Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. It refers to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday when many Christians begin to fast for the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. The feast of The Epiphany or The Three Kings closes the Christmas season and opens up a season of carnival. In some countries these carnivals […]
Plum Pudding is a traditional English dessert usually served at Christmas and New Year’s. There are no plums in plum pudding. When the recipe was written in the 17th century all dried fruit was referred to as plums. If you’re an American the term pudding may be a bit confusing. In England all desserts are […]
Charles John Hoffman Dickens was born February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth England. He was the son of a naval clerk and his wife and he was the second of eight children not all of whom survived. Dickens Father changed his place of employment more than once, though he kept the same job. This eventually landed […]
(PCM) National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) on January 23rd, 1977. Most people who were around then were taught penmanship as children, but that may no longer be the case for younger generations. In modern schools, greater emphasis is placed on typing and computer technologies. Cursive is disappearing from […]
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(PCM) On this day in 1779, Peter Mark Roget, the father of the modern thesaurus, was delivered, produced, came into being, born. After a long career as a physician, scientist and tinkerer (he also invented a slide rule), Roget retired from medicine and dedicated his time to cataloging, assembling, gathering, composing, and compiling a […]
(PCM) A.A. Milne (Alan Alexander) was born on January 18, 1882 in London. He attended Cambridge University to study mathematics but soon found that his true passion was writing. After graduating from Cambridge, Milne began his writing career working for Punch Magazine. He married Daphne” de Sélincourt in 1903. He was writing for Punch when […]
Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!In movies and in real life, whenever people talk about large amounts of money, they talk about the Benjamins. This is because of Benjamin Franklin, who is on the $100 bill. When Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706, no one knew then that he would be famous. People […]
(PCM) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with […]
Stan Lee (Stanley Lieber) was born December 28, 1922. As a boy Mr. Lee loved to read to quote him, “It would be easier to say what I didn’t read.” He enjoyed The Tarzan Stories, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and H.G. Welles. His original career goal was to […]
Stave Five or The End of It. JRR Tolkien wrote in The Hobbit “ Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to hear are soon told about, and not much to listen too; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a good […]
Christmas Trivia and The Reason For The Season (PCM) The word Christmas originated as a compound word, meaning “Christ’s Mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. “Cristes” is from Greek Christos and “mæsse” is from Latin missa (the holy mass). While it […]
Stave 4, The Last of the Spirits. The last stroke of midnight had cease to vibrate and there appeared before Scrooge a figure “shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one out stretched hand. If the hand wasn’t there it would […]
The Second of The Three Spirits or Stave Three begins with Scrooge waking up and without even hearing the sound of the clock he knows it is the hour of one. The bell strikes one… and nothing happens. If you ever have done something wrong at school or at a job you may know what […]
More Than 50 Christmas Jokes, Facts and Trivia And… Who Is Santa Claus?Who Is Santa Claus? (PCM) Greek native, Nicholas, born a few hundred years after Jesus Christ, had prior to that led a very righteous life, helping many people, particularly by providing children with gold coins. Raised as a devout Christian, Nicholas took all […]
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Stave Two of A Christmas Carol is titled “The First of the Three Spirits. When the Stave opens we find Scrooge in bed. He wakens to the sound of the clock striking 12. He is bewildered by this as he knows it was after two when he went to bed. He even wonders if something […]
Winter means many things different people. For some it is the best season of the year. The thoughts of snow and cold, ice and winds bring smiles to many a face. For others those same thoughts bring a feeling of melancholy. The cold weather and the short days, as well as the snow and ice […]
“Marley was dead to begin with.” These six words may be, at least, one of the most famous lines in all of literature. In 1843 Charles Dickens was short on funds. In order to help himself make the money he needed he came up with the idea of a Christmas book. He was considering the […]
Over 50 Christmas Jokes, Trivia, Facts and Quotes – Baby It’s Cold Outside I bet Spider-Man could make a lot of money putting up Christmas lights for the citizens of New York City. Why do birds fly south for the winter? . . . Because it’s too far to walk. I only know “Dasher, Dancer, […]
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November 19, 1863 President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address The Union had won The Battle of Gettysburg and the town was planning on dedicating a national cemetery to the fallen soldiers. President Lincoln was invited to make an address for the opening ceremonies. It would not be a joyous occasion, but a sad one as […]
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This is the day that celebrates anything unnatural, or super natural. November 18 is Occult Day.Though there is no specific origin to the celebration of Occult Day, it is not hard to understand why a day such as this would exist. Our fascination with witches goes far back as Hansel and Gretel and as recent […]
This is not a holiday, though many government offices do close down on General Election Day, this day is a day of exercising the American Citizen’s right to vote and it is part of the integral running of The United States of America. This is also not a day of festivities or parties, it is […]
On Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 2 AM, most of the United States will set their clocks back one hour for officially ending of Daylight Saving Time. We gain an hour of sleep! Residents of Arizona, Hawaii, U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will not participate in the festivities. About 75 countries participate […]
