September 20: Punch Day, National Farm Safety Day, Gibberish Day

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Punch Day

Today is "Punch Day!" Oddly enough, it celebrates the meaning of the word "punch," which means "five." It actually originated from the Hindustani word "panch." The tie-in is that traditionally, punch has five base ingredients: water, tea, lemon, sugar and some sort of liquor.

Many countries around the globe have their own specialty for which they're known, such as the delicious rum punches from Jamaica and the Caribbean. In the U.S., punch is used to celebrate almost any occasion, from birthdays to bridal showers.

Why not celebrate this fall season with one of these fabulous autumn punch recipes from Yahoo! Shine?

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Apple Cider Punch

Mount Gay Rum Classic Punch Royal

National Farm Safety Day

Once an agrarian society, the United States has a long and proud history steeped in farming. Unfortunately, however, due to the small size and lack of regulation of a lot of family farms, farm work accidents tend to be high and significant.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, farm work-related health issues and accidents claim 1,300 lives and cause 120,000 injuries each year in the United States. Here are some other interesting farm accident facts:

* Tractor accidents cause the highest mortality rates on farms, with 44 percent resulting from tractors which have overturned.

* Farm injury rates are highest among children age 15 and younger and adults older than 65.

* It is estimated that the use of safety equipment such as seat belts could prevent up to 40 percent of all farm work-related injuries.

Today is "National Farm Safety Day ," and you can celebrate by letting all the family farmers in your life know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication. Also remind them to be safe and not to take shortcuts on important safety precautions like wearing seat belts on their farm equipment.

Gibberish Day

I can't think of a better holiday to celebrate in the throes of a Presidential campaign than "Gibberish Day !" By now we've all heard our share of unintelligible and nonsensical speech. Today gives us permission to get in on the act with our own versions of gibberish.

Famous comedians like Norm Crosby and Sid Caesar made entire careers out of speaking nonsense. My guess is that they would have fared well in politics. But if you have trouble getting into the swing of things with your gibberish today, just remember the words of Robert McCloskey : "I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."

Happy Gibberish Day!

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