Friday, July 3, 2015

Holidays and Observances for July 3 2015

Comic Sans Day


Since 2009, Dutch radio DJs have celebrated Comic Sans Day on the first Friday in July, encouraging listeners to “send all your mails, print all your reports and all your sticker address labels in this illustrious font.” In 2013, even Dutch airline KLM got in on the fun, changing the font on their website to Comic Sans and giving people named C. Sans the opportunity to win plane tickets.

When Vincent Connare designed Comic Sans for Microsoft, he couldn’t have known how controversial his font would become. Initially a favorite when it was released in 1994, it has since become a subject of scorn among designers and Internet users alike. People really, really love to hate Comic Sans. “Like the tone of a spoken voice, the characteristics of a typeface convey meaning. … Clearly, Comic Sans as a voice conveys silliness, childish naivete, irreverence,” reads Ban Comic Sans, just one of many websites devoted to getting rid of the font. “By banding together to eradicate this font from the face of the earth we strive to ensure that future generations will be liberated from this epidemic and never suffer this scourge that is the plague of our time.” But the font has its defenders, too.

Comic Sans MS, commonly referred to as Comic Sans, is a sans-serif casual script typeface designed by Vincent Connare and released in 1994 by Microsoft Corporation. It is classified as a casual, non-connecting script for use in informal documents inspired by comic book lettering.

The typeface has been supplied with Microsoft Windows since the introduction of Windows 95, initially as a supplemental font in the Windows Plus Pack and later in Microsoft Comic Chat. Describing it, Microsoft has explained that "this casual but legible face has proved very popular with a wide variety of people."

The typeface's widespread use, often in situations for which it was not intended, has been criticized.

Disobedience Day


Disobedience Day is celebrated on July 3rd of each year.

Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, and commands of a government, or of an occupying international power. Civil disobedience is commonly, though not always, defined as being nonviolent resistance. It is one form of civil resistance. In one view (in India, known as ahimsa or satyagraha) it could be said that it is compassion in the form of respectful disagreement.

One of its earliest massive implementations was brought about by Egyptians against the British occupation in 1919 Revolution. Civil disobedience is one of the many ways people have rebelled against what they deem to be unfair laws. It has been used in many nonviolent resistance movements in India (Gandhi’s campaigns for independence from the British Empire), in Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution and in East Germany to oust their communist governments, in South Africa in the fight against apartheid, in the American Civil Rights Movement, in the Singing Revolution to bring independence to the Baltic countries from the Soviet Union, recently with the 2003 Rose Revolution in Georgia and the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine, among other various movements worldwide.

One of the oldest depictions of civil disobedience is in Sophocles’ play Antigone, in which Antigone, one of the daughters of former King of Thebes, Oedipus, defies Creon, the current King of Thebes, who is trying to stop her from giving her brother Polynices a proper burial. She gives a stirring speech in which she tells him that she must obey her conscience rather than human law. She is not at all afraid of the death he threatens her with (and eventually carries out), but she is afraid of how her conscience will smite her if she does not do this.

Following the Peterloo massacre of 1819, poet Percy Shelley wrote the political poem The Mask of Anarchy later that year, that begins with the images of what he thought to be the unjust forms of authority of his time—and then imagines the stirrings of a new form of social action. It is perhaps the first modern[vague] statement of the principle of nonviolent protest. A version was taken up by the author Henry David Thoreau in his essay Civil Disobedience, and later by Gandhi in his doctrine of Satyagraha. Gandhi’s Satyagraha was partially influenced and inspired by Shelley’s nonviolence in protest and political action. In particular, it is known that Gandhi would often quote Shelley’s Masque of Anarchy to vast audiences during the campaign for a free India.

Thoreau’s 1848 essay Civil Disobedience, originally titled “Resistance to Civil Government”, has had a wide influence on many later practitioners of civil disobedience. The driving idea behind the essay is that citizens are morally responsible for their support of aggressors, even when such support is required by law. In the essay, Thoreau explained his reasons for having refused to pay taxes as an act of protest against slavery and against the Mexican-American War. He writes, “If I devote myself to other pursuits and contemplations, I must first see, at least, that I do not pursue them sitting upon another man’s shoulders. I must get off him first, that he may pursue his contemplations too. See what gross inconsistency is tolerated. I have heard some of my townsmen say, ‘I should like to have them order me out to help put down an insurrection of the slaves, or to march to Mexico; — see if I would go’; and yet these very men have each, directly by their allegiance, and so indirectly, at least, by their money, furnished a substitute.”

