October 24th is dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments and duties of the United Nations. We have over 70 years of history from this world-wide organization. They originally formed as an agreement from the Treaty of Versailles to help advocate against war breaking out and leaders taking over their peoples’ rights. However, that didn’t last. Towards the end of World War II, the leading nations of the world decided to reconvene to reassess what needs to happen within their organization. Since then, they have worked immensely on human rights issues, fighting against poverty and hunger, and eradicate diseases globally.

Not only do they work together as world leaders, but they also get help and leadership from other organizations that specialize in their own specific fields of research like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

They have done countless positive actions gearing towards a better world since it first being officially recognized on October 24, 1945. We have listed below 3 incredible issues that they have tackled successfully and are still gearing towards perfecting even today.

Reasons Why We Should Celebrate the UN:

  1. They Eliminated Polio.

Polio once left millions of children all over the world paralyzed. Thanks to the United Nations’ Global Polio Eradication initiative, they have helped prevent polio for generations of children.

2. They Gave Women a Voice.

Starting in 1995, the UN held the World Women Conference with 189 countries coming together to take a stand and begin agendas to promote and better women’s rights in their respective countries.

  1. They Are On a World Hunger Mission.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the European Union organized together in 2008 during the major food price crisis to provide $1 billion to combat hunger in 50 countries.

The United Nations may sometimes seem like they may just all be sitting at an oval table sipping coffee talking about the weather. But they really do put major work into what they do to ensure a better tomorrow for our future and to assist in giving people all around the globe a voice to injustices they are facing. Today, they are still working as hard as ever to give us all a healthier and safer world to live in.

Remember being taught in elementary school, “Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492”? And over 500 years later we close down banks and don’t get any mail for this day! Well, today is the day we commemorate his travels that have discovered the New World of the Americas!

In America, we consider this a federal holiday, but a lot of people still go about their daily lives. So, what’s so important about this day that we shut down government facilities in the first place?

The Italian explorer and adventurer, Christopher Columbus, accidentally came across seas to find the New World and bring its spoils back to Italy, all the while exploring what this new land would have to offer Europe. He meant to go to Asia, but those pesky waters drifted him elsewhere. At first, he found the Carribean and landed at the Bahamas – not a bad trip idea after all that sailing!

He went back and forth from Europe to the Caribbean a few times but soon he and his crew made their way to what we know now as North America and discovered new people and a new land filled with things none of them have ever seen before! It actually took him 3 trips to realize he wasn’t in Asia at all, but in an entirely new part of the world.

The day is meant to celebrate the time that Europe had finally discovered the land that is the Americas and they could soon see more of the world rather than what they had only known in Europe. America grew many crops like corn and tobacco that were either never heard of or were scarce in Europe and soon trade became available between the two lands. This is also a day to celebrate Italian-Americans in the United States since it is from their heritage that the Americas and Caribbean were finally known to the other side of the world. For these accomplishments, the Federal Government takes the second Monday of October off to relax in this New World.

October 9th probably shouldn’t be celebrated with an extra Beggin’ Strip! On this day back in 2011, it was declared a national epidemic that pets, now more than ever, are unhealthily overweight. The day is made to raise awareness to help pet owners far and wide to better learn what it means to have an obese pet and what they can do to help benefit their pet for a long and healthy life.

When a pet is obese, it is kind of clear to see. It can be little things like noticing their harness doesn’t fit like it used to, their collar is getting a little hidden in those neck rolls, and it’s harder for them to go up and down the stairs without breathing heavily. But you should never diagnose your animal yourself without having a professional veterinarian’s diagnostic and further instructions, as well. So, what can you do as easy, at-home precautions?

Just like humans, we can help them watch their food intake and encourage daily exercise.

When it comes to your pet’s diet, look at the ingredients that are being added to their kibble, wet food, and/or treats. Ingredients like added sugars and other fatty products could be a result of your pet’s weight gain. Try to opt for more foods that have natural products listed, rather than a whole list of things that no one can even pronounce. You can even make your pet’s food at home with just a few simple foods you may just have lying around the house. Whip together some whole-grain rice, boiled chicken, carrots, and peas. Use frozen blueberries and edamame as tasty treats through the day or while training. Just like humans, because you’re on a diet doesn’t necessarily mean eat less, but eat healthier! These little swaps in your pet’s diet not only help them lose weight but are also beneficial when it comes to eyesight, softer coats, and helping retain hydration!

