Wear Something Gaudy Day

October 17, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fashionistas. Today is Monday, Oct 17th. Today’s holidays are:

Wear Something Gaudy Day

The word “gaudy” refers to something bright, cheap, showy, outlandish, or otherwise not in good taste. Wear Something Gaudy Day is your chance to really stick out in a crowd. Have a little fun on this holiday. For just today, forego fashion and style. Look for something to wear that’s really wild and wacky, and will stick out like a sore thumb wherever you go. If you don’t have anything gaudy, borrow something from that guy down the street—you know the one; the guy with more Hawaiian shirts than Imelda Marcos had pairs of shoes.

Boss’s Day

Boss’s Day is a secular holiday celebrated on October 16 in the United States and Canada unless it falls on a weekend, then it is celebrated on the closest workday. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. Patricia Bays Haroski registered “National Boss’s Day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. She was working for her father as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, at the time and chose October 16, which was her father’s birthday. Four years later, in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day. Hallmark Cards joined the foray in 1979 selling its first  Boss’s Day cards. It increased the size of its National Boss’s Day line by 28 percent in 2007. National Boss’s Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as Australia, Ireland, India and South Africa.

Mulligan Day 

In Golf, a “Mulligan” is the equivalent of a “do-over” shot. Everyone has wished for a do-over at one time or another. Maybe it was a test we took, a job interview we flubbed, or a good stock tip. Mulligan Day is a holiday that gives you that do-over. If you missed an opportunity and didn’t do something well the first time, try again.
According to the United States Golf Association, there are three possible explanations for the term and its meaning, all relating to a David Mulligan. The most credible one is that:
“One day Mulligan hit a very long drive off the first tee, just not straight, and acting on impulse re-teed and hit again. His partners found it all amusing, and decided that the shot that Mulligan himself called a ‘correction shot’ deserved a better named, so they called it a ‘Mulligan.’”

National Pasta Day  

Pasta is the Italian word for dough and is food that “plays well with others”. Pasta is renown all over the world. Spaghetti, lasagna, tortellini – there are over 600 known pasta shapes. It’s delicious, nutritious, and versatile.  It can be enjoyed as a main course, or as a side dish.
Pasta’s origins are ancient. Contrary to popular belief, however, Marco Polo did not discover pasta in Asia and bring it to Italy. In fact, the Etruscans may have made pasta as early as 400 B.C. Early Romans used a very simple flour and water dough. Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the Americas after first tasting it in Naples, Italy. He was the American Ambassador to France at the time. In 1789, he brought the first pasta machine, along with crates of macaroni, back to the United States. Pasta became a common North American food in the late 19th century with the surge in Italian immigration. Italy makes approximately 2.75 million tons of pasta annually, and the United States makes close to 1.9 million tons.
To celebrate this holiday, make your favorite sauce, and pour it over a plate of your favorite pasta.

Four Prunes Day

Four Prunes Day may sound like an odd name for a celebration, but dietitians agree that four prunes are the minimum number of prunes needed to maintain digestive regularity (nine  prunes is the maximum recommended).
Prunes have long been stigmatized by society as “old people food” and there was even a media campaign some years back to change the name to ‘dried plums’ – which prunes are, to make them more appealing to the public, but it was unsuccessful.
Prunes are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, and iron and are high in antioxidants. They have a high beta carotene content, contain a lot of fiber and sorbitol, a stool loosening sugar. Prunes help to slow the aging process of the brain and body. They have been shown to be beneficial in cases of anemia; to help keep blood circulation normal, and to be a good remedy for sore throats.  A recent clinical study indicates that prunes may have the ability to reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women and may help fight osteoporosis. As a bonus, four prunes contain only about 100 calories.
The old adage, “an apple a day to keep the doctor away” could very well be changed to read “four prunes a day keeps the doctor away”. Who knows, if you eat an apple a day, as well as four prunes…you might just become immortal.

Black Poetry Day

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty  

Multicultural Diversity Day

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day

National  Edge Day

Spirit Day

Spreadsheet Day

The Start of Sukkot

World Trauma Day


On this date in

  • 1777 – American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, NY. It was the turning point in the Revolutionary War.
  • 1888 – The first issue of “National Geographic Magazine” was released at newsstands.
  • 1931 – Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939.
  • 1933 – “News-Week” Magazine appeared for the first time at newsstands. The name was later changed to “Newsweek.”
  • 1933 – Dr. Albert Einstein moved to Princeton, NJ, after leaving Germany.
  • 1945 – Colonel Juan Peron became the dictator of Argentina after staging a coup in Buenos Aires.
  • 1973 – The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) began an oil-embargo against several countries including the United States and Great Britain. The incident stemmed from Western support of Israel when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on October 6, 1973. The embargo lasted until March of 1974.
  • 1978 – President Carter signed a bill that restored full U.S. citizenship rights to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
  • 1979 – Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1989 – An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit the San Francisco Bay area in California. The quake caused about 67 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and damages up to $7 billion.
  • 2000 – In New York City, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum opened to the public. The 42nd Street site joined Tussaud’s other exhibitions already in London, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Las Vegas.
  • 2003 – The Food and Drug Administration approved a drug, known as Memantine, to help people with Alzheimer’s symptoms.

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