No Smoking Day
Each year the British Heart Foundation sponsors "No Smoking Day" on March 13. This year its theme is "Swap Fags for Swag," which focuses on the good things smokers can have once they quit. In 2011, the average smoker spent $1,500 a year on cigarettes, while in New York City, the cost was more like $3,300. That can buy a lot of swag!
If the money alone isn't enough to convince you to quit for a day, maybe these smoking facts will help:
* "Cigarettes contain arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and 43 known carcinogens."
* "Urea, a chemical compound that is a major component in urine, is used to add 'flavor' to cigarettes."
* "Scientists claim the average smoker will lose 14 years of their life due to smoking."
So why not give it your best shot and put down your pack for a day? Who knows, it could be the start of a brand new lifestyle!
At the tender age of 15, grammar school dropout Chester Greenwood invented the earmuffs. When using his scarf to keep his ears warm while ice skating proved to be too scratchy, Chester used wire to make two loops and asked his grandmother to sew fur onto them. He later improved his original design by adding a band that held them both together, and got the U.S. patent for them on March 13, 1877.
To commemorate young Chester's invention of necessity, today is "Earmuffs Day." Why not celebrate by donating some earmuffs to a local homeless shelter?
Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
If you are a follower of mainstream superstitions, you probably cringe at the thought of opening an umbrella inside. There are many theories as to the origin of this superstition, but my favorite has to do with the Egyptian sun god.
In ancient Egypt, umbrellas were used by nobility to protect themselves from the hot sun and to ward off evil spirits looking to do them harm. Therefore, opening an umbrella inside where there was obviously no sun would insult the son god and bring about bad luck.
Today is the 13th of the month, and a day to scoff at this as well as other silly superstitions -- it's "Open an Umbrella Indoors Day!" So go ahead and stare fate right in the eyes. Open up your umbrella indoors and show the world you're not afraid.
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- British Heart Foundation