National Tater Day: Fun Spud Facts

March 31 is National Tater Day, an annual "food holiday" that celebrates the delicious spud! Whether you prefer baked, roasted, loaded, scalloped, mashed, hashed, smashed, stuffed, Frenched or fried, potatoes are a versatile vegetable that Americans love to eat! In honor of National Tater Day, check out these fun tater facts and be sure to a tasty tater-inspired dish in honor of the occasion. Fun Spud Facts According to the National Potato Council, an average potato contains no fat, no cholesterol and has about 100-110 calories each. The potato contains about 80 percent water. The "average" American eats over 137 pounds of potatoes annually (fresh, frozen, boxed, canned and potato chips) Hi

Day of Giving: Special ‘howliday’ helps dogs & cats across America

When it comes to special days of the year, March 31 is going to the dogs – and cats. It’s The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Day of Giving. The event helps Pets for Life, a lifesaving program that helps animals in need and helps keep families together. Let’s face it. Sometimes unexpected things happen in life – like a loss of a job or a serious illness. People are no longer able to care for their animals and many beloved pets end up in overcrowded shelters through no fault of their own. Sadly, many will never make it out alive. Each donation made on the Day of Giving will go toward the Pets for Life Program, which will help provide food, supplies, medications, emergency care, spa

Happy Pencil Day: Write on!

In case you haven’t heard, March 30 celebrates a popular product used for writing, homework, drawing and doodling. It’s Pencil Day! This annual “holiday” recognizes Hymen Lipman. On this day back in 1858, Lipman received a patent for his wood-cased pencil with an attached rubber eraser at the end, and the rest, as they say, is history. Whether you used them to tap out a tune, to nibble on during class or as substitute chopsticks in a pinch, most folks have probably owned one or two of these writing instruments. In fact, many couldn't leave the house without a pencil back in the day. And depending on your age, a good old No. 2 was a requirement in school! Pencils have been used for c

Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day

Do you consider yourself an optimist or pessimist? Is the glass half-full or half-empty? If you tend to think the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, don't forget you still have to mow it! And speaking of grass...March 30 is the Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day. The Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day reminds us to stop and reflect on our many blessings. While a relationship, job, living and/or financial situations may not be perfect, today is the perfect day to appreciate the things we have as well as the very special people in our lives who we hold near-and-dear to our hearts. Just because something or someone may sound p

Jeopardy Day

March 30 commemorates a very important day in television history! On this day back in 1964, one of America's favorite game shows debuted and Americans were hooked! This is Jeopardy Day! With a little help from his wife, writer/singer/actor/producer Mervyn "Merv" Griffin came up with the idea on a trip. According to an interview with the Associated Press, Griffin said his wife said "5280" which he knew meant how many feet were in a mile. He pitched the idea to the NBC execs and the rest, as they say, is game show history! Jeopardy!was a great big hit! And just in case you've never seen it, Jeopardy! is a game show, with a bit of a twist. Instead of having to come up with an answer, the host p

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

March 29 is a special day of the year that recognizes the millions of hard working men and women who own small businesses. It's National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, an annual "holiday" that celebrates the great American entrepreneurial spirit. National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day also serves as a reminder to support small businessowners and help keep Main Street in business. Not only do mom and pop businesses help our economy work, they help keep Americans working! In fact, more than 60 percent of all new jobs are created by small businesses. And according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there were more than 27 million small businesses in America in 2011. Rick Segel is cr

Children's Picture Book Day

Besides Hot Tub Day, Respect Your Cat Day, Weed Appreciation Day and Something on a Stick Day, March 28 is also Children’s Picture Book Day! While the origins of this annual "holiday" are unknown, today celebrates picture books of all shapes, sizes and genres. Many of us have fond memories of our own favorite picture book or the ones our children loved most. From Dr. Seuss and classic fairy tales, to books about curious monkeys, trains' engines that can, famous bulls, llamas, elephants, magic dragons and even a big red dog, picture books capture and catapult children's imaginations to the world beyond. Picture books are usually the first books children “read.” Many exude creativity or humor

