Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sadie Hawkins Day, Scrapple Day, more

November 9th, 2013, is Sadie Hawkins Day, Chaos Never Dies Day, World Freedom Day, Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass, Tag der Erfinder, National Donor Sabbath, Virgen de la Almudena, Independence Day (Cambodia), and National Scrapple Day.

Sadie Hawkins Day was brought to life in the comic strip "Lil' Abner," by Al Capp, in November of 1937. Sadie Hawkins, the homeliest girl in Dogpatch, couldn't find a beau, so her father organized a special footrace. Single gals chased the single guys, and the ones who got caught were forced to marry. The race became an annual November event in the comic strip, but the date varied. Most celebrate now with girls-ask-guys dances on the first Saturday in November.

You overslept, your cell phone is ringing, your project's overdue, your favorite jeans are in the laundry, and all you can find to eat for breakfast is loopy cereal with orange juice. Don't worry - you're right on track to celebrate Chaos Never Dies Day!

World Freedom Day commemorates the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The organizers state: "Our aim is to have organisations around the world celebrate World Freedom Day by releasing white balloons, and to commemorate the historical importance of this day by holding conferences or colloquia, or private discussions."

Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," is a remembrance of horrific anti-Jewish events that took place on November 9th and 10th, 1938, in Germany, Austria, and parts of Czechoslovakia. Streets were lined with shards of glass from shattered windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, and family homes.

Germany observes Tag der Erfinder, or  Inventors' Day, on the birth date of actress Hedy Lamarr. She and composer George Antheil submitted a patent application on this date in 1941 for a secret communication system!

The patron saint of Madrid, Spain, is honored on Virgen de la Almudena.

Cambodia observes Independence Day on November 9th.

Today is National Scrapple Day. For the uninitiated, scrapple is a combination of pork heart, ribs, liver, seasoning, broth, and cornmeal, baked in loaves, then sliced and fried in butter. The Pennsylvania Dutch aren't famous for low-cal dishes, after all.

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