Monday, February 9, 2015

Holidays and Observances for Feb 9 2015

Clean Out Your Computer Day

As spring approaches, you may already be starting the traditional spring-cleaning process of clearing out your closet, garage or attic, but what about your computer?

This February 9th, is National Clean Out Your Computer Day, a day where you're encouraged to give your computer some TLC.

With the seemingly endless amount of storage available on our computers, it's easy to keep adding programs and documents without a second thought, but overtime, that junk can really slow down your computer and even lead to more serious issues, like software crashes. While sorting through unwanted files and apps may seem like a hassle, the benefit of having your PC run more quickly could save you much more time in the long run.
  • Clean up your desktop
Start by removing non-essential apps from your desktop. This not only makes it easier for you to navigate your screen, but also means your computer will take less time booting up, since it won't have to refresh all those icons. You can also organize any floating files on your screen into folders, and move them into your Documents file to help clear some screen real estate.
  • Run Disk Cleanup
From the start menu, go to My Computer, right-click your drive and open Properties, then select Disk Cleanup. This program analyzes your free space and safely deletes superfluous files.

If this seems too complicated or just sound like a hassle, there are many good utility programs you can also use, that will do this service for you. AOL Computer Checkup, which has a free 30-day trial available online, automatically optimizes your PC by cleaning up unwanted files, repairing the registry, and defragmenting the hard drive. It's like having maid service for your computer.
  • Scan for Viruses
If you don't already have a viruses protection program, you might want to think about getting one. Most PCs have some form of anti-malware that scans your computer every time you turn it on, but it's also important to run deeper system scans every 2-3 weeks. SUPERAntiSpyware removes malware, spyware, adware and many other types of threats and is designed to complement your anti-virus software. Like getting your car detailed, these programs really get in there and can often find things that a superficial scan might miss.
  • Literally "Clean" Your Computer
If you have a Desktop Computer, you can clean it out with a can of compressed air. This can typically be found at an office supply store, or any store that sells PCs. (Note: The compressed air is safe for your computer, but can be harmful to you if you inhale it, so make sure to go outside before using this.) Once outside, open the case, stand with your back to the wind and blast the dust away, making sure to focus on the vents, fans or any other area that sucks in air. Doing this regularly, can help eliminate the buildup that can cause computers to overheat.
  • Enjoy your optimized computer
Take the time to treat your computer right, and it may just repay you with faster, smoother performance and a longer lifespan.

National Bagels and Lox Day

Today we celebrate National Bagel and Lox Day on February 9. Bagels and lox has been part of the Jewish tradition for the past 400 years. Bagels came from Poland during the 17th century, it was used often after the Sabbath service because it was easy to make.
The bagel with lox is a wholly American food with a muddled and complex history.

According to the “Encyclopedia of Sandwiches,” although popularized in the 1950s due to advances in food industrialization, the sandwich was once only found in New York delis.

Culinary historians agree that bagels originated in Ashkenazi Jewish communities in Poland in the early 17th century and that Eastern European Jewish immigrants brought bagels to America in the early 20th century.

According to Leo Rosten, author of “The Joys of Yiddish,” the first printed mention of bagels in the 1610 “Community Regulations of Cracow” stated that the ringed bread was given to women during childbirth.

This predates the popular lore that a Jewish Viennese baker made a bread roll in the shape of a stirrup (“buegl” in German) out of appreciation for the Polish King John III Sobieski, who saved the city from Turkish invasion in 1683.

The bagel with lox is a symbolic sandwich, which helps pin-point its origins.

According to the article “Soul Food” in the April 2011 edition of Saveur Magazine by Elissa Altman, its ringed shape symbolizes the circle of life, and the lox symbolizes the saltiness of tears.

The word is rooted from the Yiddish word “beygel,” which derives from the German word “beugel,” meaning “ring” or “bracelet,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Maria Balinska, author of “The Bagel: The Surprising History of Modest Bread,” thinks the bagel may have earlier origins. She draws comparison of other ringed and holed breads from around the Mediterranean.

Puglia, Italy has the centuries-old taralli, ring-shaped hard crackers that are dotted with fennel.

There’s also the Roman buccellatum and the Chinese girde nan which, according to travel website Uncornered Market, is an Uighur specialty and bagel-like bread round baked in a tandoor-style clay oven.

Most of these Mediterranean varieties were flavored with seeds and/or paired with a sauce, just like the modern bagel.

