Saturday, October 13, 2012

Costume Swap Day, Skeptics Day, Train Your Brain Day, more

October 13th, 2012, is Costume Swap Day, Universal Music Day, English Language Day, National Chess Day, International Skeptics Day, National Train Your Brain Day, International Day for Disaster Reduction, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, International Migratory Bird Day, Saint Edward the Confessor Feast Day, and National Yorkshire Pudding Day.

Whoever came up with the idea for Costume Swap Day deserves a round of applause. Why not trade and reuse costumes that have been worn only once or twice? Swapping is both economical and green. Sooo.... what are you going to dress up as this year?

The theme for this year's Universal Music Day is: "Let YOUR HeART Lead YOUR Way!" This holiday is always celebrated on the second Saturday in October.

The theme for this year's English Language Day is: "The language of making and craft."

Celebrate National Chess Day on the second Saturday in October. It's "the Festivus for the Chess of us."

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. The theme for 2012 is: "Women and Girls - the [in]Visible Force of Resilience."

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."

In southern parts of the Americas, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, the second Saturday in October is International Migratory Bird Day. In the United States and Canada, the event is observed on the second Saturday in May.

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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