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October 24, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Shemini Atzeret - Celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei in Israel, and on the 22nd and 23rd outside of Israel, it follows Sukkot which began on October 16th this year. This day is both connected to Sukkot and separate. In English it means, the “Eighth Day of Assembly.”

World Polio Day - This is a day to continue the fight against Polio in this world. Polio has been mostly eradicated in this country but it still runs rampant in other countries where vaccines can be few and far between if they are accessible at all. See what you can do to help.

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.

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.

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