Sunday, February 1, 2015

Holidays and Observances for Feb 1 2015

Car Insurance Day

Risks are present in anyone’s life. This is a reality that people have come to accept and live with. To minimize the dangers, people purchase insurances. Through the years, the items covered by insurances broadened to cover what people invest in or consider of value. How funny it is that people have to undertake a gamble, called insurance, to cover the possibility of loss.

There is no recorded history or origin for this special day. The business of insurance though was started by the Chinese in 3000 BC in the form of marine insurance. Insurance is defined as the justifiable transfer of the possibility of loss, from one entity to another, in exchange for payment.

In 1927, Massachusetts passed the first law making it mandatory to have liability car insurance. In the mid 1990’s, sale of car insurances became available online. Car insurance coverage, as stated in the insurance policy, varies depending on the choice of the car owner.

The first kind of insurance is the marine insurance. This covers the ship and cargo’s risks against damage, loss and being robbed by pirates. Property insurance covers buildings and homes against fire, earthquake or flood.

The most expensive insurance is the one that cover’s life and health or medical treatment. Car insurance, on the other hand, is an insurance good for year, subject to renewal, covering loss, theft and accidents. Third party damages are also available for car insurance with an increase in the premium payment.

This special day can be observed through increasing awareness of the contents of the policy, its specific coverage, limitations and processes. It’s also a good time to canvas from two to three insurance companies and compare prices and scope.

At home, it would also be nice to have the car checked, specially alarms and other accessories installed. Tidying the garage is also suggested. Another way is to study the “Acts of God” insurance coverage and evaluate if the increase in the premium is fair to the risk covered.

G.I. Joe Day

G.I. Joe Day commemorates the Hasbro toy that made it okay for boys to play with dolls, umm action figures. The "doll issue" was probably the driving force behind the coinage of the term "action figure" that G.I. Joe was responsible for. By whatever name, the G.I. Joe was a hit and in 2004 it became a member of the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The origin of this holiday, while deserved, is unknown. A conflicting date of April 30th for G.I. Joe has arisen with the 2010 proclamation by Rhode Island Governor to commence the 17th annual G.I. Joe convention hosted by the G.I. JOE Collectors’ Club and Hasbro, Inc. While that date has significance due to the convention, we still prefer the February 1st date due to it being considered a holiday first.

"A Real American Hero" was brought about as a revival of the original 12 in (30 cm) G.I. Joe brand of the 1960's and '70's. After the 12" figure had been absent from toy shelves for a few years, G.I. Joe was reintroduced in a 3 3⁄4 in (9.52 cm) action figure format following the success of the Star Wars and Micronauts 3¾" scale toylines.

The genesis of the toy line came about from a chance meeting in a men's room. According to Jim Shooter, then editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics:

The President or CEO of Hasbro was at a charity event that Marvel’s President was also at. They ended up in the men’s room, standing next to each other peeing, and I think that’s how they met. They were talking about each other’s respective businesses, and it came up that Hasbro wanted to reactivate the trademark on G.I. Joe, but they were trying to come up with a new approach. [Marvel’s guy] was like ‘We have the best creative people in the world! Let me bring in this Editor-in-Chief of mine and we'll fix it for you!

Prior to G.I. Joe's relaunch in 1982, Larry Hama was developing an idea for a new comic book called Fury Force, which he was hoping would be an ongoing series for Marvel Comics. The original premise had the son of S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury assembling a team of elite commandos to battle neo-Nazi terrorists HYDRA. Shooter approached Hama about the Joe project due to Hama's military background, and the Fury concept was adapted for the project. Shooter suggested to Hasbro that "G.I. Joe" should be the team name and that they should fight terrorists, while Archie Goodwin invented Cobra and the Cobra Commander; everything else was created by Hama. Hasbro was initially uncertain about making villain toys, believing this wouldn't sell. Marvel would also suggest the inclusion of female Joes in the toyline, and to include them with the vehicles (as Hasbro again worried they wouldn't sell on their own).

Each G.I. Joe figure included a character biography, called a "file card". Hama was largely responsible for writing these file cards, especially for the first ten years. When developing many of the characters, he drew much from his own experiences in the US military. The overall premise for the toyline revolves around an elite counter-terrorist team code-named G.I. Joe, whose main purpose is to defend human freedom from Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.

Every year, Hasbro and Marvel would meet up to discuss the upcoming toys and marketing. Larry Hama was given a free rein by Marvel's editorial here. Both the toys and the comics would become a great success, the comics being Marvel Comic's most subscribed title at one point, but Jim Shooter has said sister company Marvel Productions, who handled the cartoon, overspent on production and had "a critical success but a financial disaster" with the show.

