Category: September 22



    September 22 focuses on raising awareness and sharing education about all 50 states and their capitals on National States and Capitals Day.


    As children, we learn about the 50 states and their capitals in the U.S. But as we get older, we tend to forget those important cities and their role in crafting policy and influencing the economy. And, while everybody knows their own state capital, many do not even remember the capital of the state next door. Today, let’s take the time to remind ourselves how important every state and capital is to our nation.

    Learning about States and Capitals

    Remember those paper maps we were given to learn about states and capitals? Our worksheet had blank states with star indicating where the capital was supposed to be. The agony of naming each state and capital was definitely stressful! We spent time memorizing names, where the state was and naming each capital. Not to mention spelling everything correctly. Some of us were lucky to have a teacher that would play a game to help us remember.

    Typically, we learn about states and capitals between the grades 3-6, starting with the state we live in. From there, we learn our country has 50 states and 50 capitals within each state. All 50 capitals have a unique history, which means there are 50 reasons why a specific city or town was chosen to be a state capital. In addition, we eventually learn how governments operate and the vital roll each state plays in our national government.

    Are state capitals found in the largest cities of each states? No. The first state capitals were built according the where the majority of the population lived in a state, or near a main access hub. For example, North Dakota is home of National Day Calendar. Our state capital is Bismarck, but was once the capital of the Dakota Territory. The Northern Pacific Railroad was built to transfer goods from eastern U.S. to the west, making Bismarck the prime location for state government. Bismarck became the official state capital only after the territory was split into 2 states–North and South Dakota.


    • The letter Q is the only letter NOT found in any of the state names
    • Sweet Home, Alabama is a real place.
    • It’s illegal to bury people in San Francisco, California.
    • New Jersey has a volcano.
    • South Carolina has a place called Monkey Island, that has over 4,000 rhesus monkeys.
    • The state bird for Wisconsin is a plastic flamingo.
    • There are more chickens in Delaware than there are people.
    • The Empire State Building in New York has it’s own zip code.

    State Capitals in Small Cities

    • Juneau, Alaska, population est. 32,300.
    • Dover, Delaware, population est. 39,400.
    • Frankfort, Kentucky, population est. 28,600.
    • Augusta, Maine, population est. 18,900.
    • Annapolis, Maryland, population est. 40,800.
    • Jefferson City, Missouri, population est. 43,230.
    • Helena, Montana, population est. 32,100.
    • Concord, New Hampshire, population est. 4,000.
    • Pierre, South Dakota, population est. 14,100.
    • Montpelier, Vermont, population est. 8,100.


    • Divide learning about states into regions to learn each region before moving on to the next.
    • Check out a book from the library each week on a specific state to learn facts. Return the book and pick another state until all states have been covered.
    • Learn fun facts about states. What famous people are from there? What kind of tourist attractions might be fun to visit?
    • Fix a puzzle with all 50 states and capitals.
    • Draw a map of the United States with the states and fill in the capitals, too.
    • Use Dick & Jane Educational Snacks to help your kids learn about states and capitals.
    • Tag your videos learning states and capitals on social media #NationalStatesandCapitalsDay.


    Dick & Jane Educational Snacks receives credit for the idea to celebrate National States and Capitals Day on September 22. Not only does it raise awareness about the importance of knowing all 50 states and capitals, it reminds people to have fun while learning.

    Owners Dick & Jane (yes, those are their real names), have a passion for education. With a mission to bring a fun way for kids to enjoy learning, they set out to help kids enjoy learning through creating a business of healthy snacks that also serve as learning tools. Primarily geared for students K-8, their snacks can be used as a teaching tool to learn about:

    If you would like more information about Dick & Jane Educational Snacks, please contact:

    Alisha Beasley
    Business Development Manager



    Every year, at least 17 million Americans who need help with a substance abuse problem don’t get it. Why? Largely because of the shame and stigma associated with substance use disorders (SUDs) and the perception that treatment is inaccessible. On September 22nd, National Online Recovery Day reminds us that quality substance abuse treatment and recovery support is available entirely online – offering the highest level of privacy and accessibility, in order to reach the millions of people who really need it.


    Today’s telehealth technology offers the ability to treat all sorts of ailments. Mental health issues, including SUDs, can also be effectively treated and managed online. Not only is it convenient and usually covered by insurance, but private sessions via telemedicine ease the burden of the stigma while offering quality therapy and treatment options.

