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May 6, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Beer Pong Day - Have you ever played beer pong? I’ve played a version of it with soda instead of beer because I’m not a fan of beer. It’s not easy to get that ball into those tiny cups, but some people are very good at it. I’ve even heard that there is a Beer Pong World Series. I don’t know how that works but it tells me that there are some serious fans of the game.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Awareness Day - Also known as Wishbone Day, this is a day to spread awareness of this genetic disease that is sometimes known as Brittle Bones. OI causes bones to break very easily. It makes life a daily hazardous undertaking. When I think of all the times I have tripped and fallen, or banged my arms or legs on something, or twisted an ankle, it makes me really appreciate the strength of my bones, because if I had this disease, I’d be in a cast for something every time I turned around.

Beverage Day – This is a day to enjoy your favorite beverage, whatever it happens to be.

National Tourist Appreciation Day – If you are a tourist, appreciate yourself for the positive impact your patronage will have on the places you choose to spend your money. If you do business with tourists, appreciate their desire to support your business, whether you are providing a location for them to lay their weary heads, feeding their empty bellies, or selling them unnecessary but cute tchotchke. If you are annoyed by tourists visiting your city, remind yourself that they are vital to your local economy. You thrive because of them even if you don't directly do business with them.

National Nurses Day – This is the first day of National Nurses Week. It runs from May 6th to May 12th every year. May 12th is significant because it is the birthday of Florence Nightingale who is probably the most famous of all nurses. Nursing is a difficult profession that is best suited to caring, compassionate, intelligent, and dedicated people. Make sure you show them appreciation today.

Herb Day - Celebrated on the first Saturday in May, this is an international day to celebrate herbs and herbal products. The goal is to learn about them, make them a part of your life and share your knowledge with others.

International No Diet Day – Created in 1992 in the United Kingdom, this is a day to accept yourself however you look, however much you weigh. Do not try to change yourself by dieting today. You are beautiful just the way you are. If you eat healthy food and live a healthy and active lifestyle, learn how to be happy with yourself no matter what shape your body happens to have. We are not defined by our body shape, we are defined by who we are inside and how we choose to live our lives.

Crepe Suzette Day – There are differing accounts relating to how this dish originated. But the one sure thing is that it is delicious and involves pouring liqueur over a crepe and setting it on fire. A practice that I have never been able to bring myself to try because I'm afraid of setting other things on fire as well. So have a fire extinguisher at the ready, look over the directions that no one ever reads, and don’t be afraid to use it if necessary.

Joseph Brackett Day – Born on this day in 1797, Joseph Brackett was a religious leader of the Shakers (The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing) community in Maine. He wrote a song called “Simple Gifts” that became very popular in the Shaker community.

Military Spouses Day – This day was originally proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and celebrated on May 23rd. But later, the US Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger made it a yearly holiday and changed the date to the Friday before Mother's Day. This is a day to acknowledge the support and sacrifices made by spouses of the Armed Forces.

Pilates Day - Celebrated on the first Saturday of May, today we work to spread awareness of Pilates as an affordable fitness method. I’ve done some Pilates exercises and let me tell you, they work. If you do them right, you feel just as sore afterward as you would using expensive exercise machines. And with Pilates, you don’t need to buy anything if you don’t want to.

Free Comic Book Day – This is a great day for comic book lovers. On the first Saturday in May, participating comic books stores give away a free comic book to anyone who comes into their store. Check with your local comic book store to see if they participate.

National Scrapbooking Day – Begun in 1995 by Creative Memories and celebrated on the first Saturday in May, this is a day to work on all that scrapbooking that you've let pile up for the last few months or longer.

Childhood Stroke Awareness Day – Celebrated on the first Saturday in May, this is a day to highlight the dangers and warning signs of infant and child strokes. You don't generally think of people that age being in danger of having a stroke but it does happen and when it does, it is devastating.

Join Hands Day – Yet another day that is celebrated on the first Saturday in May, this one is a day that is about bringing together young people and adults to build trust and respect. This day was begun and is promoted by the American Fraternal Alliance.

Kentucky Derby - A famous horse race held on the first Saturday in May every year. It is a race of 2 kilometers for 3 year old Thoroughbreds and is considered to be the “Most Exciting two minutes in sports.” It has run every year since 1875. It is the first race of three needed in order to win the Triple Crown. A horse must win the Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in order to win the Triple Crown. I don’t know much about it, but I would assume that this is not something that happens too often.

World Naked Gardening Day - Celebrated on the first Saturday in May, this day is just what it appears to be. It seems to have been created by nudists, but anyone who wants to is allowed to celebrate. If you are brave enough, then do your weeding, pruning and planting while you are naked. Although I can’t promise you won’t get a visit from the police.

Bladder Cancer Awareness Day – This day is meant to spread awareness of the symptoms of bladder cancer and promote research to find a cure. There are Bladder Cancer walks scheduled for today in at least 32 states.

National Homebrew Day – I'm not sure if this is supposed to be celebrated today, the first Saturday in May, or on May 4th. I have found convincing evidence for both days. But what I am sure of is that it is a day for brewing your own beverages. Primarily beer, I am sure.


  1. Sorry but Military Spouses day is Friday, May 12th. The Friday before Mothers Day.

    1. Yikes! Thanks for the correction. I totally missed that and thought it was on the same day every year. I'll get it right next year. :D