National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day provides a day to cuddle up with a sweet childhood toy. It is celebrated on the 2nd Wednesday of October each year. Teddy Bears provide comfort. Many of us have a childhood bear we snuggled up with when we were ill or scared. They were companions. Most Teddy Bears are the perfect size for children to hug at night while they drift off to sleep. They fit neatly into their tiny arms. For adults, teddy brightens up your day and brings a feeling of celebration to your office. In the classroom, the variety of Teddy bears brings delight and fascination. The day can also be an opportunity to give a teddy bear to someone who needs encouragement. In 1902, American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi. This incident made national news. Clifford Berryman published a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902. The caricature became an instant classic. The Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy. Morris Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear.” Since the advent of the Teddy Bear, a parade of famous characters followed. 

    National Take a Hike Day

    National Take a Hike Day is celebrated on November 17th each year. It encourages us to get out there and hit the trails. Did you know that there are over 60,000 miles of trails in our National Trail System. These trails are in all 50 states. The oldest used trail in the UNited States is the Crawford Path in New Hampshire. The beginning of the path was cleared to summit Mt Washington in 1819. Other trails allow us to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark or you could explore even more ancient history like Effigy Mounds National Monument. Besides experiencing majestic views and the great outdoors, we also exercise our bodies. Hiking not only gets our hearts pumping and our muscles moving, but being outdoors is good for our minds. Many of us spend too much time indoors behind a desk or infont of video games. Hiking can burn between 400-550 calories per hour. Your health and your heart will thank you for celebrating this day. When you participate in National Take a Hike day be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and bring a buddy, but get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise to boot!

    When Hiking: 

    Here are ten essential items to bring with you before hitting the trails. With these survival items you will be able to handle most situations. 

    1. Warm Clothing - It's a good idea to bring along a warm hat, gloves and an insulated jacket if you are hiking after the sun sets. The amount of extra clothing you bring with you will depend on where and when you'll be hiking.

    2. Extra Food & Water - You never know when you may be delayed by bad weather, by getting lost or having emergencies, so bring enough food and water to last you a day.

    3. Compass & Map - Carry a map and compass with you even if you know the area you will be hiking. A detailed map will provide you information like landmarks, trail contours, national parks and nearby amenities.

    4. Sun Protection - Bring a hat, lip balm and some form of sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Sunglasses are also necessary to protect your eyes, particularly in winter or on the water.

    5. First-Aid - The simplest thing that you can do is purchase a small first-aid kit that has all the essential items you require inside - and always keep it with you when hiking.

    6. Lights - You should have enough light that you can use during your hike after dark. A headlamp should always be part of your essential items list, as well as spare batteries.

    7. Matches or a Firestarter - A great tool to bring with is a firestarter. Small and light wieght, but you should practice at home before hitting the trail.

    8. Multi-Tool and Repair Kit - Another must have is a Swiss-Army knife or a multi tool. This single piece of gear has multiple uses for your needs.

    9. Whistle - A plastic whistle is lightweight and incredibly shrill, and is the perfect tool for getting someone's attention. Find a plastic whistle that is pea-less -- as the pea inside metal whistles may freeze up if you are in the mountains.

    10. Emergency Blanket - An emergency blanket is very useful if you get cold or wet or if you need to camp out.

    Bear-Safe Best Practices

    Following safe food storage practices protects both you and the bears:

    • Never leave food or coolers unattended.  All food, food particles, trash, and coolers need to be secured in a vehicle or trailer.
    • Always keep a clean picnic area, campsite, or other area where you may be spending time.
    • Don’t leave any food (including condiments), food particles, trash, and coolers out when not in use.
    • Store food in bear-resistant units, hard-shelled vehicles or car trunks.
    • Never store food in your tent.


    Hiking Etiquette Fact Sheet - Read about proper hiking etiquette

    Manasquan Reservoir - 5 mile perimeter trail and 1 mile nature walk

    Ocean County Park System Hiking Trails - Find a park and trails near you

    The Crawford Path - Learn about the oldest (still used) trail in the USA 

    Bear Safety - Learn about best practices for keeping safe from bears when hiking

    Bear Safety Video - Watch this video on bears on hiking trails and campgrounds

    National Park Posters - Check out these posters for each National Park

    American Hiking Society - Learn more about this group

    American Trails - Meet a that tends to the trails

    Trails Near Jackson - More Trails near Jackson, NJ

    Mickey Mouse Birthday

    On November 18th, Mickey Mouse Birthday commemorates the debut of a lovable mouse that was once a rabbit called Oswald. His character got his start on film on November 18, 1928, but before that, the story begins in 1927, when Walt Disney first sketched a floppy-eared bunny while under contract to Universal Studios. The events that unraveled brought us Mickey Mouse. While his creator and studio have applied several different birth dates to the lovable mouse over the years, November 18, 1928, was finalized as Mickey’s birth date with stardom. Before that, Mickey Mouse came under the roller coaster events of Oswald’s success and Universal’s disappointing contract negotiations. Disney Bros. Studio took their leave of both the studio and Oswald and set to work, creating a character who would go on to lead the company into the future. From a rabbit named Oswald to a mouse named Mortimer, eventually, the squeaky-voiced rodent was dubbed Mickey. He flopped in two animated short films without any success. Then on November 18, 1928, Mickey’s star was born. The first animation synchronized to music and sound effects, Steamboat Willie premiered in New York.

