Sunday, June 30, 2013

And here's the start of the second half of 2013

Half of 2013 is already in the books. As a result, some of the Usual Suspects proclaim Monday, July 1 Second Half of the Year Day. Now you have only half as much time to do all things you were going to do, but so far haven't done, this year.

Some of the Usual Suspects suggest that Monday is U.S. Postage Stamp Day. We can't figure out why. Usual Suspect is among those who suggests U.S. Postage Stamp Day as a possibility for July 1, but she also adds another postal-themed holiday for Monday -- ZIP Code Day.

This one, we can figure out. The ZIP Code was introduced in the United States exactly 50 years ago, on July 1, 1963.

Did our favorite Canadian forget to buy Nell a Canada Day card?
Monday is also Canada Day: On July 1, 1867, Canada became a kingdom in its own right (under the British Crown, of course). The Province of Canada became Ontario and Quebec. The British colonies of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland also became part of the new Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. Our crack research staff insists that Canada did not become fully independent of Great Britain until 1982. But, hey, the Canadians are entitled to celebrate their independence as they see fit.

And, if all this is not enough, Monday will be National Gingersnap Day and International Joke Day.

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