Reptiles, Buttons, Babbling, Customers, Celebrating the Mind, and Nachos

October 21, 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 reptile rooters. Today is Thursday, October 21, 2021. October 21st is the 294th day of this year, and 71 days remain.

Reptile Awareness Day 

Reptile Awareness Day is celebrated each year on October 21st. You needn’t be a herpetologist to ascertain that this holiday celebrates and seeks to raise awareness about – reptiles. It was created by a group of reptile enthusiasts and affords them the opportunity to share their passion for, and educate others about, these amazing creatures; and to bring to light the problems, such as habitat loss and the threat of extinction, that many reptile species face in the wild.
According to the National Zoological Park at the Smithsonian, the world is home to 8240 species of reptiles. By definition, a reptile is “any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia, comprising the turtles, snakes, lizards, crocodilians, amphibians, tuatara, and various extinct members including the dinosaurs.”
Every continent except Antarctica has reptiles. Being cold-blooded, reptiles need an external source of heat, such as the sun, to maintain their body temperature. Reptiles are a vital part of any healthy environment. Among other things, they help to keep down insect and rodent populations that otherwise might become a nuisance in your community.
Celebrate this holiday by learning more about reptiles, especially those native to your region.

Count Your Buttons Day 

Count Your Buttons Day is celebrated each year on October 21st. For some obscure reason, this holiday urges us to count our buttons today – all of them. But that leads to the question: What kind of buttons?
Read the definition of the word “button” in Dictionary.com and you will gain insight as to just how important buttons are in our everyday lives. As you can see from the definition, there are many different types of buttons. Buttons keep our clothing secure. Buttons are used as ornaments, badges, and emblems. Young or underdeveloped mushrooms are called “buttons”. And, buttons are used to activate machinery (on-off buttons, etc.).
Buttons have been around nearly as long as humans have worn clothing, being used both for decoration and securing different pieces of clothing. The history of buttons throughout the world ranges from the earliest buttons made from seashells to the beautiful handmade Czech glass buttons with their ornate designs. It wasn’t until sometime in the 13th Century in Germany that buttonholes first made an appearance and they were an instant success. By the 14th century, buttons and buttonholes were standard on almost every garment. From that point forward, buttons have been involved in almost every new clothing design and there has yet to be an era of clothing since that hasn’t included buttons.
The only correlation that I could find between buttons and this date, however, doesn’t involve securing clothing, but rather involves one of the other definitions. On this date in 1963, the Trimline telephone was placed into service by the Michigan Bell Telephone Company. The Trimline telephone revolutionized the telephone industry. The dial and a hang-up button were no longer on a remote base, but instead integrated into the hand-piece, midway between the microphone and speaker. A call could thus be dialed from the hand-piece alone, which was more convenient in the kitchen or while in bed. It was dramatically different in style from earlier telephones, developed with the industrial design firm Henry Dreyfuss Associates. In 1977, Fortune magazine selected it as one of the country’s 25 best-designed products. Today we take the convenience of hand-held, base-free phones for granted.
However, the object of Count Your Buttons Day is to count your all of the buttons you have – no matter their type or function. After you have counted all of your buttons, go through your wardrobe and make sure that your garments have all of their required buttons and that they are serviceable. If you have a button collection, count and sort it today. Do the same for your electronic devices and any other type of buttons you have around the house. Is your “I Like Ike” campaign button still in good shape?

Babbling Day 

Babbling Day is celebrated each year on October 21st. As you can easily infer, this holiday honors all those babbling blatherskites out there who babble on incessantly about nothing at all.
We all know someone like this. They babble on endlessly and never seem to stop talking. Perhaps it is out of nervousness, or perhaps they just love the sound of their own voice. In any case, they can be annoying at times.
To celebrate Babbling Day, I recommend that you start a support group in your neighborhood to help people who incessantly babble. You could call it “Onandonandonanon”.

Get to Know Your Customers Day 

Get to Know Your Customers Day is celebrated quarterly on the third Thursday of January, April, July, and October. You don’t need to be an entrepreneur, a salesperson, or an executive to deduce that this holiday encourages you to take time today to get to know your customers.
Most small businesses already know the value of greeting their customers personally and catering to their needs. Many large corporate enterprises such as “big box” and “chain” stores, however, often don’t seem to care about customer relations at all. Whether you own a business, are a manager, or just an employee, there are steps you can take to improve the relationship between you and your customers.

  1. Create a consistent experience. Let the customers know what they can expect every time they patronize your business.
  2. “Peoplize” your business. Treat your customers the same way you would like to be treated if you were a first time customer at your business.
  3. Remember that without your customers, you don’t have a business. Ensure that the way you treat your customers makes them want to patronize your business regularly. 

Celebration of the Mind Day 

Celebration of the Mind Day is celebrated each year on October 21st. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to conclude that this holiday is a celebration of the mind. There is not much information available about this holiday. From what I can glean from my sources, this holiday honors Martin Gardner, born on this date in 1914. Mr. Gardner was an esteemed mathematics and science writer who specialized in “recreational mathematics”. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 95.
Mr. Gardner encouraged people to find fun ways to enjoy math and science, by stretching the mind with puzzles and intricate games. I guess that you could say that he urged people to expand their minds through the Fun da Mentals of mathematics. (sorry, I just had to do it).
To celebrate Celebration of the Mind Day, find some fun ways to use mathematics today.

International Day of the Nacho 

International Day of the Nacho is celebrated annually on October 21st. You don’t need to be a foodie to discern that this holiday  celebrates the creation of the world-renowned Tex-Mex treat – Nachos.
As the legend goes, a group of Army wives was on a shopping trip in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the border from Fort Duncan in nearby Eagle Pass, TX. They entered a restaurant just as it was closing. The maître d’, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, invented a new snack for them with what little he still had available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese. Anaya cut the tortillas into triangles, fried them, added shredded cheddar cheese, quickly heated them, added sliced pickled jalapeño peppers and served them. When the wives asked what the dish was called, he answered, “Nacho’s Especiales”. “Nacho” later opened his own restaurant, “Nacho’s Restaurant”, in Piedras Negras.
The popularity of the dish swiftly spread throughout Texas and the Southwest. As word of the dish traveled, the apostrophe was lost, and “Nacho’s Especiales” became “special nachos”, then eventually just “nachos”. The first known appearance of the word “nachos” in English dates to 1950, from the book “A Taste of Texas.”
It should be obvious to you how to celebrate the International Day of the Nacho.

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

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