    The medical community continues to prove that telemedicine provides quality care. The benefits of the service are mounting beyond privacy and convenience, too. Telemedicine also:

    • Reduces costs to patient and provider
    • Creates access for rural communities
    • Promotes better patient engagement
    • Increases the reliability of access, including support groups

    When patients have more options and dependable care, they are more likely to keep appointments and continue treatment. Today’s world is significantly altering our access to medicine and therapy. Through online treatment and life-long digital support communities, the possibility of successful and sustained recovery for 17 million people becomes a reality.


    Explore online therapy, digital support groups and virtual communities as your next step in treatment. September 22nd also offers an ideal opportunity to share your experience with online recovery. While you’re sharing, be sure to include online resources like Lionrock.

    #NationalOnlineRecoveryDay reminds us that there are options for getting treatment and continuing your sobriety journey, no matter what the obstacles are. Join the conversation by using #NationalOnlineRecoveryDay on social media.


    LionrockNational Online Recovery Day logo founded National Online Recovery Day in 2020 to raise awareness of this beneficial approach to living a life in recovery. Lionrock uses technology to stay connected to its clients and makes it easier and more private to not only get sober, but maintain sobriety through a robust online support system called Their fully online services are successful, too. A recent study reported 80% of Lionrock’s clients remained abstinent at 18 months after discharge from treatment; that’s twice the national average.

    Online recovery has been and continues to be the most private and successful way to get help with substance abuse. In fact, half of Lionrock clients say that they would not get help in a traditional setting if there were no online options.

    On July 15, 2020, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Online Recovery Day to be observed on September 22nd, annually.



  • NATIONAL PAWPAW DAY – Third Thursday in September


    National Pawpaw Day on the third Thursday in September provides a taste of the great (forgotten) American fruit. Take a bite out of a creamy mango-banana flavored pawpaw to celebrate!


    Despite their tropical taste and appearance, many pawpaws grow natively in the United States. With over 60 varieties of pawpaw to choose from, the fruit’s character changes slightly in each one.

    With a blend of banana and mango and sometimes pineapple, we shouldn’t be surprised by the names given to the pawpaw. For example, the Kentucky Banana and Hillbilly Mango hint at the exciting tropical experience awaiting us. Interestingly, the pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to the United States.

    Pawpaw in History

    Pawpaws are a rich part of the fabric of American history and have been from the very beginning. For example, the pawpaw Native American diets included the pawpaw as an integral part of their diets. Some may have cultivated the pawpaw, too. However, early Europeans confused the pawpaw with the papaya.

    As part of United States history, rumor suggests the pawpaw was George Washington’s favorite dessert. Presidential farmer, Thomas Jefferson, cultivated the tree at Monticello. Additionally, while Jefferson served as minister to France in 1786, he shipped pawpaw seeds to friends living there. During the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark wrote in their journals that they were quite fond of the pawpaw. At one point during their expedition in 1806, they relied on pawpaws when other provisions ran low.

    While many people have never tasted the sweet, custard-like fruit, the day sets out to change that. This seasonal fruit enjoys a peak harvest time from late August through the first frost. Given that markets and festivals across the country offer samples, there’s ample opportunity to taste your first pawpaw.


    Visit an orchard near you to pick a delicious pawpaw or sample them at a local farmer’s market. While you’re at it, discover recipes for desserts, too! Invite friends to discover this truly American fruit. Consider learning more about cultivating pawpaws and planting a couple. Maybe you’ll have your own pawpaw fruit in a few years to enjoy. Use #NationalPawpawDay to share on social media.


    Kentucky State UniversityKYSU Land Grant Program Logo Green founded National Pawpaw Day in 2019 to celebrate the delicious fruit and raise awareness of its history in the United States. Through their one-of-a-kind pawpaw research program, the KSU Land Grant Program strives to improve growing methods, breed new improved cultivars, develop new pawpaw products, and gain a better understanding of the fruit.

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    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Pawpaw Day in 2019 to be observed on the third Thursday in September, annually.

    Pawpaw FAQ

    Q. What can I make with pawpaws?
    A. Anything you make with other fruits you can make with pawpaws. For example, add pawpaws to your baking or salads. You can also make jams and jellies. How does pawpaw ice cream sound to you? It sounds delicious to us!

    Q. Do pawpaws have seeds?
    A. Yes and it’s important to note that if chewed, the seeds can be toxic. Additionally, the skin of the pawpaw should not be ingested either.


  • NATIONAL GIRLS’ NIGHT – September 22


    Grab your besties, on September 22nd – it’s National Girls’ Night!


