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February 15, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National I Want Butterscotch Day - Not everyone is a fan of chocolate, or perhaps you are like me and like both chocolate and butterscotch.  Regardless, we have had enough chocolate of late and it’s time to switch over to butterscotch treats.  Enjoy.

Lupercalia – An ancient Roman holiday (possibly even pre-Roman) related to Valentine's Day, that involved celebrating one of the gods they worshiped back then, although we don't know which one. We do know that celebrations consisted of rituals intending to promote fertility. Any celebrations in your area probably took place last weekend.

National Hippo Day – It appears that this is a virtual holiday. Apparently there is a 3D virtual world called Second Life where online members can interact using voice and text chatting. Its' unofficial mascot is the Hippo. Don't ask me why, because I have no idea. Anyway, this is a day to celebrate this Hippo by logging on to Second Life and playing with said Hippo.

Remember The Maine Day – The USS Maine was a heavily armed U.S. Navy ship named after the state of Maine. On this day in 1898, she exploded in Havana Harbor and sank quickly killing three fourths of her crew. The reason for the explosion is unknown but popular opinion in the U.S. blamed Spain and the incident served as a catalyst, causing the inevitable war with Spain to come sooner rather than later. The phrase, “Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!” became a rallying cry for the U.S.

Susan B. Anthony Day – Born on this day in 1820, Susan B. Anthony was an American civil rights leader and a feminist who was vitally important to the women's rights movement that eventually succeeded, one hundred years after her birth, in winning the right to vote for women. She fought her whole life for women to be granted the same rights as men by the government. She was part of a family that apparently had powerful opinions in the areas of civil rights for all. One of her brothers was active with the anti-slavery movement and one of her sisters was a women's rights activist herself. She was a formidable looking woman and sadly, she did not live long enough to see women get the right to vote so she was never able to do that which she fought so hard for. And today, women take the right to vote for granted. Some of us don't even bother to exercise that right.

National Gumdrop Day – Some are sweet, some are spicy, some are sour, but they are all chewy and tasty and sugary.

International Angelman Day - Angelman Syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder that shares symptoms with other disorders like autism, cerebral palsy and more. Some of the symptoms include developmental delays, seizures, lack of speech, delayed walking skills and many more. People with this disorder will require treatment and care for their entire lives.

President's Day – A day to celebrate our past Presidents, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington in a combined celebration. Not all states combine the days like this so if you live in a state that has individual Lincoln and Washington days, please feel free to ignore this one.

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