International Skeptics Day
You may not be willing to believe it, but Oct. 13 is International Skeptics Day.
It's OK to doubt the holiday because there is no proof that it's international, or that it takes place on Oct. 13. The day is sometimes celebrated on the first Friday the 13th of the year. Some of the most famous skeptics in history were also considered to be free thinkers, including Thomas Paine and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Quotes from famous skeptics from SciForums:
* "Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction." (1872) -- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology
* "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." (1962) -- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles
* "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" (1927) -- H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers
National Yorkshire Pudding Day
Yorkshire pudding may have originated in Yorkshire, but it does not resemble pudding as we make it in the States. Yorkshire pudding is basically a popover cooked in pan drippings from a roast beef. Sometimes the drippings or gravy are poured over the popover. The traditional method did not use individual popovers. Instead, egg and milk batter was cooked in a square pan, according to Food Timeline.
Popovers are easy to make at home, whether you're serving them with gravy or not.
* Serve with seasonal apple butter and eat with tea, or as a yummy dessert.
* Make some for breakfast and fill them with your favorite fillings: from sausage to egg whites.
* Add bacon to your popovers.
World Sight Day
Approximately 285 million people have a visual impairment, according to the World Health Organization. Of those, an estimated 246 million have low vision and 39 million are blind. The majority of these people are older than 50. World Sight Day brings awareness to blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired and is observed annually on the second Thursday in October.
* Donate gently worn prescription eyeglasses to the Lion's Club.
* Volunteer to drive a person who is blind to and from appointments, by using Volunteer Match.
* Encourage family and friends over the age of 50 to have their eyesight checked regularly as the "top three causes of visual impairment are uncorrected refractive errors, cataract and glaucoma" according to the WHO.