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October 24, 2015

Today we celebrate:

40 Hour Work Week Day - On this day in 1938, the fair Labor Standards Act went into effect making the 40 hour work week standard for a full time employed person.  This act meant that people who were asked to work longer hours had to be paid more for the work so that no wage earning person could be forced to work crazy long hours without extra compensation.

National Crazy Day - This is a day to just let loose and be a little crazy.  Do something you wouldn’t normally do, don’t be afraid if people think you’ve lost your mind for the day.  You’ll be back to normal tomorrow and you can tell them you don’t know what they are talking about when they ask you what was wrong with you.

Take Back Your Time Day - This is a day to halt the habit that many of us have of working overtime all the time, over scheduling our lives and not having the time to make and keep meaningful relationships in our lives.  Work and activities do not have to dominate our lives to the exclusion of all else.  There is a happy medium and you owe it to yourselves and your families to find it.

National Bologna Day – Celebrate today with a variety of bologna recipes. By the way, I still remember the Oscar Mayer bologna song. “My bologna has a first's O S C A R, my bologna has a second name it's M A Y E R. I love to eat it every day and if you ask me why I'll saaaaayyyy...cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B O L O G N A.” Yes, I'm that old.

United Nations Day – On this day in 1945, the United Nations came to be. The UN Charter was ratified by a majority of the founding members and the rest is history. This day has been celebrated every year since 1948.

World Development Information Day – Celebrated along with United Nations Day, this day has the purpose of drawing the attention of the public of the world to country development problems and the need to cooperate internationally in order to solve them.

Black Thursday - I know this isn’t Thursday, but this is the day in 1929 (which was a Thursday)  when the stock market crashed and investors lost $5 billion dollars in one day.  It was the beginning of the Great Depression which lasted many years.

Food Day - This is a nationwide celebration of… guessed it!  Food!  Actually, not just any food but natural, sustainable, affordable and healthy food.  Not that processed stuff in boxes that you find on most of the grocery store shelves.

National Pit Bull Awareness Day – This is a day to promote the truth about pit bulls. Pit bulls have a very bad image these days but the truth is that not all pit bulls are as vicious as the ones you hear about on the news. Most of them are wonderful family dogs who would never hurt anyone. Do your research and find out the truth before you make any decisions about them.

Good and Plenty Day – This candy has been around since it's beginning way back in 1893. It is marketed as America's oldest brand of candy. Some of you might remember its’ mascot from back in the 1950s, Choo Choo Charlie, the train engineer. It was originally made by the Quaker City Confectionary Company but now belongs to Hershey's.

Make A Difference Day – This is a day that is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October, and is a day to make a difference in someone's a good way. I figured that I probably better throw that last part in there just in case there was a question in your mind.  Think about what you can do to make someone’s life better today.

To celebrate today, if you haven’t finished your 40 hour workweek, do so today, then make some food in the form of a bologna sandwich to pass out to everyone you meet. Along with the sandwich, share some Good and Plenty, information about Black Thursday, world development, and a Happy United Nations Day as well.  Then take back your time and be a little crazy and go help out at an animal shelter walking the pit bulls.  Maybe you’ll decide to adopt one.

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