Monday, June 8, 2015

Holidays and Observances for June 8 2015

Name Your Poison Day

When it comes to holidays, today is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill type holiday. June 8 is Name Your Poison Day, also referred to as National Name Your Poison Day.

Name Your Poison
Not only are the origins of this annual holiday unknown, the phrase “name your poison” is also unclear as well.
  • Some believe that the term refers to a popular phrase bartenders use when asking customers what type of alcoholic beverage they’d like to order - "Name your poison."
  • The phrase can also refer to a choice of drugs or intoxicants.
  • Name You Poison may also refer to a choice of execution type.
  • While others believe “Name Your Poison” refers to making a decision – making a choice between the lesser of two evils.
Do you happen to have a weakness for a certain food or beverage? Will chocolate, potato chips, fried this-or-that or a few sweet treats hit the right spot? Or does the thought of going without your daily cup of coffee, diet soda, glass of wine with dinner or relaxing night-cap send chills up your spine? Are you glued to the tube on a daily basis because you are addicted to watching those raunchy reality shows or daytime soaps?

Be honest – most of us have a guilty pleasure or two. So go ahead – name your poison!

Poison-Inspired Cocktails
  • Poison Cocktail - This drink calls for Malibu Coconut Rum, melon Midori, Blue Curacao, , champagne, grenadine and pineapple juice.
  • Poison Breath Cocktail – This fun drink calls for Midori, sake, passion fruit syrup, lemon juice and popping candy!
  • Fox Poison Cocktail – You’ll need vodka, lime juice, Blue Curacao, grenadine and 7-Up or Sprite.
  • Poison Apple – This cocktail calls for Cockspur Fine Rum, Applejack, cinnamon and an apple slice.
  • The Poison Apple – This wicked drink is perfect for Halloween. You’ll need apple cider or juice, pomegranate juice, tequila, honey and a small apple for garnish.
National Best Friends Day

Today is National Best Friends Day! Best friends may be hard to find, but life just wouldn't be the same without them. Today is our opportunity to celebrate that one special person in our lives who has always been there for us. Take a moment to send a beautiful free eCard to your best friend today to express how much he or she means to you!

Happy National Best Friends Day! (No, really. It is!) When it comes to major life transitions and decisions about careers, romantic entanglements, sexual dilemmas, health, and possibly marriage or motherhood, who’s got your back, ladies? That’s right, your girlfriends. In our lives we can’t cast the perfect variety pack of girlfriends, as the creators of “Sex and the City” did – nor would we want to, as gradually getting to know each other is the best part of a relationship – though, if we’re lucky, we do have different kinds of friendships we've accumulated over the years to suit the very different aspects of our complex lives. There are eight types of friendships I've cultivated that have been essential to my growth as a person. Too bad all these ladies don’t live locally (because a posse would be so nice!), so that I could get them together at the Sunday brunch table, but I can keep them on speed dial.
  1. A Playmate-Turned-Lifemate: If we’re lucky, we have a best friend who’s known us since forever—yes, a BFF. You know, the friend who knew you when you tucked your jeans into your socks, wore head gear and liked Def Leppard, or maybe even when you still sucked your thumb. You've seen each other grow up and no matter how different your lives are now – one of you could have three kids and a house in the country, while the other could be single and live in the city – you’ll always know where you came from and are reminders to each other of how far you've come. And you’ll always know, deep down, what insecure, goofy dorks you both are.
  2. A Fellow Alum: Never mind the roommates we couldn't stand, most of us had at least one college roommate who became a buddy for the ages. And of course she did, because you went through adult life boot camp together – surviving all-nighters, near-starvation, college hookups and breakups—and had to talk a lot ‘cause you didn't have a TV. Of course there were fights, too. (She’s not your mother — clean the mini-fridge yourself!) You’ll never experience such an intense period of growing up ever again, though you’ll always have this friend as a witness of the transformation.
  3. A Fierce Bitch: If you’re lucky, you have that friend who doesn't want to hear the B.S. when you chitchat. She only wants to know how you’re really doing, ‘cause she wants to help if you’re not doing so hot. My friend Sally, an artist I became close with after writing a profile on her for a magazine, credits “her ladies” with getting her through the tough spots in life and she’s at the ready with a pep talk or the straight dope whenever we need it. She’s told me that I am amazing and that I deserve better so many times that now believe her.
  4. A Free Spirit: She doesn't have to drive a Prius, be a vegan, or be a medical marijuana grower in California—but she could! This friend makes you feel more alive when she breezes through town and makes you question your life choices, in a good way, when you catch up on the phone. She travels to Asia, Africa, all over the world, can’t read enough, has a voracious thirst for learning about the world, lives on her own terms, and she keeps you on your toes. She is the friend who makes you question what you believe in, culturally and politically, and who sometimes changes your mind for the better.
  5. A Domestic Goddess: This is a friend who doesn't get caught up in the rat race, isn't desperately looking for her truth and really doesn't deal with drama. Instead she’s invested in her backyard garden, brewing beer in her bathtub and inviting friends over for hot cocoa. Her house is a haven for many, a warm, cozy, and peaceful retreat. Whenever I spend time with my domestic goddess friend, I remember that the simplest pleasures in life — friends, food and drink — should be the most treasured. There is a lot to learn from someone who relishes living simply.
  6. Opposites Attract: Every girl needs a friend to be the yin to her yang. While I’m a flighty, sensitive art major/writer who doesn't always pay her bills on time, I have a friend who is a shark of a corporate lawyer who always asks me about the bottom line when I’m trying to make a decision. And in turn, I help her weigh the emotional ramifications of her choices. There are genius moments when we complete each other, when we’re not annoyed by how flaky/uptight the other is.
  7. A Woman Of A Certain Age: Every woman needs an older friend at every stage of her life, a woman who’s “been there, done that” and can give advice on a major life decision that she’s already made. In high school one of my best friends was the woman I babysat for. She often would give me her own version of the “It gets better” talk – which my melodramatic 16-year-old self needed to hear. One of my dearest friends now, who in her mid-40s is 10 years my senior, is juggling a career, marriage, a kid and a sick parent. While I can’t imagine what that life stage feels like, I have a sense because of knowing her — and know I can talk to her when I get there.
  8. She’s Just A Girl: In return, it’s important to be a mentor to a younger woman and to cultivate a deep friendship, when you can, as an older sis type. I have one friend in particular to whom I can now dole out my “been there, done that” advice, and trust me, it makes me feel just as rejuvenated to give the advice as she feels to receive it. Sharing my wisdom with someone younger reminds me of what I've learned along my own life journey. Also: my younger girlfriend makes me feel younger, too, by letting me in on the latest trends in fashion, music, youth culture, and slang. And that’s kind of “amazeballs.”
Looking for other ways to celebrate? Make a plan to spend some quality time with your best friend. Grab some lunch, go for a walk, see a movie together, or catch up over Skype. Whatever you decide to do, just be sure to thank them for all the wonderful times you've had together! Happy Best Friends Day!

