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July 22, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Hot Dog Day - The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council in the United States designated this day as National Hot Dog Day. They give advice on hot dog eating etiquette (who knew there was a hot dog eating etiquette?) and encourage the nation to have special hot dog eating contests and family friendly activities like face painting and wiener dog races in order to celebrate. And, of course, eat hot dogs.

Casual Pi Day – This day is also known as Pi Approximation Day because if you write the date the European way with the day first then then the month you get the fraction equivalent of pi (22/7).

Hammock Day – Today is a day to slow down, relax, and spend the day in your hammock. If you need to get some food or refresh your beverage, feel free to get up and do that but work of any other kind is strictly prohibited today.

National Penuche Fudge Day – This isn't really fudge, but it is fudge-like. It uses brown sugar and so it has a tan color and a caramel flavor. Many people like to mix in different kinds of nuts to enhance the flavor.

Rat-Catchers Day – This day is also celebrated on June 26th and it is about commemorating the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The difference in dates is because the Brothers Grimm said that the Pied Piper led the children out of town on the 26th of June 1284, but Robert Browning, who wrote a poem about it, gave it a date of July 22nd, 1376. I suggest that if you have a problem with rats in your home, the rat-catcher is your very best friend and deserves two special days.

Spooners (Spoonerism) Day – This is a day to remember Reverend William Archibald Spooner, who was born on this day in 1844. Rev. Spooner was known for frequently slipping up and mixing up the beginnings of words, such as saying “swell foop” instead of the intended “fell swoop” and “queer old dean” instead of “dear old queen.” He did this so often that his name was used to describe this type of tongue tripping.

To celebrate today, set up your hammock and get ready for a hard day of relaxing. Make sure you have your phone with you when you lay down so you can call up your local rat catcher and wish him/her a great day. Then have some hot dogs and penuche fudge while you calculate pi out as far as you can without a computer handy. Finally, as you are falling asleep, think of all the spoonerisms that you can remember making in your lifetime.

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