In 1994, Hasbro transferred control of the G.I. Joe toyline and brand name to the newly acquired Kenner division, who promptly cancelled the A Real American Hero toyline and replaced it with the new Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles toyline instead. After brief revivals in 1997 and 1998, the toyline was revived as the "Real American Hero Collection" in 2000 to the mass market. In both cases, previous molds were reused and some characters had to be renamed due to copyright issues. Another relaunch was made in 2002 under the theme "G.I. Joe vs. Cobra" and new designs and characters were introduced. officially announced a new line of "25th Anniversary" 4" G.I. Joe figures on January 18, 2007. The line is primarily based on the characters and designs from the early part of the Real American Hero line.

Hula in The Coola Day

Hula in the Coola Day was created because, basically, people in the northern states were getting sick and tired of the crappy cold weather during the winter, and by February, they were ready for some HEAT already! So they decided to buy some hula skirts, toss their coats, mittens, pants, and scarves into a closet for the day, and go outside and do the hula like idiots who are trying to catch pneumonia. They thought that, if they tried hard enough, they could simply forget about the cold weather and trick themselves into thinking it was the nice, hot summer. (Apparently, accomplishing this means having to go outside in nothing but a grass skirt and some coconut shells and dancing.)

Umm, how much more interesting does it GET?!

Well, one of the other traditions of Hula in the Coola Day is drinking cold, Bahama-style drinks. (So you can be cold on the outside AND on the inside! Hey, maybe they can actually succeed in freezing their blood lines!)
Ice Cream For Breakfast Day

National Baked Alaska Day

It’s National Baked Alaska Day! Baked Alaska is a decadent dessert made with ice cream, sponge cake, and toasted meringue. Although the name “Baked Alaska” did not emerge until the 19th century, this dish is part of a long culinary tradition.

Early versions of this dessert consisted of ice cream encased in a piping hot pastry crust. A guest of Thomas Jefferson at a White House dinner in 1802 described the dessert as "Ice-cream very good, crust wholly dried, crumbled into  thin flakes."

The later version consisting of ice cream on sponge cake covered with meringue and browned quickly in a hot oven, is claimed as being created by many people, and popularized by many others. American physicist Benjamin Thompson  (Count Rumford) claimed to have created it in 1804, after investigating the heat resistance of beaten egg whites. This was called omelette surprise or omelette a la norvegienne.

And then there is the story of it being passed on to the French in the mid 19th century when a Chinese delegation was visiting Paris. The Master-cook of  the Chinese mission was staying at the Grand Hotel in 1866, and the French chef at the hotel (Balzac?) learned how to bake ice cream in a pastry crust in the oven from him.

The name Baked Alaska originated at Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City in 1876, and was created in honor of the newly acquired territory of Alaska. An Englishman (George Sala) who visited Delmonico's in the 1880s said:

"The  'Alaska' is a baked ice....The nucleus or core of the entremet is an ice cream.  This is surrounded by an envelope of carefully whipped cream, which, just before the dainty dish is served, is popped into the oven, or is brought under the  scorching influence of a red hot salamander."

It is was supposedly later popularized worldwide by Jean Giroix, chef in 1895 at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo.

Whether you prefer to call it Baked Alaska, glace au four, omelette a la norvegienne, or Norwegian omelette, celebrate National Baked Alaska Day with a scrumptious serving of this unique dessert!

National Change Your Password Day

February 1st, is National Change Your Password Day (according to Gizmodo). We're in full favor of any efforts to improve online security and spread awareness of the dangers of using the same passwords everywhere. So, it’s time to roll up your sleeves to make 3 positive changes for National Change Your Password Day:
  • Change the password of your primary email address.
The Yahoo attacks on January 30th show how critical this step is. Hackers attempted to use data from other breaches (such as the Adobe breach) to try to gain access to Yahoo email accounts, likely trying to leverage the email to access more critical accounts. Our email accounts are the keys to our digital world. Access to your primary email address could lead to the compromise of accounts like online banking or your online identity. That’s why it’s very important to keep your email address well-protected. With an unprecedented spree of hacks in 2013 and no signs of them slowing down in 2014, updating the password for your email address keeps you one step ahead. If you use the same password elsewhere, this is imperative. Follow our simple steps to generate a new one with LastPass.

