Saints celebrating feast days today include Saint Mark, Evangelist (patron saint of Venice, glaziers, and notaries; invoked by captives); Saint Anianus; and Saint Heribald.
Today is National Hairball Awareness Day, which seems to be the brainchild of Blake Hawley of Hill's Pet Supply (firstname.lastname@example.org), the makers of Science Diet. I say "seems to be" since the Hill's site has nothing on it about this event and online searches yield results only in the "oddball holidays" pages. I found out about it through Chase's Calendar of Events, of course, and am mentioning it here only because it has a glancing relationship with my pica story, of which I am very fond.
And today begins the annual 3-day Mangum, Oklahoma, Rattlesnake Derby. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest snake brought in, the most snakes killed by one person, etc. Forty thousand people will gather to oooh and aaah over the carnage. The organizers of this funfest insist that the rattlesnakes are overpopulated and killing thousands of them every year at this time, when they are still sluggish and hibernating, actually makes good ecological sense. You bet. Just like plowing up the prairie did.