International Day of Non-Violence
On June 15, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared Oct. 2 of each year to be "International Day of Non-Violence" to commemorate the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi. Ghandi's name is recognized around the world as synonymous with peace, and this day strives to further his philosophy through education and public awareness.
Most would agree that Mahatma Ghandi was a great and inspirational human being. Here are some interestingfacts about his life that you may not have known:
* Ghandi spoke English with an Irish accent.
* Ghandi lived on a diet of fruit, goat's milk and olive oil.
* Ghandi was heavily influenced by Henry David Thoreau, specifically when it came to his beliefs on Civil Disobedience.
* Ghandi never visited the U.S.
National Custodial Workers Recognition Day
I can still remember Mr. James, the custodian at my elementary school. He was a nice, quiet man who always had a friendly smile and nod for everyone who passed. Today is "National Custodial Workers Recognition Day" and the perfect time for you to show your appreciation for all the custodial workers who touch your life.
Janitors who work for the U.S. Postal Service are among the highest paid of all workers in the field, earning an average of $23.18 per hour. On the low end are custodial workers who work in hospitals and doctors' offices and only earn an average of $12.26 an hour. Is it just me, or is something out of whack here? I can only imagine the types of things that need to be cleaned up in a hospital, compared to those in a post office!
World Farm Animals Day
If you've never heard of this day, then you're probably not a vegetarian. "World Farm Animals Day," was created to expose and memorialize "the 65 billion land animals raised for food that suffer and die every year." Even if you're not on this particular bandwagon, you probably do realize that many farm animals have a terrible and tortured life, especially those that are raised on factory farms.
You don't have to give up meat to celebrate this day. Instead, why not take a few minutes to read-up on conditions in factory farms and keep that knowledge in mind while shopping and voting?
Name Your Car Day
Naming our cars is something many of us have done at one time or another. (I used to have a Mustang named "Gracie.") Today is "Name Your Car Day," and a great opportunity to have some fun by remembering famous cars with names. Here are a few to get you started:
* The General Lee from "The Dukes of Hazzard"
* Herbie from "The Love Bug"
* KITT from "Knight Rider"
Can you think of more?
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