Bonus task: Enable multifactor authentication for your email if you can.
  • Change your master password.
If you've been using the same master password for LastPass since 2009, time to update it. Over the years you may have logged in through friends’ computers, at hotel lobbies, at libraries, maybe at Internet cafes – any of these untrusted computers could have had malware or key logging software, putting your master password at risk. Check out our tips on creating a strong master password, and update it today by launching your LastPass vault from the LastPass icon, and open your “Settings” menu to enter a new one.

Bonus task: Enable multifactor authentication with LastPass.
  • Share this message!
You know about secure password management – but many people don’t. Please tell someone about using a password manager. Everyone should know that “improving their online security” is as easy as downloading a password manager like LastPass. With passwords centralized in one place (don’t store them in browsers!) and with a handy password generator to make unique, strong passwords, a password manager is the lazy way to rock your online life. What if those silly “bad password lists” were no longer a thing?

Well, it starts here, and you can be the change.

National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day is an observance in the United States that honors the signing of a resolution that proposed the 13th amendment of the nation's constitution on February 1, 1865. Abraham Lincoln, who was the president at the time, signed the resolution to outlaw slavery. This anniversary is annually observed on February 1.

Many people in the United States reflect on and remember the importance of freedom on National Freedom Day. The United States president may annually issue a proclamation on the day. Some educational institutions may incorporate themes relating to National Freedom Day as part of class discussion, readings, and other learning activities that explore the importance of the day and its history.

Information on local celebrations or events that center on National Freedom Day may be publicized prior to and on February 1. For some people, it is a time to promote good will, equality, and to appreciate freedom. Wreath-laying at the Liberty Bell has also been a tradition to mark National Freedom Day for many years. Other events include annual breakfasts, luncheons, musical entertainment, film screenings, and literature meetings that explore the theme about freedom.

National Freedom Day commemorates the date – February 1, 1865 – when Abraham Lincoln, who was the nation's president at the time, signed a joint resolution that proposed the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution. The amendment was made to outlaw slavery and was ratified on December 18, 1865.

Major Richard Robert Wright Senior, a former slave who founded the National Freedom Day Association, played a crucial role in creating the observance. Major Wright was deemed as a community leader in Philadelphia and was active in education, the media, business and politics. He hoped to see a day that would be dedicated to celebrating freedom for all Americans.

The first commemoration of such a day took place on February 1, 1942, although it was not made into law yet. A tradition of laying a wreath at Liberty Bell also began. On June 30, 1948, President Harry Truman signed a bill to proclaim February 1 as the first official National Freedom Day in the United States.

According to National Freedom Day is defined as:
“The purpose of this holiday is to promote good feelings, harmony, and equal opportunity among all citizens and to remember that the United States is a nation dedicated to the ideal of freedom. Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., a former slave, fought to have a day when freedom for all Americans is celebrated. When Wright got his freedom, he went on to become a successful businessman and community leader in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Major Wright chose February 1 as National Freedom Day because it was the day in 1865 that President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution…. The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery in the United States. Wright gathered national and local leaders together to write a bill declaring February 1 “National Freedom Day” and President Harry Truman signed the bill in 1948 making it official.”

National Freedom Day’s theme is about freedom for all Americans. Wreath-laying at Liberty Bell, which symbolizes freedom or liberty, has also occurred on this day over the years.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebrates girls' and women's participation and achievements in sports and helps to raise awareness about providing balanced and equal sporting activities for females. This holiday originated from a single event in Washington D.C. in 1987 to honor Olympic volleyball star Flow Hyman. It has since grown into a nationwide celebration. The Washington D.C. festivity is organized by five organizations for girls and women -- Girls' Incorporated, Girl Scouts of the USA, National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women's Law Center and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Although the first Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 B.C., women did not participate until 2,676 years later. Women first competed in the 1900 Olympic Games when a historic 22 women participated in the sports of tennis, sailing, croquet, horseback riding and golf.

Today, of course, women are a vital part of the Games. The 2012 Summer Olympics were even referred to as the "Year of the Woman," when for the first time in history every country participating in the Games sent female athletes. In fact, 45 percent of the athletes in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games were women.

Today is "National Girls and Women in Sports Day," which gives us the opportunity to reflect on the role women now play in sporting events in America. Women are no longer relegated to gymnastics and figure skating. Danica Patrick has proven that you don't have to be a man to be competitive in auto racing, and women like Diana Taurasi have shown that basketball isn't just for boys anymore.

National Serpent Day

Today is National Serpent Day, a day to celebrate our slithery friends. Latin for “something that creeps”; serpents are famous throughout mythology.

