Thursday, October 31, 2013

Holidays for October 31st 2013

31 Day of Halloween Horror
31. The Howling: Reborn


Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve.

Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced "sah-win").

The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area. These are additional attributes of the history of Halloween.

Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.

Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part of "trick or treat" is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.

The history of Halloween has evolved. The activity is popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and due to increased American cultural influence in recent years, imported through exposure to US television and other media, trick-or-treating has started to occur among children in many parts of Europe, and in the Saudi Aramco camps of Dhahran, Akaria compounds and Ras Tanura in Saudi Arabia. The most significant growth and resistance is in the United Kingdom, where the police have threatened to prosecute parents who allow their children to carry out the "trick" element. In continental Europe, where the commerce-driven importation of Halloween is seen with more skepticism, numerous destructive or illegal "tricks" and police warnings have further raised suspicion about this game and Halloween in general.

In Ohio, Iowa, and Massachusetts, the night designated for Trick-or-treating is often referred to as Beggars Night.

Part of the history of Halloween is Halloween costumes. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of "souling," when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of "puling [whimpering, whining], like a beggar at Hallowmas."

Yet there is no evidence that souling was ever practiced in America, and trick-or-treating may have developed in America independent of any Irish or British antecedent. There is little primary Halloween history documentation of masking or costuming on Halloween in Ireland, the UK, or America before 1900. The earliest known reference to ritual begging on Halloween in English speaking North America occurs in 1911, when a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, near the border of upstate New York, reported that it was normal for the smaller children to go street guising (see below) on Halloween between 6 and 7 p.m., visiting shops and neighbors to be rewarded with nuts and candies for their rhymes and songs. Another isolated reference appears, place unknown, in 1915, with a third reference in Chicago in 1920. The thousands of Halloween postcards produced between the turn of the 20th century and the 1920s commonly show children but do not depict trick-or-treating. Ruth Edna Kelley, in her 1919 history of the holiday, The Book of Hallowe'en, makes no mention of such a custom in the chapter "Hallowe'en in America." It does not seem to have become a widespread practice until the 1930s, with the earliest known uses in print of the term "trick or treat" appearing in 1934, and the first use in a national publication occurring in 1939. Thus, although a quarter million Scots-Irish immigrated to America between 1717 and 1770, the Irish Potato Famine brought almost a million immigrants in 1845-1849, and British and Irish immigration to America peaked in the 1880s, ritualized begging on Halloween was virtually unknown in America until generations later.

Trick-or-treating spread from the western United States eastward, stalled by sugar rationing that began in April 1942 during World War II and did not end until June 1947.

Early national attention to trick-or-treating was given in October 1947 issues of the children's magazines Jack and Jill and Children's Activities, and by Halloween episodes of the network radio programs The Baby Snooks Show in 1946 and The Jack Benny Show and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in 1948. The custom had become firmly established in popular culture by 1952, when Walt Disney portrayed it in the cartoon Trick or Treat, Ozzie and Harriet were besieged by trick-or-treaters on an episode of their television show, and UNICEF first conducted a national campaign for children to raise funds for the charity while trick-or-treating.

Trick-or-treating on the prairie. Although some popular histories of Halloween have characterized trick-or-treating as an adult invention to re-channel Halloween activities away from vandalism, nothing in the historical record supports this theory. To the contrary, adults, as reported in newspapers from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, typically saw it as a form of extortion, with reactions ranging from bemused indulgence to anger. Likewise, as portrayed on radio shows, children would have to explain what trick-or-treating was to puzzled adults, and not the other way around. Sometimes even the children protested: for Halloween 1948, members of the Madison Square Boys Club in New York City carried a parade banner that read "American Boys Don't Beg."

National Caramel Apple Day

Does an apple a day still keep the doctor away if it’s covered in candy? October 31 is National Candy Apple Day!

With all the candy we’ll be eating this week, it’s nice to know there’s a way to at least help round out your diet by working some fruit in. Candy apples were supposedly invented by Newark, New Jersey, native William W. Kolb in 1908. Initially, the apples were window decorations, but they sold so well he kept on making them.

Candy apples are different from caramel apples, which use a dairy product in the sauce. Candy apples use candy that’s in its hard crack stage, which means you’ve melted sugar to between 300 and 310 degrees Fahrenheit.

The candy surrounding the apple can be flavored many ways - the ones Kolb made were cinnamon-flavored. As for the apple itself, most apple enthusiasts recommend using the Granny Smith variety as the tartness of the apple will be balanced by the sugary sweet candy.

National Knock-Knock Jokes Day

When it comes to fun holidays, October 31is one of the best holidays of the entire year! Not only is it ooey gooey National Caramel Apple Day and the "defrightful" Halloween, it’s also National Knock Knock Jokes Day!

Just in case you don’t know what what one is - it takes two to knock knock. One person is the “knocker” while the other person is the “knockee.” And unlike other jokes, you don’t have to be a comedian or practical joker to tell a great knock knock joke either.

These classic non-rhyming jokes are fun for all ages. What parent, grandparent or teacher hasn’t heard a knock-knock joke? Children seem to revel in telling these silly little jokes, even if they don’t make much sense.
Classic & Clean Knock Knock Jokes
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Boo. (Boo who?) Don’t cry – it’s only a knock knock joke!
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Cash. (Cash who?) No thanks. I’d rather have peanuts instead!
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Madam. (Madam who?) Madam foot got caught in the door!
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Wendy. (Wendy who?) Wendy wind blows de cradle will rock.
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Dwayne. (Dwayne who?) Dwayne the bathtub – I’m drowning!
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Dewey. (Dewey who?) Dewey have to listen to all this knocking?
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Macomb. (Macomb who?) Do you know where I left macomb?
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Annie. (Annie who?) Annie thing you can do, I can do better!
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Little old lady. (Little old lady who?) Gosh, I didn’t know you could yodel!
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Anita. (Anita who?) Anita hug right about now.
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Mirra. (Mirra who?) Mirra mirra on the wall….
  • Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Dishes. (Dishes who?) Dishes the police – open up!
In honor of National Knock Knock Jokes Day, go ahead - give it your best shot! Knock knock….
National UNICEF Day

US President Lyndon Johnson declares October 31st, 'National UNICEF Day' in perpetuity

The horrors of World War II were still a part of the fabric of American life in 1949. When the children of Reverend Allison of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania showed concern for Europe's children still suffering in the wake of the war, he devised a unique way for them to get involved. On Halloween night the three Allison children went door-to-door to collect money for their peers in post-World War II Europe. They raised a total of $17 and donated it all to UNICEF. Reverend Allison also ensured that other Presbyterian Sunday schools also participated.

Inspired by their innovative and philanthropic spirit, the campaign that came to be known as ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ was launched nationwide.

US President Lyndon Johnson highly approved of the campaign, and on March 17, 1965, in a statement to the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, said: "In keeping with our traditional spirit of good will and generosity, each American can help UNICEF to continue its work by participating in the trick-or-treat program at Halloween and in the greeting card campaign. Mrs. Johnson and I hope that our fellow citizens this year will once again join in bringing the opportunity for a better life to more of the world's children."

