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April 1, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Boomer Bonus Day - This is a day when Baby Boomers (who are people that were born right after World War II) get a special discount on things that they purchase from participating establishments.

Edible Book Day - If you have never seen an edible book, you don’t know what you are missing.  I have made one myself in my amateurish way.  Some people can make some pretty spectacular and realistic looking books.  The best part is that you can then eat your creation.  Although I always have trouble being the one to cut into it.  So I let my husband do that.

Fossil Fools Day - Combining the names April Fools and Fossil Fuels, this is a day for educating the world about the benefits of alternative sources of energy as opposed to using fossil fuels, and to encourage lawmakers to do everything they can to ensure that corporations become responsible and use clean renewable energy.

Lupus Alert Day - We celebrate Lupus Awareness today because Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is very difficult to diagnose because its’ symptoms can “Fool” doctors by mimicking the other diseases.  It can also go into long periods of remission before rearing its’ ugly head again and again in entirely different ways.

National Love For Our Children Day - Another day I can’t find much information on, other than the fact that it exists.  So do something different on this day that you don’t do on every other day, and love your children. Oh?  What’s that?  You love your children every day?  Well, you must be doing something wrong then, because this is the only day that has been set aside for that purpose.

National One Cent Day - First minted in 1909, the one cent coin is worth one hundredth of a dollar.  But interestingly, it costs more than one cent to make one cent.  So the government is losing money with this coin.  There was a movement a while ago to try to get rid of the penny, but since we are still using it, I don’t think that is going to happen any time soon.

Reading is Funny Day - This is a day to focus on teaching children that reading can be funny by getting out some joke books, books that make you laugh, or have your kids write some funny stories.  When I was young, my sister and I spent hours in hysterical laughter over our Mad Libs books.

Student Government Day - Celebrated on the first Friday of April, this is a Massachusetts holiday that is designed to give students an opportunity to participate in and learn about the state legislature. Students from school districts all over the state are selected to come together to become the state government for a day.  They hold hearings on topics that are pertinent to student life and reenact court hearings.

US Air Force Academy Day - I’ve seen this day referenced on numerous websites but I haven’t found out yet why it exists. When I find out more, I’ll let you know.  In the meantime, give those Air Force men and women some appreciation today.  No matter what the day is about, it would never be wrong to honor our men and women in uniform.

National Walk To Work Day – Always celebrated on the first Friday in April, get those sneakers laced up and let's hope it doesn't rain today or snow for that matter considering the winter we experienced this year in the Northeast.

Hospital Admitting Clerks Day – Celebrated on the first Friday in April, this is a day to recognize the contributions of Hospital Admitting Clerks.  The admitting clerks are vital members of the hospital staff. It's not just about the doctors and nurses, without people to handle the paperwork and administrative details, the hospital would not be able to function.

National Sourdough Bread Day – You needed to plan ahead to make a loaf of this because it requires a starter, so I recommend you find a really good bread store and buy a fresh loaf.

April Fools' Day – A day for practical jokes and tricks all over the world. Different countries may have some different traditions such as the “April Fish” in France, the Pigasus Award in Canada, and “April Gowk” in Scotland.

National Fun Day – This goes hand in hand with April Fool's Day because today is a day to reminisce about past fun that you have had with April Fool's jokes.  Once, when I was a kid, a local radio station had many people wrapping their telephones in plastic bags for the day because the DJ said the telephone company was going to be cleaning the lines by blow air into them which would cause dust to come out the telephone receivers.

International Fun At Work Day – Back in January we had National Fun at Work Day, well today we get to do it again but this time we can share it with the rest of the world. Just make sure you don't have so much fun that you get fired. We celebrate this day on April 1st as long as it falls on a weekday, otherwise we will celebrate on the First Thursday in April. This day was created in 1996 by the people at Playfair and they stress that humor should be fun for all, so please avoid put-downs or pranks that make someone look foolish.

International Tatting Day – For those of you who are like me, and do not know, tatting is the making of intricate lace for doilies or trim using needles or a special shuttle. If you want to learn how to do this and you have the patience, I recommend taking a class so you have someone to help you get started with this complicated craft.

Atheist Day – I don't think this is a real day but I’m not sure so I put it in here. It seems to have started as a joke – something like an atheist sued someone to get a special day and the judge told him he had a special day, April Fool's Day because anyone who doesn't believe in God is a fool. From there, it spread that Atheist Day is on this day.

Poetry & The Creative Mind Day – Writing poetry requires a creative mind. There are many different forms of poetry and many different rules for writing poems, but beyond that, you need to be able to come up with just the right words to say what you want to say.

St. Stupid Day – This day was founded by Ed Holmes in the 1970's. It is celebrated in San Francisco by a parade. It's a celebration of stupidity and anyone can join in dressed in whatever silly costume they wish.

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