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May 13, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Cough Drop Day - There have been times in my life, like last winter, when I have lived on cough drops.  I buy the big 200 count bags from CVS, and when I’m really sick, they don’t last long. So I really appreciate the fact that they exist and really do help cut down the coughing.  They don’t make it all go away, of course, nothing but time does that, but they help.  Although my kids don’t care, they don’t like the taste so they don’t want them in their mouths.

National Fruit Cocktail Day - I grew up on cans of fruit cocktail. We would have it for dessert sometimes. Didn’t like the cherries, but you can eat around them, or sneak them into your sister’s bowl when she wasn’t looking...and maybe steal the peaches while you were at it. Not that I ever did that, because it would be wrong...very, very wrong.

Frog Jumping Day – I'm not sure where this day came from although I did find speculation that the idea originated from Mark Twain, if not the day itself. It is probably because of Mark Twain’s first successful story called “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” which was published in 1865.  It is a day to either jump like a frog, or partake in frog jumping races.

Top Gun Day - I’m sure you remember the movie Top Gun with Tom Cruise, well you might want to watch it again today because this is a day that is all about living like you’re in the movie. Get some cool aviator sunglasses, a leather jacket, and tight jeans. Then spend the day talking like you are in the movie, give your family members cool nicknames, and use Top Gun phrasing for common tasks. For example, when you tell your child to take out the garbage and they ask why, respond with, “It’s classified. I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you.” Or whenever they ask you something that you plan to respond to with a ‘no’, say instead, “Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.”

Tulip Day - Tulips are a lovely sign of spring. They come in so many different colors that you could have a rainbow of tulips in your yard if you wanted to. Amsterdam is famous for tulips, but you don’t have to live there in order to enjoy them. You can get them here in America as well so head to the nursery near you and find some tulips to plant today.

World Cocktail Day - Today is a great day to have a cocktail. It’s Friday, so most of us don’t have to work tomorrow….although I am not encouraging you to over imbibe. Mostly because while it’s fun in the moment, it’s not so much fun the next day even if you don’t have to work. But whatever your favorite cocktail is, by all means, have one today.

Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks A Voice – Celebrated on the second Friday in May, this is a day to make a difference in the life of a shark. Shark populations are being depleted and we need to do something about it.

Blame Someone Else Day – This day falls on the first Friday the 13th of the year. Whatever you do wrong today, whether you say something politically incorrect, insult someone, trip, dial the wrong number, or something equally horrifying, you can blame somebody else and get away with it. Unless you've broken the law. Then, I'm afraid, you're on your own.

International Skeptics Day - Also on the first Friday the 13th of the year, although some celebrate on January 13th or October 13th. A skeptic is someone who doesn’t really believe anything unless they see it with their own eyes. And even then it is suspect because there are lots of ways to fool the eye as the magicians among us can attest. We probably all have at least a little bit of skeptic inside us, so let that part out today and doubt everything.

Leprechaun Day – This is a day dedicated to these wonderful, Irish elves. See if you can find one today. If you do, don't let him go until he leads you to his pot of gold. Be careful because they are very tricky.

National Apple Pie Day – Celebrated today and on December 3rd, this is a day to revel in that delicious apple filling and that tender, flaky crust. Hmmmm, I can smell it now. It has consistently ranked at the top of the list on surveys asking people what their favorite dessert is. It is a dish that is older than the Pilgrims who colonized America so it is not really an American dish, but it has become one that is associated with all things American.

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