Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Suspended Coffee Day, Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales, more

December 10th, 2013, is Suspended Coffee Day, Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales, Dewey Decimal System Day, Nobel Day, Human Rights Day, and National Lager Day.

Coffee shops around the world are reviving an old Neapolitan custom, which involves paying it forward with coffee. A customer orders one cup but pays the barista for two. This second cup - the "suspended coffee" - is served for free to someone who is down on her luck. How wonderful! Seek out a participating coffee shop or celebrate Suspended Coffee Day on your own.
Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales is a phantom holiday, floating around on many holiday sites. The holiday, supposedly an Inuit tradition, is unknown to Inuit experts. It's an intriguing idea for a festival, however, and for the sake of completeness I'm including it here.

December 10th is Dewey Decimal System Day, honoring the birth date of Melvil Dewey. He created the numerical classification of books used by libraries, known as the Dewey Decimal System.

Nobel Day brings the awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

The United Nations promotes Human Rights Day on December 10th. The theme for 2013 is "20 Years Working for Your Rights." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes: "As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, let us intensify our efforts to fulfill our collective responsibility to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere." Follow the action on Twitter at #VoiceCount.

If you're worn out from this season's holiday prep, prop up your feet and have a cold one in honor of National Lager Day. Cheers!

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