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Chaos Never Dies Day

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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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National Nacho Day

nachosNovember 6 is National Nacho Day! Nachos can be eaten both as a snack and a meal and typically consist of tortilla chips and melted cheese, but can be embellished with a variety of other toppings.

This crispy cheesy fare first made it’s way into our hearts and bellies in 1943 in the Mexican city of Piedras Negras, located just across the Texas border from Eagle Pass. Ten wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan were shopping in Eagle Pass and stopped at a Piedras Negras restaurant called Victory Club to eat. The restaurant had already closed for the evening, but  maître d Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya decided to whip something up for the hungry women from what he could find left in the kitchen. He cut tortillas into triangles, sprinkled them with cheese, heated them and added jalapeños. When asked what the delicious new dish was called, he called them “Nacho’s especiales.” The name later lost the apostrophe and was shortened to just “nachos.” Anaya later worked at Moderno Restaurant in Piedras Negras, which still uses his original nachos recipe. He went on to open his own restaurant and his recipe was first seen in print in St. Anne’s Cookbook in 1954. The first appearance of the word “nachos” though was seen in a 1950 book called A Taste of Texas.

Throughout Texas and the southwestern United States, nachos became a wildly popular dish. A waitress named Carmen Rocha introduced nachos in San Antonio before taking the recipe with her to El Cholo restaurant in Los Angeles. In 1976, owner of Rico’s Products, Frank Liberto, tweaked the traditional nacho recipe to include a melted cheese and some special secret ingredients instead of shredded cheese. Giving nachos a longer shelf life, he began to sell his version in Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas during sporting events. His new invention was dubbed “ball park nachos.” Nacho prevalence spiked even more after famed Monday Night Football sportscaster Howard Cosell tried Liberto’s nachos and mentioned them during a broadcast.

After Ignacio Anaya died in 1975, a bronze plaque was erected in Piedras Negras in his honor. There is also a nacho festival held in Piedras Negras every year featuring the “biggest nacho of the world.”

Whether you like the traditional tortilla chip and shredded cheese nachos, “loaded” nachos piled high with toppings, or even the less common lobster and crab East Coast version of the nacho, today is the day to whip up your favorite recipe and dine on this delicious cheesy dish!

Check out some great classic and gourmet nacho recipes here!

Sources: Wikipedia, NationalNachosDay.com, CNN Eatocracy

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King Tut 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.

Celebrate King Tut Day by learning more about ancient Egypt’s golden boy and the tomb’s discovery.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, history.com, wikipedia.org, nationalgeographic.com
Photo Sources: Jerzy Strzelecki (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
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National Sandwich Day

sandwichNovember 3 is National Sandwich Day! It was picked to be celebrated on this day because November 3 is also the birthday of the eponymous inventor of the sandwich, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich.

As the story goes, the 18th century nobleman was an avid gambler, who never wanted to leave a game to eat. During a 24-hour gambling event, he commanded his servants to put meat between two slices of bread so he could eat with one hand, and continue to gamble with the other. That is supposedly how the popular lunchtime food was invented.

The actual history of the sandwich is traced back to a Jewish sage named Hillel the Elder who wrapped lamb meat with herbs between two pieces of soft matzah bread during Passover, which was the precursor to the flatbread sandwich. Also, during the Middle Ages, flat usually stale pieces of bread known as “trenchers” were used as plates. These trenchers piled with food were often served to dogs or beggars at the tables of wealthy individuals or were eaten in more modest circumstances. Trenchers were thus the precursors to open-faced sandwiches. The sandwich as we know it grew in popularity during the 19th century in Spain and England when portable and inexpensive meals became essential. When bread started to become a staple food in the United States in the early 20th century, sandwiches began to rise in popularity there as well.

In America, another advanced form of the sandwich, the hamburger, is the second most consumed lunch food by full-time workers, right after fruit. 75% of restaurants that serve sandwiches also serve hamburgers on the menu and hamburgers are the most popular take-out food in the U.S.

If you want to celebrate National Sandwich Day properly, here are 25 classic and gourmet sandwich recipes for you to choose from!

Sources: Wikipedia, Punchbowl, kidzworld.com

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All Souls’ Day

allsoulsdayNovember 2 is All Souls’ Day, also know as Commemoration of All Faithful Departed. It is a day originally dedicated to praying for the deceased who are trapped in Purgatory in an effort to help them move on in the afterlife. It has since evolved into a day for honoring and remembering all those dearly departed.

The day was first celebrated during the Easter season around Pentacost, and was later moved to follow All Saints’ Day which honors all those faithful in heaven on November 1. All Souls’ Day was instituted on November 2 sometime in the tenth century by Abbot Odilo in a monastery in Cluny to pray for those poor souls in Purgatory. It soon became a popular tradition and spread throughout the Christian world. It wasn’t until Medieval times when Europeans began to combine All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day that records of many traditions that have come into existence were recorded. Though All Souls’ Day has primarily become known as a Roman Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox holy day in which formal masses are held, it is still informally celebrated by some Protestants.

Two plenary indulgences are usually attached to All Souls’ Day, and they are visiting a church and visiting a cemetery. The prayer and almsgiving efforts of those observing All Souls’ Day in this way are performed by the living, but the merits of these indulgences are applicable to the souls in Purgatory.

Veneration of dead ancestors has been a custom practiced worldwide through different events like the Chinese Ghost Festival, the Japanese Bon Festival, the Roman Lemuria or the Mexican Day of the Dead. It is believed by some that the origin of All Souls’ Day in European folklore came about through the practice of these customs.

Sugar Skulls are a well-known symbol of Day of the Dead.

