Archive for January, 2009

(January 31) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Inspire Your Heart With the Arts Day

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

01312007ml.jpgInspire Your Heart With The Arts Day
While food sustains the body, its Art that inspires the heart, the mind and the soul.

Today, and everyday, surround yourself with the beauty of art. Go to a museum, see a play, sign up for dance classes, read and write poetry.

Today is a day to inspire your heart with the arts!*

*source/link: Inspire Your Heart With The Arts Day

(January 30) Today we're celebrating . . .  Inane Answering Machine Message Day

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Inane Answering Machine Message Day
A day for updating, erasing, or re-recording those awful and annoying answering machine messages we all have.

photo credit: akolmetz via flickr

(January 29) Today we're celebrating . . .  Freethinker's Day / Thomas Paine Day

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Freethinker’s Day / Thomas Paine Day
Observing the birthday of Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense which advocated the independence of the American Colonies.

(January 28) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Take Back Your Time Week

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

National Take Back Your Time Week
Reclaim your time, energy, and life by letting go of the nonessential demands and activities that steal your free time.

photo credit: via flickr

(January 27) Today we're celebrating . . .  Thomas Crapper Day

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Thomas Crapper Day

Yes its true. Today we celebrate the man behind the porcelain throne – Thomas Crapper.

Though credited by many as the inventor of the flush toilet, Crapper was not, but he did popularize the WC (water closet).

He was a shrewd businessman, salesman and self-publicist. In a time when bathroom fixtures were barely spoken of, he heavily promoted sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom*

Crapper did hold numerous patents that helped modernize indoor plumbing. His company, Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd., is still creating reproductions of his original designs.

BTW – About the word Crap …

…is old in the English language, one of a group of nouns applied to discarded cast offs, like “residue from renderings” (1490s) or … probably extended from Middle English crappe “chaff, or grain that has been trodden underfoot in a barn” (c. 1440), deriving ultimately from Late Latin crappa, “chaff.”

Yet another purported explanation is that Crapper’s flush toilet advertising was so widespread that “crapper” became a synonym for “toilet” and people simply assumed that he was the inventor.*

photo credit: public domain (via wikipedia)
*link: wikipedia – Thomas Crapper

(January 26) Today we're celebrating . . .  Chinese New Year

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Chinese New Year
Gung Hay Fat Choy! The first day of the Chinese lunar calendar is a very important holiday to the Chinese people. It is celebrated worldwide, wherever there are large Chinese populations, with food, festivities, fireworks, and parades.

There are 12 cycles to the Chinese lunar calendar, each represented by an animal. This year, 2009, is the year of the Ox.”

It is common to give red packets to children during this period of celebration. The red envelopes contain money, which should be of an even number (as odd numbers are associated with money given during funerals).

And for your enjoyment here is a short video of the Chinese New Years parade in New York City’s Chinatown. This will give you a brief flavor of the festivities and fun.

photo credit: via flickr

(January 26) Today we're celebrating . . .  Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Celebrating the joy that is Bubble Wrap, our favorite shipping material. So take some time today to learn the history and etiquette of bubble wrap “popping.”

And courtesy of Virtual Bubblewrap here is some excellent Bubble Wrap fun to help with your holiday celebration. On you mark. Get set. Pop!

Virtual Bubblewrap ©

link: Bubble Wrap

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