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September 30, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my curious compadres. Today is Friday, September 30th. The holidays today are:

Ask A Stupid Question Day

Ask A Stupid Question Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States, usually by school students and teachers. Although this holiday’s default date is September 28, in practice it is usually observed on the last school day of September. It was created by teachers in the 1980’s to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom. Most educators agree that the only “stupid” question is the question that you don’t ask, but children sometimes hold back asking questions in class, fearing their peers might think their question is stupid, and that asking it will result in ridicule.
You don’t have to be in school to seek answers for your “stupid” questions today. If there is a question that has been niggling at your subconscious for a while, go ahead and ask it; preferably of someone who is likely to know the correct answer. Don’t be embarrassed. Don ‘t be shy. Don’t worry about what others may think. Just ask it. What’s the worse that could happen?

Save the Koala Day 

Save the Koala Day is celebrated on the last Friday in September and is a part of Save the Koala Month in Australia. The purpose of Save the Koala Day is to raise awareness of the plight of the Koala. Like many other species these days, Koalas in the wild face problems as their habitat is cleared to make way for “progress”. As humans encroach on their habitat, there is an increased risk of dog attacks and road accidents. Also, 80% of Koala habitat is on private land. The public needs to be educated on how to help to keep the koala habitat alive and safe. Something as simple as planting new and maintaining existing trees that Koalas need to survive will go a long way toward their preservation.

International Translation Day

International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. This is not a religious holiday per se, but rather a holiday to celebrate all the work that translators do. In today’s global economy, translators are more essential than ever.
This holiday has been promoted by the International Federation of Translators since its creation 1953. In 1991, they launched the idea of an officially recognized International Translation Day to show solidarity with the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in all countries, both secular and non-secular.
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself in need of a translator – for instance from “social media- speak” to English. WTF!

Blasphemy Day

Blasphemy Day is celebrated on September 30 to coincide with the anniversary of the publication of satirical drawings of Muhammad in one of Denmark’s newspapers, resulting in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. Although the caricatures of Muhammad caused some controversy within Denmark, especially among Muslims, it became a widespread furor after Muslim imams in several countries stirred up violent protests in which at least 137 people were killed, embassies burned and other acts of recrimination carried out because of the blasphemy.
This holiday was created in 2009. According to the creators of this holiday, the Center for Inquiry, “We’re not seeking to offend, but if in the course of dialogue and debate, people become offended, that’s not an issue for us. There is no human right not to be offended. We think religious beliefs should be subject to examination and criticism just as political beliefs are, but we have a taboo on religion,”

National Mud Pack Day

Mud packs are mixtures of therapeutic clays, that when applied to the skin, are said to increase circulation, ease muscle tension, release toxins and boost immunity.  They work well on oily and some combination skin types.  While commonly used as a facial, mud packs treat then entire skin’s surface. Other claimed benefits of mud packs include relieving pain and swelling related to arthritis, digestion, stress and a quick treatment for bee and wasp stings. Bear in mind that a mud pack is not an effective treatment for bee stings if you are allergic and go into anaphylactic shock. If you are not allergic, however, a mud pack will lessen the discomfort of a bee sting until you can get proper medical treatment, if needed.
Mud packs were once the rage for facial treatments. They are still popular, but the mud in facials has been replaced with a variety of other ingredients.
Guys, to celebrate this holiday, why not treat your significant other to a gift certificate for a mud pack? Just be sure to make it crystal clear to her that you are not giving it to her because she needs it; but because you love her and mud packs are soothing, relaxing, and will make her feel good. Yeah, good luck with that!

National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day

Extra virgin olive oil is the purest and most flavorful of all the varieties of olive oil, and therefore, is the most expensive. Extra-virgin olive oil is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. There are very specific standards oil has to meet to receive the label “extra-virgin.” Because of the way extra-virgin olive oil is made, it retains a truer olive taste and has a lower level of oleic acid than other olive oil varieties. It also contains more of the natural vitamins and minerals found in olives. Extra-virgin olive oil is considered an unrefined oil since it’s not treated with chemicals or altered by temperature. What sets it apart is the low level of oleic acid and the absence of sensory flaws. It contains no more than 1% oleic acid and typically has a golden-green color, with a distinct flavor and a light peppery finish.
While you can cook with extra-virgin olive oil, it does have a lower smoke point than many other oils, which means it burns at a lower temperature. Save your pricey, good quality extra virgin olive oil for dipping bread, dressings, dips, cold dishes, and use the less expensive stuff for cooking and baking.

