Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th, Blame Someone Else Day, Snack a Pickle Time, more

September 13th, 2013, is Friday the 13th, Blame Someone Else Day, Defy Superstition Day, Positive Thinking Day, Programmers' Day, Yom Kippur, Uncle Sam Day, National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, Fortune Cookie Day, International Chocolate Day, National Peanut Day, and Snack a Pickle Time.

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Friday the 13th. Image: DazzleJunction.

Paraskevidekatriaphobics, beware! Today is Friday the 13th. Stay off of the thirteenth floor, avoid breaking mirrors, stay away from black cats. Pull the blankets over your head and spend the day in bed, if you feel totally unlucky and vulnerable.

Blame Someone Else Day, celebrated on the first Friday the 13th of the year, is a golden opportunity! Whatever's going on in your life, especially those nagging little issues that might be your fault, blame those things on someone else. Poof! You're innocent.

September 13th is Defy Superstition Day. But wait.... we already know today is Friday the 13th! Will you defy or hide?

Just for today, despite the fact that it's a superstitious sort of day, try to keep your thoughts positive, no matter what goes on around you (unless something truly tragic happens). Think you can do it? I know you can, because today is Positive Thinking Day. Here's a dose of Stuart Smalley for inspiration:

Programmers' Day is observed on the 256th day of the year - usually September 13th, but September 12th in leap years. As programmers know, 256 represents the number of distinct values that can be expressed with an 8-bit byte.

Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement, is observed in September or October. This year's date, September 13th, corresponds with the Hebrew calendar date of 10 Tishrei.

Image: Hetemeel
Uncle Sam Day is always celebrated on September 13th, the birth date of Sam Wilson. Wilson was a meat packer who supplied the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. The meat was packed in barrels labeled "U.S.," standing for "United States," but the soldiers joked that the initials referred to "Uncle Sam" Wilson. And so, a larger-than-life character was born. Just for fun, create your own Uncle Sam "I Want You" poster, with help from Hetemeel.

September 13th is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, the birth date of Samuel Gee. Gee was a physician and pediatrician who published the first modern clinical description of celiac disease.

Today is Fortune Cookie Day, so go order your favorite Chinese food and a cookie. Maybe you will learn how to make your dreams come true.

Today is International Chocolate Day. Chocolate lovers - you know what to do!

Unless you have peanut allergies, be sure to celebrate National Peanut Day. Peanuts are healthy, delicious, and fun to eat.

Today is Snack a Pickle Time. Cool name. I think I'll go snack a pickle right now, along with some peanuts. And then I'll snack a chocolate bar. Gotta celebrate these holidays!

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