May 9: Lost Sock Memorial Day, Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day, National Butterscotch Brownie Day

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Lost Sock Memorial Day

How long do you hold onto those matchless socks that you retrieve from the dryer, hoping that its mate will magically reappear? For me, the answer is one day less than when the missing sock is found! Then of course, I question myself as to whether this is truly the "missing" sock, or the one I thought I just threw away.

Today is "Lost Sock Memorial Day" and time for us to clean out our sock drawers and say our final good-byes to those wistful widows and sorrowful singles.

To help you through this difficult time, here is some silly sock trivia to help ease your pain:

* On April 8, 2011, Joanne Wright from Cincinnati, Ohio, sorted 19 pairs of socks in just one minute.

* On March 25, 2011, Fiona Nolan of Ireland wore 152 socks on one foot.

* On June 30, 2011, 35,128 red socks were positioned in a line to honor sailing hero Sir Peter Blake of New Zealand who always wore red socks when he raced.

Tear the Tags off the Mattress Day

Go ahead - you know you want to. That "… under penalty of law" doesn't frighten you one bit. Today is "Tear the Tags off the Mattress Day" and gives all us rebellious misfits the only excuse we need to let 'em rip!

Actually, the "Do not remove this tag under penalty of law" tags have been so misunderstood that the phrasing has been changed to include the words "except by the consumer." The tags are merely one result of labeling laws that require manufacturers to report the type of fabric and filling that make up items like mattresses and pillows.

Once you've torn off all your tags, you can continue to celebrate the day by enjoying this lampooned commercial by one of America's top mattress manufacturers. (But have your bail money ready just in case!)

National Butterscotch Brownie Day

May 9 is "National Butterscotch Brownie Day." Butterscotch brownies are also referred to as butterscotch blondies, since they are really more blonde than brown.

If you're like me, you've often wondered just what makes a brownie a brownie. I mean, what is the difference, for instance, between a butterscotch brownie and a butterscotch cake? The answer seems to lie with the ingredients, which have a direct and differentiating affect on texture.

Unlike cakes, most brownies do not contain the leavening agents of baking powder and baking soda, and their texture is therefore more dense and chewy.

You can celebrate this dense and chewy day by making these Apple-Butterscotch Brownies from Yahoo! Shine.

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