Thursday, October 10, 2013

Holidays for October 10th 2013

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National Angel Food Cake Day

While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Today's food holiday gives you wings! October 10th is National Angel Food Cake Day.

Angel food cake, also called silver cake or corn starch cake, is a relative of the sponge cake. It’s thought that the light and airy cake was invented by the Pennsylvania Dutch because they were the first to mass produce bakeware, including the specialized pan used to make angel food cake.

Angel food cake contains no fat (meaning no butter, cream or egg yolks). In order to achieve the leavening, egg whites are whipped with cream of tartar until they look like meringue. The egg whites are combined with cake flour, sugar and salt then poured into a tube pan. The shape of the pan is important because the tube in the middle allows the cake to rise higher than it would without it. It's also advised to cool the cake in the pan, upside down, to prevent it from collapsing on you.

The original angel food cake recipe wasn’t flavored in any way to preserve the angelic white color (hence the name), but nowadays lemon or other citrus fruit flavors are common. And while this type of cake isn’t traditionally iced, it is usually drizzled with a flavored glaze.

If you’re more of a chocolate fan, you can always try the angel food cake opposite - devil’s food cake.

National Cake Decorating Day

When it comes to October holidays,October 10 is the icing on the cake! Literally! It’s National Cake Decorating Day! Sweet!

Whether you consider yourself a novice, pro or somewhere in between, today is the perfect time to try your “hand” at sprucing up an otherwise ho-hum cake. Whether you use homemade frosting or store-bought, sparkly sprinkles, colorful candies or other fun decorations, you can go all out and create an elaborate design or plain and simple. The sky's the limit when it comes to cake decorating! And with Halloween right around the corner, why not whip up a creepy cake or some boo-tiful cupcakes perfect for the occasion?

You really don't have to be a talented artist to create a pretty cake. If a whole cake is just too big to tackle, why not try decorating a smaller version instead? In honor of National Cake Decorating Day, check out some cake and cupcake recipes. Now you really can have your (decorated) cake and eat it too!

U.S. Naval Academy Day

The United States Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Maryland, with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors. Known as the Naval School until 1850, the curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy, and French. The Naval School officially became the U.S. Naval Academy in 1850, and a new curriculum went into effect, requiring midshipmen to study at the academy for four years and to train aboard ships each summer--the basic format that remains at the academy to this day.

Dress-Up Day

Find the formalwear on October 10th. It's Dress-Up Day.

Dress-Up Day marks a momentous occasion in men's fashion history. French designer Griswold Lorillard created the first tuxedo in 1886, and the high-styled fashion attire was first seen in the United States at an autumn cotillion in Tuxedo Park, New York, on October 10th of that year.

Of course, the tuxedo later was tagged by many other names, including monkey suit, penguin attire, tux and more.

A complete tuxedo usually includes trousers (with a vertical silk seam striping), a pin-tucked white tailored shirt, a bow tie, a cummerbund and a dinner jacket. A vest or waistcoat is option with the tuxedo.

National Kick Butt Day

Today’s holiday isn’t exactly what some may think it is. No we aren’t celebrating how awesome we are, we aren’t going to beat someone up; instead today is about kicking ourselves in the butt and taking action on the goals we have set for ourselves but have yet to achieve. It can be anything, a promise you made but haven’t followed up on, excuses made to help stall something from happening, or a difficult situation we’ve yet to overcome. Today we tackle these hurdles and move forward with life. Today is National Kick-Butt Day!

I can be a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to certain things. I absolutely hate calling people on the phone and will put it off as long as possible. Luckily this is something that I’ve learned to overcome in the workplace but put me in charge with following up on something outside of work and it’s a whole other story. I’ve had my fair share of justified scoldings from Brittany because something didn’t get done in time. Eventually though I get things done, but really that just isn’t enough. There are things that I could face early on that would make things much better in the long run.

Today I’ve tasked myself to do some chores around the house that I’ve been putting off for too long. We are always starting projects and either not finishing them quick enough or if we do it takes about a week to put all of the tools away. Needless to say there are a few tools that I will be putting away as soon as I am done with this post. Last night I had said I would play with the chinchillas and by the time I got enough done and had some time to play with them it was so late I needed to go to bed. Usually they have their playtime at night but to be efficient and make sure I get everything done today I am playing with the now (around 4PM). We also have a tendency to write the posts fairly late in the evening. Not today though! Today chores are first and like I said at the end of yesterdays post I am nipping things in the “butt”.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day, which is supported by the United Nations (UN), is annually held on October 10 to raise public awareness about mental health issues worldwide. This event promotes open discussions on illnesses, as well as investments in prevention and treatment services.

World Mental Health Day is observed in more than 100 countries on October 10 through local, regional and national World Mental Health Day commemorative events and programs. Activities include:
  • Officials signing the World Mental Health Day proclamation.
  • Public service announcements.
  • Educational lectures and the distribution of research papers on mental health issues.
  • Awards to individuals or organizations who made significant contributions in improving mental health issues.
World Mental Health Day is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). The World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health, supports this event. The Mental Health Foundation is another organization that is proactive in promoting World Mental Health Day.

Mental disorders affect nearly 12 percent of the world’s population – about 450 million or one out of every four people around the world – will experience a mental illness that would benefit from diagnosis and treatment. WHO statistics for 2002 showed that 154 million people globally suffered from depression, which is a form of mental illness. According to WHO, mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which people realize their own potential, can cope with normal life stresses, can work productively, and can contribute to their community.

Mental health services lack human and financial resources in many countries, particularly low and middle income countries. More funding is needed to promote mental health to increase people’s awareness of the issue. In response to making mental health a global priority, World Health Day was first celebrated in 1992 as an initiative of the WFMH, which has members and contacts in more than 150 countries. Each year the UN, through WHO, actively participates in promoting this event.

The WHO logo or emblem, which was chosen by the first World Health Assembly in 1948, is often associated with the UN’s promotional material for World Mental Health Day. The emblem consists of the UN symbol surmounted by a staff with a snake coiling around it. The staff with the snake has long been a symbol of medicine and the medical profession. It originates from the story of Aesculapius who was revered by the ancient Greeks as a god of healing and whose cult involved the use of snakes.

The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map depicts the area of concern to the UN in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles.