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October 9, 2013

Today we celebrate:

Emergency Nurses Day – Celebrated on the Wednesday of the first full week in October, this is a day to celebrate the dedicated and hardworking nurses who work in our Emergency Rooms. Our health system would not work without them.
International Top Spinning Day – This is a day for spinning tops. There is actually a museum dedicated to spinning tops and yo-yo's in Burlington, Wisconsin. Who'd have imagined it. People all over the world participate in this special day.

Nautilus Night – This is a day to celebrate cephalopods (an 8-10 armed sea creature) that have an external shell to protect them. They hold gas inside the shell which they hoard or expel in order to make themselves sink or float.

National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day – Celebrated on the second Wednesday in October, this is a day to embrace the stress-relief and joy associated with teddy bears for people of all ages. I certainly love to hug an adorable stuffed bear just as much as my children always did.

National Pro-Life Cupcake Day – This is a day to remember the lives of the children who do not get to have a birthday because of an abortion. Cupcakes are used to raise awareness, and talk about this issue in a non-confrontational way.

Leif Erikson Day – This is a day to honor Leif Erikson, the Norseman who is believed to be the one who first brought Europeans to North America.

National Chess Day – Proclaimed by President Gerald Ford in 1976, this is a day to enjoy a good game of chess. If you don't have anyone to play it with you, play against yourself or teach your children how to play.

Unity Day – Today is a day to wear orange to show that you care about children who are being bullied and you want to show them that you support them and want to help end bullying.

World Post Day – On this day in 1874, the Universal Postal Union was established in Berne, the Swiss capital. The UPU declared this day in 1969 for the purpose of creating awareness of the contribution of the postal services in everyone's lives and in the development of countries.

Clergy Appreciation Day – This is a day to appreciate your Pastor. Whatever religion you are a part of, thank your clergy person for their work on your behalf.

Submarine Hoagy Hero Grinder Day – All names for the same sandwich, and you could probably think of one or two others. The name doesn't matter, what matters is that this is a sandwich that can keep you full for an entire day, and then some probably.

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day - Celebrated for the last seven years, this is a day to get your pet's weight checked. Obesity can be a big problem for pets, it shortens their life span and makes it very difficult for them to get around. If you have an obese pet, make a plan to get their weight under control.

Moldy Cheese Day – This is a day to be celebrated by either eating cheese that is supposed to be moldy like bleu cheese, or by examining the contents of your refrigerator and removing and disposing any cheese that is not supposed to be moldy before someone eats it by accident.

To celebrate today, wear an orange shirt and head out to the store to buy teddy bears to give to the nurses in the emergency room. Keep one to mail to the UPU in Berne, Switzerland. When you get home, weigh your pet and consider putting him/her on a diet if necessary. Then clean out your fridge of all moldy cheese and make some cupcakes to share with your pastor over a game of chess and submarine sandwiches. Finally, show your kids how to spin tops while you tell them all about Leif Erikson.

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