Proofreading, Name Facts, Women, Girls, Peanut Clusters, and Nastiness

March 8, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national days every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin.

Good morning reluctant redactors. Today is Monday, March 8, 2021. Today is the 67th day of the year, and 298 days remain.

National Proofreading Day

National Proofreading Day is celebrated annually on March 8th. You don’t need to be an editor to ascertain that this holiday promotes mistake-free writing. It urges us to project a professional image with well-written documents that are 100 percent accurate – as you should be doing every day anyway.
I am amazed, yet saddened, in my daily perusal of the internet, at the number of spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors that I encounter – even from [so called] major media outlets. What happened? Are we not teaching spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage in school anymore, or, do people just no longer care? How can we give gravitas to anyone who is seemingly incapable of composing a cohesive, grammatically correct, spelling-error-free sentence?
Maybe a holiday like National Proofreading Day is needed to get us back on track. It begins with you. Celebrate this holiday by proofreading all of your written communications today – and every day hence – before you mail it, post it on social media, or publish it.
Author’s Note:
Now, if only we could get the users of Twitter, Facebook, et al to proofread before they hit ‘send’, perhaps the rest of the world might not think we are a nation of barely-functional illiterates.

Fun Facts About Names Day

Fun Facts About Names Day is the second holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week” and is always celebrated on Monday of the first complete week in March. As you can easily infer, it urges us to look up interesting tidbits about our own names – or, just interesting names in general.
Listed below are a few name facts to get you started:

  • The name of the dog on the RCA logo is Nipper.
  • The Granny Smith apple was named after a real person – Maria Ann Smith.
  • The name of the guy in jail on the Monopoly Board is Jake the Jailbird, the cop on the opposite corner is Officer Edgar Mallory, and the name of the Monopoly dog playing piece is Scotty.
  • The Cracker Jack dog is named is Bingo.
  • Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island had a first name – Willy.
  • Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr. had a name for every letter of the alphabet. He shortened his name to Mr. Wolfe Plus 585 Sr. (the world’s longest name officially used by a person).

Celebrate Fun Facts About Names Day by memorizing a few factoids about names, then amaze [or bore] your family and friends by sharing what you find. If you need more ammunition, go to this link to find your opening salvo. Have fun!

International Women’s Day  

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th. It was first celebrated on February 28th, 1909 in New York. Two years later, German socialist Luise Zietz proposed that the holiday should become an annually observed event that would celebrate various women’s issues, such as suffrage, to promote equal rights for women. The first few International Women’s Days were celebrated in a quite different fashion than they are today, with hundreds of demonstrations taking place, mainly in Europe. During these demonstrations, women demanded they finally be given both the right to vote and to hold public office. Employment sex discrimination was also an important issue. Over a century later, women are still being discriminated against, marginalized, and exploited throughout much of the world.
Until 1977, International Women’s Day was celebrated mainly in socialist countries. It was only after the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to proclaim March 8th International Women’s Day that the holiday gained worldwide popularity. International Women’s Day affords an opportunity to recognize the many economic, political, and social achievements women have accomplished throughout history. This holiday is also known as International Working Women’s Day and the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is: “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.
Celebrate International Women’s Day in whatever manner you deem appropriate for yourself.

Girls Write Now Day 

Girls Write Now Day is celebrated annually on March 8th. The mission of this holiday is to offer guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career, and life choices. The Girls Write Now organization was founded in 1998.
Girls Write Now is a play on words that can also be interpreted as Girls Right Now meaning that we should act right now to afford girls the opportunities they deserve.
Today, in celebration of Girls Write Now Day, give your daughters or granddaughters a pen and paper and encourage them to explore the power of their unique, creative voice.

National Peanut Cluster Day 

National Peanut Cluster Day is celebrated annually on March 8th. You needn’t be a gourmet confectioner to conclude that this holiday celebrates peanut clusters – a salty, but sweet, confection renowned worldwide.
For those unfamiliar with this salty-sweet treat, a peanut cluster is a crunchy bundle of peanuts coated with chocolate and sometimes combined with other ingredients. Peanut clusters were popularized around 1912 by the Goo Goo™ brand of confections, which sometimes uses caramel and marshmallows in their products.
Peanut clusters are snacks that can easily be made at home in a matter of minutes. Simply melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave, drop the peanuts in, then plop tablespoonfuls of the concoction on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, then put them into the refrigerator to cool until hardened. To celebrate National Peanut Cluster Day, try making some peanut clusters at home today. If even this simple recipe is beyond your culinary capabilities, or if you’re just feeling lazy, buy some peanut clusters from your favorite confectioner’s shop and enjoy them.

National Be Nasty Day

I saved National Be Nasty Day for last because I hope that none of you choose to celebrate it. This holiday is “celebrated” annually on March 8th. As you might suspect, this holiday encourages us to be nasty to everyone we meet today.
According to Mr. Webster’s dictionary, the word nasty means physically filthy or disgustingly unclean – however in this context, it is referring to being rude, mean, spiteful, hard to deal with, or difficult to be around. None of these are desirable traits or actions, and I see no reason to celebrate any of them.
If you choose to celebrate National Be Nasty Day, remember that there is a difference between being nasty and being cruel. And, oh yeah, also, kindly keep away from me – lest you incur some real nastiness from me.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention

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