World No Tobacco Day: Butt out on May 31st

In an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, May 31 is World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), an annual event that encourages people around the world to abstain from all tobacco consumption for 24 hours. Since 1987, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been shining the spotlight on the harmful consequences of tobacco use and exposure as well as business practices of tobacco companies. In 1988, a resolution was passed declaring each May 31st World No Tobacco Day. Nations and organizations around the world participate in the observance by participating in a wide variety of activities. While a different theme is adopted each year, every theme highlights the harmful effects of toba

OMG: It's Speak in Complete Sentences Day

If you are a frequent texter, chatter or emailer, chances are pretty good you may not be overly thrilled with this particular "holiday." May 31 is Speak in Complete Sentences Day, an annual holiday that reminds us of the importance of proper writing and speaking skills. While the origins of this holiday are unknown, a frustrated language or speech teacher probably came up with the idea! While modern day slang, text speak and acronyms allow us to communicate with one another more quickly via various technologies, our grammar, writing and speaking skills may be suffering. Today is the perfect day to put all those skills we learned in school to use! How to Celebrate Speak in Complete Sentences

My Bucket's Got a Hole In It Day

While the lawn, garden and flowers are probably looking pretty good right about now, a nice cool drink, plant food and some fertilizer may be in order because warmer weather typically means the ole' yard needs a little T.L.C, right? Have you ever had a hose that sprung a leak or was twisted so badly water didn’t flow? Have you ever hauled water back and forth from the ole’ watering hole only to discover half the water was gone before you got to your destination? Yessir - nothin’ is worse than springin’ a leak from the old bucket or hose when you least expect it! And speaking of leaks - May 30 is Hole in My Bucket Day or My Bucket's Got a Hole In It Day, an annual “holiday” that does not cele

National Mint Julep Day

As the days get longer and the temperature gets warmer, the end of May celebrates one of America’s most beloved beverages. Today is National Mint Julep Day, an annual “holiday” observed each year on May 30. The refreshing occasion celebrates that special southern drink traditionally made with just a few simple ingredients - bourbon whiskey, fresh mint,sugar and crushed ice. While there is some debate as to who actually “invented” the Mint Julep, folks have been sippin’ on these delicious drinks for centuries. Whether you’re an avid fan or have never tried a julep before, today is the perfect day to enjoy a taste of southern hospitality by trying one or two juleps in honor of the event. Ma

Happy Paper Clip Day

May 29 celebrates a product that most of us take for granted. It's (National) Paper Clip Day, an annual "holiday" that recognizes those handy dandy products that help keep us organized and our desks nice and neat. The History of Paper Clips While today's clips are available in a slew of colors, shapes and sizes, Johan Vaaler, a Norwegian inventor who lived from 1866 to 1910, is often credited as inventing the paper clip back in 1899. But it was Gem Manufacturing LTD that actually created the "double oval" shape design we still use today. During World War II, the Germans forbade Norwegians to wear buttons with the Norwegian king's initials on their clothing. As a sign of solidarity, the peopl

Memorial Day quotes: 25 touching and sentimental sayings for Memorial Day

Memorial Day, a federal holiday celebrated in the United States, is right around the corner. And millions of Americans are getting ready to celebrate the long holiday weekend. This annual holiday, held each year on the last Monday in May, honors and pays tribute to the brave men and women in the military who gave the ultimate price for our nation. While many Americas will attend parades, celebrations, various events and family get-togethers, others will spend the day remembering their heroic loved ones who died for our country. Memorable Memorial Day Quotes & Sayings On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation. ~ Thomas William Parsons A hero is one who knows how to han

It's National Hamburger Day in the U.S.A!

If you're in the 'mooood' for something nice and juicy, you're in luck. May 28 is National Hamburger Day, an annual "holiday" that celebrates the all-American burger! National Hamburger Day While the origins of this food holiday are unknown, who needs an excuse to indulge in a delicious burger or two? Whether you prefer yours topped with all the trimmings, smothered in ooey gooey cheese or smokin' hot off the grill, Americans love their burgers. In fact, Americans consume more than 40 billion hamburgers annually. And National Hamburger Day is so popular, it is actually celebrated several times a year. Enjoy!

