Sunday, October 27, 2013

Holidays for October 27th 2013

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Mother-in-Law Day

Today is Mother-in-Law Day! Take a few moments to celebrate this very important member of your family. Send your mother-in-law an eCard, call her up for a chat, or surprise her with an impromptu visit from the grandkids!

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

National Potato Day is an unofficial food holiday celebrated on October 27 each year. Potato Day is a food holiday in the United States which celebrates the uses of the potato. Potatoes are incorporated into many American meals and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Potatoes are sold in American fast food restaurant chains located all over the world in the form of French fries. Other kid friendly forms of the potato are tater tots and potato chips. Potatoes are considered a staple vegetable in many areas of the United States.

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.

Navy Day

Navy Day was established on October 27, 1922 by the Navy League of the United States. Although it was not a national holiday, Navy Day received special attention from President Warren Harding. Harding wrote to the Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby:

"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

Whether you work full-time, part-time, work from home or are retired, chances are pretty good you’ve worked with one (or two) before. While we all have bad days from time-to-time, this person is a habitual grouch; a real, honest-to-goodness Debbie Downer. You know the type - that obnoxious, rude and/or irritable person who seems to thrive on making everyone’s life just plain miserable. October 27 celebrates the office grump – it’s 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.
Happy Cranky Co-Workers Day!

American Beer Day

Attention beer lovers – today is your lucky day! October 27th is American Beer Day.Not to be confused with International Beer Day, National Drink Beer Day or Drink Beer Day, this annual “holiday” celebrates the most popular alcoholic drink in the United States - beer! In fact, it’s estimated that Americans consume more than 50 billion pints annually.

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

This day honors Theodore Roosevelt (born on this day in 1858), 26th president of the United States. The rising young Republican politician Theodore Roosevelt unexpectedly became the 26th president of the United States in September 1901, after the assassination of William McKinley. Young and physically robust, he brought a new energy to the White House, and won a second term on his own merits in 1904. Roosevelt confronted the bitter struggle between management and labor head-on and became known as the great "trust buster" for his strenuous efforts to break up industrial combinations under the Sherman Antitrust Act. He was also a dedicated conservationist, setting aside some 200 million acres for national forests, reserves and wildlife refuges during his presidency. In the foreign policy arena, Roosevelt won a Nobel Peace Prize for his negotiations to end the Russo-Japanese War and spearheaded the beginning of construction on the Panama Canal. After leaving the White House and going on safari in Africa, he returned to politics in 1912, mounting a failed run for president at the head of a new Progressive Party. Teddy bears were named after him. Quick bit of trivia: Teddy Bear collecting is called arctophily. The word arctophily is a combination of two Greek words that mean "bear" and "love."