The following year President Johnson of the USA declared Halloween, 31 October, to be 'National UNICEF Day’ in perpetuity in the United States.

The request to President Johnson was first put forth by the Honorable Robert W. Kastenmeier of Wisconsin, of the House of Representatives on Monday, March 7, 1966. His speech was reprinted in the Congressional Record, "UNICEF and the 1965 Nobel Peace Prize: Request to the President To Designate October 31 as National UNICEF Day".

Two days later, on March 9, 1966, The Honorable Joseph D. Tydings of Maryland, in the Senate introduced Joint Resolution 144 authorizing and requesting the President to designate October 31 as National UNICEF Day

National Magic Day

For more than forty years the Society of American Magicians has been recognizing the anniversary of the death of Harry Houdini with a special "MAGIC WEEK" throughout the United States and Canada. Houdini, a past President of the Society, died at 1:26 p.m. October 31, 1926. He had been president during the previous nine years and was the Society's most famous member.

Each year governors, mayors and other governing bodies throughout the country are requested to issue proclamations declaring the last week in October as National Magic Week, encouraging magicians throughout the country to participate in the activities.

The Society of American Magicians adopted the idea of National Magic Week as a way of promoting the Art of Magic by performing shows at orphanages, hospitals and nursing homes for those who would have difficulty getting to a theater to see a live performance. The members of the Society of American Magicians who participate in these shows find it a rewarding activity. Many people enjoy magic shows during this week that otherwise would not be able to do so.

The roots of National Magic Week go back over 80 years. Before there was a National Magic Week there was a National Magic Day. It began with a "Houdini Day" in the summer of 1927, less than one year from the death of Harry Houdini. A trophy in honor of Houdini, was presented by Mrs. Harry Houdini in New York City.

There were many other "Houdini Days" following, but it was not until 1938 that Les Sholty, a Chicago member of the Society of American Magicians, sought official sanction for a "Houdini" day. Mrs. Houdini sanctioned this and October 31 was proclaimed National Magic Day in his memory. The plan was formulated at that time to have free performances for shut-ins and handicapped people.

Many newspapers carried the story about National Magic Day and various magical societies kept the idea alive. The first radio broadcast about National Magic Day occurred over radio station KQW on July 20, 1938. Mrs. Harry Houdini participated in that broadcast and much publicity was generated by her friend Edward Saint.

In 1963 Edward Schneider, National President of the Society of American Magicians issued the first official "National Magic Day" proclamation. In order to meet the many conjuring activities and requests for TV and media stories, the "Day" was celebrated for almost a week. As the President of the local Assembly #22 in Los Angeles, John Zweers proclaimed the first "Magic Week" from October 25 to October 31. Due to many requests from other Assemblies wishing to do likewise, the "week" became official when John Zweers became National President in 1966 and the event was adopted in the national constitution.

Magic displays can be found at libraries, stores and malls throughout the country during National Magic Week. Since many Assemblies already do charitable work during the year, the week is publicized to highlight them and the great enjoyment their magic presents to the public.

When Magic Week is over each local Assembly of the Society of American Magicians is encouraged to compile their Magic Week activities in a book and submit it to the National Council of the Society of American Magicians where they are reviewed and receive recognition.

National Magic Week is the Society of American Magicians and the magical fraternity's way of sharing with others the wonderful art form that is deeply loved by those who participate in it.

Carve a Pumpkin Day

Carve a Pumpkin Day is today. If you don't carve a pumpkin by today, when will you get to it?

This is your last chance to carve a pumpkin because Halloween is tonight. Pull out your caring patterns and get down to work. If you can't find the patterns you have leftover from last year, there's no time to go to the store. They're probably sold out, anyway. Just carve a pumpkin freehand. After it's done, get your costume on and go trick or Treating.

We believe this holiday is celebrated a little late. It is better held a few days before, or the weekend before. Then, you can make a pumpkin caring party out of it. You can roast pumpkin seeds, drink apple cider and enjoy your pumpkin carvings. If you decide to celebrate this special day a little earlier, I won't tell.........

Have a happy Carve a Pumpkin Day.

Day of the Seven Billion

The Day of Seven Billion, October 31, 2011, is the day that has been officially designated by the United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) as the approximate day on which the total world population reached a population of seven billion people. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the United Nations building in New York City on this milestone in the size of world population about the issues that it will raise, along with promoting 7 Billion Actions

The world had already reached a population of five billion on on July 11, 1987, and six billion twelve years later on October 12, 1999.

United Nations Population Fund spokesman Omar Gharzeddine disputed the date of the Day of Six Billion by stating, "The U.N. marked the '6 billionth' [person] in 1999, and then a couple of years later the Population Division itself reassessed its calculations and said, actually, no, it was in 1998."

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division, October 31, 2011 was a symbolic date chosen based on data interpolated from its 5-year-period estimates. The estimates were based on data sources such as censuses, surveys, vital and population registers, and published every other year as part of its World Population Prospects.

The actual date that the world population reached 7 billion has an error margin of around 12 months owing to inaccuracies in demographic statistics, particularly in some developing countries (even the world's best censuses have 1–2% error). Assuming a 1% global error margin, the 7 billion world population had been reached as early as March 20, 2011 or as late as April 12, 2012.

However, the International Programs Division of the United States Census Bureau estimated that total world population had not reach 7 billion until sometime on March 12, 2012. It also offered an estimate that differed by about three months from the UN estimate for the Day of Six Billion.

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis estimated a date between February 2012 and July 2014.

Girl Scout Founder's Day

Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, was born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia.

"Daisy," as she was affectionately called by family and friends, was the second of six children of William Washington Gordon and Eleanor Kinzie Gordon. Family members on her father's side were early settlers in Georgia, and her mother's family played an important role in the founding of Chicago, Illinois.

A sensitive and talented youngster, Daisy Gordon spent a happy childhood in her large Savannah home, which was purchased and restored by Girl Scouts of the USA in 1953. Now known as the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center, or often referred to as the Birthplace, the handsome English Regency house was designated a registered National Historic Landmark in 1965.

Young Daisy Gordon developed what was to become a lifetime interest in the arts. She wrote poems; sketched, wrote and acted in plays; and later became a skilled painter and sculptor. She had many pets throughout her life and was particularly fond of exotic birds, Georgia mockingbirds, and dogs. Daisy was also known for her great sense of humor.

Juliette Low was very athletic. From her childhood on, Daisy was a strong swimmer. She was Captain of a rowing team as a girl and learned to canoe as an adult. She was also an avid tennis player. One of her special skills was standing on her head. She stood on her head every year on her birthday to prove she still could do it, and also celebrated nieces' and nephews' birthdays by standing on her head. Once, she even stood on her head in the board room at National Headquarters to show off the new Girl Scout shoes.

National Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

Increase Your Psychic Powers Day is today. Go ahead and guess, errr read my mind....if you can.

I'm thinking of a number from one to ten. Okay, take a guess.......what number is it??

Nope, it's ten. Sure, I fooled you. But, if you truely have psychic powers, you would know I was up to something.

The reason for this little exercise(above), was to show you that you need to improve upon your psychic powers. And, today is "the" day to increase your psychic powers.

Now, let's get on to "How" you can increase your psychic powers. There are a number of ways. And, there is no shortage of psychics, groups and websites to help you.
Here are a few ways, to improve your psychic capabilities:
  • Get out the Ouija board. Use it with some friends.
  • Practice makes perfect. Get out a deck of cards. Shuffle them well. Think of what the top card is. Then, turn it over. Keep going.
  • Flip of the coin, too. Guess heads or tails while the coin is in the air. As your psychic power increases, you should guess correctly more than 50% of the time.
  • Hone your ESP skills - When the phone rings, guess who it will be. As you go through the day, guess what people are going to say, or what is going to happen next.
Tip: Concentrating and clearing your mind of other thoughts, is essential to successfully developing your psychic powers.

I'm getting a reading in my mind that you will have a happy and fun filled Increase Your Psychic Powers Day.

Increase Your Psychic Powers Day appears to have roots in England back to the nineteenth century. Some documentation and readings has it occurring on Halloween night. Other, references, has is on the 30th.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Holidays for October 30th 2013

31 Day of Halloween Horror
30. Howling: New Moon Rising

National Candy Corn Day

Treat yourself! October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.

In the 1880s, American George Renninger came up with the candy that now is synonymous with Halloween. According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 35 million pounds of the tricolored candy will be produced this year. That means if you laid each piece end-to-end, you could circle the moon more than 20 times!

Most of the candy corn consumed at this time of year is of the traditional white, orange and yellow variety. That color combination is popular around Halloween and has made its way to more adult-friendly treats like cocktails and macarons.

Don’t worry if you’re craving some candy corn in months that don’t rhyme with October, these days there’s candy corn for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and even Easter.

Checklist Day

Checklists Day is an opportunity to appreciate the value of using checklists to help avoid tragedy and disappointments and to take advantage of opportunities. Checklists are a great way to take care of things so that you’ll have peace of mind. They are a perfect place to add a note about something you don’t want to forget the next time you do something.

It appears that the first known (or well known) checklist was inspired by a tragic mishap.

On October 30, 1935, a Model 299 prototype for the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crashed during takeoff at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. The cause of the crash was identified as a gust lock that was still engaged.

After the mishap, a group of pilots looked for a way to prevent future ‘pilot error’ mishaps. They came up with checklists for takeoff, flight, before landing and after landing. Boeing delivered 12 of the aircraft to the Air Corps and they flew 1.8 million miles without a serious mishap.

Now there are checklists for almost anything you might want to do.

So, whenever you are about to do something significant, remember to make and/or find a checklist to help you, especially on Checklists Day.

Create A Great Funeral Day

This October 30th is the 14th annual Create a Great Funeral Day. This “holiday” right before Halloween provides an upbeat excuse to start a conversation on a topic most families hesitate to discuss.

The first Create a Great Funeral Day, started by attorney and mediator Stephanie West Allen, took place in 2000. She registered the day at Chase’s Calendar of Events in 1999.

A few years earlier, she saw her husband struggling to pull together a meaningful funeral for his mother, who had left no directions before she died. Observing his grief, Allen felt that knowing what her mother-in-law might have wanted would have eased the pain of memorial service preparations.

As a result of that experience, she wrote Creating Your Own Funeral or Memorial Service: A Workbook. She was among the pioneering authors to create helpful funeral planning resources for the general public.

Allen cautions families against holding what she calls a “facelift funeral.” A facelift funeral goes through the motions but does not address our emotional needs for mourning the loss.

This concept harkens back to Dr. Maxwell Maltz and his book, Psycho-Cybernetics, a best-seller first published in 1960. Dr. Maltz was a plastic surgeon. He noticed that many of the patients who came to him for a new face were actually seeking to change their personalities.

While patients had their exterior features changed, often they still had emotional issues that plastic surgery could not address. He found that self-image is the key to human personality and behavior.

Facelift funerals are not emotionally fulfilling for the participants. These events might have a “rent-a-minister” who didn’t know the deceased and says as much. He might only speak of that religion’s views of heaven, hell, the afterlife, or other theological musings.

The problem is, a rising number of families identify their religion as “none.” To address this issue, non-religious funeral celebrants are getting certified in the U.S. every year. These people make funerals and memorial services all about the decedent by interviewing the family and creating services with themes of the person’s passions and purpose.

Certified funeral celebrants can be found online through two organizations that train celebrants, the In-Sight Institute (www. and the Celebrant Foundation & Institute (

Create a Great Funeral Day is an opportune time to talk about what each member of the family would want in their final fling. People can also learn about new avenues available to help families create meaningful, memorable “good goodbyes” to loved ones.

Mark your calendars to start the conversation on October 30!

Haunted Refrigerator Night

When is the last time you looked in your fridge? Like… REALLY looked? Chances are you’ve got some frightful things lurking on that lower shelf. And at the very least, some scary science experiments are waiting to be discovered, deep in the very back.

Today is Haunted Refrigerator Night. So be afraid… be very afraid. Gather your friends and family around the kitchen, open the door, and prepare yourselves for what lies beneath that stainless steel door! That furry beast collecting green spots inside your mom’s Tupperware is far scarier than the monster hiding under your bed.

National Forgiveness Day

October 30 is national forgiveness day!

Forgiveness is a difficult thing and needs to happen a lot in a family. No family is perfect. It's easy to compare families and think other families have it so much better. However, in the end, every family has problems. Forgiveness helps us to move on.

Philadelphia has many opportunities to forgive.We can forgive our leaders, our schools, a system that failed us and others who have done us wrong.

Forgiving someone takes time and love. When you hurt someone, you need to acknowledge what you did and apologize. The person you hurt needs time sometimes to open their heart so they can forgive.

Sometimes letting go of anger can be difficult because we're afraid of being hurt again. If someone is sincerely sorry, why hold your anger in your heart? Anger can make you sick and bring you down.

Use October 30 and figure out what anger that you have been carrying around. Try to let go and allow more love to flow in your heart.

Mischief Night

Mischief Night (also known as Devil's Night, Hell Night, Cabbage Night, Gate Night, Mizzy Night, Miggy Night or Goosing Night) is an annual tradition in parts of the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States when people (primarily teenagers and preteens) take a degree of license to play pranks and do mischief in their neighbourhoods. The most common date for Mischief Night in England and North America is October 30, the day before Halloween.

