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Why Waste Wednesday? DIY Project #1

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What you’ll need:

  • Old calendar
  • Clear accent gems or any piece of glass or plastic that has a flat side
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge
  • Magnet

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15 Years! 15 Minutes of Fun! Week 3

This October marks the 15th anniversary of Calendars.com. 15 years. Wow.

We’ve decided to celebrate in a big way this month, 15 years after all is nothing to shrug your shoulders at. So, in addition to being thankful for 15 amazing years, we’ll find, and share, ways to have fun every single day.
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15 Years! 15 Minutes of Fun! Week 2

This October marks the 15th anniversary of Calendars.com. 15 years. Wow.

We’ve decided to celebrate in a big way this month, 15 years after all is nothing to shrug your shoulders at. So, in addition to being thankful for 15 amazing years, we’ll find, and share, ways to have fun every single day.

October 9 – John Lennon’s Birthday

John Lennon

What better way to celebrate John Lennon’s Birthday than by listening to songs from the great man himself. Find or create a John Lennon station on Pandora or create a playlist on Spotify. Immerse yourself in his music today.

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
― John Lennon
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Reptile Awareness Day

October 21 is Reptile Awareness Day!

No one knows how Reptile Awareness Day, or “RAD,” came into existence, but it has become an important day to bring awareness to significant concerns of reptilian life. Reptiles all over the world are facing threats of habitat loss and extinction, so encouraging education about the different types of reptiles, their natural environments, and the ecological challenges they face can help keep these cold-blooded creatures alive and safe.

Living reptiles have scales, are cold-blooded, and (with a few exceptions) lay eggs. They include turtles, tortoises, crocodilians, snakes, lizards, and tuatara. Because they are cold-blooded, they depend on the warmth of the sun to fuel their metabolic rates. Reptiles originated about 310-320 million years ago during the late Carboniferous period where they evolved from an extinct amphibian subclass. Today there are over 6,500 species of reptiles in the world, and it is estimated that there are about 300 reptile species that are considered endangered or threatened. They are some of the most diverse creatures on the planet, and are found on every continent except Antarctica. Since they are both predators and prey, they play an important part in the food chain by performing tasks that are valuable to each ecosystem they live in. These tasks include pollination and seed dispersal, controlling pest species,  and being food for numerous other species.

The main threats that exist for the reptile species today include habitat loss, change of climate, and exploitation through wild capturing for reptilian farming and uncontrolled souvenir and pet trade. Invasive species have also been a threat to native reptilian populations in certain areas of the world.

REPTILES Magazine and ReptileChannel.com have come up with tons of ways you can celebrate Reptile Awareness Day. Here are a few:

1. Donate to a reptile conservation or legal program like Amphibian Ark, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, and the United States Association of Reptile Keepers.

2. Bring your reptile to school for show and tell! All ages from elementary school to college could benefit from learning about your favorite reptile.

3. If you don’t have a reptile of your own, but have always wanted one, today is a great day to bring home a new pet!

4. Visit your local zoo and check out their reptile exhibit.

5. Write a letter to your local and national representatives concerning legislation that would affect reptile rights, and the health and safety of reptiles.

7. Make plans to go to a reptile show before the next year’s Reptile Awareness Day.

8. Print out some of ReptileChannel’s Fun & Games to share with your friends or children.

9. Join a herptology club or society.

10. Make a check-up appointment for your reptile at your local reptile vet.

Reptiles are an important part of our ecosystem – educate yourself and help make your friends aware of their importance, so they can remain on our planet for many generations to come!

Sources: Examiner.com, Wikipedia, Save Our SpeciesReptileChannel.com

 

 

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Elephant Appreciation Day

African elephantSeptember 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day!

Elephant Appreciation Day was created in 1996 by Wayne Hepburn, the publisher and president of Mission Media, Inc, out of his fascination with elephants – an interest that began when his 12-year-old daughter gave him an elephant paperweight in 1970. Find out more about the origin of Elephant Appreciation Day.

Elephants are more than just the largest living land animals known for their strong trunks and ivory tusks. They are also social, compassionate, intelligent and self-aware animals that grieve over the loss of a companion, possess strong memorization skills, and – like humans, apes and dolphins – recognize that their reflection in a mirror is their own self.

However, subspecies of the African elephant are in danger and subspecies of the Asian elephant are moving closer to extinction due to poaching for ivory and meat, loss of habitat, and conflict with humans. Go to worldwildlife.org to find out more about threats to elephants and World Wild Life’s efforts towards conserving both African and Asian elephant populations.

Sources: theultimateholidaysite.com, himandus.net, wikipedia.org, worldwildlife.org, awf.org
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National Iguana Awareness Day

September 6 is National Iguana Awareness Day!

Although it was officially dropped as a holiday in 2001, we’re keeping it going to promote education of proper care to owners and pet shops.

The motto of National Iguana Awareness Day (or NIAD) was “Hard to Care For, Easy to Love”, as iguanas require complex care but can be very lovable.

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Some interesting facts about iguanas:

  1. Adult iguanas are herbivores.
  2. Iguanas can be prone to metabolic bone disease.
  3. Iguanas are very strong creatures.

To learn more about iguanas and how to care for them, visit National Geographic.

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When does the Autumnal Equinox begin in 2013?

September 22, 2013 at 8:44 p.m.

Learn more about the Autumnal Equinox by clicking here.

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When is the June Solstice in 2013?

June 21, 2013 at 5:04 a.m.

Learn more about the June Solstice.

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Go Fishing Day

National Go Fishing Day is always celebrated on June 18.

Whether you consider yourself an expert fisherman or a novice, all levels of anglers can participate in Go Fishing Day. Grab some friends and take your rods out on the ocean or your nearest lake and catch dinner for tonight!  Maybe you view fishing as more of a relaxing sport rather than a recreational one, and if so, it is perfectly acceptable to go out fishing by yourself, reflecting and just chilling out on the water.

If you don’t know of any local fishing spots, you can find a place to fish near you by using this search.

Happy National Go Fishing Day!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Days of the Year

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Greenery Day

Greenery Day was established in 1989 to celebrate the birthday of Japanese Emperor Hirohito. April 29 was set aside to connect with nature and show thanks for all of it’s beauty and gifts, as Hirohito (the Shōwa Emperor) loved plants.

A law was passed in 2005 pertaining to public holidays, and Greenery Day was officially moved to May 4 in 2007. April 29 is now celebrated as Shōwa Day, and commemorates the 63 year reign of the controversial wartime emperor, Hirohito (1926-1989). On this day, the Japanese people are encouraged to reflect on the tumultuous rule of the Shōwa Emperor and think about the future of their country.

Sources: Wikipedia, Office Holidays

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