    National Girls’ Night encourages women to gather with their best girlfriends for a night in to relax, recharge, and foster meaningful connections. Of course, there are many ways to celebrate a Girls’ Night. Whether you stay in or go out, the night invites women to reconnect and celebrate life together. Choose to cook together or seek out your favorite restaurant. Enjoy a book club together or a movie night. Catch a game or play a game while catching up with each other. The celebration is all about women disconnecting from the stresses of everyday life. What’s better than engaging with besties for an evening of social self-care?

    How will you celebrate Girls’ Night?


    One: Rally your girls.

    Two: Pick your Ketel One Botanical varietal – Peach & Orange Blossom, Cucumber & Mint, or Grapefruit & Rose.

    Three: Dress up and get out. Or, grab wine glasses, comfortable athleisure, and stay in. Either way, the goal is to have fun!

    Use #GirlsNight to share on social media.

    How do you Girls’ Night? Follow @KetelOneBotanical to share how you celebrate with your besties using  #KetelBotanical, #BotanicalBesties, #GirlsNight

    Are you looking for more ways to celebrate? Check out these 7 Fun Ideas for Girls Night.


    In 2018, Ketel One Botanical founded National Girls’ Night, held annually on September 22nd, to celebrate the importance of slowing down and taking a well-deserved time-out in today’s fast-paced world. When celebrating Girls’ Night In, Ketel One Botanical reminds you to please drink responsibly.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Girls’ Night to be observed annually on September 22nd.

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    Ketel One Botanical is a first-of-its-kind low calorie, low ABV (30%) spirit distilled from Ketel One Family-Made Vodka with real botanicals, then infused with natural essences. It delivers an easy-sipping, fresh-tasting drink experience with no carbs, no sugar, and no artificial flavors. Ketel One Botanical is available nationwide in three varietals: Peach & Orange Blossom, Cucumber & Mint and Grapefruit & Rose, at your local spirits retailer for a suggested retail price of $24.99 per 750ml bottle. For more information please visit Follow us @KetelOneBotanical and #KetelOneBotanical.

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    Girls Night FAQ

    Q. Should the girls stay in or go out for Girls Night?
    A. Both options offer equal potential. If you’re on a budget, staying in is much more affordable. Playing card games, watching movies, doing manicures while noshing on some homemade appetizers and drinking some good wine costs way less than going out. However, girls night can also take place at a park, museum, free concert or other equally affordable location.

    Q. Does Girls Night have to take place at night?
    A. No. Girls Night can also be a breakfast, brunch, or lunch date. Morning yoga with the girls followed by a pedicure and brunch sounds like the perfect way to start the weekend. How about an afternoon book club with wines to sip and delicious nosh? Another fun time with the girls might include going to an amusement park or arcade. Ride the scariest rides and have a scream fest together or get competitive and see who gets the highest score.



    September 22nd Celebrated History


    The magazine, National Geographic, publishes its first issue.


    Italo Marchiony receives a patent for a mold to make ice cream cups. The inventor originally worked for his cousin selling ice cream. His invention created controversy in later years when ice cream cones took off in popularity. Machiony’s cousin took him to court for copyright infringement.


    First International Hobbit Day celebrated.

    22 1961 

    Antonio Abertondo swims across the English Channel – twice. It’s the first time a person completed a round trip swim across the channel.


    The United States swears in Henry Kissinger as Secretary of State. Kissinger became the first Jew to serve in the role until 1977 under both President Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.


    The television comedy Family Ties debuts on NBC. Starring Michael J. Fox, the show aired until 1989.


    Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp organize the first Farm Aid concert for struggling farmers around the country.


    The television comedy Friends premieres on NBC. The show launched the careers of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc.

    September 22nd Celebrated Birthdays

    Elizabeth Simcoe – 1762

    The Canadian pioneer captured the virgin landscape of Canada in sketches, paintings, and her diaries.

    Louise McKinney – 1868 

    In 1917, she ran under the Non-Partisan League ticket. She and Sister Roberta MacAdams became the first two women elected to a legislature in the British Empire. Since McKinney was sworn in before MacAdams, she became the first woman sworn into the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

    Ellen Church – 1904

    After earning her nursing degree, Church pursued her pilot’s license. However, there were no jobs open to women pilots. In 1930, Steve Stimpson took an idea of Church’s and ran with it. He hired her and seven other nurses to become Boeing’s first stewardesses.

