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April 25, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Arbor Day - Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 and officially celebrated on the last Friday in April, although some states celebrate on different days because of differences in when the best tree planting time is in their areas.  Find out when your state celebrates here:
dates.cfm.  You can also find many different ways that you can celebrate above and beyond simply planting a tree such as reading a book about trees, taking a hike, drawing a picture of trees, writing a poem about trees, and anything else your mind can think of.

Red Hat Society Day – Born of the simple idea of having fun as you age, this wonderful group of ladies has only been around for 16 years and in that time they have grown in number from one to thousands all over the country. Ladies 50 and up wear red hats and purple clothes (the clashing is on purpose) and Ladies under 50 wear pink hats and lavender clothes. Founded by Sue Ellen Cooper on this day in 1998, some Red Hat Chapters will be celebrating today and others tomorrow since it is sometimes easier to celebrate something this momentous on a Saturday.

World Penguin Day – Who doesn't love penguins? Today is a day for the whole world to love them! Did you know that penguins are piscivorous?  That means they only eat fish.

DNA Day – On this day in 1953, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin published papers on the structure of DNA. Then, on this day in 2003, the genome project was declared as complete as it was financially able to be. The Senate and House of Representatives declared April 25, 2003 to be DNA Day, intending it to be just a one day celebration. However, several other non-governmental groups have declared it to be World DNA Day or International DNA Day, every year since then.

East Meets West Day – On this day in 1945, U.S. and Russian troops met in Germany for the first time.  Some groups have turned this into a reason for having sporting events such as a team from the east of an area playing against a team from the west.

National Hairball Awareness Day - Celebrated on the last Friday in April, this is a day to spread awareness of the dreadful and debilitating hairball disease. Mostly suffered by felines and feline lovers, although my canine also seems to suffer from periodic bouts of the disease, it causes coughing, hacking, and puking on the brand new living room carpet or in the expensive and also brand new dress shoes. Volunteer for your local SPCA to help them find a cure for this socially unacceptable issue.

Malaria Awareness Day or World Malaria Day – Established in 2007 by the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization, this day is intended to focus our awareness on the plight of all of the people who suffer from this disease. They are primarily located on the continent of Africa where 3,000 children die every day and over a million people die every year from this treatable disease.  We need to spread awareness of how to control the mosquito population that spreads the disease, and how to treat it once it has been contracted.

Hug A Plumber Day or Plumbers Day – For those of us who are not handy in this area, where do we go when the toilet stops flushing or the sink leaks? That's right, you go to someone who knows what they are doing with water and pipes and such, your friendly neighborhood plumber. Give him a hug before he climbs under the sink and gets all dirty.

Anzac Day - Celebrated in Australia and New Zealand, today we remember the landing, on this day in 1915, of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps on the Gallipoli Penninsula in Turkey during World War I.  More than 11,000 men from these two countries died and 25,000 were wounded.  In total, there were more than 130,000 casualties among the Allied Forces for that very long battle that lasted many months. Today, this day is used to remember all of the Australian and New Zealander veterans who have died for their country.

Robigalia - According to the Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary by Cherie D. Abbey, Robigus was one of many Roman Gods but this one has the distinction of being the God of blights on crops.  The Romans didn’t know what to do about the mildew, rust and other things that would attack their crops periodically, so on this day every year, they prayed and sacrificed to Robigus hoping that he would have mercy on them.

To celebrate today, wear a red or pink hat while you plant a tree.  Then clean up that hairball your cat just spit up before you take your son/daughter to work with you.  Since you are lucky enough to work at a zoo, let your kids play with the penguins and seek out that plumber that is always fixing the bathrooms so you can give him a hug.  At lunch, draw a picture of DNA so your kids can understand what it looks like and tell them about the day during World War II that the Russians & Americans met in Germany, then confuse them by switching to the Australians and New Zealanders in World War I.  This evening, set up an offering of vegetables for Robigus, making sure the mosquitoes don’t bite you while you do.

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