Extraterrestrial Abduction Day
Is it a warning or a celebration? Extraterrestrial Abduction Day, sometimes called Alien Abduction Day, could be the answer to your financial, mortgage and bad boss troubles. Maybe a UFO will land, abduct you and relocate you to a better world. In previous years, people (or aliens?) have celebrates this odd holiday with festivals or movie marathons.
Stay safe indoors, and away from alien abduction hot spots. Watch a movie instead.
* "The X-Files" (1998)
* "Fire in the Sky" (1993)
* "Communion, A True Story" (1989)
Great American Meatout Day
Farm Animal Rights Movement invites you to "kick the meat habit" and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains" on March 20, Meatout (or meatless) Mondays, and beyond. Try vegan food samples at a Great American Meatout event near you.
By the numbers, according to FARM:
* Over 30 million: Americans who have explored a meat-free diet.
* 1 in 5: Teens who think vegetarianism is "cool."
* 80 per year: Sentient animals "each person who adopts a plant-based diet saves each year."
Call them wonton, kreplach or ravioli, just be sure to enjoy some stuffed pasta on March 20. Stuffed pasta are a staple food in a variety of cultures and are thought to date back to Medieval times and contained cheese, nuts and spices. "In European/Christian cultures they were often served with cheese during Christian Lent and other meat-abstaining days," according to Food Timeline.
* If you live near a Bravo Cucina Italiana restaurant, celebrate with half-price ravioli on March 20.
* Let Fabio from "Top Chef" teach you how to make ravioli.
Won't You Be My Neighbor Day
When you step into your office today, remember to change your shoes and put on your favorite button-up sweater. Won't You Be My Neighbor Day celebrates Fred Rogers, better known as "Mr. Rogers." Fred Rogers was born on March 20, 1928, in Latrobe, Pa. Rogers was the star of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," a public television show that centered around kindness and caring. Rogers died Feb. 27, 2003.
"Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like, if each of us offered as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person. ... One kind word has a wonderful way of turning into many." -- Rogers, according to the Fred Rogers Company. The website provides some tips on being a caring neighbor:
* Volunteer at a senior center.
* Plant a tree.
* "Offer to take the shopping cart back for someone loading his or her car."