May 29, 2017

May 29 is World Digestive Health Day. It is sponsored by the World Gastroenterology Organisation, an international federation of over 100 national GI societies and 4 regional associations which represent over 50,000 individual members.

Founded in 1935, WGO is focused on “the improvement of standards in gastroenterology training and education on a global scale.

This delightful image of the human microbiome was provided by Gut Microbiota for Health and if you want some really interesting reading you should visit their site.


May 28, 2017

“May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day, an annual awareness day that aims to break taboos and raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for women and adolescent girls worldwide.

t was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014. Menstrual Hygiene Day has received the support of over 270 global partners who are committed to making good menstrual health and hygiene a priority worldwide.

The day complements other important days of the year in relationship to sanitation and hygiene such as 15 October for Global Handwashing Day or 19 November for World Toilet Day.

May 28 was chosen for its symbolism since May is the 5th month of the year and most women average 5 days every month and their cycle is approximately 28 days.”

This post is quoted from Wikipedia.

This logo for Menstrual Hygiene Day was created by WASH United and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


May 26, 2017

The first 24 Hours of Le Mans (French: 24 Heures du Mans) was held May 26, 1923. It is the world’s oldest active sports car endurance race held annually near the town of LeMans, France. It is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and is often called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”. The event represents one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the other events being the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

This track map was created by Will Pittenger and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. You can see more of his stuff here.


May 25, 2017

May 25, Towel Day

Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to Douglas Adams. The commemoration was first held 25 May 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death. Some fans registered the domain name and it was an immediate success.

In May 2010 an online petition was created asking Google to recognize Towel Day with either a Google Doodle or by returning search results in the Vogon language for a day. Although 5,373 signatures were collected Google has not done either, as far as I can tell.

On Towel Day 2015, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti sent a “Towel Day Greeting” and read aloud a sample from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy from the International Space Station.

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May 24, 2017

Calling all library buffs. On May 24, 1597 Leiden University Library (The Netherlands) produced “Nomenclature” the first printed catalog of an institutional library. For those of us who love lists and organizational schemes, it is the precursor of Wikipedia (and other similar repositories of knowledge) from which this article has been summarized.

For what it’s worth, a “nomenclator,” in classical times, was a slave whose duty was to recall the names of persons his master met during a political campaign. However, it has taken on several other meanings and also refers to a book containing collections or lists of words.

This image is a photographic reproduction of Willem Blaeu’s 1649 woodcut of the Leiden University Library, a work in the public domain.


May 21, 2017

May 21, 1904, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Headquartered in Zürich, its membership now comprises 211 national associations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central American and the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America.

Although FIFA does not control the rules of football, it is responsible for the organisation of a number of tournaments and their promotion, which generate billions from sponsorship.

This article was quoted and summarised from FIFA Wikipedia.
This image was accessed from Wikimedia and its creator has released it into the public domain.


May 20, 2017

May 20 is Weights and Measures Day

The BIPM (Bureau international des poids et mesures) was created on 20 May 1875, when 17 countries signedThe Treaty of the Metre. The treaty also set up an institute for the purpose of coordinating international metrology and for coordinating the development of the metric system.

The French government gifted the BIMP the Pavillon de Bretuil a 2.52 ha (6.2 acres) tract of land near Paris, where it enjoys extraterritorial status. Housed in the Pavillon you will find the international standard kilogram and the international standard meter which is defined as the distance traveled by light in a vacuum in a vacuum in 1/299 792 458 seconds.

The BIPM logo is a faithful photographic reproduction of public domain work of art.