Archive | September, 2011

Talk Like A Pirate Day – September 19

International Talk Like A Pirate Day began in the mists of the 1990s, when two Yankees, John Baur (Ol’ Chum Bucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), be talkin’ like pirates all o’a sudden. They decided that, to further the noble causes of the sweet trade of piracy, September 19 each year be the day when all souls over the world should be talkin’ like pirates.

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- Mad Cap’n Tom, creator of the official Talk Like a Pirate Day website in Britain

Read more at, acknowledged by Baur and Summers as the official European Talk Like A Pirate Day website.

To read about the history of Talk Like a Pirate Day from the creators themselves, check out “How it all started…” and “The aftermath” on the official U.S. site.

And in case you were wondering…Yes, each site has a learn-to-talk-like-a-pirate section. For a quick lesson, click here (British site). For an in-depth lesson that includes instructional videos, pick up lines for men and women (Caution: use at your own risk), PG pirate talk for kids and how to talk like a pirate in English, German and Dutch, click here (US site).


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National Cheeseburger Day – September 18

CheeseburgerSeptember 18 is National Cheeseburger Day!

The cheeseburger was created in the 1920s or 1930s. Several chefs and restaurants claim to have created the cheeseburger, but the earliest theory comes from the mid-1920s, when 16-year-old fry cook Lionel Stemberger put American cheese on a grilling hamburger while experimenting in the kitchen.

Celebrate this staple of American cuisine by heading out to your favorite burger joint for a cheeseburger or by firing up the grill for a family cookout. Find a variety of recipes for everyone’s taste at

Find cooking, grilling and safety tips by clicking here.

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National Step Family Day – September 16

September 16 is National Step Family Day!

First celebrated in 1997, National Step Family Day was founded by Christy Borgeld to celebrate, recognize and show appreciation for the value and contributions of American step families. Either State or Presidential Proclamations supporting the holiday and designating September 16 as National Step Family Day have been issued each year since 1997.

Each year, Borgeld organizes a National Step Family Day picnic to celebrate the holiday. Find out how to participate in a sponsored National Step Family Day picnic, how to organize your own picnic, or how to celebrate National Step Family Day in other ways by clicking here.


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National Chocolate Milkshake Day – September 12

Irish Violet CrumbleSeptember 12 is National Chocolate Milkshake Day!

Chocoholics everywhere, get ready for yet another day to savor your chocolate cravings! Celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day by enjoying a a cold, rich and creamy chocolate milkshake. Head to a nearby ice cream shop, diner or fast food restaurant during your lunch break or after dinner for a celebratory chocolate shake. Better yet, make one yourself!

For a traditional chocolate shake, try the Food Network’s Chocolate Milk Shake. For an extra chocolate-y shake, check out’s Chocolate Chocolate Milkshake. Think you can handle a little extra indulgence? Try adding mint, like in the 3 MUSKETEERS® Mint Chocolate Milkshake, which uses the mint-flavored version of this popular candy bar and mint sprig for a minty kick.


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Patriot Day (9/11)

September 11 2001 just collapsedWhat is Patriot Day?

Patrtiot Day, also referred to as 9/11 or September 11, is a day of observance in honor of those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia as well those who died in the hijacked Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. September 11 was designated as Patriot Day in December 2011 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress.

How do people honor those who died on September 11, 2011?

Under the resolution, the U.S. President is asked to proclaim September 11 as Patriot Day each year and to request that all U.S. flags be flown at half-staff. Americans also observe a national moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, the time that the first airplane flew into the World Trade Center.

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Swap Ideas Day – September 10

September 10 is Swap Ideas Day!

You’ve heard it before: two brains are better than one. On Swap Ideas Day, get together with a friend, co-worker, classmate  or anyone else you could use a good idea from and share your ideas on a school or work project, a personal matter or life in general. Hopefully they’ll have an idea to throw back to you in return.


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Teddy Bear Day – September 9

Brownie cupcake with teddy bear and candleSeptember 9 is National Teddy Bear Day!

Teddy Bear Day is a day to celebrate one of the most popular and lovable form of stuffed animal: the teddy bear! Celebrate by rescuing your old childhood teddy bear from the storage closet or by buying a new teddy bear for someone special or for yourself.

Did You Know…that the teddy bear was named after U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt? While on a hunting trip in November 1902, some of Roosevelt’s attendants injured a bear, tied him up and told Roosevelt that he should shoot it. Roosevelt refused, saying that their behavior showed poor sportsmanship. However, he did order that the suffering bear be shot, purely to put it out of its misery. Later, political cartoonist Clifford Berryman depicted this scene in a cartoon featuring Roosevelt and a fierce-looking bear. However, Berryman redrew the cartoon to make the bear look younger and cuter. Upon seeing the drawing of Roosevelt and the cuddly bear, Morris Michtom created a new toy: a stuffed bear that he sold as “Teddy’s bear.”


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International Literacy Day – September 8

September 8 is International Literacy Day!

International Literacy Day was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote the importance of literacy and to raise people’s awareness of literacy issues both in their own communities and around the world.

According to UNESCO, 67.4 children are not in school, as of 2011, and more children are dropping out every day. However, literacy issues don’t just surround children. UNESCO also reports that one in six adults is still not literate and that 796 million adults do not have minimum literacy skills.

Find out more about how UNESCO works to improve literacy on International Literacy and throughout the year at


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Neither Rain Nor Snow Day – September 7

September 7 is Neither Rain Nor Snow Day!

No, Neither Rain Nor Snow Day is not a day to celebrate good weather. On September 7, 1914, the New York Post Office building, known today as the James A.  Farley Post Office Building, officially opened for business.

So where did “neither rain nor snow” come from, and what does it have to do with the opening of this post office? The James Farley Post Office is famous for bearing the following inscription:

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

- United States Postal Service

Did You Know…that the U.S. Postal Service has no official motto? Many people mistake the “Neither snow nor rain…” quote as the official creed or motto of the U.S. Postal Service, but the James Farley Post Office is the only post office building bearing this inscription. Click here to find out from where the quote was derived.


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Labor Day

What is Labor Day?

Created out of the labor movement in the late 19th century, Labor Day celebrates the social and economic contributions and achievements of American workers. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 and unofficially marks the end of summer and the back-to-school season for many Americans.

When is Labor Day?

Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September.

How do people celebrate Labor Day?

As a federal holiday, government offices, schools and some businesses and stores close for the day. Americans celebrate Labor Day with parades, barbecues and picnics, firework displays and swimming, boating and other outdoor activities.

Learn more about the history of labor day, labor unions, safety tips for Labor Day activities and more here.

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