Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dictionary Day, Ada Lovelace Day, World Food Day, more

October 16th, 2012, is Dictionary Day, Ada Lovelace Day, Feral Cat Day, National Boss' Day, World Food Day, and National Liqueur Day.

Dictionary Day commemorates the birth date of Noah Webster, author of A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, considered to be the first American dictionary. Make a list of words you're unsure of - perhaps starting with "compendious" - then look them up!

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, "celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths." Spread the word about your favorite woman of science! I'm an admirer of Danica McKellar, an actress and mathematician who encourages young girls to explore the world of mathematics. Ada Lovelace, actually Lady Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was a computing pioneer of sorts. She published an article about an Analytical Engine in 1842.

Feral Cat Day is meant to prevent unnecessary killing of outdoor cats, via spay/neuter programs and educational outreach.

On National Boss' Day, show your boss some appreciation. Jobs are valuable commodities these days.

The theme for World Food Day 2012 is "Agricultural cooperatives - key to feeding the world."

Raise a glass or two in celebration of National Liqueur Day. Just make sure someone else drives you home.

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