Saturday, February 4, 2012

Create a Vacuum Day, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, more

February 4th, 2012, is Create a Vacuum Day, Thank a Mailman Day, Liberace Day, Quacker Day, Day for Change, World Cancer Day, Mawlid al-Nabi, Kounomiya Hadaka Matsuri, Independence Day (Sri Lanka), National Homemade Soup Day, National Stuffed Mushroom Day, and Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.

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.

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 Vegas showman.

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

Day for Change is sponsored by UNICEF. Each year a different theme and country are highlighted. In 2012, the theme is "Education through Sport" and the country is Uganda.

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.

On February 4th, Muslims celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi, the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.

In Inazawa City, Japan, during Kounomiya Hadaka Matsuri, one man is given the honor of being Shin-otokoa. The chosen man must shave off all of his body hair, then wander the streets naked. Other men dressed in loincloths touch him to gain good luck; the naked man absorbs the ills of the community and prays to a Shinto deity. The naked man is then run out of town, taking bad luck away with him.

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.

If you're keen on feeding your kids a healthy breakfast every morning, don't tell them today is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Ignore the carton of pistachio ice cream in the freezer!

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