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February 4, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Create A Vacuum Day – When my husband heard about this day, his eyes lit up. I think he is under the impression that I don't clean enough when I am home. I don't know where that came from, but he was so happy that I didn't bother correcting him. He'll find out soon enough that this is not a cleaning holiday. This is a day for science. A vacuum is an area of space that is as empty of matter as it is possible to be. Why are we celebrating it? I'm glad you asked because I want to ask the same thing. I have no idea.

Liberace Day – On this day in 1987, Wladziu Valentino Liberace died at the age of 67. He lived a very flamboyant lifestyle that was not an onstage act. That was really the way he was. He also worked very hard on the career that he loved. This is a picture of a couple of the cars that he owned. They are now located in the Liberace Museum.

Quacker Day – This is a QVC holiday to celebrate the Quacker Factory line of clothing and accessories. I've never watched QVC so I don't know what this clothing looks like but it seems to be pretty popular among the 2 million Quackers who wear it.

USO Day – The United Service Organization Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides programs, services and entertainment to U.S. servicemen and women and their families. It has been in operation, with brief breaks between wars, since 1941 with dedicated people doing everything they can do to support and encourage our troops.

World Cancer Day – This year, World Cancer Day will focus again on dispelling myths and misconceptions about cancer using the tagline, “Not Beyond Us”. They had success with this theme last year so they are going to try to take it further this year.

Facebook's Birthday – On this day in 2004, Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow college students. Today, just ten years later, they have more than a billion users and Facebook is worth many billions of dollars.

Thank A Mailman Day – Mailmen and women have a tough job delivering our mail in all kinds of weather, although if there is a State of Emergency, all bets are off. Even the post office has to close if the Governor says they can’t be on the roads.  I know because this just happened in my area recently.  Make sure you take the time to thank them for their hard work today.

National Homemade Soup Day – The ability to make homemade soup is a gift that I did not receive. Mostly because apparently you can’t make soup by baking it.   Fortunately for me, my husband did receive the gift and makes delicious homemade soups. They are especially good at this time of year.

National Stuffed Mushroom Day – I'm not a fan of mushrooms generally, but if you stuff them, I'm all over it. Stuffed mushrooms have been around since the early 1900's and they have been served in restaurants since the 1940s.

National Girls & Women In Sports Day – Women are still often discriminated against in sports. Many people feel that sports played by women are not really sports worthy of watching. This is a day to fight against discrimination in the sporting world and focus on the benefits that girls receive from participating in sports.

To celebrate today, wear your best Liberace style clothing while you watch QVC to see what the Quacker line looks like. Then watch some old recordings of USO events for the troops while you figure out the logistics of how to teach your children how to create a vacuum. Then take some homemade soup and stuffed mushrooms to a Facebook friend and talk about the cancer myths you know. Find a mailperson on your way home and stop them so you can thank them for their hard work. Just don't hit them with your car while you're at it.  Finally, find a women’s sports game to watch on the tv with the females in your family.

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