International Plastic Bag Free Day


July 3 is International Plastic Bag-Free Day — a day you can declare independence from plastic bags.

Anti-disposable bag advocates: Get ready to celebrate Independence Day 24 hours early.

Organized by Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, International Plastic Bag-Free Day encourages people and organizations to host events and sign petitions to promote plastic bag-free living. It's a day to be extra proud that you've made a habit of toting your own reusable bag to stores.

In Los Angeles where I live, this no-plastic celebration will come just days after another more local no-plastic celebration. Come July 1, plastic bags will officially be banned in Los Angeles County! Plus, paper bags will no longer be free. Opt to kill a tree, and you'll need to pay a dime for the privilege — though your eco-guilt may be assuaged by the fact that those paper bags will still be made from 40 percent post-consumer recycled content and be 100-percent recyclable.

Before you rejoice that you'll see no plastic bags littering the streets during your next visit to Hollywood or Disneyland, I have to first remind you that Disneyland is in Orange County, not Los Angeles County — and that even within L.A. County, this plastic bag ban may be a little less dramatic than you were hoping. Why? The Los Angeles County bag ban applies only to unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. That means businesses in most of the incorporated cities — including the city of Los Angeles itself — will still be able to give out both plastic and paper bags for free! In addition, smaller stores will have until January 2012 to comply with the ban.

The good news is that many cities in L.A. County are passing their own bag bans. Malibu banned plastic bags back in 2008. And since the L.A. County bag ban was approved by the board of supervisors, many cities have modeled their own bag bans after the county's ban. Among the cities that will be banning plastic bags this year are Santa Monica and Long Beach.

National Chocolate Wafer Day



Today there are world days and national days for almost everything, to strength the importance of a particular thing. Similarly we have a chocolate wafer day so that the chocolates prepared all over the world are not ignored. The day is 4th of September every year and various fun events are organized worldwide. One of the most planned and emphasizing fun events is the annual chocolate festival in the UK. National chocolate wafer day allows a chance to roll around in the chocolate pit. People can try some chocolate massages on National chocolate wafer day. One can taste and purchase various chocolate recipes and varieties on National chocolate wafer day.

In the month of September, there is also an annual National Chocolate Festival in Plymouth, UK and some other cities. There are many sites on the internet, which are specially meant for chocolates. They provide interesting content for the lovers of chocolate. They make available various information about several kinds of chocolates, its past story and time of its origin. It also tells various weird things which can be done with chocolate for sheer fun. There is mention of different films on different types of chocolate, chocolate games, chocolate house and chocolate holiday ideas, thus increasing the traffic to the site.Most of the chocolate making websites are organic website, which are developing more during the coming time

Today the chocolate production involves benefit of chocolate health wise and explores possible methods in order to keep the taste enjoyable in a less calorie.Too much of chocolate is bad for health but chocolates are undoubtedly psychologically beneficial to beat the depression, if taken under limited amounts.Dark chocolates are healthy if taken in small amounts.People are free to give there suggestions and preferences. You can know the best suited chocolate and amount of calories in it, to your health.

World biggest manufacturing companies invite people to join them for the World Chocolate Day. On 4th of September in each year, there is a treat which symbolizes this day as the mode of relaxation and enjoyment. During the eventide, indulge yourself with the mood of an ice-tea or hot coffee and can take a chill pill with the glass of red wine. One can also bring your favorite chocolate cake, chocolate bar, or candy. You can just take a chill pill and plan about the positive aspects of your life. World Chocolate day is a day celebrated to reflect and appreciate the positive aspects in ones life and also for applauding the taste of chocolate. The coming National Chocolate Wafer Day will be celebrated on 3rd July 2014.

There are several fun and frolic which people can do with the chocolate. These funs can become enjoyable alone or in a couple on that day. There are a several items with which you can enjoy and become playful. Chocolate-opoly is known to be Monopoly board with different types of treats of chocolate for the people who play. Russian roulette with chocolate is another game. Couples at their cozy nook can experience different games, which includes melted chocolates or chocolate sauce. People who are fond of traveling as well as chocolates will enjoy the plan of Chocolate Travel for celebrating the day.

Some ideas for chocolate travel include: o Taking a part in workshop where chocolate making is done o Making a trip on a factory of Swiss chocolate making o Preparing a massage made of chocolate on a health farm o Arranging for a trip on a chocolate cruise o Going on a cocoa farm.

