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October 21, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Apple Day - Created by Common Ground in 1990, this is a day to celebrate the apple and everything that goes with them.  Apples are a fruit that can be used in a multitude of ways, even for things that don’t involve food.  My kids used apples in art projects, they can be dried and used as decorations, they can be cooked in a variety of ways that are all delicious.  There are so many varieties of apples that it is a pretty sure bet that most of you have never heard of most of the different kinds.  

Babbling Day - We all know someone who babbles constantly.  I’m sure it’s not you, but you know someone who just can’t stop talking even if they run out of things to say.  Well, today is a day just for them so tell everyone you know about it.  Even if it means babbling.

Garbanzo Bean Day - Garbanzo beans, also known as Chickpeas, are a very healthy addition to any diet.  They have fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin B-6 and magnesium that is all part of the package providing you with heart benefits and reduced risk of diabetes, dementia and stomach cancer.  There are thousands of recipes you can find online to utilize this superfood, so I’m sure you’ll find a good one today.

International Day of the Nacho - At this website referenced in the name of the day, there is a story about the possible beginnings of nachos.  I don’t know if it is true, but whether it is or not is less important than whether or not you are going to make some and bring them to my house. Maybe some like these from

Hagfish Day - I’m not sure why we have a day for this.  A hagfish is a creepy looking fish that has no bones, no scales and no jaw.  They say it looks like an eel, but I don’t see it.  It’s a day that has been celebrated since 2009 for the purpose of getting children to realize that even unattractive animals have a place in our ecosystem.  They have a point, I guess.  Most science programs do focus on the cuter or more interesting looking animals and even a hagfish, that oozes slime through the pores in their skin in order to smother prey and escape from predators, has a place in our world.  By the way, if you think that’s gross, you should look up how they eat.  I’m too disgusted to write about it.

Medical Assistants Recognition Day – Celebrated on the Wednesday of the third full week in October, this is a day to recognize the hard work that medical assistants perform every day.  Doctors and nurses rely on them every day.

National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day - Celebrated on the third Wednesday in October, this is a day to honor the organization that works the hardest to promote local businesses in your area.  That would be your local Chamber of Commerce.  If you are a local business, contact your Chamber of Commerce and join it today.  Otherwise, maybe you could stop in with a small gift so everyone knows you appreciate the work they do for your community.

Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Prevention Day – We get iodine in our salt generally, but there are quite a few countries that do not. So UNICEF has been working to solve that problem by working with salt producers and governments to promote universal salt iodization. Iodine Deficiency Disorders include brain damage, deaf mutism, dwarfism, and more.

Count Your Buttons Day - I have found no guidance on who created this day or why or what it is for.  So I suggest you do exactly what the name says.  Round up all of your buttons and count them.  This is best performed by those who have a lot of time on their hands.

Celebration of the Mind DayBorn on this day 100 years ago, Martin Gardner, who died in 2010, dedicated his life to pursuing playful and fun ways of doing Math, Science, Art, Magic, and Puzzles. Exercise your brain cells with a puzzle today.

Reptile Awareness Day – This is a day to focus on reptiles of all shapes, sizes and colors. Some of you have some reptiles living in your house in the form of cute little lizards. Others have bigger and uglier (my opinion) reptiles living with you. My daughter has been after me to let her have a snake. Not going to happen in my house! But whether you love them or hate them, they are important to our ecosystem and just like so many other animals, except maybe mosquitoes, they are dealing with pollution, loss of habitat, climate change and other devastating issues. Be nice to your neighborhood reptiles today.

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day – I love cheesecake and I love pumpkin. Two great tastes that in all likelihood, taste great together. I cannot wait to try a pumpkin cheesecake today.

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.  Different countries celebrate this day at all different times. This day seems to be celebrated on the third Wednesday in October.

To celebrate today, wear orange and do some puzzles with your reptile while you eat pumpkin cheesecake sprinkled with iodized salt and count buttons.  Then make something with garbanzo beans and apples while you babble to your children about hagfish and the Chamber of Commerce.  Finally, deliver some nachos to some nearby medical assistants.

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