May 9: Lost Sock Memorial Day, National School Nurse Day, Butterscotch Brownie Day, Donate a Day's Wages to Charity

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Lost Sock Memorial Day

There are many theories about the mystery of lost socks. Some blame aliens, leprechauns, black holes, and other unknown phenomena. The Naked Scientist even found three missing socks in the washing machine's drain tube. The most plausible explanation is that these poor socks are not lost in the washer, but somewhere between the washer and the dryer, or they take a detour on their way from the dryer to the sock drawer. Lost Sock Memorial Day is dedicated to all the lost socks out there. They each leave behind one lonely sock who miss them dearly.

Put your single socks to good use:

* Make sock puppets or a sock monkey

* Use clean, lonely socks as dust rags

National School Nurse Day

The school nurse takes temperatures, gives out bandages, comforts sick students, and promotes the health, wellness and safety of the school's population. National School Nurse Day falls on the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing, according to the National Association of School Nurses. The holiday was established in 1972 and falls on the Wednesday of National Nurse's Week.

Butterscotch Brownie Day

Fannie Farmer takes the credit for original dense brownies. She used her cookie recipes, which were heavy with butter and melted chocolate, and baked the brownies in shallow cake tins. The word "brownies" comes from poems and cartoons by Palmer Cox, according to "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink." Cox wrote about nocturnal little people called brownies.

Butterscotch was a late addition to brownies. Butterscotch is "a toffee-like confection of sugar and butter, is first heard of in the mid-nineteenth century" according to Food Timeline. It's this tasty treat that lends its flavor profile to butterscotch chips. Butterscotch chips are typically brownies made without cocoa powder or chocolate.

Donate a Day's Wages to Charity

How much do you make in a day? Could you part with one day's wages a year? Donate a Day's Wages to Charity asks everyone to consider donating on May 9. There are two ways you could donate. Either donate one day's wages the charity of your choice. Or take a day off of work and donate your time to a local charity. May 9, 2012, marks the 10th annual Donate a Day's Wages to Charity, which takes place on the second Wednesday of May.

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