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January 5, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Whipped Cream Day – Born on this day in 1914, Aaron Soffer “Bunny” Lapin (do not ask me who gave him that nickname) became the founder of Reddi-Wip. He was the first one to think of putting whipped cream into an aerosol can, and I'm sure we are all grateful to him for his ingenuity. Although some consider this holiday to be insensitive and in bad taste given the state of hunger and malnutrition in the world, you could make that complaint about any or all of the other food days on any given day of the year. I don’t understand what makes this one so different.

National Bird Day - Nearly one-third of the world's parrot species face extinction along with 12 percent of the world's nearly 10,000 bird species. Find a lot of other fascinating information on their website where they are celebrating this day for the 15th year. One thing the creators hope to accomplish is to spread awareness of the issues with the captive bird trade. We have laws to protect our native birds from captivity, but nothing prevents anyone from owning and selling captive birds from other countries.

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