U. S. Navy, English Language, No Bras, Pet Obesity, Emergency Nurses, Fossils, Top Spinning, Silly Sayings, M &M’s, and Yorkshire Pudding

October 12, 2021 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays 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 past, present, or potential seafaring servicemen. Today is Wednesday, October 13, 2021. October 13th is the 286th day of this year, and 79 days remain.

U. S. Navy’s Birthday 

U. S. Navy’s Birthday is celebrated annually on October 13th. You needn’t be a maritime history buff to ascertain that this holiday commemorates the anniversary of the date that the United States Navy was established.
The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on this date in 1775, by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise the work. The role of the Continental Navy was not naval superiority. It worked with privateers to wage tactical raids against the transports that supplied British forces in North America. The Continental Congress purchased, converted, and constructed a fleet of small ships–frigates, brigs, sloops, and schooners. The Continental Navy expanded to some fifty ships over the course of the war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum strength. These navy ships sailed independently or in pairs hunting British commerce ships and transports like prey, avoiding whenever possible fights with Royal Navy men-of-war.
After the Revolutionary War, the cash-poor Congress released the seamen and officers and sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy. In the 1790s, as trade with Europe was renewed and the number of U.S. commercial ships increased so did the possibility increased attacks by the European powers and pirates. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789, empowered Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.” Acting on this authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates in 1794, and the United States once again had a Navy. The War Department administered naval affairs from that year until Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.
In 1972 Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of 13 October as the Navy’s birthday. This holiday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents.
To observe the U. S. Navy’s birthday, learn more about the role the U. S. Navy has played throughout America’s history.

English Language Day 

Some 1500 years ago, the language that is now known as “English” was the tongue of merely three tribes. Today, it is the language of nearly two billion people. It has three-times more non-native speakers than native speakers. No other language comes close to matching that, and it is that which makes the English language global. English is found on every continent. It has major speech communities in over seventy countries. It is the language of the internet, air-traffic control, international travel, international business, and of science.
The English language has many forms from Old English through Middle English to Modern English and has thousands of dialects, slang words, and street forms. It exists in two major written forms, American and British. These two forms are not materially different and provide uniformity of written English and a flexible mode of intercommunication.
In its role as the global language, English needs a large vocabulary. The online Oxford English Dictionary has over 600,000 headwords and some word collectors claim that actually there are more than one million words. When you consider that the vocabulary of the average university-educated person is about 50,000 words, it is clear that any one speaker only uses a tiny portion of the full range of the English language. Trades, groups, professions, and activities have all their own distinct vocabularies/jargons –  the International Scientific Vocabulary is the largest with about 200,000 words through all the different scientific areas.
English has borrowed words from 350 languages, including from French (20,000) and from Latin (20,000) and in return, English has given words to as many languages as it has borrowed from them.
To celebrate English Language Day, at least try to use proper English today in all of your written and verbal communications.

No Bra Day 

No Bra Day is not a silly, childish, or sexist holiday intended to titillate (pun intended) the libidos of hormone-raging teenage boys or lecherous construction workers. Quite the contrary, it is much more serious than that. No Bra Day was established to both raise awareness of breast cancer and its prevalence in today’s society and to provide fund-raising opportunities for breast cancer research.
Every year hundreds of thousands of new cases of breast cancer are reported in the United States alone, with approximately 250,000 of them involving highly-invasive forms of breast cancer. Although vastly more prevalent in women, there are also about 2,600 cases of breast cancer in men reported each year.
No Bra Day encourages women everywhere to go without their bra to raise awareness for breast cancer and the challenges that those with this terrible disease face. The logic behind this is explained in one of my sources as:

“Women who have been through a battle with breast cancer often have to wear a prosthesis to hide the fact that they’ve had a breast or breasts removed, and are unable to go without a bra as a result. By spending the day without a bra you can raise awareness and help to prevent other women from having to go through this experience.”

Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lives. Outside of the fact that breast cancer can be fatal, it also has the possibility of impacting a woman’s view of herself, her ability to breastfeed, and can result in surgeries that include mastectomy. Feminism aside, breasts are one of the primary identifiers of what makes a woman, at least visually, a woman and having to have them removed in the fight against breast cancer can lead to self-image issues and depression.
Women, whether you decide to wear your bra today or not, you should celebrate No Bra Day by scheduling a breast exam with your doctor as soon as possible. Early detection is the key to successfully combating this abhorrent disease.

