Monday, October 21, 2013

Holidays for October 21st 2013

31 Day of Halloween Horror
21. Bride of Chucky

Babbling Day

Blatherskites, mark this day on your calendar. For today is Babbling Day. This isn't a day to remain silent. Tell everyone you know about this special day.

What's all the chatter about over this special day? Well, on Babbling Day, we celebrate those of us with a glib tongue. You know them when you hear them. They're talking gibberish. They never stop talking. They babble on and on. They can turn a simple one sentence statement into an endless dissertation.

Spend this day babbling like a baby, if you must. As for me, I will spend it by a babbling brook.

BTW: In case you didn't know, a "Blatherskite " is a person who babbles.

Count Your Buttons Day

Buttons and other button-like objects have been in use, both decorative and as fasteners, since 2800-2600 BCE. The earliest buttons were made from seashell and then bronze later on during the Bronze Age of China and Ancient Rome. Although buttons were used as fasteners early on, functional buttons with buttonholes first appeared in Germany in the 13th century. It didn’t take long for the trend to spread, by the 14th century they were being used in snug fitting garments throughout Europe. Nowadays buttons are manufactured from just about everything and are a pretty crucial part to many clothing items. Happy Count Your Buttons Day!

This holiday doesn’t have much of a history, in fact there isn’t really much out there about it other than the fact it exists. Everything you read on the interwebs states that it is about counting your buttons, presumably on the clothes you are wearing. Well, I had to celebrate today’s holiday a few days early since by the time this post is published I’ll be on a boat somewhere in the Caribbean. Luckily this means I was dressed up and could take full advantage of the holiday. My sleeves each had three buttons, the front of my shirt had eight front facing buttons and two rear facing extra buttons, and my pants had a total of three buttons (one on each rear pocket and one on the inside near the belt buckle area). So if I did my math correctly I had 3+3+8+2+2+1 or 18 buttons. Nothing exciting but they kept my clothes on for me, that’s a good thing right?

It’s time to get nutty, unless you are allergic to nuts of course. Tomorrow is National Nut Day.

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

It’s National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day! During the autumn months, festive pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere. You can find all sorts of goodies like pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin beer, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and (today's reason to celebrate) pumpkin cheesecake!

Pumpkin cheesecake is traditionally made with a graham cracker crust and a pumpkin purée cheesecake filling. Did you know that cheesecakes were popular in Greece as early as 2000 BC? Today there are hundreds of variations all over the world.

Find out if your local bakery is serving pumpkin cheesecake! Pay homage to a fall favorite and enjoy a delicious slice in honor of National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

International Day of the Nacho

Have you ever thought about who created the first plate of nachos? Apparently nachos don’t exactly qualify as an old cultural recipe.

The story goes that in 1943 several army wives left the army base at Fort Dunan for a fun girls shopping day in Piedras Negras, Mexico. When they finally stopped for dinner, they found out that the restaurant had already closed. However, the maitre d’, Ignacio Anaya, decided to cook something up from what he had on hand so that the ladies wouldn’t go hungry.

Ignacio, nicknamed “Nacho,” sliced some tortillas into triangles, covered them in shredded cheddar, and stuck them in the oven. Then he added some sliced jalapenos and presented the hungry ladies with “Nacho’s especiales.” Over time, the dish was shortened to “special nachos,” and then just plain “nachos.”

Now I think we all know how to celebrate the International Day of the Nacho! How do you like your nachos? Just chips and cheese, or all the works? I like them with just about anything, but hold the jalapenos. I may be from Texas, but I still don’t like that much heat!

Reptile Awareness Day

Reptile Awareness Day is October 21st. Every year, reptile fanatics have a day that they can celebrate and share their passion; a chance to educate others who may not know about these amazing creatures called reptiles, and the habitat loss and threat of extinction that faces so many reptile species.

Though we can’t pinpoint exactly when Reptile Awareness Day started, or by whom, we certainly believe that it is an important day, and REPTILESmagazine and have taken the lead in promoting and popularizing Reptile Awareness Day. Oddly too, Reptile Awareness Day has a pretty RAD acronym.

