December 2, 2013
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December 2, 2013
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November 17 is Take a Hike Day! We’re not sure how Take a Hike Day came to be, but you can celebrate by meandering through your favorite nature spot, or by telling someone to “get lost” – whichever you prefer.
Hiking refers to walking in nature for recreational purposes, typically in a place that is scenic. This outdoor recreational activity has been known to have many health benefits including improving cardio-respiratory fitness, improving muscular fitness, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, weight loss, and improving mental health. Day hiking refers to hiking which can be completed within a single day, while backpacking is the term used for multi-day hikes which include camping in between. In more densely forested areas where vegetation must be cleared while taking your hike is called bushwhacking.
If you’re planning on going on a hike today make sure you bring these hiking essentials: water (to prevent possible dehydration), food, a map, a compass, and a backpack to carry any other items you may need. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are a must as well! A hiking club known as The Mountaineers recommends bringing the Ten Essentials with you which also includes other survival items like a flashlight, a knife, and a first aid kit.
To see the 10 Best Hiking Spots in the United States, go here!
If you’d rather avoid nature and tell someone who’s annoying you to, “Take a hike!” then all we have to say is try not to be TOO mean about it…
Happy Take a Hike Day!
November 16 is Have a Party With Your Bear Day! Though the origin of Have a Party With Your Bear Day is unknown, we speculate from our research that the date came from when a cartoon featuring President Teddy Roosevelt (whom the Teddy bear was named after) refusing to shoot a bear on a hunting trip was published in The Washington Post on November 16,1902. Today is not the only bear holiday out there. Teddy Bear Day was September 9, Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day was October 11, Teddy Bear Picnic Day was July 10, and lest we forget one of the most famous bears out there – Winnie the Pooh Day was January 18. It’s about time we celebrated our bear love again!
If you would like to have a party with your bear today, we’ve come up with a few different ways you can!
This day isn’t just limited to celebrating your stuffed friend though! You can also:
However you decide to celebrate, we hope you have a bear-y good day!
November 9 is Chaos Never Dies Day!
Is your work schedule insane? Do you wish you had a live-in maid to take care of those piles of dirty dishes and laundry? Is your school work never ending? Is there never enough time in your life to do everything? Do you just want to curl up in fetal position and cry sometimes? …Us too.
Life is a crazy mess filled with task lists that never seem to end, unexpected disruptions to your daily schedule, last minute changes of plans, and moments of relaxation that are all too fleeting. Today is the day to accept it all and realize that chaos never dies. It’s everywhere, all around us, and always will be. As bleak as that seems, such is life.
Why is this day in particular connected with chaos, you ask? On this day in 1965, 30 million people in the Northeastern United States and Ontario were tossed into a chaotic state when a massive electric power failure left them without power. This completely chaotic blackout was caused by human error.
You can “celebrate” today by forcing some order back into your life. Assess what makes your life most stressful and do whatever you can to help quell those feelings. Don’t get discouraged – relax and breathe! Chaos may be an ongoing state, but moments of serenity are what make life worth living. We wish you a peaceful and calm Chaos Never Dies Day!
November 4 is King Tut Day!
King Tut Day commemorates the anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The tomb of the previously unknown young pharaoh was discovered on November 4, 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter. For more than 3,000 years, the tomb had remained in almost perfect condition and the mummy of King Tut well-preserved in a solid gold coffin. In fact, the ancient Egyptians’ embalming method kept King Tut so well-preserved that scientists were able to successfully test his DNA for the first-ever DNA study of ancient Egyptian royal mummies, the results of which were released in early 2010. Find out what what the study uncovered by clicking here.
Sources: holidayinsights.com, history.com, wikipedia.org, nationalgeographic.com Photo Sources: Jerzy Strzelecki (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
October 30 is Haunted Refrigerator Night! As a precursor to one of the spookiest nights of the year, Haunted Refrigerator Night was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat to find, “what evil lurks in the refrigerators of men… and women… and venture unto the realm of the lower shelf, rear.”
When was the last time you gave your fridge a good scrub down? We’re going to venture to guess that it’s been a while. Those Asian leftovers behind your quite possibly curdled milk are probably growing some hauntingly hairy mold. If you’re looking for a way to get into the Halloween mood that doesn’t involve the traditional pumpkin carving or ghost story telling, turn off the lights and gather your friends and family around your fridge and find out what’s been lying dormant inside. The results are sure to be terrifying!
To keep your fridge from becoming the scariest place in your home, it’s good to give it a deep cleaning at least once a week. If you don’t always have time to complete such a task, there are a few things you can do to keep your fridge tidy in the mean time. These include: periodically checking for any spoiled foods and throwing them out, wiping condiment bottles before returning them to the fridge, and cleaning up any leaks or spills immediately.
Happy Haunted Refrigerator Night!
October 29 is National Cat Day – a day created for you to fawn over your feline friends! National Cat Day was created in 2005 by Colleen Paige who is known as America’s #1 Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert. Paige is an animal behaviorist and animal welfare advocate as well as Editor-in-Chief of Pet Home Magazine. She created this day not just as a day for cat lovers to celebrate these cute and cuddly creatures, but also to bring attention to the number of cats in shelters who are waiting to be rescued.
Cats were first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent around 12,000 years ago. When the first agricultural communities began to pop up, cats became indispensable because of their ability to keep grain stores rodent free. Cats are now the most popular house pets in the United States, found in 34% of American homes. Although they are the most popular domesticated animal, the American Miracle Network estimates that about 4 million cats are put into animal shelters every year. Of those 4 million, around half are euthanized. Because they cannot take on specific jobs like dogs can, most shelter cats are overlooked. The goal of National Cat Day is to help facilitate 10,000 cat adoptions on October 29.
