April 24, 2021 – National Pigs In A Blanket Day | National Sense Of Smell Day

This Animal Trumps Them All When It Comes To Its Sense Of Smell.

Welcome to April 24, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a disappearing party food and the mad skill that’s right under your nose. 

If you’ve ever paid attention to the party food that disappears faster than any other snack on the buffet table, then you’ll know: it’s pigs in a blanket.  Why are these tiny hotdogs wrapped in dough so darned popular?  Maybe it’s because they remind us of childhood: baseball games with our dad, or the time your family went to the state fair.  Or maybe it’s because there’s some magic formula that makes eating a dozen of them feel better than downing a full-sized hotdog!  On National Pigs In A Blanket Day, throw yourself a party and celebrate making these piggies disappear.

Bloodhounds are famous for their amazing noses. Their sense of smell is about 1,000 times stronger than a human’s, which explains why they are used for hunting and tracking. But the bloodhound’s sniffer pales in comparison to the African elephant. These gentle giants have more smell receptors than any other animal on Earth and their sense of smell is twice as strong as the bloodhound. Using their snouts, they can sniff out a source of water from nearly 12 miles away. And they can smell rain storms coming from 150 miles away. Which is a great skill to have, especially when you live in an arid climate. Thankfully for dogs, elephants are too big to put them out of a job. Celebrate National Sense of Smell Day by stopping to smell the roses or any other scent that drives you wild. 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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