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Go For a Ride Day

hotairballoonNovember 22 is Go For a Ride Day! As we approach the start of the holiday season, Go For a Ride Day provides  us with a chance to relax before the stress and pandemonium of the holidays seep into our souls.

We’re not exactly sure why this day was designated as Go For a Ride Day, but there are a few historical events that took place on this day that could have led to the creation of this unofficial holiday. On November 22, 1904, Mathias Pfatischer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received a U.S. patent for the first direct current, interpole, electric motor. On November 22, 1927, Carl J.E. Eliason of Saynor, Wisconsin patented the snowmobile. On November 22, 1977, regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis.

We realize that you “go for a ride” every time you get on or into your everyday transportation. However, the point of Go For a Ride Day is to go for a ride for the sake of going for a ride. Don’t worry about destinations or schedules. Enjoy the scenery. Discover places you’ve never been to or seen before, whether a park, a coffee house or the other side of town.

A ride is even more relaxing when someone else is doing the work. If possible, find someone else to take over the steering, pushing, pulling or pedaling so that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Don’t limit yourself to a car, city bus or bicycle, though these types of transportation are completely acceptable for today’s celebrations. Today could be a day to branch out and go for a ride in a new in different way. Why not take a peaceful ride in a horse-drawn carriage? Or how about racing around some go-carts with friends? Get a bird’s eye view of the world from the basket of a hot air balloon or grab a mechanical bull by the horns! Today is a day where even the strangest forms of transportation are acceptable. If you would rather stick with more normal forms of transportation and you feel like taking a longer trip, hop on a train or take off in a plane. If it’s snowy where you are, sled down the steepest hill or if you’re near a body of water, go for a boat ride. Wherever you are, take advantage of the scenery and explore the outdoor world.

We advise to not worry about where you’re going today – just enjoy the journey!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Examiner, Yahoo

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G.O. H.A.R.D.

51117_cover“G.O. H.A.R.D.” is the acronym for Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day which is celebrated today, November 20! G.O. H.A.R.D. was inspired by a Facebook event called, “National Hug a Cross Country Runner Day” created by Michaela McGuigan on November 20, 2009. The Facebook event showed a whopping 42,000 attendees.

Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano, running aficionados and creators of Run the Edge, took inspiration from Michaela’s event and ran with it (pun intended)! They created Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day to include runners all over the world of all ages, sizes, genders, ethnicities, speeds, and styles of running. The first annual G.O. H.A.R.D. took place 2 years after the original event on November 20, 2011 and has been going hard ever since. With the motto “Share the Sweat,” Goucher and Catalano have even created a Hug a Runner Day training guide which includes the following:

  • Interval Hugging: Try both long and short intervals and don’t forget to change leads with your hugging partners so everybody gets a chance to set the pace. We recommend starting with 10 X 40-second hugs with ample recovery. More experienced huggers may want to cut down on the rest between hugs.

  • Long Slow Hugs: This should be a staple of your training program. Set aside time twice a week to share a hug lasting several minutes. Up to 20% of your weekly hugging time can be spent in a single hug. Be sure to choose your LSH partners carefully because this kind of training might scare off newcomers.

  • Speed Hugging: Don’t overdo this especially if you are not already an experienced hugger. Speed training is important but can lead to injury if huggers try to do too much too soon.

  • Hug Visualization: To be at your best you must prepare mentally. In order to be ready for anything, make sure to visualize hugging runners of all sizes, genders, ages, and ethnicities. Unlike in running, we do not recommend hug visualization (HV) while engaged in interval hugging (IH), speed hugging (SH), or Long Slow Hugging (LSH). Leave hug visualization to moments when you are alone.

  • Cross Training: Running couples may want to engage in some “cross training” activities. In fact some of the above workouts (especially the LSH) can lead to cross training. While not necessary, these activities can add a little spice to the day-to-day grind.

If you would like to celebrate Hug a Runner Day, make sure you hug as many runners as possible or organize a group hug with some of your running buddies. Also be sure to join the Hug a Runner Day Facebook event on the Run the Edge Facebook page and check out the pages they suggest to follow for special Hug a Runner Day giveaways!

Sources: Run the Edge, Facebook, headinthegame.net

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Have a Party With Your Bear Day

Charlie Bear Plush - CALENDARS.COM

Charlie Bear Plush – CALENDARS.COM

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!

  1. Throw a special tea party just for your teddy bear. Time to make that little guy the guest of honor.
  2. Watch some television shows or movies featuring of your favorite celebearties together – Winnie the Pooh, Fozzie Bear, or Yogi Bear, just to name a few!
  3. Listen to and dance to Elvis’ “Teddy Bear” with your teddy bear!