    Allan Rocky Lane – 1909

    The B-movie actor is best remembered for being the voice of the Mister Ed the Talking Horse.

    Lillian Chestney – 1913

    During the 1940s and 1950s, Zuckerberg earned a name for herself through her artwork. She illustrated for magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post. She also created covers for art for children’s books including two classics – Arabian Knights and Gulliver’s Travels.

    Eric Baker – 1920

    The innovative businessman co-founded StubHub and Viagogo, two secondary ticket-selling websites.

    Junko Tabei – 1939 

    As a mountaineer, Tabei became the first woman to reach Mt. Everest’s summit. She also climbed Kilimanjaro, Denali, and Mt. Elbrus among others.



    Satisfy your sweet tooth on National White Chocolate Day on September 22nd. Enjoy it with pretzels or drizzled on pastries. It’s a versatile confection with many ways to celebrate!


    Since white chocolate does not contain cocoa solids, it is not chocolate in the strictest sense. During the process of manufacturing chocolate, the dark-colored solids of the cocoa bean separates from the fatty content. But unlike milk or dark chocolate, the solids are not reincorporated.  As a result, white chocolate also does not contain as much caffeine or antioxidants as its darker counterparts.
    When is National Chocolate Day?
    That’s right, white chocolate loses some of the health benefits when it is processed. 
    Nestlé launched the first white chocolate bar in Europe. Known by the names Milkybar and Galak, Nestlé first produced the candy bar in the 1930s. Besides candy bars and fudge, white chocolate also comes in liqueurs, chips, ganache, truffles, and liquid forms. 


    White chocolate pairs well with salty and sweet flavors. Mix it in with some peanuts or pretzels. Bake up some white chocolate macadamia nut cookies or indulge in a delicious cocktail. Enjoy your favorite white chocolate. Share yours using #WhiteChocolateDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues searching for the source behind this sweet candy holiday.

    White Chocolate FAQ

    Q. What’s a good recipe to try with white chocolate?
    A. White chocolate compliments so many flavors. Start by adding it to a scones recipe or make a cocktail using a white chocolate liqueur. Use it to drizzle over sugar cookies or cocoa bombs. Another great way to enjoy white chocolate is by making candy adding your favorite nuts, dried fruit, and a bit of spice.

    Q. Can I add white chocolate to my hot cocoa?
    A. Yes! If you like sweeter hot cocoa, drop a few white chocolate chips into your steamy cup of chocolate or hot cocoa.

    Q. Are there other white chocolate celebrations on the calendar?
    A. Yes. National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day is observed in March.





    On September 22nd, National Centenarian’s Day honors those who’ve celebrated 100 birthdays or more. 


    Initially, the day urged people to listen to the stories centenarians had to tell. Their rich history and wisdom offered a wealth of information. As the celebration spread, groups formed to honor centenarians in various ways. Often, listening to their life stories proves the age-old saying that with age comes wisdom.

    Recent 2019 estimates place approximately 72,000 centenarians in the United States alone. The youngest of those were born after the end of World War I and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. They represent a living history full of stories not found in history books. Their stories animate and compliment what we already know. Listening to their tails of accomplishment and perseverance highlight and magnify the events of the past.

    At the same time, their personal histories create something legendary for those who hear them. Traditions we no longer practice or turns of phrase come traipsing across their memories to be revived and shared once more. Tribulations and experiences long forgotten reflect in their eyes. We benefit from every story they tell and every remembrance they share. 


    Visit with a centenarian and tap into a wealth of knowledge, entertaining stories, and traditions from a time gone by. Celebrate their liveliness, uniqueness and their longevity. Try these other fun ways to celebrate, too!

    • Ask their secret to their longevity.
    • Bring centenarians together for an online chat.
    • Collect their favorite recipes and cooking tips.
    • Create collections of 100 things related to a centenarian you know. For example, 100 pictures, 100 stories, 100 facts, 100 songs.

    Use #CentenariansDay to post on social media.


    Williamsport Nursing Home, Williamsport, MD established National Centenarian’s Day to celebrate the growing population of centenarians around the country. 

    Centenarian FAQ

    Q. How many centenarians are there in the world?
    A. In 2021, there were an estimated 573,423 centenarians.

    Q. How many centenarians were there in 1950?
    A. There were approximately 33,899 centenarians in 1950.

    Q. Who is the oldest person in the world?
    A. In 2021, the oldest person in the world was Kane Tanaka of Japan at the age of 118 years old.