Pet Obesity Awareness Day 

Pet Obesity Awareness Day is observed annually on the second Wednesday of October. You don’t need to be a veterinarian to conclude that this holiday seeks to raise awareness of the growing problem of pet obesity, and promote healthier diets for our pets.
As humans, many of us obsess about our weight, and right or wrong, the weight of others. We often take drastic measures, such as ‘fad diets’, and endure strenuous exercise programs to keep our weight under control. But what about Fido and Fluffy? Our pets can suffer greatly as a result of obesity as well. Just as in humans, obesity adversely affects the health of your pet and interferes with their daily activities in the same way it does us.
According to a 2015 survey, 53.8% of dogs were overweight or obese with 20.2% falling into the obese category. The statistics for cats are even worse with 58.2% being overweight or obese with 28.1% falling into the obese category.
To celebrate this holiday, consult with your veterinarian to determine if your pet is overweight or obese for their size/breed. They will help you decide upon the proper course of action, such as changing your pet’s diet and/or establishing an exercise program to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Emergency Nurses Day 

Emergency Nurses Day is observed on second Wednesday of October and is promoted and sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association. It originated in Australia in 1989, but it is now an international celebration, intended to honor the hard work and dedication of emergency room nurses all around the world.
Emergency room nurses emergency nurses warrant special appreciation because they are the first people we see when we have an accident or a medical emergency. They work hard to put us at ease and eliminate pain and discomfort. Nursing, in general, requires a special level of compassion and nurses working in hospital emergency wards face many difficulties during their working life, yet still, return every day to provide crucial care for those who need it the most.
In my humble opinion, the best way to celebrate Emergency Nurses Day is to do your best to not need the services of either a nurse or an Emergency Room. Both are always busy enough already. You can also do some research on the duties and responsibilities of an emergency nurse.

National Fossil Day 

National Fossil Day is observed annually on Wednesday of the second full week in October and was first held on October 13, 2010, during Earth Science Week. National Fossil Day was established to promote the scientific and educational values of fossils. The first National Fossil Day event held on October 13, 2010, during Earth Science Week. The National Park Service and over 270 partners, including museums, institutions, organizations and other groups hosted events across the United States allowing the public opportunities to learn more about the world’s fossil heritage.
Each year a new National Fossil Day logo is created and is unveiled in mid-January on the event website. The new logo will highlight another interesting story related to the fossil record of life. The logos help to promote National Fossil Day and provide educational opportunities to share more information about fossils. The original National Fossil Day logo was created in 2010 and featured a fossil mammal known as the titanotheriid. In 2011, the marine reptile known as the mosasaur was used in the National Fossil Day logo. During 2012, the mammoth was featured in the annual logo. For 2013, a Paleozoic invertebrate known as the eurypterid is highlighted in the annual logo. The 2015 National Fossil Day logo featured a prehistoric mammal known as a chalicothere depicted in a Miocene prairie grassland. In 2016, the National Fossil Day logo was a saber-toothed cat, long-horned bison, and a condor – all Pleistocene (ice age) animals.
To celebrate National Fossil Day, visit a local museum or do some research about fossils.

International Top Spinning Day 

International Top Spinning Day is observed the second Wednesday of October. This holiday was created by the Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum of Burlington, Wisconsin to celebrate the fact that the world is nothing more than a big spinning top. The earth spins around a single axis, just as toy spinning tops and yo-yo’s do. The holiday is meant to recognize and celebrate this scientific fact.
Spinning tops have been around for thousands of years, and appear to have originated independently in different parts of the world. Besides being used as toys, spinning objects have also been used for prophecy and gambling.
Traditionally they have been constructed out of wood, often with an iron tip and most were set in motion by pulling a string or cord that was attached to their axis.
These days, tops are often made of plastic or metal and are constructed in such a way that a pulling string is no longer necessary. They also have been improved to often include a small hard tip made of ceramic or tungsten carbide. In this case, they are known as bearing tops.
To celebrate International Top Spinning Day, spin a top. If you can’t find the top you had as a kid, your yo-yo will do. Yo-yos are a type of spinning top. If you can’t find your yo-yo either, hold a quarter on its edge with one finger, then with the finger of your other hand, simultaneously, flick the quarter’s edge to start it spinning and release the pressure on it.

Silly Sayings Day 

Silly Sayings Day is an annual holiday that celebrates silly sayings and phrases. Like fashion, popular catchphrases, interesting expressions, and witty sayings tend to come and go. Thanks to the internet, some of today’s most popular phrases include easy-to-use acronyms like LOL, BFF, and BRB.  However, silly sayings of old were much more creative and meaningful. Below are some of my favorites.

  • A bulldog can whip a skunk, but sometimes it’s not worth it. – J. Nowell
  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. – unknown
  • A closed mouth gathers no feet. – Sam Horn
  • Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. – unknown
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps everyone away. – Cassandra Chatfield
  • Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes. That way if he gets angry, he’ll be a mile away and barefoot. – unknown
  • Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else. – Will Rogers
  • Middle age is when the broadness of the mind and the narrowness of the waist change places. – unknown
  • Out of all the things I’ve lost in life, I think I miss my mind the most. – unknown
  • The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. – Helen Hayes

Feel free to share some of your favorite silly saying too – in celebration of Silly Sayings Day.

