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SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 | NATIONAL DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT | NATIONAL VIDEO GAMES DAY | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY | NATIONAL REPORT MEDICARE FRAUD DAY

NATIONAL DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT

National Day of Encouragement is observed annually on September 12. This day is dedicated to uplifting people around us and making a positive impact. National Day of Encouragement was intended for all of us to do something to offer encouragement to those around us, whether it is someone at work or in our personal lives.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make deliberate acts of encouragement providing reassurance and inspiration to people around you. High five someone for a job well done. Take notice when a friend is getting close to a hard-earned goal, encouraging them to keep going.  Send a card or give a call or text to a family member who may be struggling.  Remind them how important they are to you.  Use #NationalDayofEncouragement to share on social media.

HISTORY

The Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas launched an effort to get Americans to participate in this Day of Encouragement. The first proclamation for the Day of Encouragement was made by Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas on August 22, 2007. In September Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas signed a proclamation making September 12, 2007, the “State Day of Encouragement” for Arkansas.

Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making September 12 the official National Day of Encouragement.

NATIONAL VIDEO GAMES DAY    

National Video Games Day is observed annually on September 12th.

Video game players across the United States enjoy this day with much enthusiasm.  From their very earliest days, video games have gone on to become an art form and industry.

There was, at one time, a United States National Video Game Team, founded on July 25, 1983, in Ottumwa, Iowa, by Walter Day and the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard. The early games used interactive electronic devices with various display formats. Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann filed the first patent for an interactive electronic device in 1947.  It was called the “Cathode ray tube amusement Device”.  

Some other early examples include:

  • The Nimrod computer at the 1951 Festival of Britain
  • 0X0 – a tic-tac-toe computer game by Alexander S. Douglas for the EDSAC in 1952.
  • Tennis For Two – 1958 – An electronic interactive game engineered by William Higinbotham.
  • 1961 – Spacewar

A different means of display was used for each game from a panel of lights to a graphical display to an oscilloscope or the DEC PDP-1′s vector display.

  • Computer Space, created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, in 1971, was the first commercially sold, coin-operated video game.
  • Magnavox Odyssey was the first home console in 1972.
  • Atari’s Pong followed with an arcade version in 1972 and a home version in  1975.
    “The commercial success of Pong led numerous other companies to develop Pong clones and their own systems, spawning the video game industry.”

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make sure you have plenty of snacks and your favorite games. Get your friends together for a marathon session! Friends, new games, retro games, munchies and beverages and you’re ready to go. Use #NationalVideoGamesDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Video Games Day.

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY

National Chocolate Milkshake Day is observed each year on September 12 by chocolate and ice cream lovers alike.  Forget the calories in it for just this one day and enjoy a nice tall, thick and delicious, chocolate milkshake! The first time the term “milkshake” was used in print was in 1885.  During this period, milkshake referred to an alcoholic beverage which was an alcoholic drink described as a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink” which was a blend of eggs, whiskey, and other ingredients served both as a tonic and treat at pharmacies.

  • By 1900 milkshakes were referred to as “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry or vanilla syrup.”
  • The early 1900s – People began asking for this “new treat” with a scoop of ice cream.
  • 1911 – The Hamilton Beach’s drink mixers began to be used at soda fountains.
  • 1922 – Steven Poplawski invented the electric blender or drink mixer.
  • Due to the invention of the blender, the milkshake began to take a chipped, aerated and frothy form as they are today.
  • It was by the 1930s that milkshakes became a popular drink in malt shops everywhere.

HOW TO OBSERVE

To celebrate, enjoy a Chocolate Milkshake at your favorite restaurant or soda fountain.  You may want to top off your chocolate milkshake with a dollop of whipped cream! Use #ChocolateMilkshakeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

National Report Medicare Fraud Day - September 12
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NATIONAL REPORT MEDICARE FRAUD DAY

September 12 represents the National Report Medicare Fraud Day. Medicare fraud affects us all. Ten percent of all Medicare funds are lost due to fraud. Because the government spends $650 billion a year on Medicare, $65 billion a year is lost to Medicare fraud. It’s no wonder why we have a national health care crisis!

There are two very different ways of reporting Medicare fraud, with two very different results. One is to blow the whistle under the Department of Justice (DOJ) reward program, which pays 15% to 25% of the amount DOJ recovers. The average DOJ reward for reporting Medicare fraud is $690,000 and some rewards have been as high as $150 million! In addition, if you report fraud under the DOJ program, the government must open an investigation and inform you of the results. Today, over three-fourths of the government’s Medicare fraud cases are DOJ whistleblower reward cases. Thus, the government is counting on whistleblowers to bring Medicare fraud cases to DOJ and receive a reward in the process.

The other way is to report fraud directly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the Medicare program. You can report fraud to CMS through its website or by calling its hotline.

The National Report Medicare Fraud Day not only brings awareness to the amount of Medicare fraud but provides the public with detailed steps for reporting it.

HOW TO OBSERVE

It’s time to put an end to fraudulent Medicare claims! Here’s how you can be part of the solution. Simply visit the National Report Medicare Fraud Day website (www.ReportMedicareFraudDay.com) and you can download a free e-book with step-by-step instructions for reporting Medicare fraud. It is your one resource for all you need to know about reporting Medicare fraud.

HISTORY

The National Report Medicare Fraud Day started in 2017. It was formed by The Hesch Firm, LLC after founding attorney, Joel D. Hesch, spent over 15 years working in DOJ’s whistleblower reward office. Mr. Hesch now exclusively represents whistleblowers nationwide in filing for rewards for reporting fraud.To help whistleblowers properly report Medicare fraud, he authored a free e-book and created a website to ensure that the public knows how to properly report Medicare fraud and follow the steps necessary to be eligible for a reward. Visit the website:www.ReportMedicareFraudDay.com

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