Sunday, November 3, 2013

Holidays for November 3rd 2013

Don’t Forget! It’s Fall Back Time

Many people in North America and the United Kingdom (UK) use the terms spring forward and fall back when they refer to the daylight saving start and end dates. This is because DST changes in these countries occur in the spring and in the fall (or autumn) seasons.

The term to spring forward refers to when people move their clocks one hour forward, marking the start of DST. It is an easy-to-remember term for people in countries such as Canada, the UK and the USA. This is because the DST start date coincides with the spring season in these countries. It is the time of the year when the days begin to have longer hours of sunlight after the end of winter. In addition, the start of DST adds an extra hour of daylight to the evenings.

To fall back on the other hand, suggests that one must set the clocks one hour back when DST ends. It is associated with the fall (autumn) season because the DST schedule ends in the fall. The fall season and the end of daylight saving time mark a period when the days start getting shorter, with fewer hours of sunlight.

Records have shown that the phrase spring forward, fall back has been in use at least as far back as early 20th century. For example, the Heppner Gazette-Times (October 28, 1928) printed a notice, stating “Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, October 31. Remember to set your clocks back one hour, ‘Spring forward – Fall Back!’”.

A different way to remember the direction of DST switches is more popular in countries where English is not the main language: In the spring, you place the garden furniture in front of the house (clocks are turned forwards), and in the autumn you put it back into the house (clocks are turned backwards).

Hybrid Solar Eclipse

On Sunday, November 3, 2013, there will be a hybrid solar eclipse. That is, the eclipse appears fleetingly as an annular – or ring eclipse – at its start in the Atlantic Ocean and becomes a brief total eclipse later on. Along the long yet narrow central eclipse path, one can see the total eclipse, but much of the world outside that exclusive path will see a partial eclipse on Sunday. The partial eclipse will be visible from far-eastern North America, the Caribbean, northern South America, southern Greenland, the Atlantic Ocean, southern Europe, Africa, Madagascar and the Middle East. Keep in mind that you’ll absolutely need proper eye protection to watch this or any solar eclipse. Please use caution to prevent blindness or severe eye injury!

No matter where you reside within the eclipse viewing area, the solar eclipse will take place sometime between sunrise and sunset on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Eclipse times:

Montreal, Quebec
Sunrise: 6:35 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:12 a.m. EST

United States:
New York City, NY
Sunrise: 6:29 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:11 a.m. EST

Raleigh, North Carolina
Sunrise: 6:39 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:08 a.m. EST

Miami, Florida
Sunrise: 6:31 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:02 a.m. EST

Havana, Cuba
Sunrise: 6:34 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:00 a.m. EST

South America:
Cartagena, Colombia
Sunrise: 5:52 a.m. local time
Partial eclipse ends: 6:52 a.m. local time
National Sandwich Day

Stuck in the middle with you - November 3 is National Sandwich Day!

Today is a celebration of one of America's favorite foods: the sandwich! It is no coincidence that November 3 is also the birthday of John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. This 18th century English noble wanted to eat his meal with one hand during a 24-hour gambling event, so he instructed his servants to serve him his lunch meat between two slices of bread. To commemorate the birth of the world's first sandwich-maker, November 3 is now National Sandwich Day!

What's the most popular sandwich in America? Why, the hamburger, of course! Chicken sandwiches are a close second.

Today is an ode to our ultimate lunch-saver, the go-to meal when nothing else will work and the satisfying snacker you can hork down with one hand while driving (not that we'd recommend it). Without sandwiches, we'd be utterly lost, so slap together your favorite stacker and enjoy, whether it be breakfast lunch or dinner.

For a long time, sandwiches were regarded as tavern fare, especially in Europe. During the 1800s, sandwiches skyrocketed in popularity, from a polite society late-night snack amongst the aristocracy to a cheap, fast and portable working class meal amid the Industrial Age. At the same time in America, we were promoting it as an elaborate dinner. Now, sandwiches are the worldwide answer to a quick, satisfying meal.

Cliché Day

Every dog has his day.

And evidently, so does every minuscule detail of modern society, including the cliché.

Not to beat around the bush about it; we’ll just come right out and tell you that, as hard as this fact may be to swallow, today is National Cliché Day.

Really, we’re not just yanking your chain. We wouldn’t pull your leg about something as serious as National Cliché Day.

In fact, the Daily Press has left no stone unturned to keep you up to date on this special day. Being in the business of piecing together words and phrases – and buying ink by the barrel – this is a day after our own hearts. Plus, writing about such important events is all in a day’s work around here.

