September 13: Bald is Beautiful Day, National Peanut Day, Uncle Sam Day, International Chocolate Day

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Bald is Beautiful Day

Did you know that 35 million American men and 21 million American women have experienced hair loss? Here are some other interesting hair loss statistics:

* There is an average of 110,000 hair follicles on the scalp.

* People who suffer from hair loss lose approximately 100 hairs each day.

* 47 percent of hair loss sufferers claim they would spend their entire life savings to regain a full head of hair.

* 60 percent of hair loss sufferers say that would rather have more hair than money or friends.

I say it's time to kick all that negativity to the curb. Take off your hat, leave your toupee at home and break out the sunscreen because today is "Bald is Beautiful Day!" The look has certainly worked for superstars like Michael Jordan and Bruce Willis, so why not give it a try?

National Peanut Day

If George Washington Carver was still with us today he'd be smiling from ear to ear because today is "National Peanut Day!" Of course peanuts are not really nuts at all -- they're legumes like peas and beans, and are packed with fiber to assist in digestion and protein to help build muscle.

Peanuts, which grow underground, have the highest concentration of protein of any other plant on earth. Partly for that reason, they are a favorite ingredient in recipes and for snacks. In fact, peanuts are responsible for 67 percent of all "nut" consumption in the U.S.

To celebrate, why not try out one of these "10 Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes" from Yahoo! Shine?

Uncle Sam Day

Have you ever wondered who the heck Uncle Sam was and why he was chosen as an icon to represent America? If so, you're not alone. Although stories vary, it seems Uncle Sam got his start during the War of 1812. Sam Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, N.Y., used to ship meat to American servicemen. The shipments were marked "E.A. - U.S." and from Sam Wilson. Eventually the servicemen began to jokingly refer to them as being from "Uncle Sam," and the idea caught on and spread from there.

Sept. 13 was Sam Wilson's birthday, and is celebrated today as "Uncle Sam Day."

International Chocolate Day

Chocolate -- now that's cause for celebration! Fortunately for all us chocolate lovers, it actually does grow on trees. Chocolate comes from the cacao tree, and although it is native to Central and South America, it is grown throughout the tropics.

Contrary to what many believe, chocolate has many health benefits.

* It can reduce your risk of heart failure by as much as one-third.

* It can significantly reduce stress levels.

* It can improve cognitive ability.

Today is "International Chocolate Day." Why not celebrate by whipping up one of these "20 Recipes for Chocolate Lovers" from Yahoo! Shine?

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