Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Holidays and Observances for June 2 2015

Full Moon Day

Full moon day happens to be the lunar phase while moon comes in between sun and earth.
  • Facts
During Full moon day period, when viewed from the Earth, the Moon’s hemisphere which is visible from the earth is fully lightened by the Sun. Thus, it looks round. During Full moon day time, moon’s hemisphere which is not seen by earth remains totally dark. The Moon orbits the Earth about once a month from about 1 light second away. It approximately takes 27 days for completing the orbit. The Moon's diameter is about 1/4 that of the Earth, and from the Earth's surface appears to have almost exactly the same angular size as the Sun. around the Earth. Since the month of February which is also called lunar month contains only 29 days excepting leap year, thus, the dates of full Moon changes every year. The Light of the Moon that reflects from the Sun is said to be the brightest on this night.
  • Naming of full moon 
Full Moon dates back to the United States, which was then called Native America where tribes kept a track of every season by naming it differently. This method was then adopted by England where a little change were made and then followed by the Europeans. It became tradition from the past that assigning different names for each and every full moon during the entire year. Although determination of significant names for each full moon has taken different shapes from time to time and place to place. An ancient system of choosing names was the resultant criteria of different seasons and even quarters of each year. For instance, the Full Moon just before Easter was named as the Egg Moon. This would be the first moon and it will be visible up above the sky after 21st March. The Lenten Moon happened to be the last visible moon of the year. Full moon day appears on or before March 21st. But trend has changed and modern world earmarks each full moon by the chosen name from the Gregorian calendar. Though, this allocation method of naming of full moon often effectuates the similarity of modern name with traditional one. In fact, the name Monday originates from Moon-day.
  • Celebration
Many religions have their New Year starting from the Full Moon Day of a particular month like in Theravada countries, Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao, the New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April. In Mahayana countries the New Year starts on the first full moon day in January. But the Buddhist New Year depends on the country of origin or ethnic background of the people taking the example of Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese celebrate late January or early February according to the lunar calendar, like wise Tibetans usually celebrate about one month later. So, it depends from people to people and their religious customs and belief when they want to celebrate it.
  • Belief about full Moon day
As per human beliefs it is also said that Full Moon day is the best time to start of a new venture/business etc. Because it drives away all the evils and misfortunes. In Hindu religion it holds a lot of significance.According to it, a full moon day is called either “Purnima” or “Puranmasi.’ A special ritual is organized on this day at temples. Religious rites of purifications are held with symbolic offerings, symbolizing spiritual purification, where thousands of Hindus as well as non Hindus participate. However, in today’s era different people have different beliefs and customs which keep on changing from time to time what has not changed from the past and will definitely not change in the Future is the Moon.

I Love My Dentist Day

June 2 is “I Love My Dentist” Day in the U.S. You’re probably wondering why dentists have their own special day. Wehhhhhllll…when people don’t take good care of their teeth, the things dentists have to do to fix those teeth don’t feel so good, like drilling a cavity or pulling out a bad tooth. But hey, what’s it like for the dentist? Here the dentist is sticking his or her hands into your slimy mouth just to help you out – the least we can all do is say thank you with a special holiday. And if you take really good care of your teeth, your dentist won’t have to do much at your check-ups anyway.

