February Holidays!

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 11:30am

February 1st is...

February.jpgSerpent Day
- In cold climates like Scotland, snakes hibernate during winter. They disappear into their holes in the earth like the sleeping roots of plants and trees. On Serpent Day, a strange old custom documented by Alexander Carmichael included beating the earth with a piece of peat in a sock while reciting a rune. No doubt this practice was meant to awaken the sleeping serpents and therefore the land to let them know spring is coming and it is time to wake up.

National Baked Alaska Day
- The history of the Baked Alaska dates back to the 1800s when it was named after the new territory of Alaska. The newest territory, being a frozen asset was the impetuous of the dessert which is frozen to the core also. Earlier than this, an American physicist named Benjamin Thompson claimed credit for creating the dessert when trying to determine the heat resistance of egg whites. It was his version of the dessert which prompted the name of omelet surprise.

Women's Heart Health Day
- Women’s Heart Foundation’s nationally recognized day to raise awareness about the number one killer of American women: heart disease.

National Freedom Day
- celebrates freedom from slavery, and recognizes that America is a symbol of freedom. Established in 1948 to remind us that America stands for, and is a symbol of freedom for all people. The roots of this special day come directly from the end of slavery and the signing of the 13th amendment outlawing slavery.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officially started in 1873
- the national police force of Canada, and one of the most recognized of its kind in the world. It is unique in the world as a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. The RCMP provides federal policing service to all of Canada and policing services under contract to the three territories, eight provinces (the RCMP does not serve as provincial or municipal police in Ontario and Quebec), more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities and three international airports

Skippy Peanut Butter Created
- a commercial brand of peanut butter made in the United States. Ninety million jars of Skippy are sold annually. It was first sold on February 1, 1933.

Robinson Crusoe Day
- Anniversary of the rescue of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who had been put ashore (in September 1704) on the uninhabited island Juan Fernández, at his own request, after a quarrel with his captain. His adventures formed the basis for Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe. A day to be adventurous and self-reliant.

African American Coaches Day
- To provide a day each year to educate the African-American community about the value of working with a personal or business coach and to provide an opportunity for coaches and their clients to acknowledge the results and progress made through the coaching process.

G.I. Joe Day
- This toy action figure was introduced by Hasbro and sold for $2.49. It was the first mass-market doll intended for boys and was a great success. The figure’s name came from a film, The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), that starred Robert Mitchum and Burgess Meredith.

Hula in The Coola Day
- A day for those longing to escape the winter doldrums to laugh at the cold with a luau party. Put away your winter coats, get out your shorts and flip-flops, play limbo and say, “Aloha!”

Spunky Old Broads Day
- celebration for all women over 50 who are interested in living a regret-free life.

Working Naked Day?!?!?
- dedicated to those who are working from home “naked”—stripped of the resources that millions take for granted in the traditional corporate workplace.

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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 1:26pm
I think you're right that the TV makes polar bears look all cute and cuddly!! I'd still like to go on a trip to see them, but I'd like a guide with a really big gun!! I'd love to try to get some pictures!! The Pastor at my church is a fantastic photographer and she's been on a polar bear trip.

I've never heard of pancake day. Sounds like fun. DD10 would get a kick out of trying to flip pancakes!! and she loves crepes!!
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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 7:33am

I always thought it would be cool to go on one of those trips to see polar bears but I think the "cute and cuddly" view we get from TV probably isn't very accurate!

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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 5:07pm
We definately have polar bears, but they live much further north than I do!! I've never seen them in the wild yet. But we do hear on the news from time to time that a polar bear has broken in a door at someones home and raided the kitchen. Problem is, they are very threatened by people and will attack if we get too close. They are so huge that most people don't survive the attacks. So if you hear a noise in the kitchen at night and your spouse is next to you, it's best to leave by the back door and call the police. :0)

This is terrible, but I don't know when lent starts. I've missed church the past two Sundays. :0( The faith I grew up in didn't recognize lent, but the Presbyterian church I attend now does. I'll have to figure that out Sunday!!
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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 8:57am

I liked the ideaof National Polar Bear Day.

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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 7:13am

February 28th is...

February.jpgPublic Sleeping Day
- Today is an opportunity to sleep in public. There are a whole lot of places to sleep in the public eye. And, today is the day to do it. You can sleep on a park bench, doze on a blanket on the beach, or even sleep on the job. Wherever you choose to sleep today, we hope it is peaceful and restful.

