Life Day 26765 – Attention Please

October 22, 2020 at 10:16 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

GOOD MORNING LOVERS (OR HATERS) OF IMPROPER CAPITALIZATION. TODAY IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020. IT IS THE 296TH DAY OF 2020, AND 70 DAYS REMAIN.

TODAY’S REASONS TO CELEBRATE 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, TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY, 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 PRACTICED.
OK, ENOUGH OF THIS!

National Knee Day

Celebrated annually on this date, National Knee Day celebrates out knees, and the fact that they give us the ability to walk upright on two feet.
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 on 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, 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 

National Color Day is observed annually on October 22 and serves to remind us of the importance of color in our everyday lives. Color has the power to affect a mood, draw attention, even cause alarm.
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 signal 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.
To celebrate National Color Day, take a look around you today. Notice all of the different colors that surround you.
Author’s Note: Different colors are perceived to mean different things. Following is one rendition of the 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

Celebrated annually on this date, National Nut Day celebrates, oddly enough – all varieties of nuts. 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. Nuts are basically tree seeds and not all nuts are palatable to humans – acorns (from oak trees) come to mind. While acorns are nuts, I wouldn’t recommend chopping some and sprinkling them over your hot fudge sundae.
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.
Most people have a favorite kind of nut (mine are pecans). So, 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, which aren’t technically nuts) and have a few of each type.

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