October 21st National Babbling Day

If you have ever finished a conversation and just wondered what you were told? Well that’s probably because one or the other of you, or possibly both, were just babbling. Or you may have been having a conversation with yourself because that is considered babbling as well.

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And if you have ever had the luck of getting a two year old on the phone then you are probably very familiar with babbling. I am sure they knew what they were talking about but no one else did.

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To babble probably comes from the city of Babylon where the citizens tried to build a tower that would reach Heaven. Spoiler alert, they didn’t make it. Apparently, everybody understood what language each other spoke before the tower Afterwards, they could not understand each other as they began to babble. So they were the babbling Babylons!

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Of course most politicians babble because they don’t want you to know what they really said. The odd thing about it that they seem to be able to understand each other, at least enough to disagree with them.

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Well, if you feel like babbling today is your day! Enjoy it, it only comes once a year as opposed to the constant babbling done at random!

How to celebrate – Start babbling to some one and see how long they listen before walking away. Take a trip to Babylon and see if you can get anyone to understand you. Become a olitician so you can openly babble all the time.

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October 20th National Brandied Fruit Day

If you like brandy and you like fruit, today is your day. It’s one of those rare times when you can eat healthy and get drunk at the same time. The nice thing about brandy is that it really doesn’t effect the fruit’s taste all that much. Okay so maybe it does but if you have enough of it nothing really matters.

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You can use any type of fruit, well maybe not bananas, but any berry. A banana would soak up too much brandy. If you want to brandy your fruit, here’s a recipe. But isn’t fruit cake actually brandied fruit? Or maybe whiskied fruit. (There is no such word as wiskied)

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No one has claimed Brandied Fruit Day, probably because they were to drunk to remember they created it. Peaches and pears, raspberries and blueberries and yes if your really want to use bananas you can but they might be a little mushy.

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It’s a great way to pass  the holidays coming up. And if any one ever asks if you’ve been drinking you can say no without lying. And when you add the brandy, it will last for next to forever! What’s the holidays without a little holiday cheer!

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How to celebrate – Brandy some fruit for you and your family. (No minors please) Remember brandy will burn so if you want some flaming dish, you got it! Make sure yo use a decent brandy, if you don’t like the brandy by itself you probably won’t like the brandied fruit either.

October 19th Hindu Diwali Day

Well apparently there aren’t a lot of American holidays on October 19th but Hindu Diwali Day is probably one we should adopt. The date does vary though, this year it’s on October 19th so we are in luck! It basically is the India Harvest Festival.

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Today is a celebration of the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair…. something we all could stand celebrating no matter what religion you practice.

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The day is celebrated with family prayer, cleaning your house or workplace, wearing new clothes, lighting lamps or candles and, of course, fireworks. (Which is a good thing they collected the harvest before setting it all on fire with the fireworks). It is a day to celebrate life and the riches we have been given, something we often forget in the daily grind.

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It sort of combines a lot of other holidays we all celebrate, this just happens to begin in India. It is kind of odd that religion often causes war. All religions celebrate a greater Being, someone we should try to be like though we will never succeed.

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So celebrate the Hindu Diwali with our Hindu friends. There are a lot of things to celebrate if you just look for them.

How to celebrate – Buy some new clothes today. Lead your family in a prayer. Clean your house (It probably needs it anyway!)

 

October 18th National No Beard Day

Today is the best day ever for companies that make razor blades.  It’s National No Beard Day. A day when we celebrate men without beards… and some women too.

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It use to be that a beard was considered dignified, a sign of wisdom and experience, and demonstrated the male image for years and years. Soldiers were often not allowed to wear beards, particularly in the day when swords and spears were the main weapons. You could grab a man by the beard and pull him in closer. Although, since a soldier didn’t often carry a kit for shaving, this rule was not often enforced.

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However, the real reason for the lack of beards come down to women and whether they like them or not. Men married to, or dating, either have a beard or don’t in most cases by virtue of what the woman in their life prefers. To the man they can be hot and are often itchy. But they are a great place to store things, like food, and they make a statement to those who see you about you.

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Then here are those that make a statement but no one is exactly sure what they are saying.  Remember Lincoln never really sported a beard until a little girl told him she thought he looked better with one, and in his day, even six year old’s had beards!

