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January 31, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Eat Brussel Sprouts Day - Brussel Sprouts are the bane of every child’s existence.  I have yet to meet one that enjoys eating these little tiny cabbages. I didn’t enjoy them myself until just a few years ago.  But they are very healthy, and if cooked properly, they are also very tasty.

Hell is Freezing Over Day - Not sure who created this day, but it seems to be a day to pull out the list that everyone keeps ( you do have yours, right?) of things that you plan to do when hell freezes over.  Since we will never know when that event actually occurs, don’t wait.  Work on accomplishing that list today.

National Hot Chocolate Day - While you can have hot chocolate any time of year, it is most delicious in the winter time because it warms your hands, mouth, lungs, stomach and heart.  Just the smell of it makes me feel so much better.

Scotch Tape Day - In 1925, Richard Gurley Drew invented the sticky, moisture proof, transparent rolls of tape called “Scotch Cellulose Tape”, that was mostly used by grocers, bakers and meat packers initially. He worked for the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M).  The story goes that the first masking tape that he invented in 1922 fell off the car that an auto painter was trying to paint and the guy angrily told Drew, “take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it!”  Apparently “scotch” was slang for “parsimonious”, another old word that means “stingy or frugal”.  Well he did, and they put adhesive on the whole surface and not just the edges and it worked like a charm and was the biggest reason why 3M survived the Great Depression.  People bought cheap Scotch tape to fix things when they didn’t have the money to buy new.

Street Children’s Day - Create by Jugend Eine Welt in 2009, this is a day to shine a light on the lives and dire circumstances of the street children of the world.  They make money any way they can selling flowers or anything that they can find.  Life is very difficult and dangerous for young people with no caring adults to help them make good decisions and no education to teach them how to do anything.  Drugs, and all manner of crimes are a serious problem with these children who are scorned and kicked aside by society.

World Leprosy Day – Celebrated on the last Sunday in January, this is a day to spread awareness of the fact that leprosy is still a serious disease in places like Vietnam, China and India among others (incidentally, it does not cause body parts to fall off although they do become diseased or numb). It is easily treatable and curable but the social stigma associated with the disease prevents many from reporting it and having the treatment.

Backwards Day – This is not the same as Opposite Day which we just celebrated a few days ago. This is a day to do everything backwards. Walk backwards, wear your clothes backwards and talk backwards if you can manage it. .sdrawkcab epyt nac I tuB  .taht od ot elba ton ma I

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day – This is a day to appreciate art and its' ability to inspire us. Today you need to find some art that inspires your heart to some romantic and loving feelings.  Maybe you have creative and artistic abilities yourself?  In that case, see if you can create something that will inspire others.

Brandy Alexander Day – Brandy Alexander is not a person, it's a beverage. More specifically, it's a cocktail made from cognac, cream and crème de cacao. I've never tried it but if I can find some cognac and crème de cacao, I'd be willing to give it a sip to see what it tastes like.

Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day – For those of you who receive Social Security checks, this is a day to appreciate them. I think it's odd that we have a day like this since I'm pretty sure that everyone who gets social security is pretty appreciative of it. Especially since you probably paid into it the system for years and years.

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