A bagel with lox consists of an open-face poppy or sesame bagel topped with a generous smear of plain cream cheese, thinly sliced red onions and capers and lox. According to Merriam-Webster, the word lox stems from the Yiddish word for salmon, “laks.”

Lox is thinly sliced salmon fillet, usually the belly, and cured in a salty brine. Real lox is never smoked.

According to the Saveur Magazine 2008 article, “Lox Lessons” by Dana Bowen, in 1869, the transcontinental railroad started transporting barrels of salted salmon from the Pacific coast to the rest of the country, giving rise to its popularity in New York City, mostly among Eastern European Jewish immigrants who came with an affinity for cured and smoked fish.

In the book “New York Food,” Arthur Schwartz says that the tenements Jews lived in had minimal cooking capacity and pre-cooked food mirrored convenience food — cheap and easy.

But above all, it was pareve, meaning it could be eaten with dairy and didn’t break any kosher laws, like meat.

Thus, it became a staple food.

To try this New York City classic, head to House of Bagels on San Carlos and 11th streets. The chewy bagel, rich cream cheese and silky salmon sandwich is perfect for either breakfast or lunch.

Enjoy your tasty bagel and lox sandwich today in celebration of National Bagel and Lox Day.

National Read in the Bathtub Day

Do you enjoy soaking in the bathtub?
Do you like reading?
Do you wish to relax and feel light and free?

Then, why not spoil yourself in a special day, celebrating a cute, rare and special bath story day "National Read in the Bathtub Day" on 9 February!?

So, let's "bubble" and enjoy a perfect bizarre, wacky, unique and wonderful holiday for bathtub readers that is celebrated in February!

Did you know that February 9 is National Read in the Bathtub Day? Are you amongst its fans?

No one knows about the origins of this day and how it became a holiday, but no doubt it's a wonderful idea to celebrate.

National Read in the Bathtub Day - February 9, can be celebrated offering a special treat to yourself reading the favorite book while taking a bubble bath, enhancing the pleasure of reading with a delicate scent from the soap or bath foam, a subtle music background along with a glass of red wine, relaxing the body and offering delight to the mind and soul under the candles light.

So, all reading in the bathtub lovers, let's enjoy the spirit of the day, letting ourselves lose a bit and accept this special treat in a cozy atmosphere while reading in the bath tub!

National Toothache Day

National Toothache Day is celebrated on February 9th of each year. We were unable to discover the origin of Toothache Day, however, we believe it is a good way to bring attention to good oral hygiene.

Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tartar from teeth to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Severe gum disease causes at least one-third of adult tooth loss.

Tooth Decay is the most common global disease affecting every family. Over 80% of cavities occur inside pits and fissures on chewing surfaces where brushing cannot reach food left trapped after every meal or snack and saliva or fluoride have no access to neutralise acid and remineralise demineralised tooth.

Fissure sealants dentists apply over grooves in chewing surfaces of back teeth, block food being trapped and halt the decay process. An elastomer strip has been shown to force sealant deeper inside opposing chewing surfaces at the same time and can also force fluoride toothpaste inside chewing surfaces before brushing to remineralise demineralised teeth.

Since before recorded history, a variety of oral hygiene measures have been used for teeth cleaning. This has been verified by various excavations done all over the world, in which chew sticks, tree twigs, bird feathers, animal bones and porcupine quills were recovered. Many people used different forms of teeth cleaning tools. Indian medicine (Ayurveda) has used the neem tree (a.k.a. daatun) and its products to create teeth cleaning twigs and similar products for millennia. A person chews one end of the neem twig until it somewhat resembles the bristles of a toothbrush, and then uses it to brush the teeth. In the Muslim world, the miswak, or siwak, made from a twig or root with antiseptic properties has been widely used since the Islamic Golden Age. Rubbing baking soda or chalk against the teeth was also common.

Generally, dentists recommend that teeth be cleaned professionally at least twice per year. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling, tooth polishing, and, if too much tartar has built up, debridement. This is usually followed by a fluoride treatment.

Between cleanings by a dental hygienist, good oral hygiene is essential for preventing tartar build-up which causes the problems mentioned above. This is done by carefully and frequently brushing with a toothbrush and the use of dental floss to prevent accumulation of plaque on the teeth.

