October 9th – I Love Yarn Day

It’s the second Saturday in October and time to celebrate yarn! It deserves a day – because, well, what can’t we do with yarn! We can craft with it, tie up packages, make ponytails, and create sweaters, booties, and hats. It is very versatile and can come in an array of colors. If you don’t see the color you want, you can always dye it to be any color in the rainbow. Wikipedia’s definition of yarn reads like it was taken straight from a patent…”Yarn is a long continuous length of interlocked fibers, suitable for use in the production of textiles, sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroidery, or ropemaking.” And did you know that thread is actually a type of yarn.

How to celebrate – Learn how to knit or crochet. Make a picture by gluing pieces of yarn on poster board (also called yarn bombing), practice tying bows to be prepared for your holiday packages.

October 9th Curious Events Day

Have you ever had an event occur on a day and wondered why that day or why that event? Well today is your day to ponder that a little more. It’s all about those current events going on around you that are celebrated for seemingly no reason at all. Now these are days that are not readily explained to everyone, like Christmas or Halloween. These are days and events that seem to come up out of nowhere and now exist for no reason at all. Like all people that want to be recognized as normal but throw events taking pride in the fact that they aren’t normal. Naturally we have no clue what normal actually is but even then, throwing a special event to show you aren’t “normal” while trying to blend into society is just a bit… curious.

How to celebrate – Look for Curious Events. Make a list of days you’d like to celebrate that aren’t celebrated. Just accept everything, you are going to have to sooner or later.

October 8th Egg Day

Which came first, the chicken or the egg, the alligator or the egg, the snake or the egg… well, you get the picture. The egg is often considered the perfect food. It contains protein and amino acids but no carbohydrates or sugar. You can have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner and in some extreme conditions, even a snack. Still you have to wonder, who first saw an egg and said, “yum… that looks good enough to eat”. Probably by watching animals!

How to celebrate – Count how many ways you can cook eggs. Have an egg fest party. Make up as many puns using eggs as you can.

October 8 World Octopus Day

If it has eight arms and lives under the water, it is probably an Octopus! The Octopus pre-dates even dinosaurs, with fossils having been found over 300 million years old.

The Giant Pacific Octopus can weigh more than 600 pounds and though they look slow, are able to move rather quickly. It is known to be one of the smarter animals on earth with over 500 million neurons in its brain and arms.  They are known to be able to problem solve and learn lessons requiring some reasoning.

How to celebrate – Go diving and observe the octopus in action. Rent an octopus costume and try operating all eight arms at once. Play a game of chess against an octopus you find in a park.

October 8th American Touch Tag Day

Remember when you were a child and you couldn’t fins anything better to play so you decided you would chase your friends around and try to touch them, or they touch you? Guess today that may be outta place. Still, kids do it. The fastest always win, the slowest and heaviest generally lose but you sort of know that going into it. Even if you are a good dodger you are eventually gonna get tagged if you aren’t fast enough. There use to be something about being called “it” that was upsetting. Of course today we are supposed to call each other “it”. So I guess even as we get older we still are playing tag, just with new rules.

How to celebrate – Get a neighborhood game of tag going. Be proud to be “it”. Watch where you put those hands!!!

October 7th Bald And Free Day

Well let’s be honest here, most of us do not want to go bald. However, it’s not the worst thing in the world. No more haircuts, no hair styling, no combing or brushing every morning, afternoon and night. Of course you do have to worry about hats and such to keep your head warm, but the freedom not to have to worry about having another bad hair day might be worth it! Of course, you have to have certain features to make that style appealing and those features may vary with each and every individual who sees you. But for just today, think about cutting it all off and going free.

How to celebrate – Go bald and free. Get a skull cap and see what you would look like bald. Think of all the bald people you admire.

October 6th Mad Hatter Day

Okay, so we all know the story of Alice In Wonderland and one of the most beloved characters in the story is a crazy person known as the Mad Hatter, probably because in history they were truly crazy. See, a Hatter worked in mercury making hats for customers and mercury was known to drive people insane with constant contact. Hence, the Mad Hatter. More confusing was the 10/6 sign in the Mad Hatter’s top hat. It probably was the cost of the hat, 10 shillings and sixpence. The day was created by another group thought to often be crazy, computer techs in Colorado (Yes before the pot laws changed) in 1986.

How to celebrate – Read Alice In Wonderland. Become a Hatter. Move to Colorado.

October 5th World Teacher’s Day

Teachers have a rough job. I mean, it’s not like a ditch digger or a skyscraper walker but still, we wouldn’t have those people if someone didn’t teach them either. The fact is, we are all teachers in our own way… maybe not in a classroom and maybe not inspiring someone to be something more but we all teach. I admire those who can develop minds and set children on a path to want to learn.Today was created by Director-General of UNESCO, Federico Mayor, at the International Conference in Geneva in 1993.

How to celebrate – Thank any teacher you know. Get a bunch of apples to pass out. Try being a teacher’s assistant for just a day.

October 4th National Golf Day

Today we honor the over 4,300 golf pros that are members of the PGA who do all sorts of charitable work throughout the year. It commemorates the first charity even it held in 1952. Many organizations declare this day in June but the original was started in October. Golf is sort of the reverse of Robin Hood, or kind of anyway… it’s where the rich give to the poor of their own accord (No middle man so to speak). Golf is generally a sport for the more wealthy. They do, however, do a lot of good for the community and people in need.

How to celebrate – Become a golf pro. Attend a golf tournament. Start a putt-putt golf for charity tournament.

October 3rd National Techies Day

This day originated on October 5th, 1999, no one knows why it ended up on October 3rd… it was probably a technical reason. Techies rarely get the credit they are due. They fix many of our issues, normally after we are already made at whatever technically went wrong! They do deserve a lot of credit thought, most of us would probably just give up, but their stubborn determination makes them continue on until the end is in sight! Today was created by techies.com, obviously a technical site!

How to celebrate – Thank your techie for all they do. Become a techie yourself. Love your high tech machines.