A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a health care practitioner who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. The dentist's supporting team aids in providing oral health services. The dental team includes dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, and in some states, dental therapists.
  1. During your check-up, your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer. He will also check for gum disease which is especially important to treat as it can affect your heart, blood sugar, memory and breathing. Effectively, your dentist can, in some cases, give you a very important heads up to other health conditions you may not know you have. (http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/gum-disease-can-cause-serious-illness)
  2. Your dentist knows how to fix your teeth!! Among other things, he can take x-rays, look for cavities you can’t see and fill them. He can straighten crooked teeth. He can help you with bad breath and he and his team can clean and polish your teeth.
  3. Your dentist cares about your teeth and will help you when you’re in pain. They will even see you out of hours if necessary and are usually (as is the case with Dr Schmidt) available by phone whenever you need them.
  4. Your dentist prefers to see you on a regular basis though, so that he can help you avoid needing treatment. By having regular checkups he and his hygienist can spot minor ailments before they blow up into instances that need major work. In some cases your dentist can put sealants on teeth to avoid cavities. Your hygienist will help you by advising you how to care for your teeth at home between visits, reminding you to floss and brush regularly.
  5. Modern dentists have new ways to treat you. They can do implants as well as crowns. Hygienists use sonic brushes to cleans your teeth, they can whiten your teeth so your smile is brilliantly welcoming. The dentist’s chair is now a place to relax with calming decor, music playing. If you’re still nervous, we can offer Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) to relax you. The modern dental office is a great place to get your teeth checked.
  6. Your dentist will have had a long thorough education in order to be able to care for your oral health. His education will have included College, Dental School, Dental Admissions Testing, State Licensing, National Dental Board Exams, Continuing Education and in some instances further specialist training.
  7. You get a free tooth brush, floss and toothpaste every time you have a check up!!
And lastly, you get a healthy mouth AND a wonderful, clean, bright smile!!!!

International Sex Workers' Day

International Sex Workers' Day takes place on June 2nd. The day which is also known as International Whore's Day is a celebratory day, which remembers the discrimination of prostitutes and their often exploitative living and conditions of working. The starting point of the International Whore's Day as a memorial was the second June 1975 in which more than 100 prostitutes occupied the Church Saint-Nizier in Lyon in order to get attention to their situation. This remembrance day is celebrated annually since 1976 on the 2nd of June.

A sex worker is a person who works in the sex industry. The term is used in reference to all those in all areas of the sex industry including those who provide direct sexual services as well as the staff of such industries. Some sex workers are paid to engage in sexually explicit behavior which involve varying degrees of physical contact with clients (prostitutes, escorts, some but not all professional dominants); pornography models and actors engage in sexually explicit behavior which are filmed or photographed. Phone sex operators have sexually-oriented conversations with clients, and do additive sexual role-play. Other sex workers are paid to engage in live sexual performance, such as web cam sex and performers in live sex shows. Some sex workers perform erotic dances and other acts for an audience (striptease, Go-Go dancing, lap dancing, Neo-burlesque, and peep shows). Sexual surrogates often engage in sexual activity as part of therapy with their clients. Thus, although the term sex worker is sometimes viewed as a synonym or euphemism for prostitute, it is more general. Some people use the term to avoid invoking the stigma associated with the word prostitute.

In the beginning of the 70 law enforcement agencies kept the prostitutes in France under increasing pressure. The police reprisals forced the women to work more in secret. As a result, the protection by the public has been removed and led to more violence against the girls. After two murders and the unwillingness of the government to improve the situation of prostitutes, sex workers in Lyon occupied finally one of the local churches - Saint-Nizier in rue de Brest - and went on strike. After eight days the church was cleared by the police. The event is regarded as the starting point of a movement of prostitutes and sex workers' rights.

Leave The Office Earlier Day

Who doesn’t dream of leaving the office earlier, in time to enjoy the afternoon? Who gets frustrated, especially during the winter months, by the fact that it’s still dark when they go to work, and already dark when they leave? These are just the people that Leave The Office Earlier Day was created for!

This day was the invention of Laura Stack, a specialist in employee productivity, amongst other things. Stack noted that Americans work about 49 hours a week, and a grand total of about 350 more hours a year than most Europeans. This can prove detrimental for many reasons.

First off, the quicker things get done, at optimal levels, the more productive (and profitable) a business will be.

Secondly, the truth is that the nature of work is that for the most part, employees would rather be somewhere else, doing something else, which can lead to distractions which result in lower productivity. Thirdly, interminable working days can prove disheartening, acting as a demotivational factor, causing employees to work at a sluggish pace and get much less done than they would if they were feeling better about themselves. This is turn is connected to the fact that inflexible working hours and excessive overtime can turn any hare into a tortoise. Although the latter won the proverbial race, the former would have achieved the same in less time had it only applied itself to the task.

Leave the Office Earlier Day is an incentive for employees to complete tasks before schedule, making a conscious effort to increase their efficiency and productivity so they can go home sooner. Basically, the perspective of leaving the workplace earlier acts as a carrot for the hare inside all of us, compelling employees to perform his or her tasks to his or her maximum potential, reducing levels of idleness amongst workers.

