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May 3, 2013

Today we celebrate:

Lumpy Rug Day – Nobody likes a lumpy rug, they are just no good to lay on while you watch TV or take a nap. So this is a day to celebrate good, non-lumpy rugs. If you have a lumpy one, it would be a good day to look for another one.

World Press Freedom – Declared by the United Nations General Assembly, this is a day to stress the importance of freedom of the press and to remind governments around the world of their responsibility to respect the freedom of expression outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

International Tuba Day – Celebrated on the first Friday in May, this day is about recognizing the challenges that tubists endure in order to play their instrument. These are big and bulky instruments and are frequently disrespected among fellow band players. The day was created by Joel Day in 1979 when he was one of two tuba players in his high school band. He continued it into college where he was known for popular Tuba Day activities and the celebrations have spread from there.

Space Day – Celebrated on the first Friday in May, this is a day all about education. Specifically, education in the areas of science, math, technology and engineering. This is a day that has been celebrated since 1997 with special events all over the world. We want to get children excited about space and grow their desire to see what's out there.

National Raspberry Popover Day – I didn't have much luck the last time I tried making popovers. Maybe because they weren't raspberry. I'll have to try again.

National Chocolate Custard Day – Mmmm, chocolate and custard mixed together. What could be better?

Garden Meditation Day – Today is a day to focus all your attention on your garden today. Clear your mind by doing mindless things like weeding, tilling and cleaning your garden even if it's just for a few minutes.

Hug Your Cat Day – Exactly as the name says, this is a day for cat owners everywhere to hug their beloved cats. Unless you have one of those temperamental cats who will scratch you as soon as look at you. There are many differences of opinion as to when this day is celebrated. Some of the options other than today are May 12, May 30 and June 4th so if you are so inclined, celebrate on all of those days.

National Special-abled Pets Day – Begun in 2006 as National Disabled Pet Day, this is a day to focus on the care of pets with special needs. Some animals are born disabled, others are injured and become disabled. Caring for them can be challenging but they deserve just as much love and attention as any other pet because they still love you just as much as any other pet.

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day – This is a day to celebrate diversity in the human race. Take a risk and wear two shoes of different colors today. Just make sure they have the same size heel or you will end up in traction from your lopsided back.

No Pants Day – This is a fun day that involves not wearing any pants. The really fun part is that you have to pretend that there is nothing unusual about going out in your underwear (Probably not a good day to wear a thong, just saying) and watching other people's reaction. This is about not taking yourself seriously and reveling in the absurdity of the situation.

Paranormal Day – This is a day for paranormal believers to get together and share experiences. There are related seminars and radio broadcasts happening all over the country.

Public Radio Day – On this day in 1971, National Public Radio aired the first broadcast of “All Things Considered”, a daily news show. That show is still on the radio today and although it has changed quite a bit in that time, it is still quite popular.

To celebrate today, do not wear any pants today and make sure you put on different colored shoes. Then start out your morning in the garden with some quiet weeding meditation. When you have finished that, have some raspberry popovers for breakfast. While you are eating, teach your children everything they could ever need to know about math, science, technology and engineering. Don't worry about overloading them, they are like sponges. Next, get your kids together on a ghost hunt. There just might be some paranormal activity going on in your house that you haven't been paying attention to. When you get tired of that, listen to National Public Radio while you drive to the carpet store to shop for a new non-lumpy rug. When you get home, play a tuba serenade for your old lumpy rug while your family carts it out to the garbage pail. Next, write to the editor of your local newspaper and thank them for using their freedom to write about things you find important. Next, run out to your local animal shelter and adopt a special needs cat. Now that he/she is yours, you can give him/her a hug (watch out for claws) and celebrate your successful, and exhausting, day with some chocolate custard.

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