Dunce Day 2013
November 8, 2013 in the World

Dunce Day celebrates the the term “Dunce” and dunce caps. Today marks the death (November 8, 1308) of medieval scholar Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland.

Dunce Day is all about learning. So, lets get right to it and learn about dunce caps and the creator of dunce caps.

Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland was a medieval scholar. Perceptions of his views ranged from brilliant to less than complimentary. Duns Scotus believed that cone shaped hats increased learning potential. He believed knowledge would flow from the point of the cap, down and into the head of the wearer, making that person smarter. About all this accomplished over time, was the perception of a person wearing a dunce cap to be…… a dunce. There was a positive side to his use of dunce caps. It motivated the wearer to learn more, so he could be rid of the the cap. Scholar critics of his work derived the term “dunce” from his name and place of birth.

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Cook Something Bold Day
November 8, 2013 in the World

According to it’s creator, Cook Something Bold Day is designed to encourage us to cook something bold and daring, that will fill up the house with warm, “homey” odors. It is celebrated in the month of November, as houses are closed up for the winter, and capture the cooking smells.

We hope you cook up a storm today, and have a very happy Cook Something Bold Day!!!

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392 – Emperor Theodosius declares Christian religion, state religion

1519 – 1st meeting of Montezuma & Hernán Cortés in Mexico

1638 – Anne Hutchinson banished from Massachusetts

1731 – In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st US library

1789 – Bourbon Whiskey, 1st distilled from corn (by Elijah Craig, Bourbon Ky)

1895 – German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays

1923 – Hitler stages unsuccessful “Beer Hall Putsch” in Muenchen (Munich)

1939 – Failed assassination attempt on Hitler in Burgerbraukeller, Munich

1950 – 1st jet-plane battle ever, in Korean War

1965 – “Days of Our Lives” premieres on TV

1984 – Anna Fisher becomes 1st “mom” to go into orbit