Friday, October 21, 2011

Babbling Day, Judgment Day, Count Your Buttons Day, more

October 21st, 2011 is Babbling Day, Judgment Day, Count Your Buttons Day, Reptile Awareness Day, Global Iodine Deficiency Day, National Mammography Day, Feast Day of Saint Ursula, Armed Forces Day (Honduras), Caramel Apple Day, Pop Rocks Day (proposed), and National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

Oh, I could go on and on about the wonders of this first holiday, honoring those who like to use many words when few would do, but then again perhaps you're busy and you're hoping I'll cut to the chase. What? It's already too late for me to cut to the chase? What does the expression "cut to the chase" mean, anyway? Wait - what was my original point? Oh, right. Today is Babbling Day.

Earlier this year, Harold Camping and his Family Radio followers predicted the end of the world would happen (or start to happen) on May 21st, 2011. But then nothing happened. He then stated that the new date for Judgment Day would "probably" be October 21st, 2011. Be warned. I just hope my beloved St. Louis Cardinals will be granted time enough to win the World Series before everything falls apart.

Today is Count Your Buttons Day. I actually have a collection of odd buttons in my sewing kit. The array of colors and shapes pleases me, and some of the buttons are old enough to be antiques. But if I do take time to count them, should I stop with that? What about the buttons on the clothes my family and I have hanging in our closets? Perhaps I'll think about it next year, if the world is still turning.

Reptile Awareness Day celebrates those critters that some love, others despise (or misunderstand). The folks at point out that this holiday has a "RAD" acronym.

Global Iodine Deficiency Day is meant to raise awareness of the physical problems that result from iodine deficiency, including brain damage.

Today is National Mammography Day. If you or a loved one are overdue for this important breast exam, please schedule it today. A simple test could save a life.

October 21st is the Feast Day of Saint Ursula. She is the patron saint of students.

Honduras observes Armed Forces Day on October 21st.

Today might be Caramel Apple Day, but if you have other plans this holiday comes around again in just ten days, on Halloween.

In the estimable opinion of the blogger(s) at Months of Edible Celebrations, October 21st should be designated Pop Rocks Day in honor of  William A. Mitchell, creator. I wholeheartedly agree! Mitchell, who was born on this date, also invented Cool Whip and Tang. One man, three iconic concoctions.

If you're hungry for an autumnal dessert not involving apples and caramel, celebrate National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

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