Can Holiday: World Turtle Day – May 23


Origin

World Turtle Day began in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue to raise awareness about turtles and tortoises.

How to Celebrate

Since World Turtle Day is all about rescuing the turtles, here are some tips posted at Wikipedia.com:

  • Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
  • Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
  • If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and take it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.
  • Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles, and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to more endangered sea turtle deaths.
  • Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
  • Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches. This is illegal everywhere in the U.S.
Watermelon Turtle

Watermelon Turtle
(Source: American Tortoise Rescue)

Other than these things, you can see the turtles at a zoo (although ATR probably doesn't support it), or perhaps make a watermelon turtle, which ATR recommends.

The Cans

1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello Raspberry

1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello Raspberry

To celebrate this day, we selected the 1991 Australian four can set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sodas.

1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Lemonade

1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Lemonade

The cans consist of all for "Heroes in a Half Shell", Donatello Raspberry, Leonardo Lemonade, Michaelangelo Tango (This is misspelled as it should be "Michelangelo"), and Raphael Cola.

1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michaelangelo Tango

1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michaelangelo Tango

These sewer-living, mutated by ooze, pizza-loving, martial arts trained, teenaged turtles originated in comics in 1984 and gained popularity starting in 1987 through an animated series, a live action series, and two more animated series.

1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Cola

1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Cola

There have also been countless toys, video games, a few films and many other promotional items. Each turtle was named after an Renaissance era Italian artist: Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael.

Happy World Turtle Day (5/23)!

Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com

Comments

  1. Raphael Cola. Lol.

  2. Mike M. says:

    I hate to be "that guy" but the painter is named Michelangelo, the Ninja Turtle spells it with the extra 'A'. Sorry.

  3. Mike M. I thought the same thing until I researched it.

    It's spelled Michelangelo on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – TMNT Official Site – Nick.com:
    http://www.nick.com/shows/ninja-turtles/characters/

    and on Turtlepedia
    http://turtlepedia.wikia.com/wiki/Michelangelo

    and on Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles
    "He is named after the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer, Michelangelo. His name was originally misspelled "Michaelangelo" by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo_(Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles)
    "The spelling of the character's name varies from source to source, and he has been alternately shown as both Michelangelo and Michaelangelo."

    http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/article.php?article=703
    "As a curious side note, up until 2003, Michelangelo used to be spelled incorrectly as "Michaelangelo."

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