Sunscreen Day: Protect Yourself!

With the beginning of the summer season unofficially under way, it’s time to wear protection!Sunscreen, that is! On the heels of Don’t Fry Day, May 27 is Sunscreen Day or Sun Screen Day, an annual “holiday” that raises awareness about the importance of wearing sunscreen. As more and more people head outside to enjoy the warm and sunny weather, Sunscreen Day serves as an important reminder that too much sun can lead to skin cancer, premature wrinkles and damage to the eyes. Did you know the most common type of cancer in the United States is skin cancer, which is preventable? One American will die about every hour from malignant melanoma. Sunscreen can help protect your skin from the sun’s har

World Redhead Day: Celebrating redheads & highlighting ‘ginger’ stigma

What is the first thing you notice about someone? It is their pearly whites, piercing baby blues or the color and/or style of their hair? Today we celebrate redheads from near and far. May 26 is World Redhead Day, an annual occasion created by the Queen of Holidays. With hues ranging from deep burgundy to bright copper, only one to two percent of people around the world have natural red hair. Whether the color is au natural or courtesy of a favorite hair salon, red locks are beautiful. World Redhead Day not only celebrates redheads around the globe but also “highlights” the stigma and discrimination some “gingers” face. Redheads are often stereotyped as having feisty personalities wit

National Wine Day: Cheers!

Have you heard the latest buzz? One of the very best holidays in the entire year is finally here. Go grab the corkscrew, folks! May 25 is officially National Wine Day in the U.S.A! Although the origins of this annual occasion are unknown, who needs an excuse to enjoy a fine glass of wine, right? People have been drinking wine for centuries. In fact, the world's oldest known bottle of wine, discovered during a dig in 1867, actually dates back to 325 A.D. That ancient bottle is on permanent display at the Historisches Museum der Pfalz in Speyer, Germany. Whether you prefer red, white, dry, sweet or sparkling, besides tasting good, wine may actually be good for your health. Some suggest wine m

Geek Pride Day: 25 best nerd & geek movies of all time

May 25 is Geek Pride Day, an annual "holiday" that encourages computer geeks and word nerds all over the world to be proud and embrace their inner-geek. Radio host, Tim McEachern, is credited as launching the first Geek Pride Day back in 1998 when he organized a festival celebrating all things-geek. The date was selected to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars movie on May 25, 1977. While many geeks and nerds have been criticized, ostracized and teased for being different, many geeks are highly intelligent and imaginative people that went on to lead very successful lives. Can you imagine what our lives would be like without the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Stephen King, Steve W

National Escargot Day

May 24 is National Escargot Day, an annual foodie holiday that celebrates, well, snails. Enjoyed for centuries, escargot is often synonymous with French cuisine. It's estimated the French chow down on 40,000 metric TONS of snails annually! Typically eaten as an appetizer, escargot is low in fat and high in protein. According to iGourmet, there are over 100 different edible species but the most popular escargot are Helix Aspersa, Helix Pomatia and Achatine. Bon appetit!

National Lucky Penny Day: 25 famous and funny quotes about money

Are you in the mood to get lucky? Well, you may just be in luck! On the heels of Be a Millionaire Day, this annual “holiday” is also about money. May 23 is National Lucky Penny Day or Lucky Penny Day. While many folks wouldn’t bat an eyelash and probably walk on by one today, finding a shiny penny used to be considered good luck back in the day. There was even a famous saying about it: See a penny, pick it up, All day long you’ll have good luck. Give it to a faithful friend, Then your luck will never end. Whether you spotted one on the ground, under the couch or in a drawer, finding a one cent coin was a good thing, unless of course you were superstitious. While finding a penny facing heads

