Monday, October 14, 2013

Holidays for October 14th 2013

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national lowercase day

while keyboarding teachers and bosses probably won’t be participating in this particular holiday anytime soon, texters will probably appreciate today’s annual celebration. october 14 is national lowercase day!

rules of capitalization can often be quite confusing. while you are supposed to capitalize proper nouns, months and days of the week, you are not supposed to capitalize the seasons except when used in a title. and speaking of titles, they have special rules too. job titles should be capitalized when used before a name or after the name in a signature line. but if the title is after a person’s name, it should be lowercase. first and last words in titles of publications along with nouns, adjectives and verbs should be capitalized but articles, coordinating conjunctions and prepositions should not. some say determining whether or not to capitalize depends on how many letters are in the word. geesh - who can keep it all straight?

and for young ones struggling with handwriting, check out these cool animated lowercase alphabet tips. in case your word processor can’t do it, convert case is a free online tool for folks who happened to leave the caps lock on. no need to retype it.

who needs to waste valuable time capitalizing certain words anyway? so go ahead - live a little. turn off that auto-correct and don’t hit the caps lock key today! just be sure to put everything back to normal tomorrow!

Be Bald and Be Free Day

October 14, is Be Bald and Be Free Day!

This annual holiday, sometimes referred to as Bald & Free Day, was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy in an effort to celebrate and embrace being bald.

Alopecia, the loss of hair, affects both men and women of all races. For men, male pattern hair loss is the loss of hair at the top of the head and hairline. 2 out of 3 American men, about 40 million of them, have significant hair loss. For women, female diffuse hair loss is a gradual thinning of hair, especially at the top of the head.

Alopecia areata results in hair loss on the head and hair-bearing skin areas on the body. More than 4 million people in the United States have this common autoimmune skin condition that affects men, women and children. Whether hair loss is due to heredity, health issues, medications, aging or other factors, hair loss can be devastating, especially for women and children. Earlier this year, the Mattel Company created its Beautiful and Bald Barbie doll to help children better cope with cancer.

Some people living with hair loss feel isolated and alone. Many feel embarrassment, shame, depression and anger. The psychological impact of hair loss can be profound. While various treatments and procedures may help, they can have side effects and/or be expensive.

On the positive side, going bald can save you a fortune on expensive hair sprays and gels, hair gadgets and hair appointments. Plus, you’ll save loads of time not having to do your hair. And just think - no more bed head or bad hair days either!

Whether you have a receding hairline, thinning hair or no hair at all, today is the day to ditch the wig, cap, scarf and/or rug, and show off that beautiful bald head! Happy Be Bald and Be Free Day! And speaking of bald, don't forget about all the hairless cats and dogs waiting to find the "purrfect furever" homes.

National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day

Today is National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day! Chocolate is one of the most popular flavors in the world and people will eat it on anything—strawberries, pretzels, peanuts, even bugs! This holiday honors anyone brave enough to try a bite of chocolate-covered insect.

For this exotic snack, insects are roasted to perfection then coated in chocolate. Crickets and ants are the most popular variety, and most people think they taste like chocolate-covered popcorn. You can find an impressive selection online.

In some countries, like China and Thailand, chocolate-covered insects are a delicacy. In Southern Africa, caterpillars (without the chocolate!) are an important source of protein for the indigenous people.

Test your bravery on National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day, invite your friends over for a fear factor party, and sample this unusual treat!

Frump Day

Who's feeling a little frumpy today? October 14th is Frump Day, a humble holiday that celebrates the most unpretentious among us.

Have you ever been caught doing errands in a dumpy set of sweats? How about that time you ran to the corner store for a gallon of milk, wearing that baggy top with those pajama pants and uncombed hair?

Frumps are in fashion on October 14th. What is a frump? According to many sources, the word "frump" is actually an acronym for a Frugal, Responsible, Unpretentious Mature Person.

Frump it up today!

National Dessert Day

We found reference to National Dessert Day as being celebrated on October 14 on several different calendar sites. We also found reference to Dessert Day listed as October 9th at Greeting Card sites. Could this holiday be a movable holiday which means the date changes each year?? Or is this just ms-types in the date? We don't know because we could not find the creator or origin of this holiday- but we do know that this holiday IS IN the month of October. It is a fact that National Dessert Month is the whole month of October!

This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!

What is dessert? as defined at wikipedia encyclopedia

"Dessert is a course that typically comes at the end of a meal, usually consisting of sweet food but sometimes of a strongly-flavored one, such as some cheeses. The word comes from the Old French desservir, "to clear the table."