Is your pet a couch potato? Doesn’t like to walk even if you do have a pocket full of tater tots for them? That’s ok! Try taking them to your local dog park or open field and have them go exploring! If they don’t feel confined to a leash or see you walking around too, they’ll feel more confident is walking (and maybe running!) around. Try to go for daily strolls so that both you and your pet are moving about!

There is nothing wrong with spoiling your pet – we all do it! But we have to be aware of when too much is becoming too much on our pets’ bodies. We want them to live as long as they can so we can help by providing them a healthy and active lifestyle to the best of our abilities to ensure many years with our fur-babies!

Although nowadays people tend to say they love their dogs (or cats!) more than they love people, why not change it up for a day? On September 30th we take the time to commemorate National Love People Day. Living in a day of age where we try to avoid people so much that we would rather have a relationship with our phone that with another person, why not try to break that habit?

This day is to – with no exceptions or discriminations – show unconditional love to anyone and everyone. The purpose of highlighting this day is to really show how we should treat one another everyday, with no need of some special celebration or hashtag to prove otherwise. The day makes you exercise the concept of “love thy neighbor as thyself” which can honestly put a lot of things into perspective when interacting with fellow man. Making the world a better place with one thoughtful act or kind word is the ultimate goal of this day.

You can do your part by doing something good for every person you interact with that day. Start by smiling and giving a compliment to the people you pass by as you walk to your car in your apartment complex. Help clean up after a person’s pup at the dog park or give them a drink of water after playing. Spend the day making baked good or picking flowers for your neighbors. Give your parents and grandparents a call and let them know how much you appreciate them.

If you want to learn more about how to spend this day showing love to others, visit http://nationallovepeopleday.com/#lovechallenge for more information on events happening near you or ideas that you can do for literally anyone on that day and every day.

September 22nd is to dedicate the happiest of birthdays to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular Middle Earth Cycle books, The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings. Standing upright anywhere between a shocking two to four feet tall, hobbits are the unlikely underdog hero that we never see coming.

Filled with an overwhelming sense of valor and honor, hobbits tend to accomplish great achievements, even if that means putting their own selves at risk. Because of these unwittingly heroes, why not give them a whole day to be treated as if it is their birthday – similar to that described in the beginning of The Fellowship of The Ring.

This day occurs in the middle of Tolkien Week (a completely separate event), where we celebrate the life and legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien who had passed in early September of 1973. Hobbit Day always collides within the Tolkien week, where we feel like this really adds to the memory that we are remembering. You can be part of the party on the 22nd by hosting a movie marathon to commemorate your favorite Hobbits that have become national heroes in your eyes. Dub it the “Long Awaited Party” and the real fans will show up.

We the people, are celebrating the ratification of our nation’s Constitution on September 17th! On this day way back in 1787, thirty-nine of America’s leading founders (including our first president, Mr. George Washington!) signed this document to declare that all people born in the United States or have been naturalized, are in fact, citizens of this country.

The finalization of this historic document is one of the most important days in creating the foundation of American ideals, government, and fundamental laws. During the time of the 1700s, there was no country that was doing what America dared to do – let the people have a voice in its political matters. When our country’s constitution came to be, at that moment in time, there was truly nothing like that happening anywhere else in the world. We shook things up by saying we are allowing the people to have a voice in how their country is run and by whom. Eventually, we had others following suit.

It is important to still celebrate this holiday. Within today’s political climate, no matter what side of the spectrum anyone is, it is important to observe that because of this day in 1787, we have the ability to exercise any and all of these rights in which people are openly utilizing. We have the freedom to not only speak our opinions, but to just have an opinion. Our foundations are rooted in the Constitution, making it a day to remember in so that we can see how truly lucky we are and to look at how far we have come.

IT’S…ALIVE!

In honor of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s being born on this day back in 1797 – today we celebrate her unreal creation, Frankenstein.

This classic novel was actually first published with an anonymous author since women were not taken seriously as writers back in 1818. Shelley was a trailblazer in helping bring women out of the woodworks when it came to the arts.

The book combines science fiction and horror facets, along with some vibes of romance and action, there is no doubt that Frankenstein is a piece of literature that transcends time.

Dr. Frankenstein created his Creature, a cadaver that was brought to life through chemistry and a bolt of lightning. Through this legendary tale, we find that many monsters may not be the things that we think they are, but can actually be those who live amongst us.

