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March 14, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Commonwealth Day - This day is celebrated on the second Monday in March in many Commonwealth nations.  Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of the Commonwealth and typically gives a speech to commemorate the day.  The Commonwealth of Nations is the Intergovernmental Organization consisting of 53 member states that were once (some perhaps still are) territories of the once immense British Empire.

Genius Day - Born on this day in 1879, Albert Einstein was one of the great minds of his time. Well known for being a genius in the mathematical arena, he wrote the General Theory of Relativity and received a Nobel Prize for his work in Physics.  So today we celebrate Dr. Einstein and all the other geniuses out there.

Celebrate Scientists Day - This is a day that honors all scientists. This day was chosen because it is Albert Einstein’s birthday and he was a well known scientist.  But there are many very dedicated scientists that are not well known but still deserve to be honored for their work.  Especially the ones that are working so hard to find ways to preserve this planet we call home.

International Ask A Question Day – Also celebrated on Albert Einstein's birthday, today is a day to ask all the questions that have been puzzling your mind. “Question everything,” is something that Mr. Einstein was quoted as saying and it is how he lived his life. 

National Children’s Craft Day - This is a day to expose your child to the world of crafting. There are so many different ways to express yourself through crafting that I couldn’t possibly name them all here.  If there is a craft that you enjoy, share it with your child so you can enjoy doing it together.  Or take them to one of the many places that will be having crafting events today, and let them experience something new and different.  Local art 
stores, craft stores and book stores would be a great place to start looking for events.

Bake A Pie In Solidarity Day - I’m including this day because I have seen it named on a multitude of different websites.  However, I haven’t found ANYTHING about it besides the name. So I have no idea what your pie would be in solidarity of.  If anyone has any information they would be willing to share, please add it to the comments, I would love to know more.

Moth-er Day - This is a day to learn about moths and participate in efforts to help them survive.  Moth numbers are dwindling, but there are things that we can all do to help them expand their species back to where it should be.

International Day of Action for Rivers - On this day, people come together to speak out about the need to remove dams from rivers and restore them to their natural state.  The health of rivers are being damaged by human intervention and efforts to tame nature.

Napping Day – This day was begun in 1999 by William & Camille Anthony to combat the effects of Daylight Savings exhaustion. I think they compared it to jet lag. Find a comfy, quiet place this afternoon and take a little snooze. It will help you get through the rest of your day without being too cranky.

Fill Our Staplers Day – This was created by the Dull Men's Club, who believe that it is very annoying to be confronted by an empty stapler just when you need to staple something. So twice a year, on the Monday after the time changes for Daylight Savings, fill your stapler and hope that it lasts until the next Fill Our Staplers Day.

Learn About Butterflies Day – Did you know there is a butterfly called the Question Mark Butterfly? This was new information for me. It's also true that the vast majority of butterflies live in the tropics and who can blame them. We get snowflakes big enough to knock a butterfly out of the sky here where I live. For more butterfly information see this page.

National Pi Day – Pi (the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter) is a very special number that begins with 3.14159 and continues into infinity without repetition or a pattern of any kind. It has been calculated to one trillion numbers after it's decimal point and I think that whoever did that had lots of time on his/her hands.

National Save A Spider Day – No, I don't think so. Today we are supposed to appreciate the strength and predatory skills of the spider. We are supposed to admire them and save them from the certain death they will experience if they are found in my house. I'll admire them all right, just as long as they stay outside and away from me. My daughter loves spiders and constantly reminds me that they are useful because they eat bugs, which I do appreciate. Really. Outside.

National Potato Chip Day – This is a day to indulge in your favorite potato chip.  Whether you like flavored chips or plain old salty ones, pick your poison and chow down.

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