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July 11, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Wayne Chicken Day - Celebrated on the second Saturday in July, this is a special event held in Wayne, Nebraska.  It was founded by the Wayne Regional Arts Council in 1981, and is run by the Wayne Area Chamber of Commerce.  I know that there has been a recent scare because of the outbreak of bird flu among chickens, however, as you will see on the referenced website, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture has certified that their rubber and cement chickens are bird flu free so there is no risk to attending this highly entertaining event.

Bowdler's Day – Thomas Bowdler was born on this day in 1754. He was an English physician and a philanthropist who published The Family Shakespeare for modern women and children (of the time). It was supposed to be more understandable than the original versions of Shakespeare’s plays although if today’s children read his version, they would probably not find it any easier to understand.  

Cheer Up The Lonely Day – This is a day to seek out those who are lonely and do your best to cheer them up in any way you can.  Be creative, be compassionate, and most important of all, be cheerful.

National Blueberry Muffin Day – Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits. I love to go blueberry picking every year and make muffins with the fresh berries.  I even have the perfect person to take blueberry picking with me.  My youngest daughter hates them so she doesn’t eat them all before we get home like my older two try to do.

Day Of The Five Billion or World Population Day – On this day in 1987, the world had reached a population of five billion people according to the United Nations Population Fund. We have now surpassed 7 billion people.

Slurpee Day or 7-Eleven Day – On this day every year, 7-Eleven gives out free slurpees. Make sure you get yours today.

National Rainier Cherries Day – Rainier cherries are a cross between Bing and Van cherries.  They are named after Mount Rainier because they were first developed in the state of Washington.  I don't know much about cherries since I'm not a big fan of them. If you are, check out your local top restaurants because there is bound to be at least one that will have a delicious cherry dessert to celebrate today.

To celebrate today, go forth amongst the billions of people on the planet and stop at a 7-Eleven for your free slurpee.  Then head to a place where there are sure to be lonely people, like a bus depot maybe, and read modern Shakespeare aloud to cheer them up.  Since you’re there, take a bus to Wayne, Nebraska for the festival and make sure you find some blueberry muffins and Rainier cherries for dessert somewhere.

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