Monday, March 9, 2015

Holidays and Observances for Mar 9 2015

Barbie Day

On this day more than 50 years ago, an American icon was born. On March 9, 1959, Barbie Millicent Roberts made her grand entrance into society.

History of Barbie
In 1954, Ruth and Elliot Handler founded Mattel. A few years later, Ruth created a three-dimensional, curvaceous doll named after her daughter Barbara. In 1959, Barbie Millicent Roberts debuted at the American Toy Fair in New York City and the rest, as they say, is history. At $3 each, more than 350,000 dolls were sold the first year. Barbie’s hunky significant other, Ken, was introduced in 1961 and was named after the Handler’s son.

Handler would create one of the best selling toys in history. Since Barbie’s debut, more than one billion dolls have been sold. Ruth Handler died in 2002. She was 85 years old.

Barbie Evolves
Like most of us, the fashionista has gone through many changes over the years. Despite her different hair styles, various fashion statements, cool cars and awesome friends, she still remains modern yet classic. Babs has had over 125 different careers during her lifetime and somehow, still looks as young as ever! She’s been a registered nurse, surgeon, veterinarian, teacher, flight attendant, presidential candidate, rock star and even traveled to the moon! Not one to rest on her laurels, Barbie and her dreamy beau plan to travel the world in 2012.

Barbie Controversy
While most of her transformations have been positive, the stylish jetsetter is not without controversy. Barbie’s Totally Stylin’ Tattoos, complete with 40 tattoo stickers and stamper application, raised a few eyebrows along the way. And some critics believe Barbie’s curvaceous figure may promote unrealistic expectations that could lead to low self-esteem or poor body image for impressionable young girls.

But regardless of her critics, little girls all over the world continue to love her and moms and grandma’s still collect her. Happy birthday, Barbie - you still look fabulous!

False Teeth Day

Today is false teeth day – again maybe it’s better to take a moment to think about it as “not false teeth” day.  What are the choices you can make today to reduce the risk of losing your teeth down the road?  Good dental hygiene is really important.  Also, avoiding foods that cause your teeth to rot – soda and anything with sugar are high on the list.   Do you want to take it a step further?  Try oil pulling.   Put one or two teaspoons of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it for twenty minutes (yes really, 20 minutes, it’s ok to build up to that over time), spit it out in the trash (never swallow it), rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth.  It takes getting used to, but it is really good for your oral health!

Presumably begun by cynical and witty dentists on the hunt for extra work, False Teeth Day celebrates the replacement teeth which will never let you down, even if your real teeth have!

Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth; they are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable (removable partial denture or complete denture). However, there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants (fixed prosthodontics). There are two main categories of dentures, the distinction being whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or on the maxillary arch.

Around 500 BC, Etruscans in northern Italy made dentures out of human or other animal teeth.

London's Peter de la Roche is believed to be one of the first 'operators for the teeth', men who advertised themselves as specialists in dental work. They were often professional goldsmiths, ivory turners or students of barber-surgeons. US President George Washington is famously known for his dentures, which were made with ivory from hippos and elephants as well as gold, rivets, spiral springs and even real human teeth.

The first porcelain dentures were made around 1770 by Alexis Duch√Ęteau. In 1791, the first British patent was granted to Nicholas Dubois De Chemant, previous assistant to Duchateau, for 'De Chemant's Specification',
"a composition for the purpose of making of artificial teeth either single double or in rows or in complete sets, and also springs for fastening or affixing the same in a more easy and effectual manner than any hitherto discovered which said teeth may be made of any shade or colour, which they will retain for any length of time and will consequently more perfectly resemble the natural teeth."
He began selling his wares in 1792, with most of his porcelain paste supplied by Wedgwood.

In 1820, Samuel Stockton, a goldsmith by trade, began manufacturing high-quality porcelain dentures mounted on 18-carat gold plates. Later dentures from the 1850s on were made of Vulcanite, a form of hardened rubber (Claudius Ash’s company was the leading European manufacturer of dental Vulcanite) into which porcelain teeth were set. In the 20th century, acrylic resin and other plastics were used. In Britain sequential Adult Dental Health Surveys revealed that in 1968 79% of those aged 65–74 had no natural teeth; by 1998, this proportion had fallen to 36%.

For most false teeth wearers, their replacement teeth allow them to continue to eat and drink as normal. However, the character Jaws, from the James Bond films, had metal false teeth which could bite through anything – a skill he used to great effect!

Fill Our Staplers Day

Is there anything more annoying in this world than going to use a stapler, only to find it has run out of staples? Yes, yes there is. A huge number of things. However, that does not detract from the fact that it can be extremely annoying, especially if you are at work, under time pressure, and have no idea where the spare staples are held.