This day isn’t just limited to celebrating your stuffed friend though! You can also:

  1. Visit your local zoo or animal sanctuary and see some real life bears.
  2. It’s football season, so if you’re a Chicago Bears fan, take a look at their schedule and celebrate by watching a game!

However you decide to celebrate, we hope you have a bear-y good day!

Sources: Wikipedia, Holiday Insights, A Year of Holidays

 

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Chaos Never Dies Day

Organized Chaos 2014 Softcover Engagement Calendar

Organized Chaos 2014 Softcover Engagement Calendar

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!

Sources: Yahoo, Holiday Insights,  Days of the Year, Examiner.com, The Year of Living Unofficially

 

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Haunted Refrigerator Night

hauntedfridgeOctober 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!

Sources: Wellcat, Bookrix, Giftypedia, About.com

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Plush Animal Lover’s Day

Happy Plush Animal Lover’s Day!

For everyone who secretly still falls asleep tightly gripping his or her favorite plush animal, today is for you. It’s Plush Animal Lover’s Day, so love your plush animals all you want and don’t be afraid to claim your love for plush animals to the world!…Ok, so bringing your plush animal to work might get you a few weird looks from your co-workers, but once the word is out about how much you love your plush animals, you may just find yourself with a new plush animal or two every year.

Don’t have a plush animal? Go buy one! Think of it as a new pet that you don’t have to feed, bathe or clean up after. And don’t forget to buy a new plush animal for your plush animal-loving friends!

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com
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Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night

wolf-moonWith Halloween only five days away, it’s only fitting that October 26 is Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night! We’re sure at one point in your life you’ve wanted to let out a giant howl at that celestial orb in the sky, so tonight is the night to release your inner wolf.

Wolves have been connected with howling at the moon for centuries. Images of wolves and moons have been traced back to the Stone Age, while Roman and Greek goddesses of the moon were also known for keeping dogs and wolves in their company. There were even some Native American cultures that believed wolves summoned the moon to rise every night.

Are wolves really howling at the moon though? Experts say this popular belief is not actually true. Wolves are nocturnal creatures, and because they travel in packs, they often howl to communicate with other members of their pack. While the way they hold their heads toward the sky makes it look as though these nighttime creatures are communicating with the moon, they do this because it helps their howls carry a further distance. The incredibly vocal wolf howl can carry up to 6 miles in wooded areas, and up to 10 miles in areas where there are no trees.

This connection between wolves and the moon helped to contribute to the popular mythical creature of the werewolf. Werewolves or “lycanthropes” are humans who have the ability to transform into a wolf or wolf-like being. In most werewolf mythology, this transformation takes place whenever there is a full moon. Werewolves usually have a bad reputation, with several people believing that lycanthropes come to be as some sort of punishment to the person whom the condition is effecting. Werewolf legends were often used to explain the grotesque acts of serial killers. More recent werewolf stories and movies link lycanthropy with puberty because of the onset of hair growth, mood swings, and aggressive impulses. Find more werewolf trivia here.

After you’ve given a proper nighttime howl tonight, you can continue your celebration by watching any of the various werewolf movies or television shows listed here!

Sources: Yahoo, Examiner.com, Wikipedia, Animal Planet

 

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CAPS LOCK DAY

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.”

Sources: Punchbowl, Huffington Post, The Next Web

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Be Bald and Be Free Day

October 14 is Be Bald and Be Free Day!

Be Bald and Be Free Day is a day for all the bald-headed people out there to accept, appreciate and celebrate their baldness and the freedom that comes with it. Just think…you never have to spend money on haircuts, hair care products, brushes or combs or waste time getting your hair cut and styling your hair in the morning. See? Being bald isn’t so bad. Today – better yet, every day – don’t you dare cover up your bald head. Be bald and be free…and be proud of it!

For those of you who aren’t bald, show your bald-headed relatives and friends respect by laying off the bald jokes today.

Note: Be Bald and Be Free Day is copyrighted by Wellcat.

 

Sources: wellcat.com, holidayinsights.co
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Ten-Four Day

October 4 is Ten-Four Day!

Ten-Four Day is a celebration of ham radio operators who signal an affirmative reply with “ten-four”. This signal can also mean “message received”, “understood”, “okay”, and “roger that”.

The code “ten-four” was created for CB radio and police radio systems to make radio exchanges come across clearer. See the full list of police codes here.

Sources: The Holiday Whiz, Every Day is Special

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