At REPTILES magazine and, we think that you can use Reptile Awareness Day for some good, and we have some ideas for you. We’ve given you a few days notice so you can start planning.
  • 1 . Donate to one of the many great reptile conservation or legal programs. Last year was the Year of the Frog, and we encouraged you to donate to the Amphibian Ark.( This year we encourage you to donate to one of the great legal organizations that fights for your rights to keep reptiles – the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK).
  • 2. On top of joining and donating to one of the legal organizations listed above, write letters to your local and national representatives concerning local and national legislation that would affect your reptile rights, and the health and safety of your reptiles.
  • 3. Bring your pet reptile to a school for show and tell. Whether you are a parent, teacher or student, all levels through college can benefit from a quick show and tell, and lesson on your favorite herp. Make sure to check with the school’s administration beforehand!
  • 4. Leave a copy of REPTILES magazine in your doctor’s, dentist’s, or vet’s office. Who knows how many people could be exposed to the wonderful world of reptiles! Give a gift subscription to a friend or family member, or even your local library. Who knows how many children could learn about reptiles from just that one subscription!
  • 5. Go and buy that new reptile you’ve been eyeing. Why wait until the holidays?
  • 6. Surprise the kids with a day off school (and for you work) and spend Reptile Awareness Day at your local zoo. Check out their reptile exhibit and marvel at the wondrous and exotic reptiles they house. Or, spend the day herping. Herping can be a fun and educational experience for the entire family.
  • 7. Make a reptile resolution to go to at least one reptile show before the next Reptile Awareness Day rolls back around.
  • 8. Print out some of Reptile Channel’s Fun & Games to be shared with your class. These are also great for homeschoolers. Bring them in for your teacher, or pass them out to your child’s class.
  • 9. Join a herp club or society. There’s much to learn and share at herp club and society events.
  • 10. Make an appointment to get your reptile a check up at your local reptile vet.
These are just a few things that you can do to make others “aware” of these unique and amazing creatures. Many reptiles are endangered and at risk of going extinct. We need days like this to promote reptiles and make sure that these wonderful animals are around for future generations to enjoy.

Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Prevention Day

Iodine is an essential element for healthy neurological and endocrine development. A lack of iodine in the diet may lead to mental retardation, goitre, or thyroid disease. Dependent upon the severity of the deficiency, a lack of iodine can cause significant delay in mental development, something that can be particularly detrimental if it occurs in childhood. According to the World Health Organization in 2007, almost 2 billion people worldwide were suffering from a lack of iodine in their diets, a third of which were children and young people. Iodine deficiency is a relatively simple affliction to correct, however much of the population continues to go untreated.

October 21st is Global Iodine Deficiency Day, dedicated to spreading awareness about the dangers of keeping a diet with insufficient amounts of iodine. The International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) is the only international organization that specifically concentrates on iodine deficiency issues and is a key player in the promotion and success of Global Iodine Deficiency Day.

Iodine can easily be added to common foods and is most widely found in table salt. For developed societies, modifications such as using iodized salt and eating fish as part of a normal dietary routine are enough to stave off most of the severe affects of iodine deficiency. However, populations in many underdeveloped and developing nations are facing the issue of either not having access to sources of iodine, not having enough of those sources, or they are lacking the nutritional education that would make them aware of how to alter their diets appropriately.

As ICCIDD's mission continues and Global Iodine Deficiency Day becomes more widely recognized, the goal is to have awareness and correction of iodine deficiency increase at a more rapid rate than the rate at which individuals are becoming deficient. With each bit of communication and education on the matter, we should be fortunate enough to see iodine deficiency eradicated in our lifetimes.

National Clean your Virtual Desktop

The Personal Computer Museum proudly presents a chance to clean your virtual desktop. The third Monday of October shall be declared National Clean your Virtual Desktop Day and this year that makes it Monday, October 21st.

In 2009, over 300 million computers were sold and there are an estimated 1 BILLION computers in use in the world today (the number is expected to double by the year 2015). If each and every person has an average of 10 unused icons on their desktop (and we think this is very low), that represents a staggering 169 acres (69 hectares) of wasted virtual space on your desktop! Imagine how many beautiful photos have been obscured by unnecessary icons, the numbers are staggering!

Do your part, clean your virtual desktop on Monday, October 21st 2013!