How can you celebrate today? Well, grab Shelley’s masterpiece, plan out your Halloween costume in remembrance of the Monster, and cross your fingers for a thunderstorm to set the mood.

Is it possible fоr a реrѕоn tо livе forever? That iѕ whаt ѕоmе реорlе аrе сlаiming аbоut a hiѕtоriсаl figurе knоwn as Count dе Sаint-Gеrmаin. His оriginѕ are ѕtill unclear. Sоmе rесоrdѕ date hiѕ birth tо thе lаtе 1600s, аlthоugh ѕоmе bеliеvе that hiѕ longevity rеасhеѕ bасk to thе time оf Chriѕt. Hе hаѕ appeared mаnу times throughout history – even аѕ rесеntlу as thе 1970s – always арреаring tо bе аbоut 45 years оld. Hе wаѕ knоwn by many of thе mоѕt fаmоuѕ figures оf Eurореаn hiѕtоrу, including Cаѕаnоvа, Mаdаmе de Pаmраdоur, Vоltаirе, King Lоuiѕ XV, Catherine the Grеаt, Antоn Mеѕmеr, Gеоrgе Washington аnd оthеrѕ. He hаѕ also bееn linked tо a numbеr оf occult mоvеmеntѕ аnd соnѕрirасу thеоriеѕ.

Who wаѕ this mysterious mаn? Arе thе stories of his immоrtаlitу mеrе legend аnd fоlklоrе? Or is it possible thаt he rеаllу did discover thе ѕесrеt оf еtеrnаl lifе?

The dаtе of birth for Sаint Gеrmаn is unknоwn, аlthоugh mоѕt ассоuntѕ ѕау he wаѕ bоrn in the 1690s. A genealogy соmрilеd bу Anniе Besant for hеr co-authored bооk, The Comte De St. Gеrmаin: The Sесrеt of Kingѕ, аѕѕеrtѕ thаt hе wаѕ bоrn thе ѕоn оf Francis Rасосzi II, Prinсе оf Trаnѕуlvаniа in 1690. What wе dо knоw fоr certain iѕ thаt hе wаѕ аn ассоmрliѕhеd аlсhеmiѕt, whiсh means he соuld turn heaps of mеtаl intо рurе gold. If thаt wаѕn’t a nеаt еnоugh triсk аlrеаdу, the соunt аlѕо сlаimеd tо hаvе discovered the secret оf еtеrnаl lifе! Between 1740 аnd 1780 Sаint-Gеrmаin, who was ԛuitе a сеlеbritу in those days, trаvеlеd еxtеnѕivеlу thrоughоut Eurоре – аnd in аll thаt timе nеvеr ѕееmеd tо аgе. Those whо met him wеrе astonished bу hiѕ mаnу abilities аnd ресuliаritiеѕ likе:

  • He ѕроkе 12 lаnguаgеѕ
  • He could рlау thе viоlin likе a virtuоѕо.
  • He was an ассоmрliѕhеd раintеr.
  • Whеrеvеr hе trаvеlеd, he ѕеt up аn еlаbоrаtе laboratory, рrеѕumаblу for hiѕ аlсhеmу work.
  • He ѕееmеd to bе a mаn оf great wеаlth, but wаѕ not knоwn tо hаvе any bаnk accounts. (If it wаѕ duе tо hiѕ аbilitу to trаnѕmutе base metals intо gold, hе nеvеr реrfоrmеd the fеаt fоr оbѕеrvеrѕ.)
  • He dined оftеn with friеndѕ because hе enjoyed thеir company, but was rаrеlу ѕееn to еаt fооd in рubliс. Hе ѕubѕiѕtеd, it was said, on a diet of оаtmеаl.
  • Hе рrеѕсribеd rесiреѕ fоr the removal оf facial wrinklеѕ аnd for dуеing hаir.
  • He loved jеwеlѕ, аnd muсh оf his clothing – inсluding his ѕhоеѕ – wеrе studded with them.
  • Hе hаd реrfесtеd a technique fоr painting jеwеlѕ.
  • Hе claimed tо be аblе to fuѕе several ѕmаll diаmоndѕ into оnе lаrgе оnе. He аlѕо ѕаid hе соuld make реаrlѕ grоw tо inсrеdiblе ѕizеѕ.
  • He has bееn linkеd tо several secret ѕосiеtiеѕ, including thе Rosicrucians, Frееmаѕоnѕ, Society оf Aѕiаtiс Brothers, thе Knights оf Light, thе Illuminati аnd Order of thе Tеmрlаrѕ.

