Thursday, October 13, 2011

English Language Day, Skeptics Day, Yorkshire Pudding Day, more

October 13th, 2011, is English Language Day, International Skeptics Day, National Train Your Brain Day, International Day for Disaster Reduction, World Sight Day, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Saint Edward the Confessor Feast Day, and National Yorkshire Pudding Day.

In anticipation of the upcoming Olympics in London, the theme for this year's English Language Day is "The Language of Sport."

Are you skeptical about today's celebration of International Skeptics Day? Good job, if so, for some say the date should be October 13th, some say January 13th, and others say the first Friday the 13th of the year. Whatever.

Put on your thinking cap and do a mental workout in honor of National Train Your Brain Day.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction used to be known as the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, but it was expanded in 2009 to include all disasters. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes, "Vulnerability to disaster is growing faster than resilience.... Disaster risk reduction should be an everyday concern for everybody. Let us all invest today for a safer tomorrow."

The second Thursday in October is World Sight Day, meant to raise awareness of blindness and visual impairment, along with prevention and treatment options.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day is observed every year on October 13th. Dr. Susan Love writes, "Reach out today to someone you know that represents the other side of breast cancer, the one that is not so pink."

October 13th is the Feast Day of Saint Edward the Confessor. He is the patron saint of difficult marriages.

Today is National Yorkshire Pudding Day, but be warned - Yorkshire pudding is neither sweet nor is it diet food. It consists of a pan of pancake batter, placed under roasting mutton to catch the drippings.

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