Tuesday, February 4, 2014

African-American Coaches Day, Create a Vacuum Day, more

February 4th, 2014, is Vasant Panchami, African-American Coaches Day, Create a Vacuum Day, Thank a Mailman Day, Liberace Day, Quacker Day, World Cancer Day, Independence Day (Sri Lanka), National Homemade Soup Day, and National Stuffed Mushroom Day.

India celebrates Vasant Panchami, a festival heralding the coming of spring. Vasant Panchami takes place in January or February each year.

African-American Coaches Day is observed on the first Tuesday in February. Coaches are valuable sources of inspiration in sports, business, and personal development.

Create a Vacuum Day isn't the time to cobble together a device to suck dirt out of your carpet. Create a Vacuum Day is a celebration of science, and perhaps the as-of-yet unattainable perfect vacuum, a space devoid of particles. We laymen can celebrate by vacuuming our living rooms.

Thank a Mailman Day is here. It's your second chance, if you failed to show appreciation during the holiday season, to thank the person who delivers your bills and junk mail. Sadly, the mailman may soon go the way of the buggy maker, as hand-delivered mail gives way to electronic communication.

Liberace Day celebrates the life and times of Liberace, a brilliant and flamboyant pianist who passed away on this date in 1987. He was the quintessential costumey showman, long before Elton John or Lady Gaga.

Quacker Day celebrates the Quacker Factory, a manufacturer of whimsical charms.

On World Cancer Day, each of us is encouraged to "Stand Up and Do Something." Start by doing something to brighten the day of someone facing cancer in your community.

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, observes Independence Day on February 4th.

National Homemade Soup Day inspires thoughts of steaming pots loaded with veggies, noodles, and other good things. Homemade soup sparks childhood memories.

National Stuffed Mushroom Day begs the question - stuffed with what? Cheese and breadcrumbs make a nice stuffing, but a little bit of spicy sausage adds zing.

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