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July 31, 2017

Today we celebrate:

World Ranger Day - Created by the International Ranger Federation (IRF) in 2007, this is a day to honor the men and women who work to protect and conserve the world’s natural lands and all the creatures who dwell within them. Remember with gratitude the ones who were injured or killed in the line of duty.

National Raspberry Cake Day – Cake and raspberries make for a delicious combination.

Cotton Candy Day – This day is celebrated today and on December 7th. Since cotton candy is typically a summertime treat, I assume (but was not able to confirm) that the reason is that in the northern hemisphere it is summer now, but in the southern hemisphere, December 7th is summer weather.

Jump for Jelly Beans Day – This is a day to enjoy the many varieties of flavors of jelly beans. I'm not sure why jumping is included unless it is because we jump for joy when we get to eat them. Of course, in my opinion, it would work out better if this day occurred right before Easter when jelly beans of every imaginable kind, can be found in every store.

Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day – This is a day to celebrate musical instruments. But not your everyday ordinary flutes, violins, pianos and guitars. This is a day to celebrate the ones you don't see every day like the dulcimer or clackamore, handpan, clapsticks, marimba, and nose flute. Really? A nose flute? Why would you want to do that?

Mutt's Day – Not to be confused with National Mutt Day on December 2nd. This is, however, a day to celebrate a much maligned canine. Many people disparage the mutt and look for a purebred dog. However, it has been proven that mutts can be a blend of traits from different kinds of dogs that may suit your family better than a purebred. Plus, they usually have fewer health problems than purebreds do, so don't discount a mutt before you get to know him/her better.

Tisha B'Av – This is an annual fast day in Judaism that commemorates the destruction of the First Temple and the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The second was destroyed 655 years after the first, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. The fast begins at sundown.

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