Mountains, Needy Animals, Shareware, Noodle Rings, and Bagels

December 11, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of massive geological formations. Today is Saturday, December 11, 2021. December 11th is the 345th day of the year, and 20 days remain.

International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day is celebrated every year on December 11th. You needn’t be a geologist to ascertain that this holiday celebrates mountains – and not, as you might think, just for their majesty and splendor. This holiday also celebrates the vital role that mountains play in the world’s delicate ecosystem. Created in 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly, International Mountain Day is intended to help raise awareness of how important mountains are for the health and well-being of the flora and fauna that call them their home.
Mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They comprise about 21% of the Earth’s surface and are home to about 13% of the world’s population – nearly a billion people. Additionally, since they are the main source of water (because the melting snow feeds most of the world’s streams and rivers), they are vital to the survival of nearly everyone else in the world that lives downstream as well.
In addition to humans, thousands of species of flora and fauna make their home in the mountains and are dependent upon the mountains for their survival. Aside from being essential to the world’s fresh water supply, they also safeguard many natural resources and protect communities against natural disasters. The delicate balance of nature is crucial to man’s survival and protecting the world’s mountains is vital to maintaining that balance.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the recreational opportunities mountains provide. They provide a place to commune with nature through hiking trails and campgrounds in the spring, summer, and fall, and, in the winter, we can ski down their snowy slopes.
If you opt to celebrate International Mountain Day, weather permitting, visit a mountain near you. If that is impractical, try to learn more about the mountains that surround you – then visit them when you can.

Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day

Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day is observed annually on December 11th. I couldn’t find any credible information regarding this holiday other than it being listed in one of my sources – as a local holiday in Marin County, California created by the Marin County Humane Society. Normally. I wouldn’t include an obscure ‘holiday’ like this in my posts, but there aren’t that many other holidays today – and feeding needy animals is a worthwhile cause – no matter where you live.
If you are so inclined, valid holiday or not, you can celebrate Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day by making a donation to your local no-kill animal shelter or sanctuary farm today to help them feed the needy animals in your area.

International Shareware Day

International Shareware Day is observed annually on the second Saturday in December. You don’t need to be a nerd or a geek to surmise that this holiday was created to remind shareware users about the value they have gained through their use of shareware programs. The secondary purpose of this holiday is to perhaps to entice shareware users to quit freeloading and actually pay for the use these programs.
Unlike open-source software, ‘shareware’ is a proprietary software model – the author retains ownership of the program and the code, and often scaled down versions of commercial software applications are released as shareware. While you can use the software without paying, the idea is that if you find it useful, you should pay, or upgrade to the full, non-free version of the software. Some shareware is also only made available for a limited trial period, after which users are expected to pay to continue using it.
Another concept closely related to shareware is ‘freeware’, where the software is made available for free without an expectation of payment, except perhaps for donations to the author.
The term ‘shareware’ was first used with the program PC-Write (a word processing tool), released by Bob Wallace in early 1983. The first piece of software called ‘freeware’ was PC-Talk, a telecommunications program created by Andrew Fleugelman in 1982.
Very few shareware and freeware downloads are ever paid for, meaning that the chances of sustaining yourself on shareware income remain fairly slim. This is sad because this mode of software production has resulted in some wonderful software tools being made available to users around the globe – virus protection software, all kinds of computer utilities, and much more. Lack of financial returns also means that many shareware and freeware projects are abandoned, not updated or not supported.
So, should you choose to celebrate International Shareware Day, do some research on how and why shareware is created, and if you like it, why you should pay for it as well.

National Noodle Ring Day 

National Noodle Ring Day is celebrated annually on December 11th. You don’t need to be a Michelin Star chef to deduce that this holiday celebrates noodle rings. Although this holiday is listed in all four of my primary sources, in all of my ‘noodling around’ the internet researching this holiday, I was unable to find any useful information regarding the creation, history, or purpose of National Noodle Ring Day – or why it is celebrated on this date.
To be completely honest with you, in the threescore and fourteen plus years I have been alive – and in all of the places I’ve visited throughout my nomadic life – I’ve never even heard of, let alone encountered, a noodle ring. From what I can glean from my sources, a noodle ring is basically a pasta casserole that is baked in a ring pan or Bundt pan, then completely removed from its pan for presentation prior to slicing and serving (unlike most casseroles). Once unmolded, you can fill the center hole with pieces of diced ham or chicken, and/or some cubes of cheese to add a little more flair. The secret lies in using flat noodles (like egg noodles, but any pasta will do) and binding ingredients like flour, eggs, breadcrumbs, and cheese (and, of course, seasonings to taste).
There is also mention in some of my sources to sweet noodle rings, or Kugels, containing different combinations of raisins, cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, chocolate chips, or cappuccino coffee mix (I guess something akin to noodle pudding).
If you decide to celebrate National Noodle Ring Day, simply make a noodle ring. I’m sure that if you search ‘noodle ring’ in your preferred search engine, you’ll find a plethora of recipes from which to choose. Heck, I’ve already given you the basic ingredients, so be adventurous and create your own recipe. Who knows, after 27,179 (and counting) days of life, I might even try making one for the first time. It sounds easy enough – it seems basically like it’s just baked macaroni and cheese in a fancy pan – and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

Have A Bagel Day

Have A Bagel Day is celebrated annually on December 11th. You needn’t be a professional baker to conclude that this holiday celebrates bagels – A world-renowned baked good. It was created by Foodimentary in 2010.
Bagels are a ring-shaped bread product that originated in Poland in the 1600s. They were originally designed for Lent. The hole in the center of the bagel allows multiple bagels to be threaded onto a dowel, which allows bakers to transport them more easily.
Their name derives from the Yiddish word ‘bengal’, meaning ‘ring’ or ‘bracelet’. Immigrant Polish-Jews introduced bagels to the United States in the late 1800s. Lenders Bakery in New York City began the automated production and distribution of frozen bagels started in the 1960’s which led to their rapid rise in popularity in America.
If bagels appeal to you, why not celebrate Have A Bagel Day, by simply enjoying a bagel today – with whatever toppings you prefer.

Listed below are some other holidays observed today that are worthy of mention. 

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