Sugar Skulls are a well-known symbol of Day of the Dead.

The Mexican Day of the Dead can be traced back to Aztecs and other pre-Hispanic civilizations, 3000 years ago. Skulls were collected for rituals to represent rebirth and death. Known as “Dia de los Muertos” to Latin communities, Day of the Dead is one of the more prominent All Souls’ Day celebrations in America due to the parades, festivals, and other large gatherings Latin American communities participate in. These festivities are often marked by the elaborate costumes, make-up, and skull face paint known to adorn the celebrators. They also make elaborate decorations and altars or ofrendas at home to honor their lost loved ones. Offerings in the form of flowers (traditionally orange Mexican marigolds), food (shaped or decorated to mimic symbols of death), candles, and other gifts are often placed on altars or graves of the deceased. It is a widely popular belief that on this day, the dead return to earth to visit their families and friends. A door or window is often left open for the dead, and some even leave extra plates at their dinner tables for the deceased.

No matter how you choose to celebrate All Souls’ Day, it is meant to be a celebration and remembrance of the life and death of those we have lost.

Sources: Wikipedia, timeanddate.com, About.com

 

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Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

Happy Stay Home Because You’re Well Day!

November 30 is a day devoted to YOU. Do you feel ok? Better than ok? Are you at 100 percent – physically, mentally and emotionally? If you answered yes to these questions, take the day off! Staying home to relax with a good book, catch up on housework or sleep or do absolutely nothing is so much better than staying at home with a fever and stuffed up nose while burying yourself under a tissue-covered blanket.

Everyone needs a day off every now and then (not just when we’re sick), and most of us deserve it. So take advantage and call in “well!” Yes, that’s right: the catch of this brilliant holiday is that you can’t call in with a fake illness. Be honest with your employer and let them know that you’re staying home because you’re well.

Caution: You might not want to celebrate this holiday if you don’t think it will go over well with the bosses. We understand that it’s probably not worth the impending unemployment.

Note: Stay Home Because You’re Well Day is copyrighted by Wellcat.

Sources: wellcat.com, holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com
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Square Dance Day

Happy Square Dance Day!

November 29 is the perfect day to grab a partner and head out for a night of square dancing! So maybe it seems a little silly, possibly outdated, but square dancing is a fun way to get some exercise and meet new people, since it involves switching partners, as announced by the square dance caller.

Click here to learn a few square dance steps before you hit the dance floor!

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com
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Red Planet Day

Red Planet Day celebrates Mars, aka the Red Planet!

Named after the Roman god of war, Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and our neighboring planet. Though this terrestrial planet has a cold, desert environment and an atmosphere that is too thin for any prolonged existence of water on its surface, Mars features seasons, weather, polar ice caps, volcanoes, and canyons – just like Earth.

Red Planet Day is celebrated on November 28 to commemorate the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4, launched on November 28, 1964. The Mariner 4 performed the first successful flyby of Mars and got close enough to Mars to capture photographs of the planet’s surface.

Celebrate Red Planet Day by learning more about Mars or watching some Red Planet-inspired films. You can also celebrate by speculating over the undisclosed findings discovered in a pinch of Martian soil gathered by the current Mars rover, Curiosity. Part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Mission, Curiosity (the most advanced rover yet) was launched to find out if Mars was once – or still is – an environment suitable for supporting life.

…the Mars Science Laboratory will collect Martian soil and rock samples and analyze them for organic compounds and environmental conditions that could have supported microbial life now or in the past. [...] The record of the planet’s climate and geology is essentially ‘written in the rocks and soil’ — in their formation, structure, and chemical composition.”

- mars.jpl.nasa.gov/programmissions/missions/present/msl/

Learn more about Curiosity’s mission at NASA’s website.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Wikipedia, Mars Exploration Program, Solar System Exploration, The New York Times

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Jimi Hendrix’s Birthday

November 27, 2012 is Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday!

An American musician, singer, and songwriter, Hendrix (Nov. 27, 1942 – Sept. 18 1970) was an innovative and, some say, the greatest electric guitarist in the history of popular music and one of the most important and influential musicians of the 20th century.

Jimi Hendrix surmounted racial and cultural barriers in America and Great Britain at a time when youth culture, pop music, and society were radically changing. One of the most innovative musicians of the 20th century, Hendrix continues to influence an ever-increasing number of musicians, artists, and fans in the 21st century.”

- Jacob McMurray, Senior Curator for the EMP Museum in Seattle

To commemorate Hendrix’s 70th birthday, the EMP Museum opened the “Hear My Train A Comin’: Hendrix Hits London” exhibit on November 17. The exhibit focuses on Hendrix’s rise to fame in the UK while in London from September 1966 to June 1967 when he returned home to become an international sensation after performing at the Monterey Pop Festival in California. Get a sneak peak at some of the items on exhibit at the Huffington Post’s coverage of the Hendrix exhibit.

If you live in Seattle or are planning a trip there soon, check out the exhibit in celebration of Jimi’s birthday! You can also celebrate by listening to your favorite Hendrix music or dressing up in Hendrix fashion.

Sources: Wikipedia, Hennemusic.com, Ultimateclassicrock.com

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Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday, a term coined by Shop.org, is the Monday following Thanksgiving. Think of it as the online version of Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, when retailers mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season with sales, clearances and special promotions. On Cyber Monday, online retailers kick off the online holiday shopping season with special promotions.

So if you want to beat the Black Friday crowds, wait a couple more days for Cyber Monday and finish all your Christmas shopping right at home!

Happy shopping!

 

Sources: shop.org, retail.about.com
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