Saturday, December 7, 2013

SKYWARN Recognition Day, Cotton Candy Day, more

December 7th, 2013, is the Great Christmas Pudding Race, Chester Greenwood Day, SKYWARN Recognition Day, Letter Writing Day, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, International Civil Aviation Day, and National Cotton Candy Day.

The Great Christmas Pudding Race is run on December 7th this year in London to raise funds for cancer research. Christmas pudding is made with dried fruit, nuts, mutton fat, treacle, and dark beer.

Chester Greenwood Day honors the inventor of earmuffs. Events in Farmington, Maine, USA, include a parade, chili contest, gingerbread house contest, and - of course - an earmuff fashion show.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was founded by the National Weather Service in 1999, to say thank you to the volunteer radio operators who make up the SKYWARN system. Volunteers are trained as severe weather spotters, working to keep communities safe.

In honor of Letter Writing Day, turn off the electronics for a while. You'll be okay. Gather some paper and a pen - remember those? Oh, and you'll also need an envelope and a stamp - remember those? Write a letter to someone who would love to hear from you. They'll be surprised and charmed.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day commemorates the day in 1941, during World War II, when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy."

The International Civil Aviation Organization established International Civil Aviation Day in 1994, the fiftieth anniversary of the organization.

National Cotton Candy Day celebrates a fun fair food, consisting of spun sugar in pastel colors. What we know as cotton candy in the U.S. goes by many other names: candy floss in the UK; fairy floss in Australia; Papa's beard in France; and sugar thread in Italy.

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