The earliest reference to the night is from 1790 when the fellows of St John's College, Oxford, studied a headmaster who had encouraged a school play which ended in "an Ode to Fun which praises children's tricks on Mischief Night in most approving terms". In the United Kingdom the pranks were originally carried out as part of the May Day celebrations, but as workers moved into urban areas during the industrial revolution Mischief Night was moved to 4 November, the night before Guy Fawkes Night. According to one historian "May Day and the Green Man had little resonance for children in grimy cities. They looked at the opposite end of the year and found the ideal time, the night before the gunpowder plot." In Germany, Mischief Night is still celebrated in the night before 1 May.

The separation of Halloween tricks from treats seems to have only developed sporadically, often appearing in some areas but not at all in others nearby. In Northern New Jersey's Passaic County, Somerset County, and Essex County and parts of Sussex County, it is called "Mischief Night". In some towns in Northern New Jersey, and parts of New York State, it is known as "Goosey Night". In South Jersey and the Philadelphia region (as well as Westchester County in New York and Fairfield County in Connecticut), October 30 is referred to as "Mischief Night", where mischievous teens rub soap bars on car windows, throw eggs at houses, adorn trees with toilet paper, and run away after ringing doorbells. In some areas of Queens, New York, Cabbage Night involved throwing rotten fruit at various neighbors, cars, and buses. Pre-teens and teens would fill eggs with Neet and Nair and throw them at unsuspecting individuals. In the mid-1980s garbage was set on fire and cemeteries were set ablaze. In Camden, New Jersey, Mischief Night had escalated to the point where widespread arsons were committed in the 1990s. Over 130 arsons were committed in that city on the night of October 30, 1991.

It is known as "Gate Night" in Trail, British Columbia, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Suffern, NY, Nanuet, NY, Stony Point, NY, New City, NY, Valley Cottage NY, North Dakota and South Dakota (USA) and as "Mat Night" in Quebec, Canada, always on 30 October, the eve of Halloween. It is also commonly known as "Devil's Night" in many places throughout Canada and western Pennsylvania.

It is also known in Yorkshire as "Mischievous Night", "Miggy Night", "Tick-Tack Night", "Corn Night", "Trick Night" and "Micky Night" and is celebrated on November 4. In Widnes, it is known as "Mizzy Night" and is celebrated on October 30.. In Liverpool, from 1995-1998, it was known as "If Anyone Sees Stiggy, Kick Him in Because He's a Wool" night.

Popular tricks include toilet papering yards and buildings, powder-bombing and egging cars, people, and homes, using soap to write on windows, "forking" yards, setting off consumer fireworks, and smashing pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns. Local grocery stores often refuse to sell eggs to pre-teens and teens around the time of Halloween for this reason. Occasionally though, the damage can include the more serious spray-painting of buildings and homes.

Less destructive is the ever-popular prank known as "Knock, Knock, Ginger", "Ding-Dong Ditch" and "knock-a-door-run" among many other names. in this 'game' people ring doorbells or knock on doors, and then run and hide somewhere nearby.One variation involves pranksters inserting a pin into a doorbell so that it rings continuously. Also known in London.UK as "Knock down ginger".

Among younger children, the practice of trick-or-treating on Halloween night itself traditionally carried the implied threat of minor pranks (or "tricks") in the absence of the requested "treats"; in modern times, however, this threat is rarely if ever acted upon.

Frankenstein's Monster Day

Frankenstein Monster Day is always on October 30th!

Theres more than one Frankenstein Holiday and as a result, a little confusion. We will try and clarify these days the best we can.......
  • National Frankenstein Day: is on August 30. This day is in honor of author Mary Wollenstone Shelley who was born on August 30,1797. She wrote the book "Frankenstein "in 1818. This day in in honor of her birth. The way the story goes is like this... "In the summer of 1816, Mary Shelly was 19 years old (some information says 21) and visiting a villa in Switzerland." "Stormy weather forced the guests to stay indoors, so they spent the time reading ghost stories." "One night, Mary was challenged to write her own ghost story - and this became Frankenstein." 
  • Frankenstein Friday: is the last Friday in October and is a Movable Holiday. Originally, we traced some references back to a website on Frankenberry cereal, which suggests a commercial origin. Our research shows this special day was created by Ron MacCloskey from Westfield, New Jersey in 1997. Our research shows that Ron MacCloskey, the creator of this special day awards "The Franky Award" to someone who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of Frankenstein. 
  • Frankenstein Monster Day: is always on October 30th. This holiday seems to be all about the Monster Frankenstein himself and many celebrate by wearing the best Frankenstein costumes at parties and compete in the best monster makeup contests.
Frankenstein's monster (or Frankenstein's creature) is a fictional character that first appeared in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. In the novel, the creature has no name—a symbol of his parentlessness and lack of human sense of self and identity. He does call himself, when speaking to his creator, Victor Frankenstein, the "Adam of your labours". He is also variously referred to as a "creature," "fiend," "the dæmon," "wretch," "zombie," "devil," "being," and "ogre" in the novel.

The monster's namelessness became part of the stage tradition as Mary Shelley's story was adapted into serious and comic plays in London, Paris, and France during the decades after the novel's first appearance. Mary Shelley herself attended a performance of Presumption, the first successful stage adaptation of her novel. "The play bill amused me extremely, for in the list of dramatic personae came, _______ by Mr T. Cooke,” she wrote her friend Leigh Hunt. “This nameless mode of naming the unnameable is rather good.”

Into this vacuum, it is understandable that the name of the creator—Frankenstein—would soon be used to name the creation. That mistake was made within the first decade after the novel was published, but it became cast in concrete after the story was popularized in the famous 1930s Universal film series starring Boris Karloff. The film was based largely on a play by Peggy Webling, performed in London in 1927. Curiously, Webling's Frankenstein actually does give his creature his name. The Universal film reverted to the empty cypher, however: the film's credits list the character Karloff plays as a series of question marks. Nevertheless, the creature soon enough became best known in the popular imagination as "Frankenstein".

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Holidays for October 29th 2013

31 Day of Halloween Horror
29. Howling VI: The Freaks

National Oatmeal Day

October 29 is National Oatmeal Day. Cosmetic company Aveeno is named after Avena, which is the botanical name for oats. That’s because oats have an anti-itch and anti-inflammatory compound in them that is widely used in cosmetics.

Oats are also used as a stabilizer in some dairy products. See, we’re not talking about any old whole grain here! Besides being one of the most popular breakfast foods in America, oats have been proven to help lower bad cholesterol and even reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Oats also keep you fuller for longer, so you’re more likely to maintain a healthy weight.

Most people who eat oats do so for breakfast, according to the Whole Grains Council. These oats have typically been steamed and flattened, producing rolled oats or old-fashioned oats. Generally, the more flattened the oats are, the quicker they cook. Steel-cut oats take longer to cook than regular or quick cooking oats but have a different texture. The whole oat kernel is cut into smaller pieces.

Oats certainly don’t have to be limited to the first meal of the day. Aside from the ever delicious oatmeal cookie, they can also be used in place of breadcrumbs for oven-fried chicken and as a thickening agent in meatballs or meatloaf. Oats can also be ground down in a food processor to make oat flour. Pretty neat for a grain that was once considered a weed and burned.

