We've all wished for a do-over at one time or another. Maybe it was a test we took, a job interview we flubbed, or a good stock tip. Mulligan Day is a holiday that gives you that do-over. If you missed an opportunity and didn't do something well the first time, try again. Mulligan Day is named after the Mulligan in the game of golf, a holiday with mysterious origins.
According to the U.S. Golf Association, there are three possible explanations for the term and its meaning, all relating to a David Mulligan. "One day Mulligan hit a very long drive off the first tee, just not straight, and acting on impulse re-teed and hit again. His partners found it all amusing, and decided that the shot that Mulligan himself called a 'correction shot' deserved a better named, so they called it a 'mulligan.'"
National Pasta Day
* The Etruscans may have made pasta as early as 400 B.C.
* There are more than 600 known pasta shapes, including Campanelle ("Bells"), Radiatori ("Radiators") and Tripolini (tiny bow ties).
* Italy makes approximately 2.75 million tons of pasta annually. The U.S. makes close to 1.9 million tons, so "mangia!"
National Boss Day
Because you were probably not at work on Oct. 16 and thinking about your boss on a Sunday, celebrate National Boss Day on Oct 17. The holiday is celebrated annually on Oct. 16 if it's a weekday or on the weekday closest to Oct. 16. Find something good to celebrate about your boss. There must be something. If your boss is not a good one, you may be able to relate to "5 Bad Boss Types, (and How to Handle Them)."
Jupiter Hammon 300th Birth Anniversary
Multicultural literature classes often include the work of Langston Hughes, Harper Lee and Maya Angelou and you may have never heard of Jupiter Hammon. He was born into slavery on Oct. 17, 1711, and "was a lifelong slave of the Lloyd family on Long Island" according to Famous Poets and Poems. His poem "An Evening Thought" was published on Dec. 25, 1760, making him "America's first Colonial Afro-American poet" according to the Lloyd Harbor Historical Society.
- David Mulligan