National Cat Day
"National Cat Day" is an official holiday of the Animal Miracle Foundation, begun by pet lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige. Since its inception in 2005, it has helped save the lives of more than one million cats.
The mission of National Cat Day is to encourage people to adopt cats from shelters rather than buy them from pet stores supplied by kitten mills. Here are ways you can help achieve this mission, as well as get the cat population under control:
* Get your cats spayed or neutered.
* Support your local animal shelters.
* Foster kittens or cats that need to be socialized or rehabilitated.
Most of us became familiar with the Internet in the mid 1990s when the World Wide Web made its way into our homes and offices. Remember dial-up, and waiting for a page to load, only to have it time out and crash 50 percent of the time? Well, believe it or not, the basis for that technology was already several years old. The first Internet transmission actually occurred on Oct. 29, 1969.
Today is "Internet Day," and you've already taken the first step in celebrating just by signing on! After you finish surfing, why not reminisce about the early days of the Internet and watch "You've Got Mail," starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? You can check out the trailers on Yahoo! Movies.
National Hermit Day
Socialization is overrated. There are times when all we want to do is climb into bed with a good book and shut out the rest of the world. Well, if today is one of those days for you, you're in luck -- it's "National Hermit Day!" Order out for pizza, turn your phone to vibrate and take the evening to enjoy your own company.
Here are some famous hermits whose names you might recognize:
* Ted Kaczynski -- Also known as the Unabomber, Kaczynski lived alone in a cabin with no electricity or water for more than 25 years.
* Howard Hughes -- One of the richest men in the world, Hughes was an aviator and Hollywood film director. He lived the final years of his life in total seclusion, afraid of physical contact with other people.
* Henry David Thoreau -- Known as the Poet-Naturalist of the Western Hemisphere, Thoreau often spent years at a time in the wilderness, with no need for human contact.
National Oatmeal Day
Oatmeal has been a staple in my house for as far back as I can remember. In addition to its high-fiber goodness, it's just about as versatile a food as you'll find. It can be sweet, savory, used as a nutritious filler or even a natural remedy for itchy skin!
Today is "National Oatmeal Day." Why not celebrate with one of these great recipes from Yahoo! Shine?
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