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October 9, 2015

Today we celebrate:

World Day Against The Death Penalty - This day was created by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.  They are trying to raise awareness of the fact that that many countries have added death penalty punishments to drug related crimes, and their goal is to try to educate the world of this fact so that people can band together and ask their governments to eliminate that method of punishment for that type of crime.

National Sneakers Day - I wasn’t able to find out much about this day other than that it is about sneakers.  It would probably be safe to celebrate by wearing sneakers today, or you could donate a pair of sneakers to a worthwhile organization that helps poor and underprivileged in this country or another.

World Egg Day – Created by the International Egg Commission at the IEC Vienna 1996 conference (Who knew there was an International Egg Commission? I certainly didn't.). This is a day to generate media interest about eggs and encourage people to eat more of them. It is celebrated on the second Friday in October every year.

Curious Events Day - This is a day to be curious about any and all events.  Question everything that comes to mind today no matter how far out there it might be as long as it is an event of some kind, such as what really happened in Roswell way back when?  How many people were affected by the meteoroid that hit in Russia recently?  Was that cloud really a spaceship in disguise?

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.  Most places prefer to celebrate this day on a weekend so you will find festivities and chess games on Saturday, Oct. 10th.

National Pro-Life Cupcake DayThis 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.

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.

Submarine Hoagie 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.

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.

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.

Fire Prevention Day - Fire prevention is highlighted on this day because of the legend surrounding the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which killed 300 people, destroyed 17,000 structures and left a hundred thousand people homeless.  The story is that Mrs. O’Leary was milking her cow, late at night on Oct. 8, 1871, in her barn when her cow knocked over the oil lamp.  That was all it took.

To celebrate today, wear sneakers and bring some moldy cheese, eggs, cupcakes, an octopus and a chess set to work with you.  Set it up so everything is on the table and visible in the employee lounge and challenge everyone who comes in to a game with the prize being the food item of their choice.  Eat a Hoagie and lecture them about the death penalty, fire prevention, and Leif Erikson while you play.  I  promise you they will find this to be a curious event that they will want to send a letter through the mail to their families to tell them about.

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