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National Caramel Custard Day
Caramel custard, or crème caramel, is a caramel-coated baked egg custard. It takes a little bit of practice to perfect, but the result is a creamy, flavorful dessert that’s well worth the dress rehearsals.
Caramelized sugar is poured into buttered ramekins and swirled around to coat the sides. After that’s cooled, an egg custard is poured into the molds and then baked in a water bath. The ramekins are tipped over onto a plate for serving, and the extra caramel forms a rich sauce around the custard. It’ll end up looking a lot like a crème brulee but without the hard top.
Because of its Spanish origin, this dessert is particularly popular in Latin America and, more surprisingly, in India, though both regions put their own twist to it. In Argentina, for example, caramel custard is served with dulce de leche (in case you hadn’t quite gotten your sugar fix for the day).
Captain Kangaroo Day
Many of you of a “certain age” probably have fond memories of watching the Captain Kangaroo television show when you were a kid. The Captain Kangaroo show was televised for the first time on this day back in 1955 and went on to become one of the longest-running children television shows in history.
The popular show went on to entertain and educate children for nearly 40 years with all sorts of stories, songs, games and educational activities. Besides Captain Kangaroo, brilliantly played by Bob Keeshan, other memorable characters of the series included Mr. Green Jeans, Mr. Moose, Mr. Rabbit, the Dancing Bear and of course, the Grandfather Clock.
Keeshan, who served in the United States Marines Corps, actually began his career as the original Clarabell the Clown on The Howdy Doody Show. The Emmy and Peabody-award winner was also inducted to the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998 and the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1990.
Robert Keeshan died in 2004. He was 76 years old.
Family Television Day
Several popular family television programs began airing on this date. For example, ABC first ran Ozzie and Harriet on October 3, 1952. CBS' Captain Kangaroo and ABC's Mickey Mouse Club debuted on October 3, 1955. The Andy Griffith Show premiered on CBS on October 3, 1960, and The Dick van Dyke Show first showed up on CBS on October 3, 1961.
Many of these old-fashioned family television programs are still shown (in reruns) on cable television and satellite TV stations. Why not tune in for a favorite old show on Family Television Day?
The field of technology is rapidly changing and the demand for skilled technology professionals continues to grow. Children are inundated with technology from an early age. It doesn't take long for many children to become more tech-savvy than their parents.
In honor of Techies Day, be sure to give a great big shout-out to your IT person in the office. Or better yet, take him or her out to lunch. And if you know a student who is interested in the field of technology, make sure to encourage him or her to pursue the dream.
Virus Appreciation Day
Respect!? You want to give viruses respect? I should think not. Rather, let's give them a good dose of penicillin.
Unfortunately, the creators of this day did not identify themselves. Nor, did they leave a record of what kind of viruses we are supposed to appreciate on this day. Human, animal and computer viruses readily come to mind. We sure can appreciate the seriousness and significance of both human and computer viruses. And, we can worry that animal (aka bird flu) viruses may jump over to affect humans.
So, let's dedicate today to appreciating that viruses can be very serious, if not deadly. Let's then take measures to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and even our computers. to minimize the risk of serious viruses.
Perhaps Virus Appreciation Day would be better if titled Virus Awareness and Protection Day. That would make much more sense. If, and when, we find the creators of this special day, we will recommend the name change to them.
Look at the Leaves Day
As the seasons change, the flowers start to die, the grass gets dry and brown, and the leaves put on a show of colors. Thinking scientifically for a moment, the leaves are green in the spring and summer because of substances inside of them. As the seasons change and the sunlight is less and less, the trees begin to prepare for the winter. Leaves use the sunlight to turn carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and glucose. Oxygen is a gas that is needed in the air that humans breathe, and glucose is used as a source of energy and growth for the plant. This chemical process is called photosynthesis. Another chemical called chlorophyll, which gives plants their green color, helps with the process of photosynthesis. But as the days get shorter and there is less sunlight, there no longer is enough sunlight or water for the photosynthesis to occur. Therefore, the trees begin to rest and use the food that they have stored up for the winter months. As they shut down the food making factories (leaves), the green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves, leaving them to turn colors such as yellow, brown, orange, red, or purple. This combined with other things is the reason for the leaves changing colors in fall.