Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ample Time Day, Dunce Day, Cappucino Day, more

November 8th, 2011, is National Ample Time Day, National Dunce Day, Abet and Aid Punsters Day, Beltaine, National Parents as Teachers Day, U.S. Election Day, Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day, National Harvey Wallbanger Day, and National Cappuccino Day.

On National Ample Time Day, take time to relax, slow down, and "smell the coffee," so to speak. As Craig Ferguson sings in his nightly theme song, "Tomorrow's just your future yesterday."

National Dunce Day honors a philosopher named John Duns Scotus, who believed that cone-shaped hats increased learning potential! Later the Duns/dunce cap came to symbolize the student who couldn't (or wouldn't) learn. Who knew?

Today is Abet and Aid Punsters Day, so if you hear any puns, act as if you think they're punny.

Beltaine begins on October 8th in the Southern Hemisphere this year. Beltaine signals the beginning of spring - the light half of the year - on the Celtic calendar.

National Parents as Teachers Day raises awareness of a nationwide program, based in St. Louis, Missouri, that enables parents to help their children reach their full academic potential.

U.S. Election Day falls on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. In other words, November 1st can't be Election Day. Every four years on this day the United States voters voice their choice for President, although the Electoral College can muck up the results.

Today is Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day. Now, what's bold and pungent to one person might be just another Tuesday's dinner to someone else, so follow your own instincts. Hot sauce, durian, Limburger cheese, anchovies, crickets, Bertie Bott's Jelly Beans, scrapple - so many options!

National Harvey Wallbanger Day celebrates a drink made with vodka, orange juice, and Galliano liqueur. Some say a surfer named Harvey drank too many Galliano drinks and banged into too many walls.

After you've sampled your pungent food and sipped your Harvey Wallbanger, it's the perfect time for a lovely cappuccino. Luckily, today is National Cappuccino Day.

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