Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pack Rat Day, Cyber Safety Awareness Day, Vesak Day, more

May 17th, 2011 is Pack Rat Day, National Cyber Safety Awareness Day, International Day Against Homophobia, Constitution Day (Norway), World Hypertension Day, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, and National Cherry Cobbler Day.

Pack Rat Day is a time to celebrate or condemn hoarding, depending on your point of view. The expression "pack rat" is inspired by an actual rodent, the pack rat.

National Cyber Safety Awareness Day is meant to draw attention to the issue of cyberbullying and other online dangers faced by children. An aside from me: Consumer Reports recently found that more than one-third of Facebook users are under the age of thirteen - the minimum age required - and a large percentage of those young users are not properly supervised by their parents. Parents need to wake up to the real danger that lurks online!

Vesak Day honors the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Buddhists in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and India observe Vesak.  The specific date varies for some countries, due to variations in their lunar calendars.

The International Day Against Homophobia is always observed on May 17th, the date on which the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.

Today is Constitution Day in Norway, commemorating the signing of their constitution in 1814.

On World Hypertension Day everyone is urged to prevent and control high blood pressure, a silent killer. Do you know your numbers?

The theme of the 2011 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, sponsored by the United Nations, is "Better Life in Rural Communities with ICTs." ICTs are information and communication technologies.

National Cherry Cobbler Day means two servings of dessert, right? Amazingly, early American settlers ate cobblers as their main meal, according to What's Cooking America.

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