Happy Something on a Stick Day: Weird foods to stick on a stick recipes

If you think March 28 is just like any other day, hold on to your pogo stick! Not only is it Hot Tub Day and Children's Picture Book Day, March 28 is also Something on a Stick Day! Here’s your chance to let those creative juices flow. Heck, you could use just about anything and just well, stick it on a stick. How about sticking a sticky note on a stick? Or how about sticking a stick on a stick? It’s also the perfect excuse to dig out that old pogo stick and start jumping! In honor of Something on a Stick Day, why not whip up one or two of the recipes listed below? Foods to Stick on a Stick Macaroni and Cheese on a Stick Deep-Fried Spaghetti and Meatballs on a Stick Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kab

Weed Appreciation Day: Celebrating a less-popular type of weed

When it comes to unusual holidays, this one takes the cake! Not to be confused with the "highly" popular 4/20 Day, March 28 is Weed Appreciation Day, an annual event that "celebrates" a different type of less-popular "weed." Weeds are types of unwanted plants that grow and reproduce aggressively and inhibit the growth of flowers and plants. Weeds seem to crop up in our flower beds, gardens and yards the moment we turn our backs. Inclement weather or lousy soil does not deter them. Pulling them, cutting them or spraying them doesn't seem to help for long either. No matter what we do, weeds seem to overtake our beautifully manicured lawns no matter how fast we mow it or hoe it! And some weeds

Hot Tub Day: Hold on to your Speedos & take a dip

Let’s face it. Most of us are overworked, underpaid and just plain stressed out! If that description reminds you of anyone you know, hold on to your speedos! March 28 is Hot Tub Day, an annual “holiday” that serves as a reminder to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work. For those of you lucky enough to own a hot tub, tell the kids you are “off duty” – except for dire emergencies. Turn off all the electronic gadgets and gizmos and absolutely no mobile phones allowed! Whether you stick your big toe in or soak until all of your fingers shrivel up like prunes, grab your favorite beverage, sit back, relax and enjoy. Let those bubbles, warm water and steam just wash away the stress. Add some am

Respect Your Cat Day

On the heels of Cuddly Kitten Day, today is another special day of the year dedicated to those fabulous felines in our lives. It's Respect Your Cat Day, a "purrfect" holiday celebrated annually on March 28. After all, cats make wonderful pets and companions, don't they? In honor of this special day, give your feline some extra tender loving care today. If you’ve been considering adding a new member to your family, please consider adopting an unloved, abandoned, neglected or abused kitty from your local shelter. Give a kitty in need a once-and-furever home, before it's too late. Foster families are also needed.

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day: 30 funny,clever and really bad song titles

When it comes to unusual holidays, March 27 is a doozie! Not only is it Viagra Day and National Joe Day, March 27 is also Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day! While the origins of this quirky "holiday" are unknown, today celebrates country music in all its glory. And let's be honest. Whether you are a country music fan or not so much, country music doesn't pull any punches when it comes to its lyrics. The writers are masters when it comes to getting right down to the nitty-gritty and telling it like it is. In honor of Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day, why not pull up a chair, kick off the boots, grab a cold bottle of beer and relax a spell with a few country tunes listed below? 30 Funny

National Joe Day: Famous Joes

March 27 celebrates several non-traditional holidays. Not only is it Viagra Day and Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day, March 27 is also National Joe Day and/or International Joe Day! No "jo-ke!" While the origins of this annual holiday are unknown, chances are pretty good someone named Joe came up with the idea! Whether you enjoy the day by drinking a steamin' cup of Joe or celebrate with all your friends named Joe, today is dedicated to all things Joe! Joseph is one of America's most beloved names. Many actors, sports legends, politicians, phrases and establishments have had the popular moniker. According to Baby Name Facts, Joseph was the fifth most popular name in America during the ea