Hermit Day

October 29 is Hermit Day. There are some people who just prefer to stay inside. While many times they do come out and socialize, they prefer being inside. They are probably just inside because they are introverts and being around big crowds makes them tired. However, these people can be mistaken as hermits. Then, there are people who prefer to never come out of where they live. They would rather be hermits.

Hermit Day is a day that is meant to just celebrate the hermit lifestyle for one day. For hermits, they can relax on this day knowing that their lifestyle is accepted. For introverts, this holiday gives them the alone time that they need but may not always get. For extroverts, this holiday gives alone time that probably is needed even if they do not realize how much the alone time is needed.

Just how do people celebrate hermit day? Here are some ideas, but first, make sure anything you need to prepare to celebrate hermit day is done before October 29, then Hermit Day can be celebrated properly.
  • Pick up a Book You've Always Wanted to Read - Obtain a book you've always wanted to read. On October 29, sit inside and and read that book. Enjoy it while lounging in bed or taking a nice, warm bath.
  • Write Those Memories - Write any memories you've been meaning to write. Perhaps this is for yourself. Maybe it is for other family members. They might even be for friends. Relax and write the memories that you've always wanted to record.
  • Write Stories and Poems - Take the day and relax by writing stories and poems. It does not matter if they are any good. This is a day to enjoy yourself.
  • Draw or Paint Pictures - Once again, these do not have to be good. If drawing or painting is something that you enjoy, just take time to be by yourself and draw or paint.
  • Bake Breads, Cookies, and Cakes - If you enjoy baking, take this time to bake things you've always wanted to try baking but have not tried to bake yet. You can also bake some of your old favorite.
  • Sleep - Sometimes getting extra sleep is what people need to do.
  • Spend Time with Your Pets - Just spend time with your pets. Pet them, love them, and spoil them. It's not like you wouldn't do this if you're a pet lover, but it is certainly a good way to be a hermit and not feel lonely.
No matter what you do, just make sure you spend time by yourself on October 29.

International Internet Day

International Internet Day is celebrated worldwide, every year on 29th of October. Since the year 2005 the International Internet Day has been famously celebrated to commemorate a momentous day in the history of telecommunications and technology. This was the event of the sending of the first message, first electronic message which was transferred from one computer to another in 1969. This was situated in California, in the USA. Today the International Internet Day is also an on-line project germinating from the society, of the society and for the society. The International Internet Day project is open to everyone and anyone just as access to the internet is open and free for everyone. The International Internet Day thus celebrates this grand democratic fervor which in essential is linked to this idea of liberation, where everyone is afforded an equal opportunity and an equal advantage to share of services, which connect the world to each other.

Gleaning back at the history of the event would inform us that the journey to this era of easy communication wasn’t exactly as simple as surfing up information on Google. For starters it the present scenario has been preceded by years of attempts including failed attempts to render digital data visible to everyone, instead of using teleprinters and other devices. At the time when history was being made, Internet was known as ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). This was the year of 1969 when Charley Kline, a student programmer at the UCLA transmitted the first ever message on 29th of October in 1969. This event was to follow only few months after the first man landed on the moon. Great things were happening in the world, and this was one of it. Charley Kline, working under the supervision of Professor Leonard Kleinrock, transmitted a message from the computer housed at the UCLA to a computer positioned at the Stanford Research Institute's computer. The two computers, one at the UCLA was the SDS Sigma 7 Host computer and the receiver was the SDS 940 Host at the Stanford Research Institute. Interestingly enough the message was a text message comprising the word ‘login’. But as it would transpire only the letter L and O could be transmitted across, because following the initial transmission the system collapsed and the transmission crashed.

The Internet is a worldwide, publicly accessible series of interconnected computer networks that transmit data by packet switching, using standard IP (Internet Protocol). Now Internet has become one of the most important part of our life. Most of us cannot think of spending one day without internet. Internet has made our lives much easy.

World Psoriasis Day

World Psoriasis Day is an annual day specially dedicated to people with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis. Conceived by patients for patients, World Psoriasis Day is a truly global event that sets out to give an international voice to the more than 125 million people with psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis around the world. Formed by a global consortium of patient associations from around the world, World Psoriasis Day aims to raise the profile of a condition which needs to be taken more seriously by national and international authorities.
  • Raising awareness: to let people with psoriasis know that they are not alone and to raise the profile of this devastating skin disease and the misery it can cause. To dispel myths about the condition, such as the mistaken view that psoriasis is contagious.
  • Improving access to treatment: to encourage healthcare systems, governments, physicians, carers and all those responsible for psoriasis care to allow psoriasis sufferers access to optimum therapy. For too long, psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis has been low priority. They are debilitating diseases and must move up the healthcare agenda.
  • Increasing understanding: to provide information to those who are affected by the condition as well as the general public in order to educate people about the condition so that they can discuss it more openly and confidently.
  • Building unity among the psoriasis community: to provide a platform from which patient voices from around the world can speak as one and be heard by key decision makers.
For a number of years various patient groups discussed the idea of having an annual day specially dedicated to people with psoriasis. In 2004 members and non-members of psoriasis associations around the world launched World Psoriasis Day to raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

The event is presented by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA), an international organization whose membership is made up of psoriasis organizations from countries around the world. IFPA members meet regularly to collaborate and to discuss important issues affecting the world's psoriasis community.

National Cat Day

National Cat Day was founded in 2005 by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.

Estimates reveal that there are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters every year with 1-2 million being euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and under-appreciated because they don't usually have jobs like dogs. But cats still lower blood pressure, offer unconditional love and companionship and alert their owner of danger.

Cats have so many puuuurrrrsonalities and there is so much to love about them! Even if you can't adopt a cat, offer to volunteer to clean a cage or sit and play with a cat for a while. Who knows? You may just fall in love!

Please visit your local shelter on October 29th, offering love and life by adopting a homeless cat. The goal of National Cat Day is to facilitate the adoption of 10,000 shelter cats nationwide on October 29th.

Visit A Cemetery Day

October, it’s the time of year that has long been associated with remembering and commemorating the dead; from Halloween to el Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), and the holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. It’s a time when the beautiful autumn scenery presents a final burst of color before winter descends.

In celebration of October’s rituals of remembrance,, International Memorialization Supplier Organization (IMSA), Kates-Boylston Publications and American Cemetery Magazine are proud to announce the second annual “Visit a Cemetery Day” on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – a day marked to commemorate the history and traditions of everyone’s local community cemetery.

No one knows for sure, but there are hundreds of thousands of cemeteries in North America including those in use, those forgotten and small family cemeteries scattered from sea to sea and each one is filled with hundreds of stories of the lives once lived that now lie beneath the headstones and monuments.

For centuries, cemeteries have been recognized for their architecture, the artistry of headstones, serene park-like setting and atmosphere of tranquility, and now with the second annual “Visit a Cemetery Day” we encourage everyone to come together and show their support for the historical and social importance cemeteries have in their community. Not only are cemeteries the best place to learn about the history of one’s community, they are also a place where people can trace their ancestry through the centuries, embrace the celebration of life and learn about the people who have shaped their communities.

