Thursday, October 17, 2013

Great Shakeout, Wear Something Gaudy Day, more

October 17th, 2013, is Great Shakeout, Get to Know Your Customers Day, Get Smart about Credit Day, International Credit Union Day, Wear Something Gaudy Day, Mulligan Day, Black Poetry 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.

On 10/17 at 10:17 a.m., practice your earthquake preparedness. It's the Great Shakeout, promoted by Citizen Corps.

The third Thursday of each quarter is Get to Know Your Customers Day. Savvy salespeople will take this holiday to heart.

The third Thursday of October is Get Smart about Credit Day. Most of us could use a refresher course at the very least.

As a companion to the holiday just above, International Credit Union Day is also observed today. The theme for 2013 is "Credit Unions Unite for Good."

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.

October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes, "If we are to realize the future we want for all, we must hear and heed the calls of the marginalized… Together, we can build a sustainable world of prosperity and peace, justice and equity – a life of dignity for all." The theme for 2013 is: "Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty."

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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