National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

June 8 is Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day serves to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, a region disproportionately affected by this disease. According to the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), outside of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean region has the highest HIV prevalence in the world. In addition to raising awareness, the purpose of this day is to provide information and resources about HIV/AIDS to Caribbean Americans.

The annual Caribbean-American Health/AIDS Awareness Day was created to provide Caribbean-Americans with resources, HIV/AIDS health education, evaluation, and opportunities for involvement. The goal is to beat the odds and to ensure that we cultivate a health conscious atmosphere within our communities. This day is a part of a National effort to get Caribbean-Americans to get educated, get evaluated, get treated and get involved with their health decisions, as HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Cancer, High Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular diseases continues to negatively affect the Caribbean communities resulting in premature deaths.

On June 8th in 5-10 cities around the United States, Caribbean-American leadership will sponsor diverse activities to create awareness of the state of HIV/AIDS and the health status of Caribbean-Americans within their specific communities.

National Caribbean-American Health/AIDS Awareness Day will be directed, planned and organized by a working group of national organizations in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal of this partnership is to mobilize communities and address specific issues in regards to local epidemics, health disparities and best practices that are science based and will influence the course of HIV in Caribbean-American communities across our nation.

National Jelly-Filled Donut Day

If you didn't get enough donuts yesterday on National Donut day, June 8th is officially National Jelly Filled Donut Day. Learn how to make your own yummy jelly filled donuts along with a few interesting facts you probably didn't know . . .

We weren't able to find the origin/history of National Jelly Donut day, but we did discover that some of Elvis beloved fans celebrated his 63rd birthday in a Chicago pub with a jelly donut eating contest. We suspect that National Jelly filled donut day is simply a marketing ploy extended by top donut makers to get us to consume a few more. By the way, did you know that Americans consume an average of 10 billion donuts per year? That averages out to 35 donuts per person, in case you're wondering.

