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February 25, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Let’s All Eat Right Day - Born on this day in 1904, Adelle Davis was a nutritionist who wrote a series of books about healthy living. She spoke out against processed foods and in favor of nutritional supplements as a way to avoid diseases or get healthy faster after being sick.

Quiet Day - This is a day to focus on the noise level around you. Turn down the volume on everything you can control and try to bring some quiet to your day. Maybe even turn the volume off and really bask in the quiet that you have the power to create. I think you will find it more restful than constantly being bombarded with sound waves.

National Clam Chowder Day – We had National New England Clam Chowder Day back in January, but today it doesn't matter if you like your clam chowder white or red. You can even have one for lunch and the other for dinner if you like both.

National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day – Assuming you don't have allergies to nuts or chocolate, this is a heavenly day for you. Any kind of nuts and any kind of chocolate will do. You can make your own or buy your favorites. A lot of people like the M&M chocolate covered nuts but those are definitely not the only kind out there.

National Pistol Patent Day – On this day in 1836, Samuel Colt (1814 – 1862) received his patent for a “revolving gun”. When he was a child, he would hear soldiers talking about their experiences with various firearms and how it was impossible for a gun to shoot five or six times without reloading. So at a young age he decided that he wanted to create the impossible gun. When he was 16, he got the idea for his revolver by watching a ship's wheel spinning.

World Sword Swallowers Day – Celebrated on the last Saturday of February, this day is the 9th annual World Sword Swallower's Day begun by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) and co-sponsored by Ripley's Entertainment. Celebrations will take place beginning at 1:45 pm this afternoon and will consist of demonstrations of sword swallowing as I'm sure you were able to guess. There will be a simultaneous Big Swallow at 2:25 pm because that time exactly matches the date.  Last year they had 55 sword swallowers who swallowed 145 swords at Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditoriums all over the country. Sword Swallowing has been practiced for more than 4,000 years, according to SSAI President Dan Meyer.

Open That Bottle Night –  Also celebrated on the last Saturday in February, this day was created by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher in the year 2000. It acknowledges that all wine drinkers save a special, favorite or very expensive wine, for a very special occasion but few people ever find an occasion special enough to warrant opening that bottle. So give it up and open it today. Get some friends together to enjoy it or save it all for yourselves.

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