Floral Design Day
- Massachusetts Governonr William F. Weld proclaimed this day in 1995. Floral Design Day was created to honor Carl Rittner the founder of our floral design school, a pioneer in floral art education. Rittner founded the Rittener School of Floral Design. It is the perfect day to appreciate and create floral arrangements. Flowers are loved by all, especially the ladies. It seems only fitting that we have a day set aside to appreciate the creativity and artistic quality of flower arrangements.

National Chocolate Souffle Day
- A chocolate soufflé is one of those desserts that can inspire both fear and wonder. You are warned of a lengthy wait if you order one in a restaurant, though the warning is accompanied with an implicit promise that your patience will be rewarded. Everyone has heard of the inevitable collapse caused by a slamming door or dropped pot.

Paczki Day
- the feast of plenty before the Lenten fast begins. It is the last day of gaiety in Karnawal time, the period between Christmas and Lent. This is the time for sleigh parties called Kulig. To mark the last moments of excess before the austerity of Lenten sacrifice, Polish Roman Catholics celebrate Paczki Day.

DNA Discovered
- James Watson remembers cringing when his colleague Francis Crick announced to regulars at the Eagle, a pub in Cambridge, England in 1953, that they had discovered "the secret of life." The onetime ornithologist and the former physicist had created a plausible model for the structure of DNA that morning.

Pockets Invented/Car Keys and Small Change Day
- In 1590, pockets were invented. Without them, we'd have a hard time finding a place to keep coins and keys!

Purim
- a festival that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living throughout the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman the Agagite to annihilate them, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther). According to the story, Haman cast lots to determine the day upon which to exterminate the Jews.

M*A*S*H Bites the Dust Day
- Goodbye, Farewell and Amen was the instant-classic final installment of the long-running TV series M*A*S*H. After nearly three bloody years of combat in Korea (and 11 years' worth of TV time!), a truce has been declared and the 4077th is going home. News of the cease-fire affects different people different ways. Originally telecast February 28, 1983, the 2 1/2 hour show was the most widely watched TV program of all time.

National Tooth Fairy Day
- celebrates one of childhood's favorite visitors. The Tooth Fairy is an American tradition with European and superstitious roots. The promise of a visit from the tooth fairy and a gift, turns the occasion of a lost tooth into something to look forward to. The tooth fairy comes after the child falls asleep. She takes the tooth and leaves a small gift, usually money. The tooth fairy leaves a gift every time the child loses a tooth.

Rare Disease Day
- Each year Rare Disease Day has enjoyed an ever growing number of participating countries and more than a thousand patient organizations organizing events from tree planting to round tables, from marathons to art exhibitions. It has furthered rare disease as a public health priority, has shed light on the need for closer collaboration between patients and researchers, and now continues to underscore the challenges rare disease patients and their caregivers face.

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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 7:12am

February 27th is....

February.jpgAcademy Awards Night
- Each January, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards. Interest and anticipation builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the Oscar telecast in February, when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in film-making.

National Kahlua Day
- Kahlua is an alcoholic liqueur that is rich, creamy, and delicious! Originally from Mexico, its versatility is what makes it so popular. Kahlua liquor can be served straight up, on the rocks, or mixed with a variety of beverages such as coffee to bring out its flavors. It is also used in a variety of desserts including ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes.

International Polar Bear Day
- According to the National Wildlife Federation, there are fewer than 25,000 polar bears left in the wild. They're disappearing due to poaching, pollution and climate change [global warming], which destroys the sea ice polar bears depend on for hunting. We’re inviting all of you to join us—wherever you live—by planning an activity that shows your commitment to these magnificent animals and their threatened habitat.

Mardi Gras Celebration
- On this day in 1827, a group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city's famous Mardi Gras celebrations. The celebration of Carnival--or the weeks between Twelfth Night on January 6 and Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian period of Lent--spread from Rome across Europe and later to the Americas. Nowhere in the United States is Carnival celebrated as grandly as in New Orleans, famous for its over-the-top parades and parties for Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday), the last day of the Carnival season.

Meatfare Sunday
- begins Meatfare Week, a time of abstaining from meat in preparation for Lent. Some Orthodox communities call this Butterweek.

No Brainer Day
- This day was created by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith, 'America's Premier Eventologist' - per Insight Magazine - Washington, DC - August, 1995, and 'The Premier Eventologist in the History of the World - per The Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Il - January 2001. By definition, a "No brainer" is dong something that is simple, easy, obvious, and/or totally logical. Therefore, today is the day for you to do all those "no brainer" tasks and activities. If a project requires thinking, study, or analysis of any kind, then it's not the chore to do today.

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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 7:11am

February 26th is...

February.jpgTell a Fairy Tale Day
- On this day we are encouraged to have fun reading fairy tales and discussing fairy tale stories! A fairy tale is a fictional story that may feature folkloric characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and talking animals, and usually enchantments, often involving a far-fetched sequence of events.