Originally created by the Dull Men’s Club, Fill Our Staplers Day attempts to solve this super-serious problem. Occurring twice a year, on the day after the Sunday when the clocks change, the day encourages people, especially office workers, to refill their stapler, with a view to minimising the chances of a workplace crisis.

So if you work in an environment where staplers are shared with others, do your bit for humanity and use this day to ensure it is well stocked for future use.

Get Over It Day

Whether you are a little ticked at the hubby, stressed out over work, still hurting over a bad breakup or sick and tired of being sick and tired, it's time to get over it! Literally!

March 9 is Get Over It Day, an annual "holiday" that falls smack dab in the middle of two very special holidays - Valentine's Day and April Fool's Day.

Jeff Goldblatt "invented" Get Over It Day back in 2005 after it took him far too long to get over an ex-girlfriend. Goldblatt, who also launched The Rejection Hotline, had the "honor" of holding the title as the "World's Worst Entrepreneur" for four long years until he fired himself as CEO of his own company! But he even got over it!

Today is the perfect day to let go of all the hurt, anger, disappointments, rejection and stress in your life. No matter how bad you think things are, chances are pretty good someone else has it worse than you do. Today is the day to be thankful for your blessings and the very special people in your life who love and care about you despite whatever issues you may have. No matter what "it" is, just get over it!

Joe Franklin Day

It’s Joe Franklin Day! The Joe Franklin Show was one of the longest-running TV talk shows in history. The program was on the air for more than 40 years and produced more than 28,000 episodes.

Joe Franklin, the host of The Joe Franklin Show, began his career as a radio personality when he was just seventeen years old. He made his television debut in 1950 and invented an entirely new programming format—the talk show.

Throughout his career, Joe Franklin interviewed hundreds of thousands of people. Today we honor and celebrate this self-proclaimed "King of Entertainment,” and all that he has done for television.

Napping Day

Napping Day is celebrated annually the day following the return of daylight savings time. Napping Day provides an opportunity to adjust after changes to daylight savings when losing an hour of sleep due to ‘springing forward’. Mid-afternoon naps are an integral part of most cultures, and scientifically proven to be good for you – so here’s to justifying a few hours of well deserved kip!

More than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. It is not clear that this is the natural sleep pattern of humans. Young children and elderly persons nap, for example, and napping is a very important aspect of many cultures.

As a nation, the United States appears to be becoming more and more sleep deprived. And it may be our busy lifestyle that keeps us from napping. While naps do not necessarily make up for inadequate or poor quality nighttime sleep, a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance. Nappers are in good company: Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and George W. Bush are known to have valued an afternoon nap.

National Crabmeat Day

So, March 9 is National Crabmeat Day. Harrumph! Perhaps in the rest of the country ... or even the rest of the world, but here in Sonoma County Crab Meat day is from sometime before Thanksgiving to late Spring. Our crab season is a grand and glorious celebration of the tasty crustacean. As soon as crab season opens its presence is seen everywhere. We in Sonoma County enjoy, no, perhaps a better word might be, flaunt our passion for our local, sweet, tender, delectable Dungeness Crab.

As soon as the first crabs hit the market people line up. Volunteer fire departments, Churches, clubs and the like hold crab feeds as fund raisers and local wineries feature wines that pair well with crab.

What is so great about our local Dungeness Crab? Well, the flavor is superb, but beyond that, the meat is so accessible, all of the meat, not just the meat in the legs. In most other species of crab, the body meat is not easily achieved. In the great and lauded Alaskan King Crab, the body meat is minimal at best. In many European species, the shell is so vitreous that if you try to access the body meat you wind up with little bits of shrapnel embedded in the meat rendering it unusable except to boil and strain for stock.

How is the best way to eat Dungeness Crab? Just crack it and eat it, with an excellent glass of wine or a fine craft-beer. If you wish to guild the lily, it goes exceedingly well with Hass avocados and sweet and succulent Nave oranges, both at their best in winter when the crabs are in season.

And if you wish to take it one step beyond you might consider serving tender fresh, first of the season Asparagus. Fresh, asparagus is great served with crab just lightly steamed, left with a bit of its tender crunch, but you might try this method of preparation which pairs perfectly with crab.

Steam your asparagus just to the point where it can be pierced with the tip of a small knife, but is not at all soft. Then, put a pat of butter and a bit of olive oil in a heavy skillet and add the juice of two or three fresh Navel oranges. Add a wee pinch of minced fresh dill weed and swirl the mixture together over a high heat until the liquid has reduced a bit. Add the asparagus and toss about gently until they are hot through and coated with the orange glaze. The flavor is superb with fresh crab. Forget the mayonnaise for both the crab and the asparagus. Let their own fine flavors be the stars.