This managerial strategy—that is, allowing people to go home as soon as they have properly completed their tasks—has been shown to be beneficial to both employees and employers, a real win-win situation for both parties. Over and over again, it proves true the theory that happy workers are more efficient and productive, and that people in general respond better to positive rather than negative reinforcement. More work done in less time is beneficial to the business seeking to increase its profits as well as society or humanity at large, and Leave The Office Earlier Day is another chapter in the quest for maximum productivity that is as old as human industry itself. Another positive side effect of this managerial strategy is the creation of a sense of empathy between co-workers, as well as between workers and their bosses, which leads to much better co-operation. And this, in turn, leads to increased productivity. Yes, this truly seems to be a win-win situation for all involved.

If you are an employee, get your boss’ permission to leave as soon as you’ve finished all of your tasks for the day. You’ll likely be surprised at how motivated you feel to get things done expeditiously! If you own a business, on the other had, you could let your employees know they are free to go as soon as they finish their tasks for the day. You’ll likely be surprised at how much less time it can take to get the job done!

National Bubba Day

When it comes to holidays, there are traditional holidays, not-so-traditional holidays and downright wacky holidays. This particular holiday isn’t dedicated to a worthy cause, historical event or delicious food or beverage, June 2nd is dedicated to certain fellers across America with a special name. It’s National Bubba Day, y’all!

National Bubba Day
While some credit comedian, author and recording artist, T. Bubba Bechtol, with coming up with Bubba Day, others believe two Bubba’s from Missouri (pronounced ‘Ma-zur-a’) created the day back in the 1860s. While the origins of the annual holiday may be a bit unclear, one thing is clear, June 2nd celebrates Bubbas everywhere.

What's in a Name?
According to Merriam-Webster, Bubba is often used in a disparaging way or used as a stereotype for white males from the south. When you think of the name Bubba, does a redneck or good old boy come to mind? Some folks use Bubba as an endearing nickname for a special friend or sibling.

There have been many famous Bubbas over the years and believe it or not, not all of them lived down south or had red necks!

Famous and Not-So-Famous Bubbas
  • United States President Bill Clinton is sometimes referred to as “Bubba.”
  • Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House - This famous restaurant is named after Paula Deen’s brother.
  • Professional golfer Bubba Watson recently won the Masters.
  • Tune in to the Rick and Bubba Show
  • Bubba Sparxxx the Rapper.
  • Bubba Hernandez the Latin/Rock/Pop artist.
  • Bubba Smith – Former NFL player and actor who died in 2011.
  • Baseball player James "Bubba" Starling.
  • Baseball pitcher Bubba Church.
  • Motorcross racer Bubba Stewart.
  • Forrest Gump had a special friend named Bubba Blue.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. - The real-life restaurant inspired by the blockbuster movie Forrest Gump.
  • Bubba Higgins, son of Eunice and Ed Higgins of Mama's Family.
  • Actress Minnie Driver and singer Pink both have pooches named Bubba.
  • Speaking of dogs, Bubba ranked #63 on the 100 Most Popular Dog Names list.
National Rocky Road Day

National Rocky Road Day is celebrated on June 2nd of each year.  This is an unofficial holiday in honor of Rocky Road Ice Cream.

Rocky road ice cream is a chocolate flavored ice cream. Though there are variations on the flavor, it is traditionally composed of chocolate ice cream, nuts, and marshmallows. According to one source, the flavor was created in March 1929 by William Dreyer in Oakland, California when he cut up walnuts and marshmallows with his wife’s sewing scissors and added them to his chocolate ice cream in a manner that reflected his partner Joseph Edy’s chocolate candy creation incorporating walnuts and marshmallow pieces. Later, the walnuts would be replaced by pieces of toasted almond. After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Dreyer and Edy gave the flavor its current name “to give folks something to smile about in the midst of the Great Depression.” Alternatively, Fentons Creamery in Oakland claims that William Dreyer based his recipe on a Rocky Road-style ice cream flavor invented by his friend, Fentons’ George Farren, who blended his own Rocky Road-style candy bar into ice cream; however, Dreyer substituted almonds for walnuts.

