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National Homemade Cookies Day

October 1 is National Homemade Cookies Day!

Amateur and professional bakers alike can revel in the easy-to-make deliciousness of a homemade cookie. Cookie recipes can vary from extremely simple to the more complex variety, depending on what you decide on baking.

Celebrate by whipping up a fresh batch of homemade cookies today; here are 25 Cookie Recipes to get you started. And if you consider yourself a year round cookie enthusiast, you might want to check out our scrumptious Cookie Calendar!

Sources: Eatocracy, Heart of a Country Home

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National Mocha Day

September 29 is National Mocha Day!

Mocha lovers from all over – today is the day to indulge in the rich, delicious mocha flavored beverage of your choosing. If you like your coffee plain, maybe branch out today and try something with a mocha twist.

Here are some great mocha infused beverage recipes for you to try.

Sources: Gone-ta-Pott, Foodimentary

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Louis Pasteur Dies

French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur was born on December 27, 1822 in Dole, France. Pasteur is most known for his work in germ theory which led him to create the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax and for the invention of pasteurization. Pasteurization is a process by which you heat and cool liquids (like milk and wine) to prevent bacterial contamination.

Louis Pasteur is considered the father of microbiology and one of the three founders of Bacteriology. He suffered multiple strokes, from which he never fully recovered, and died on September 28, 1895 at the age of 72 in Marnes-la-Coquette, France. Pasteur’s breakthroughs in bacterial studies and vaccinations have saved countless lives all over the world.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Google’s Birthday

September 27, 2013 is the 15th birthday of the search engine that we all know and love – Google.

Google was founded by Stanford graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 in a friend’s garage, although the actual web domain www.google.com was registered in 1997. Although Google’s official birthday is September 7, the celebration has been shifted over the years, aligning with whenever people “feel like having cake”.

Originally called “BackRub”, Page and Brin eventually decided to call their search engine “Google” a play on the mathematical term “googol” which means a one followed by one hundred zeros. If you type “google in 1998” into the Google search today, you’ll see what the site looked like 15 years ago.

Check out 15 facts you probably don’t know about Google.

Sources: Wikipedia, About.com

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Abbey Road Released

British sensation The Beatles released their 11th studio album, Abbey Road, on September 26, 1969 in the United Kingdom and October 1, 1969 in the United States. Abbey Road was the last album recorded by The Beatles, although Let it Be was the last album released before they disbanded in 1970.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Abbey Road was a commercial success and continually tops all-time lists year after year. The cover art features John, Ringo, Paul, and George on a crosswalk (on Abbey Road) and has become quite an iconic album cover.

The album features such classic Beatles songs as “Come Together”, “Something”, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”, “Oh! Darling”, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “Here Comes the Sun”.  The songs and the album itself have been covered many times by a variety of artists across different genres.

Celebrate the anniversary of Abbey Road by checking out this live feed of people crossing Abbey Road or browsing our awesome Beatles merchandise!

Sources: Rolling Stone, Wikipedia

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Will Smith’s Birthday

Actor, producer, and rapper Will Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1968. He began rapping at the age of 12, and when he met DJ Jeff Townes at a party when he was 16, duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince was born.

Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince separated themselves from the rest of hip-hop by releasing catchy but clean tunes including “Summertime” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. While “Gangsta” rappers NWA were talking about drugs and violence, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were rapping about problems facing teens in middle-America, and people all over were able to relate. As their success mounted, the rap duo won the first Grammy Award for a Rap performance in 1988.

From 1990 to 1996, Will Smith acted as the title character in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a sitcom about a street wise kid from Philadelphia sent to live with family in California in order to keep out of trouble. The show’s re-runs  still air on multiple networks today.

Will Smith made the transition from television to movies in the mid-90s. His first big hit was opposite Martin Lawrence in the 1995 hit Bad Boys. After his breakout, the hits just kept going: Independence Day (1996), Men in Black (1997), Enemy of the State (1998), and many others. Smith received two Academy Award nominations for his reprisal of Muhammad Ali in 2001’s Ali, and 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness.

Some of his other popular films include I, Robot, Hitch, I Am Legend, and Hancock, with many more projects in the works.

Happy Birthday Will Smith!

Sources: Biography,

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Festival of the Latest Novelties

September 24 is Festival of the Latest Novelties!

This holiday celebrates the newest fads and odd novelty items that usually make the most exciting new inventions. Observe this wacky holiday by getting some new, fresh products that are out on the market. Who knows? Whatever you pick may be the next big thing!

Sources: Bubblews, Stacy Reid

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Innergize Day

Today is Innergize Day!

Innergize Day is always celebrated on the day after the Autumnal Equinox. For those who don’t know, Innergize Day is a holiday made for relaxing, rejuvenating and reflecting; in other words – it is a day just for you. Take time today to devote some TLC to yourself and celebrate by doing your favorite relaxing things.  Take an extra-long bath, read that book you’ve been meaning to get to, do some breathing techniques or yoga poses, or use this time to do something creative.

Innergize Day was created by Michelle Porchia of inner dimensions, llc as part of an initiative to get people more focused on their own well-being.

Sources: inner dimensions, llc, Lisa Loves Holidays

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Stephen King’s Birthday

American horror and suspense writer, Stephen King, was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine. He attended the University of Maine, after which he unsuccessfully tried to become a teacher. King worked odd jobs to support his passion for writing, until his fourth novel Carrie was published and became immensely successful. So much so, that it warranted a film adaptation in 1976 starring Sissy Spacek.

Stephen King has published 50 novels which have sold over 350 million copies around the world. Many of his horror and science fiction works have been adapted for film, television, and comic books including: The Shining, Cujo, and It. One of the most successful horror writers of all time, Stephen King has collected many awards over the years such as Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards, O. Henry Awards and more.

Happy Birthday Stephen King!

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Leonard Skinner Dies at 77

The namesake of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Leonard Skinner, died on September 20, 2010.

Leonard Skinner was an American high school gym teacher, coach, property realtor, and bar owner from Jacksonville, Florida. Born on January 11, 1933, Skinner attended Robert E. Lee High School before being drafted into the Army. Following his military discharge, he graduated from Florida State University in 1957.

After graduation, Skinner became a gym teacher at his alma mater, Robert E. Lee High School, where he taught band members Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, and Bob Burns. The boys butted heads with Mr. Skinner over their long hair, which was against school rules. After Skinner sent them to the principal’s office for breaking the rules, the boys resolved to pay tongue-in-cheek homage to Skinner by naming their band after him.

Although not a fan of the band name at first, Leonard Skinner eventually warmed up to the idea, even befriending the musicians during their rise to fame. He looked back on getting to know the band: “They were good, talented, hard-working boys”.
Sources: The New York Times, Wikipedia

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