National Mutt Day
December 2, 2011 by staff
National Tie Month is here at last! From ascots to skinny ties, bow ties to ties with working keyboards, there’s a necktie for just about any occasion.
According to Wikipedia, the necktie traces back to the time of Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) when Croatian mercenaries from the Croatian Military Frontier in French service, wearing their traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs, aroused the interest of the Parisians.
The modern tie as we know it, however, was born out of the industrial revolution and the need for neckwear that was easy to put on, comfortable and would last an entire workday.
Other offbeat observations:
• Dec. 2 – National Mutt Day: Pet lifestyle expert and designer Colleen Paige founded National Mutt Day to raise awareness of the plight of mixed-breed dogs waiting for homes in shelters around the nation. The goal is to save 10,000 mutts from euthanasia countrywide today. Already adopted a mutt? The holiday’s website (www.nationalmuttday.com) has a Top 20 list of names for your new furry friend: 1. Max, 2. Jake, 3. Buddy, 4. Maggie, 5. Bear, 6. Molly, 7. Bailey, 8. Shadow, 9. Sam, 10. Lady, 11. Sadie, 12. Lucky, 13. Rocky, 14. Lucy, 15. Daisy, 16. Buster, 17. Casey, 18. Cody, 19. Brandy, 20. Duke.
• Dec. 4 – National Cookie Day: As much as I like the chocolate-themed holidays, I think National Cookie Day may be my new favorite. What’s your favorite variation? Classic chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, white chocolate macadamia nut, peanut butter or oatmeal raisin… Why not have them all? It IS National Cookie Day, after all.
• Dec. 5 – Bathtub Party Day and International Day of the Ninja: In a time when most people take a quick shower to get clean, today everyone is encouraged to enjoy a nice, long soak instead. You may need a bubble bath to wash off the excitement of Day of the Ninja! Debate rages over which faction reigns supreme, Pirates or Ninjas.
Today’s holiday is a reaction to International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) The official site (www.dayofthepirate.com) encourages participants to “Plague your co-workers with ninja-ness and wear a ninja mask to work! Got the day off? Run wild in the streets, or dress like a ninja at the mall!” To celebrate in a tamer way nonjas (non-ninjas) can aspire to be super sneaky today and become ninja for a day.
• Dec. 7 – National Cotton Candy Day: Cotton Candy (or Candyfloss) spun into the record books around the 1900s. Its earliest exposer to large audiences, however, was at the 1904 World’s Fair. Billed as Fairy Floss, 68,655 boxes sold for 25 cents each, half the cost of admission to the fair. This sweet treat was renamed Cotton Candy in the 1920s and has remained much the same since.
• Dec. 14 – Monkey Day: This holiday is intended to help draw attention to issues related to monkeys, including medical research, animal rights and evolution. Some celebrate the day with costume parties, though in 2005, the release of Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” fell on the fifth anniversary of Monkey Day. So have a banana today in honor of our simian friends!
• Dec. 15 – Cat Herders Day: The day to honor people whose lives can be compared to the impossible task of herding cats. Remember the EDS Superbowl commercial that ran in 2000 featuring a group of rough-and-ready cowboys (catboys?) describing the tough but rewarding life of a cat herder?
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