Most of us think of holidays as one of those few days our employer actually pays us to stay home. We all know the big ones: New Year's, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. And yes, some employers are a little more generous but most likely you'll have no more than 7 days a year that you consider a holiday. Depending on your religious beliefs you may add a few more to that annual list, and find that you're up to a dozen or so.
For a day to be considered a "National Holiday" it needs to be declared so by Congress. And then of course we have the "commercial holidays" that we all love, which in effect are simply days that have become popular over the years. We all love them, but for some of us that just isn't enough. Organizations, corporation, and even loosely connected groups of people can "declare" a day for any reason they choose. Some of these days catch on and become popular with the general population, some remain only recognized by their creator, and some fizzle out and become a mere memory after only a year or two.
The point is - Every day, somewhere someone is celebrating something.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

National Chocolate Day ~ October 28

As far as I'm concerned every day should be "chocolate day"

Some facts about chocolate:
  • Columbus brought cacao (chocolate) beans back to Spain on his fourth voyage in 1502.
  • Americans consume about half of the world's chocolate production.
  • Hershey's chocolate was introduced in 1900.
  • Hawaii is the only state that grows cacao beans to produce chocolate.
  • Seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year in the United States. 
  • Chocolate syrup was used in the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
  • Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.
  • One plain milk chocolate candy bar has more protein than a banana.
  • The average person will consume 10,000 chocolate bars in a lifetime...that's a lot of chocolate!

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