CHICAGO, October 26, 2013 — There is a wild week ahead as Americans find out how we will fare following a major cyber-attack, lose some SNAP benefits, and discover poker and cheerleading, all to the tune of Voodoo music while cavorting with mischievous spirits.
Sunday, Oct. 27 Mother-in-Law Day
2013 - Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense, stated in a speech last year that cyber-terrorists “are targeting the computer control systems that operate chemical, electricity and water plants, and those that guide transportation throughout the country.” So what would the country look like if (when) they succeed in paralyzing the nation’s life support system? National Geographic Channel’s American Blackout follows average Americans as they maneuver through the chaos over the course of 10 days. Hint for those in high-rises: water cannot fight gravity any higher than the 6th floor.
1997 - Amid government allegations that Microsoft was forcing customers to use its Internet Explorer 4 by bundling it with Windows, Microsoft argued that it should be “free from government interference.” Yeah, they lost.
Monday, Oct. 28 Plush Animal Lovers Day (Mothers of pre-teen girls are exempt.)
2013 - The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. with Leader remarks followed by a period of “morning business.” How much can we really expect from a Senate that conducts “morning business” at 2 p.m.?
1954- Much to the chagrin of middle-schoolers across the country, the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Ernest Hemingway “for his master of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea,….” Somewhere at this moment, thousands of 12-year-olds are yawning.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 Hermit Day is Internet Day. (So they don’t get bored.)
2013 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon faith) hosts “A Century of Honor,” celebrating the church’s 100-year affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America. According to their website, “The Church became the first sponsor of Scouting in the United States in 1913 and is now the largest sponsoring organization of BSA.” Just for the record, neither organization promotes polygamy or rock-toppling.
539 BC - Internationally acknowledged as the day the very first charter of human rights was declared. Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, declared in part “that everyone is free to choose a religion. People are free to live in all regions and take up a job provided that they never violate others’ rights.” Interesting, coming from the ruler of today’s Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and most of the rest of the Middle East. The 2,600-year-old Cyrus Cylinder is on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles until December 2.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 Create a Great Funeral Day (Does it have to be your own?)
2013 - Alfred Hitchcock claimed that “33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music.” As cities and towns amp up their Halloween celebrations, the San Francisco Symphony adds intensity by performing the entire score live during a screening of the classic thriller. Bring your own shower curtain.
1896 - Martha Hughes Cannon (D-Utah) became the first female state senator. While she apparently did not have to re-open Utah’s government over brunch, she did have to battle her husband Angus, a Republican who was also on the ballot, to win her seat. It is a fair assumption that at least one of Angus’ five other plural wives comforted him in his loss.
Thursday, Oct. 31 BOO!!!
2013 - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 115 million occupied housing units in the country. Get busy, trick-or-treaters!
834 - Pope Gregory III moved All Saints Day (saints were known as “hallows”) to November 1. This made the Celtic celebration of Samhain (summer’s end, October 31), when the restless and mischievous spirits made contact with the physical world, All Hallows Eve, or Halloween.
Friday, Nov. 1 Authors Day (Louisa May Alcott or Stephen King? Both!)
2013 - With the expiration of the 2009 Recovery Act’s boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program’s benefits will now average less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014. Those who believe we’re too generous to the less-fortunate: Go ahead. Try it. Less than $1.40 per meal.
1834 - Jonathan H. Green made the first published reference to a game called “poker” in his book An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling. While Green never called poker “the cheating game,” that’s pretty much how he described it.
Saturday, Nov. 2 Book Lovers Day (Yesterday the authors; today the readers.)
2013 - Never one to let a party end, the city of New Orleans keeps the thrills and chills of Halloween going with the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience today through November 3.
1898 - Johnny Campbell lead the University of Minnesota football fans in chants aimed at inspiring their losing team, becoming the first recognized Cheerleader. Today, cheerleading is fighting for recognition as an official NCAA sport for purposes of Title IX fulfillment, funding and injury reporting.
That’s what’s happening Here, There and Everywhere. Go make your day unique!
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