But we’re not all talk and no action. We beat the streets to find some folks to speak their minds about National Cliché Day – to air their dirty laundry, so to speak.

“National Cliché Day?” asked Andy Jenson, before laughing so hard one would’ve thought that just the idea of a day dedicated to clichés was funnier than a barrel of monkeys. “Well, if that ain’t the cat’s meow!”

Jenson doesn’t have a “favorite” cliché, but there are a few he’d just as soon never hear again.

“I always hated the one, ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul,’” he said, followed by a few moments of awkward silence as everyone present tried to figure out what it is about that particular cliché that sticks in Jenson’s craw.

“What’s the matter, cat got your tongue?” he asked.

Marcus Jones has a least-favorite cliché, too – one he says he heard quite often this past summer.

“‘It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,’” Jones recited. “No kidding? The humidity? Hot is hot, it doesn’t matter what’s causing it. I don’t feel a damn bit cooler just because I’ve been informed by some meteorological genius that it’s the humidity making me hot, not the heat.”

Jones added however, that one cliché has always been a bit confusing for him.

“Is it ‘I could care less,’ or ‘I couldn’t care less’?” he asked, although he conceded that he could (or couldn’t) care less about the answer: He’d accept whichever ones means “less concern.”

“Because if you could care less, that means you’ve still got some concern about whatever, but if you couldn’t care less, you’ve already hit rock bottom, as far as concern is concerned.”

(For those who actually do care about such things, the appropriate phrase is “I couldn’t care less.”)

American Heritage Dictionary defines a cliché as “a trite expression or idea.” It defines “trite” as “overused and commonplace; lacking interest or originality.”

So there you have it: Clear as mud. But is lack of interest or originality really such a bad thing?

The Web site actually has suggestions for school teachers on how to celebrate National Cliché Day in their classrooms. (Honest, they do! We’re not trying to pull the wool over your eyes here.)

The site suggests sponsoring a rap contest with a prize for the rapper who most cleverly incorporates clichés into a rap song.

The most cleverly used clichés?

Now that’s original. Only it isn’t. It all gets so confusing.

“I like clichés,” said Kelly Wood, who said one of his favorite songs is a Bruce Springsteen tune with lyrics that feature cliché after cliché, including, “every cloud has a silver lining,” “the early bird gets the worm,” “a winner never quits and a quitter never wins,” “and Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

“Cliches are kind of like a common artistic language we all understand,” said Wood. “They’re overused for a reason: They work, and they tend to be true. Rome really wasn’t built in a day.”

And there you have it: the long and the short of clichés. And hopefully, by the time National Cliché Day is over, a good time will have been had by all.

Zero-Tasking Day

Zero Tasking Day is always the same day that Daylight Savings Time ends. Currently it is the first Sunday of November. This day was created by Nancy Christie, who is the author of The Gifts of Change. According to Christie, this day is to fill that extra 60 minutes with nothing. In other words, take this "extra" time and rest, give yourself a break from all the hustle and bustle of your everyday life.

National Housewives Day

November 3 has been tagged National Housewives Day (Roseanne Barr’s birthday) and for fun, FWWSE has come up with a list of gifts for Fort Worth locals to shop for to show appreciation for these special, hardworking women.

A great way to surprise her after a long day of being on her feet and tracking after toddlers all day long would be her favorite bottle of wine. Go with a dessert wine, maybe something that would pair well with bittersweet chocolate. Try a rich red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or one with fruity notes such as a Shiraz. Little Boomey wine from World Market is a delightful with dark chocolate and inexpensive too.

Maybe you already have the perfect bottle of wine in your personal selection at home. Grab a knick-knack such as a decanter or wine journal she can use with her wines, present and future. Both tools would be a great addition to her growing wine set and helps her enjoy every sip of wine she takes from now on.

Purchase a couple of her favorite wines (maybe throw in a new one), pair it with her favorite foods and set up a wine tasting for her. This doesn’t have to be expensive. Central Market has a moderate selection of wines and all sorts of food to shop from for reasonable prices.

November 3 is also Sandwich Day. Purchase sandwich trimmings and pair with a nice wine for an easy dinner. Pinot Noir is a good wine that goes well with turkey sandwiches. Look at Goody Goody Liquor for Bella Sera Pinot Noir. This smooth red wine is not too dry and leaves very little aftertaste.

Happy Housewives Day!