Daylight Saving Time Ends, Zero Tasking, Cuddly Bears, Notaries Public, and Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds

November 7, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of circadian rhythms. Today is Sunday, November 7, 2021. November 7th is the 311th day of the year, and 54 days remain.

Daylight Saving Time Ends  

Although it is not an official holiday [or, in my humble opinion, even a cause to celebrate], Daylight Saving Time ends in the wee hours of the first Sunday in November each year. With the exception of the few of you who reside in Arizona or Hawaii, or the even fewer of you who reside in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, as you read this BLOG, Daylight Saving Time has already ended. The actual time Daylight Saving Time occurs is at 0200 – in whatever time zone you reside. Since this is the end of Daylight Saving Time, you should have already set your clocks back 1-hour – Spring forward, Fall back!
In today’s “24/7” world, why do we still subject ourselves to the bi-annual ritual of adjusting our clocks forward or backward? Logic dictates that we should choose one time or the other and let our natural circadian rhythms gradually adjust our “body clocks” as the seasons progress. Mankind survived for thousands of years using this tried and true method.
Although it is not a new concept – while in France, Benjamin Franklin jokingly proposed a tax on shutters to discourage citizens from blocking out sunlight and wasting valuable candles lighting a room that could be naturally lighted by the sunlight that the shutters blocked – the modern-day concept of “Daylight Saving Time” is a 20th century idea devised by politicians to “save” daylight. The fact that this notion was conceived by politicians should your first clue that it makes no sense, and should automatically disqualify this hair-brained idea from having gravitas. I defy anyone to name me one government program that actually serves it’s intended purpose.
Anyway, since Daylight Saving Time occurred at 2:00 AM this morning, and if you didn’t set your clocks back one-hour last night, you’re going to be an hour late for everything today. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your “extra” hour of sleep.

Zero Tasking Day 

In related news, the extra hour we get when Daylight Savings Time ends is often heralded as an opportunity for extra productivity, activity and ‘doing’. However, given that we’re all already ‘owed’ an hour every other time it changes, it seems a little unfair to expect us to work through it. As such, Zero Tasking Day, celebrated annually on the first Sunday in November, was created to provide us with an extra hour of ‘me time’ – encouraging rest, relaxation and a distinct lack of work.
When Daylight Saving Time ends, we are gifted with an imaginary ‘extra hour’, and Zero Tasking Day encourages us to take the opportunity to use that hour for personal growth, relaxation, and basically just taking care of ourselves. In today’s society where time is constantly marching on and we’re heavily connected to everything, finding a little time to disconnect is absolutely vital to keeping ourselves physically and emotionally fit and what better time to do all this than with time that doesn’t exist anywhere else?
To celebrate Zero Tasking Day, designate one of your free hours today as an hour for doing whatever make you happiest – including doing absolutely nothing at all, if that’s what floats your boat.

Hug A Bear Day 

Hug A Bear Day is celebrated each year on November 7th. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to conclude that this a holiday should not be interpreted literally. No matter how cuddly they may seem, bears are carnivorous. So, before you go running willy-nilly through the forest in search of a bear to hug and wish “Happy Hug A Bear Day,” you should “bear” in mind that, to a bear, every day is Maim and Devour A Human Day.
Logic dictates that the actual focus of this holiday is Teddy Bears. Teddy Bears are not carnivorous, as far as I know, and certainly, are soft and cuddly enough to be hugged. Teddy Bears are often the first gift a child receives. They are our first childhood friend and companion in the early stages of our lives.  They watched over us at night and kept the monsters in the closet and under the bed at bay. Alas, those Teddy Bears that survive our childhood are often relegated to being cooped up in plastic trash bag ‘prison’ hidden somewhere in the nether regions of our current home.
The ancient Egyptians are credited with making the first stuffed toys. Although no remains of stuffed toys have been discovered in Egypt, paintings on the tombs suggest they did have animal toys.
Modern stuffed animals were first introduced in the 1830s, but they were homemade using cloth and straw. In 1880, a Germany company began manufacturing stuffed animals that closely resembled the plush, cute toys we know and love today. Stuffed animals were not popular in the United States until 1906, when President Theodore Roosevelt inspired the production of the first “Teddy Bear”.
To celebrate Hug A Bear Day, find your old teddy bear, release him from his plastic bag prison and give him a hug. Then, instead of returning him to his prison, recycle him to a new home with a child that will give him the love and attention he deserves.

Notary Public Day 

The first Notary Public Day is celebrated annually on November 7th. As you might easily discern from its name, this holiday was created to “recognize notaries for their public service and their contributions to national and international commerce.” This date was chosen as Notary Public Day in recognition of the date that America’s first notary, Thomas Fugill, was appointed as a notary by the Colony of New Haven on this date in 1639.
Transactions that are essential to the normal function of our everyday lives would not be possible without the skill and attention of a notary public. There are approximately 5-million registered notaries public in the United States, all of whom serve the common good as trusted public officials. Since ancient Roman times, notaries have recorded matters of judicial and commercial importance as well as private transactions when professional skill and integrity were needed.
Today’s notaries are indispensable to the free flow of commerce and to the many highly sensitive personal transactions that transpire in daily life. By properly executing their duties as impartial witnesses, notaries help deter fraud and promote the integrity and reliability of document transactions. They do this by positively confirming the document signer’s identity, and carefully assessing the signer’s comprehension, competence and willingness to sign.
To celebrate Notary Public Day, learn more about Notaries Public and the role they play in our society.

Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day 

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day is observed each year on November 7th. You needn’t be a confectioner to deduce that this holiday celebrates one of the world’s favorite sweet treats – bittersweet chocolate, and almonds.
Bittersweet chocolate is refined chocolate to which sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla have been added. It has less sugar and more chocolate liquor than semisweet chocolate, however, the two of them may be used interchangeably when baking.
Additionally, in my humble opinion, chocolate should be reclassified as a lentil. After all, it is made from cocoa ‘beans’ – and it has been shown in studies to have many cardiovascular benefits when consumed moderately.
Almonds help to lower cholesterol levels and contain vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium.
So, it can be argued that bittersweet chocolate with almonds is basically health food, right? You can’t argue with the facts presented above. To celebrate National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day, simply enjoy some bittersweet chocolate with almonds today.   

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

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