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March 15, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Peanut Lovers Day – A few weeks ago we celebrated a day for peanut butter. Well, forget the butter part because's all about the nuts. A lot of people have allergies to peanuts and so can be forgiven if they decide to skip this celebration. The rest of you, enjoy.  Nuts are a good source of protein although they are also high calorie so a small handful is sufficient.

National Pears Helene Day – This dish consists of pears poached in sugar syrup, topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup. It was created in 1864 by Auguste Escoffier and named after an operetta by Jacques Offenbach.

World Consumer Rights Day – This day is about raising awareness of consumer rights around the world. It is celebrated today because it was on this day in 1962 that President John F. Kennedy gave a speech to the U.S. Congress during which he talked about consumer rights. This is significant because he was the first world leader to EVER publicly raise the subject. The theme this year is “Healthy Diets”.  The organizers, Consumers International, plan to focus awareness on this issue because of the numerous difficulties that consumers face in choosing healthy foods to eat..

National Everything You Think Is Wrong Day – Whatever it is that you think you know, think again, because you are wrong, wrong, wrong. Then, if knowing that convinces you to change your thinking so you won't be wrong, you're wrong again.  I am accustomed to this way of thinking because in my house, I’m always wrong, even when I’m right.

Buzzards Day – Celebrated in Hinkley, Ohio, on this day every year the turkey vultures return from wherever they go in the winter time. Spring is arriving. Apparently lots of tourists descend upon the area to watch the vultures, or buzzards as they are sometimes known, return.

World Contact Day – This is a day that has been celebrated since 1953. it was created by the International Flying Saucer Bureau and we are all supposed to do our best to send a telepathic message into space today. I am not making this up. I really found this out. They even have a facebook page. The theory is that if enough people focus on a single message, it will transmit through space and find some aliens.

International Day Against Police Brutality – Begun in Canada in 1997, this is a day for people all over the world to fight back against police brutality and invasion into our lives. There will be demonstrations in various locations around the world to protest “against the continued encroachment of surveillance systems, overzealous security guards, and the increasingly invasive police presence...”

Ides Of March – Prior to the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Ides of March was a festival dedicated to Anna Perenna, the sister of some tragic Carthaginian queen named Dido. Unfortunately, for Anna and for Julius, on this day in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated and now everyone has forgotten poor Anna and instead is intent on heeding the advice to beware the Ides of March, which Caesar ignored to his detriment.

Dumbstruck Day – Did you ever have a day when you just wanted to whap yourself on the forehead? Well, get ready, today is going to be one of those days.

To celebrate today, share some peanuts with your fellow police brutality demonstrators while you wish them all a happy Ides of March. Then do your part trying to send a telepathic message into space while you keep an eye out for turkey vultures. Next, be mindful of your consumer rights while you shop for a healthy dinner. Finally, for dessert tonight, have some Pears Helene and review all of your thoughts over the course of the day, being dumbstruck as you realize that you were so wrong about absolutely everything.

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