Today Special – 15th February 2018

Today Special – 15th February 2018

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Gummy, chewy, tasty sweets are the theme of Gumdrop Day, which presents you the opportunity (or the excuse) to eat as many gumdrops as possible (within reason, with consideration for your teeth, sugar levels and general health)! History of National Gumdrop Day Founder and the origin of National Gumdrop Day are not known so far. Although a legend has it that the gumdrop was created in 1801, the exact information of the candy’s creation is not precise. It is believed that modern gumdrop is established in 1915 by Percy S. Truesdell who is a chemist and candy manufacturer. He started producing gumdrop with an enhanced texture, using a formula by adding starch, which he developed at Ohio State University. According to 1948 article, gumdrop had previously been a hard-candy, and Percy tur
Today Special – 15th February 2018

Today Special – 15th February 2018

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Bet you didn’t know that Hippo loosely translates to River Horse in ancient Greek. Hippo Day, then, celebrates the third largest mammal on Earth. Why not take some time to waddle in a mud bath, get angry with some tourists, and yawn a lot whilst opening your mouth really-really widely? History of National Hippo Day The reason behind the creation of National Hippo Day is still unknown. Robert F. Broussard introduced the American Hippo Bill, in 1910. This bill proposed $250,000 in funding from the federal government to import the hippopotamus from Africa to solve two problems at once: the meat shortage in the United States and the fast-growing plant-species called the Water Hyacinth invading Louisiana’s waterways. The bill failed by one vote and that kept hippo from coming to America
Today Special – 14th February 2018

Today Special – 14th February 2018

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Devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need, Book Giving Day calls on volunteers to share their favourite book with a young reader. Although the holiday originated in the UK, book lovers around the world now join in the celebrations every year. Book Giving Day has few organised events. Instead, individual volunteers are encouraged to give a favourite book or books to children. This can take many forms; some people give books as gifts to their own children or to those of friends. Others donate books to children’s libraries, schools or charities. Still others leave books in places where they’ll be found, such as doctors’ waiting rooms or coach stations. The organisers of Book Giving Day support the holiday by sharing par
Today Special – 14th February 2018

Today Special – 14th February 2018

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There are countless ways for chocoholics to indulge their passion, but there are those among us who hold a special place in their hearts for cream-filled chocolates, and Cream-Filled Chocolates Day has been created with these people in mind. There’s just something about snapping through the outer layer of chocolate and letting that luscious creamy centre melt on your tongue; nothing else compares! Whether it’s strawberry, butterscotch or peppermint you crave, there’s a flavour to satisfy anyone’s taste. So is there any reason not to celebrate this most delicious of holidays? We think not! The History of Cream-Filled Chocolates Day The concept of cream-filled chocolates was actually based on the first, simple pralines made in the 17th century by a sugar industrialist named Marshal du Pe
Today Special – 14th February 2018

Today Special – 14th February 2018

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Pet Theft Awareness Day is meant to call attention to the importance of pet identification methods. It is a day for considering just how much the presence of an animal can enrich a family and also the responsibility that goes with it. It is a day that encourages those with pets to take steps to ensure the animal’s security and their own peace of mind. Launched in 1988 by the Last Chance for Animals organisation, Pet Theft Awareness Day is aimed at educating animal owners in keeping their pets safe from thieves. With almost 2 million pets being stolen annually in American alone, the threat is real. Two options are to have pets micro-chipped or tattooed, which can provide an opportunity for some group bonding. An indelible imprint denoting who belongs to who can bind a couple and their pe
Today Special – 14th February 2018

Today Special – 14th February 2018

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Donor Day is a holiday that celebrates all those people who have helped save people’s lives by donating blood, marrow, tissue, and even organs. It’s a holiday that drives home exactly how amazing and giving the human spirit is because it pays tribute to so many people who have donated of themselves, often to help save the life of someone they’ve never met. So, how can you celebrate Donor Day? It’s quite easy, and don’t worry because you don’t have to go out and actually find someone who needs an organ. You can take a small step by donating some blood, which is a completely painless process. However, your blood could be instrumental in saving someone’s life because blood transfusions are responsible for saving millions of lives annually. Finding out where you can donate blood is relativ
Today Special – 13th February 2018

Today Special – 13th February 2018

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Ladies, every year on the day before you lavish the significant other in your life with all your love, step back and prepare by focusing as much attention on yourself. Yes, you deserve every bit as much of your love as does the object of your affections. That is the concept behind Madly In Love With Me Day, held on February 13th, the day before Valentines Day. It was founded by Californian self-help guru Christine Arylo, author of “Madly In Love With ME, The Daring Adventure To Becoming Your Own Best Friend”. The philosophy is that to truly be able to show love to others, a woman must first be empowered to love herself without apology so throw away those diet books for a day, treat yourself to your favorite lunch in the company of people you know love and respect you as you are today
Today Special – 13th February 2018

Today Special – 13th February 2018

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Employee Legal Awareness Day was established by an Australian lawyer, Paul Brennan. His aim was to emphasise the importance of legal education for employees and small businesses and reduce their risk of legal problems. The day isn’t only about laws though, Brennan also suggests that employees should increase their awareness of their company’s policies. According to him, it is important for employees to have a copy of the employer’s handbook, where you can find information about bereavement policy, attendance and punctuality, conflict of interest statements and non-disclosure agreements. So, every year employees can get together on this day to celebrate and remember their legal rights, they can feel empowered by their knowledge and participate fully in the legal system that supports them
Today Special – 13th February 2018

Today Special – 13th February 2018

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“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”  ― W.C. Fields Life is a series of changes, and sometimes the name we were born with isn’t the name that really suits us as we move on the path through our lives. When that time comes it’s time to put on a new name like you put on a new set of clothes. Who are you in this time of your life? What’s changed about you? Are you more of a Lilith than a Susan? More a Faustus than a Michael? Maybe you’ve decided that Zaphod Beeblebrox is a name that suits you, and it’s time for a change. Congratulations, on Get A Different Name Day, you get the chance to change it all up, and maybe make a life changing decision! History of Get A Different Name Day The History of Get A Different Name Day has its heritage in cultures throughout the world
Today Special – 13th February 2018

Today Special – 13th February 2018

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The world used to be a much bigger place, at least when you consider the difficulty involved with transmitting information from place to place. In the beginning we simply had to walk and talk to one another, and then we were able to write and exchange letters. Ideas and music travelled the world at a snail’s pace as compared to today. But then the radio was invented, and suddenly transmitting ideas hundreds of miles became a relatively trivial matter! The world became connected, and it would never be the same. History of Radio Day Radio waves were originally discovered by one Heinrich Hertz, following on the heels of his discovery of electromagnetic radiation. While experiments were performed in using this energy to transmit information, it wasn’t until 1890 that the word radio was fir