Friday, October 28, 2011

Frankenstein Friday, Plush Animal Lover's Day, more

October 28th, 2011, is Frankenstein Friday, Plush Animal Lover's Day, Woman Road Warrior Day, National Tell a Story Day, National Bandanna Day, Gone-ta-Pott Day, Feast Day of Saint Jude, Bhai Dooj, Bhai Tika, Ochi Day, Independence Day (Czech Republic), Wild Foods Day, National Breadstix Day, and National Chocolate Day.

The days leading up to Halloween include several devoted to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's iconic creation. The last Friday in October is Frankenstein Friday.

Children and kids at heart, gather your animal friends. No, not the real ones. Gather your beloved plush critters and celebrate Plush Animal Lover's Day.

The theme for this year's Woman Road Warrior Day is "Where the Sole Meets the Road."

Once upon a time, storytellers in Scotland decided to establish National Tell a Story Day on this date. And they lived happily ever after.

National Bandanna Day is observed in Australia, in support of children battling cancer.

The 28th of every month is Gone-ta-Pott Day, as declared on the holiday website bearing the same name.

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Jude, patron saint of desperate cases and namesake of the incredible St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Bhai Dooj is a major festival in India. Sisters apply holy marks to the foreheads of their brothers, and brothers pledge to keep their sisters safe. Gifts are often exchanged.

Bhai Tika is a holiday that honors brothers, celebrated today in Nepal.

Greece observes Ochi Day (or Oxi Day), remembering when Greece said "ochi" (or "no") to Italian forces which wanted to invade the country in 1940. Greece then joined the Allied Forces against Hitler.

The Czech Republic observes Independence Day on this date.

October 28th is Wild Foods Day. Harvest some if you know what you're doing; visit a reputable health food store if you don't. At the very least, incorporate some fresh produce into your diet.

On National Breadstix Day, HotBox pizza gives away free stix between 2:00 and 5:00 pm. One catch - you've got to be in the vicinity of West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

As if the upcoming Halloween doesn't offer enough sweet temptation, today we are tempted to indulge because it's National Chocolate Day.

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