Sunday, March 13, 2011

Daylight Saving Time, Good Samaritan Involvement Day, more

March 13, 2011, is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time for many. It's also Check Your Batteries Day, Good Samaritan Involvement Day, K9 Veterans Day, Earmuffs Day, National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, and National Coconut Torte Day.

In much of the U.S., today at 2:00 am was the time to "spring forward," or move all clocks ahead one hour. Countries observe Daylight Saving Time (DST) to make better use of daylight, improve road safety, and increase tourism. Not everyone is sold on these benefits. offers explanations and details by country.

Along with Daylight Savings Time comes Check Your Batteries Day. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and potentially save lives. Send ecards to remind your friends.

Good Samaritan Involvement Day honors the memory of Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, who was murdered in 1964 while bystanders did nothing to help.

K9 Veterans Day honors the origin of the United States K9 Corps, founded in 1942.

If March winds are blowing, celebrate Earmuffs Day today.

Today is National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, but celebrate at your own risk. Many consider opening an umbrella indoors to be right up there with letting a black cat cross your path, walking under a ladder, or breaking a mirror. Yikes!

If you're hungry, indulge your sweet tooth with National Coconut Torte Day.

The Holiday Whiz advice mashup: Change your clocks and your smoke detector batteries. Be a Good Samaritan by reminding your friends to change their smoke detector batteries as well. Donate to a cause that supports veterans, dogs, or K9 Veterans. Set up an umbrella over your indoor dining table, don some earmuffs, and eat Coconut Torte.

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