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September 27, 2013

Today we celebrate:

Crush A Can Day – This is an odd day that doesn't seem to have a specific purpose or history that I can find. I can speculate that it is a stress relieving day as some people like to relieve their stress by breaking or crushing things. I prefer to recycle my cans but I guess I can make an exception today.

Ancestor Appreciation Day – This is a day to dig into your family history and find out where you came from so you can appreciate your ancestors, whoever they are.

Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Created in 2008 by the National Association of People with AIDS, this is a day to recognize that although gay and bisexual men are only about 2 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 61 percent of all of the newly diagnosed HIV infections in the year 2009. Since this is the demographic that is most at risk of developing this devastating disease, it stands to reason that men who are gay and bisexual need to be tested regularly and, even better, take precautions to protect themselves against becoming infected. 

National Chocolate Milk Day – Chocolate fans everywhere, heads up! This is a day for you. Carry some chocolate around with you today so you can add it to your milk at every meal. If you don't usually drink milk at meals, you might want to change your habits today.

Google's Birthday – This date apparently changes depending on when the Google people feel like having some cake. The real first day of opening for Google is probably September 7th, 1998, but they registered their web domain in 1997 so some may consider that to be Google's birthday.

International Hug A Vegetarian Day – Celebrated on the last Friday in September, this is a day to support the vegetarians in the world.

Save The Koala Day – Created by the Australian Koala Foundation and celebrated on the last Friday in September, this is a day to raise money for the Foundation who has made great strides in protecting the habitat of the Koalas in Australia. The goal, of course, is to save this adorable animal from eventual extinction.

To celebrate today, spend some time researching your ancestors and then celebrate your accomplishment by drinking a glass of chocolate milk. Then find a can you can crush while you are combing your neighborhood looking for a vegetarian to hug. If you have one conveniently living in your house, your search will be short. Next, urge all of your gay and bisexual friends to get tested for HIV and to stay safe in their relationships. Finally, finish up the day with some birthday cake and spread the word among your friends that the Koala Bears in Australia need help.

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