    Mickey Mouse

    Mickey Mouse Club

    Within a year, a Mickey Mouse Club popped up in Salem, Oregon. This particular club offered admission as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army. Patrons donated either a potato or a small toy and a penny as admission. According to a December 22, 1929, Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) article, $12 and three truckloads of potatoes and toys collected by eager new members. Remember, the stock market crashed just 20 days before Mickey Mouse was born. That a cute little mouse could bring smiles to the faces of children at an uncertain time isn’t such a surprise. Generally, new members joined the club by completing an admission form obtained from a local merchant and attending meetings held during matinees at local movie houses. The price of admission often was reduced for good deeds and report cards. By the end of 1930, the Mickey Mouse Clubs had spread across the country.

    New Look & Companions

    In 1935, animator Fred Moore gave Mickey a new look that enabled a more fluid movement to the animation. A makeover in 1935 by animator Fred Moore gave Mickey the look we are familiar with today. The big eyes, white gloves, and the pert little nose. More lovable than ever before, he propelled himself even further into the hearts of children everywhere. His companions Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto joined him along the way, bringing vaudevillian comedy with them.



    Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse - Watch this video news report for Mickey Mouse

    Mickey Celebrates across the Globe and in Time Square - Watch Mickey celebrate around the world

    Classic Mickey Mouse Birthday Short - Watch this classic Mickey Mouse Short

    Birth of Mickey Mouse - Read to learn more

    Mickey's 90th Birthday Party! - Watch Mickey's 90th Birthday Bash

    Mickey's Birthday - Check out these stories about Mickey and Minnie



    Harlem Globetrotter Day

    The Harlem Globetrotters were established on January 7, 1927 by Abe Saperstein. Originally called the Savoy Big Five, this African American team of players were some of the most famous to ever enter the game. They were famous for their on court antics, and they showed them best when they won the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1940. These guys were amazing and on fire, and loved entertaining the crowd with their uncanny basketball ability, juggling basketballs and making shots that were nothing short of outlandish.

    In 1948 the NBA was formed, and the Globetrotters showed their skill by defeating the Minneapolis Lakers, and in 1950 things got competitive as African American basketball players were finally admitted into the NBA. Even with the new opportunities, the Globetrotters remained one of the biggest draws and began to live up to their name by travelling the world. They even got to perform for the Pope!

    Harlem Globetrotter’s Day is best celebrated by enjoying the antics of this amazing team! You can get out and watch a solid game of basketball, or look up some of their videos of their antics on Youtube. Get together with your friends and watch the episodes of shows past where they showed up to do their amazing tricks.

    If you’re really fortunate, you may be able to catch them performing in your area, and if they are you’re in for an amazing treat. These guys have some of the most astounding tricks you can imagine, and perform feats with a basketball that just seem impossible when you watch it happen. There’s little as amazing as watching them in action, and it’s a great day for the family!


    Globetrotters at home

    Best of Trick Shots 2020 Video

    HGT at the Vessel NYC

     HGT Hockey Edition

    Best of trick Shots 2018

    World's Highest Shot 583 ft

    HGT Break 9 World Records in 1 Day


    Penguin Awareness Day
     Can AI help save penguins? - Microsoft News Center India

    Penguin Awareness Day is celebrated on January 20th each year. There are currently over 18 different known species of penguin and some of them have been around the planet for well over 65 million years. However, what most people don’t realize is that penguin numbers around the world are dwindling. Every year, the penguin population shrinks at an alarming rate and most of the world doesn’t realize this because they don’t get to see “real” penguins in their natural habitat. That’s why Penguin Awareness Day is such a good opportunity to learn more about penguins and understand the situation they’re in.

    penguin facts – BirdNation

    It could lead to an appreciation for penguins and can help ensure that they can continue living on our planet for another 65 million years! Penguin Awareness Day is a time to celebrate and commemorate penguins, but unless we do something as a collective to help penguins thrive in the wild, there may be none left in the near future. That’s why the main focus of Penguin Awareness Day is to educate people on their situation, learn how climate change has affected them and also learn about the different species and where they live.

    Here are some websites for you to explore and learn more about penguins.



    International Sweatpants Day

    The first pair of sweatpants was introduced in the 1920s by Émile Camuset, the founder of Le Coq Sportif. The first sweatpants to be made were simple knitted gray jersey pants that allowed athletes to stretch and run comfortably. Since then, traditionally, sweatpants have been ash-gray in color, but over the recent years, companies like Nike have put considerable effort into making them more attractive while at the same remaining just as comfortable as the original ones. International Sweatpants Day was created to show people that wearing sweatpants doesn’t necessarily have to be embarrassing—after all, why should anyone be embarrassed of being comfortable? Life is too short to be wearing tight clothing all the time.

    How to celebrate International Sweatpants Day

    International Sweatpants Day is not just about spending the day wearing sweatpants or something equally comfortable, although that is definitely part of the fun involved. International Sweatpants Day is also about giving yourself a break from the often stressful and rushed lives many of us live. Wearing sweatpants means we want to be good to ourselves for a change, put our own comfort before our worries of what other people think of of us. And that’s how we should spend this whole day: being good to ourselves, enjoying our lives without paying attention to what other people think about what we do, wear or say. So take a moment to think: what do you really feel like doing on this day? Today is the day to be good to yourself for a change. You deserve a break, to relax, to be comfortable, and this is your day to make that happen. International Sweatpants Day, as trivial as it sounds, may be just what a lot of today’s super-stressed professionals need to wind down after working every waking minute of every day.

     History of the Company that Invented Sweatpants