Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Holidays and Observances for October 14 2014

National Dessert Day

National Dessert Day is celebrated on October 14th. Dessert is a typically sweet course that concludes a meal. The course usually consists of sweet foods, but may include other items. There is a wide variety of desserts in western cultures including cakes, cookies, biscuits, gelatins, pastries, ice creams, pies, puddings, and candies. Fruit is also commonly found in dessert courses because of its natural sweetness. 

The history of desserts is more than just a mere recounting of the first ice cream cone or the first time meringue was served. Sweets date back to ancient civilizations, where people enjoyed fruits and nuts candied with honey. However, desserts as are commonly known today became popular through an evolution of technology and culinary experimentation.

In ancient times, people enjoyed the food that was available. Ancient civilizations enjoyed the occasional treat of fruit or nuts rolled into honey. This, in essence, is considered the first candy. In general however, it wasn't until sugar was manufactured during the middle ages that people began to enjoy more sweets. Even then, sugar was so expensive that it was a treat reserved only for the wealthy on special occasions. However, starting in about 3000BC there is a discernible and traceable history of many of the foods that delight the sweet tooth.

Desserts are by definition a sweet course. This usually means high content of sugar or fats. Desserts have historically been known as a smaller course to end a meal but in modern times they have become a more major part of people's diets. Although desserts are sweet a small amount of sugar is recommended in a daily diet.

National Face Your Fears Day

National Face Your Fears Day is a day to help people identify, face and overcome their fears. Many people are held captive by their fears, this day is to encourage people to discover more about themselves, and the ways to overcome their fears. Today is about courage, facing your fear and taking control.

This holiday was created by Steve Hughes, the creator of the Hit Your Stride website. A reference to this holiday and it's founding are mentioned in an October 4th, 2007 blog post by Steve. The blog states the date of the holiday being the third Tuesday in October. However, there are many references on the web to it being celebrated on October 13th and a few of it being the second Tuesday in October. Curiously, this holiday and its date are not included on Steve's main Hit Your Stride website, though it does credit him as the creator of Be Kind to Lawyers Day.

So, in order to celebrate this unique and somewhat spooky holiday, I thought it would be fun to make an alphabetical list of some of the more interesting fears and phobias.  I've also thrown in a few Halloween-themed phobias just for fun!  These have all come from The Phobia List, which offers an excellent index and information on a variety of phobias.
  • Automatonophobia- Fear of ventriloquist's dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues - anything that falsely represents a sentient being.
  • Barophobia- Fear of gravity.
  • Chirophobia- Fear of hands.
  • Dextrophobia- Fear of objects at the right side of the body.
  • Eisoptrophobia- Fear of mirrors or of seeing oneself in a mirror.
  • Francophobia- Fear of France or French culture.
  • Genuphobia- Fear of knees.
  • Homichlophobia- Fear of fog.
  • Ichthyophobia- Fear of fish.
  • Japanophobia- Fear of Japanese.
  • Kathisophobia- Fear of sitting down.
  • Linonophobia- Fear of string.
  • Mycophobia- Fear or aversion to mushrooms.
  • Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother.
  • Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons.
  • Peladophobia- Fear of bald people.
  • Ranidaphobia- Fear of frogs.
  • Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween.
  • Triskaidekaphobia- Fear of the number 13.
  • Uranophobia or Ouranophobia- Fear of heaven.
  • Vestiphobia- Fear of clothing.
  • Wiccaphobia: Fear of witches and witchcraft.
  • Xanthophobia- Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow.
  • Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat.
national lowercase day

while keyboarding teachers and bosses probably won’t be participating in this particular holiday anytime soon, texters will probably appreciate today’s annual celebration. october 14 is national lowercase day!

rules of capitalization can often be quite confusing. while you are supposed to capitalize proper nouns, months and days of the week, you are not supposed to capitalize the seasons except when used in a title. and speaking of titles, they have special rules too. job titles should be capitalized when used before a name or after the name in a signature line. but if the title is after a person’s name, it should be lowercase. first and last words in titles of publications along with nouns, adjectives and verbs should be capitalized but articles, coordinating conjunctions and prepositions should not. some say determining whether or not to capitalize depends on how many letters are in the word. geesh - who can keep it all straight?

who needs to waste valuable time capitalizing certain words anyway? so go ahead - live a little. turn off that auto-correct and don’t hit the caps lock key today! just be sure to put everything back to normal tomorrow!

World Standards Day

World Standards Day is celebrated internationally each year on 14 October. The day honours the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.

14 October was specifically chosen to mark the date, in 1946, when delegates from 25 countries first gathered in London and decided to create an international organization focused on facilitating standardization. Even though ISO was formed one year later, it wasn't until 1970 that the first World Standards Day was celebrated.

Around the globe, various activities are chosen by national bodies to commemorate the date. The United States will be holding a U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on 23 October. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada's national accreditation body, celebrates World Standards Day together with the international community by observing the day near the dates of the international observance. In 2012 SCC celebrated World Standards Day on Friday, 12 October.