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A recent study found that over 50% of Americans consider their mother-in-law to be a true friend. These wonderful individuals are always there for us, providing lots of love and support. Today is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the two families that came together when you married, and the woman who raised your spouse!
National Potato Day
Although there is no background to discuss how National Potato Day came into being, the history of the potato itself is lengthy. The vegetable had its beginnings more than 7000 years ago in South America. Westerners were first exposed to the potato in 1537 when the Conquistadors entered Peru and Europe had their first taste of the spud in 1570. It was not until the 1800s when the potato made its way back to North America. The Top 3 potato producing countries in the world in 2007 were China, Russia, and India. Although Asians consume half of the world's potatoes each year, the per capita consumption is not as large as Europe and the U.S.
Celebrations of National Potato Day may include indulging in a host of your favorite potato dishes. Perhaps consider starting the day with a hash brown breakfast meal. In the South, Waffle House restaurants are famous for their scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped and diced hash browns. Lunch might consist of a bowl of potato soup, or a French fry fest trying the fries of a number of restaurants in a food court. A potato potluck might be accomplished in an office environment encouraging co-workers to bring in a potato dish to share and perhaps top the meal off with potato candy for dessert.
"Thank you for your note which brings assurance of the notable success which seems certain to attend the celebration of Navy Day on Friday, October 27, in commemoration of past and present services of the Navy. From our earliest national beginnings the Navy has always been, and deserved to be, an object of special pride to the American people. Its record is indeed one to inspire such sentiments, and I am very sure that such a commemoration as is planned will be a timely reminder."
"It is well for us to have in mind that under a program of lessening naval armaments there is a greater reason for maintaining the highest efficiency, fitness and morale in this branch of the national defensive service. I know how earnestly the Navy personnel are devoted to this idea and want you to be assured of my hearty concurrence."
October 27 was suggested by the Navy League to recognize Theodore Roosevelt's birthday. Roosevelt had been an Assistant Secretary of the Navy and supported a strong Navy as well as the idea of Navy Day. In addition, October 27 was the anniversary of a 1775 report issued by a special committee of the Continental Congress favoring the purchase of merchant ships as the foundation of an American Navy.
Cranky Co-Workers Day
Because many of us spend a large portion of our life working with other people, working with a cranky co-worker on a daily basis can really impact our lives. Not to be confused with National Grouch Day, which interestingly also takes place in October, this annual holiday, created by Ruth and Thomas Roy of Wellcat, can actually be observed several ways.
- Start your morning off on the wrong foot by getting up on the wrong side of the bed. Put on a great big frown and wear it all day long with pride! And to heck with manners! Ignore people you don’t like. Complain about all your aches and pains, love life and whine about all your money troubles. Make sure to tell everyone you come in contact with that you are having a really bad day! But just remember, tomorrow is back to being nice!
- Send an anonymous Cranky Co-Workers Day card to the office grump.
- Make it movie night and watch only cranky character-themed flicks.
American Beer Day
According to the Brewers Association, Anheuser-Busch, Miller Coors Brewing and Pabst are the top three brewing companies in the United States based on 2010 beer sales. With more than 1,600 craft brewers, Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium Brewing Companies round out the top three craft brewing companies in the U.S. While craft beer and imports have been growing in popularity, more than half of all beer sold in convenience stores are premium beers
Good Bear Day