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February 27, 2016

Today we celebrate:

International Polar Bear Day – This is a day to celebrate the existence of this huge bear that can weigh up to 1400 pounds and be as tall as 9 feet. We should focus our attention on the dwindling habitat of the polar bears by doing what we can to conserve energy and reduce the emissions that cause global warming which is shrinking the ice shelf the bears live on more every year.

National Kahlua Day – If you're over 21, feel free to have a Kahlua (that's coffee liqueur and rum if you're like me and didn't know.).

No Brainer Day – Don't work your brain too hard today. This is a day for doing things that don't require a lot of thought. Move on autopilot, do the little mindless things that we all have to do anyway and usually end up putting off. You know what I'm talking about, those things like folding laundry and or dusting. See if you can convince your boss that this is a holiday that the whole company should celebrate. Your co-workers will thank you.

National Strawberry Day – Seeds on the outside, sweet juiciness on the inside, it's just a little bit of heaven in a bite-sized morsel. It's even better if you pair it with something unhealthy like whipped cream or chocolate.

World Sword Swallowers Day – Celebrated on the last Saturday of February, this day is the 8th annual World Sword Swallower's Day begun by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) and co-sponsored by Ripley's Entertainment. Celebrations will take place beginning at 1:30pm this afternoon and will consist of sword swallowing as I'm sure you were able to guess.  There will be a simultaneous Big Swallow at 2:28:15pm because that time exactly matches the date.  Last year they had 44 sword swallowers who swallowed 89 swords at 14 Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditoriums. Sword Swallowing has been practiced for more than 4,000 years, according to SSAI President Dan Meyer. What I want to know is...who was the first person who decided that it might be interesting to stick a sword down their throat.

Open That Bottle Night –  Also celebrated on the last Saturday in February, this day was created by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher in the year 2000. It acknowledges that all wine drinkers save a special, favorite or very expensive wine, for a very special occasion but few people ever find an occasion special enough to warrant opening that bottle. So give it up and open it today. Get some friends together to enjoy it or save it all for yourselves.

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