January 7th Old Rock Day

If you stop and think about it, aren’t all the rocks you find at least potentially old? I mean, some are really, really old but all must have been around for sometime. So, what do you do with an old rock? If you stop and think about it there are a lot of uses, for example build a fort with them, make jewelry out of them, start a rock collection, skip them across water, climb on them… they can be used for just about anything! You can find fossils in them, use them as a weapon or just admire them from afar.

How to celebrate – Make friends with a rock today. Collect rocks from every state or country you visit. Start building your dream home, out of rocks of course.

August 24th Vesuvius Day

Today, in 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted destroying Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae, killing and estimates 3,360 people. It was one of the worst tragedies known to man at the time… and since. Entire towns were destroyed, towns that held a great deal of wealth. You might think the lesson was learned, don’t build an entire community at the base of a volcano. However, rebuild they did, and the volcano taught them another lesson in 1631, this time killing over 3,500 people. Well, you might notice in the photo that people have built there yet again, tempting fate even when Mother Nature has already warned us. Oh well, tempting the fates seems to be one thing man always tests.

How to celebrate – Visit Mount Vesuvius. Look for your own volcano to build next to. Make a baking soda and vinegar volcano.