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June 5, 2014

Today is a high flying day:

World Environment Day – The theme for this years celebration was chosen to support the United Nations declaration that 2014 is the International Year of Small Island Developing States(SIDS).  So we are to promote understanding of the importance of SIDS and come together to help protect them from the consequences of the climate change that we are only just beginning to feel.

Hot Air Balloon Day – On this day in 1783, (although some websites claim it happened on June 4th so I’m not sure which is correct) Joseph & Etienne Montgolfier conducted the first unmanned hot air balloon flight in France. According to this web site, the first passengers on this flight were a pig, duck and rooster. That must have been something to see.

National Gingerbread Day – Everything you cook today should involve gingerbread in some way. Gingerbread pancakes, gingerbread sandwiches, gingerbread meatloaf, maybe even gingerbread ice cream? Be creative, it might actually taste good.  Then again, it might not.

Apple II Day – On this day in 1977, the first Apple II (one of the first personal computers
created), went on sale. It was created by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and operated on BASIC programming, which I still remember a little of.  Now I feel old.  

To celebrate today, get on your Apple computer and find out what you can do to help the Small Island Developing States.  Then make some gingerbread food to take with you on your hot air balloon ride because I don’t think they fly by any really tall snack bars if you get hungry.

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