Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ada Lovelace Day, Roast Pheasant Day, more

October 15th, 2013, is Ada Lovelace Day, Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, National Grouch Day, Global Handwashing Day, International Day of Rural Women, White Cane Safety Day, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, National Chicken Cacciatore Day, National Roast Pheasant Day, and National Mushroom Day.

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.

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is a day for silent protest against abortion in the United States. Participants wear red arm bands and duct tape, and also distribute informational fliers.

Today is National Grouch Day, endorsed by Sesame Street Magazine.

Global Handwashing Day was created in 2008 to "foster and support a global culture of handwashing with soap, shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in every country, [and] raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap."

October 15th is the International Day of Rural Women. United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon writes, "Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future. This is why the United Nations recently launched a programme to empower rural women and enhance food security."

White Cane Safety Day is a time to raise awareness among sighted people, regarding safety for independent individuals who happen to be blind.

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, a day to remember the little lives that ended all too soon.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is meant to raise awareness about prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among Hispanics.

Did you know "cacciatore" means "hunter" in Italian? Me neither. Celebrate National Chicken Cacciatore Day, even if your hunting is limited to the frozen food aisle.

Fall brings cooler temperatures for all and freedom to crank up the oven for the home cook. Make a grand dinner in honor of National Roast Pheasant Day.

Fashion your favorite fungi into a foodie feast today, National Mushroom Day.

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