Author: Kyle Tripp

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — January 15

Each year on January 15 we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Dayand honor the work of this incredible man. We also take the opportunity to reflect on the work that still needs to be done in terms of racial equality. This day was established in 1983 by Ronald Reagan to honor King and other civil rights activists and the strides they made towards racial justice. This January 15, make the holiday more than just a day off and take time to reflect on civil rights issues across the globe and take action to promote justice.

National Thesaurus Day — January 18

When you’re looking for that perfect word to convey your thought, or don’t want to repeat the same word over and over again, where do you go? The thesaurus, of course!You’ve got Peter Mark Roget to thank for that wonderful book, and we celebrate his creation on National Thesaurus Day on January 18! Roget started the book in 1848, and finished in 1952 with 15,000 words. The book’s full original title was "Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition." Thanks to the thesaurus, we can do more than just tell friends we are happy, but merry, delighted, and overjoyed! We can do more than have a conversation, but a discussion, a talk, or an exchange! Writers and non-writers alike can be thankful for all the word options available in a thesaurus, and celebrate the work of Peter Mark Roget on National Thesaurus Day!

National Paranormal Day – May 3

Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you’re a skeptic or psychic, National Paranormal Day might just be the holiday for you. It is creeping up on us, with not long to go before we can start celebrating with the ghosts on May 3. If you have ever experienced something beyond the norm or have had an inexplicable otherworldly happening, National Paranormal Day is the day to find others to discuss your eerie experiences with. National Paranormal Day is a celebration for those fascinated by the unknowable ‘other side’. If you don’t know your normal from your paranormal, don’t worry — you can still celebrate! Just head to your local library and bone up on the movies, documentaries and science fiction that deal with this subject. Fear not, we have everything you need to get through National Paranormal Day without a fright this May 3

National Have a Coke Day – May 8

If the very thought of National Have a Coke Day on May 8 makes you want to break into song, you’re not alone. Recorded countless times since it was written in 1971, the song “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” accompanied the brilliant hilltop coke commercial with the words “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” and “It’s the real thing” added to make it a haunting and enduring synthesis of coke, peace and harmony that resonated in the “flower power” era and is still sung today.

National Moscato Day – May 9

Grab a glass of vino and toast to National Moscato Day! Every May 9, we celebrate the tasty white wine we can’t help but love. Moscato is historically known as a dessert wine (no wonder it’s so delicious) and is originally from Piedmont, Italy. When you uncork a bottle, you can expect a blend of peachy, orangey, and nectarine flavors. In our book, a drink like that is definitely worth celebrating. Cheers!

National Shrimp Day – May 10

If the fictional character Bubba from the movie Forrest Gump had his way, every day would be National Shrimp Day. A connoisseur of all different types of the crustacean, and every which way to cook them, he’d probably be disappointed that National Shrimp Day is only held once a year on May 10. Luckily his shrimp legacy carries on with a restaurant in his name: The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company operates 40 restaurants around the world. Shrimp fans all across the country can come together to honor their love for the shellfish, commonly called the “fruit of the sea.” Shrimp are interesting characters, and some can even glow in the dark! Elvis Presley even once sang a song about them, crooning, “If I should live to be ninety, I will never forget the little shrimp and the song he sang as he jumped into the net.” In the United States, shrimp is eaten more than any other type of seafood, so of course it deserves its own day! Grill em, fry em, or eat em cold. Try them on a sandwich, on a salad, or one by one in some delicious cocktail sauce. Whatever you do, take some time to celebrate!
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