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January 4, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Free Flower Basket Day - I couldn’t find out who created this day or why, but I did find out the surprising information that we celebrate this day by giving away flower baskets to whoever you wish to give them to.  Flowers for everyone!  Except that this time of year (at least where I live) you will have to buy them from a florist, which will not be free for you.  

National Spaghetti Day – A very easy and delicious dinner plan for tonight especially if you’re having a crowd.

Trivia Day - Did you know that the state symbol of Utah is the Beehive.  It symbolizes thrift and industry. Today is the day to entertain and/or annoy everyone around you with little known facts we like to call trivia. Make sure you cap your day off with an episode of Jeopardy and a round or two of Trivial Pursuit!

Dimpled Chad Day - I didn't know what this was either, but I found out. A chad is a small piece of paper that is supposed to be removed when a hole is punched in paper or a card with a hole puncher. A dimpled chad is a chad that has been punched but is still attached. This is a problem in some voting areas like Florida that use machines that punch chads for votes, if they do not work perfectly, dimpled chads can be contested. I guess it's kind of perfect that this day is on the same day as Trivia Day.

Pop Music Chart Day This is a day to check to pop music charts and see what are the most popular songs to listen to. It's also a good day to keep up on what your children might be listening to. Here is one place you can go to find that information:

Tom Thumb Day - Here is another piece of trivia...General Tom Thumb was the stage name of Charles Sherwood Stratton, a dwarf born today in 1838, who became famous due to his work at P.T. Barnum's circus.  He was born a somewhat large sized baby, weighing 9 lbs 8 oz, and hit all the normal growth milestones until he was six months old and was 15 pounds and 25 inches tall.  Then he stopped growing until he was 9 years old when he started up again slowly growing to a final height of 3’4” when he died of a stroke in 1883.

World Braille Day – Louis Braille, the father of Braille writing, was born on this day in 1809 in Coupvray, France. He became blind when he was 3 years old. He desperately wanted to read but the only books for blind people were ones with large, raised alphabetical letters. The books were very bulky and very expensive and it took a long time to read one because one had to feel each letter. Being a very creative and talented person, he decided to come up with a way for a blind person to read as quickly and easily as a sighted person. A code used by the French army consisting of dots and dashes raised up off the paper was his inspiration and the rest is history.

Thank God It's Monday” Day – This is a day to change our whole thought process regarding Monday. If we start to welcome Mondays every week instead of dreading them, our entire week will be much more positive. Try it and you'll see that I'm right.

National Weigh-In Day – Celebrated the first Monday after New Years Day, this is a day to weigh yourself to see how bad the Holidays were. Then make your weight goals for the year. Do you need to lose weight, stay the same or gain weight?  And, yes, needing to gain weight can be a thing.  My father, for example, forgets to eat so he needs to gain a few pounds in order to get to a healthy weight. I know, I’m jealous, too.  

World Hypnotism Day - you are getting sleepy...very sleepy...zzzz Hmmm, be careful with this, I don't think it's good form for the hypnotist to hypnotize him/herself.