Common desserts include:
• cakes, (types of cake)
• cookies,
• fruits, (fruit salads)

"The word dessert is most commonly used for this course in U.S., Canada, Australia, and Ireland, while sweet, pudding or afters would be more typical terms in the UK and some other Commonwealth countries, including India. According to Debrett's, pudding is the proper term, dessert is only to be used if the course consists of fruit, and sweet is colloquial. This, of course, reflects the upper-class/upper-middle-class usage. More commonly, the words simply form a class shibboleth; pudding being the upper-class and upper-middle-class word to use for sweet food served after the main course, sweet, afters and dessert being considered non-U. However, dessert is considered slightly better than the other two, owing to many young people, whose parents say pudding, acquiring the word from American media.

Although the custom of eating fruits and nuts after a meal may be very old, dessert as a standard part of a Western meal is a relatively recent development. Before the rise of the middle class in the 19th-century, and the mechanization of the sugar industry, sweets were a privilege of the aristocracy, or a rare holiday treat. As sugar became cheaper and more readily available, the development and popularity of desserts spread accordingly.

Some have a separate final sweet course but mix sweet and savory dishes throughout the meal as in Chinese cuisine, or reserve elaborate dessert concoctions for special occasions. Often, the dessert is seen as a separate meal or snack rather than a course, and may be eaten apart from the meal (usually in less formal settings). Some restaurants specialize in dessert.

"In colloquial American usage "dessert" has a broader meaning and can refer to anything sweet that follows a meal, including milkshakes and other beverages."

Columbus Day - Observed

Columbus Day, which is annually on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. This holiday is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples.

Officially, the people of the USA are invited to celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of their country with church services and other activities. In some towns and cities, special church services, parades and large events are held. Most celebrations are concentrated around the Italian-American community. The celebrations in New York and San Francisco are particularly noteworthy. In Hawaii Columbus Day is also known as Landing Day or Discoverer's Day.

Not all parts of the United States celebrate Columbus Day. It is not a public holiday in California, Nevada and Hawaii. Moreover, Native Americans’ Day is celebrated in South Dakota, while Indigenous People’s Day is celebrated in Berkeley, California.

Columbus day is a public holiday in many parts of the United states, but is not observed or is not a holiday in some states. Government offices and schools are generally closed, but businesses may be open. The flag of the United States is displayed on Government buildings.

Christopher Columbus is often portrayed as the first European to sail to the Americas. He is sometimes portrayed as the discoverer of the New World. However, this is controversial on many counts. There is evidence that the first Europeans to sail across the Atlantic were Viking explorers from Scandinavia. In addition, the land was already populated by indigenous peoples, who had 'discovered' the Americas thousands of years before.

Columbus Day originated as a celebration of Italian-American heritage and was first held in San Francisco in 1869. The first state-wide celebration was held in Colorado in 1907. In 1937, Columbus Day become a holiday across the United States. Since 1971, it has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. The date on which Columbus arrived in the Americas is also celebrated as the Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) in Latin America and some Latino communities in the USA. However, it is a controversial holiday in some countries and has been re-named in others.

Columbus Day celebrations are controversial because the settlement of Europeans in the Americas led to the deaths of a very large proportion of the native people. It has been argued that this was a direct result of Columbus' actions. It is clear that the arrival of the European settlers led to the demise of a large proportion of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. It has also been argued that Columbus should not be honored for discovering North America, as he only went as far as some islands in the Caribbean and never got as far as mainland America.

National Occupational Therapy Day

Thanks to the nearly 46,000 occupational therapists and their assistants in the United States, millions of Americans with potentially disabling conditions are able to lead productive, fulfilling lives. On this occasion, we salute this dedicated group of health care professionals and acknowledge the importance of their work.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, each year practitioners of occupational therapy treat more than 7,500,000 children and adults whose lives have been disrupted by physical injury or illness, developmental problems, the aging process, or psychosocial difficulties such as substance abuse. Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, nursing facilities, rehabilitation and mental health centers, and community and migrant health clinics, as well as through independent practices and home health agencies. After Operation Desert Storm, occupational therapy practitioners joined in providing a wide range of rehabilitation services and programs for our veterans. Whatever the setting or individual need, occupational therapy practitioners are united by their commitment to high quality patient care.

Tracing its roots as far back as the 15th century, when physicians observed that patients who performed daily chores recovered much more quickly than their idle counterparts, occupational therapy has evolved into a multifaceted health care discipline. Today we salute the men and women who have chosen to serve their fellowman through this profession.

The Congress, by House Joint Resolution 471, has designated October 14, 1992, as "National Occupational Therapy Day" and has requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day.

Now, Therefore, I, George Bush, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 14, 1992, as National Occupational Therapy Day. I invite all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities.