Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Holidays and Observances for March 5 2014

National Cheese Doodle Day

It’s National Cheese Doodle Day! Cheese doodles are a snack food made with cornmeal that has been puffed, baked, and coated with cheddar cheese. Morrie Yohai invented the cheese doodle in the 1940's. After serving as a Marine in World War II, he returned to his home in the Bronx and took over the family business—a snack food company called Old London Foods.

During the 1960's, Wise Foods, Inc. acquired the company and cheese doodles became part of the potato chip division. Today, cheese doodles are one of Wise's strongest brands. The company produces over 15 million pounds of cheese doodles each year. That’s enough to fill 36 Olympic-sized swimming pools!

To celebrate National Cheese Doodle Day, pick up a bag of cheese doodles to share with friends!

World Math Day

World Maths Day is an online international mathematics competition, powered by educational resource provider 3P Learning (the same organisation behind the school resources Mathletics, Spellodrome and IntoScience). Smaller elements of the wider Mathletics program effectively power the World Maths Day event.

The first World Maths Day was held on March 14 2007 (Pi Day), and has been held on the 1st Wednesday in March in subsequent years. Despite these origins, the phrases "World Maths Day" and "World Math Day" are trademarks and not to be confused with other competitions such as the International Mathematical Olympiad or days such as Pi Day. In 2010, World Maths Day created a Guinness World Record for the Largest Online Maths Competition.

In 2011, the team behind the competition added a second event World Spelling Day - and officially rebranded as the World Education Games. In 2012, a third event was added - World Science Day. The World Maths Day and World Education Games games are now sponsored by Samsung, and supported by UNICEF as global charity partner.

World Maths Day involves participants playing 60 second games,with the platform heavily based on "Live Mathletics" found in Mathletics. The contests involve mental math problems appropriate for each age group which test the accuracy and speed of the students as they compete against other students across the Globe. The simple but innovative idea of combining the aspects of multi-player online gaming with math problems has contributed to its popularity around the world.

The inaugural World Maths Day was held on March 13 2007. 287 000 students from 98 countries answered 38 904 275 questions.The student numbers and the participating countries have steadily increased in the following years as evidenced by the Guinness Record created in 2010.In 2012 as the World Education Games, over 5.9 Million students from 240 Countries and Territories around the World registered to take part in the games with the World Maths Day being the biggest attraction. In 2013, it was held between 5-7th March and the awards were presented at the Sydney Opera House to the Champions.

A number of awards are offered to the students who take part and for those who do well in the event. Additionally the Champions and the Top Ten students in the world are awarded Gold medals every year.

There are also a number of National lead-up events in different regions around the world which are also based on the Mathletics format.The winners become the Ambassadors of their Country for the World Education Games the following year and help to promote the event.

National Absinthe Day

Fancy a visit from the green fairy? - March 5 is National Absinthe Day!

St. Patrick's Day is still more than a week away, but it's the perfect day to get your green drink on! Throw on your flapper dress or fedora in celebration of this vampy beverage.

This naturally green and highly alcoholic drink has a distinct flavor that combines green anise, wormwood, sweet fennel, culinary herbs and at times, a whole lot of sugar.

Absinthe has quite a history and memorable taste. Gaining popularity in France during the 1800's among artists and writers because it was pegged as particularly bohemian, it made its way to the U.S. as a famed favorite during Prohibition.

A chemical compound, thujone, could be traced in scant amounts to absinthe, and was immediately blamed as an addictive psychoactive drug with harmful effects. It was banned in the U.S. and Europe in 1915, but that didn't stop people from quaffing "la fée verte," or its nickname, "the green fairy."

But it turns out that the harmful effects were greatly exaggerated, and absinthe received a welcoming revival in the 1990's after the bans were removed. Now, nearly 200 brands are produced here and across Europe.

Join the ranks of Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde and Vincent van Gogh by raising a glass to this controversially sweet beverage - just don't let it go to your head.

Discover What Your Name Means Day

Today is Learn What Your Name Means Day! Have you ever wondered what your name means? Or why your parents gave you the name you have? Perhaps it’s a family name that has been passed through the generations, or maybe it has some other kind of significance.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are at least 151,671 last names and 5,163 first names in use in the United States. To celebrate Learn What Your Name Means Day, take a few minutes to find out the meaning behind your name!

Multiple Personality Day

March 5 is all about you - and you! It's Multiple Personality Day, an annual "holiday" that celebrates the many faces of, well, you! Do you ever notice you are in a good mood with certain people and a downright lousy mood with others? Do you tend to be more polite to strangers than to your own family members? Why is that?

While this event may take a lighthearted look at our various personalities, it also can help shine the spotlight on a serious disorder that affects many people around the world.

Multiple Personality Disorder
According to Psychology Today, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formally known as Multiple Personality Disorder, is a "severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in - and alternately take control of - an individual." DID is believed to be an effect of severe childhood trauma.

Symptoms can include a presence of two or more distinct personalities and the inability to recall very personal information. Each personality has its own age and gender with its own gestures and ways of talking. Some personalities may even be animals. "Switching" to a different personality can occur quickly or take days, according to Web MD. Other symptoms may include depression, mood swings, sleep and eating disorders, phobias, alcohol and/or drug abuse and suicidal tendencies. Diagnosis takes time - often years - to properly diagnose. While there currently is no cure, long-term treatment is quite successful.