Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Holidays for October 22nd 2013

31 Day of Halloween Horror
22. Seed of Chucky

National Knee Day

Although I wish I could say this was a holiday build upon some exciting event such as the creation of the popular children's song, "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" unfortunately it is not. Today is the day to honor our knees for its extraordinary functioning that provides mobility and flexibility of our human bodies.
“Sometimes I wish I were a little kid again, skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts.” – Anonymous.
As a child, we all skinned our knees on multiple occasions whether it was learning to ride our bicycles without training wheels or just falling down because we were clumsy children.

Try to imagine your legs without knees. (I cannot do it either.) So knees are pretty important. Happy National Knee Day!

To celebrate your knees today, rub some lotion on them. Knees are often one of the driest parts of the body.

If lotion is not your thing, stretch your legs with some light exercise or walking. You could even go running. While you run, think about how your knee is working and how lucky you are that it functions correctly.

Parachute’s Birthday

Credit for the invention of the first practical parachute frequently goes to Sebastien Lenormand who demonstrated the parachute principle in 1783. However, parachutes had been imagined and sketched by Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) centuries earlier.

Faust Vrancic - Homo Volans
Other early inventors designed parachutes, including Croatian Faust Vrancic who constructed a device based on Da Vinci's drawing. Faust Vrancic jumped from a Venice tower in 1617 wearing a rigid-framed parachute. Faust Vrancic published Machinae Novae, in which he describes in text and picture fifty-six advanced technical constructions, including Vrancic's parachute called the Homo Volans.
Jean Pierre Blanchard - Animal Parachute
Jean Pierre Blanchard (1753-1809) a Frenchman was probably the first person to actually use a parachute for an emergency. In 1785, he dropped a dog in a basket, to which a parachute was attached, from a balloon high in the air.

First Soft Parachute
In 1793, Blanchard claims to have escaped from an exploded hot air balloon with a parachute. However, this was an unwitnessed event. Blanchard, it should be noted, did develop the first foldable parachute made from silk, up until that point all parachutes were made with rigid frames.

In 1797 (October 22), Andrew Garnerin was the first person recorded to jump with a parachute without a rigid frame. Garnerin jumped from hot air balloons as high as 8,000 feet in the air. Garnerin also designed the first air vent in a parachute intended to reduce oscillations.

When opened, the Andrew Garnerin parachute resembled a huge umbrella about thirty feet in diameter. It was made of canvas and was attached to a hydrogen balloon.

In 1837, Robert Cocking became the first person to die from a parachute accident.

In 1887, Captain Thomas Baldwin invented the first parachute harness.

In 1890, Paul Letteman and Kathchen Paulus invented the method of folding or packing the parachute in a knapsack to be worn on the back before its release. Kathchen Paulus was also behind the invention of the intentional breakaway, which is when one small parachute opens first and pulls open the main parachute.

Two parachutters claim to be the first person to jump from an airplane, both Grant Morton and Captain Albert Berry parachuted from an airplane in 1911.

In 1914, Georgia "Tiny" Broadwick made the first freefall jump.

Polish-American Stanley Switlik founded the "Canvas-Leather Speciality Company" on October 9, 1920. The company first manufactured items such as leather hampers, golf bags, coal bags, pork roll casings, and postal mail bags. However, Switlik soon switched to making pilot and gunner belts, designing flight clothing, and experimenting with parachutes. The company was soon renamed the Switlik Parachute & Equipment Company.

According to the Switlik Parachute Company: "In 1934, Stanley Switlik and George Palmer Putnam, Amelia Earhart's husband, formed a joint venture and built a 115 foot tall tower on Stanley's farm in Ocean County. Designed to train airmen in parachute jumping, the first public jump from the tower was made by Ms. Earhart on June 2, 1935. Witnessed by a crowd of reporters and officials from the Army and Navy, she described the descent as "Loads of Fun!"

Parachute jumping as a sport began in the 1960s when new "sport parachutes" were first designed. The parachute above drive slots for greater stability and horizontal speed.

National Nut Day

It’s National Nut Day! Nuts are one of the healthiest, most nutritious, and most delicious snacks. Medical studies have shown that eating nuts reduces hypertension and the risks associated with heart disease. Nuts are also full of protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat.

Did you know that peanuts are not really nuts? They are legumes and belong to the bean family. Some popular types of nuts include pecans, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, and macadamia nuts.

Celebrate National Nut Day and eat lots of nuts as a snack or on top of your favorite dessert!

National Color Day

Imagine living in a world without color … everything around you existing only in shades of gray. It would certainly make the world a less interesting place. Color actually has a significant impact on our lives and can play an important role in everything from safety to advertising.

Oct. 22 is "National Color Day" -- A day to understand and celebrate the importance of color in our world. The field of color psychology focuses on the impact different colors have in our lives and how we can use color to influence our mood, productivity and behavior. Here are just a few basic color facts:
  • Red is strong and hot. It evokes passion and energy. It is a symbol of strength and pride.
  • Yellow is the brightest color to the human eye. It represents fun and happiness.
  • Green represents nature and health. It is relaxing and has healing powers.
  • Blue represents loyalty and wisdom. It has a calming effect and suppresses the appetite.
Birthday - Timothy Leary

Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996) was an American psychologist and writer, known for his advocacy of psychedelic drugs. During a time when drugs such as LSD and psilocybin were legal, Leary conducted experiments at Harvard University under the Harvard Psilocybin Project, resulting in the Concord Prison Experiment and the Marsh Chapel Experiment. Both studies produced useful data, but Leary and his associate Richard Alpert were fired from the university because of the public controversy surrounding their research.

Leary believed LSD showed therapeutic potential for use in psychiatry. He popularized catchphrases that promoted his philosophy such as "turn on, tune in, drop out" (a phrase given to Leary by Marshall McLuhan); "set and setting"; and "think for yourself and question authority". He also wrote and spoke frequently about transhumanist concepts involving space migration, intelligence increase and life extension (SMI²LE), and developed the eight-circuit model of consciousness in his book Exo-Psychology (1977).

During the 1960s and 1970s, he was arrested often enough to see the inside of 29 different prisons worldwide. President Richard Nixon once described Leary as "the most dangerous man in America".

Seven grams of Leary's ashes were arranged by his friend at Celestis to be buried in space aboard a rocket carrying the remains of 24 others including Gene Roddenberry(creator of Star Trek), Gerard O'Neill (space physicist), and Krafft Ehricke (rocket scientist). A Pegasus rocket containing their remains was launched on April 21, 1997, and remained in orbit for six years until it burned up in the atmosphere.

International Caps Lock Day

TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY! It's a whole day dedicated to something that drives most people crazy—text that is written in ALL CAPITALIZED LETTERS.

International Caps Lock Day was created in 2000 by Derek Arnold of Iowa. This holiday began as a parody. It was intended to poke fun at those individuals who unnecessarily capitalize letters, words, and phrases.The day became so popular with internet users that it is now celebrated twice a year—on June 28 and on October 22.

Hit your caps lock button and celebrate INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!

International Stuttering Awareness Day

October 22 was designated International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) in 1998. This day is intended to raise public awareness of stuttering, which affects one percent of the world's population.

International Stuttering Awareness Day is a special worldwide commitment to:
  • educate people about this complex disorder
  • work toward the prevention of stuttering in children
  • let people know that help is available
  • promote research to find the causes of stuttering