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February 15, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Lupercalia – An ancient Roman holiday (possibly even pre-Roman) related to Valentine's Day, that involved celebrating one of the gods they worshiped back then, although we don't know which one. We do know that it involved rituals intending to promote fertility.

National Hippo Day – It appears that this is a virtual holiday. Apparently there is a 3D virtual world called Second Life where online members can interact using voice and text chatting. Its' unofficial mascot is the Hippo. Don't ask me why, because I have no idea. Anyway, this is a day to celebrate this Hippo by logging on to Second Life and playing with the Hippo.

Remember The Maine Day – The USS Maine was a heavily armed U.S. Navy ship named after the state of Maine. On this day in 1898, she exploded in Havana Harbor and sank quickly killing three fourths of her crew. The reason for the explosion is unknown but popular opinion in the U.S. blamed Spain and the incident served as a catalyst, causing the inevitable war with Spain to come sooner rather than later. The phrase, “Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!” became a rallying cry for the U.S.

Susan B. Anthony Day – Born on this day in 1820, Susan B. Anthony was an American civil rights leader and a feminist who was vitally important to the women's rights movement that eventually succeeded, one hundred years after her birth, in winning the right to vote for women. She fought her whole life for women to be granted the same rights as men by the government. She was part of a family that apparently had powerful opinions in the areas of civil rights for all. One of her brothers was active with the anti-slavery movement and one of her sisters was a women's rights activist herself. She was a formidable looking woman and sadly, she did not live long enough to see women get the right to vote so she was never able to do that which she fought so hard for. And today, women take the right to vote for granted. Some of us don't even bother to exercise that right.

National Gum Drop Day – Some are sweet, some are spicy, some are sour, but they are all chewy and tasty and sugary.

Angelman Syndrome Day - Angelman Syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder that shares symptoms with other disorders like autism, cerebral palsy and more. Some of the symptoms include developmental delays, seizures, lack of speech, delayed walking skills and many more. People with this disorder will require treatment and care for their entire lives.

World Whale Day – This is a day celebrated on Maui for the last 34 years to honor the humpback whales that winter in Maui every year. There will be music from Hawaii's top music stars, food, a carnival, an artisan fair and more. Better yet, it's free.

To celebrate today, find some people with Angelman Syndrome and share some gumdrops with them. Next, tell your daughters and any other woman you meet today that exercising your voting rights is very important since in the past people spent their entire lives fighting for us to have that right. Find a way to sneak, “Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!” into your conversations when you go online to Second Life to chat with the Hippo. Finally, hop on a plane to Maui to attend the whale festival.   

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