    Q. What is a supercentenarian?
    A. A supercentenarian is someone who lives to at least 110 years old.

    Q. How many supercentenarians are there in the world.
    A. There are an estimated 700-1000 supercentenarians around the world.





    Despite the official end of summer, National Ice Cream Cone Day continues celebrating on September 22nd!


    While some controversy exists as to who invented the ice cream cone, the earliest mention shows up in French cookbooks around 1825. Originally referred to as “little waffles,” the cones were waffles rolled into the shape of a cone.

    In the United States, ice cream cones first became popular in the late 1800s. Confectioners turned the first cones by hand. The ice cream cone made its debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. In 1912, an inventor from Oregon obtained a patent for a machine to make them. He sold his company to Nabisco in 1928, and they still make ice cream cones today.

    The ice cream cone continues to be a popular treat for children and adults alike. More flavors of ice cream continue to be made available to please our palates, too!


    Invite a friend out for an ice cream cone. Can’t decide which flavor? Flip a coin! An ice cream cone also makes a terrific way to settle a bet. At the cost of less than $2 for a soft-serve kids cone, it’s worth being wrong when you get to enjoy an ice cream cone. Tell us what your favorite type of ice cream cone is by using #IceCreamConeDay and share it on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues searching for the source of this sweet food holiday. 

    Ice Cream Cone FAQ

    Q. Besides the waffle cone, are there other types of ice cream cones?
    A. Yes. Ice cream cones come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors. Cake cones are baked in a mold usually have a flat bottom. Pretzel cones, chocolate cones, chocolate dipped cones and cookie cones all offer an edible vessel to eat our ice cream from.

    Q. What’s a penny lick?
    A. During the Victorian era, ice cream vendors sold a scoop of ice cream for a penny in a small stemmed glass with a conical top. Called a penny lick, they look a bit like a stemmed shot glass. The customer would lick the ice cream out of the glass and return it to the vendor.



  • HOBBIT DAY – September 22


    Explore the Shire on September 22nd during Hobbit Day. While there, celebrate the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.


    The novels The Hobbit and the trilogy The Lord of the Rings trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien, bring to life the world of Middle-Earth. According to the stories, Bilbo and Frodo were born during the Third Age in the years 2890 and 2968 respectively. Translated to Shire-reckoning, Bilbo was born in 1290 and Frodo in 1368.

    I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. ~Bilbo Baggins ~ Lord of the Rings ~ J.R.R. Tolkien


    Join celebrations or have a Hobbit Day party of your own. Reading the book or watching the movies are other ways to enjoy the day. Create a celebration worthy of a Hobbit.

    • Everyone should dress for the occasion. Even though most of the trilogy takes place in the future, Hobbits live for a very long time. Look at when Bilbo and Frodo were born. There’s a very medieval and mystical feel to the costumes. 
    • Supply plenty of cakes, teas, wine, and ale.
    • Invite a large crowd. Hobbits come from big families.
    • Read from the trilogy or make a big speech.
    • Be merry and dance. Provide music, too. 

    Share your celebration using #HobbitDay to post on social media.


    The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978. 

    The Hobbit FAQ

    Q. When was The Hobbit published?
    A. J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit was published on September 21, 1937.

    Q. What other books did J.R.R. Tolkien write?
    A. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote several books, mostly fantasy, including The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. He also published the book Letters From Father Christmas, a compilation of letters written to his children spanning more than two decades.

    Q. Are there other holidays associated with J.R.R. Tolkien?
    A. Yes. On March 25th each year, Tolkien Reading Day celebrates the author.





    Remember, September 22nd recognizes National Elephant Appreciation Day. The elephant probably won’t forget. 


    People of all ages are fascinated by elephants. Discover some interesting facts about them to celebrate with us! 

    These captivating and social animals live between 60 to 70 years. Like humans, elephants develop remarkably close family bonds. Two species, the African Savannah and Asian elephant, exist. However, recently scientists suggested that the African Forest elephant is also a unique species and not a subspecies. 

    Each day, poachers kill approximately 100 elephants for their ivory, meat, bones, and skin. 

    These pachyderms are closely related to rhinoceroses and hippos. In fact, pachyderm describes thick-skinned animals with hooves or nails similar to hooves. While the African elephants outgrow the Asian, both hold the prize for the largest land mammal on earth. However, there are some differences between the species, though. 

