9 May

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Lost Sock Memorial Day

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America boasts over 1,200 national days celebrating all manner of things… and as the name suggests, this one remembers dearly departed socks and their surviving twins.

Pull yourself together - even if your socks are separated forever - and unless the remaining sock can be put to good use protecting the head of a golf club or such like, then throw it away and move on with a new pair.

As celebration days go, Lost Sock Memorial Day is something of a slow news day but does give us the excuse to suggest some cocktail puns with which to celebrate, or perhaps we should say mourn, your missing socks: Lone Ranger; Perfectly Paired; Tanglefoot; Pussyfoot (for a temperance option); Nice Pair

More seriously, today is also Victory Day in Russia

In the presence of the brilliant General Georgy Zhukov, on this day in 1945 on Moscow Time, the Soviet Union accepted the surrender of the German army.

The Russians, who suffered incredibly high losses of between 25 and 30 million Soviet citizens, call World War II the Great Patriotic War. This anniversary is still very important to many Russians, who will be marking today with parades, celebrations and fireworks - not to mention, of course, a healthy (or unhealthy) consumption of vodka.

What else to drink on a day like today but a vodka-based and champagne-topped Russian Spring Punch?

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