Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TV Talk Show Host Day, Mole Day, Canned Food Day, more

October 23rd, 2012, is TV Talk Show Host Day, iPod Day, National Mole Day, Chung Yeung Festival, Nabami, Chulalongkorn Day, National Canned Food Day, and National Boston Cream Pie Day.

TV Talk Show Host Day honors all TV talk show hosts, but the date commemorates the birth of legendary host Johnny Carson. Heeeeere's Johnny! (And here's a shout-out to my current favorite, Craig Ferguson. He is the sharpest knife in the drawer.)

The first iPod was unveiled on this date in 2001; the first iPod hit the market in November 2001. We've come a long way since then. Happy iPod Day, with a nod to Apple's co-founder, Steve Jobs.

National Mole Day isn't what you probably think it is. Celebrated from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm on 10/23, Mole Day celebrates Avogadro's Number, 6.02 x 10^23, and the mole, a unit of measure in chemistry.

The Chung Yeung Festival is the second of the Chinese "grave sweeping" holidays, a time to respect one's ancestors, traditionally by climbing a mountain and making a burnt offering.

Today is Nabami, a part of Bengal's Durga Puja.

Chulalongkorn Day is observed in Thailand, in memory of King Rama V.

Did you know a French chef invented canning? Me neither - I was shocked. National Canned Food Day commemorates the birth date of chef Nicolas Appert, the "Father of Canning." Many health experts recommend switching to fresh or frozen, but the canned food aisles remain stocked and popular in grocery stores everywhere.

October 23rd honors the official dessert of Massachusetts, Boston Cream Pie. Good thing it's not the official pie, because it's really a cake. Have some without question or guilt on National Boston Cream Pie Day.

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