CHICAGO, October 19, 2013 — Although a religious festival kicks off the week, capitalism is a major theme. Sony, Apple, and a wily baseball manufacturer make the list along with Daddy Warbucks. And we spice up the theme with a little Al Capone.
Sunday, Oct. 20 Information Overload Day (That’s no reason to stop reading this, however.)
2013- Thousands of people will gather in Singapore for the Fire Walking Festival and Theemidhi ritual. As part of the ritual, devotees walk a four-meter pit of burning coal to have their wishes and prayers fulfilled by the Mother Goddess. All of them come out of the burning coal without burns.
1910- The cork-centered baseball premiered at the World Series. Previous balls had rubber centers and were basically unregulated. The home team was responsible for providing the balls, so gamesmanship often came into play. A New York ball maker, trying to win over good fielding teams, advertised their all-yarn balls, without rubber cores, as the deadest balls made. By 1911, cork centers were standard and are still used in modified form today.
Monday, Oct. 21 Reptile Awareness Day (Should be on election day, don’t you think?)
2013- Attention, Gamers! An unnamed Sony console is scheduled to release today. Is PlayStation 4 on its way to a retailer near you?
1797- The USS Constitution, Old Ironsides, was launched in Boston. Today, she is the oldest commissioned warship afloat.
Tuesday, Oct. 22 National Nut Day (The food or the people. You pick.)
2013- It’s a busy week in tech. Yesterday was Sony’s day and today Apple is hosting an invitation-only event today where they are expected to unveil new versions of the iPad tablet.
1981- For the first time since our constitution went into effect in 1789, the U.S. national debt topped $1 trillion. Almost 200 years to get to $1 trillion, and only 32 years to get from there to $16.7 trillion. Good ol’ American stick-to-it-iveness.
Wednesday, Oct. 23 TV Talk Show Host Day (Every day they’re on the air is their day.)
2013- Students across the country will take part in National SAVE Day. SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) is a student-lead organization that teaches alternatives to violence, including conflict management, crime prevention and good citizenship through community service projects.
425- Valentinian III became Emperor of Rome at the age of 6, leading the way for today’s childish behavior among our current elected leaders.
Thursday, Oct. 24 United Nations Day is National Bologna Day. Interesting.
2013- Women for Hire hosts its second free Online Career Fair of the season. Participants connect via timed, text-based chats from their homes with recruiters for businesses and organizations in their region looking to hire. Career and job search coaches are also available for advice and support.
1931- Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion, proving it’s easier to evade jail for arranging murders than for cheating the government. Of course, with today’s tax code the hard part is figuring out what’s cheating and what’s not. Capone should have incorporated.
Friday, Oct. 25 Frankenstein Friday
2013- The Digital Public Library of America hosts a 2-day series of workshops and hands-on activities celebrating the launch of the first national digital library. If you can’t make it to Boston for the events, portions of the celebration will be live streamed while the workshops will be recorded and made available through publically-available Google documents. That’s what a digital library is all about, after all.
1924- Little Orphan Annie, that little red-headed moppet, premiered, becoming one of the first comic strips to actively follow political ideology. In one instance, Daddy “Warbucks” (capitalists were largely blamed for getting us into World War I) apparently died of despair upon Franklin Roosevelt’s election to a fourth term, only to awaken from a coma after Roosevelt’s death. Apparently the sun’ll come out eventually, if not tomorrow.
Saturday, Oct. 26 Make a Difference Day
2013- What do you do with your leftover medicine? In an effort to minimize the environmental and health risks of throwing away or flushing unused prescription drugs, as well as lowering the potential for abuse, the DEA holds semiannual National Drug Take Back Days. This past spring, 371 tons of prescription medications were collected at over 5,829 locations. Find a location near you at their website.
1825- The Erie Canal linked the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in Chicago becoming an international port and also the need for 12-year-olds in Wisconsin to obtain seafaring licenses from their DNR before taking dad’s boat out fishing. Ok, it’s just a general boating license with seafaring questions required, but it’s still a bit much.
That’s what’s happening Here, There and Everywhere. Go make your day unique!
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