Aug. 24: Pluto Demoted Day, Peach Pie Day, Vesuvius Day, International Strange Music Day

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Pluto Demoted Day

"If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas," Dr. Sheldon Cooper tells Dr. Tyson on "The Big Bang Theory" (Season 4, Episode 7). This is Sheldon's response to the good doctor who explains that he alone did not demote Pluto from planetary status. It was a group vote.

Art mimics real life, as Pluto was demoted five years ago on Aug. 24, 2006. The International Astronomical Union determined Pluto is just a dwarf planet. If you've ever been demoted or your job redefined, take heart, it even happens to planets.

According to NASA, a "dwarf planet"

* orbits the sun

* has enough mass to assume a nearly round shape.

* has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.

* is not a moon.

Peach Pie Day

The fruity dessert even sounds homey as it's described by "The Kentucky Housewife" (Foodtimeline). A peach pot pie was cobbler made with very ripe clingstone peaches. Sweetened further with brown sugar, the peaches were baked in a pie crust. The pastry was considered "not a fashionable pie for company [but] it is very excellent for family use, with cold sweet milk" to be enjoyed hot or cold.

Peaches are abundant in the grocery store and fruit stands in the last week of August. Enjoy some fresh peaches in a Peach-Raspberry Pie or Peach-Blueberry Pie.

Vesuvius Day

Peach Pie may not be an earth-shattering dessert, but it shares the holiday with an explosive event: the eruption of Vesuvius. On Aug. 24, A.D. 79, the active volcano destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae in southern Italy. The historic, volcanic eruption is solidified in our minds thanks to the preservation of the people of Pompeii.

Loaves of bread and the victims of Vesuvius "were immortalized when their decomposed bodies left cavities in the hardened ash. The cavities were filled with plaster to recreate victims much as they looked at the time of their death. due to the hardened ash that from the eruption," according to the Center for Educational Technologies.

International Strange Music Day

It takes one to know one. Musician and Julliard graduate Patrick Grant founded International Strange Music Day to encourage everyone to "create, play, or listen to some new music today, just for the heck of it."

* Get the band together, or back together, or start one just for fun.

* Grant recommends listening to a CD that you've never heard before.

* Enjoy the music stylings of Two Cellos, covering various rock songs like "Welcome to the Jungle."

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