August 30: Toasted Marshmallow Day, Frankenstein Day, National Holistic Pet Day, Slinky Day

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Toasted Marshmallow Day

Nothing brings back childhood memories like toasting marshmallows over a campfire -- or over the flame of a gas stove when we couldn't wait for the next campout! Some prefer the lightly browned, gently flame-kissed variety, while those of us with less patience learned to love the charred-beyond-recognition version.

Marshmallows are made from the mallow plant, which is found is marshes. Hence, the name "marshmallow." They were enjoyed by ancient Egyptian royalty as early as 2000 B.C. and introduced to the United States in the early 1900s. In 1927 when the Girl Scout handbook first introduced a recipe for S'mores, the popularity of toasted marshmallows consumed the nation.

Today is "Toasted Marshmallow Day," and once you've had your fill of their toasted gooeyness, you can try one of these "Creative Marshmallow Recipes" from Yahoo! Shine.

Frankenstein Day

Aug. 30 is the birthday of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Born in 1797, she wrote the book "Frankenstein" in 1818. We celebrate the anniversary of her birth each year as "Frankenstein Day." The book's plot so captivated the world that its title became a household word. We now refer to anything freakish or monster-like as "frankensteinish."

Here are some fun Frankenstein facts:

* Author Mary Shelley called her Frankenstein creation "Adam."

* Dr. Frankenstein's character was based on a real doctor who experimented with reanimating corpses to achieve immortality.

* Frankenstein's monster has appeared on a U.S. postage stamp both in 1997 and 2002!

National Holistic Pet Day

For a few decades now the holistic health movement has been gradually gaining steam in America. The idea of treating the entire body rather than just the symptoms of an illness -- or better yet, keeping the body in balance to prevent illness -- is something that has been practiced by ancient cultures for thousands of years. It has been just recently, however, that we have begun to embrace this practice for our pets as well.

Colleen Paige of the Animal Miracle Foundation and Network started "National Holistic Pet Day" to celebrate and promote keeping our pets healthy in body, mind and soul. This practice includes many things, from using all-natural, non-toxic grooming and cleaning products to acupuncture and massage for our pets.

If the idea sounds interesting to you, you can learn how to give your pet a massage by checking out "DIY: Massage Therapy for Pets " on Yahoo! Shine.

Slinky Day

Today is "Slinky Day ," and I can't get the Slinky jingle out of my head … "It's Slinky, it's Slinky! For fun it's a wonderful toy. It's Slinky, its Slinky! It's fun for a girl or a boy!" Even though advances in technology may have overshadowed such low-tech fun, those of us who grew up with Slinkies still remember them fondly.

The Slinky was invented by mistake in the 1940s by American naval engineer Richard James. Evidently he was working on metal springs for a ship when a section fell from a shelf and walked itself down a stack of books.

If you've never heard the Slinky jingle, or just feel nostalgic and want to listen again, you can hear it here . (But good luck getting it out of your head!)

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