Craziness, 40-Hour Work Weeks, Black Thursday, Food, Bologna, and Good & Plenty

October 24, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my crazy, nutty, whacky, zany, friends. Today is Sunday, October 24, 2021. October 24th is the 297th day of the year, and 68 days remain.

National Crazy Day 

National Crazy Day is celebrated each year on October 24th. Even if you’re totally bonkers, you should be able to ascertain that this holiday was created to allow everyone the opportunity to have one day a year set aside to act as crazy as they want.
Many of us act a bit crazy at times – some more, and more often, than others. We all know that one person who marches to the beat of a different drummer and National Crazy Day is your opportunity to march right along with them. Do what you want to do (within the bounds of the law, that is), wear what you want to wear, be a free spirit. Don’t let societal norms dictate your behavior.
In celebration of National Crazy Day, I will endeavor to deviate from my normal, sane, acceptable behavior and alter it according to the criteria outlined above. The rest of you can just be yourselves.

40-Hour Work Week Day 

40-Hour Work Week Day is celebrated annually on October 24th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates the 40-hour work week. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which went into effect on this date in 1938, established a minimum wage and outlawed child labor.
The 40-hour work week was nothing new. Ford Motor Company implemented a 40-hour work week for its factory workers a dozen years before the Fair Labor Standards Act went into effect. Manufacturers all over the country, and the rest world realized that shortening a worker’s hours actually increased productivity and garnered company loyalty. They soon followed Mr. Ford’s lead, and the Monday-to-Friday workweek became standard practice for many. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 simply codified into law what smart businessmen were already doing.
To celebrate 40-Hour Work Week Day, just be thankful that you were born after the law was enacted.

Black Thursday 

Black Thursday is celebrated annually on October 24th. Although from its name, you might think it seems counter-intuitive, this holiday is not always celebrated on a Thursday. Instead, however, this holiday is celebrated on the anniversary of the date of the infamous Stock Market crash which occurred on this date in 1929 – that the press at the time dubbed “Black Thursday.”
On October 24, 1929, panicked sellers traded nearly 13-million shares on the New York Stock Exchange (more than three times the normal volume at the time), and investors suffered $5 billion in losses. This holiday serves as a reminder for us to invest wisely and diversify the investments in our portfolio.
Historians often cite Black Thursday as one of the triggers of the Great Depression because it marked not only the end of one of the nation’s greatest bull markets but the end of widespread optimism and confidence in the U.S. economy.
To celebrate Black Thursday, learn more about this infamous time in our nation’s history. For a more detailed account of what caused the crash and what happened as a result, read this article.

Food Day 

Food Day is observed annually on October 24th.  You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to deduce that this holiday celebrates food. This holiday was created by The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in 2011. It is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.
One of the goals of Food Day is to get people to “Eat Real,” which is defined by the CSPI as “cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats – and eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sustainably raised protein.”
National Food Day involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that can be healthy, affordable and produced with care for the environment, farm animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it.
There are numerous Food Day events that take place across America – from community food festivals, to thousands of school activities, to a national Food Day conference in Washington, D.C.
To celebrate Food Day, examine your daily diet and make the necessary adjustments to begin eating healthier.

National Bologna Day  

National Bologna Day is celebrated each year on October 24th. You don’t need to be a processed meat expert to figure out that this holiday celebrates bologna – the American version of a popular Italian sausage – mortadella.
Mortadella is a finely minced/ground pork sausage containing cubes of lard that originated in the Italian city of Bologna. United States government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground, and without visible pieces of lard. Americans eat 800 million pounds of bologna annually.
American bologna can alternatively be made from chicken, turkey, beef, pork, venison or soy protein – or any combination thereof. It is a lunchtime favorite for sandwich lovers across the country.
Bologna is cooked and smoked with a variety of spices that add to its flavor. Although this American sausage is spelled bologna, it is commonly pronounced “baloney.” In some parts of the country, it is also called “jumbo sausage.” There are many other variations of bologna in other cuisines around the world, including German bologna and Kosher bologna (the Jewish version).
To celebrate National Bologna Day, enjoy a bologna sandwich (or two) today. Don’t worry, this is the one day of the year when it is perfectly acceptable to be “full of baloney.”

Good and Plenty Day 

Good and Plenty Day is celebrated annually on October 24th. You needn’t be a master confectioner to deduce that this holiday celebrates one of the world’s most popular candies – Good and Plenty.
Good and Plenty’s chief claim to fame is that it’s considered by food historians to be the first brand-named candy in the United States – at least  according to the Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food. The Quaker Oats Company first introduced these licorice pastilles in 1893 and trademarked the name in 1928. A thin candy coating protects the overwhelming mix of anise and molasses flavors inside the capsule-shaped confection. Good and Plenty is now part of Hershey Company.
Do you really need a suggestion from me to figure out how to celebrate Good and Plenty Day?

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

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