Friday, May 23, 2014

Holidays and Observances for May 23 2014

Don't Fry Day

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention Encourages Everyone to Protect Your Skin Today and Every Day.

The National Council Declares the Friday before Memorial Day, May 23, 2014 is “Don’t Fry Day” To Encourage Sun Safety Awareness.

To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:
  • Do Not Burn or Tan
  • Seek Shade
  • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
  • Generously Apply Sunscreen
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
  • Get Vitamin D Safely
As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 76,250 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.

Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented. Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!...and Wrap when you’re outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer. Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at a higher risk of skin cancer as well. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from intense UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is a united voice to reduce skin cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality, through awareness, prevention, early detection, research, and advocacy.

Heat Awareness Day

With summer officially a month away, and unusually cool weather forecast for the weekend, most of us can’t wait for the return of hot and sunny days. But with summer months come heat and humidity. The Friday before Memorial Day (May 23rd 2014) is Heat Awareness Day, promoted by the National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Heat Awareness Day is a national public awareness campaign for Americans to understand the dangers of extreme heat, to know the signs of heat emergencies, and to know how to stay safe during extreme heat conditions.

Last June and July, Ohio was introduced to a new severe weather incident: the derecho, a widespread, long-lived wind storm that caused massive power outages. While the power was out, Ohio was hit by a heat wave forcing temperatures above 100 degrees.

Knowing what to do before severe weather strikes can save lives:
  • Contact your local emergency management office to learn about emergency plans and what to include in yours.
  • Make a family disaster plan that includes out-of-town contacts and locations to reunite if your family becomes separated.
  • Assemble a three-day disaster supplies kit with food, water, medical supplies, a battery-powered radio and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, batteries, flashlights, and other items. If you have the space, consider storing enough food, water and supplies to last for a month, in case situations warrant extended evacuation or sheltering.
  • If you need special care, make plans now. Consider how you will get to a shelter if your mobility is impaired; where will you get your medication; does your medication need to be refrigerated?
Before Extreme Heat
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades or awnings (outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent). Install temporary window reflectors between windows and drapes, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
  • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in. Keep storm windows up all year.
During Extreme Heat
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Limit intake of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. They can add to dehydration.
  • Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who may not have air conditioning or who spend time alone.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles.
Know the Warning Signs
  • Heat Cramps – Muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Heat cramps are often the first signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.
  • Heat Exhaustion – Typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to decrease to the vital organs. This results in a form of mild shock. If not treated, the victim’s condition will worsen. Body temperature will keep rising and the victim may suffer heat stroke.
  • Heat Stroke (Sun Stroke) – A life-threatening condition. The victim’s temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly. Medical attention is necessary.
The best way to guard against heat-related issues is preparedness and prevention. Stay up-to-date on weather conditions by listening to your local radio or TV stations. Try to stay cool. If possible, limit outdoor activities to early mornings or evenings. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. During prolonged periods of excessive heat, check on your neighbors to ensure their safety. If you have pets, remember to keep them cool and give them plenty of water, too.

Lucky Penny Day

Lucky Penny Day is celebrated on May 23rd. It is celebrated to reinforce the belief that lucky penny will bring good luck to the person who owns it.

We could not find evidence to how the lucky penny day started or when and who started it. However, it is fun to celebrate the lucky penny day.

What makes you penny lucky depends on how to relate it to. You can celebrate the lucky penny day by getting together with your friends and hunt down pennies. You can find those pennies around car parking lot or in parks. It would be fun to spend some hours hunting down the pennies and then taking a count of it at the end of the day. You can also take out your collection of lucky penny and gift some of it to your friends or family members or even throw it out for someone else to find it. Lucky Penny is value less and no economist can tag a price for it. However, never exchange the lucky penny for a gift. That’s not right. Isn’t it? I leave it you to decide.

National Taffy Day

Whenever some people go vacation, you can almost always expect them to bring back taffy for their family and friends and even a box or two for themselves. National Taffy Day is celebrated annually on May 23.

Taffy has been made and sold for many years and has become a popular souvenir of many vacationers. The candy comes in different fruit flavors as well as other flavors including licorice.

How is taffy made?
Taffy is made by melting sugar, water, butter or vegetable oil, flavoring, and coloring until fluffy. The final product is pulled into long strands. Pulling the taffy aerates it which gives the sticky treat its chewiness and a lustrous shine Taffy is then rolled and cut into small pieces before it is wrapped in a waxed paper which keeps it soft.

Salt water taffy was invented in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1883 and quickly became a boardwalk staple. Today taffy is a good souvenir to take home to family and friends. Some people buy extra taffy to have a supply for themselves to remind them of their vacation.

Even though May 23 is National Taffy Day, you can make and enjoy this sweet treat any day when you need a good "chew."

National Wig Out Day

Have you ever wanted to dye your hair a different color or try out a new hairstyle, but were too scared to take the risk? Well, today is your opportunity to experiment. It’s National Wig Out Day! This celebration is similar to Halloween, but the focus is just on wigs.

Wig Out Day was invented in 2006 by Kate and Alice Clark. The sisters were able to inspire the residents of Bellingham, Washington to go to work wearing all different types of crazy wigs and then gather downtown at the end of the day for a party. Since then, Wig Out Day has grown and spread throughout the nation.

So go ahead and stop by your local wig shop or shop for wigs online. Your wig can be anything from a mullet to a 70’s style afro. Whatever you decide to wear on your head, just be sure to Wig Out!

