MDBCs 06 Feb 2023
February 6th 2023 - Holidays and Observances
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- Christian feast day:
- International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (United Nations)
- Ronald Reagan Day (California, United States)
- Sami National Day (Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden)
- Waitangi Day, celebrates the founding of New Zealand in 1840.
Observances (click on the day or week for details)
National Frozen Yogurt Day
National Ashley Day
National Chopsticks Day
National Sickie Day
National Valentine Shopping Reminder Day
Pay a Compliment Day
Reclaim Social Day
Time to Talk Day
Ronald Reagan’s Birthday
Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Birthday
Natalie Cole’s Birthday
Rick Astley’s Birthday
Ginny Lemon’s Birthday
Drita D'Avanzo’s Birthday
Babe Ruth’s Birthday
Axl Rose’s Birthday
Bob Marley’s Birthday
National School Counseling Week
Pride In Foodservice Week
Lame Duck Day
February 6 is Lame Duck Day. The unofficial holiday honors anyone who is on their way out of their jobs or their elected office.
Contrary to popular belief, a lame duck is not an injured or an uncool duck.
Lame duck is a term usually reserved for politics in many democratic countries in the West and in Australia. It refers to a person or a group of people who are nearing the end of their elected term and will not be running for political office again.
Because their time in political office is limited, lame ducks are thought to have a freer hand in making decisions. Studies have shown that elected politicians towards the end of their tenure tend to make risky decisions. This is because they do not need to worry about the political consequences of their actions anymore.
The term lame duck however, originated in a field far from politics. Etymologists trace the first usage of the word to the London Stock Exchange in the 18th century. The term was used to refer to a defaulter - 'someone who couldn't pay his or her debts and then waddled off like a duck'. The usage of the term to refer to an elected official on his or her way out dates back to the late 19th century in the United States.
How to Celebrate
- Honor any lame ducks you may have around you. If you personally know of one, throw them a going away party.
- If you are in the United States, learn more about the 20th Amendment to the U.S. constitution, also sometimes known as the lame duck amendment.
Did You Know…
…that a group of ducks is called a team or a raft?
An exercise for people who are out of shape:
Begin with a five-pound potato bag in each hand. Extend your arms straight out from your sides, hold them there for a full minute, and then relax.
After a few weeks, move up to ten-pound potato bags.
Then try 50-pound potato bags, and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-pound potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.
Once you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.
Things I overheard at my health club:
- “I’m only taking this class so I don’t eat for an hour.”
- “Who knew 40 years of neglect would have repercussions?”
- “Does this body make me look fat?”
Could a ...
... librarian be called a bookkeeper?
... referee be a game warden?
... dairyman be a cowboy?
... cabinetmaker be the president?
A man came in to give his application to the manager. But the manager asked, "Why is there a four-year gap in your application?"
And the man responded, "Yale."
The manager hired him and the guy said,
"Thanks. I needed a yob."
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