Archive for January, 2010

(January 31) Today we’re celebrating . . . Inspire Your Heart With the Arts Day

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

01312007ml.jpgInspire Your Heart With The Arts Day
While food sustains the body, its Art that inspires the heart, the mind and the soul.

Today, and everyday, surround yourself with the beauty of art. Go to a museum, see a play, sign up for dance classes, read and write poetry.

Today is a day to inspire your heart with the arts!*

*source/link: Inspire Your Heart With The Arts Day

(January 30) Today we're celebrating . . .  Inane Answering Machine Message Day

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Inane Answering Machine Message Day
A day for updating, erasing, or re-recording those awful and annoying answering machine messages we all have.

(January 29) Today we're celebrating . . .  Fun at Work Day

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Fun at Work Day
A day to bring some fun and humor into that dull, boring, cubically challenged job of yours. Remember a happy employee is a productive employee.

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(January 29) Today we're celebrating . . .  Freethinker's Day / Thomas Paine Day

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Freethinker’s Day / Thomas Paine Day
Observing the birthday of Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense which advocated the independence of the American Colonies.

(January 28) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Take Back Your Time Week

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

National Take Back Your Time Week
Reclaim your time, energy, and life by letting go of the nonessential demands and activities that steal your free time.

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(January 27) Today we're celebrating . . .  Thomas Crapper Day

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Thomas Crapper Day

Yes its true. Today we celebrate the man behind the porcelain throne – Thomas Crapper.

Though credited by many as the inventor of the flush toilet, Crapper was not, but he did popularize the WC (water closet).

He was a shrewd businessman, salesman and self-publicist. In a time when bathroom fixtures were barely spoken of, he heavily promoted sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom*

Crapper did hold numerous patents that helped modernize indoor plumbing. His company, Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd., is still creating reproductions of his original designs.

BTW – About the word Crap …

…is old in the English language, one of a group of nouns applied to discarded cast offs, like “residue from renderings” (1490s) or … probably extended from Middle English crappe “chaff, or grain that has been trodden underfoot in a barn” (c. 1440), deriving ultimately from Late Latin crappa, “chaff.”

Yet another purported explanation is that Crapper’s flush toilet advertising was so widespread that “crapper” became a synonym for “toilet” and people simply assumed that he was the inventor.*

photo credit: public domain (via wikipedia)
*link: wikipedia – Thomas Crapper

(January 26) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Speak Up and Succeed Day

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

National Speak Up and Succeed Day
Being an effective communicator is the most important skill for success in your personal and professional life — and yet as many as 97% of all Americans report that they are intimidated by public speaking. Help chart your course for success by practicing your public communication skills today.

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