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March 15, 2014

Today we celebrate:

National Quilting Day – Celebrated on the third Sat. in March, this day was begun by the National Quilting Association in 1991. The goal today is to quilt until you can't quilt any more. Teach a younger generation how to do what you do so that quilting doesn't become a lost art.

Purim – This celebration begins at sundown today and ends at sundown tomorrow. The story of Purim is told in the Book of Esther. It is a celebration of the time when the Jewish people in Persia escaped extermination. It's also a very good day to make delicious hamantaschen cookies.

National Peanut Lovers Day – A few weeks ago we celebrated a day for peanut butter. Well, forget the butter because's all about the nuts. A lot of people have allergies to peanuts and so can be forgiven if they decide to skip this celebration. The rest of you, enjoy.

National Pears Helene Day – This dish consists of pears poached in sugar syrup, topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup. It was created in 1864 by Auguste Escoffier and named after an operetta by Jacques Offenbach.

World Consumer Rights Day – This day is about raising awareness of consumer rights around the world. It is celebrated today because on this day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech to the U.S. Congress during which he talked about consumer rights. This is significant because he was the first world leader to EVER publicly raise the subject. The theme this year is “Consumer rights in the digital age” and the organizers, Consumers International, plan to increase consumer awareness of the issues that consumers face in the digital life we live in today.

National Everything You Think Is Wrong Day – Whatever it is that you think you know, think again because you are wrong, wrong, wrong. Then, if knowing that convinces you to change your thinking so you won't be wrong, you're wrong again.

World Contact Day – This is a day that has been celebrated since 1953. it was created by the International Flying Saucer Bureau and we are all supposed to do our best to send a telepathic message into space today. I am not making this up. I really found this out. They even have a facebook page although their last post was on January 4th. The theory is that if enough people focus on a single message, it will transmit through space and find some aliens.

International Day Against Police Brutality – This is a day for people to fight back against police brutality and invasion into our lives. They plan to have a demonstration somewhere to protest “against the continued encroachment of surveillance systems, overzealous security guards, and the increasingly invasive police presence...”

Ides Of March – Prior to the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Ides of March was a festival dedicated to Anna Perenna, the sister of some tragic Carthaginian queen named Dido. Alas, for Anna, on this day in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated and now everyone has forgotten poor Anna and instead is intent on heeding the advice to beware the Ides of March, which Caesar ignored to his detriment.

Buzzards Day – Celebrated in Hinkley, Ohio, on this day every year the turkey vultures return from wherever they go in the winter time. Spring is arriving. Apparently lots of tourists descend upon the area to watch the vultures, or buzzards as they are sometimes known, return.

International Sports Car Racing Day – This is a day where you will find car racing events all over the world. I couldn't find out much information about it, really just a whole lot of information on races happening on this day which is always on the third Saturday in March.

National Corn Dog Day – Celebrated in March on the first Saturday of the NCAA Men's Div. Basketball Championship, this day was begun in 1992 by Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley, in order to celebrate the combination of corn dogs, basketball, tater tots and beer.

Dumbstruck Day – Did you ever have a day when you just wanted to whap yourself on the forehead? Well, get ready, today is going to be one of those days.

To celebrate today, read the book of Esther in the Bible and tune the tv to a car race while you work on your quilt and munch on peanuts. Then make some hamantaschen cookies to share with your fellow police brutality demonstrators while you wish them all a happy Ides of March. Then do your part trying to send a telepathic message into space while you keep an eye out for turkey vultures. Next, head to a basketball game and be mindful of your consumer rights while you buy a corn dog. Finally, for dessert tonight, have some Pears Helene and review all of your thoughts over the course of the day, being dumbstruck as you realize that you were wrong about everything.

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