Offiсiаllу Saint Germain died in 1784, but оf соurѕе dying еԛuаlѕ hаving a bad dау, when уоur саllеd thе “immortal соunt”. Hе wоuld соntinuе tо bе seen thrоughоut the 19th century and into thе 20th century!

  • In 1785 hе was ѕееn in Gеrmаnу with Anton Mesmer, thе рiоnееr hypnotist. (Sоmе сlаim thаt it wаѕ Saint-Germain whо gаvе Mеѕmеr the bаѕiс ideas for hypnotism аnd реrѕоnаl magnetism.)
  • Offiсiаl rесоrdѕ оf Freemasonry show thаt thеу сhоѕе Sаint-Gеrmаin as thеir representative fоr a соnvеntiоn in 1785.
  • Aftеr thе tаking of thе Bastille in the Frеnсh Revolution in 1789, the Cоmtеѕѕе d’Adhémаr ѕаid she hаd a lеngthу соnvеrѕаtiоn with Count dе Saint-Germain. Hе allegedly tоld her of Frаnсе’ѕ immеdiаtе futurе, аѕ if hе knеw what was to come. In 1821, she wrоtе: “I hаvе ѕееn Sаint-Gеrmаin аgаin, еасh timе to my аmаzеmеnt. I saw him when thе ԛuееn [Antоinеttе] wаѕ murdеrеd, on thе 18th of Brumаirе, оn thе day fоllоwing thе dеаth of thе Dukе d’Enghien, in Jаnuаrу, 1815, аnd оn thе eve of the murdеr оf thе Dukе dе Bеrrу.” Thе lаѕt timе ѕhе saw him wаѕ in 1820 – and еасh timе hе lооkеd tо bе a mаn no older thаn hiѕ mid-40s.

Voltaire, thе 18th сеnturу philosopher, реrhарѕ bеѕt summed uр thе Cоunt оf St. Gеrmаin: thiѕ iѕ “a mаn who nеvеr dies, and whо knows еvеrуthing.” Whеthеr that’s true оr nоt, оnlу hiѕtоrу knows.

Edgar Allan Poe had a mysterious and untimely death at the young age of 40 on October 7, 1849, in Baltimore, Maryland – leaving behind a mystery as dark and macabre as him and his writings.
He was found incoherent and unable to explain what had happened to him outside a bar, doubling as a voting place. He was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his illness/injuries four days later; he repeatedly called out the name “Reynolds,” but nothing more than that.

It remains a mystery as to how Poe died…exactly.

Was he a victim of ‘cooping’; an early form of voter fraud? Did he die from alcohol poisoning, although he had joined the “Temperance Movement” one year earlier, or syphilis due to the many women he encountered after the depressing death of his wife?

They all seem very plausible but the most intriguing is: he was a victim of cooping, popular among gangs, or ruffians, in the 1840s.

It is considered that Poe was kidnapped by ruffians and forced to participate in ‘cooping’ which meant he had to wear multiple disguises and vote several times. And for each time he voted, he was given alcohol as his payment, even if he didn’t choose to commit the fraud. When the scam was discovered by officials, the gang had beat him and left him for dead so they could escape without consequences. The combination of excess alcohol and the intense beating caused Poe’s brain to swell and doctors were unable to save his life.

But that is only one theory, among many others that remain as mysterious as the Crow himself.

To all of you who have always struggled with right-handed desks in school – this one’s for you!

Did you know that only 10% of the population is left-handed?! You are a rare find, my friend.

This day got started in 1992 in the United Kingdom – their “Left-Handers Club” was established to increase awareness about the small, left-handed society. According to the group’s website, August 13th is a day where “left-handers everywhere can celebrate [themselves] and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.”

There has not been any scientific proof that genetics play any role in a person having “SouthPaws” (or another nickname for left-handers!) However, what has been found in Lefties brains is that they have a more active right side of their brain. This means, statistically, they are more creative than right-handed people. And don’t even think for a second you will be able to hit a curveball thrown by a leftie!

Although rare, there is no evidence that says that those of us with SouthPaws are going anywhere anytime soon! In fact, scientists believe that they may be the only sect of people that could survive a “survival of the fittest” scenario.

So, does this mean that those with the dominant left hand, have the upper hand?