Viagra Day: Little blue pill makes a big 'bang' in couples' lives

When it comes to holidays, March 27 celebrates a few non-traditional occasions. Besides National Joe Day and Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day, March 27 also celebrates a little blue pill that has made quite a big "bang" in couples' lives. It's Viagra Day, an annual event that commemorates a top-selling prescription from Pfizer, Inc. On March 27, 1998, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sildenafil, commonly known as Viagra, the oral medication that is known worldwide for treating impotence, the inability to get or keep an erection. Originally made to treat high blood pressure, the medication was found to help blood flow to other parts of the body in as little as 30 to 60 minu

National Spinach Day

Besides Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, March 26 is National Spinach Day. Whether you are a fan or, well, not so much, today is the perfect time to indulge in the healthy veggie many kids love to hate. High in iron and low in calories, spinach is a great source of fiber, protein, calcium and vitamin A, C and K. Spinach not only helps improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health, but is loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants too. It’s also great for your vision, brain and skin and may fight those pesky wrinkles! Popeye would be the first to tell you that his love of spinach is responsible for the famous Sailor Man’s bulging muscles that helped keep gal pal Olive Oyl around for decades!

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day: Weird & wacky holiday ideas

After writing thousands of articles about traditional and unusual holiday events over the years, many people want to know who comes up with these offbeat, wacky “holidays?” Good question! What if you could create your very own special day of the year that everyone celebrated? Here’s your chance. March 26 is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day! Hooray! This very special day, launched by the folks at the Wellness Permission League, is celebrated annually on March 26th. So go ahead – get those creative juices flowing and make up your very own holiday. Share it here, post it on Facebook, Tweet it and maybe “someone” will be writing all about it next year! Make Up Your Own Holiday Day Suggestions: Ameri

International Waffle Day

March 25 is International Waffle Day. Not to be confused with National Waffle Day, another annual food holiday celebrated in August in honor of the patenting of the waffle iron, today’s food holiday celebrates the actual waffle itself. Waffles have been enjoyed for centuries. It is believed the Greeks actually whipped up the flat cakes between two metal plates, called obleios, back in the 1300s. The annual event, also referred to as Vaffeldagen, actually began in Sweden and coincides with the Feast of Annunciation when Archangel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she was pregnant. It also commemorates the beginning of spring. Whether you prefer yours plain, smothered with all sorts of delicious to

National Cocktail Day: Cheers!

If an ice-cold cocktail sounds good to you right about now, go grab your cocktail shaker. Hip hip hooray - March 24 is National Cocktail Day in the U.S.A! Cocktails are drinks typically comprised of wine or a distilled beverage (such as whiskey, brandy, vodka, rum, or tequila) and mixed with other tasty ingredients such as cream, soda, liqueurs, fruit, juices, honey, beer, etc. Whether you enjoy one before, during or after dinner, with a few of your favorite friends or during a romantic evening with that special someone, today's cocktails are available in all sorts of refreshing and tasty flavors. This annual holiday, created by cocktail enthusiast Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, not only celeb

National Family Day

National Family Day is celebrated in March. While some calendars list March 24th as the actual holiday,other calendars list March 25th as the official date. So why not celebrate on both days to make sure you don't miss it? Since many of us lead busy and hectic lives, it is often difficult to spend quality time with the family. But spending time with one another as often as possible is very important. Through interaction and communication, the family structure grows and becomes closer. Family Fun: Make a free Family Tree together. Play a fun game of Bingo – Just print out the free Bingo cards and numbers. Send a free Family Day eCard to loved ones. Get a family portrait taken by a professi

Happy National Chip and Dip Day!

When it comes to holidays, today is a biggy! Not only is it National Puppy Day and Cuddly Kitten Day, but today also celebrates one of the best snacks of all time! Chips and dip! March 23 is National Chip and Dip Day! While the origins of this annual food holiday are unknown, most people probably won’t need much of an excuse to indulge in a little dippin’ delight in honor of the occasion! Whether you prefer sweet or spicy or somewhere in between, who can resist a salty, crunchy chip dunked in your all-time favorite dip? Perfect for parties, potlucks or in front of the big-screen television, today’s dips come in a wide variety of flavors. From chili con queso, 7-layer Mexican, guacamole and s

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