Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 31: National Knock Knock Joke Day

Knock! Knock!

Who’s there?

Ya

Ya who?

Wow! You sure are excited to see me!

(joke thanks to Funology)

knocker-on-the-white-doorI know, hilarious, right? Okay, maybe I have a bit of a low laugh threshold, but I thought it was good.

October 31 is National Knock Knock Joke Day, so bring out your best and make your friends laugh (unless they groan). You might check these sites if you need any help finding some: Funology and Reader’s Digest.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Matthew 7:7

October 30: Checklists Day

Did you know there’s an entire holiday devoted to the glorious checklist! Yes! There is a holiday for those of us who write down what we’ve already done for the joy of crossing it off!

DC10Checklist, image credit JankeOne of the best known checklists, and the inspiration for today’s holiday, originated because of a plane crash on October 30, 1935. A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress never made it off the ground, due to pilot error – a gust lock was still engaged. In response, a group of pilots gathered and created a pre-flight checklist to prevent this type of catastrophe.

Today, checklists abound (See checklists.com if you don’t believe me!), and I love it. It seems to me that clears up brain space for other things, less easily added to a checklist, and, believe me, my brain space is at a premium!

“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God.”

Numbers 15:38-40

October 29: Internet Day

Honestly, I haven't used a cord for my internet in . . . years! And yet the internet itself is still basically brand new!

Honestly, I haven’t used a cord like this in . . . years! Yet the internet itself is still basically brand new!

Apparently the internet was first used on October 29, 1969. Who knew?

The internet (which is different from the world wide web) is “a remote connection between two computers” (www.theinternetday.com). The first connection was made between the computer science departments of UCLA and Stanford. Charley Kline of UCLA, along with professor Leonard Kleinrock, called Bill Duvall at Stanford before sending the first message. The intended message was “LOGIN;” however, the system crashed when only the “L” and the “O” had been received! An hour later, they were back on, and sent the entire word!

computer-1373455703M8xNo matter what you think of this new technology, it has certainly changed our lives. Here are a couple of crazy stats for you:

  • The World Wide Web was officially started in 1991.
  • In 1996, there were 100,000 websites.
  • Twelve years later, the web was at 162,000,000+ websites.
  • Internet World Stats predicts that 80% of the world population will have internet access in 2020. A Google exec., Eric Schmidt, believes that stat will actually be around 100%.   😮

“Since no one knows the future,
who can tell someone else what is to come?

Ecclesiastes 8:7

P.S. October 29 is also Hermit Day! It’s a great day to stay in and refuse to see anyone! 🙂

October 28: Oxi Day

Once again, sorry for the lateness! Time just got away from me the last few days.

Greek flagOxi!

Language lesson: Oxi means no. (Yes, this holiday is “No! Day.” Isn’t that perfect?) It’s pronounced with an awesome gutteral sound in the back of the throat, and is often spelled “Ohi” or “Ochi.”

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece

               Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,              Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece

Why celebrate no? Well, on October 28, 1940, during World War II, the Greek prime minister Ioannis Metaxas refused Italy’s ultimatum. Benito Mussolini had told Greece to allow Italian soldiers to occupy certain “strategic locations” or Italy would attack Greece itself.

Greek flags at Santorini, image credit Domenico SalvagninIn response, the people of Greece took to the streets changing “Oxi!” and Metaxas succinctly replied, “Then it is war.”

Within two years, October 28 had become known as Oxi Day, and widely celebrated throughout Greece and Cyprus with flags hung everywhere.

“Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
you shield my head in the day of battle.”

Psalm 140:7

October 27*: Mother-in-Law Day

We’ve all heard the horror stories of mothers-in-law who have sabotaged their children’s marriages. Yet I’m convinced that these events are actually rather rare. Either way, our mothers-in-law deserve our love and respect. After all, they did raise our spouses, right?

Ruth and Naomi, by Pieter Lastman, 1624

Happy Mother-in-Law Day!

The recently widowed and poverty stricken Ruth, to her own, also recently widowed and poverty stricken, mother-in-law Naomi:

“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”

Ruth 1:16-17

October 26: National Mincemeat Day

mince piesHi, guys! Sorry for the lateness. I know the day’s almost over, but here’s what’s happening October 26, 2013:

  • Make a Difference Day, on the last Saturday in October (which I blogged about last year here)
  • Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night, every October 26 (which I also blogged about last year here)
  • National Mincemeat Day
Keep away from my mincemeat!

Keep away from my mincemeat!

Strangely enough, mincemeat typically has no meat in it any more, although you can find mincemeat with actual meat if you look hard enough. Instead mincemeat typically consists of several types of fruit, minced, and combined with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and other spices. Wrap it all up in a pastry and you’ve got yourself a Christmas pie! Of course, October 26 is a bit early to start the Christmas celebrations (even for stores!), but I see no reason we can’t eat mincemeat in October as well.

“The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and whoever protects their master will be honored.”
Proverbs 27:18

October 25: International Artist Day

Edgar_Degas_-_Dance_ClassOctober 25 is a day to celebrate artists everywhere, starving and otherwise. It’s International Artist Day!

Fortunately for those of us who missed out on the drawing genes, International Artist Day celebrates all types of artists – painters, yes, but also sculptors, musicians, dancers, writers, etc.

“One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.”

Psalm 27:4

P.S. October 25 is also Sourest Day, in case Sweetest Day last Saturday was just too happy clappy for you.