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July 27, 2014

Today we celebrate:  

Bagpipe Appreciation Day - This day celebrates bags of air with pipes sticking out of them.  Bagpipes are a very old instrument.  They are even mentioned in the Bible.  They have been used in Scotland since before the 1700’s (different types of bagpipes began to appear there around this time) and are typically associated with that country although they are used in countries all over the world and have been for hundreds of years.  They used to be used in weddings, wars and funerals.  They are probably still used for weddings and funerals and are certainly heard from during parades as well.

Walk On Stilts Day – This is a day to practice walking on stilts. Stilt walking is an old and very entertaining method of transportation. Once you get good at it, you can cover distance faster than your regular old feet because you can take longer strides. And, until you get good at it, it is a great source of entertainment for those who are watching you learn how to walk on them.

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day –Declared by the President of the United States of America, this is a day to commemorate the 61st Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. There will be a special ceremony by the Department of Defense in Washington D.C. at 8am at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Auntie's Day – Yes, I know we just had Aunt and Uncle Day yesterday, but this is a day just for Aunts. This is the sixth year for this celebration. I couldn't find a reliable source for the origin of this day but most of us have at least one Aunt that we love dearly, or maybe you are one. So give her a call today and tell her how much you love her.

Parents' Day – This is a day to celebrate your parents or celebrate being a parent. We wouldn't be here without our parents so show them how much you appreciate their love and support over the years. And, just to be clear, it doesn't matter if your parents are biological or if you got them in some other manner. Biology doesn't make a parent, love does.

National Barbie-in-a-Blender Day – This is an interesting day created by This is an organization that “promotes the public interest in intellectual property and information & communications technology policy.” It was created when an artist, Tom Forsythe, was sued by Mattel for taking a picture of a Barbie doll in a blender. Mattel lost that one. And today you can celebrate your right of free speech by taking your own picture of a Barbie in a blender.

To celebrate today, walk on stilts while you play your bagpipes with your favorite Aunt in honor of the Korean War Armistice.  Then put a Barbie in a blender and take a picture to send to your parents, which will confuse them and prompt them to call you to question your sanity.

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