Golf Lovers Day
If you're wondering why half the people in your office are leaving at noon today, it's likely because it's "Golf Lovers Day!" There's no better way to celebrate than to get out early and play a quick round. There are more than 28 million golfers in the U.S. although numbers have been declining slightly due to the slow economy. Many golfers are now playing less or not playing at all. Here are some other interesting golfing facts:
* American golf balls have 336 dimples.
* The youngest golfer to shoot a hole-in-one was 5-year-old Colby Orr, in Littleton, Colo.
* 25 percent of all golfers are women.
National Taco Day
Tacos are one of the most versatile foods in the world. Although no one is really sure where tacos first originated, it is theorized that they got their start in the silver mines of Mexico. In the 18th century, miners used small pieces of paper to wrap gunpowder to make charges. These charges were referred to as "tacos."
Today is "National Taco Day" and the best way to celebrate is by making a batch of your favorite variety. Better yet, why not experiment a little and try one you've never had before? Here are some recipes to get you started from Yahoo! Shine.
World Animal Day
"World Animal Day" originated in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. Its intent was to raise awareness for the plight of endangered species around the world. Oct. 4 was chosen as the date because it is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
Did you know …?
* There are more than 1,100 animal species worldwide that are endangered, half of which can be found in the United States.
* Because an organism is not declared extinct for several years after the last sighting, many of today's endangered species could already be gone forever.
* Some of the currently endangered species are African and Asian elephants, West Indian manatees, American alligators, Western gorillas, grizzly bears, Florida cougars, tigers, black rhinos, humpback whales, green sea turtles, Atlantic salmon, and red wolves.
Toot Your Own Flute Day
It's not often that we get permission to sing our own praises, but today is "Toot Your Own Flute Day." It's a great day to update your resume or rewrite your social networking profiles. If going public with your accomplishments just isn't your style, you can make a private list of all the reasons you rock! Just the act of doing so should lift your spirits and build your confidence.
Here are some famous people in recent history who weren't -- or still aren't -- shy about tooting their own flutes:
* Bob Dylan
* Andy Warhol
* Charlie Sheen
Can you think of more?
- Living Nature