Gaudy Attire, Do-Overs, Prunes, and Pasta

October 17, 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 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 my fashionable friends. Today is Sunday, October 17, 2021. October 17th is the 290th day of this year, and 75 days remain.

Wear Something Gaudy Day 

Wear Something Gaudy Day is celebrated each year on October 17th. The word “gaudy” refers to something bright, cheap, showy, outlandish, or otherwise not in good taste. You don’t need to be a fashionista to conclude that this holiday urges us not to worry about wardrobe faux pas today and wear something that will really make you stand out in a crowd.
To celebrate Wear Something Gaudy Day, forego fashion and style. Look for something to wear that’s really wild and wacky. Go through the nether-regions of your closet, your basement, your attic, your garage, and/or your storage shed and find the most outlandish attire you can find and wear it proudly today. If you can’t find anything gaudy enough, borrow something from that guy down the street — you know the one — the guy with more Hawaiian shirts and plaid Bermuda shorts than Imelda Marcos had pairs of shoes.

National Mulligan Day 

National Mulligan Day is celebrated each year on October 17th. In Golf, a “Mulligan” is the equivalent of a ‘do-over’ shot and this holiday is intended to afford us the opportunity for a ‘do over’ in other aspects of our life as well. C. Daniel Rhodes of Hoover, AL, created National Mulligan Day as a way to give everyone a chance to have a fresh start.
Most people have at least one thing that they would like to do over. Maybe it was a test we took, a job interview we flubbed, a broken relationship, or a stock tip that proved disastrous to our portfolio. If you missed an opportunity and/or didn’t do something well the first time, celebrate National Mulligan Day by trying it again.
Factoid:
According to the United States Golf Association (USGA), three different stories explain the origin of the term. The first derives from the name of a Canadian golfer, David Mulligan, a one-time manager of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, who played golf in the 1920s.  A different, later, etymology gives credit to John A. “Buddy” Mulligan, a locker room attendant at Essex Fells C.C., New Jersey in the 1930s.  Another story, according to author Henry Beard, states that the term comes from Thomas Mulligan, a minor Anglo-Irish aristocrat and passionate golfer who was born in 1793.

Four Prunes Day 

Four Prunes Day is celebrated annually on October 17th. For some odd reason, it celebrates prunes — The nutritious yet oft-maligned fruit.
While Four Prunes Day may sound like an odd name for a celebration, dietitians agree that four prunes are the minimum number of prunes needed to maintain digestive regularity (nine prunes is the maximum recommended).
Prunes have long been stigmatized by society as “old people food” and there was even a media campaign some years back to change the name to ‘dried plums’ – which prunes are, to make them more appealing to the public, but it was unsuccessful.
Prunes are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, and iron and are high in antioxidants. They have a high beta-carotene content, contain a lot of fiber and sorbitol, a stool loosening sugar. Prunes help to slow the aging process of the brain and body. They have been shown to be beneficial in cases of anemia; to help keep blood circulation normal, and to be a good remedy for sore throats.  A recent clinical study indicates that prunes may have the ability to reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women and may help fight osteoporosis. As a bonus, four prunes contain only about 100 calories.
To celebrate Four Prunes Day, eat some [at least four] prunes today. There is old adage, “an apple a day to keep the doctor away. ” Well, with the addition of prunes to your diet that old adage could very well be changed to read “four prunes a day keeps the doctor away.” Who knows, if you eat an apple a day, as well as four prunes — you might just become immortal.

National Pasta Day  

National Pasta Day is celebrated annually on October 17th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates pasta – the Italian dish that is internationally renowned to “play well with others” and is renown all over the world. Spaghetti, lasagna, tortellini – there are over 600 known pasta shapes. It’s delicious, nutritious, and versatile.  It can be enjoyed as a main course, or as a side dish.
Pasta’s origins are ancient. Contrary to popular belief, however, Marco Polo did not discover pasta in Asia and bring it to Italy. In fact, the Etruscans may have made pasta as early as 400 B.C. Early Romans used a very simple flour and water dough.
Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the Americas after first tasting it in Naples, Italy. He was the American Ambassador to France at the time. In 1789, he brought the first pasta machine, along with crates of macaroni, back to the United States. However, it wasn’t until about a century later, in the late 19th century, that pasta began to catch on and became a common North American food.
Celebrating National Pasta Day couldn’t be easier. Simply make your favorite sauce, and pour it over a plate of your favorite pasta. Bonus pair it with a nice Italian wine.
Factoid:
Italy makes approximately 2.75 million tons of pasta annually, and the United States makes close to 1.9 million tons.

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

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