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, be sure to visit your local cemetery, whether to bring flowers, wreaths or other tributes to the final resting places of family members and friends; take a quiet walk along the paths, read a book, photograph tombstones and mausoleums, or study the engravings of tombstones – “Visit a Cemetery Day” isn’t just a day to commemorate those who came before us, but a day to carry on the ritual of remembrance.

Invite friends or family members and bring your camera so you can share pictures of the most interesting headstones located in your area with We will post them on our Facebook Page and in our photo album. We have also created a Cemetery Search activity for children that will help them discover the interesting history that can be found in a cemetery. You can click on the photo to download and print.

Tombstones, some eroded by time, elaborate mausoleums, sculpted angels and allegorical figures can now be found alongside photographic and interactive tombstones which combined can now give people an archival documentary of the evolution of human history, perceptions and emotions throughout the generations.

With cultural perceptions of death changing over the years, many people will find a new invigoration when visiting a cemetery. From the array of architectural monuments, row upon row of varied headstones and a rich history of the past, people can experience the satisfaction in reliving the excitement of long ago and celebrating the life we enjoy today.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Holidays for October 28th 2013

31 Day of Halloween Horror
28. Howling V: The Rebirth

National Chocolate Day

Today is National Chocolate Day. Nibble on some dark chocolate for a healthy snack and keep calm, happy and nourished. But, of course, do save some chocolates for those little Halloween trick or treaters.

Healthy chocolate – no it's not an oxymoron. Hundreds of studies overwhelmingly demonstrate that dark chocolate can promote having a healthy body. Some health facts about dark chocolate, the healthiest chocolate ~ and chocolate, in general. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants. Cocoa beans are processed into cocoa solids and cocoa butter. The solids contain the antioxidants. The higher the percentage of cocoa content listed on a wrapper, the more antioxidants inside. The purest commercial varieties, like unsweetened baking chocolate, taste bitter, which means that most chocolate consumed contains sugar. Most ingredients added to chocolate raise its caloric and fat content and lower its antioxidants. Milk chocolate also contains milk powder or condensed milk, which may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants. “White chocolate” contains cocoa butter, sugar and milk but no cocoa solids, i.e. no antioxidants .

According to, at any age, recent studies have shown that dark chocolate may:
1. Lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels.
2. Reduce the risk of diabetes by reducing blood sugar and insulin.
3. Activate enzymes that eliminate cancer-causing carcinogens and mutagens.
4. Reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes by inhibiting the clumping of blood platelets.
5. Keep cholesterol levels stable or even slightly improve them.
6. Enhance cognitive function by increasing blood flow in the brain.

Plush Animal Lover's Day

Plush Animal Lovers Day is a day of celebration that is held every year to show your favorite stuffed toy some extra special love and appreciation.

The original origins of the day’s creation are vague but there is an unconfirmed Urban Legend that the day first came about after a collectibles dealer named Royal Selangor came up with the idea of a Teddy Bears Picnic Day in the late eighties. Other stuffed toys became jealous that Teddy Bears were being singled out for their own celebration and demanded a special day all of their own! Not long after, Plush Animal Lovers Day quickly replaced Teddy Bears Picnic Day in popularity!

Plush Animals Day is a great opportunity for you to share your love of your favorite toy with the rest of the world. Try taking them to your Office, school or work-place or by giving your toy an extra special tea party all of their own. Take this day to show your favorite toy just how much they have been loved in all the time you've been together and remember – a stuffed toy is for life, not just for Christmas!

Statue of Liberty Dedicated Day

The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, is dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

Originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World," the statue was proposed by the French historian Edouard de Laboulaye to commemorate the Franco-American alliance during the American Revolution. Designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, the 151-foot statue was the form of a woman with an uplifted arm holding a torch. Its framework of gigantic steel supports was designed by Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the latter famous for his design of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

In February 1877, Congress approved the use of a site on New York Bedloe's Island, which was suggested by Bartholdi. In May 1884, the statue was completed in France, and three months later the Americans laid the cornerstone for its pedestal in New York Harbor. In June 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty arrived in the New World, enclosed in more than 200 packing cases. Its copper sheets were reassembled, and the last rivet of the monument was fitted on October 28, 1886, during a dedication presided over by President Cleveland and attended by numerous French and American dignitaries.

On the pedestal was inscribed "The New Colossus," a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus that welcomed immigrants to the United States with the declaration, "Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. / I lift my lamp beside the golden door." In 1892, Ellis Island, adjacent to Bedloe's Island, opened as the chief entry station for immigrants to the United States, and for the next 32 years more than 12 million immigrants were welcomed into New York harbor by the sight of "Lady Liberty." In 1924, the Statue of Liberty was made a national monument, and in 1956 Bedloe's Island was renamed Liberty Island. The statue underwent a major restoration in the 1980s.

Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence

Since 1996, seven million students have signed a pledge. These seven million students pledged to prevent gun violence among children and teenagers. On October 28th, the United States remembers National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence day.

Crime may cost a life, the future of the one acting in the crime, and many others involved. Prevention of crime does not just work in the favor of victims. Usually, juveniles who commit one crime often make a habit of criminal behavior. This individual's, or multiple individuals', will ultimately give-up their freedom to the court system as well as wholesome relationships of family members, friends, and other acquaintances. Many people's futures become muddied with consequences and punishment.

Exposure to violence may increase the likelihood one may act out in violence. However, discussing violence, who, where, when, why and how these acts of violence always remains important. Many may think that Juvenile violence is mainly a current issue, and perhaps not a real issue as it lacks discussion of its history. However, the United states first established a Juvenile court during 1899 in Chicago, Illinois; the United states has recognized Juvenile crime in the judicial system for over 110 years.

Every city, town, or community experiences crime. Unfortunately, awareness and a true approach to combat juvenile crime only became apparent after school shootings multiplied across the United States in recent years. Various sources state that between 80-86% of juvenile offenders committed crimes which involved a firearm. These sources (listed below) also discuss how individuals under 18 years of age acquired these firearms, guns. Usually, the firearms were supplied by family members or friends.

Do you feel juvenile crime is becoming more common? Why? What may contribute to this increased violence?

Some researchers discuss how the media affects teenagers and children’s understanding of violence. Violence is often portrayed as a stylish way to resolve conflict, appearing to enhance a person’s image with power. Crime is romanticized, presented as a game, and an intelligent way to escape hum-drum authority. But the stories often remain unfinished as someone needs to pay for the damage that crime and violence creates.

Various people have become leaders in trying to prevent Juvenile crime. One organization that strives to create awareness among adults, children, and teenagers alive is the National Rifle Association . The NRA created the Eddie Eagle Program in order to allow children to act quickly and easily if spotting a firearm. However, perhaps anyone spotting a mysterious firearm could use these steps: (1) Stop! (2) Don't touch! (3) Leave the area. (4) Go tell an adult.