The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. The word is derived from Latin serpens, a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind and represent dual expression of good and evil.

In some cultures snakes were fertility symbols, for example the Hopi people of North America performed an annual snake dance to celebrate the union of Snake Youth (a Sky spirit) and Snake Girl (an Underworld spirit) and to renew fertility of Nature. During the dance, live snakes were handled and at the end of the dance the snakes were released into the fields to guarantee good crops. "The snake dance is a prayer to the spirits of the clouds, the thunder and the lightning, that the rain may fall on the growing crops.." In other cultures snakes symbolized the umbilical cord, joining all humans to Mother Earth. The Great Goddess often had snakes as her familiars—sometimes twining around her sacred staff, as in ancient Crete—and they were worshiped as guardians of her mysteries of birth and regeneration.
  • Fertility and rebirth
Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. The ouroboros is a symbol of eternity and continual renewal of life.

In some Abrahamic traditions, the serpent represents sexual desire. According to some interpretations of the Midrash, the serpent represents sexual passion. In Hinduism, Kundalini is a coiled serpent, the residual power of pure desire.
  • Guardianship
Serpents are represented as potent guardians of temples and other sacred spaces. This connection may be grounded in the observation that when threatened, some snakes (such as rattlesnakes or cobras) frequently hold and defend their ground, first resorting to threatening display and then fighting, rather than retreat. Thus, they are natural guardians of treasures or sacred sites which cannot easily be moved out of harm's way.

At Angkor in Cambodia, numerous stone sculptures present hooded multi-headed nāgas as guardians of temples or other premises. A favorite motif of Angkorean sculptors from approximately the 12th century CE onward was that of the Buddha, sitting in the position of meditation, his weight supported by the coils of a multi-headed naga that also uses its flared hood to shield him from above. This motif recalls the story of the Buddha and the serpent king Mucalinda: as the Buddha sat beneath a tree engrossed in meditation, Mucalinda came up from the roots of the tree to shield the Buddha from a tempest that was just beginning to arise.

The Gadsden flag of the American Revolution depicts a rattlesnake coiled up and poised to strike. Below the image of the snake is the legend, "Don't tread on me." The snake symbolizes the dangerousness of colonists willing to fight for their rights and homeland. The motif is repeated in the First Navy Jack of the US Navy.
  • Poison and medicine
Serpents are connected with poison and medicine. The snake's venom is associated with the chemicals of plants and fungi that have the power to either heal, poison or provide expanded consciousness (and even the elixir of life and immortality) through divine intoxication. Because of its herbal knowledge and entheogenic association the snake was often considered one of the wisest animals, being (close to the) divine. Its divine aspect combined with its habitat in the earth between the roots of plants made it an animal with chthonic properties connected to the afterlife and immortality. Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing, carried a staff with one serpent wrapped around it, which has become the symbol of modern medicine. Moses also had a replica of a serpent on a pole, the Nehushtan, mentioned in Numbers 21:8.
  • Vengefulness and vindictiveness
Serpents are connected with vengefulness and vindictiveness. This connection depends in part on the experience that venomous snakes often deliver deadly defensive bites without giving prior notice or warning to their unwitting victims. Although a snake is defending itself from the encroachment of its victim into the snake's immediate vicinity, the unannounced and deadly strike may seem unduly vengeful when measured against the unwitting victim's perceived lack of blameworthiness.

Edgar Allan Poe's famous short story "The Cask of Amontillado" invokes the image of the serpent as a symbol for petty vengefulness. The story is told from the point of view of the vindictive Montresor, who hatches a secret plot to murder his rival Fortunato in order to avenge real or imagined insults. Before carrying out his scheme, Montresor reveals his family's coat-of-arms to the intended victim: "A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel." Fortunato, not suspecting that he has offended Montresor, fails to understand the symbolic import of the coat-of-arms, and blunders onward into Montresor's trap.

Robinson Crusoe Day

February 1 is Robinson Crusoe day. The holiday memorializes the rescue of real life Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk who was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s classic novel. Students of all ages can use the resources below to enjoy the exciting adventures of Robinson Crusoe as he survives life on his island. The site Main Lesson has provided free, online books that feature simpler words for younger children to enjoy the story as well.

Frequently history is stranger than fiction and none more so than in the tale of Alexander Selkirk: the real-life Robinson Crusoe.

