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April 1, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Boomer Bonus Day - This is a day when Baby Boomers (who are people that were born right after World War II) get a special discount on things that they purchase from participating establishments.

Edible Book Day - If you have never seen an edible book, you don’t know what you are missing. I have made one myself in my amateurish way. Some people can make some pretty spectacular and realistic looking books. The best part is that you can then eat your creation. Although I always have trouble being the one to cut into it. So I let my husband do that.

Fossil Fools Day - Combining the names April Fools and Fossil Fuels, this is a day for educating the world about the benefits of alternative sources of energy as opposed to using fossil fuels, and to encourage lawmakers to do everything they can to ensure that corporations become responsible and use clean renewable energy.

Lupus Alert Day - We celebrate Lupus Awareness today because Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is very difficult to diagnose because its’ symptoms can “Fool” doctors by mimicking the other diseases. It can also go into long periods of remission before rearing its’ ugly head again and again in entirely different ways.

National One Cent Day - First minted in 1909, the one cent coin is worth one hundredth of a dollar. But interestingly, it costs more than one cent to make one cent. So the government is losing money with this coin. There was a movement a while ago to try to get rid of the penny, but since we are still using it, I don’t think that is going to happen any time soon.

National Love For Our Children Day - Another day I can’t find much information on, other than the fact that it exists. So do something different on this day that you don’t do on every other day, and love your children. Oh? What’s that? You love your children every day? Well, you must be doing something wrong then, because this is the only day that has been set aside for that purpose.

National Love Our Children Day – This one makes me even more confused. It is celebrated on the first Saturday in April and recognized by proclamation of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg every year that he was Mayor (presumably this will be done by the present Mayor as well), this day is about seeing the value of children and giving them the love, protection and respect they need. My confusion lies with the day directly above which seems to be so similar but is always celebrated on April 1st.

Reading is Funny Day - This is a day to focus on teaching children that reading can be funny by getting out some joke books, books that make you laugh, or have your kids write some funny stories. When I was young, my sister and I spent hours in hysterical laughter over our Mad Libs books.

US Air Force Academy Day - I’ve seen this day referenced on numerous websites but I haven’t found out yet why it exists. When I find out more, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, give those Air Force men and women some appreciation today. No matter what the day is about, it would never be wrong to honor our men and women in uniform.

April Fools' Day – A day for practical jokes and tricks all over the world. Different countries may have some different traditions such as the “April Fish” in France, the Pigasus Award in Canada, and “April Gowk” in Scotland.

National Fun Day – This goes hand in hand with April Fool's Day because today is a day to reminisce about past fun that you have had with April Fool's jokes. Once, when I was a kid, a local radio station had many people wrapping their telephones in plastic bags for the day because the DJ said the telephone company was going to be cleaning the lines by blow air into them which would cause dust to come out the telephone receivers.

International Fun At Work Day – Back in January we had National Fun at Work Day, well today we get to do it again but this time we can share it with the rest of the world. Just make sure you don't have so much fun that you get fired. We celebrate this day on April 1st as long as it falls on a weekday, otherwise we will celebrate on the First Thursday in April. This day was created in 1996 by the people at Playfair and they stress that humor should be fun for all, so please avoid put-downs or pranks that make someone look foolish.
National Sourdough Bread Day – You needed to plan ahead to make a loaf of this because it requires a starter, so I recommend you find a really good bread store and buy a fresh loaf.

International Tatting Day – For those of you who are like me, and do not know, tatting is the making of intricate lace for doilies or trim using needles or a special shuttle. If you want to learn how to do this and you have the patience, I recommend taking a class so you have someone to help you get started with this complicated craft.

Atheist Day – I don't think this is a real day but I’m not sure so I put it in here. It seems to have started as a joke – something like an atheist sued someone to get a special day and the judge told him he had a special day, April Fool's Day because anyone who doesn't believe in God is a fool. From there, it spread that Atheist Day is on this day.

Poetry & The Creative Mind Day – Writing poetry requires a creative mind. There are many different forms of poetry and many different rules for writing poems, but beyond that, you need to be able to come up with just the right words to say what you want to say.

St. Stupid Day – This day was founded by Ed Holmes in the 1970's. It is celebrated in San Francisco by a parade. It's a celebration of stupidity and anyone can join in dressed in whatever silly costume they wish.

Every Day is Tag Day - Celebrated on the first Saturday in April, this is a day to recognize the importance of putting an identification tag on your pet and microchipping him/her as well. Pets get out and run off all the time. Then when it gets found, the people who find it sometimes have a very hard time identifying its’ owners. If there is a tag with your name and phone number or address, or if there is a microchip that a vet can scan to get that information, you will get your beloved pet back very soon.

International Pillow Fight Day – This day is celebrated all over the world with humongous pillow fights on the first Saturday in April. Check out the website for a list of locations hosting pillow fighting events: Better yet, don’t tell your kids about this day, just launch a sneak attack! Just on a side note, some places celebrate on different days so check with the major city near you to see if they participate and when.

Tangible Karma Day – This is a day of giving. Giving your time, skills, or possessions you don’t need, to others is the theme for this day which is always celebrated on the first Saturday in April. Do whatever you can to help someone today: volunteer to help a friend, have a party where you give away things you don't need, or volunteer at a local charity.

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