Jan. 9: Play God Day, Static Electricity Day, National Apricot Day

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Play God Day

More often than not, playing God will get us into trouble. Sticking our noses where they don't belong and trying to solve the problems of others can result in a less than optimal outcome. But today is "Play God Day," and we are encouraged to intervene and interfere!

If you need some inspiration, why not watch the 1997 thriller "Playing God," with an all-star cast that includes David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton and Angelina Jolie? You can check it out on Yahoo! Movies. If that's a little too real for your liking, you can check out the hit comedy "Oh, God!" starring George Burns and John Denver.

Static Electricity Day

Static electricity is one of those scientific phenomena that we learn about very early in life. Walking across a carpeted room and getting shocked by a door knob, or rubbing an inflated balloon on our heads to make our hair stand up, are things with which we can all identify.

Here are some other lesser-known facts about static electricity:

* One spark of static electricity can measure thousands of volts, but has very little current.

* Lighting is a powerful and dangerous example of static electricity.

* Temperatures in a lightning bolt can reach as high as 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Static electricity is worse on days when the relative humidity is low.

Today is "Static Electricity Day." You can celebrate with the kids by trying these fun static electricity experiments.

National Apricot Day

Apricots are small, juicy fruits that look sort of like miniature peaches. They are in the same family as plums and have been cultivated since prehistoric times.

Apricot kernels -- the inner portion of the seeds -- are believed by many to be a healthy alternative to chemotherapy cancer treatments. However, research has shown that the natural chemical called "amygdalin" that is found in the apricot kernel turns into cyanide while still in the stomach. This can lead to serious poisoning and even death.

Most of us are familiar with apricot jam, but many other delicious apricot recipes exist as well. Why not celebrate "National Apricot Day" by trying one of these great examples from Yahoo! Shine?

Sweet-tart: 10 Ways to Enjoy the Flavor of Apricots

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