Studies have shown that being a cat owner has several benefits. Here are just a few:
1. Owning a cat has several health benefits including: Reducing blood pressure and stress, a decrease in the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes, lowering cholesterol, improving mood and helping with depression, decreasing allergy development in children, and more! Find out about the other health benefits of owning a cat here.
2. A study of British pet owners showed that people who own cats are generally smarter than dog lovers in terms of IQ and education.
4. Having a cat can help your dating life, boys! A poll found that 82% of women are more attracted to men with pets. 90% of women agreed that men who own cats are “nicer” than most other men.
5. There is a stereotypical belief that dogs are more affectionate than cats, but a 2003 Swiss study showed that cats provide the same amount of companionship and love as dogs, especially for women. The study showed that owning a cat is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner. Cats often initiate contact with their owners, remember kind acts done by their owners, and reciprocate them.
If you are a cat owner, spoil your kitty today by buying it some special treats, a new toy, and of course showing it lots of attention. If you are not a cat owner, today is the perfect day to pick up a new feline friend or volunteer at your local animal shelter!
You can find cats up for adoption in your area online by using the National Cat Day adoption portal.
OCTOBER 22 IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!
Sorry, we won’t yell at you anymore.
International Caps Lock Day was created in 2000 by Iowa man Derek Arnold. Arnold created this day to be a parody holiday poking fun at those who use the caps lock button when not necessary. The internet made this silly holiday a sensation, so don’t be surprised if you come across some status updates that are entirely made up of uppercase letters today.
Anderson said of the holiday that is now in it’s 14th year of celebration,
International Caps Lock Day is in fact a testament to the small mindedness of certain Western individuals: the majority of the world’s population writes in scripts which have no concept of letter casing. Therefore it is advised to laugh at anyone who invokes this day as an excuse to dismiss local typographical conventions: they are simply making an a** out of themselves.
International Caps Lock Day has become so popular, that it is now celebrated on two days. It is also celebrated on June 28th to pay tribute to Billy Mays, the infomercial king known for his incredibly vocal delivery in all his commercials, who died that day.
You can celebrate Caps Lock Day by keeping that caps lock button pushed down all day and using the hastag, “#CAPSLOCKDAY” because according to the “official” CAPS LOCK DAY website, “CAPS LOCK DAY IS A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND FOREVER SCREAMING TEXT FOR ALL ETERNITY AND LOVE.”
October 21 is Reptile Awareness Day!
No one knows how Reptile Awareness Day, or “RAD,” came into existence, but it has become an important day to bring awareness to significant concerns of reptilian life. Reptiles all over the world are facing threats of habitat loss and extinction, so encouraging education about the different types of reptiles, their natural environments, and the ecological challenges they face can help keep these cold-blooded creatures alive and safe.
Living reptiles have scales, are cold-blooded, and (with a few exceptions) lay eggs. They include turtles, tortoises, crocodilians, snakes, lizards, and tuatara. Because they are cold-blooded, they depend on the warmth of the sun to fuel their metabolic rates. Reptiles originated about 310-320 million years ago during the late Carboniferous period where they evolved from an extinct amphibian subclass. Today there are over 6,500 species of reptiles in the world, and it is estimated that there are about 300 reptile species that are considered endangered or threatened. They are some of the most diverse creatures on the planet, and are found on every continent except Antarctica. Since they are both predators and prey, they play an important part in the food chain by performing tasks that are valuable to each ecosystem they live in. These tasks include pollination and seed dispersal, controlling pest species, and being food for numerous other species.
The main threats that exist for the reptile species today include habitat loss, change of climate, and exploitation through wild capturing for reptilian farming and uncontrolled souvenir and pet trade. Invasive species have also been a threat to native reptilian populations in certain areas of the world.
REPTILES Magazine and ReptileChannel.com have come up with tons of ways you can celebrate Reptile Awareness Day. Here are a few:
2. Bring your reptile to school for show and tell! All ages from elementary school to college could benefit from learning about your favorite reptile.
3. If you don’t have a reptile of your own, but have always wanted one, today is a great day to bring home a new pet!
4. Visit your local zoo and check out their reptile exhibit.
5. Write a letter to your local and national representatives concerning legislation that would affect reptile rights, and the health and safety of reptiles.
7. Make plans to go to a reptile show before the next year’s Reptile Awareness Day.
8. Print out some of ReptileChannel’s Fun & Games to share with your friends or children.
9. Join a herptology club or society.
10. Make a check-up appointment for your reptile at your local reptile vet.
Reptiles are an important part of our ecosystem – educate yourself and help make your friends aware of their importance, so they can remain on our planet for many generations to come!
World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) was founded by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) to inform people on how they can prevent this silent bone disease by raising awareness about osteoporosis and the risk factors that can lead to the disease.
Learn more about osteoporosis, symptoms, risk factors, prevention and treatment here.
October 20 of each year.
Each year, the IOF focuses on a particular theme related to osteoporosis and launches a year-long campaign to raise awareness of osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment. This year’s theme is “3 Steps to Unbreakable Bones: Vitamin D, Calcium and Exercise.” Find out how to build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis here.
Sources: iofbonehealth.org, worldosteoporosisday.org Photo Source: By Stefan Kühn (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
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