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September 30 is Chewing Gum Day!
We’re not exactly sure how Chewing Gum Day came to be, but we know that it’s all about celebrating sticky, chewy, minty (or fruity) gum. While some people might find that chewing on gum displays poor manners, others find that chewing gum helps them to relax and concentrate better. Chewing gum – sugar-free, that is – also provides a variety of other health benefits, including reduced risk of cavities, improved memory, and controlled appetite. Learn more here!
Celebrate Chewing Gum Day by picking up a pack of sugar-free gum to chew on through out the day. Don’t forget to share with your friends, family or co-workers!
You’ll also want to remember these simple chewing gum rules to avoid annoying others or causing damage to yourself or inanimate objects:
1. Don’t smack your gum or chew with your mouth open.
2. Don’t pop your gum obnoxiously loud.
3. Don’t spit your gum out on the ground. No one wants to get stuck in your used gum.
4. Don’t stick your gum under the table. We’d rather you spit it out on the ground.
5. And whatever you do, do NOT fall asleep with gum in your mouth. (In case you do and your gum decides to nestle itself in your hair, find out how to remove gum from your hair, clothes, carpet and even your dryer by clicking here.)
Sources: theultimateholidaysite.com, livestrong.com
September 29 is National Mocha Day!
Mocha lovers from all over – today is the day to indulge in the rich, delicious mocha flavored beverage of your choosing. If you like your coffee plain, maybe branch out today and try something with a mocha twist.
Here are some great mocha infused beverage recipes for you to try.
French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur was born on December 27, 1822 in Dole, France. Pasteur is most known for his work in germ theory which led him to create the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax and for the invention of pasteurization. Pasteurization is a process by which you heat and cool liquids (like milk and wine) to prevent bacterial contamination.
Louis Pasteur is considered the father of microbiology and one of the three founders of Bacteriology. He suffered multiple strokes, from which he never fully recovered, and died on September 28, 1895 at the age of 72 in Marnes-la-Coquette, France. Pasteur’s breakthroughs in bacterial studies and vaccinations have saved countless lives all over the world.
September 27, 2013 is the 15th birthday of the search engine that we all know and love – Google.
Google was founded by Stanford graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 in a friend’s garage, although the actual web domain www.google.com was registered in 1997. Although Google’s official birthday is September 7, the celebration has been shifted over the years, aligning with whenever people “feel like having cake”.
Originally called “BackRub”, Page and Brin eventually decided to call their search engine “Google” a play on the mathematical term “googol” which means a one followed by one hundred zeros. If you type “google in 1998” into the Google search today, you’ll see what the site looked like 15 years ago.
Check out 15 facts you probably don’t know about Google.
British sensation The Beatles released their 11th studio album, Abbey Road, on September 26, 1969 in the United Kingdom and October 1, 1969 in the United States. Abbey Road was the last album recorded by The Beatles, although Let it Be was the last album released before they disbanded in 1970.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Abbey Road was a commercial success and continually tops all-time lists year after year. The cover art features John, Ringo, Paul, and George on a crosswalk (on Abbey Road) and has become quite an iconic album cover.
The album features such classic Beatles songs as “Come Together”, “Something”, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”, “Oh! Darling”, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “Here Comes the Sun”. The songs and the album itself have been covered many times by a variety of artists across different genres.
Actor, producer, and rapper Will Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1968. He began rapping at the age of 12, and when he met DJ Jeff Townes at a party when he was 16, duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince was born.
Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince separated themselves from the rest of hip-hop by releasing catchy but clean tunes including “Summertime” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. While “Gangsta” rappers NWA were talking about drugs and violence, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were rapping about problems facing teens in middle-America, and people all over were able to relate. As their success mounted, the rap duo won the first Grammy Award for a Rap performance in 1988.
From 1990 to 1996, Will Smith acted as the title character in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a sitcom about a street wise kid from Philadelphia sent to live with family in California in order to keep out of trouble. The show’s re-runs still air on multiple networks today.
Will Smith made the transition from television to movies in the mid-90s. His first big hit was opposite Martin Lawrence in the 1995 hit Bad Boys. After his breakout, the hits just kept going: Independence Day (1996), Men in Black (1997), Enemy of the State (1998), and many others. Smith received two Academy Award nominations for his reprisal of Muhammad Ali in 2001’s Ali, and 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness.
Some of his other popular films include I, Robot, Hitch, I Am Legend, and Hancock, with many more projects in the works.
Happy Birthday Will Smith!
September 24 is Festival of the Latest Novelties!
This holiday celebrates the newest fads and odd novelty items that usually make the most exciting new inventions. Observe this wacky holiday by getting some new, fresh products that are out on the market. Who knows? Whatever you pick may be the next big thing!
Today is Innergize Day!
Innergize Day is always celebrated on the day after the Autumnal Equinox. For those who don’t know, Innergize Day is a holiday made for relaxing, rejuvenating and reflecting; in other words – it is a day just for you. Take time today to devote some TLC to yourself and celebrate by doing your favorite relaxing things. Take an extra-long bath, read that book you’ve been meaning to get to, do some breathing techniques or yoga poses, or use this time to do something creative.
Innergize Day was created by Michelle Porchia of inner dimensions, llc as part of an initiative to get people more focused on their own well-being.
September 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day!
Elephant Appreciation Day was created in 1996 by Wayne Hepburn, the publisher and president of Mission Media, Inc, out of his fascination with elephants – an interest that began when his 12-year-old daughter gave him an elephant paperweight in 1970. Find out more about the origin of Elephant Appreciation Day.
Elephants are more than just the largest living land animals known for their strong trunks and ivory tusks. They are also social, compassionate, intelligent and self-aware animals that grieve over the loss of a companion, possess strong memorization skills, and – like humans, apes and dolphins – recognize that their reflection in a mirror is their own self.
However, subspecies of the African elephant are in danger and subspecies of the Asian elephant are moving closer to extinction due to poaching for ivory and meat, loss of habitat, and conflict with humans. Go to worldwildlife.org to find out more about threats to elephants and World Wild Life’s efforts towards conserving both African and Asian elephant populations.