Monday, November 3, 2014

Holidays and Observances for November 3 2014

Cliché Day

A cliché is a phrase used over and over and over and over. So is there a better candidate for a Day of the Year than ‘Cliché Day’? It comes up over and over and over and over, just like its namesake!

‘Cliché Day’ is celebrated on 3rd November. If you’re the kind of person who tries to avoid tired old clichés for fear of sounding stupid, this is the day to get them all out of your system. Advise your brother to ‘seize the day’, accuse your spouse of being ‘drunk as a skunk’, tell your best friend she ‘means the world to you’. It’s all fine and dandy.

At the end of the day, ‘Cliché Day’ is just a bit of fun. You’d have to be crazy as a loon to let it drive you up the wall, for crying out loud!
Example of some Clichés:
  • That's Just Like The Pot Calling The Kettle Black.
  • The Early Bird Gets The Worm
  • Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
  • Early To Bed, Early To Rise Makes A Man Healthy, Wealthy And Wise
  • A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned
  • An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
  • Don't Tempt Fate
  • Mind Your Manners
  • Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket
  • Patience Is A Virtue
Job Action Day

Job Action Day was established in November 2008 as a day of empowerment for workers and job-seekers -- to put your career and job in the forefront, making plans, taking action steps.
While job-seekers and workers should be monitoring their careers and job-search regularly, it's often easy to get caught up in the moment -- with work, family, and other obligations -- and put career decisions aside.
Furthermore, because the employment picture was so bleak in the fall of 2008, there was no question job-seekers and workers needed a large dosage of positive tips, tools, and resources they could use to protect their current job, find a new job, or seek a career change.
Job Action Day was established by Quintessential Careers, the Web's leading career site, as an annual event that brings together career experts and bloggers to provide the most relevant advice to job-seekers and workers.
For people currently working, Job Action Day is an opportunity to not only examine your current job and employer, but also evaluate both the stability of that job and employer as well as your personal fulfillment with your job. It's a day to take stock of your career and develop a plan for their next career steps.
For job-seekers, Job Action Day is a chance to take a break from the daily grind of job-hunting to take a look at the bigger picture of your career and job-search strategies. It's a day to develop plans for developing new job and career options and devising new and better ways to track down job leads and position yourself for employment opportunities.

National Housewife Day

November 3rd celebrates the millions of women across America who work tirelessly each and every day with little appreciation or monetary compensation. It’s National Housewives Day, also called Retro Housewives Day, an annual “holiday” that celebrates the importance and many achievements of stay-at-home women.

While the origins of this holiday, also called Housewives Day, Housewife's Day and Retro Housewives Day, are unknown, today celebrates those hardworking domestic divas that have never-ending and thankless jobs.

It wasn’t all that long ago when most gals were stay-at-home women. While the men went to the office every day, it was the woman’s “job” to take care of the home and the children. Lucy Ricardo, Betty Crocker and June Cleaver made it look so easy! But times have changed. Many of today’s women have to work out of the home due to financial necessity or other obligations. And after putting in a full day at “work,” household chores, homework, school activities, paying the bills, buying groceries and making meals must also be done.

Whether you are a woman who works inside or outside the home, the old saying, "a woman's work is never done,” is as true today as it was decades ago. From chef, nurse, maid and seamstress to chauffeur, teacher, gardener and referee, women wear many hats every day. And with the holiday season right around the corner, life is about to become even more hectic.

Do something extra nice for that special "housewife" today.

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 lunchmeat between two slices of bread. To commemorate the birth of the world's first sandwich-maker, November 3 is now National Sandwich Day!

Though the Earl of Sandwich (or, perhaps, his cook) deserves credit for helping sandwiches gain a name and popularity, variations of the concept have been around for centuries. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when or where they first appeared. Farm laborers in rural France had been eating meat between sliced bread long before it had a name, though the sandwich likely started even earlier than that. The earliest recognizable form of a sandwich may be the Korech or “Hillel sandwich” that is eaten during Jewish Passover. Hillel the Elder, a Jewish leader and rabbi who lived in Jerusalem during the time of King Herod (circa 110 BC), first suggested eating bitter herbs inside unleavened matzo bread. The herbs symbolized the bitterness of slavery, and the bread resembled the flatbreads made in haste by the ancient Israelites as they fled Egypt. Hillel’s simple recommendation of sandwiching the two foods together may indicate that this was already a popular way of serving food in the Middle East.

Sandwiches first appeared in American cookbooks in 1816. The fillings were no longer limited to cold meat, as recipes called for a variety of things, including cheese, fruit, shellfish, nuts and mushrooms. The years following the Civil War saw an increase in sandwich consumption, and they could be found anywhere from high-class luncheons to the taverns of the working class. By the end of the 19th century, sandwiches earned new names for their many different forms, like the triple-layered “club sandwich” and the corned beef “Reuben.”

In the late 1920s, when Gustav Papendick invented a way to slice and package bread, sandwiches found a new audience. Mothers could easily assemble a sandwich without the need to slice their bread, and children could safely make their own lunches without the use of a knife. The portability and ease of sandwiches caught on with families, and the sandwich became a lunchroom staple.

The Earl of Sandwich’s legacy lives on today in more than just the name. John Montagu’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandson Orlando Montagu founded a chain of sandwich restaurants called—what else?—Earl of Sandwich. The menu features an homage to the Earl’s first, most famous sandwich called the “Original 1762.” The sandwich includes hot roast beef, sharp cheddar, and creamy horseradish sauce served on warm bread.

What's the most popular sandwich in America? Why, the hamburger, of course! Chicken sandwiches are a close second. Buy your favorite sandwich at a local deli or make your own at home to celebrate National Sandwich Day!

National Traffic Directors Day

National Traffic Directors Day is a day to thank those who make our morning and afternoon commutes timelier and more informed. From the newscaster, to the person flying the helicopter, to the IT staff that crunches the data for the web, there are a lot of people who work to make our travel easier and more enjoyable.

We have not been able to find a conclusive origin for this holiday, though most evidence and inferences point to the Traffic Directors Guild of America, or the TDGA. The date chosen for this holiday coincides with date of the first commercial radio broadcast by KDKA in 1922.