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April 18, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Animal Crackers Day – Begun in 1902 by the company now known as Nabisco, these crackers were originally called Barnum's Animals.

Newspaper Columnists Day – On this day in 1945, Ernie Pyle was killed. He was a well-known and well-respected newspaper columnist who was covering World War II. He lived with the soldiers, saw what they saw, ate what they ate, felt what they felt, and was killed by a Japanese sniper.

Adult Autism Awareness Day – This is a day to recognize the challenges of adults who live with autism and the difficulties many of them have maintaining employment and independence.

Get To Know Your Customers Day – Yes, you're right! We had this day in January already. However, you will see it again twice more this year because it is celebrated on the third Thursday of every quarter as a reminder to business owners about how important it is to know who your customers are and what their needs might be.

National Golf Day – A golf industry group called We Are Golf created this group after Hurricane Katrina relief efforts helped other sports but excluded help for golf courses and related businesses. Their goal is to convince the world that golf is a sport that is just as important as any other sport.

Pet Owners Independence Day – On this day, you get a day off from work and your pet goes in to the office and does your work for you. Sounds like a deal to me. I wonder what my boss will say when my dog walks in instead of me.

National High Five Day – There are lots of different stories trying to tell the origins of this congratulatory gesture so there is really no way to know who first used it and why but it is definitely a part of our culture now and you see it happening everywhere.

International Amateur Radio Day – On this day in 1925, the International Amateur Radio Union was founded. It has evolved a great deal since that time but is still just as popular.

Poem In Your Pocket Day – Another day to celebrate poetry, this time you need to take a poem you like and keep it in your pocket today so you can pull it out and read it whenever you feel the urge.

Support Teen Literature Day – Teen literature has changed a bit since I was a teen. But I love the books that my daughter reads, I'm usually anxious for her to finish so I can read them next.

National Ask An Atheist Day – Celebrated on the third Thursday of April, this is a day to ask an atheist anything you want about their beliefs, or rather, unbeliefs. They don't wish to be yelled at or chastised or converted, but will gladly participate in a civilized discussion.

To celebrate today, send your pet to work and you can have the day to do all this celebrating. First, grab a box of animal crackers to stick in your pocket because you'll be hungry later. Then find your favorite poem and put that in your pocket too. Next, get on your ham radio and ask everyone for their recommendations for teen books that your teen (or you) might like to read. Next head to the golf course where you can high five everyone who finishes the game. You'll be there a while so I hope you brought the newspaper so you can read all of the columnists' work. Next, head to your favorite store and chat with the owner so he/she has a chance to get to know you. On the way home, try to imagine how difficult it would have been to do all that if you had Autism.

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