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October 21, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning reptile lovers. Today is Friday, October 21st. The holidays today are:

Reptile Awareness Day

According to the National Zoological Park at the Smithsonian, the world is home to 8240 species of reptiles. Reptile Awareness Day was created by a group of reptile enthusiasts and affords them the opportunity to share their passion for, and educate others about, these amazing creatures; and to bring to light the problems, such as habitat loss and the threat of extinction, that many reptile species face in the wild. By definition, a reptile is “any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia, comprising the turtles, snakes, lizards, crocodilians, amphibians, tuatara, and various extinct members including the dinosaurs.” Translated into “English”, that means basically anything that creeps or crawls.
Every continent except Antarctica has reptiles. Being cold-blooded, reptiles need an external source of heat, such as the sun, to maintain their body temperature. Reptiles are a vital part of any healthy environment. Among other things, they help to keep down insect and rodent populations that otherwise might become a nuisance in your community.
Celebrate this holiday by learning more about reptiles, especially those native to your region.

Count Your Buttons Day

This definition of “button” from Dictionary.com will give you insight as to just how important buttons are in our everyday lives. As you can see from the definition, there are many different types of buttons. They keep our clothing secure. They are used as ornaments, badges, and emblems. Young or underdeveloped mushrooms are called “buttons”. And, buttons are used to activate machinery (on-off buttons, etc).
Buttons have been around nearly as long as humans have worn clothing, being used both for decoration and securing different pieces of clothing. The history of buttons throughout the world ranges from the earliest buttons made from  seashells to the beautiful handmade Czech glass buttons with their ornate designs. It wasn’t until sometime in the 13th Century in Germany that buttonholes first made an appearance and they were an instant success. By the 14th century, buttons and buttonholes were standard on almost every garment. From that point forward, buttons have been involved in almost every new clothing design and there has yet to be an era of clothing that hasn’t included buttons.
The only correlation that I could find between buttons and this date, however, doesn’t involve securing clothing, but rather involves one of the other definitions. On this date in 1963, the Trimline telephone was placed into service by the Michigan Bell Telephone Company. The Trimline telephone revolutionized the telephone industry. The dial and a hang-up button were no longer on a remote base, but instead integrated into the hand-piece, midway between the microphone and speaker. A call could thus be dialed from the hand-piece alone, which was more convenient in the kitchen or while in bed. It was dramatically different in style from earlier telephones, developed with the industrial design firm Henry Dreyfuss Associates. In 1977, Fortune magazine selected it as one of the country’s 25 best-designed products. Today we take the convenience of hand-held, base-free phones for granted.
However, the theme of Count Your Buttons Day is to count your buttons. Go through your wardrobe and make sure that your garments have all of their required buttons and that they are serviceable. If you have a button collection, count and sort it today. Do the same for your electronic devices and any other type of buttons you have around the house. Is your “I Like Ike” campaign button still in good shape?

Babbling Day

Babbling Day honors all those blatherskites out there who babble on incessantly about nothing at all. We all know someone like this. They babble on endlessly and never seem to stop talking. Perhaps it is out of nervousness, or perhaps they just love the sound of their own voice. In any case, they can be annoying at times. To help people like this, I recommend that someone start a support group. You could call it “Onandonandonanon”.

Celebration of the Mind Day

There is not much information available about Celebration of the Mind Day. As near as I can figure, this holiday honors Martin Gardner, born on this date in 1914. Mr. Gardner was an esteemed mathematics and science writer who specialized in “recreational mathematics”. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 95. He encouraged people to find fun ways to enjoy math and science, by stretching the mind with puzzles and intricate games. I guess that you could say that he urged people to expand their minds through the Fun da Mentals of mathematics. (sorry, I just had to do it).

Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day    

In America, we take for granted that we get enough iodine in our diets. Most of the salt we use is iodized which gives us all the iodine we require. The same is not true globally.  About 30% of the world’s population live in areas where iodine deficiency and its related health problems are prevalent. Among the health problems associated with iodine deficiency are goiter, hyperthyroidism, a decrease in child survival rates, low birth weight, slow child development, and a lower IQ. Because of its profound health effects, iodine deficiency can have a harmful effect on the social and economic development a country.

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

During the autumn months, festive pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere. You can find all sorts of goodies like pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin beer, pumpkin spiced latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and (today’s reason to celebrate) pumpkin cheesecake. Pumpkin cheesecake is traditionally made with a graham cracker crust and a pumpkin purée cheesecake filling.
Factoid: Cheesecakes were popular in Greece as early as 2000 BC. Today there are hundreds of variations all over the world – including pumpkin spice.

Caramel Apple Day

Apples are in season now, and what better way to enjoy an apple than covering it in caramel? Caramel apples are a seasonal favorite in America this time of year. They are relatively easy to make at home and can be enjoyed by the whole family. For a change of pace, why not try using sturdy twigs from a tree in your backyard instead of those bland old Popsicle sticks.? Also, why not roll them in some chopped peanuts?

International Day of the Nacho

As the legend goes, a group of Army wives were on a shopping trip in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the border from Fort Duncan in nearby Eagle Pass, TX. They entered a restaurant just as it was closing. The maître d’, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, invented a new snack for them with what little he still had available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese. Anaya cut the tortillas into triangles, fried them, added shredded cheddar cheese, quickly heated them, added sliced pickled jalapeño peppers and served them. When the wives asked what the dish was called, he answered, “Nacho’s Especiales”. “Nacho” later opened his own restaurant, “Nacho’s Restaurant”, in Piedras Negras.
The popularity of the dish swiftly spread throughout Texas and the Southwest. As word of the dish traveled, the apostrophe was lost, and Nacho’s “specials” became “special nachos”, then eventually just “nachos”. The first known appearance of the word “nachos” in English dates to 1950, from the book A Taste of Texas.
It should be obvious to you how to celebrate International Day of the Nacho.

Apple Day

Garbanzo Bean Day

National Mammography Day  – Third Friday in October.

National Pharmacy Buyer Day

On this date in

  • 1797 – “Old Ironsides,” the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston’s harbor.
  • 1858 – The Can-Can was performed for the first time in Paris.
  • 1879 – Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.
  • 1917 – The first United States soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.
  • 1918 – Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter.
  • 1925 – The photoelectric cell was first demonstrated at the Electric Show in New York City, NY.
  • 1925 – The Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.
  • 1927 – Construction began on the George Washington Bridge.
  • 1945 – Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.
  • 1959 – The Guggenheim Museum was opened to the public in New York. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • 1967 – Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.
  • 1980 – The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series.
  • 1983 – The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.
  • 1986 – Pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon claimed that they had abducted American writer Edward Tracy. He was not released until August of 1991.
  • 1986 – The United States ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats.
  • 1988 – Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were indicted in New York on fraud and racketeering charges. Marcos died before his trial and Imelda was acquitted in 1990.
  • 1991 – Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.
  • 1994 – North Korea and the United States signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.
  • 1994 – Rosario Ames, the wife of CIA agent Aldrich Ames, was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in her husband’s espionage.
  • 1998 – The New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined.
  • 2003 – The Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.
  • 2003 – North Korea rejected President George W. Bush’s offer of a written pledge that America would not attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.

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