May 19th Band Aid Day

If you got a boo boo you probably covered it up with a Band Aid, which is actually a brand, not the material… though we call it the material. The Band Aid was developed by Earle Dickson for his accident prone wife in 1920. Since he did it on Johnson and Johnson time, it became theirs. Dickson was rewarded with a token vice-president position while Johnson and Johnson went on to make over a hundred billion Band Aids a year. You figure the profits! There are a lot of knock offs these days but few actually work as well as Johnson and Johnson’s product.

How to celebrate – Make sure you have Band Aids for those accidents around the house. Learn what other products Johnson and Johnson makes. Get the smiley face Band Aids just for fun.

May 19th Boy’s Club Day

The first Boys Club of America was opened in 1860 in Hartford, Conn. by three women… Elizabeth Hamersley and Mary and Alice Goodwin. I assume because there were so many boys roaming the streets of Hartford that these three ladies felt needed to be given something to do to stay out of trouble. They were probably right and since then the Boys and Girls Club of America has gone on to serve communities all across America with very positive results. Oddly girls were not added until 1990, guess they didn’t roam the streets as much. Anyway The Boys and Girls Clubs of America have changed many lives for the better and need your support to continue on.

How to celebrate – Find out where the Boys and Girls Clubs meet in your town. Volunteer to help at the Clubs in your area. Give financial contributions to your Boy”s and Girl’s Club.

May 18th International Museum Day

The largest museum in the world is the Louvre in Paris. Built in 1792 it is 782,910 square feet and the home to the Mona Lisa. Most of us think of museums as places to visit fine art but frankly, there are more that don’t contain any art than those that do. There are museums for practically every interest including, trains, toys, war, furniture, fashion, buttons, aprons… well, the list goes on and on. Today was created back in 1977 by the International Council of Museums. I wonder if they included the lint museum in their collection?

How to celebrate – Visit a museum. Create your own museum. Make a list of museums where you live.

May 17th Pack Rat Day

I admit it, I am a pack rat. I keep some many things that I hope to use some day, but never seem to get to That I no longer have any idea what I’ve kept and what I haven’t. So much of the stuff I had good intentions for is now buried under other stuff I had good intentions for that I can no longer have any more good intentions! My wife is always telling me if I haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it. My logic just doesn’t go there. I am a, if I keep it for twenty years it will become an antique, person. Enjoy your pack rattedness. (Yes I made that up)

How to celebrate – Go admire all those things you have pack ratted away. Make a list of what you have put away so you know at least that you did save it. Every time you use something from you pile of junk, note it so you can be proud of using it.

May 16th Wear Purple For Peace Day

There are always more wars going on than we know of every given day. Whether they are tribal wars in Africa or territorial wars in the Middle East, religious wars in Asia or drug wars in South America if you live in a country that is not currently at war with someone, feel very fortunate. The idea is to wear purple today showing your support for peace, it really is the very least you can do.

How to celebrate – Actively find some way to help those at war. Study where they are wars and police actions in the world today. Enjoy the peace in your country.

May 15th Chocolate Chip Day

Chocolate Chips are a wonderful addition to cookies, muffins, cakes and pies… just about any kind of dessert and even in some cereals! Chocolate chips were created in 1937 by Ruth Graves Wakefield who was preparing cookies at the Toll House Inn. Back then, they really weren’t the chips we know today, rather they were actually chips broken off blocks of chocolate, since then… they have been shaped and created in drops, or chips, for use in a number of different ways.

How to celebrate – Learn how to make your own chocolate chips. Create a new use for chocolate chips. Just eat chips straight out of the bag… who needs the cookie!

May 15th Police Officers Memorial Day

Ya, ya… I know… we aren’t supposed to like the police anymore but the only thing more foolish than that is thinking that anyone else is ever going to come to your rescue. Today was created by Congress, Presidential Proclamation #3337, in 1963. As with any line of work, there are good people and bad people that get employed but the mass majority of police officers are hard working, honest men and women. And many, many die trying to keep our world safe. We need to honor them, those men and women who gave their lives trying keep us safe, in many cases even from ourselves. So until you try doing what they do, honor them… you cannot possibly know what they go through even when doing something as simple as issuing a speeding ticket.

How to celebrate – Honor the fallen police officers in your community. Respect all police, they deserve it. Ride with a police officer for the day to see first hand what they go through.

May 14th National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

Biscuits have been used in meals for as long as, well biscuits have been around. The first mention of them came into use just prior to the American Civil War but here again, I believe they have probably been around for longer. Crackers and hardtack are considered biscuits but probably not made with buttermilk. Buttermilk generally makes the biscuit fluffier and softer. They have been a tradition in the South since, well at least before the Civil War!

How to celebrate – Have some Buttermilk Biscuits. Figure different meals you can serve with your biscuits. Learn how to make biscuits and gravy.

May 14th National Windmill Day

The Netherlands top the world’s Windmill structures with 1,200 left, though most are not working anymore. Holland adds another 950, where many are still working! So today is a actual holiday in those two countries and has been since sometime in 2000, though no one seems to know exactly who created it. Of course windmills were created to help grind and process grains or any other materials that needed to be crushed. The Netherlands and Holland were logical for them since they were pretty much constantly supplied with wind coming off the North Sea.

How to celebrate – Visit the Netherlands or Holland, or both. Build your own windmill. Learn how to grind grain into a powder.

May 13th World Cocktail Day

The word cocktail has something to do with the way a horse’s tail can fan out… what that has to do with a mixed drink, I’m not sure but if you have enough of the drinks, you don’t really care anyway. Supposedly the idea of the cocktail began in 1806 as mentioned by the Balance & Columbian Repository. (Whoever they are) They described a cocktail as something that may, or may not, contain sweets, waters and/or bitters. Somehow I imagine a cocktail was available prior to 1806 but just not stated as such. Bartenders and mixologist create these drinks for customers who require something more than just booze.

How to celebrate – Decide which cocktail you like best. Become a bartender. Look for who created your favorite drink.