CAPS LOCK DAY

October 22, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

GOOD MORNING LOVERS (OR HATERS) OF IMPROPER CAPITALIZATION. TODAY IS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013. TODAY’S HOLIDAYS ARE:

INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY.

EQUALLY AS ANNOYING TO READERS, IF NOT EVEN MORE ANNOYING, THAN national lower-case day, WHICH WE CELEBRATED ON THE 14TH OF THIS MONTH IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY — A HOLIDAY DAY DEDICATED TO SOMETHING THAT DRIVES NORMAL PEOPLE BONKERS; PEOPLE WHO TYPE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
THIS HOLIDAY WAS CREATED IN 2000 BY DEREK ARNOLD OF IOWA AND WAS INTENDED TO POKE FUN AT THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO UNNECESSARILY CAPITALIZE LETTERS, WORDS, PHRASES, SENTENCES, OR ENTIRE PARAGRAPHS. iNTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY BECAME SO POPULAR WITH INTERNET USERS THAT IT IS NOW CELEBRATED TWICE A YEAR: ON JUNE 28TH AND AGAIN ON OCTOBER 22ND. SO, HIT YOUR CAPS LOCK KEY AND TYPE TO YOUR HEARTS CONTENT. USE IT ESPECIALLY TO ANNOY YOUR FRIENDS ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITES WHERE THIS EGREGIOUS BEHAVIOR IS MOST COMMONLY USED: TWITTER AND FACEBOOK.
OK, ENOUGH OF THIS!

National Knee Day

As bipeds, knees offer us the ability to move about freely, to run away from danger, or climb to safety. Anyone who has ever had knee surgery knows just how important knees are. As children, we all skinned our knees occasionally; whether learning to ride our bikes or just being clumsy kids. Our parents warned us to take care of our knees (and the rest of our bodies as well). As we age, taking care of our knees becomes doubly important. Our bones become more brittle and since the knee is a joint, the constant friction caused by walking eventually takes its toll.
To celebrate this holiday, give your knees a little TLC. Rub some lotion on them (knees are one of the driest areas of the body). Take a casual walk and ruminate on how thankful you are that your knees work properly – assuming that they do, of course.

International Stuttering Awareness Day

International Stuttering Awareness Day is celebrated this date each year and was created in 1998. It is intended to raise public awareness of the millions of people who have, or have had in the past, the speech disorder of stuttering…also known as stammering.
Although speech experts aren’t certain exactly what causes stuttering, genetics can play a role. Other factors that can contribute to stuttering include child development, neurophysiology, and family dynamics. In Medieval times, superstitions about stuttering ran amok and some believed stuttering could be caused by tickling an infant too much or allowing it to look at itself in the mirror. One percent of the world’s population (myself included) have, or have had at one time, the speech disorder of stuttering, also known as stammering – and males are four times more likely to stutter than are women.
In ancient times, herbal remedies were often recommended for stuttering, as was drinking water from a snail shell. In the 18th and 19th centuries, drastic measures were prescribed to help correct a stutterer’s speech…from making small incisions in the tongue or lips to removing the tonsils – of course,  none of which were effective. These days, various kinds of speech therapy are used help the stutterer exercise more control over his or her lips, jaw and tongue. Things as simple as decreasing a stutterer’s stress and anxiety levels have been shown to greatly improve speech. As a last resort, there are several types of medications available, although their effectiveness is quite limited and they have a number of adverse side effects.
There are quite a number of famous people who stuttered, or overcame stuttering and they include entertainers, sports icons, journalists, authors, politicians, and business leaders. To name a few: King George VI, Winston Churchill, Vice President Biden, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Mel Tillis, James Earl Jones, Bo Jackson, Ken Venturi,  Shaquille O’Neal, Lewis Carroll, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Stossel, Alan Turing, and Malcolm Fraser.
If you encounter a stutterer, do not mock them, berate them, cajole them, or condescend to them; and definitely, do not laugh at them. Be patient, they will eventually be able to convey to you what they want to say.