National Workplace Napping Day

Close the office door. Hold your calls. Put your head on your keyboard. It's National Workplace Napping Day.

"It's time for workplace nappers to lie down and be counted," says William Anthony, repeating one of the slogans of his napping advocacy organization, the Napping Company.

Anthony, a Boston University professor, created today's unofficial holiday with his wife Camille, also an outspoken napping advocate.

"We're going to take it one nap at a time, but it is going forward," he insists.

Anthony admits Workplace Napping Day — this is the third year the Anthonys have publicized the event — sounds a little frivolous, but he insists there are countless good reasons to take his cause seriously.

"The science [supporting the value of napping] continues to grow," he says, citing several recent studies on sleep deprivation. "Napping improves your productivity and your mood."

Americans could certainly use the extra ZZZs.

A 2001 survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that 63 percent of Americans do not get enough sleep.

One in five respondents admitted being so sleepy during the day that it interfered with their activities at least a few days a week.

But the survey found that most people didn't plan on changing their lifestyles, even though they realized they were sleep-deprived.

"We are a chronically sleep deprived society," says Dr. James Wyatt, a sleep disorders specialist at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. "Compared to about 100 years ago, we're getting about one and a half hours less sleep [a night]."

Napping Can Help, But Stigma Persists

An afternoon nap doesn't make up for lack of sleep, but it can tremendously helpful, experts say.

"It's a good idea. Put a note on the door and nod out for 15 minutes," recommends Dr. Amanda Beck, the medical director of the Sleep Disorder Center of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Even a 15 minute snooze under less than ideal circumstances can rejuvenate an exhausted worker, she says.

"In a lot of ways, having a nap is lot better than a cup of coffee."

But Beck admits there are few companies that actively encourage napping.

"There's still that three-toed sloth idea that if you take a nap you're lazy," she says.

Napping advocates suggest firms are afraid of ridicule from competitors, clients, and shareholders, if they openly condone snoozing during business hours.

But there are companies that have opened their eyes to the apparent benefits of napping.

Yarde Metals in Bristol, Conn., for instance, has installed specially built nap rooms in its new buildings. Officials at the company say it has dramatically improved employee morale and productivity, especially among shift workers.

All employees are encouraged to nod off on their lunch hours, if they think it's helpful.

"I go to my car during lunch," says one employee, Joy Chromy. "It was a little awkward at first, but it really helped."

For this year's National Workplace Napping day, Yarde is holding a "Napapalooza" to raise money for homeless children.

Changing Minds, One Nap at a Time

Anthony, the founder of the napping advocacy group, insists that napping policies are rarely abused.

"We start with what we call a nap-friendly policy," he says. "Say on your break you're free to nap, just like you're free to smoke, go for a walk, and so on.

"We're not talking about a siesta."

The Napping Company cites a host of famous historical figures who they say were prodigious nappers, including John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Napoleon Bonaparte, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan.

Civil servants in the small German town of Vechta have official permission to take brief naps after lunch, either at home or in their offices.

"Even if it's a drop in the bucket, there are more companies listening," says Dr. Mark Rosekind, president of Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm dealing with sleep issues.

Panic Day

Do you have a major deadline coming up? Is your to-do list growing so fast you can’t keep up? Is the boss hounding you no matter how hard you work? Are you living paycheck to paycheck and having a hard time getting by?

If you’re feeling a little stressed out lately, no worries. Today is Panic Day! This annual “holiday” is observed every year on March 9, just one day after the annual Be Nasty Day ‘holiday.”

Panic and Stress
Many Americans are overworked, stressed out and underpaid. Unfortunately, panic and stress are just part of our everyday lives. While some stress is normal, prolonged stress can lead to a variety of problems including panic attacks.

According to, panic is defined as a:
"Sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior, and that often spreads quickly through a group of persons or animals."
Many people suffer from panic attacks, sudden, intense feelings of terror that occur without warning. Panic attacks can be terrifying and can happen when you least expect it – while you are driving, asleep or at work. Once you've experienced a panic attack, the fear of having another one only adds to the stress. While treatable, it is estimated that about 60 million American adults will suffer from panic attacks at some point in their lives.

Panic Day serves as an important reminder to folks to slow down. Breathe! Take a long, nice walk and destress. And don't worry – there is another Panic Day just in case you need it. International Panic Day is coming up in June.