World Crohn's and Colitis Day

The first annual World Crohn's and Colitis Day was celebrated on May 23, 2007. The event was created by Josh Golder and recognized by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, as well as by people from around the world. Josh is a prominent figure and activist in the Crohn's and Colitis community, who directed and produced the internationally known, community-wide movie, "True Guts: Struggle and Triumph over Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis". Josh created WCCD as a way to bring people affected by either disease together, as well as friends and family members of those individuals, and even those who knew nothing about either disease in order to increase awareness of them. In a statement posted on his MySpace blog, Josh said, "The first World Crohn's and Colitis Day will not be big. The first Earth Day was pretty weak. So was the first a-lot-of-days. But this day is different anyway, and different already." However, Josh was soon to find out how mistaken he was, as people from around the country, and even far away parts in the world recognized and celebrated WCCD. - Josh set out on WCCD to the streets of Boston during the middle of the day to capture people on film and discuss the meaning of WCCD, and to promote awareness of it as well as the True Guts movie. He approached 30 people and handed out free DVDs and T-shirts to further increase awareness and motivation about Crohn's disease and Colitis.

Named after Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, who first described the disease in 1932 along with colleagues Dr. Leon Ginzburg and Dr. Gordon D. Oppenheimer, Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.

When reading about inflammatory bowel diseases, it is important to know that Crohn’s disease is not the same thing as ulcerative colitis, another type of IBD. The symptoms of these two illnesses are quite similar, but the areas affected in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) are different.

Crohn’s most commonly affects the end of the small bowel (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon, but it may affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon, also called the large intestine.

If you or someone you love have recently been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, it’s important to begin learning as much as you can about what ulcerative colitis is. By developing a better understanding of ulcerative colitis, you will be more prepared to manage its symptoms and live a full life.

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucous. The combination of inflammation and ulceration can cause abdominal discomfort and frequent emptying of the colon.

Ulcerative colitis is the result of an abnormal response by your body's immune system. Normally, the cells and proteins that make up the immune system protect you from infection. In people with IBD, however, the immune system mistakes food, bacteria, and other materials in the intestine for foreign or invading substances. When this happens, the body sends white blood cells into the lining of the intestines, where they produce chronic inflammation and ulcerations.
It’s important to understand the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract, but ulcerative colitis affects only the colon. Additionally, while Crohn’s disease can affect all layers of the bowel wall, ulcerative colitis only affects the lining of the colon.

While both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are types of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), they should not be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a disorder that affects the muscle contractions of the colon. IBS is not characterized by intestinal inflammation.

World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day is celebrated on 23rd May of every year. A non profit organization American Tortoise Rescue established in 1990 honour this day for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle. The major purpose behind such organization is to bring attention and to increase knowledge of and respect for turtles and tortoise. They also wish to encourage human action in order to help them survive and thrive. World Turtle Day is celebrated throughout the world in a variety of ways such as dressing up like turtles or wearing green summer dresses or to do some kind of activities on research and save turtles on highway.

The celebration of world turtle day was started in the year 2000. It was started on a basic purpose to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creature turtle or tortoise. These animals have been around us for more than 200 million years but are disappearing rapidly due to the habitat destruction and pet trade. The ultimate goal of the celebration of the World Turtle Day is to stop the illegal trade of turtle and tortoises around the world and to educate people who are quiet unfamiliar with the proper care about the real risk of contracting salmonella from turtles and tortoise.

The founders of American Tortoise Rescue not only advocate about rescuing Turtle or Tortoise but they advocate human treatment of all animals that includes reptiles too.

National Title Track Day

Some albums are defined by a single track, ones that tie the entire album together and will be the banner for the sound it brings, and often the best of these are the title track of the album. Title Track Day is a day to dust off and break out those albums whose artists have nailed it, and placed the most iconic of a collections music right there on the label. Title tracks are, simply put, the song on an album that shares the name of the album itself. 

Occasionally you get a brilliant trifecta that sets off a chain reaction that goes on to define a band. Black Sabbath produced an album that was self-titled, with a track of the same name that went on to define the band itself. The deep sonorous tones implemented the “diabla in musica”, or the devil’s chord, a discordant set of notes used to represent satanic influences since time immemorial in western music. The band was off to a running start in its desire to create the ‘horror movie’ equivalent of music.

Title tracks tend to be the most memorable of an albums songs, as Quiet Riots “Metal Health” album demonstrates beautifully. While not quite as popular as the second track on the album “Cum on feel the noize”, the song Metal Health makes you want to Bang Your Head within the first few bars. While they went on to produce many more albums after this, this song and the album it came from is by far one of their most memorable.

When a title track really shines and does its job, it sets the theme for an entire album, and this is the case with Metallicas “Master of Puppets”. As an album “Master of Puppets” speaks of control and abusing power, and is far and away the magnum opus of this particular band. The title track is specifically referencing the way a drug addiction can rule a person’s life, pulling their strings so that everything is about the drug, and serving the addiction.

A lesser known definition of title track is a song that shares the name with the movie it is a part of. There have been many movies which were made more memorable by a song as powerful as the movie itself. One well-known example is the movie “Never-Ending Story” and the song of the same name that was on the lips of fans even now. This song captures the spirit of the film perfectly, and draws the viewer into the magical adventure to follow.

Sometimes you see these two coming together into a glorious union, such as Princes “Purple Rain” which is the Title of an Album, the name of a movie, and the title track from that movie. This movie falls under a rare sort of film known as the “American Rock Drama”, and is the perfect example of a title track.

So on Title Track Day, get out your movies, your old albums, and build a soundtrack for your day entirely from title tracks! If you’re feeling particularly brave, dress up as your favorite character from a film with an awesome title track and watch it with a group of friends. Or if you’d rather get out on the town, go down to a local Karaoke bar and belt out some of your favorite tunes! Whatever you do, don’t let Title Track Day go by without enjoying some of the best music of the ages!