parents is a wonderful idea, as long as parents strive to be worthy of that respect.

    August 1st is the Celtic harvest festival known as Lughnasash in Ireland, Lunasdal in Scotland, Laa Luanys in the Isle of Man, and Gwl Awst in Wales. In later times the festival came to be known as Lammas Day, celebrating the end of the "hungry gap" and the beginning of the harvest season.

    Minorities are encouraged to learn more about organ, blood, and tissue donation - and consider becoming donors - on this day, Minority Donor Awareness Day.

    Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Day is meant to help people understand the nature of clergy sexual abuse and its prevalence in many religions around the globe. We can only hope that such awareness and understanding will lead to prevention in the future.

    Emancipation Day commemorates the date in 1834 when the British Empire abolished chattel slavery within all of its colonies. This action brought freedom to many in parts of the Caribbean, Africa, Canada, India, China, Australia, and South America.

    Caribbean Day is a holiday in the making, proposed by Hamilton Daley, Jamaican Attorney-at-Law. Mr. Hamilton writes, "The question I pose is whether the significance of the 1st August [as Emancipation Day] should be used as the centrifuge to detonate a positive force of global unity amongst Caribbean people; like an annual blossom - lasting just for a day - Caribbean Day....We should move away from the thinking which perceives the Caribbean Community as being founded on mere victims and castaways from Africa. We need to celebrate ourselves wholly as Caribbeans, and I suggest that we should globally conjoin on an annual basis to celebrate who we are."

    Swiss National Day features a procession between Werdm├╝hleplatz Square and B├╝rkliplatz in Zurich. Citizens and visitors enjoy food, drink, and folk dancing.

    Last on this unusually long list of holidays is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. Can't say I've ever had raspberry cream pie, but it sounds interesting.

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