Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Palindrome Day, Phileas Fogg's Wager Day, more

October 2nd, 2012, is Name Your Car Day, Palindrome Day, Phileas Fogg's Wager Day, Change a Light Day, World Farm Animals Day, National Custodial Worker Day, International Day of Non-Violence, Feast of the Guardian Angels, Independence Day (Guinea), and National Fried Scallops Day.

Does your car have a name, or does the concept creep you out because of the movie Christine? Today is Name Your Car Day.

Today is Palindrome Day, because one way to write the date is 2-10-12. A palindrome is a series of letters or numbers that reads the same, forward or backward. Make the most of this special day - the next Palindrome Day won't arrive until 02-02-2020.

Today is Phileas Fogg's Wager Day, as depicted in the Jules Verne novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Main character Phileas Fogg made the following wager on October 2nd: "I will bet twenty thousand pounds against anyone who wishes that I will make the tour of the world in eighty days or less; in nineteen hundred and twenty hours, or a hundred and fifteen thousand two hundred minutes." SPOILER ALERT: December 21st is celebrated as Phileas Fogg Wins a Wager Day.

To celebrate Change a Light Day, replace an old light bulb with a new, energy-efficient bulb (unless you, like me, are bothered by the quality of light put out by the new bulbs, or if you are concerned about their mercury content).

World Farm Animals Day is "dedicated to exposing, mourning, and memorializing the more than 65 billion cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and other land animals who needlessly suffer and die every year in the world's farms and slaughterhouses."

Today's the day to do something nice for the person who keeps your workspace clean. Celebrate National Custodial Worker Day.

The United Nations sponsors International Day of Non-Violence on the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi.

Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Guardian Angels on this day.

Guinea observes Independence Day on October 2nd.

The only foodie celebration in today's plethora of holidays is National Fried Scallops Day. Enjoy this seafood delicacy with your favorite sauce - tartar, cocktail, or butter.

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