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Ada Lovelace Day, created in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson, has the goal of inspiring more women to work in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—by raising the profile of and celebrating women who currently work in these fields. Those behind the day believe that women in these fields do not have enough visibility, and believe the continued interest of women in technology will increase if those who are currently working in the fields are seen.
Curious Events Day is a time to be curious, especially about things that can be described as “curious events.” These are baffling and unexplained events and occurrences that have taken place or continue to take place all around the world. Some of these things are small and personal, like knowing where all the missing socks go, or finding out why people open their mouth while applying mascara. Some are considered by many to be conspiracy theories, such as if Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster are real. Then there are life’s big questions, such as those dealing with how the Earth came into formation, if there is intelligent life beyond it, and what happens when you die. Today we think and learn about, and maybe even try to solve some of these “curious events.”
Fire Prevention Day is observed next on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. It has been observed annually on October 9th since 1920.
International Beer and Pizza Day celebrates the food combination of beer and pizza. Both of these foods are enjoyed all around the world, and there are many varieties of each. Beer is made at small craft breweries and big corporate ones. It is drunk at bars, at get-togethers, at breweries, and at sporting events. Pizza is made at small family pizzerias and big national chains and can be purchased frozen in grocery stores. It is enjoyed at parties, by the slice while on the go, and as a simple meal at home.
National Pro-Life Cupcake Day is sponsored by Cupcakes For Life, a group that wants people to know that they care about unborn children and that because of abortion, not every child has a chance to celebrate a birthday. They remember the children who are aborted by handing out cupcakes. The group sees the handing out of cupcakes as a non-confrontational way to connect with the public on a controversial issue. The goal of the day is to raise awareness and start a dialogue about abortion, with the ultimate goal of changing people’s minds and saving lives.
National Sneakers Day celebrates sneakers, which are shoes that are designed for use in sports or for other types of physical exercise, but are often also used as an informal shoe for everyday use. Other terms such as tennis shoes, kicks, or gym shoes are also used for them, and the term sneakers is most often used to describe this type of shoe in the Northeastern United States and Southern Florida. The name has been used at least since 1887, when the Boston Globe used it and said it was “the name boys give to tennis shoes.” In 1917 Henry Nelson McKinney, an advertising agent, used the term “sneaker” because the rubber sole made the shoe stealthy and quiet, and much easier to sneak up on someone without them noticing. Leather soled dress shoes were the norm of the era, and were much louder. The first rubber soled shoes were introduced in the United States in 1892, and sneakers gained in popularity after World War I. It was also during this time that sports players began to endorse sneakers, also increasing the popularity of the shoes; for example, Chuck Taylor endorsed Converse All Stars. Sneakers began being used more for everyday use in the 1950’s, increasing their popularity some more. Jogging shoes became a popular type of sneaker in the 1970’s, and each type of sport had shoes made specifically for it. Wearing a certain type of sneaker is now often seen as a fashion statement, and certain sneakers have long been associated with rock ‘n roll—such as Converse—and with hip hop—such as Puma, Nike, and Adidas. Collectors of sneakers are known as sneakerheads.
National Sneakers Day is observed next on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. It has always been observed annually on October 9th.
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