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.

November 16th Button Day

The world of buttons are amazing. To think where those buttons came from what they might have been through. They are generally as different as the people that wear them and some have meaning, some don’t. The military units of the world have always taken pride in the buttons their uniforms have been made of, the idea of keeping them polished and bright is important as a sign that you take pride in yourself, your country and your service. Collecting buttons is a great, and generally pretty cheap, hobby. The odd thing about buttons is, even if you collect them… you can never find the button like the one you need if you lose a button one.

How to celebrate – Start a button collection. Save any button you find and keep if safe. Get a supply of buttons to keep on hand.

May 17th Pack Rat Day

Most of us are at least a part a pack rat. If we collect things, we are at least somewhat a pack rat. If you walk into a room and stuff starts to fall on your head because it’s been stacked up there, then you are probably on the wrong end of being a pack rat. The idea that “I may use that sometime” or “I can fix that” generally lead to being on the wrong end of being a pack rat. I am very guilty of doing that, being a part of theater and video, I tend to think I can use anything for some reason. Of course when I do break down and throw something away, well… that’s when I need it! And the pack rat in me comes back out.

How to celebrate – Be proud of what you have saved. If you can’t get in a room anymore, look what you might finally get rid of. Make a record of what you are keeping and where you’ve put it so you can find it!