National Color Day 

Color has the power to affect a mood, draw attention, even cause alarm. National Color Day is observed annually on October 22 and serves to remind us of the importance of color in our everyday lives.
It is hard to imagine the world without color. Without color, we would nearly be blind.  Doctors check for health through the color of a patient’s skin. On a cool late summer morning, sparkling frost and leaves changing from green to vermillion signals a change of seasons. A flush of color in the cheeks of friend sends a visual cue of their embarrassment. The street light turns from green to yellow, to red. In the Grand Canyon layers of sediment range in color from black to pale ash. All these signs alert us to change through color.  Imagine the world without chrysocolla. Chrysocolla is mineral formed from hydrated copper phyllosilicate that develops colors from a brilliant cyan to jade green.
From darkening skies before a storm to the undulating fragile glow of the aurora borealis, color in nature moves us to pause and enjoy or to warn us of impending danger.  Long before colors had names, they served a purpose.
Color accents our homes and feeds our creativity, allows us to express ourselves.  Open a box of crayons or watercolors and artists of any age lose themselves in a world of their own creation for hours.
Different colors are perceived to mean different things. Following is one rendition of perceived meaning of the various colors in the United States.

  • Red:  Excitement – Love – Strength
  • Yellow:  Competence – Happiness
  • Green:  Good Taste – Envy – Relaxation
  • Blue:  Corporate – High Quality
  • Pink: Sophistication – Sincerity
  • Violet/Purple:  Authority – Power
  • Brown:  Ruggedness
  • Black:  Grief – Fear
  • White: Happiness – Purity.

National Nut Day  

There are more types of nuts in the world than most people realize, and many more of these are used for food than people suspect. Most people have a favorite kind of nut (mine are pecans). Nuts are basically tree seeds and not all nuts are palatable to humans…acorns (from oak trees) come to mind. There are uses for nuts that are not commonly known. Originally, the flavor in that can of cola you enjoy occasionally came from the Kola Nut and Beech Nuts are commonly used as feed for animals.
Nuts are one of the healthiest, most nutritious, and most delicious snacks available. Medical studies have shown that eating nuts can reduce hypertension and the risks associated with heart disease. Nuts are also full of protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat. Some of the popular types of nuts include pecans, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cashews, and macadamia nuts – but not peanuts. Peanuts aren’t actually nuts at all but are legumes like peas and green beans.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy a few of your favorite type of nuts today. If you can’t decide which type of nut you want, go nuts! Buy a can of gourmet mixed nuts (without peanuts) and have a few of each type.

Make a Difference Day  – Fourth Saturday in October.

National Pit Bull Awareness Day

Smart is Cool Day

On this date in

  • 1746 – The College of New Jersey was officially chartered. It later became known as Princeton University.
  • 1797 – Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump. He made the jump from about 3,000 feet.
  • 1836 – Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.
  • 1879 – Thomas Edison conducted his first successful experiment with a high-resistance carbon filament.
  • 1883 – The New York Horse show opened. The first national horse show was formed by the newly organized National Horse Show Association of America.
  • 1907 – The Panic of 1907 began when depositors began withdrawing money from many New York banks.
  • 1934 – Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd, the notorious bank robber, was shot and killed by Federal agents in East Liverpool, OH.
  • 1939 – The first televised pro football game was telecast from New York. Brooklyn defeated Philadelphia 23-14.
  • 1950 – The Los Angeles Rams set an NFL record by defeating the Baltimore Colts 70-27. It was a record score for a regular season game.
  • 1954 – The Federal Republic of Germany was invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • 1962 – President Kennedy went on radio and television to inform the United States about his order to send United States forces to blockade Cuba. The blockade was in response to the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.
  • 1968 – Apollo 7 splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft had orbited the Earth 163 times.
  • 1975 – Air Force Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich was discharged after publicly declaring his homosexuality. His tombstone reads ” “A gay Vietnam Veteran. When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
  • 1979 – The ousted Shah of Iran, Mohammad Riza Pahlavi was allowed into the United States for medical treatment.
  • 1981 – The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
  • 1983 – At the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, an armed man crashed a truck through front gates and demanded to speak with President Ronald Reagan.
  • 1986 – President Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 into law.
  • 1991 – The European Community and the European Free Trade Association agreed to create a free-trade zone of 19 nations by the year 1993.
  • 1998 – Pakistan’s carpet weaving industry announced that they would begin to phase out child labor.
  • 1999 – China ended its first-ever human rights conference in which it defied Western definitions of civil liberties.
  • 1999 – The U.N. Security Council voted to send 6,000 troops to Sierra Leone to oversee a peace plan that had been signed in July.
  • 2010 – The International Space Station set the record (3641 days) for the longest continuous human occupation of space. It had been continuously inhabited since November 2, 2000.

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