Chocolate Cupcake Day
Chocolate cake is one of my all-time favorite desserts, so you can understand when I get excited about "Chocolate Cupcake Day." Although no one knows for sure how cupcakes got their name, there is one theory that makes a lot of sense. About the time that cupcakes became popular sometime in the 1800s, there was also a shift in how we measured our ingredients. Previously, ingredients like flour and sugar were measured by weight. That system gave way to measuring "by the cup." Hence the name "cupcake" was born.
I can't think of any better way to celebrate this glorious day than by making (and eating) a batch of chocolate cupcakes. Here are some delectable recipes from Yahoo! Shine.
No Beard Day
If you've been considering the big switch to a clean-shaven mug, today's the day to pick up the razor and give it a try -- It's "No Beard Day!" The popularity of beards has waxed and waned over the past several decades, but most men have tried out the look at one time or another. (Even a few women have given it a try.)
Here are some interesting facts about beards that you may not have known:
* The longest beard on record was grown by Hans Langseth of Norway. Upon his death his beard measured 17 feet and 5.8 inches long!
* The longest beard on a female was grown by Vivian Wheeler of Wood River, Ill. Her beard measured 11 inches long.
* Whiskers grow at a rate of about 5.5 inches per year.
* The average man spends about 3,350 hours of his life shaving.
World Menopause Day
Menopause is a word that used to not be spoken in public. It's still not something you hear about in your average dinner conversation. That may be why it remains such a mystery to so many people. But menopause is a normal biological process for women, and has implications vital to their overall health.
Oct. 18 is "World Menopause Day." Health and women's organizations throughout the world will be holding events to raise awareness about the effects of menopause and counseling women on where to find help for unpleasant symptoms and side effects.
Women can celebrate World Menopause Day by joining "The 2nd Talk," a forum and collection of stories featuring women experiencing the changes of menopause.
Get Smart about Credit Day
Used judiciously, credit can be an important component of an individual's overall financial strategy. The economic events of 2007 and 2008, however, brought to light the extreme hazards credit can pose to an individual's fiscal health.
Today is "Get Smart about Credit Day," and you can celebrate by taking advantage of free credit counseling provided by experienced banking volunteers. The American Bankers Association website provides a list of participating banks across the country.
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