Monday, October 28, 2013

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National Chocolate Day


Today is National Chocolate Day. Nibble on some dark chocolate for a healthy snack and keep calm, happy and nourished. But, of course, do save some chocolates for those little Halloween trick or treaters.

Healthy chocolate – no it's not an oxymoron. Hundreds of studies overwhelmingly demonstrate that dark chocolate can promote having a healthy body. Some health facts about dark chocolate, the healthiest chocolate ~ and chocolate, in general. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants. Cocoa beans are processed into cocoa solids and cocoa butter. The solids contain the antioxidants. The higher the percentage of cocoa content listed on a wrapper, the more antioxidants inside. The purest commercial varieties, like unsweetened baking chocolate, taste bitter, which means that most chocolate consumed contains sugar. Most ingredients added to chocolate raise its caloric and fat content and lower its antioxidants. Milk chocolate also contains milk powder or condensed milk, which may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants. “White chocolate” contains cocoa butter, sugar and milk but no cocoa solids, i.e. no antioxidants .

According to AARP.com, at any age, recent studies have shown that dark chocolate may:
1. Lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels.
2. Reduce the risk of diabetes by reducing blood sugar and insulin.
3. Activate enzymes that eliminate cancer-causing carcinogens and mutagens.
4. Reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes by inhibiting the clumping of blood platelets.
5. Keep cholesterol levels stable or even slightly improve them.
6. Enhance cognitive function by increasing blood flow in the brain.

Plush Animal Lover's Day


Plush Animal Lovers Day is a day of celebration that is held every year to show your favorite stuffed toy some extra special love and appreciation.

The original origins of the day’s creation are vague but there is an unconfirmed Urban Legend that the day first came about after a collectibles dealer named Royal Selangor came up with the idea of a Teddy Bears Picnic Day in the late eighties. Other stuffed toys became jealous that Teddy Bears were being singled out for their own celebration and demanded a special day all of their own! Not long after, Plush Animal Lovers Day quickly replaced Teddy Bears Picnic Day in popularity!

Plush Animals Day is a great opportunity for you to share your love of your favorite toy with the rest of the world. Try taking them to your Office, school or work-place or by giving your toy an extra special tea party all of their own. Take this day to show your favorite toy just how much they have been loved in all the time you've been together and remember – a stuffed toy is for life, not just for Christmas!

Statue of Liberty Dedicated Day


The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, is dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

Originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World," the statue was proposed by the French historian Edouard de Laboulaye to commemorate the Franco-American alliance during the American Revolution. Designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, the 151-foot statue was the form of a woman with an uplifted arm holding a torch. Its framework of gigantic steel supports was designed by Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the latter famous for his design of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

In February 1877, Congress approved the use of a site on New York Bedloe's Island, which was suggested by Bartholdi. In May 1884, the statue was completed in France, and three months later the Americans laid the cornerstone for its pedestal in New York Harbor. In June 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty arrived in the New World, enclosed in more than 200 packing cases. Its copper sheets were reassembled, and the last rivet of the monument was fitted on October 28, 1886, during a dedication presided over by President Cleveland and attended by numerous French and American dignitaries.

On the pedestal was inscribed "The New Colossus," a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus that welcomed immigrants to the United States with the declaration, "Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. / I lift my lamp beside the golden door." In 1892, Ellis Island, adjacent to Bedloe's Island, opened as the chief entry station for immigrants to the United States, and for the next 32 years more than 12 million immigrants were welcomed into New York harbor by the sight of "Lady Liberty." In 1924, the Statue of Liberty was made a national monument, and in 1956 Bedloe's Island was renamed Liberty Island. The statue underwent a major restoration in the 1980s.

Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence


Since 1996, seven million students have signed a pledge. These seven million students pledged to prevent gun violence among children and teenagers. On October 28th, the United States remembers National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence day.

Crime may cost a life, the future of the one acting in the crime, and many others involved. Prevention of crime does not just work in the favor of victims. Usually, juveniles who commit one crime often make a habit of criminal behavior. This individual's, or multiple individuals', will ultimately give-up their freedom to the court system as well as wholesome relationships of family members, friends, and other acquaintances. Many people's futures become muddied with consequences and punishment.

Exposure to violence may increase the likelihood one may act out in violence. However, discussing violence, who, where, when, why and how these acts of violence always remains important. Many may think that Juvenile violence is mainly a current issue, and perhaps not a real issue as it lacks discussion of its history. However, the United states first established a Juvenile court during 1899 in Chicago, Illinois; the United states has recognized Juvenile crime in the judicial system for over 110 years.

Every city, town, or community experiences crime. Unfortunately, awareness and a true approach to combat juvenile crime only became apparent after school shootings multiplied across the United States in recent years. Various sources state that between 80-86% of juvenile offenders committed crimes which involved a firearm. These sources (listed below) also discuss how individuals under 18 years of age acquired these firearms, guns. Usually, the firearms were supplied by family members or friends.

Do you feel juvenile crime is becoming more common? Why? What may contribute to this increased violence?

Some researchers discuss how the media affects teenagers and children’s understanding of violence. Violence is often portrayed as a stylish way to resolve conflict, appearing to enhance a person’s image with power. Crime is romanticized, presented as a game, and an intelligent way to escape hum-drum authority. But the stories often remain unfinished as someone needs to pay for the damage that crime and violence creates.

Various people have become leaders in trying to prevent Juvenile crime. One organization that strives to create awareness among adults, children, and teenagers alive is the National Rifle Association . The NRA created the Eddie Eagle Program in order to allow children to act quickly and easily if spotting a firearm. However, perhaps anyone spotting a mysterious firearm could use these steps: (1) Stop! (2) Don't touch! (3) Leave the area. (4) Go tell an adult.

Adults have a responsibility to understand the impacts and costs of juvenile crime. The causes of Juvenile crime persist. However, there are several suggested solutions to help prevent Juvenile crime. Many people often say that one person can not save the world; but a person can reach out to family members, friends, those living in the same neighborhood, or organizations to which one belongs.

Wild Foods Day


Do you like wild plants, fruits and vegetables? If so, you have a day to celebrate. October 28 2012 is Wild Foods Day.

Wild Foods Day is a day to celebrate raw foods not purchased in the supermarket. Wild foods are those foods that are gathered from outdoors and are available to be eaten without any processing. They can be eaten right from the vine or put in salads and juices.

People have been eating plants and harvesting food from the wild for thousands of years. Wild plants often appear on menus in gourmet restaurants and raw food restaurants. Because wild foods are free of preservatives and pesticides, eating them is part of an eco-friendly lifestyle.

To celebrate wild foods day, take a walk in the woods or in your own backyard to find some edible wild plants and berries to eat. It is a very good idea to properly identify and prepare the wild plants before you eat them.

Many wild foods are delicious and have nutritional value. Edible plants and berries can be found almost anywhere in the wild.