National M&M’s Day 

National M&M’s Day is celebrated annually on October 13th. You don’t need to be a master confectioner to discern that this holiday celebrates one of the world’s most popular chocolate candies – M&M’s.
The history of M&Ms dates back to the 1930s when Forrest Mars, Sr. was traveling in Spain. He noted that British soldiers there taking part in the Spanish Civil War were eating a type of that consisted of chocolate pellets with hard tempered chocolate shells – that helped keep the candy from melting.
When Mars came back to the United States, he reached out to Bruce Murrie, an executive at Hershey. Murrie and Mars became partners. Murrie was given a 20% stake in the company, and the candy was named M&M’s in their honor. He thought there might be a shortage of chocolate as World War II started and that the partnership with Murrie could guarantee that there would be no shortage of supplies for his candy.
After receiving a patent in March of 1941, the production of M&M’s Plain Chocolate Candies began in Newark, New Jersey. In their early years, Hershey’s chocolate was used to make M&Ms. It came in cardboard tubes, with the original colors being orange, yellow, red, brown, green, and violet (tan would replace violet by the end of the decade). Once the United States entered World War II, M&M’s were sold exclusively to the military to be included in soldiers’ rations. When the soldiers returned from the war, they brought a love for M&M’s back with them – and M&Ms became a hit with the general public as well. In 1948, the iconic brown bag packaging [that remains today] was introduced. In 1949, Mars bought out Murrie’s share of the company for $1 million, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Beginning in 1950, an “m” began being stamped into each M&M so that consumers knew the candy was authentic. The stamp originally was originally black but was changed to white in 1954. That same year, M&M’s introduced their M&M’s Peanut Chocolate Candies – the first alteration of the original M&M’s. They originally came in tan only, but in 1960 M&M’s began making them in the same colors as the originals.
Over the years, colors of M&M’s have gone through a few changes with new colors being introduced and old colors being phased out. From 1976 to 1987, there were no red M&M’s, after FD&C Red No. 2 was banned by the FDA. Although Red No. 2 dye hadn’t been used to color M&M’s. the company did away with the red M&M’s to avoid confusion. In the 1980s, M&M’s began to expand into the Asia Pacific, Russia, Europe, and Australian markets. In 1981, they became the first candy in outer space, when they were taken on the first space shuttle voyage, aboard the Columbia, as part of the astronauts’ food supply. (They later also flew on the final space shuttle flight).
M&Ms were the official snack food of the 1984 Summer Olympics. In 1989, M&M’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies debuted, and M&M’s Minis Milk Chocolate Candies did so in 1997. Following a vote by consumers between the colors blue, pink, and purple, it was decided that blue M&M’s would replace tan in 1995. Changes continued to be made in more recent years. For example, M&M’s Caramel Candies debuted in 2017.
You shouldn’t need any guidance from me regarding how to celebrate National M&M’s Day. Simply enjoy a handful [or 2, or 3, or more] of your preferred type of M&M’s today — DUH! [I prefer the Peanut M&M’s, and my favorite “flavor” is blue – how about you]?

National Yorkshire Pudding Day 

National Yorkshire Pudding Day is celebrated annually on October 13th. Obviously, this holiday celebrates Yorkshire Pudding –  But, exactly what the heck is Yorkshire Pudding?
Well, first off, do not confuse Yorkshire Pudding with a dessert. Yorkshire pudding is an iconic, savory made from a batter and usually served with roast meat and gravy. The first recipes for the dish appeared in the 1700s, but the exact origin is unknown. Yorkshire Pudding is made by combining flour, eggs, salt, milk, and pan drippings from prime rib or roast beef. The result is a light, doughy roll with a small well in the center that is usually filled with gravy.
Little is know of the origins of Yorkshire Pudding, but cooks in the north of England devised a means of making use of the fat that dropped into the dripping pans to cook a batter pudding while the meat roasted in the oven.  The first published recipe for ‘A Dripping Pudding’ was published in 1737 in The Whole Duty of a Woman. Here is that recipe.

“Make a good batter as for pancakes: put in a hot toss-pan over the fire with a bit of butter to fry the bottom a little then put the pan and butter under a shoulder of mutton, instead of a dripping pan, keeping frequently shaking it by the handle and it will be light and savoury, and fit to take up when your mutton is enough; then turn it in a dish and serve it hot.” ~ From The Whole Duty of a Woman

In 1747, similar instructions were published in The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse under the title of ‘Yorkshire Pudding’. It was Glasse who re-invented and renamed the original version of ‘A Dripping Pudding’.
Yorkshire Pudding is still a popular dish in modern-day Britain and often makes an appearance at big Sunday dinners. In fact, many culinary historians refer to it as the national dish of England.
Now that you know what Yorkshire Pudding is, it is up to you to decide whether [or not] you celebrate Yorkshire Pudding Day. That’s between you and your Cardiologist.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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