Sunday, November 24, 2013

Stir-Up Sunday, Evolution Day, more

November 24th, 2013, is the Vertical Marathon, Stir-Up Sunday, Lhabab Duchen, Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day, D.B. Cooper Day, and Evolution Day.

Today's Vertical Marathon requires participants to scale 1,336 steps - that's 73 stories - of the Swissotel the Stamford in Singapore. Whew! I'm exhausted just blogging about it.

The Sunday before Advent is known as Stir-Up Sunday in the UK, because it's the traditional time to stir up a batch of Christmas Pudding. Christmas Pudding Day, as the event is also known, is losing popularity due to changing tastes and busy lives. Celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Raymond Blanc are trying to reestablish the popularity of the traditional dish. Here's Jamie Oliver's Christmas Pudding recipe.Seems to be a British equivalent of our much-maligned fruitcake.

Lhabab Duchen is the time to celebrate the descent of the Buddha to Indra's Heaven. Buddhists believe that on this day the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times!

November 24th is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. If your unique talent involves bank robbery, by some crazy twist of fate, see the holiday that follows!

Today marks the 41st anniversary of skyjacker D.B. Cooper's famous leap from a 747, wearing a business suit and a parachute, plummeting toward earth with $200,000 in cash. He has never been found, alive or dead, but the case is apparently closed. Today is D.B. Cooper Day.

Evolution Day commemorates the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species (On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life) in 1859.

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