Born in 1676, the seventh son of a cobbler, Alexander Selkirk grew up in Lower Largo, Fife. At the age of 19 he found himself in trouble with the Kirk Session after his brother’s trick of making him drink seawater resulted in a family fight. Before his case was heard, Selkirk fled to sea hoping to make his fortune through privateering (effectively legalised piracy on the King’s enemies) against Spanish vessels off the coast of South America.

Within a few years his skill at navigation led to his appointment as Sailing Master on the ‘Cinque Ports’, a sixteen gun, ninety ton privateer. The expedition was a disaster. The captain of the ship was a tyrant and after a few sea battles with the Spanish, Selkirk feared the ship would sink. So, in an attempt to save his own life he demanded to be put ashore on the next island they encountered. In September 1704, Selkirk was castaway on the uninhabited island of Más a Tierra (today known as Robinson Crusoe Island), over 400 miles off the West Coast of Chile. He took with him a little clothing, bedding, a musket and power, some tools, a Bible and tobacco.

At first Selkirk simply read his Bible awaiting rescue, but it soon became apparent that the rescue wasn't imminent. He resigned himself to a long stay and began to make island life habitable with only rats, goats and cats for company in his lonely vigil.

After several years of isolation, two ships drew into the island’s bay. Selkirk rushed to the shore, realising a little late that they were Spanish. Their landing party fired, forcing him to flee for his life although he managed to evade capture and the Spaniards eventually departed.

Finally On 1st of February 1709, two British privateers dropped anchor offshore. Alexander lit his signal fire to alert the ships, who dispatched a rather astonished landing party to find a ‘wildman’ dressed in goat skins. Remarkably the privateers’ pilot was William Dampier, who had led the Selkirk’s original expedition and was able to vouch for the ‘wildman’.

Selkirk had spent four years and four months of isolation on the island, yet seemed stable when he was found. The experience had, in fact, saved his life. From William Dampier he learnt that he had been right to leave the ‘Cinque Ports’, which had sunk off the coast of Peru with all of its crew drowned except the captain and another seven men, who had survived only to be captured and left to rot in a Peruvian jail.

Selkirk re-embarked on his career as a privateer and within a year he was master of the ship that rescued him. In 1712 he returned to Scotland £800 richer, and surprised his family as they worshipped at the Kirk in Largo. They had long given him up for dead and were astonished that he was alive, let alone alive in his fine, gold and lace clothes. In 1713 he published an account of his adventures which were fictionalised six years later by Daniel Defoe in his now famous novel: ‘Robinson Crusoe’.

Selkirk, however, could never really readjust to life on the land, and, in 1720, a year after he was immortalised by Defoe, he joined the Royal Navy only to die of fever off the coast of Africa.

Spunky Old Broads Day

Today's zany holiday is dedicated to the saying, "Old girls just wanna have fun." Yes kiddies, Spunky Old Broad Day is upon us yet again.

Have you met any S.O.B’s lately?  I mean the good kind.  The feisty, spirited ones, kindly referred to as, Spunky Old Broads.

These are the ladies who live life to the fullest, regardless of their circumstances.  They have learned to push forward, find humour and share their spirit with those around them.

You might think of comedians Lucille Ball or Bette Midler or the infamous Mayor, Hazel McCallion.  My Grandma King was one of those people.  Her life had been hard, but she dwelled only on the happy memories from those times.  She shared her stories and turned them into learning opportunities.  She fought hard even at the end of her life.

Spunky old broads are positive, fun, butt-kicking mature women over the age of 50 who refuse to sit back quietly and get old. They want excitement! They want a regret-free life! They want form fitting aprons! They want calcium supplements!

The best known old spunky broads that I could think of are The Golden Girls. You know you love 'em. And if you've never seen the show, make sure to catch an episode. They air it like 3584 times a day on Lifetime.

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday, sometimes referred to as Super Sunday, is the Sunday on which the Super Bowl is played (early February). On Super Bowl Sunday, thousands of people gather to watch the Super Bowl. Some such gatherings are known for the large amount of food that is consumed by attendees.

As the most watched annual television program in the United States, a significant portion of the country follows the same routine on Super Bowl Sunday. Although it has never been made an official holiday, several commentators refer to it as a holiday due to the way it causes families and friends to gather and celebrate together. Many Americans who are not typically football fans will still gather and watch the game. There are several references and resources available to those who host Super Bowl parties.

Stores are often empty during the game, particularly in the regions represented by the two teams playing in the Super Bowl. Water usage drops, with significant rises in use during halftime and after the game as fans go to the bathroom. Although sports bars have been busy on Super Bowl Sunday in the past, it is becoming more common for people to view the game from home. This is due in part to the increasing size of home televisions in the United States as well as the attempts of budget conscious consumers to save money. Expatriate Americans often hold gatherings abroad, although due to the time difference the events occur overnight in some areas.