Chewing Gum Day

Chewing Gum Day celebrates the birthday of William Wrigley, Jr. (of Wrigley’s Gum fame). However, chewing gum was not invented by Mr. Wrigley. People have been chewing “gum-like substances” since the dawn of mankind. Chewing gum, as we know it, was invented in 1871, when Thomas Adams received a patent on the first gum-making machine. After experimenting with different flavors, he manufactured the first flavored gum in the United States, Adams’ Black Jack, a licorice-flavored gum. It was also the first gum available in stick form. Mr. Wrigley soon followed suit by introducing Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit and Spearmint gum. And, the rest is history.
Chewing gum, especially the sugarless variety, can be beneficial to one’s oral health. It’s not health food folks, but chewing gum aids in the production of saliva, which can help keep bacteria in your mouth at bay; and it freshens your breath as well.

National Hot Mulled Cider Day

Hot mulled cider is a delicious drink perfectly suited for crisp fall evenings. But basically, it is just a haughtier term for spiced apple cider. Apple cider is produced using a cider press and is a time-honored favorite of the autumn season.
Hot mulled cider is most commonly made at home. A simple search for “hot mulled cider” from your preferred search engine will yield a plethora of results from which you can choose. To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some hot mulled cider today.

International Podcast Day

The Time for Yoga

On this date in

  • 1399 – Henry Bolingbroke became the King of England as Henry IV.
  • 1777 – The Congress of the United States moved to York, PA, due to advancing British forces.
  • 1787 – The ship Columbia left Boston harbor and began the trip that would make it the first American vessel to sail around the world.
  • 1846 – Dr. William Morton performed a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to a patient.
  • 1882 – In Appleton, WI, the world’s first hydroelectric power plant began operating.
  • 1927 – George Herman “Babe” Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season. He broke his own record with the home run. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.
  • 1938 – The Munich Conference ended with a decision to appease Adolf Hitler. Britain and France allowed Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland to be annexed by the Nazis.
  • 1946 – An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
  • 1947 – The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
  • 1949 – The Berlin Airlift came to an end. The airlift had taken 2.3 million tons of food into the western sector despite the Soviet blockade.
  • 1951 – “The Red Skelton Show” debuted on NBC-TV.
  • 1954 – The United States Navy commissioned the Nautilus submarine at Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered vessel. The submarine had been launched on January 21, 1954.
  • 1962 – James Meredith succeeded in registering at the University of Mississippi. It was his fourth attempt to register.
  • 1963 – The Soviet Union publicly declared itself on the side of India in their dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.
  • 1966 – Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were released at midnight from Spandau prison after completing their 20-year sentences. Speer was the Nazi minister of armaments and von Schirach was the founder of Hitler Youth.
  • 1971 – The Soviet Union and the United States signed pacts that were aimed at avoiding an accidental nuclear war.
  • 1971 – A committee of nine people was organized to investigate the prison riot at Attica, NY. 10 hostages and 32 prisoners were killed when National Guardsmen stormed the prison on September 13, 1971.
  • 1976 – California enacted the Natural Death Act of California. The law was the first example of right-to-die legislation in the United States.
  • 1983 – The first AH-64 Apache attack helicopter was rolled out by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company.
  • 1982 – “Cheers” began its 11-year run on NBC-TV.
  • 1984 – Mike Witt became only the 11th pitcher to throw a perfect game in major league baseball.
  • 1986 – The United States released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after the Nicholas Daniloff had been released by the Soviets.
  • 1989 – Thousands of East Germans began emigrating under an accord between the NATO nations and the Soviet Union.
  • 1992 – George Brett of the Kansas City Royals got his 3,000th career hit during a game against the California Angels.
  • 1992 – Moscow banks distributed privatization vouchers aimed at turning millions of Russians into capitalists.
  • 1993 – Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  retired.
  • 1994 – The space shuttle Endeavor took off on an 11-day mission. Part of the mission was to use a radar instrument to map remote areas of the Earth.
  • 1998 – Governor Pete Wilson of California signed a bill into law that defined “invasion of privacy as trespassing with the intent to capture audio or video images of a celebrity or crime victim engaging in a personal of family activity.” The law went into effect January 1, 1999.
  • 1999 – The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at historic Candlestick Park. The Dodgers won 9-4.

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