Thursday, February 20, 2014

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Hoodie-Hoo Day, more

February 20th, 2014, is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Hoodie-Hoo Day, Clean Out Your Bookcases Day, Toothpick Day, Love Your Pet Day, World Day of Social Justice, and National Cherry Pie Day.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day celebrates its 13th anniversary in 2014. Girls are reminded that "beautiful minds engineer."

In the Northern Hemisphere, Hoodie-Hoo Day is celebrated on February 20th. At noon local time, step outside, wave your hands in the air, and shout, "Hoodie-Hoo!" This is meant to chase away winter and welcome spring.

Clean Out Your Bookcases Day is simpler these days for some people, given the popularity of e-readers. Do consider donating your unloved books to a local school, library, or charity. If you're all about the e-books, go ahead and donate the bookcase too.

Consider the humble toothpick, used for appetizer handles, sandwich stabilizers, and craft projects. Oh, and some people use them to clean their teeth. Today is Toothpick Day, commemorating the date in 1872 when the first toothpick-making machine was patented.

Love Your Pet Day is a time to play an extra game with your cat or bring an extra treat for your dog. Don't forget the birds, fish, snakes, and so on. Just give your pets a little extra love.

The United Nations supports World Day of Social Justice on February 20th. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes, "As we seek to build the world we want, let us intensify our efforts to achieve a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable development path built on dialogue, transparency and social justice."

Today is National Cherry Pie Day. It's your choice - bake or buy!

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