National Dog Day
According to the American Kennel Club website, The Labrador Retriever has been on the AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds list for 25 consecutive years—longer than any other breed. A dog’s nose print is unique, much like a person’s fingerprint. Forty-five percent of U.S. dogs sleep in their owner’s bed. A dog’s sense of smell is legendary, but did you know that his nose has as many as 300 million receptors? In comparison, a human nose has about 5 million. Dogs curl up in a ball when sleeping to protect their organs—a holdover from their days in the wild, when they were vulnerable to predator attacks. There are over 75 million pet dogs in the U.S.—more than in any other country.
National Toilet Paper Day
The first recorded use of toilet paper was in 6th century China. The Chinese government was mass producing it by the 14th century. About four billion people in the world do not use toilet paper (that’s nearly 75 percent of the world’s population) because it’s too expensive and they do not have sufficient plumbing. Throughout history, what you used to wipe depended on your economic status. Wealthy Romans employed wool soaked in rose water, and French royalty used lace. The average person in the United States uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year and the average household flushes about 80,000 sheets annually. It takes 30,000 trees every day to fulfill the global demand of toilet paper.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Mother Teresa – Missionary & Saint – Passed at age 87 – born in Gonxha, Albania
Melissa McCarthy – Comedian & Actress – born in Plainfield, Illinois