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September 9, 2016

Today we celebrate:

International Sudoku Day - Created by the World Puzzle Federation, this is a day for Sudoku aficionados in particular, and puzzle lovers in general, to honor one particular puzzle, the Sudoku. I love Sudoku myself. I could do them every day for the rest of my life and not get bored. I especially love the hardest ones I can find.

National Steak au Poivre Day - This is a French dish made of steak, cracked peppercorns, butter, oil, salt and a sauce made of cognac, shallots and broth. It is delicious, and goes well with potatoes and vegetables of all kinds. Here’s a recipe you can try.

Tester’s Day - On this day in 1945, while scientists were testing the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator (A.K.A. Mark II Computer), they found a moth stuck between some contacts in the relay. I don’t know what that means. But I do know that this is why the term “debugging” is used to describe the process of finding and fixing problems (or “bugs”) that cause computers to malfunction. I understand that this moth is now located in a computer museum somewhere.

National Hug Your Boss Day - This is something that is celebrated in England today and is pretty much the same as the day we celebrated back on August 23rd. So improve the morale of your workplace by giving your boss a hug. It will help increase productivity, according to TipTopJob, the people who created this day.

Teddy Bear Day – This is a day for kids and collectors alike. Everyone loves teddy bears, even if they are too manly to admit it.

Wiener-Schnitzel Day - Wiener-Schnitzel is a fast food chain located in the south and west of America. This day is not about them. This day is about the German food by the same name. Oddly enough, the restaurant sells hot dogs but traditional Wiener-Schnitzel, or Wienerschnitzel, is a thin cutlet of veal (or sometimes pork) dredged in flour, egg and breading and then sauteed until crispy.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day – This is a day to spread awareness of the dangers of fetal alcohol syndrome and how easy it is to avoid it. Simply don't drink alcohol while you are pregnant. This syndrome includes a wide variety of physical and mental disabilities as well as emotional and behavioral problems. It also comes with a whole lot of guilt because it is so preventable. That being said, you also don’t have to wallow in guilt if you have a few drinks before you even know you are pregnant. My doctor told me that it takes more than that for it to create a problem.

Stand Up 2 Cancer Day - On the second Friday of September we remember that every single one of us is affected by cancer at some point in our lives. Whether we are afflicted with it ourselves or we have to watch our loved ones fight that battle. It is a disease that takes on many forms which is why it is so hard to find a cure. But one day we will find a cure for all the different varieties of cancer out there.

National 401(k) Day - Created in 1996 by the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America, this is a day that is celebrated on the Friday after Labor Day every year.  On this day, plan sponsors will be providing information about their plans to participants and stressing the importance of saving for retirement.

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