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.
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
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 - noth
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
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 actu
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 remember
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 mo
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. Di
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 lock
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 i
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 dif
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!
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,
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, t
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 i