Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Holidays and Observances for October 22 2014

CAPS LOCK DAY


OK, I’LL STOP SHOUTING.

IF YOU ARE PERUSING FACEBOOK OR TWITTER TODAY, THE CHANCES ARE YOU WILL SEE AT LEAST ONE STATUS UPDATE THAT IS COMPOSED ENTIRELY IN CAPITAL LETTERS.

THE REASON? WELL, TODAY IS OFFICIALLY CAPS LOCK DAY.

APPARENTLY, INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY IS A PERIODIC HOLIDAY THAT WAS FIRST IMAGINED IN 2000 BY DEREK ARNOLD, WHO DEEMED THAT ON OCTOBER 22, EVERYONE ACROSS THE WORLD SHOULD TYPE ONLY IN CAPS LOCK.

WHY? YOU MIGHT ASK. AS ARNOLD PUT IT HIMSELF:
INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY IS IN FACT A TESTAMENT TO THE SMALL MINDEDNESS OF CERTAIN WESTERN INDIVIDUALS: THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION WRITES IN SCRIPTS WHICH HAVE NO CONCEPT OF LETTER CASING. THEREFORE IT IS ADVISED TO LAUGH AT ANYONE WHO INVOKES THIS DAY AS AN EXCUSE TO DISMISS LOCAL TYPOGRAPHICAL CONVENTIONS: THEY ARE SIMPLY MAKING AN ASS OUT OF THEMSELVES.
THE FICTIONAL HOLIDAY HAS GROWN TO THE POINT WHERE IT NOW HAS ITS OWN “OFFICIAL” WEBSITE, A PORTAL THAT IS THE “SELF PROCLAIMED OFFICIAL HOME PAGE OF CAPS LOCK DAY” AND ALSO HAS A DEDICATED TWITTER ACCOUNT TO GO WITH IT.

INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY IS SO POPULAR, IT IS CELEBRATED TWICE A YEAR. THE HOLIDAY IS ALSO CELEBRATED ON THE 28TH JUNE, COINCIDING WITH THE DAY THAT BILLY MAYS DIED IN 2009, SO THAT THE INTERNET CAN HONOR THE “INFOMERCIAL KING” BY TYPING LIKE THE VERY FIRST INTERNET USER.

OCTOBER 22 IS SEEN AS THE MORE SIGNIFICANT OF THE TWO HOWEVER.

A WORD OF WARNING. USE YOUR CAPS LOCK SPARINGLY. ONCE IS FUNNY, TWICE MIGHT GET A SMIRK, ANY MORE AND YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE INTERNET EQUIVALENT OF A PUNCH IN THE FACE.

OH, AND IF YOU PLAN ON KEEPING YOU CAPS LOCK ON ALL DAY YOU MIGHT RUN INTO SOME PROBLEMS ALONG THE WAY.

International Stuttering Awareness Day


International Stuttering Awareness Day is celebrated on October 22nd. The day is intended to raise public awareness of the millions of people - one per cent of the world's population - who have the speech disorder of stuttering, also known as stammering. ISAD is organised by three organizations: European League of Stuttering Associations, International Fluency Association and International Stuttering Association. 

Stuttering is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases as well as involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the person who stutters is unable to produce sounds. The term stuttering is most commonly associated with involuntary sound repetition, but it also encompasses the abnormal hesitation or pausing before speech, referred to by people who stutter as blocks, and the prolongation of certain sounds, usually vowels and semivowels. 

For many people who stutter, repetition is the primary problem. The impact of stuttering on a person's functioning and emotional state can be severe. This may include fears of having to enunciate specific vowels or consonants, fears of being caught stuttering in social situations, self-imposed isolation, anxiety, stress, shame, being a possible target of bullying, having to use word substitution and rearrange words in a sentence to hide stuttering, or a feeling of "loss of control" during speech. 

National Nut Day


Have you ever tried to eat different kinds of nuts in your table in just one sitting? If you did, I must say you are a nut-lover and you got to know this: National Nut Day is a special holiday that recognizes the healthy and nutritional value of nuts. Good things indeed come in small packages. You never know what you got until you open it. So all nut-lovers out there rejoice and seize the day. National Nut Day is celebrated and observed every year on October 22.

National Nut Day is conventionally celebrated in the USA and was launched in UK by Liberation Foods CIC, the 100% Fairtrade nut company co-owned by farming societies in some of the world’s shoddier nations. There is no identified information as to where this day originated, how it started, and the reason behind its celebration is ambiguous and vague. However, thanks to the ones who created it because we have lots of reason to simply celebrate this day. Knowing the fact that nuts are super healthy because they are a great source of proteins, many vitamins, fatty acids, minerals, and fiber that aids in digestion; the sad part is not all are eating enough of them for some reasons. Some nuts are playing a big role in preventing chronic heart diseases and lowering the cholesterol levels in the body.

For some communities around the world, nuts are their staple food. That’s amazing because a handful of nuts in your hand can make you skip one meal because of the amount of calories it contains is almost equivalent to a regular meal a day. You won’t feel hungry until your next mealtime.

Though, it is said to be an unofficial holiday, nut-aficionados are taking advantage of this day because it’s their chance to spread out the news about the so many benefits of eating nuts in our health and also to our environment.

Here are some few ways that I think will be fair to all who wants to appreciate the value of nuts in our daily living:
  1. If you are used to eat only one to two kinds of nuts, try eating variety of nuts today. Top nutritious, hale and hearty nuts I must say are Almonds, Pecans, Hazelnuts, Cashew, Brazil nuts, Pine nuts and Macadamia nuts which I believe is the most expensive nut.
  2. Make it more nutritious by simply eating it raw instead of a flavored and cooked nuts mixed with artificial flavorings and oils that may lessen its nutrients.
  3. Do watch a movie with the family have all different kinds of nuts as your snack instead of a traditional popcorn and beverage.
  4. Buy some ice cream with almonds and cashew to satisfy your cravings.
  5. If you know how to make nut cookies, bake some for your kids and have them taste the joy of eating it.
Smart is Cool Day


If there’s ever a time to show off your IQ test results, Smart is Cool Day is probably it. Though it’s not clear where the tradition started, the eggheaded individual’s idea was absolutely brilliant.

Schools typically put together shows for their pupils and students and invite both street-smart youngsters and successful degree holders to speak to them about the importance of staying in school. But there’s really no need for that, because all it takes to see smart people are cool is to Google Mayim Bialik, Zach Braff or Matthew McConaughey and to check out their background.

To celebrate Smart is Cool Day, put on your vintage T-shirt and your corduroys and check out Sheldon Cooper’s latest adventures. Then test your wits at the IQTest.com and tell all your friends that you decided to become a doctor. Then download the Mensa app and enroll to become a Mensa member. Don’t forget to wear a cap saying ‘I make smart cool’ and to post your selfie for all to see, because it’s always nice to share your gifts with your friends, intellectual or otherwise.