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April 6, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Caramel Popcorn Day – Popcorn of almost any kind is delicious, but combining popcorn and caramel was a stroke of genius on someone's part.

Plan Your Epitaph Day – Well, you don't want to leave this important task to someone who might not do it the way you would want, do you?

Army Day – Begun in 1942 by proclamation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to honor the Army that works so hard to keep us safe during every war.

New Beer's Eve – This was the night before prohibition was to end in 1933. There were huge lines of people waiting for that midnight moment when beer was legally allowed to be sold once again.

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day – Drunk driving is not the only driving hazard out there. Anyone can become drowsy while driving and cause serious harm to themselves and others. This day was started by a California Highway Patrol Officer whose wife died because she fell asleep behind the wheel. I've fought drowsiness while driving myself. Fortunately I've never actually fallen asleep and no harm has been done, but it's a danger that is always present.

National Love Our Children Day – By proclamation of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, this day is about seeing the value of children and giving them the love, protection and respect they need.

National Student Athlete Day – This is the 26th anniversary of this day of saluting the student athletes around the country. It's not easy combining sports and keeping up schoolwork, but exercise is great for kids so it's worth the balancing act.

National Tartan Day – This is a holiday for all Scottish-Americans. They are the 8th largest ethnic group in the United States, with people numbering more than 11 million, including myself.

The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints Day – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was created by Joseph Smith on this day in 1830 with a membership of 6 people. They have grown to a membership today of more than 14 million. 

Teflon Day – On this day in 1938, Roy Plunkett accidentally discovered polytetrafluoroethylene (don't ask me to say that out loud) when a gas he was testing failed to emerge from it's container. Risking an explosion and sure death, he cut open the container to find the gas had solidified into a smooth, slippery powder. He tested it and figured out how to reproduce it and just like that we have non-stick pans. OK, it might have been a little more complicated than that.

International Pillow Fight Day – Pillow fights abound all over the world. I've been missing this day for the last 5 years! I had no idea it even existed. But now I do so children beware!

Tangible Karma Day – This is a day of giving. Giving your time, skills or extras to others is the theme for this day which is always celebrated on the first Saturday in April. Do whatever you can to help someone today: volunteer to help a friend, have a party where you give away things you don't need, volunteer at a local charity.

To celebrate today use your teflon coated fry pan to make a gift of eggs for breakfast for your children because of your deep love for them. Then, put on your tartan and make sure you stay awake as you drive your kids to their soccer practice. Next, if you are a Mormon, offer up some thanks to God for inspiring Joseph Smith way back then. If you are not, you can find a friend who is a Mormon and ask them to explain their religion to you so you can decide if you wish to convert. Once you are sure you are home for the night, so there is no risk of drinking and driving, have some caramel popcorn along with a beer which you can use to toast the safety of our Army. Finally, PILLOW FIGHT! Launch a surprise attack on the kids before they go to bed.

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