Monday, October 17, 2011

Wear Something Gaudy Day, Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day, more

October 17th, 2011, is Wear Something Gaudy Day, National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day, Mulligan Day, Black Poetry Day, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Hurricane Thanksgiving Day, Death of Dessalines, National Heroes' Day (Jamaica), and National Pasta Day.

Tired of being predictable? Bored with being a wallflower? Draw attention to yourself by celebrating Wear Something Gaudy Day. Here's some inspiration!

The third Monday in October is National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day. How many icons, shortcuts, and widgets do you need, anyway?

On Mulligan Day, don't stress your mistakes. Enjoy free do-overs! (In theory, at least. Don't test this out in situations that really matter, such as driving or performing brain surgery.)

Black Poetry Day commemorates the birth date of Jupiter Hammon, the first African American to publish poetry in the United States.

October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes, "Together, let us listen to people - and stand up for their hopes and aspirations. That is how we will build a world free of poverty."

The U.S. Virgin Islands celebrates Hurricane Thanksgiving Day, giving thanks that the most active months of the hurricane season have passed.

Haiti observes the Death of Dessalines as a national holiday. Jean-Jacques Dessalnes is remembered for his role in achieving Haiti's independence from France, even though he was not beloved as an emperor.

Jamaica observes National Heroes' Day on the third Monday in October.

National Pasta Day celebrates noodly food in all forms - ziti (bridegrooms), spaghetti (length of cord), fusilli (twisted spaghetti), farfalle (butterflies), gemili (twins), and countless others.

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