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean in order to prevent dental problems and bad breath.
  • Tooth brushing: Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tartar from teeth in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. 
  • Tooth flossing: The use of dental floss is an important element of the oral hygiene, since it removes the plaque and the decaying food remains stuck between the teeth. This food decay and plaque cause irritation to the gums, allowing the gum tissue to bleed more easily. Flossing for a proper inter-dental cleaning is recommended at least once per day, preferably before bedtime, to help prevent receding gums, gum disease, and cavities between the teeth.
  • Gum care: Massaging gums is generally recommended for good oral health. Flossing is recommended at least once per day, preferably before bed, to help prevent receding gums, gum disease, and cavities between the teeth.
  • Beneficial foods: Some foods may protect against cavities. Fluoride is a primary protector against dental cavities. Fluoride makes the surface of teeth more resistant to acids during the process of remineralisation. Drinking fluoridated water is recommended by some dental professionals while others say that using toothpaste alone is enough. Milk and cheese are also rich in calcium and phosphate, and may also encourage remineralisation. 
  • Detrimental foods: sugars - It is important to try to encourage infrequent consumption of food and drinks containing sugar so that teeth have a chance to be repaired by remineralisation and fluoride. Limiting sugar-containing foods and drinks to mealtimes is one way to reduce the incidence of cavities.
  • Smoking: and chewing tobacco are both strongly linked with multiple dental diseases. Regular vomiting, as seen in bulimics, also causes significant damage.
  • Mouthwash: or mouth rinse improve oral hygiene. Dental chewing gums claim to improve dental health.
National Stop Bullying Day

February 9, our country marks National Stop Bullying Day. While this isn't a day most of us commemorate each year, National Stop Bullying Day offers an opportunity for us to consider the children in our lives and begin a community-wide conversation about bullying. This is a conversation that too few adults are having today, but it is an important one. 

The concept of bullying certainly isn't new, but it is a problem that has become increasingly dangerous. As new technologies emerge, the way bullies target their victims continues to evolve. A taunt once hurled on a schoolyard and forgotten in days has become pervasive verbal abuse that is cached online forever. Online social networking sites, blogs and smart phones enable bullies to extend their impact on victims, allowing for around-the-clock harassment. When bullies target victims online or through text messages, it is often difficult for victims to escape and even harder for parents and school officials to act on the violence or slander that occurs.

Research shows that 42 percent of children have been bullied online, and of this group of victims, one in four has experienced this kind of bullying more than once. It is important for children, parents, teachers and community leaders to discuss what can be done to stop this growing epidemic. Here are a few guidelines and suggestions to help parents protect their children.

Monitor your child’s use of technology.
Even if you don't suspect your child is being bullied, it’s important to be aware how they are using today’s technology. Monitor their reactions and emotions when they are online. If your child is on Facebook, sign up for Facebook, and stay up to date with their online profile. Look for signs of bullying, depression or other concerning issues. The same advice applies to other technology, like texting. As a parent, your presence is powerful, and you may be able to prevent bullies from harming your child.

Report bullying behaviors to appropriate officials.
Resist confronting the bully or the bully’s parents. Instead, report any unlawful or harassing behaviors to law enforcement. If incidents happen at school, report them to school officials. If your child receives cruel texts, don’t respond. Instead, make copies of them. This evidence may be useful to report to school officials or law enforcement. Set up online filters to block the bully‘s messages on Facebook or Twitter.

Educate kids about bullying at an early age.
Teach them what bullying means, what to expect as they get older, and ask them to promise to talk to you if someone ever makes them feel bad about themselves. Additionally, talk to your kids about social pressures that could prompt them to bully others, and teach them why bullying is wrong. Look for signs of anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts. Caring conversations with your child can impact their emotional health.

Ask for help.
If the torment of bullies becomes too much, contact a mental health professional for help. Because bullying can have long‐term devastating effects on our children, we must remain committed to reporting the first signs of bullying and offering help when our children need it most.

Even if your child isn't being bullied, it is still important to educate them about the topic at an early age. By having these conversations early in life, you may be able to prevent the negative emotional impact bullying could have on your children in the future. If your child needs professional help to heal from the emotional scars of bullying, contact a mental health professional.

Man Day

Man Day was created in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. The main purpose of the day is to focus on the health of males. Other aspects of the day include improving gender relations, showing that men can be positive role models, and promoting gender equality.

Over eighty countries celebrate Man Day, but it’s not always been like this. Most countries on the list such as the United States and the United Kingdom have only recently started to promote the day.

If you want to take part in events, look online to find one of many groups gathering together to have fun. Most places will have fun events with a “manly” theme, such as wrestling and rodeo bull riding.

Some years, the coordinators of Man Day suggest a secondary theme to be taken into consideration. Although it’s not needed to follow these themes, most countries do as they allow each country to feel as if they're part of something bigger.