There are various good movies involving chocolate. There is a popular chocolate movie “Like Water for Chocolate”. This movie is Mexican. It released in the year 1992 This movie won numerous International awards. It actually combines food and love. The Director was directed by Alfonso Arau. The movie is the story of a young lady who attains freedom from her family through her love of chocolate. Cadburys World is a place in England. Cadburys who are owned by Schweppes have created this chocolate theme park. The chocolate theme park has 2 newly created attractions -'Essence' and 'Purple Planet'. The place is located near Birmingham in England and the route can be found on the Cadburys World official site. Cadburys chocolate is being manufactured since the early 19th century. It was initiated by John Cadbury who opened a shop in the center of Birmingham in England.

National Compliment Your Mirror Day


If you've ever asked yourself, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all?" It goes without saying, you are, of course! July 3 is National Compliment Your Mirror Day, a special day of the year that “reflects” just how beautiful you are!

While the origins of this “holiday” are unknown, mirrors can be our best friend or greatest enemy. Mirrors are a girl’s best friend when we are younger. We spend a lot of time in front of the mirror, primping and perfecting, making sure our makeup and hair is just right. And a few sneak peeks at mirrors and shiny objects throughout the day ensure everything is still in its proper place.

But the older we get, the reflection staring back at us is often not as user-friendly. In fact, we may not even recognize the person in the mirror! Laugh lines, deep wrinkles, furrowed brows and gray hairs showing up in the strangest places, have appeared practically overnight. And to make matters even worse, certain "parts" are no longer where they once were! For some, that once familiar reflection in the mirror is now the spitting image of mom or dad. How and when did that happen?

But let’s “face” it. We’re all getting older. Kids, careers, spouse(s) and life’s day-to-day struggles, can take their toll. For some folks, life’s journey is written all over their faces. For others, the aging process has been more kind and like a fine wine, some get better with age. But for those still searching for fountain of youth, why not embrace those fine lines, wrinkles and gray hair? You've earned ‘em!

National Eat Beans Day


Those who enjoy beans of all types can find reason to celebrate on the 3rd of July, for this date is National Eat Beans Day. While beans are humble and often overlooked or reduced to side dishes and filler, on this day people across the United States can honor the not-so-lowly legume and hail its many merits.

With the nutritional benefits and satisfying flavor that beans have to offer, it is more than fitting that they get a food holiday all their own. Beans are a healthy source of protein, making them a staple for vegetarians everywhere. Beans are also chock full of complex carbohydrates, and are naturally fat free. They also contain plenty of fiber, as well as calcium, potassium and folate (which is shown to help prevent heart disease).

It is unclear precisely how National Eat Beans Day was originated. Often, food holidays are created by manufacturers of food products. Sometimes they may also be created by lovers of that specific food.

The origins of beans themselves date back to ancient times. There exists evidence that bean crops were cultivated by indigenous peoples in Peru as well as Mexico in 7,000 BC, and some Egyptian tombs from 4,000 years ago contained fava beans, garbanzo beans and lentils.

You may find various price specials on beans at retail locations, and some restaurants may cook up special dishes for National Eat Beans Day. There may also be some regional bean cooking competitions. You can celebrate on your own by hosting a bean dish party, or simply by indulging in your favorite type of beans.

Stay Out of the Sun Day


For many regions, Stay Out of the Sun Day sounds like a wacky holiday. School is out, kids are playing in the street and the BBQ is fired up. Why would anyone want to stay indoors? Talk to anyone in the south, however, and you will find that most people try to stay indoors whenever possible this time of year. It's no fun to play outside when it's 110 degrees.

The origin of Stay Out of the Sun Day is unknown. It is believed to have originated as a reminder to people to beware of the link between skin cancer and the sun. According the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults (ages 15-29) the Environmental Protection Agency asserts. Children born in 2009 have 25 times the rate of melanoma (skin cancer) than someone born in 1935. The Office of Environmental Health states that Arizona ranks no. 2 in world skin cancer rates (Australia is no.1). They also say that most of a person's lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of 18 so it is critical that children be well-educated about sun safety.

Department of Health Services warns children to be sun wise and to follow these tips:
  • Use sunscreen everyday
  • Wear a hat and lip balm
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Cover up
  • Limit time in the midday sun
  • Seek shade
  • Check the daily UV index
  • Avoid sunlamps and tanning booths