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August 20, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day – This is a new one for me. I didn't know you could make chocolate pecan pie. I bet it's pretty good but probably too sweet for me.

National Lemonade Day – This day is all about teaching young people how to begin and operate their own business of selling lemonade from a lemonade stand. They will learn a lot about business doing something like that especially if they have a good mentor to give them tips. I’ll give all you kids who are planning on doing this a quick, free tip. Don’t put a lemonade stand on my road. You’ll go broke before lunchtime.

National Radio Day – This day celebrates the invention of the radio. Many people contributed to the various evolutions that the radio has gone through over the years. The first transmission of a signal using electromagnetic waves happened around 1880. The technology just kept getting better from there.

Kick A Ginger Day - This day comes from the TV show called South Park.  This is not a show that I have ever wanted to watch so I can’t relate to you the episode this day comes from, you’ll have to read about it the same place I did. The basic message of the episode is about hate and discrimination for no reason. So the real goal is not to actually kick gingers, but to recognize ridiculous discrimination when you see it.

World Mosquito Day - This is not a day to celebrate mosquitos so don’t worry about my sanity. It is, however, a day to celebrate Sir Ronald Ross, the doctor who discovered, in 1897, that female mosquitos transmitted malaria between humans. He declared this day shortly afterward and it has been celebrated by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since the 1930s with parties and exhibitions.

International Geocaching Day – Celebrated on the third Saturday in August, Geocaching is an activity where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to find containers called “geocaches” or “caches” hidden anywhere in the world. These caches can be any kind of container and usually contain a log book for the finder to sign and date and replace for the next geocacher to find. Sometimes they contain little trinkets or toys for the geocacher to take as a momento of the hunt. This is a great activity to do with your kids if you are looking for a way to get them off the video games and out of the house.

International Homeless Animals Day – Celebrated on the third Saturday of August, this is a day to raise awareness about the problem of pet overpopulation. There are too many pets and not enough loving owners. Make sure you spay/neuter your pet so you don't add to the problem.

National Bacon Lover’s Day - My daughter will rejoice today, bacon is one of her favorite foods. Bacon in one form or another has been around for thousands of years, possibly dating back to the Chinese in 1500 B.C., although I’m sure it tasted much different, the idea of salting pork is at least that old.

National Honey Bee Day - Celebrated on the third Saturday in August, this is a day that was created by a group of beekeepers to raise awareness of the benefits of bees to the environment and our food sources, as well as the hazards that bees face in their daily lives that are causing their numbers to decrease at alarming rates. They wish to honor the people dedicated to beekeeping and work together to further knowledge, skills and support for each other.

Virtual Worlds Day - Created by the Association of Virtual Worlds in 2008, this is a day to recognize the rapid development of the virtual worlds industry. I don’t know too much about it because virtual worlds affect my motion sickness issues so I can’t play in them or watch anyone else play in them for more than a few seconds at a time. But I can see how popular they are, and I know enough about programming to know how difficult it is to create an entire world. The sheer number of variables to be considered is staggering to me. So hats off to all those who have succeeded in conquering this virtual frontier.

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