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December 13, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Asarah B'Tevet – This is a fast that begins at dawn to commemorate the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia. The fast ends at nightfall.

National Ice Cream Day – This day is a little confusing, Italo Marchiony applied for a patent on a machine that makes ice cream cups on Sept. 13, 1903. He received the patent on December 15th so whoever decided on this day may have inadvertently mixed the two dates because December 13th is definitely the day selected for this celebration, but it has nothing to do with the creation of ice cream, that I can tell.

National Violin Day – We have been celebrating violins on this day for a while now and it was on this day in 2010 that Violinist Ben Lee broke the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Violin Player. He played 14 notes per second which is pretty darn fast.

International Shareware Day – Celebrated on the second Saturday in December, this is a day to appreciate and support the people who create the computer software that is available free or for just a small fee.

National Day of the Horse – Designated by the U.S. Congress in 2004, and celebrated on the second Saturday in December, this is a day to celebrate horses. If you have one or more horses, give them an extra treat or a long rub down or a nice long trail ride. Whatever your horse enjoys doing the most, see that he/she gets it today. This country would still be back in the dark ages without the hard work of horses in our history.

To celebrate today, get out your violin and play some songs for the horses at the horse farm that I have no doubt you can find nearby.  Then track down some shareware developers to thank them for their work before you break your fast with some ice cream this evening after the sun sets.

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