Life Day 26763 – TMI

October 20, 2020 at 10:21 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my mind-weary mates. Today is Tuesday, October 20, 2020. It is the 294th day of 2020, and 72 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Information Overload Awareness Day  

Information Overload Awareness Day (aka Information Overload Day) was established in 2009 by a group of companies looking to raise awareness that there consequences when you overload your employees – and customers – with too much information. It was initially celebrated on August 12, 2009, but was moved to October 20th the next year, in 2010. In 2014, it was changed again and is now observed annually on the third Tuesday of October.
Research shows that productivity is actually being hindered by the vast amount of information flowing through our lives, with the average employee receiving about 100 emails a day. Combine that with the social media that rule our lives, the constant buzz of new text messages, and that old stand-by, web browsing, and it is understandable why we are getting overwhelmed. Information overload is having a severe economic impact on businesses. These little disruptions add up to a $180 Billion dollar per year negative impact on productivity, so it’s obvious that something needs to be done. Information Overload Awareness Day reminds us that there is such a thing as too much information, and sometimes this constant barrage of information can actually have a negative impact on our happiness and our productivity.
Celebrate Information Overload Awareness Day by taking control of the flow of information into your life today, and limiting it as much as possible.

The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller

The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller, celebrated on 20 October each year, not only marks the anniversary of creation of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA). Additionally, it reminds us of the vision of its founding members. It also celebrates the men and women who help make air travel one of the safest possible modes of transport – 24hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Federation is still registered in Switzerland (its historic base) but now has its headquarters situated in Montréal, Canada. IFATCA enjoys a worldwide reputation amongst all partners in air traffic management. 
The goals of the Federation are: to promote safety, efficiency, and regularity in international air navigation;
1. To assist and advise in the development of safe and orderly systems of air traffic control and new procedures and facilities.
2. To promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among air traffic controllers. 
To achieve this, IFATCA closely cooperates with national and international aviation authorities and sponsors and supports the passage of legislation and regulations which will increase and protect the safety of air navigation.
To celebrate The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller, learn more about the role air traffic controllers play in keeping air travel one of the safest modes of transportation.

World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day has been celebrated annually on October 20th since its creation in 1996 and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, it involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.
Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density and that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered. As a result, your bones become weak and may break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from simple actions, like sneezing or bumping into furniture. About 52 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk of serious injury. Studies show that approximately one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Known as the silent disease, osteoporosis gives no external warning signs. You can’t feel your bones getting weaker. The first sign that you have osteoporosis may be when you break a bone.
To celebrate World Osteoporosis Day, learn more about this debilitating disease.

National Suspenders Day

National Suspenders Day is celebrated each year on this date. If you are a regular reader of my posts, you realize that sometimes holidays are created to honor a historical figure. Others commemorate significant occurrences in history. Still others celebrate religious events. Then, there are those that are created and celebrated for no discernible reason whatsoever. This holiday falls into the latter category.
Some form of suspenders have been around for about 300 years, but the “modern-day” suspenders we use today were “invented” in the 1820’s by Albert Thurston. Fifty years later, Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, finally got a patent for suspenders. Sometimes referred to as braces, suspenders were worn almost universally under a waistcoat. After all, male suspenders were considered underwear, much like the garter belts that held up ladies stockings. In the 1930’s, when men began to dress more casually, and top coats went out of fashion, so did suspenders. While suspenders still may not be the “in” thing today, they are making somewhat of a comeback among “hipsters’ and a few “pop” icons. And they have always been fashionable with formal suits and tuxedos.
To celebrate National Suspenders Day, find your old suspenders and proudly strap them on today.

National Brandied Fruit Day

National Brandied Fruit Day is celebrated annually on this date. It, celebrates, oddly enough, fruit that is fermented in Brandy.
Brandied fruit is a delicious treat that is easy to make and can be enjoyed any time of the year. Much like sangria and German rumtopf, brandied fruit combines fruit and alcohol. Storing fruits in brandy is a simple way to preserve the wonderful tastes of the harvest season without the hassle of canning. [Brandy, which has been around since about the 12th century, is distilled from fermented fruit].
To make your own brandied fruit, all you need is ripened fruit, sugar, and brandy (the higher the quality, the better). Wash the fruit, peel off any skin, and slice if necessary. Fill half a container with brandy and add the fruit. For each cup of fruit, you add, stir in 1/6 cup of sugar. Make sure all the fruit is submerged in the mixture, cover the container, and store it in a dark place. You can continue to add fruit at any time. Your brandied fruit will be cured after a couple of months. Brandied fruit is most commonly used as a dessert topping – such as over ice cream or pie, or both.
If, by chance, you don’t happen to have any brandied fruit with which to celebrate National Brandied Fruit Day, you’re out of luck for today. However, if you start a batch today, it should be ready just in time for Christmas.

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