Some commentators have applauded the idea of making Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday, citing its ability to unite Americans of different races, religions, and economic classes. It has even been characterized as a "holy day" for secular Americans. In recent years, NFL executives have called for a three-day weekend in order to allow fans to celebrate the event. Some NFL fans find Super Bowl Sunday depressing, however, if their favorite team was eliminated from the NFL Playoffs.

Churches sometimes cancel their afternoon or evening services for Super Bowl Sunday. Others hold football-themed charity drives or deliver sermons designed to appeal to male members of the congregation. Some churches host Super Bowl viewing parties, and evangelize during halftime.

The television network carrying the game (either CBS, Fox, or NBC) will usually devote the entire day's programming schedule to the game, with extended pregame shows, NFL Films retrospectives of the previous season, and special versions of the Sunday morning talk shows in the morning and afternoon hours leading into the game. Competing networks, due to the severe loss of viewers to the Super Bowl festivities, generally resort to low-cost counter programming measures such as marathons, reruns, infomercials, and novelty shows like the Puppy Bowl.

Large amounts of food are typically consumed on Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. Large amounts of alcohol are consumed during the Super Bowl as well, and some police departments have noticed a dramatic increase in drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday.

Rather than a sit-down dinner, on Super Bowl Sunday food is usually served buffet style. Foods that are traditionally eaten on Super Bowl Sunday include buffalo wings, pizza, chili, potato chips, and dipping sauces. Many pizza delivery businesses see their amount of orders double because pizza comprises roughly sixty percent of the take out ordered on Super Bowl Sunday. Roughly 28,000,000 pounds (13,000,000 kg) of chips which if laid end to end would stretch for 293,000 miles (472,000 km) 90 million chicken wings, and 8,000,000 pounds (3,600,000 kg) of guacamole are consumed during the Super Bowl, if all the guacamole consumed was to be spread over a football field the spread would be 11.8 feet deep.

Working Naked Day

If you happen to be one of the estimated 110 million people affected by this latest round of winter weather, the prospect of showing up nude at your place of employment probably doesn't hold much appeal.

Unless you want to look like the palest member ever of the Blue Man Group who happens to be hiding a one-eyed field mouse between his legs.

Stand down, exhibitionists; National Working Naked Day is aimed at those of us who work alone and at home, and not for an environment where the HR department will slap you with a sexual harassment suit.

Although, opting to go naked in your high-traffic cubicle may have its benefits: at the very least it will stop your co-workers – once they see where you keep them – from stealing any of your pens.

According to AOL News, Working Naked Day is the brainchild of Lisa Kanarek, a Dallas-based business consultant who, in 2010, created a holiday “where home-bound workers can drop trou and celebrate.”

Kanarek’s holiday gained legitimacy almost immediately – especially after Chase’s Calendar of Events (identified as ‘the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events, worldwide holidays and festivals, civic observances, historic anniversaries, and famous birthdays’) officially listed February 1 as the day of naked observation.

Chase’s even went so far as to declare WND as the holiday that is "dedicated to those who are working from home 'naked' - stripped of the resources that millions take for granted in the traditional corporate workplace."

Naked, in this instance, has a double meaning – either enjoying an au naturale experience in front of your computer (other than internet porn) or figuratively because of any embarrassment or shame one ‘suffers’ when working at home.

"When I first started my business and first started working from home I was ashamed of it,” Kanarek told AOL News, “I never told anyone that's what I did."

Those of us who work out of our living rooms, kitchen or home offices can relate: people seem to think we all sit around pants-less, watching Oprah and proving to our neighbors that our wives must have married us for our money.

I will admit that working from home can be unbearably lonely, but the only time I was embarrassed was last Working Naked Day when I showed our mailwoman a parlor trick that involved carrying a half-dozen donuts while holding a cup of coffee in each hand.

Via her website – – Kanarek tells us to “celebrate the freedom we have to set our own hours, follow our own rules and live a life that doesn’t include reporting to a corporate job each day.”

So in spite of its risqué moniker, National Working Naked Day is all about the independence that being self-employed – and being one’s own boss – can offer.

And if you happen to still remain a part of a corporate team, but fortunate enough to enjoy earning a living via telecommuting, you are also encouraged to participate in the holiday. Just make sure you put on a robe before joining that video conference.