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National Boss's Day
Boss's Day dates back to 1958 when State Farm Insurance employee Patricia Bays Haroski registered the date with the government. Haroski wanted to honor her father (who was also her boss!) for all the advice he gave to her and her siblings throughout their careers. She chose his birthday as the date for this special holiday!
Not sure how to celebrate? Send a free eCard, ask your fellow employees to chip in for a bouquet of flowers, or take your boss to lunch to show your appreciation.
National Dictionary Day
Today is National Dictionary Day, when America honors the birthday of Noah Webster, the word lover who thought Americans should have their own dictionary. Before Webster, all English-language dictionaries came from England.
The world's oldest dictionary was inscribed on a mud tablets 4,500 year ago in the ancient Akkadian Empire — today's Iraq and Syria. The first English alphabetical dictionary was written by English schoolteacher Robert Cawdrey in 1604, when Shakespeare was still writing plays. (Before that, dictionaries were organized by topic, which would mean that all types of food would be listed together, for example).
Webster's first American dictionary had 70,000 words — and their definitions — in it. About 12,000 of those words had never been in any dictionary before, Morse said.
The idea behind Webster's dictionary, Morse said, "is that English-speaking people decide what English is, not professors or historians."
"Check out 'selfie,' a new word we just added to the online dictionary," he said. "It means taking a picture of yourself maybe on your cellphone and posting it somewhere. A picture of yourself taken by yourself [is] a 'selfie.' "
Kids are invited to send in new words, Morse said. "All you do is log on to Webster's open dictionary site and make your own suggestions for new words," he explained. That website is located at www3.merriam-webster. com/opendictionary. Always ask a parent or other responsible adult if it's okay for you to go online.
"We look at every new word sent to us — and plenty come from kids — and if it pans out, the word goes on our universal page, and eventually if there are enough 'hits' on the word, we'll print it in our paper dictionaries, too," Morse said. "Some of those words may live forever in the dictionary."
Deciding what words go in the dictionary is a big job. A 2010 study by Harvard and Google researchers found that today there are more than 1 million English words, with 8,500 new ones added to the dictionary each year.
"I remember falling in love with words at a very, very young age," Morse said. Both his parents were librarians, "and at the drop of a hat, if I wondered what a word meant, not only did they tell me to look it up in the dictionary, but they showed me how, and brought over three or four big fat dictionaries for me to look at."
"Now, I just click on a Web search," he said with a laugh. "Dictionaries are easier today."
National Feral Cat Day
While millions of lucky felines live long, healthy lives in their happy "furever" homes, many are not so lucky. Feral cats live their lives out on the streets and have had little, if any, human contact. Often considered a nuisance, far too many feral cats have been shot, poisoned or brutally killed. Feral cats have been trapped and taken to shelters - most never make it out alive.
Stray cats, domestic pets who have been lost or abandoned, have had some human contact at some point in their lives. Under the right circumstances and with a little TLC, many stray cats are adoptable and will make a "purrfect" pet for someone.
Alley Cat Allies, founded in 1990 by two amazing cat lovers, are devoted "advoc-cats" for feral and stray cats across the nation. The organization also introduced the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, a humane method of spaying and neutering entire cat colonies in the United States. Because most feral cats are unadoptable, the feral is returned to its outdoor home after sterilization.
According to Alley Cat Allies Co-Founder,Becky Robinson, "the number of local governments that officially support Trap-Neuter-Return has increased tenfold.
And because feral cats are not just an issue in America, World Feral Cat Day is also celebrated this month. In honor of NFCD, why not encourage your local shelter or local government to adopt the humane TNR program or organize a spay/neuter program? And please consider opening your heart and home by adopting a cat in need - before it's too late.
World Food Day
The United States has a long history of collaborative action against hunger on World Food Day. Since its inception, the day has been observed in the US to create solidarity among groups working to end hunger and to educate thousands of people, young and old, about the roots of global hunger and the multi-faceted approaches to end it.
Central to U.S. observances for the first 30 years was the annual World Food Day Teleconference. Each year the teleconference featured world leaders and renowned experts in a wide range of fields including agriculture, economics, nutrition, environmental science and human rights. These panelists addressed key questions facing the international community in the fight against hunger. The teleconference was broadcast to hundreds of universities across the nation and students had an opportunity to ask questions directly of the panelists, having studied and prepared in advance through a themed study packet.
In addition to the teleconference, a network of 450 organizations have taken action in their own ways to showcase models of success in food security and to highlight what more needs to be done. Today, building on the success of the first 30 years, this World Food Day network is collaborating in new and innovative ways to make ending hunger a priority for all.
Canada has long been host to a number of World Food Day observances from large conferences to smaller community events. These groups are now joining with the US groups to form a more unified North American network.
If only we had the political will, we could eliminate extreme hunger from the planet. It is the greatest atrocity of our time that we have the solutions to end the suffering of nearly a billion people, but not the will to do what is necessary to enact them. Join the members of the World Food Day network and take action this October 16 and year round to make the basic human right to food a reality for everyone.
National Liqueur Day
The word “liqueur” comes from the Latin word “liquifacere,” which means “to dissolve or melt.” As early as 400 BC, the Egyptians and Greeks distilled wine to produce fortified spirits. They sweetened this concoction with cinnamon and honey—a combination that we still use today to create mead. In the thirteenth century, European monks and alchemists perfected the distillation process used to create liqueur. The liquid was primarily used for medicinal purposes.
Today, there are countless types and flavors of liqueur. Some of the most famous include Kahlúa, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Limoncello, Sambuca, and Jägermeister. Try one of the more unusual flower liqueurs, nut liqueurs, or herbal liqueurs to celebrate National Liqueur Day!
National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day is an event that takes place on October 16, 2013. Parents will visit their children’s school and have lunch with them in the cafeteria. The goal is to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch, and for parents and school officials to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible.
This grassroots effort needs parents like you. Organize a Lunch Day event at your child’s school, and make a difference in nutrition education. You could even win a $1,000 grant toward improving your kid’s lunch program!
KIWI has partnered with the School Nutrition Association and created a handy checklist to help make Lunch Day a success in your community.