Thursday, September 19, 2013

Holidays for September 19th 2013

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is annually held on September 19. What started as a fun concept in which people imitate pirate talk has turned into an event that receives media attention worldwide.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is celebrated in more than 40 countries worldwide. It is a fun day that involves people talking like pirates. Some people dress in pirate costumes as well. It is celebrated among fans in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day receives media attention closer to and around September 19 each year. Some communities work with organizations such as Childhood Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care to raise funds or increase awareness of cancer support and research.

John Baur (“Ol' Chumbucket”) and Mark Summers (“Cap'n Slappy”) are credited for creating the concept of International Talk Like A Pirate Day on June 6, 1995. However, out of respect World War II’s D-Day – the day of the Normandy Landings – on June 6, 1944, Baur and Summers choose not to dedicate International Talk Like A Pirate Day on June 6. Instead, they chose September 19 as the annual date for the event.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day was a low-key event until 2002, when it received media attention via syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry. The event’s popularity spread from that point onwards. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated among individuals, work colleagues, and charity and fundraising organizations around the world.

Various phrases, such as “Ahoy”, “Arrr”, and “Aye aye”, are spoken on International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Some people dress in pirate costumes that they make, buy or hire. Costumes include pirate swords, hats and eye patches. Some people have images of the skull and bones on hats, costumes or printed material to promote the day.

National Butterscotch Pudding Day

September 19th is National Butterscotch Pudding Day for 2011. If you want to make a no-added table sugar, no-added salt, and no-added syrup recipe for butterscotch pudding, just substitute a pinch of stevia for corn syrup. Or if you want to add a different type of sweetener that acts like sugar in the body, try organic raw creamed honey instead of corn syrup. For vegans, you can use almond milk instead of cow's or goat's milk and leave out the cream topping, instead pouring a little almond milk or liquefied sweetened tofu over the top, for a nondairy preference.

If you want a non-dairy liquid to prepare butterscotch pudding, instead of cow's or goat's milk, use almond milk. And instead of cornstarch, if you want to avoid corn-based starch, simply use tapioca starch. You can use butter from commercial, supermarket sources or you can use nonfat ricotta cheese instead of butter, or nondairy extra-virgin olive oil, rice bran oil, coconut oil, or walnut oil. For those who don't eat dairy such as vegans, use olive oil instead of butter, or your oil of choice. Instead of cornstarch, you can substitute tapioca starch.

The basic recipe is the same for most puddings consisting of starch stirred into liquid and cooked over a double boiler. You scald the milk or nondairy milk substitute and add the sweetener of your choice. You then add the butter or olive oil (or any type of fat you prefer).

If you want to add salt, you put in the 1/3 teaspoon of salt, or you leave out the salt if you're salt-sensitive. Instead, you can use spice such as ginger, cinnamon, or cloves or any other spice that works well with sweet desserts. Don't use savory spices. You can add butterscotch flavoring, rum flavoring, almond flavoring, or vanilla flavoring. Instead of the 1/2 tablespoon of butter, you can use olive oil or any type of fat such as coconut oil or rice bran oil.

What's the same is that once you add your tapioca starch (instead of cornstarch for a different take on butterscotch pudding) you stir as the liquid cooks in a double boiler, stirring all the time until thickened, about 20 minutes. Then you add your butterscotch flavoring or vanilla flavoring.

You chill and serve with sweetened cream or for less fat, served with sweetened Greek-style yogurt such as Fage yogurt rather than whipped cream. You can also serve with whipped nonfat ricotta cheese, but just a spoonful on top of the chilled pudding. Sweeten with a pinch of stevia, if desired. Below is the standard butterscotch recipe from the website. Non Dairy creamy toppings include liquefied tofu or groundnut thickened almond milk.

"Holy _____, Batman" Day

"Holy fun holiday, Batman!"

September 19th is "Holy _____, Batman" Day, recalling the repeated catchphrase of Batman's sidekick Robin (played by Burt Ward in the 1960s ABC Batman television series).

Adam West, the original Batman was born on September 19, 1928. On this date each year, Batman fans may come up with all sorts of ways to complete the exclamation, "Holy _____, Batman!"

Blood Banks Day

Generous-minded folks may make life-giving deposits on September 19th. It's Blood Banks Day. Want to find a blood donation center near you? Try the Red Cross for an online interactive map and appointment scheduling options.

Blood Banks Day is probably initially linked to the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christian celebrations of St. Januarius' Day. St. Januarius was a 3rd Century Italian bishop and martyr, who has become known as the patron saint of blood banks.

Visit a Sick Friend Day

September 19th is also Visit a Sick Friend Day, a hospitable holiday for brightening the spirits of those who may be infirm for any reason.

