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August 19, 2016

Today we celebrate: 

National Hot & Spicy Food Day - I’m not a hot and spicy food person, but I know plenty of people who love it and just can’t get it hot and spicy enough. So this is a day to stretch your palate and take it to the limits as far as you can stand.

World Photo Day - On this day in 1839, the French government purchased the patent for the Daguerreotype, a way of making photographs that was created by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre a couple of years earlier. The French announced that the invention was a gift “Free to the World”, which is pretty impressive and generous of them. Since the Daguerreotype was the first practical photographic process, and was gifted to the world by the French government, this day was selected as the best day to celebrate photography. So go out and take a whole bunch of fantastic pictures today.

National Aviation Day – Established by Presidential Proclamation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, this is a day to celebrate the development of aviation. This day was chosen because it is Orville Wright's birthday. He was born in 1871 and was still alive when the proclamation was made in 1939.

International Orangutan Day - This is a day to focus on saving the Orangutans from extinction. Orangutan numbers have declined at ridiculously high rates because of deforestation. Whether you believe they are long lost cousins or not is irrelevant. They are an amazing species and we don’t want to lose them, or any other species on our watch. It would be a sad world indeed if our grandchildren have to learn about Orangutans the same way we learned about Dodo birds, in history books. Show your support for the cause and the people dedicated to saving these fantastic creatures by tagging a photo with #OrangutanDay feel free to include a message and mention the name of the day.

Potato Day – This is a day to celebrate the potato. My oldest daughter would prefer to miss this day since she doesn’t care for potatoes, but she is not cooking dinner tonight, I am. I think I'll make homemade french fries. Potatoes have been an important food source for humans for hundreds of years, possibly longer.

"Black Cow" Root Beer Float Day – The root beer float is made with root beer and vanilla ice cream and ends up a light brown color. However, if you make it with chocolate ice cream, it is not a traditional root beer float and so it is instead called a “black cow” root beer float, or in some areas, a “brown cow” root beer float. Drink up!

World Humanitarian Day – This is a day to honor humanitarians all over the world who have worked for a humanitarian cause. It particularly honors those who have died in the course of their humanitarian work. This is not the same as Humanitarian Day, which we celebrated on January 15th, because this is a world wide day that was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2008.

Men's Grooming Day – Celebrated on the third Friday in August, this is a day that was created by American Crew, a company that makes men's grooming products. Some barbershops and salons participate in this day with special grooming related events for men.

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