September 30th National Mud Pack Day

So my theory is, someone was watch cattle or pigs cover themselves in mud and said to themselves, “Hey, this looks like a great way to care for your skin because you hardly ever see a cow or pig with a pimple!” It is true that mud has some healing properties and if can keep you cool until it starts to dry but you really need to make sure you are using clean mud (If there is such a thing) since bugs like to climb in mud too. And if you want clean mud, you have to pay a lot for it! Just make sure you don;t get mud in your eye.

How to celebrate – Find some mud and dive in! Make your own clean mud. Do some mud wrestling!

September 29th Confucius Day

Much has been attributed to Confucius, his wisdom and humor, although we have to take others word for it that he ever really lived. They did make statues of him and quote him a lot so I am guessing he was alive at some point. He was born on October 18th in 551 BC, he was an ancient philosopher, a teacher, a scholar and a politician. I am curious in the day of the Warlord what kind of politician he could have been but they say he was, so I guess he was. Oh, and we have no idea why September 29th is Confucius Day so there’s another mystery for ya!

How to celebrate – Read about Confucius. Learn Confucius sayings. Visit China.

September 27th Crush A Can Day

There are numerous reasons to crush cans, some are better than others but you have to decide which is best for you. It can make you feel like you have power that you really don’t, that you are being good steward of the land which you really aren’t or like you are just taking that can and putting it in a logic sequence of returning it to usefulness. What ever reason you choose is fine because yes, that can will probably be crushed and reused at some point. Which kinda makes yo wonder if elements of that can you are stacking in your house for suture use might have been created first hundreds of years ago.

How to celebrate – Crush any empty can you find. (Full ones might be a bit messy) Find new uses for cans beside just recycling them. Remember the Canned Heat.

September 28th Ask A Stupid Question Day

Today was created by Teachers sometime in the 1980’s. Can you ask a stupid question? Well, I suppose that contrary to popular opinion there are a few stupid questions one could ask. Like, Is it raining if you are standing out in a rain storm. Or maybe is it day time when the sun is clearly out. But generally speaking, most questions are valid even if the answer is obvious. If the question is truly asked in the idea that one wants to be educated then no question is stupid and that was the point the teachers were trying to make. So go ahead and ask your question, if you truly want to know the answer no question is too stupid to ask.

How to celebrate – Figure out a question you want to get answered daily. Ask the right questions of the right people. Asking a question you already know the answer to is probably more stupid than asking the most foolish question you don’t know the answer to.

September 26th Johnny Appleseed Day

There are a few things about Johnny Appleseed we know to be true. His real name was John Chapman, he did plant apple trees all over the mid-eastern and mid-western states and that he was born September 25th, 1774. What is not known is exactly when he died, it is believed that it was sometime in 1845 and no one really knows his real reason for planting those apple trees. Some say it was a scheme to take land from farmers, some say he was trying to help farmers. It doesn’t really matter now. Enjoy Johnny Appleseed for your own reasons.

How to celebrate – Learn more about Johnny Appleseed. Have an apple. Learn about all the types of apples grown today.

September 25th National Comic Book Day

Comic books have been with us since the late 1800’s. We all know about DC Comics and Marvel but before them there were a number of comic books that related to actual human beings. Sgt. Rock was among my favorites but I really loved Classics Illustrated which were short versions of stories handed down over the years. I learned to love history through them, stories that made me want to learn more and know more.

How to celebrate – Look for old comics, some are really rare. Make a list of your favorite comic books. Work on making your own comic books. (It helps to know how to draw)

September 24th National Hunting and Fishing Day

Hunting originally was required to live. It turned into a sport somewhere along the line. The difference being, as a requirement it was done in order to have something to eat. After a while it became a sport because food became more readily available. The same basically goes for fishing. While I do not oppose hunting or fishing b y any means, I do ask that a hunter take no more than what they need. Conservation is what today is all about, and being a good steward of the Earth. If you like to hunt, or fish, take a camera to do your hunting with after getting your quota… it’s just as good a sport and it helps preserve those animals who populate the earth. Today always falls on the 4th Saturday of September, a 1971 Congressional Resolution # 117.

How to celebrate – Be a responsible hunter and fisher. Take only what you need. Replace your weapon with a camera. (You might want to take a weapon along in case you run into an animal that takes exception to what you are doing!)

September 23rd Native American Day

The United States was originally settled by Native Americans. Though distant, I have a stake in the heritage of the Native Americans via an Uncle who was fully Blackfoot. As European settlers came into the Americas they pushed to Native Americans to the edge of oblivion. This was nothing new to the Europeans since Europe was constantly at war. But in fairness we also need to remember the Native Americans were nearly always at war with one another as well. Like it or not, humans are war like people. The day was first proclaimed in 1939 by Governor Culbert Olsen in California. In 1968 the new Governor of California, Ronald Reagan set it on the 4th Friday of September.

How to celebrate – Look for the good in all people. Visit the traditions of the Native Americans in, and from, your area. Read about the Native Americans verse the Europeans.

September 22nd Hobbit Day

J. R. R. Tolkien of course created the Hobbit in both “The Hobbit” and followed up with “The Lord Of The Rings”. Hobbits are interesting characters who love to eat, they have 7 meals a day, and party, they love fireworks, walk around barefooted, though they kinda have feet like dogs paws and are peace loving, but rarely find themselves at peace. The two most famous are Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit” and later Frodo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings”. The creature proves themselves both adaptable and dangerous if they have to be. Today was created by the American Tolkien Society in 1978, including the same week being declared Hobbit Week.

How to celebrate – Read “The Hobbit”. Read the trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings”. Watch the movie, “The Lord of the Rings”.

September 21st Miniature Golf Day

The first known miniature golf course apparently was built in Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1918 by Steamship magnate James Barber, although St. Augustine claims have the oldest still existing golf course in the United States. Who knows and really, who cares!?! The idea is to have fun, get a little exercise and see just how well you can handle all the trick shots required to play the game. There are even National Miniature Golf contests just like the PGA tours. (Well, maybe not just like) So whoever was the first and whoever is the oldest is all great, just get out and have some fun before the weather covers them up with snow!

How to celebrate – Go play Miniature Golf. Make your own miniature golf course in your back yard. (We did and boy does it require a lot of upkeep) Take the family out to have some fun today.