Sign Here, Please: It’s National Handwriting Day! (January 23rd)

(PCM) National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) on January 23rd, 1977. Most people who were around then were taught penmanship as children, but that may no longer be the case for younger generations. In modern schools, greater emphasis is placed on typing and computer technologies. Cursive is disappearing from […]

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Give Us a Hug! It’s National Hugging Day! (January 21st)

    (PCM) January 21, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of “National Hugging Day”, a festival of physical affection invented by one Kevin Zaborney (a guy who knew someone who knew someone who made calendars back in 1986). The creators of National Hugging Day embraced January 21st because it is the mid-point between Christmas and […]

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Happy Thesaurus Day! (January 18th)

  (PCM) On this day in 1779, Peter Mark Roget, the father of the modern thesaurus, was delivered, produced, came into being, born. After a long career as a physician, scientist and tinkerer (he also invented a slide rule), Roget retired from medicine and dedicated his time to cataloging, assembling, gathering, composing, and compiling a […]

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Happy Birthday Sherlock!

(PCM) Happy Birthday Sherlock! Beloved super sleuth Sherlock Holmes was created by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. He is one of (if not the) most adapted fictional characters in literature, appearing in upwards of sixty stories written by Doyle himself and countless other books, plays, comics, films, and television shows in the one hundred plus […]

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Celebrate Short Fiction – December 21st

  (PCM) Does life imitate art? If the sales of fiction for our e-readers, smart phones and – oh yeah, books – tell us anything, it’s that it might be the other way around: life in the information age moves fast, and art (including literature) needs to keep up. In recent years, short fiction has […]

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Happy Winter Solstice!

  (PCM) The Winter Solstice falls on or around December 21st. On this day in the Northern Hemisphere, the earth is tilted away from the sun as far as it can get. As the shortest day of the year and the absolute height of winter (astronomically speaking), the Solstice was an important ritual day in […]

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Happy National Sangria Day! (December 20th)

(PCM) December 20th is National Sangria Day. We’re not really sure why, other than “because the internet says so,” but hey – if you’ve made it this far into December, then cheers! Who needs a better reason to celebrate? Sangria (from the Spanish word for blood. Yum?) is a deep red cocktail or wine punch […]

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Happy National Sangria Day! (December 20th)

(PCM) December 20th is National Sangria Day. We’re not really sure why, other than “because the internet says so,” but hey – if you’ve made it this far into December, then cheers! Who needs a better reason to celebrate? Sangria (from the Spanish word for blood. Yum?) is a deep red cocktail or wine punch […]

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Happy Maple Syrup Day (December 17th)

(PCM) Happy Maple Syrup Day! Did you most of the bottled brown breakfast syrup that you find on grocery store shelves is NOT maple syrup? Imitation syrup (usually labeled “table-syrup” or “maple-flavored syrup”, etc.) is made from high-fructose corn syrup or other artificial flavors and additives. True maple syrup comes from the concentrated sap of […]

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Saturnalia: December 17th – December 23rd

  (PCM) In ancient Rome, the period between December 17th and December 23rd was known as the Saturnalia, a festival to honor the god Saturn. Saturn ruled over such things as abundance, destruction, and time. He gave his name to our largest planet as well as everyone’s favorite day of the week (Saturday). His celebration […]

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Happy Chocolate-Covered Anything Day! (December 16)

(PCM) The winter season is supposed to be about joy and reflection, but all too often it’s a time of stress. Are you behind on your holiday shopping? Are you juggling family drama or work worries? By December 16th the countdown towards Christmas and years’ end is well underway, and many of us feel like […]

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December 2nd Is National Special Education Day

(PCM) Happy Special Education Day! On this day in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law, giving all children with disabilities access to free and appropriate public education. Though IDEA has since been revised many times, it is still the basis for special education law in the United States. IDEA […]

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Homemade Bread Day 11/17

BAKE BREAD / BREAK BREAD: NOVEMBER 17TH IS HOMEMADE BREAD DAY (PCM) According to the interwebs, November 17th is Homemade Bread Day. It’s not clear why this day, in particular, has been set aside to celebrate home bread baking, but it might have something to do with Thanksgiving being just around the corner. All over […]

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Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day (November 8th)

“Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day” (November 8th) is one of a smorgasbord of made-up holidays copyrighted (!) by Thomas and Ruth Roy. While much of the Roys’ invented calendar is kind of… out there – consider “Name Your PC Day” (I call mine ‘You Sonuva…’) or “Yell ‘Fudge’ at the Cobras in North America […]

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November Is Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

(PCM) If you were stranded on a desert island and could have a lifetime supply of only one kind of food, what would you choose? If you said peanut butter, then have we got something exciting for you! No, it’s not a one-way ticket to the Caribbean; it’s better: an entire month dedicated to celebrating […]

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National Sandwich Day is November 3rd

November 3rd is National Sandwich Day! Not coincidentally, it is also the birthday of John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, who is credited with inventing everyone’s favorite one-handed meal when he had his meat brought to him between slices of bread so he wouldn’t have to stop gambling. To celebrate this genius contribution to gustatory […]

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National Author’s Day is November 1st

(PCM) They say that writing is a lonely profession, but not today! In 1949, the U.S. government designated November 1st as National Author’s Day, due in part to one Mrs. Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, a super fan who wanted to give thanks to American authors for their contributions. If your life is made better because […]

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