National Pistachio Day
- Pistachios are a pretty filling snack. An ounce of pistachios is equal to about 49 nuts, which is a fairly large serving. These yummy nuts are also a rich source of plant protein, with 6 grams in a serving. Heart-healthy monounsaturated fat makes up the majority of the fat in pistachios. A diet that contains healthy fat will keep you satisfied and energized.

Thermos Bottle Day
- Ah, the old fashioned glass-lined thermos bottle with the twist-off red plastic coffee cup. Today's a day to celebrate these miracles of 1950's modern science. keeping your coffee hot for hours. Don't settle for some modern space-age contraption. Some things just can't be improved upon.

New York Subway
- Inventor Alfred Ely Beach opens New York City’s first subway line, a pneumatic demonstration project in a 300-foot tunnel under Broadway. After only 58 days of construction, Beach’s subway opened as a demonstration project on Feb. 26, 1870. Passengers entered the railway through a station in the basement of Devlin’s clothing store and offered as a fare a small donation to a home for orphans of Union soldiers and sailors from the Civil War.

For Pete's Sake Day
- the day we celebrate Mr.Pete. But the world still wonders...who exactly is he? And why is he so great that we should do all these things for his sake? Then again, why not just do random things for his sake?

Levi Strauss Day
- Bavarian immigrant Levi Strauss created the world’s first pair of jeans—Levi’s 501 jeans—for California’s gold miners in 1850. Born at Buttenheim, Bavaria, Germany on February 26, 1829 - he died in 1902, at San Francisco, CA.

Open That Bottle Night
- A night to finally drink that bottle of wine that you’ve been saving for a special occasion that never seems to come.

International Sword Swallowers Day
- Sword swallowers have been risking their lives for 4,000 years! Today we recognize this ancient art that is still being carried on by a few dozen surviving practitioners. Sword swallowers around the world are encouraged to do what they do best: swallow swords!

American Birkenbeider Race
- The largest and most prestigious cross-country ski marathon in North America attracts more than 5,000 participants for the 51k trek. A Nordic festival of related ski events and activities precedes the race.

Carnival Day
- celebrates a popular entertainment venue. Each year, millions of Americans flock to carnivals and put down big bucks to be entertained by death defying treats, clowns, elephants, lions, animal acts, and much more. Often, carnivals are preceded by a parade. Its a away to let the townspeople know that the carnival has come to town. Don't limit your thinking about Carnival Day to a professional carnival. There is a wide range of summer and winter carnivals. School carnivals are popular. Towns, and even businesses, hold carnivals of all types.!


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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 12:36pm
I can say I'm going to make this today!! I have chacolate covered donuts on my desk!! :0)
Hope you have a good day!!
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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 7:30am
Let's All Eat Right Day

I like this one - I wonder what she'd say about all the additives of today compared with when she lived?
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Fri, 02-25-2011 - 12:52pm

February 25th is....

February.jpgNational Don't Utter a Word Day
- You see, the world is made up of talkers and listeners. And the listeners need a rest. That may not be practical for most people although it is definitely a day to practice listening more than usual.

National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
- There are a number of commercially produced chocolate covered peanuts that may be purchased and consumed in honor of National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day. Goobers are an example of a brand name. It is also possible to make chocolate covered peanuts at home. This confection can be made by coating individual peanuts or by making peanut clusters (which may be mixed with other ingredients such as caramel) and then covering them in milk or dark chocolate.

Quiet Day
- This will be time of contemplation, spiritual preparation and prayer as we move into the Lenten season.

Let's All Eat Right Day
- a day to honor Adelle Davis, one of the country's best-known nutritionists. Adelle, born on February 25th 1904 was a advocate in the nutrition movement, she wrote a series of books about healthy living including the books: Let's Cook it Right, Let's Have Healthy Children, Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit, and Let's Get Well. Adelle was a proponent for eating whole unprocessed foods, she criticized food additives, and claimed that dietary supplements and other nutrients played a huge role in preventing diseases and restoring health when recovering from a disease. Today is a good day to reflect on the foods we eat and the ways we try to stay healthy and identify ways we can eat right and stay healthy.

Fire the Coach Day
- marking this date in 1989 when the new owner fired the only head coach the Dallas Cowboys ever had until that day, 29-year-veteran Tom Landry.

Pistol Patent Day
- Samuel Colt invented the revolver, a pistol with multiple chambers for bullets. He patented it in Europe in 1835, and in the United States in 1836. The patent was for the Colt Revolver with a rotating chamber containing six bullets.

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