World Toilet Day
No, "World Toilet Day" does not celebrate the invention of the flush toilet, nor does it extol the virtues of advances in sanitation. What it does is strive to raise awareness for the 2.5 billion people worldwide who do not have toilets. That's right -- one in three people around the globe does not have access to a toilet.
Unfortunately for the 1.1 billion people who are forced to defecate in the open due to lack of proper sanitation facilities, the subject of toilets is not one that people like to talk about. That's why, in 2001, World Toilet Day (WTD) was founded to create a platform to demand action from governments and reach out to wider audiences about this unspeakable problem.
You can help by spreading the word through social media:
* Use the WTD logo as your profile picture.
* Follow WTD on Facebook and Twitter.
* Update your daily statuses with WTD sanitation messages.
National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
For many, life without carbonated, caffeinated beverages would be dismal indeed. The history of these energizing elixirs is quite interesting; they actually owe their original popularity to the health and medical fields.
As far back as ancient Rome, people sang the praises of naturally carbonated water for its curative powers. By the end of the 18th century scientists had unraveled the mystery of carbonation, and were able to make carbonated water by infusing in carbon dioxide. Soon after, flavoring was added, and soda was born. In the late 1800s, caffeine was added, and the rest is history.
Today is "National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day." Why not celebrate with a nice cold carbonated, caffeinated beverage of your choice?
Have a Bad Day Day
Today is proof positive that fact is stranger than fiction because it's "Have a Bad Day Day." You might think this strange and interesting holiday is to recognize that it's OK to occasionally have a bad day -- everybody does. But in actuality, it's meant to shake things up in the customer service world by putting a temporary moratorium on telling customers to "Have a nice day!" Instead, everyone is encouraged to tell everyone they see to "Have a bad day" -- but to say it nicely, of course!
Play Monopoly Day
In America, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who has not played at least a partial game of Monopoly. Even though it is one of the most popular board games in the world, you may not know these interesting Monopoly facts:
* Monopoly was invented by Charles B. Darrow.
* Monopoly was launched by Parker Brothers on Nov. 5, 1935.
* It is estimated that at least 500 million people have played Monopoly worldwide.
Today is "Play Monopoly Day," and there's only one real way to celebrate: Dust off the board, pass out the cash and settle in for a long evening!
- Society & Culture