World Turtle Day: The plight of the turtle and tortoise

Today we shine the light on the plight of the turtle. May 23 is World Turtle Day, an annual event observed about the globe in honor of one of the world’s oldest creatures – turtles. Launched in 2000 by the non-profit American Tortoise Rescue organization, a group that helps protect all species of turtles and tortoises, World Turtle Day helps celebrate these amazing creatures while also raising awareness of the plight turtles face around the globe. Like many other animals, the turtle populations around the world continue to rapidly decline due to habitat destruction, the exotic food industry and the cruel pet trade industry. Pollution and overfishing also plays part. Like dolphins, thousand

National Waiters and Waitress Day

May 21 recognizes the millions of hard-working men and women who work in restaurants across America. It’s National Waiters and Waitress Day in the U.S.A. More than 2 million people were waiters or waitresses in 2012. Waiters and waitresses work on their feet most of the day and often carry heavy loads in a fast-paced environment. While many enjoy their work, being a waiter or waitress was considered one of the worst jobs to have in 2012 (it ranked 6 out of the 10 worst jobs in America) according to Career Cast. Waiters/waitresses typically work long hours for little pay. Many depend on the combination of an hourly wage and customer tips. Should we tip wait staff for poor service? If the food

National Memo Day: When in doubt, write it out!

Note to self – May 21 is National Memo Day! While the origins of this annual holiday are unknown, today is all about those handy dandy memos, those useful notes that bring attention to and solve various problems, issues and concerns and serve as important reminders. From important dates, addresses and telephone numbers to directions, grocery lists and to-do lists, memos can be written on just about anything. From sticky post-it notes and pieces of scrap paper, to napkins and formal memorandum notes, memos are must-haves in today’s busy society. Make a note - when in doubt, write it out! Today is also National Waiters and Waitress Day.

Be a Millionaire Day

If you’ve ever fantasized about being filthy rich, it may just be your “lucky” day! Although the origins of this annual “holiday” are unknown, May 20 is Be a Millionaire Day! Sweet! For millions of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck, the real possibility of losing a job, not being able to pay the mortgage or adequately provide for the family, are all too common concerns. Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you were wealthy? No more worries about being able to pay all those bills, or worries about health care costs. Just imagine being able to afford that new luxury car, having one or two beautiful homes in scenic locations or jet-setting around the world in your private jet

National Devil's Food Cake Day

If you're in the mood for a sweet treat to eat, go grab your fork! May 19 is National Devil's Food Cake Day, an annual food "holiday" that celebrates the rich and moist chocolaty dessert Americans love to eat - devil's food cake. Today, you really can have your cake and eat it, too! Typically made with cocoa instead of chocolate, devil's food cake is an airy cake that is usually topped with a decadent chocolate frosting. Enjoyed since the late 1800s, some believe the sinfully delicious cake got its unusual name after the popular Angel Food Cake was "invented." Why not indulge in a little chocolate delight, by whipping up a sinfully delicious recipe in honor of National Devil's Food Cake Day

It's National Bike to Work Day: Ride On!

It’s time to dust off the old Schwinn and put a little air in those tires. It’s National Bike to Work Day. The annual holiday, created by the League of American Bicyclists, encourages folks from all over the country to ditch their gas-guzzling vehicles and hop on the old bicycle instead. Observed annually, the occasion takes place on the third Friday in May. And National Bike to Work Day isn’t the only bike-related holiday this month. In fact, May is all about bicycling. Besides National Bike Month, there is also Ride to Work Day, Ride to School Day and Bike to Work Week! Who knew? Besides being great exercise, bicycling also benefits the environment and your pocket book too. Avoid that anno

Happy NASCAR Day: Start your engines, race fans

Start your engines, race fans! If you happen to be a NASCAR fan, and who isn’t, hold onto your checkered flag – it’s NASCAR Day! The annual event takes place on the third Friday in May. For folks passionate about motor-sports, this winning holiday encourages friends and fans of NASCAR to support charities of the non-profit NASCAR Foundation by raising funds and encouraging volunteer participation across America. Since the NASCAR Day’s inception in 2004, millions of dollars have been raised for numerous charities over the years.

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