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So all in all, this is a choice for the ladies in a man’s life. Do you like a beard, do you hate a beard? Well today is the day to make it known that you hate beards! I’ll bet there is a beard day for those in favor of beards too.

How to celebrate- If you do not like beards, stock up on razor blades and give them to your man, or mate, or self. Consider a fake beard to hide your true identity. Surprise your loved one and shave.

October 17th National Pasta Day

It’s just water and flour mixed together but oh what you can do with it. Basically, the only difference from one pasta to the next is how you cut it and what flavors you add to it. Pasta, in Italian, means dough.

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It is believed Marco Polo brought back the idea of pasta to Italy from his travels to China. No one seems to know how long it had been in use in China but evidentially it had been use for quite some time (Some think as far back as 5,000 BC.) Apparently, it changed life in Italy from there on out! His travels would have been in the mi 1200’s but there is also evidence that pasta was in use in the Arabic nations in the 1200’s as well.

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Thomas Jefferson, serving the US after the revolution, spent a great deal of time in Europe and brought back pasta to the US from his time spent in Naples. He also determined that tomatoes were not poisonous as originally thought and probably started the tomato sauce craze.

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Pasta makes up a tremendous amount of our diet in the US, and across the world. Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti, ravioli, it’s actually hard to think of a meal where we don’t use some sort of pasta whether as a main dish or a side dish.

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In fact Americans eat over 20 pounds of pasta a year. That’s a lot of dough!

How to celebrate – Use pasta in your meal tonight! See if you can make the world’s longest strand of spaghetti! Invent a new shape of pasta to entertain your friends and family.

October 16th Bosses Day

When arriving at work today remember it is bosses day. That is unless of course you are the boss. And if you are the boss, expect to be showered with lavish gifts and praised for your work, that is if you are a good boss.

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In the army the General is the boss. Of course, he or she has a boss too…. the President. Douglas McArthur would have done well to remember this. The plain truth is, even most of our bosses have bosses.

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In a school, the principal is the boss. A good principal creates a safe and exciting environment for their students and teachers.

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And naturally, the mom is the boss of every family. Some think it’s the father but boy, are they wrong! It’s the mom that makes the household work, or not. They either create a home or just a place where we live. 

Good bosses realize that they have to follow as well as lead, listen as well as talk, and set examples by what they do.

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Or they play music and are soap opera stars!

How to celebrate – Remember your boss today! Celebrate Bosses Day with a cake to honor your boss. Remember that most bosses have bosses of their own to answer to.

October 15th National I Love Lucy Day

I Love Lucy was, and in some households is, one of the most popular shows in history. It began on October 15th, 1951 and lasting through the 1957 season going out while still on top of the charts. The show stared Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley and is considered the #2 most popular television shows by T.V. Guide.

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Naturally, the main star was Lucy. Lucille Ball had been a movie actress before taking to the small screen and a story that revolved around her and her real life husband, Desi Arnaz. One of the true Queens of Comedy was born in 1911 and went on after I Love Lucy came to an end with shows like The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life With Lucy. She died in 1989.

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Desi Arnaz, alias Ricky Ricardo, played Lucy’s husband both on and off the show. Though their marriage ended they continued to work together and be close friends for a number of years. Desi was born in 1917 and died in 1986. After I Love Lucy he turned mainly to producing shows like Ann Sothern Show and The Untouchables.

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Lucy’s friend, Ethel, on I Love Lucy was only 2 years older than Lucy in real life being born in 1909 and passing in 1979 of bone and breast cancer. She continues to perform on The Lucy Show, stared in the movie The Great Race and on Broadway. She made several appearances on Life With Lucy before finding out about her cancer when she retired.

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William Frawley was truly the elder of all the cast having been born in 1887. He was actually a bit of a hot head, at one time punching a fellow actor. He was warned by Desi Arnaz when hired for I Love Lucy that he had three chances and after that would be fired. I don’t know how many chances he used up but he did make it to the end of the 1957 season. After I Love Lucy he went on to star in My Three Sons. Frawley died in 1966.

How to celebrate – I Love Lucy is on regularly in re-runs, spend a day catching up with the episodes. Check out all the collectibles continuing to sell from the I Love Lucy Show. With Halloween coming up, consider dressing up at one of the characters.