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Black Tot Day

July 31, 1970 marked the last day that the British Imperial Navy would serve daily rum rations (or tots) to their sailors.

In the 17th century, British sailors were given a gallon of beer as their daily drink ration, which was replaced with a half pint of rum in 1655 due to storage issues. Drunkenness among sailors on board Navy ships became a problem, and naval regulations in 1740 called for the pint of rum to be cut with water.

In December of 1969, the Admiralty Board issued a statement that read: “the rum issue is no longer compatible with the high standards of efficiency required now that the individual’s tasks in ships are concerned with complex, and often delicate, machinery and systems on the correct functioning of which people’s lives may depend”.

July 31, 1970 was the end of the rum ration, and sailors mourned their loss with black armbands and mock funerals.

Sources: Wikipedia, The Telegraph

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Mutt’s Day

July 31 is Mutt’s Day!

Mutts, or mixed-breed dogs, are dogs that have characteristics of two or more types of dog breeds and often have an unknown ancestry. While purebred dog owners may view mutts as less valuable than pure breeds, mutt owners know better! If you’re a mutt owner, celebrate your dog’s diversity and unique characteristics with a little pampering, a stroll around the block, and play time in the park. Show off your mutt’s one-of-a-kind character!

Check out our great mutt gear, including bumper stickers and socks.

Sources: wikipedia.org, punchbowl.com, holidayinsights.com
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