October 8: National Kick-Butt Day, American Touch Tag Day, National Pierogi Day, Alvin C. York Day

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National Kick-Butt Day

Not to be confused with "Kick Butts Day," which is an annual event to help people quit smoking, the second Monday in October is "National Kick-Butt Day." This day is reserved for kicking yourself in the backside for all those goals and plans you've let go by the wayside. So straighten yourself up and kick it into high gear.

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American Touch Tag Day

I grew up without video games and computers, and we had one black and white TV that only got three channels. Our activities of choice were mostly played outside, and probably the most popular of all was "tag." It seems archaic to think about it today, but back then it was tons of fun, wonderful exercise, and a great way to make new friends and forge alliances.

Today is "American Touch Tag Day." Why not celebrate by gathering up the neighborhood kids and parents for a spirited game of tag? When the parents get involved it adds a whole new dimension to the game, and also sets a great example for the kids. If you're bored by the traditional version, check out some of these interesting alternatives like Freeze Tag or Octopus Tag.

National Pierogi Day

If you've never tasted these wonderful little Polish dumplings, you're in for a real treat. Pierogis originated sometime during the 13th century and were a common peasant food. Probably the most popular variety is the potato pierogi, but you can also find them filled with cheese, sauerkraut, mushrooms and sometimes even fruit.

Oct. 8 is "National Pierogi Day," and the best way to celebrate is at the dinner table! Luckily, most grocery stores now carry good quality pierogi in their frozen foods section. If you've got the time, however, why not try this amazing pierogi recipe from Yahoo! Shine? One bite and you'll think you're in the Old Country!

Alvin C. York Day

On Oct. 8, 1918, Corporal Alvin C. York, mostly unassisted, "captured 132 Germans (three of whom were officers), took [out] about thirty-five machine guns, and killed no less than twenty-five of the enemy …" He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant shortly after, and became one of the most highly decorated soldiers of WWI.

Today is "Alvin C. York Day" to commemorate Sergeant York's bravery for and dedication to his country. To celebrate, you can watch the 1941 film, "Sergeant York" starring Gary Cooper. Check it out on Yahoo! Movies.

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