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July 29, 2017

Today we celebrate:

International Tiger Day - Today is a day to appreciate, admire, and advocate for the tigers of the world. They are beautiful and dangerous creatures and like all too many animal species on this planet, their numbers are dwindling as their habitat rapidly disappears because of land development.

Lipstick Day - This is a day to celebrate an item that has been used to beautify women for thousands of years. Who knew that lipstick had been around that long? Of course, it hasn’t always been in those convenient little tubes. There was a time when wearing lipstick was considered scandalous and only women of ill repute would dare do so. But we live in a more enlightened society now and everyone can wear it without fear of being judged. I don’t wear it much because I like to kiss my kids every chance I get and they get mad if I leave telltale marks on their faces.

National Lasagna Day – Delicious layers of a wide and flat pasta and cheese and whatever else you like to put in your lasagna. I prefer a meat filled lasagna but vegetables are good too.

Rain Day – The history of Rain Day is too involved for me to get into here so I will post a site where you can read all about it. I will say that it began with Byron Daly in 1874 in the Daly & Spraggs Drug Store in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and involves rain, betting, hats, lots of celebrities and a Rain Day Prophet. Fascinating!

National Chicken Wing Day – Proclaimed in 1977 by Mayor Stan Makowski of Buffalo, NY, this day has been celebrated with enthusiasm every year since. Apparently the people in Buffalo REALLY love their chicken wings and eat thousands of them every week. That is why they are sometimes called Buffalo wings. I have also seen evidence that this is also an international day so anyone who wants to can celebrate with you.

National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day – It looks like your goal today is to catch some mice so you need to sacrifice some cheese for bait. I don't have an mouse to catch, thank goodness. If you do, better get some good cheese so they are very tempted.

Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps – Celebrating its’ 242nd  year of supporting the faith of the armed forces with an incredibly diverse group of Chaplains. There are a little less than 3,000 chaplains from about 130 different faith groups including a Hindu chaplain and two Buddhist chaplains who signed on a few years ago. I had no idea they supported that many different faiths. They also have Muslims, Orthodox, Jewish, as well as the standard Catholic and Christian denominations.

Paddle For Perthes Disease Awareness Day – Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a disease that causes problems with the blood supply to the hips. Without enough blood, the bones break easily and do not heal well. So, to celebrate today, we don't use our legs much, hence the paddling. Paddle your canoe, or kayak or small boat or raft to show support for those who suffer from this disease. This day is always celebrated on the last Saturday of July.

National Dance Day – Begun by Nigel Lythgoe and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton in 2010, this is a day to celebrate dancing and other forms of physical fitness in order to have a healthy lifestyle and fight obesity. This is celebrated on the last Saturday in July.

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