October 25: Punk for a Day Day, National Denim Day, Cartoonists Against Crime Day, Sourest Day

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Punk for a Day Day

Like many common words in the English language, the word "punk" has taken on a whole new meaning in the last several decades. It used to refer to a disrespectful, destructive, rebellious teenager. In the 70s it gained new meaning with the punk rock music genre. Today, it refers to someone who just wants to be different -- a nonconformist -- especially one who identifies with the punk music scene and dresses the part.

Today is "Punk for a Day Day," and even if that hasn't been something you've aspired to in the past, why not give it a try? It might be fun to step outside your regular, boring self and try on a new persona. Here's what you'll need to do:

* Revamp your wardrobe with leather, denim, leopard print, and pants with lots of zippers and safety pins.

* Either spike your hair or get a Mohawk (don't worry, it'll grow back). Then, color it some vibrant shade of pink, purple or blue.

* Get a new piercing or tattoo, but make sure it's visible and makes your coworkers cringe.

National Denim Day

"National Denim Day" is a cooperative effort between Lee Jeans and the American Cancer Society. People throughout the country are encouraged to wear jeans on Oct. 25 and make a $5 donation to fund breast cancer research.

The first National Denim Day was celebrated in 1996, and since that time, participants have raised more than $86 million for the fight against breast cancer.

Cartoonists Against Crime Day

Although "Cartoonists Against Crime Day" may sound like a nonsensical holiday, it is actually quite serious. In December of 1991, sequential art lover Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith was assaulted, robbed and left to die. She decided to fight back by using comic art as an avenue to raise awareness about crime, and teach people what they can do to keep themselves safe.

Here are some easy things you can do to protect yourself and your family against crime:

* Be aware of your surroundings -- don't be an easy target.

* Don't flash cash or jewelry in public, and keep your money in a place difficult to pickpocket.

* If approached by a stranger, answer their question quickly and continue moving. Carry a personal alarm in case you are followed or threatened.

Sourest Day

Oct. 25 is "Sourest Day," and is the time to celebrate all things sour. Perhaps you can make a pitcher of fresh lemonade or a nice, refreshing key lime pie. If you need help coming up with sour ideas, take a look at these from Yahoo! Shine:

Sour Cream Donuts

Whiskey Sour

Hot and Sour Slaw

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