"Mom, we had an exciting day today!" Bigger Girl came in from work and school ready to share the fun.
"First, last year they inseminated one of the mares, and they forgot! They were supposed to remove the embryo and freeze it, but didn't, and so we now have a foal they weren't expecting. The named her 'Oops'!"
Yes, i can understand that, i noted.
"Also, today, one of the stable hands noticed a skunk was hanging around. He said he didn't want it to scare Ms. Sonya, but you know her! She's fearless, except when it comes to spiders. So, anyway, he tried to chase the skunk, and he got skunked!"
He found out the hard way that skunks don't hurry, they just spray you, i said.
"Yes, but it was so funny watching him try to chase a skunk!"
The smell wasn't funny, i'm sure, i said drily.
"No, but something Vera said to me at school was. We were talking about a couple of mutual acquaintances who are afraid to come out to their families and so are in the closet. Vera's comment was, 'They are so far in the closet, they're in Narnia!"
That's pretty far in, i said, shaking my head.
Adonia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (date approximate, but always in July, a ritual to honor Adonis)
Distressed Elves' Creditors' Day -- Fairy Calendar
Dixon Petunia Festival: The Pink. The Proud. The Petunias. -- Dixon, IL, US (food, entertainment, fun, and petunias! through Sunday)
Flag & Anthem Day -- Curacao
Freedom From Fear of Public Speaking Day -- as proposed by Beverly Beuermann-King, because you don't want to blow it when your big opportunity comes because you are afraid to speak out!
I Forgot Day (the day to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or other special days that you forgot during the first half of the year)
National Anisette Day
Palio di Provenzano -- Siena, Italy (horse race and pageant, named after the Madonna di Provenzano, whose church is in Siena)
Rebild Festival/American Independence Day Celebration -- Aalborg, Denmark (the town dresses in red, white and blue, celebrating with BBQ, American beer, and more; through the 4th, with an After Party through the weekend)
Remember to Feed the Hummingbirds Day -- internet reminder to be nice to these beautiful creatures
St. Swithin's Day (Patron against drought; of Stavenger, England; Winchester, England)
The North American Tournament -- Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB, Canada (show jumping tournament, through Sunday)
Try to Find Your Slinky Day -- the weird holiday of the day!
Violin Lovers' Day
World UFO Day -- unfortunately, a real day observed by many around the world (on the "anniversary" of the UFO crash in Roswell, if such a thing even happened, which i doubt*)
*i believe that if there's life elsewhere, it shows its intelligence by staying away from us!
Prince Albert of Belgium marries Paola Ruffo di Calabria, 1959
Lindsay Lohan, 1986
Ashley Tisdale, 1985
Johnny Weir, 1984
Jose, Jr., and Ozzie Canseco, 1964
Jimmy McNichol, 1961
Ron Silver, 1946
Vicente Fox Quesada, 1942
Richard Petty, 1937
Polly Holiday, 1937
Dave Thomas, 1932
Medgar Evers, 1925
Dan Rowan, 1922
Ken Curtis, 1916
Thurgood Marshall, 1908
Jean René Lacoste, 1904
Hermann Hesse, 1877
Thomas Cranmer, 1489
"The Andy Williams Show"(TV), 1957
"The Lawrence Welk Show"(TV), 1955
"Finlandia"(Sibelius' Op. 26), 1900
Today in History:
Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine, 1698
Vermont becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery, 1777
Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield, who eventually dies from an infection on September 19, 1881
Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinque take over the slave ship Amistad, 1893
Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains patent for radio in London, 1897
The first zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany, 1900
Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight 1937
The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas, 1962
North and South Vietnam, divided since 1954, reunite to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 1976
The AbioCor self contained artificial heart is first implanted, 2001
Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon, 2002
Planetoid Pluto's fourth and fifth moons officially receive the names Kerberos and Styx from the International Astronomical Union, 2013