Adults have a responsibility to understand the impacts and costs of juvenile crime. The causes of Juvenile crime persist. However, there are several suggested solutions to help prevent Juvenile crime. Many people often say that one person can not save the world; but a person can reach out to family members, friends, those living in the same neighborhood, or organizations to which one belongs.

Wild Foods Day

Do you like wild plants, fruits and vegetables? If so, you have a day to celebrate. October 28 2012 is Wild Foods Day.

Wild Foods Day is a day to celebrate raw foods not purchased in the supermarket. Wild foods are those foods that are gathered from outdoors and are available to be eaten without any processing. They can be eaten right from the vine or put in salads and juices.

People have been eating plants and harvesting food from the wild for thousands of years. Wild plants often appear on menus in gourmet restaurants and raw food restaurants. Because wild foods are free of preservatives and pesticides, eating them is part of an eco-friendly lifestyle.

To celebrate wild foods day, take a walk in the woods or in your own backyard to find some edible wild plants and berries to eat. It is a very good idea to properly identify and prepare the wild plants before you eat them.

Many wild foods are delicious and have nutritional value. Edible plants and berries can be found almost anywhere in the wild.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Holidays for October 27th 2013

31 Day of Halloween Horror
27. Howling IV: The Original Nightmare

Mother-in-Law Day

Today is Mother-in-Law Day! Take a few moments to celebrate this very important member of your family. Send your mother-in-law an eCard, call her up for a chat, or surprise her with an impromptu visit from the grandkids!

A recent study found that over 50% of Americans consider their mother-in-law to be a true friend. These wonderful individuals are always there for us, providing lots of love and support. Today is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the two families that came together when you married, and the woman who raised your spouse!

National Potato Day

National Potato Day is an unofficial food holiday celebrated on October 27 each year. Potato Day is a food holiday in the United States which celebrates the uses of the potato. Potatoes are incorporated into many American meals and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Potatoes are sold in American fast food restaurant chains located all over the world in the form of French fries. Other kid friendly forms of the potato are tater tots and potato chips. Potatoes are considered a staple vegetable in many areas of the United States.

Although there is no background to discuss how National Potato Day came into being, the history of the potato itself is lengthy. The vegetable had its beginnings more than 7000 years ago in South America. Westerners were first exposed to the potato in 1537 when the Conquistadors entered Peru and Europe had their first taste of the spud in 1570. It was not until the 1800s when the potato made its way back to North America. The Top 3 potato producing countries in the world in 2007 were China, Russia, and India. Although Asians consume half of the world's potatoes each year, the per capita consumption is not as large as Europe and the U.S.

Celebrations of National Potato Day may include indulging in a host of your favorite potato dishes. Perhaps consider starting the day with a hash brown breakfast meal. In the South, Waffle House restaurants are famous for their scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped and diced hash browns. Lunch might consist of a bowl of potato soup, or a French fry fest trying the fries of a number of restaurants in a food court. A potato potluck might be accomplished in an office environment encouraging co-workers to bring in a potato dish to share and perhaps top the meal off with potato candy for dessert.

Navy Day

Navy Day was established on October 27, 1922 by the Navy League of the United States. Although it was not a national holiday, Navy Day received special attention from President Warren Harding. Harding wrote to the Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby:

"Thank you for your note which brings assurance of the notable success which seems certain to attend the celebration of Navy Day on Friday, October 27, in commemoration of past and present services of the Navy. From our earliest national beginnings the Navy has always been, and deserved to be, an object of special pride to the American people. Its record is indeed one to inspire such sentiments, and I am very sure that such a commemoration as is planned will be a timely reminder."

"It is well for us to have in mind that under a program of lessening naval armaments there is a greater reason for maintaining the highest efficiency, fitness and morale in this branch of the national defensive service. I know how earnestly the Navy personnel are devoted to this idea and want you to be assured of my hearty concurrence."

October 27 was suggested by the Navy League to recognize Theodore Roosevelt's birthday. Roosevelt had been an Assistant Secretary of the Navy and supported a strong Navy as well as the idea of Navy Day. In addition, October 27 was the anniversary of a 1775 report issued by a special committee of the Continental Congress favoring the purchase of merchant ships as the foundation of an American Navy.

Cranky Co-Workers Day

Whether you work full-time, part-time, work from home or are retired, chances are pretty good you’ve worked with one (or two) before. While we all have bad days from time-to-time, this person is a habitual grouch; a real, honest-to-goodness Debbie Downer. You know the type - that obnoxious, rude and/or irritable person who seems to thrive on making everyone’s life just plain miserable. October 27 celebrates the office grump – it’s Cranky Co-Workers Day!

Because many of us spend a large portion of our life working with other people, working with a cranky co-worker on a daily basis can really impact our lives. Not to be confused with National Grouch Day, which interestingly also takes place in October, this annual holiday, created by Ruth and Thomas Roy of Wellcat, can actually be observed several ways.
  • Start your morning off on the wrong foot by getting up on the wrong side of the bed. Put on a great big frown and wear it all day long with pride! And to heck with manners! Ignore people you don’t like. Complain about all your aches and pains, love life and whine about all your money troubles. Make sure to tell everyone you come in contact with that you are having a really bad day! But just remember, tomorrow is back to being nice!
  • Send an anonymous Cranky Co-Workers Day card to the office grump.
  • Make it movie night and watch only cranky character-themed flicks.
Happy Cranky Co-Workers Day!

American Beer Day

Attention beer lovers – today is your lucky day! October 27th is American Beer Day.Not to be confused with International Beer Day, National Drink Beer Day or Drink Beer Day, this annual “holiday” celebrates the most popular alcoholic drink in the United States - beer! In fact, it’s estimated that Americans consume more than 50 billion pints annually.

According to the Brewers Association, Anheuser-Busch, Miller Coors Brewing and Pabst are the top three brewing companies in the United States based on 2010 beer sales. With more than 1,600 craft brewers, Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium Brewing Companies round out the top three craft brewing companies in the U.S. While craft beer and imports have been growing in popularity, more than half of all beer sold in convenience stores are premium beers

Good Bear Day

This day honors Theodore Roosevelt (born on this day in 1858), 26th president of the United States. The rising young Republican politician Theodore Roosevelt unexpectedly became the 26th president of the United States in September 1901, after the assassination of William McKinley. Young and physically robust, he brought a new energy to the White House, and won a second term on his own merits in 1904. Roosevelt confronted the bitter struggle between management and labor head-on and became known as the great "trust buster" for his strenuous efforts to break up industrial combinations under the Sherman Antitrust Act. He was also a dedicated conservationist, setting aside some 200 million acres for national forests, reserves and wildlife refuges during his presidency. In the foreign policy arena, Roosevelt won a Nobel Peace Prize for his negotiations to end the Russo-Japanese War and spearheaded the beginning of construction on the Panama Canal. After leaving the White House and going on safari in Africa, he returned to politics in 1912, mounting a failed run for president at the head of a new Progressive Party. Teddy bears were named after him. Quick bit of trivia: Teddy Bear collecting is called arctophily. The word arctophily is a combination of two Greek words that mean "bear" and "love."