Five Food Finds about Doughnuts
  • The donut or doughnut is a deep-fried piece of dough or batter. It comes from the Dutch origin of olykoeck or “oily cake”. The two most common types of donuts are the flattened sphere (you know…the ones that are injected with jelly or custard) and the ring donut.
  • Internationally, Dunkin’ Donuts has over 1700 locations in 29 countries and over 6,000 stores in 30 countries world-wide! In the U.S. there are over 4,400 locations across 36 states.
  • Krispy Kreme is probably best known for their fresh, hot, glazed, yeast-raised doughnuts. The company’s “Hot Doughnuts Now” flashing sign is an integral part of the brands appeal and fame.
  • Jelly-filled and Chocolate frosted also rank as their top sellers. Coconut Crunch, although not a number one seller, still remains one of the over 52 varieties of donuts the chain produces on a yearly basis.
  • Americans consume 10 billion doughnuts annually. It really is too big of a number when you consider that as of 1997, there were 6,792 doughnut shops in the U.S. alone. In 2005, I can only imagine that the number of doughnut shops has increased dramatically. Unfortunately, 1997 was the last year that all overall statistics and data is available on this subject (or at least that I can find!).
National Upsy Daisy Day

Each year on June 8, it is National Upsy Daisy Day.  This day is a day set aside to encourage you to face the day positively, and to get up ‘gloriously, gratefully and gleefully’ each morning.

Everyday is a gift and if we remember that as we rise each morning, it will help us carry a good attitude throughout the day, whatever the day may bring us.  Life is full of challenges and bumps in the road, it is our attitude that helps us over the bumps and through the challenges to move onward with a smile.

Give it a try today.  Be grateful and thankful for what you do have such as a bed to sleep in, food to eat, friends and family and etc.  Try a smile, see how it feels.  It may surprise you that it feels good on the inside also and how other people will smile back.  You may just brighten up their day!   Upsy Daisy!

National Upsy Daisy Day, an “unofficial” National holiday was created by Stephanie West Allen is 2003.  Her desire in creating National Upsy Daisy Day was to make humor, laughter and a positive attitude part of the Upsy Daisy Day way.

World Brain Tumor Day

World Brain Tumor Day takes place on June 08, 2014. The "Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V." (German Brain Tumor Association) is a non-profit organisation which provides information and support to brain tumor patients. As a tribute to all brain tumor patients and their families the association announced the World Brain Tumor Day in 2000 as an international commemoration day.

Since the founding of the German Brain Tumor Association in 1998 more than 500 members from fourteen nations have been registered. The association is supported by patients and their family members as well as health professionals and scientists. A key goal is to seek a cure for brain tumors.

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity once a year to honor our world’s ocean that connects us all, and this weekend you can join with people in communities around the world to mark the day in a special way. After all, no matter where we live­­—from California to Kansas to the Carolinas, and from Australia to Austria to Argentina­­­­—we all depend on a healthy ocean for our survival and each one of us can contribute to resolving the issues facing our ocean, including ocean acidification, plastics pollution, and overfishing.

On and around June 8, people around the globe will come together to celebrate this year’s World Oceans Day theme: “Together we have the power to protect the ocean.” This growing global event serves as a rallying point for raising awareness and promoting personal and community action in fun and positive ways, leading to a more aware, engaged, and sustainable society, and a healthier ocean. Hundreds of events are planned this year to help individuals be part of the solution for our ocean by supporting clean energy choices, trash-free coasts and beaches, sustainable seafood, and more.

The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. When The Ocean Project adopted this event in 2002, there were no events in the U.S. and very few worldwide. We envision this event growing as a global platform to capture people’s imaginations with engaging experiences and to tap into the innovativeness of people around the world to help collaboratively solve the problems facing our ocean and society.

Beyond creating direct reach and impact from World Oceans Day events themselves, one of The Ocean Project’s goals in promoting and coordinating this event has been to create interest in ocean conservation around the world. And by generating interest every June, participating organizations can help cultivate those connections for deeper conservation engagement 365 days a year.

Officially recognized by the United Nations in late 2008, each year an increasing number of countries and organizations mark World Oceans Day on June 8th. Last year, approximately 600 events were held in 70 countries, and we aim to double the number of events in 2014 by encouraging aquariums, zoos, museums, youth groups, conservation organizations, universities, schools, state and federal agencies, sailors, surf clubs, civic organizations, bloggers, and businesses to participate in different ways. World Oceans Day also provides opportunities to build synergies with media and decision-makers, which helps bring more positive attention to the ocean every year.

Bill Mott is the director of The Ocean Project, which inspires action to protect our ocean. Through the world’s most extensive network of aquariums, zoos, science museums, youth groups, and other organizations, we advance ocean and climate conservation in collaborative and innovative ways. The Ocean Project supports our 2,000+ partner organizations in 75 countries with cutting-edge communications research, tools, and resources to effectively engage with their millions of visitors and the public for conservation impact. Since 2002, The Ocean Project has coordinated World Oceans Day. Learn more at and

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