Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wear Something Gaudy Day, Black Poetry Day, Pasta Day, more

October 17th, 2012, is Wear Something Gaudy Day, Mulligan Day, Black Poetry Day, National Fossil Day, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Hurricane Thanksgiving Day, Death of Dessalines, Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day, and National Pasta Day.

Tired of being predictable? Bored with being a wallflower? Draw attention to yourself by celebrating Wear Something Gaudy Day. Here's some inspiration!

On Mulligan Day, don't stress your mistakes. Enjoy free do-overs! (In theory, at least. Don't test this out in situations that really matter, such as driving or performing brain surgery.)

Black Poetry Day commemorates the birth date of Jupiter Hammon, the first African American to publish poetry in the United States.

The third Wednesday in October is National Fossil Day, not to be confused with October 12th's plain Fossil Day.

October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes, "Rampant poverty, which has festered for far too long, is linked to social unrest and threats to peace and security. On this International Day, let us make an investment in our common future by helping to lift people out of poverty so that they, in turn, can help to transform our world." The theme for 2012 is: "Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting Empowerment and Building Peace."

The U.S. Virgin Islands celebrates Hurricane Thanksgiving Day, giving thanks that the most active months of the hurricane season have passed.

Haiti observes the Death of Dessalines as a national holiday. Jean-Jacques Dessalnes is remembered for his role in achieving Haiti's independence from France, even though he was not beloved as an emperor.

The third Wednesday in October is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day.

National Pasta Day celebrates noodly food in all forms - ziti (bridegrooms), spaghetti (length of cord), fusilli (twisted spaghetti), farfalle (butterflies), gemili (twins), and countless others.

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