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May 20, 2014

Here's a thinking game you can play with your kids:  What can be measured and what cannot?  Who can name the most number of things in each category?

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day – Last year, this was the first global, online awareness celebration. It is hosted by many groups and organizations in the Autoimmune Arthritis community. It is going to be online again this year. It is an interactive, live, virtual convention that lasts for 47 hours and is free. This day was chosen for celebrations because in 2012, the first solar eclipse of the century occurred which the organizers used to symbolize the misunderstandings surrounding Autoimmune Arthritis Diseases.

Be A Millionaire Day – I could not determine the origins of this day but it seems to be about most everyone's desire to be a millionaire. I could not find any good advice on how to make it happen so maybe you should play the lottery today. That seems to be the quickest way.

Pick Strawberries Day – 'Tis normally the season for picking strawberries. They are best when you pick them yourself and eat them while they are still warm from the sunshine. Call the place you usually go to pick them first, however. The cool weather in the North has delayed a lot of their growth this year.

National Quiche Lorraine Day – This dish was apparently named after the Lorraine region of France and dates back to the 6th century. It is the original quiche recipe, all others are mere adaptations.

Eliza Doolittle Day – Eliza Doolittle is a fictional character from the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw in 1912. You may know it better by the musical version called My Fair Lady. I was not able to figure out why she rates her own day or why it needed to be this day.

Weights & Measures Day – On this day in 1875, an international treaty was signed establishing an International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Clearly an important organization, but I can't help but think that if it were not created, would we all be as concerned about measuring how much we weigh?

To celebrate today, get a lottery ticket before you take some arthritis medicine to help you survive your trip to a farm to pick strawberries without a great deal of pain.  Then watch My Fair Lady with your kids while you eat Quiche Lorraine, which you carefully weighed so you can eat a perfect portion.

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