Do you have a friend or family member in the hospital or shut-in at home? Why not stop by for a brief chat? If distance prevents an in-person visit, how about picking up the phone or sending a note on Visit a Sick Friend Day - September 19th?

Boys' and Girls' Club Day for Kids

Unlike many other countries, America does not have an official day to celebrate its children. Boys & Girls Clubs of America, along with the support of other leading youth-serving organizations, is working to change that by establishing a Saturday in September each year as Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids.

Created as a day to foster relationships between adults and children, the mission of BGC Day for Kids is to establish a day to celebrate and honor American children through the gift of meaningful time. Research shows that when adults spend meaningful time with kids it helps them develop a positive self-image and a sense of belonging, usefulness and purpose. Now, more than ever, BGC Day for Kids provides adults and kids an opportunity to take a break from their busy lives and celebrate the wonder of life and the fulfillment of spending time together.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America hopes to make BGC Day for Kids a permanent part of our national culture. Soon we hope the month of September not only recalls the full swing of the fall and back-to-school season, but also BGC Day for Kids, the day we devote our hearts and our minds to our children as a nation.

Big Whopper Liar Day

One of my favorite Disney movies is Pinocchio. My son and I watched it all the time. It is the story of a lonely man who carved a little boy out of wood, then wished that he would be alive. He did come alive, but was still made of wood. But Gepetto loved him dearly. Pinocchio was visited by the blue fairly and was told to be a good boy, and gave him Jimminy Cricket to be his conscious. But, just as real boys, Pinocchio often got into trouble and tried to tell a lie to get out of it. Only every time he told a lie, his nose fact it turned into a tree. Complete with a nest and birds! The story has a happy ending when Pinocchio stopped lying and was changed into a live boy.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could tell if a person was lying to us by the growth of his nose? Today they have lie detector machines that when it is connected to you will measure your heart rate, and changes in your breathing habits, and those levels are used to determine if you are telling the truth. These are used for many reasons such as criminal investigations, certain job applications, even talk shows. In the movie "Meet the Parents" Robert DeNiro's character was a retired FBI agent who claimed to be a human lie detector. He could put his fingers on your pulse and determine if you were lying.

But today is Big Whopper Liar Day. This is not just for any ole lie. There are contests held to see who could come up with the most incredible yet believable lie. My husband would be one who could win this contest. While he would be out in town in his wheelchair, many people would ask him what happened to paralyze him. Getting bored with the truth, he would make up outrageous stories, from telling people he was in Viet Nam to being involved in a skydiving accident. Sometimes his stories were so incredible, I would have to walk away lest I would begin laughing and ruin his tall tale.

One favorite joke of mine involves college students who were a few hours late for the final exam. Apparently they had been out drinking the night before, and had overslept. Once they reached the classroom, they begged the instructor to let them take the exam. They explained that a flat tire had made them late. After considering it, he agreed to let them make up the test, put each of them in a different room and handed them a test paper with just one question on it. The question? Which tire was flat?

So today, have a little fun and come up with your own whopper of a lie. I’m not talking about lying on a witness stand or something. You can try something a friend of mine did once. We went out to lunch at a small restaurant and pretended to speak in a foreign language, or hatch some evil plot. But tomorrow you have to go back to being as honest as Abe Lincoln!

National Seat Check Saturday

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death of children, ages 3-14. However, many of these deaths can be prevented through the proper use of child safety seats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers, ages 1-4.

The problem is most parents and caregivers are unaware of the risk to children when they are not properly restrained in child safety seats. According to a study conducted by Chrysler, 96 percent of parents and caregivers believe their child safety seats are installed correctly, but NHTSA research shows that seven out of 10 children are improperly restrained, putting them at risk for serious injury or death in a crash. Chrysler is working to close this awareness gap through a program called SeatCheck.

SeatCheck is a national campaign to help parents properly secure their children in motor vehicles. Central to the program is a free child safety seat inspection locator service which is available at and toll-free at 1-866-SEAT-CHECK. These SeatCheck resources provide a listing of more than 4,000 local inspection locations staffed by trained and certified child safety seat technicians, so finding one near you should be easy. The Web site and toll-free telephone assistance are available in both Spanish and English. In addition, the Web site offers parents and caregivers other useful information on keeping children safe in motor vehicles.

National Woman Road Warrior Day

A day of recognition for the nation’s traveling businesswoman. Like their male counterparts, Woman Road Warriors open and close deals, make sales, give presentations, attend or lead seminars and maintain that all-important in-person presence in the often impersonal corporate world. But simultaneously, many are often charged with keeping their families on track at home—especially their babies, toddlers and multitasking school-age children—and nurture them, even from a long distance.