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June 29, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Handshake Day – Celebrated on the last Thursday in June, this is a day for an old fashioned hand shake. No fist bumps or high fives or crazy secret handshake routines. No sir, people have been shaking hands for centuries. There was a time when a handshake was as good as a signed contract. People shake hands to say hello and to say goodbye, and to offer congratulations. You may be thinking that you are experiencing some deja vu today because we just had a Handshake Day back on the 21st, but that was a worldwide event. This day is only for the United States to celebrate. The rest of the world can just put their hands back in their pockets today. Unless you want to come over here and shake our hands, because that would be perfectly acceptable.

National Bomb Pop Day – Bomb Pops are a frozen Popsicle type of dessert that is made by Blue Bunny. They were invented in 1955 by James Merritt and D.S. Abernethy in Missouri. They even have a sugar free variety so unless you are allergic to one of the ingredients, you have no reason to not get them for your family today. This day is celebrated on the last Thursday in June.

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul - This is a day that has been celebrated for a very long time. It is a feast in honor of the martyrdom of apostles Peter and Paul. I am not sure if it is the anniversary of their death or if there is another reason for this day being chosen.

National Almond Buttercrunch Day – Crunchy, buttery and nutty, if you like that combination, you'll be in heaven today.

Camera Day – Joseph Niepce created the first photographic image in 1826 or 1827 but it faded pretty quickly and he needed 8 hours of light exposure in order to take the picture. There is some dispute about that date, you might find some websites saying it was taken in 1814, but that info seems sketchy to me. In 1839, Louis Jacques Daguerre took the first image that didn't fade and it only needed 30 minutes of light exposure. All that pales in comparison to the pictures we can take with today's cameras, but every new technology starts somewhere. It’s pretty amazing that these men figured out how to take a picture of something they could see with their eyes and reproduce it exactly (well, almost exactly, since they were black and white) on paper. Prior to this, of course, any “pictures” had to be drawn or painted by an artist. If you search for images of the first camera, you will find copies of the picture that I have jazzed up a bit here. However, this is not the first camera invented….because what on earth would be taking the picture of the first camera? is, however, one of the first and definitely the largest camera invented by George Lawrence in 1900. It weighed 900 pounds and cost $5,000 (the same as a large house at that time) and took 15 men to move and operate.

Hug Holiday – I was not able to find a reliable source for where this holiday came from, so normally I wouldn't include it. However, this is not a busy day and I really like hugs so there you have it, now you just have to give me one.

Waffle Iron Day – Early, primitive waffle irons date back to the 14th century. They would imprint elaborate patterns on the waffles and were baked over a fire. In 1869, Cornelius Swarthout patented the waffle iron in the U.S. and 1911, the first electric waffle iron was invented.

Roswell UFO Days – The first day of a four day festival. At this festival, the City of Roswell tells the Universe that if they are looking for a place to crash, Roswell is ready to receive them. UFO experts, enthusiasts and skeptics are invited to Roswell to celebrate “one of the most debated incidents in history.”

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