The original Rocky Road ice cream used chocolate ice cream with no chocolate chip pieces. Today, Rocky Road can be obtained based on vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips, marshmallows and almonds.

Yell 'Fudge' at the Cobras in North America Day

Did you know that there are no species of cobras native to North America?...And did you know why there aren't?

Apparently, we North Americans owe our cobra-less-ness to the fact that every June 2 some few brave souls go outside precisely at 12 noon (local time—so several times during the day) and yell “Fudge!”

And you know how much cobras hate fudge!

It may seem silly to yell fudge at 12 noon, but, let's face it, it's been working, right? Still no wild cobras in North America!

Of course I am kidding. I mean, people claim that they really do shout fudge on June 2, and there really are no cobras running—excuse me, slithering—about in North America. But this is not a situation of cause and effect!

This silly holiday is supposed to bring a smile to your face and perhaps even a chuckle or two, but it does point out a really important logical fallacy:

Sometimes people believe that something affects or causes something else, but it doesn't.

This sort of magical thinking is evident in superstitions and pseudoscience. It is why we shouldn't jump to conclusions or read too much into coincidences. Here are some examples of this logical fallacy, sometimes called “false cause,” cum hoc ergo prompter hoc, or “correlation (two things happening at the same time, say, or to the same person) does not imply causation (one thing causing the other)”:

If a football player hangs up his “lucky” rabbit's foot in his locker the first three games of the season, and his team wins those three games—are the wins caused by the rabbit's foot?
Note: Most people “get” that the rabbit's foot had nothing to do with the victories, because they don't really believe in rabbit-foot-magic. However, they might believe that prayers to God influence football games. A better explanation may be that the winning football team is good or that there are too few games to draw any conclusions.

If a cancer patient goes to a psychic “healer” and several months later finds out from the doctor that her cancer has gone into remission—is the remission caused by the healer?

Before you say, “yes, obviously!” – remember that many cancer patients go into remission even though they haven't gone to that particular psychic healer—or any psychic healer!

Many different studies showed that women who were getting hormone replacement therapy had a lower-than-average rate of heart disease. Does hormone therapy protect women, to some extent, from heart disease?

Many doctors assumed cause-and-effect and started recommending hormone replacement therapy partly for the heart-health benefits. However, a randomized, controlled experiment showed that hormone therapy actually causes a small increase in the risk of heart disease!

It turned out that the original studies showed hormone therapy and lower heart disease in the same women because women who had enough money for hormone replacement therapy also had enough money to purchase healthier foods and exercise equipment and gym memberships.

Two women find themselves sitting next to each other on a plane traveling from LA to New York City. After a bit of polite chit-chat, the two find out that they both came from the same town: Buffalo, New York. They are surprised and pleased to find this connection and end up talking the entire 5-hour trip. At hour 4, they realize that they both have collies, AND both of their fathers are medical doctors.
This can't be coincidence, they say. Some weird power made them sit together for some reason that they couldn't fathom. However, coincidences happen all the time. Scientists and mathematicians have proven that it would be very strange if there were no coincidences; it is to be completely expected that there are! Also, in this case, the two women were thinking only of the three similarities that they had discovered—not all the hundreds of differences that had turned up during their talk.

This example of faulty logic is perhaps a bit different than false cause, but thinking that there is a magical force called “fate” that causes things to happen feels to me similar to assuming that correlation implies causation.

Oh, no! Wow! After writing ALL of this wonderful stuff about the serious side of a silly holiday, I just found out that there IS a cobra that lives in North America!! The species Micrurus fluvius is sometimes called “American cobra.” It lives in the southeast United States, and it is in the same snake family as the king cobra and other more familiar cobras, most of which live in southern Africa and Asia.

I suppose that the people who created this holiday (and the websites promoting it) didn't consider this snake to be a cobra. It is usually referred to as a coral snake, and it doesn't have that cobra-looking hooded head.

By the way... If you are always looking for an excuse to eat chocolate, I thought I would mention that some people celebrate “Yell Fudge at Cobras in North America Day,” not by yelling “fudge,” but by buying or making—and then of course eating—delicious, rich, chocolatey fudge!