    Differences Between African & Asian Elephants:
    • The African elephant grows larger ears.
    • In the Asian species, only the male grows tusks. However, in the African, both male and female elephants grow tusks.
    • One of the things that fascinate us about elephants is their trunk. It’s super sensitive. At the end, a small finger-like appendage grows. The appendage, also known as a lobe, gives elephants the ability to pick up small twigs, bits of grass and other items. On the Asian elephant, the lobe grows at the top tip of the trunk. However, the African elephant grows a lobe at the top and bottom, giving it extra pinching dexterity. 
    • Both species live in herds. The herds are led primarily by a matriarch and comprised of sisters, daughters and their young. As the males grow, they move off on their own. Asian herds tend to be smaller than the African herds.
    • While both species are herbivores, their diets vary based on the available habitat. 

    Elephants are spirited and playful animals. Have you ever seen them frolic in the water?  And they will defend their own with their mighty tusks. Whether foraging for food or digging a mud hole, their tusks are vital for survival. Since hunters value the ivory more than the life of the elephant, they endanger the continued existence of these majestic animals. 

    Do elephants never forget? Well, studies have determined that elephants have excellent memories. They remember vital locations over large areas of land. Elephants also show recognition of faces and other elephants even after a long time has passed. And while we may be forgetful from time to time, we don’t recommend forgetting this holiday!


    Don’t forget to celebrate the Elephant on September 22nd! Show your appreciation today by visiting the elephants at your local zoo. Get involved. Learn about conservation and eliminating poaching.

    Read up about elephants. We suggest The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony or Love, Live and Elephants: An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick. You could also read Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss or any of the Babar stories by Jean de Brunhoff.

    Documentaries bring the life of the elephant into our living rooms. Watch Elephant directed by Mark Linfield or When Elephants Were Young directed by Patricia Sims.

    Use #ElephantAppreciationDay to post on social media.

    Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for even more ways to Celebrate Every Day!


    National Elephant Appreciation Day originated in 1996 to raise awareness concerning the plight of elephants. 

    Elephant FAQ

    Q. What’s another word for an elephant?
    A. The word “pachyderm” is often used in reference to an elephant. However, the elephant isn’t the only pachyderm in the world. The obsolete term was once a classification of animals which also included hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, pigs, and tapirs.

    Q. Do elephants sleep standing up?
    A. Elephants do sleep standing up, though not all the time. Wild elephants will spend more time sleeping standing up than their captive relatives.



  • DEAR DIARY DAY – September 22


    Dear Diary, on September 22nd each year, we celebrate the way you help us document our lives. On Dear Diary Day write an extra entry. For those who don’t keep a diary, consider starting one.


    Also known as journaling, studies have shown expressing our thoughts in a written form every day reduces anxiety and stress. It also broadens our vocabulary and language skills.    

    By writing our stressors out on paper or tapping them out on the computer, we organize our thoughts and develop tools for dealing with our everyday struggles. Through long-term journaling and diary-keeping, we focus our energy on resolving issues and achieving goals. Over time, a diary can offer many rewards including memories. We can see our successes and learn from our mistakes. 

    But diaries aren’t just for reducing stress. They offer us a glimpse into how we change and remind us of events long forgotten. Diaries also offer a reference for future generations. While many may think of diaries as a place to keep precious secrets, they also provide a look at how life has changed from one generation to another. They serve as a reminder of ways long forgotten, words no longer in use, or attitudes that were once acceptable.


    Write a special entry in your diary and take a look back. See how your diary has progressed. If you have one, consider starting one. Explore published diaries of notable people. Share your favorite entry and use #DearDiaryDay to post on social media.


    Thomas and Ruth Roy at created Dear Diary Day. 

    Diary FAQ

    Q. What types of diaries do people keep?
    A. There are a variety of diaries people keep. Many people keep weather diaries, tracking weather changes from year to year. These diaries are usually specific to the person’s location – their home. A similar diary is a garden diary. In this type of diary, people record the plants they grow. They will track when they plant, when a species blooms, insects observed, when they fertilize, harvest, and how plants react to various types of weather.

    People also keep food, work, maternity, travel, idea, dream, fitness, art, and writing diaries.

    Q. When keeping a diary, is it important to write every day?
    A. Depending on the type of diary you are keeping, sometimes it is important to write in it every day. Some diaries are used to track changes in health or reactions to food. Writing everything you eat in this type of diary and your body’s response to it helps you and your physician to determine if something is causing allergies or other negative reactions.

    Writing in a travel diary may only occur when traveling to new places and meeting new people. Those who keep dream diaries will usually only write when they have a dream.