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Holidays for October 26th 2013

31 Day of Halloween Horror
26. Howling III

National Pumpkin Day

Crown yourself 'Pumpkin King' and Queen of Halloween Town - October 26 is National Pumpkin Day!

You might traditionally look at October as pumpkin central already, but this fall squash deserves its own day outside of Halloween.

Although we're not entirely sure where pumpkins came from, it's almost certain they first appeared in North America. Pumpkins have long been a part of our culture, from folktales about shadowy ghouls with pumpkins for heads to Jack-o'-lanterns scaring off evil spirits, but they also became a part of early American cuisine as well.

That giant orange fruit translates well into baked goods, casseroles and soups, although you can always take a swig of pumpkin juice or munch on roasted pumpkin seeds.Endless Simmer has 100 ways to cook up some pumpkiny goodness, and Claire Thomas shares ways to cure your pumpkin craving with more than just pie.

Of course, if you're not a fan of noshing on pumpkin, you can always enter a pumpkin chuckin' contest.

National Mincemeat Day

National Mincemeat Day celebrates a sweet and tasty meat treat. For those of us that have had it before, we can revel in the great taste. For those of us who have never heard of Mincemeat, don't you think today would be a good time to get introduced to it!?

Mincemeat dates back to medieval times. It was a way to preserve food. It was also a treat, mixed with sweet fruits. Somewhere in the last half of the 1900's, it lost it's popularity. A whole generation has grown up, not knowing what it is, or having ever tasted it. Today, it is most often served as Minced Meat Pie. Over the years, the amount of meat in the recipes was reduced. In older recipes, you will find meat and/or suet among the ingredients. More modern recipes, it contains little or no meat, and is largely a fruity pie. It remains a traditional pie at Thanksgiving for many families.

So, just what is mincemeat? It is a mixture of minced (or chopped up) meats, suet, and fruits. The meat is usually beef, either ground up or sirloin. Fruits include raisins, apples pear, and others. Sometimes liquor is added, most commonly brandy or rum.

It's easy to enjoy this day...... have a slice of Mincemeat Pie. Then, you will most definitely have a happy National Mincemeat Day !!

National Mule Day

One of the lesser-known annual observances that may not have made it on to your calendar is National Mule Day. October 26 is the date designated to celebrate these unique hybrid animals.

Mules are the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse and are more common than hinnies, the offspring of female donkeys and male horses. Because donkeys and horses are actually different species with a different number of chromosomes, their offspring are nearly always sterile.

The size of a mule is largely dependent upon the size of its mother. All kinds of horses are used to breed mules, and draft horses are a popular cross to create heavyweight mules. Today, breeders create designer mules using pinto or Appaloosa horses. Gaited horses often produce gaited mules.

Mules are valued for bringing the best characteristics of horses and donkeys into one animal. They are said to be stronger, smarter and have better endurance than either of their parents and because of these characteristics, they are still valued work animals. In recent years, they have even been used by the United States military to transport equipment in mountainous regions of Afghanistan.

Mule enthusiasts have adapted to a changing equine market, and mules are used as companions and pleasure riding animals. They can be found under saddle and in harness at horse shows and out on the trails.

Worldwide Howl At the Moon Night

With Halloween right around the corner,October 26 is a doozy of a “howliday”. Not only is it National Pumpkin Day, it is also Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night, also referred to as Howl at the Moon Day! But no matter what you call it, it’s all about howling!

Why do Wolves Howl at the Moon?
If you’ve ever gone camping or spent the night in the great outdoors, you may have heard a howling wolf during the evening hours. While wolves do howl at night, experts say there is no connection between the wolf’s howl and the moon. Wolves are nocturnal and they communicate with other members of the pack by using their voices. While they may appear to be howling at the moon, their howling actually has nothing to do with the moon. When they raise their heads in an upward fashion, their howls carry a longer distance – up to 6 miles in the forest and 10 miles in an area without trees.

Now that’s really something to howl about! And tonight is the perfect night to try it yourself!

Make A Difference Day

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Make A Difference Day is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions of volunteers from around the world will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Thousands of projects are planned each year involving corporations, communities, nonprofit organizations, entire states and individuals. Many of the 250 HandsOn Network affiliates lead projects across the nation.

The stories told around Make A Difference Day show that anyone - regardless of age, location or resources - can accomplish amazing things when they take on the problems they see in their community. Recognizing the power of Make A Difference Day, other organizations join with USA WEEKEND and Points of Light each year to inspire and recognize the valuable work of volunteers. Newman's Own supports the day by awarding $10,000 to the charities of each of 10 National Honorees and three City Awardees. USA WEEKEND Magazine will feature the All-Star honoree, 10 National and three City Award honorees in a special April 2014 issue coinciding with National Volunteer Week, led by Points of Light.

National Day of the Deployed

Senator John Hoeven announced today that a resolution he introduced to continue honoring the nation’s deployed service men and women with a Day of the Deployed has unanimously passed in the Senate. Hoeven launched the first Day of the Deployed in 2006 while serving as Governor of North Dakota and spearheaded the effort to bring the initiative to the national level this year. The resolution, passed last night, calls on all Americans to reflect on the service of the nation’s deployed service members and to offer support to their loved ones.

“Our U.S. service men and women currently deployed, along with their loved ones, make untold sacrifices as they serve our nation,” said Hoeven. “A national Day of the Deployed pays tribute to their commitment to our country and their work to protect our freedoms. We want to ensure that our military members and their loved ones know of our appreciation and support before, during and after their service.”

On Oct. 26, 2006, then-Governor Hoeven launched the first Day of the Deployed in support of Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization that aids deployed American military personnel and their families. The effort spread, and in 2010, 40 states had proclaimed a Day of the Deployed.

“Working with John Hoeven on Day of the Deployed since 2006 in North Dakota has been an honorable way to extend appreciation to the deployed service members and their families. Day of the Deployed is recognition for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the United States of America. This day is all about them,” said Shelle Michaels, Soldiers’ Angels Deputy Director of Development.

“More than 2 million Americans currently serve in the Unites States Armed Forces. These men and women are making great scarifies to ensure the safety and security of our great nation. Next Wednesday, October 26, is the Day of the Deployed. I encourage people in North Dakota and across our nation to take a moment to recognize and celebrate America’s heroes — our men and women in uniform. They deserve our support and the thanks of a grateful nation,” said Senator Kent Conrad, a cosponsor of the resolution.

Currently, more than 2.27 million people serve as members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those in the active guard and reserve components, with thousands of members deployed each year to 150 countries around the world. The resolution calls on Americans to reflect on the service of the nation’s soldiers and encourages ceremonies and activities on Oct. 26 to mark the Day of the Deployed.