This October 24th, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. In its 24th year, Make A Difference Day is a USA TODAY initiative, backed by the Gannett Company. In collaboration with Points of Light it is the largest national day of community service.Make […]
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The first celebration of Columbus Day took place in New York City on October 12, 1866. Since 1970, the holiday has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. San Francisco holds the nation’s oldest continuously existing celebration with their Italian-American community’s annual Columbus Day Parade, which was established in 1868. Despite the negative publicity […]
World Smile Day is a moving holiday celebrated on the first Friday of October. Harvey Ball created the first smiley face in 1963. Mr. Ball was a commercial artist. The Icon was so popular that in 1999 a holiday was established to celebrate the icon and smiles. For instance in 2010 the slogan for World […]
(PCM) Talk about dedication and super fandom! Twitter users and mega “Friends” fan Kit Lovelace (@kitlovelace) actually took the time to re-watch all 236 episodes of the cult hit series and count the number of coffees consumed by The Gang over the course of the entire show. Ready for the answer? During the ten season […]
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(PCM) To finally settle the argument once and for all, the lovely individuals at Spoon University have let history speak the truth and revealed the correct pronunciation of Reese’s peanut butter cups! So are you Team REES-EES or Team REES-IS? We were always a member of team REES-EES, however it looks as though we have […]
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Thanksgiving Facts, Traditions & Trivia In 1863, Abraham Lincoln, declared the last Thursday of November to be a National Day of Thanksgiving. The fourth Thursday in November was officially sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday in 1941, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The ‘Thanksgiving” event that the Pilgrims had included about fifty Pilgrims and […]
It is interesting to think of how our own prejudices get in the way of peace. I am reminded of a story of Saint Francis of Assisi who absolutely loathed lepers. This was reasonable. Lepers could pass on the disease and could make whole regions or families sick. One day Francis was walking down a very narrow alley and a leper was coming toward him. Francis felt … More Here
Recycling has become a major part of American culture as well as our lifestyle, or by now should have. With the holidays quickly approaching this is a good time to remind people of the importance of recycling as well as the importance of buying recycled products. Christmas and Thanksgiving both give us ample extra waste that can be recycled. Soda bottles and cans, wine and liquor bottles, beer cans and bottles, wrapping paper, boxes, cards, food packaging containers can all be recycled.
Then there are the recycled products. Look for wrapping paper and greeting cards that are made from recycled … More Here
World Diabetes Day was created by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991. Its development was in response to the high rise of diabetic cases across the globe. The purpose is to promote advocacy for diabetics as well as information for the general public on how to curb the disease from rising any further. The United Nations in 2007 made this an official day of their own adding to the day’s prestige and worldwide awareness.
Diabetes, also known by its more technical term diabetes mellitus, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), … More Here
Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11, and it is a day to honor all those who have served The United States of America since the country was formed. Veterans Day honors all parts of the United States Military, The Army, The Navy and The Marine Corps. It honors both those who are serving and those who have served.
World War One was considered the War To End All Wars and on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 an armistice or temporary ceasing of hostilities between the Allied Nations and Germany was signed. … More Here
USMC stand for The United States Marine Corps, and November 10th has been chosen to celebrate and honor these brave men and women. (In 1948 the first group of women were sworn into the Marine Corps. They were called Woman Marines until 1975 when that term was discontinued) The Marine Corps was established on November 10, 1775 to aid the navy during The Revolutionary War. It was created in The Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia and this is considered the official birthplace of The Marines. For Economic reasons The Marines were disbanded at the end of the Revolutionary … More Here
Today is recognized as Saxophone Day. The saxophone is considered a woodwind instrument, though it has always been made of brass. The saxophone or the sax is an important part of jazz bands, orchestras and marching bands. It is also used very often as a solo instrument. There are actually eight different types of saxophones all used for a different type of sound.
Adolphe Sax was a Belgium musical instrument maker. He created the saxophone around 1840. The saxophone is a very versatile instrument and richly adds to sounds of jazz bands and orchestras. It is its unique contribution to … More Here
“Remember remember, the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.”
Guy Fawkes was a Catholic Dissident and in 1605 planned the blow up King James the first of England during the opening of Parliament which was on the fifth of November. Fawkes had 12 co-conspirators involved in the plot which involved smuggling 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords. Fawkes was caught on night before in a cellar of The House of Lords along with the Gunpowder. That very day Londoners started lighting bonfires in honor of the … More Here
Housewife Day is a time to recognize those women who have chosen to stay home and take of the house and raise the children. Being a housewife or a stay at home mom is as much as a career decision as any other.
In fact maybe even more so since in an unstable economy those women who choose the path of a housewife might have to forego certain luxuries that a … More Here
For the Catholic Church November 2nd is recognized as All Souls Day. On All Souls Day The Catholic Church prays for those souls who have died and have yet to attain heaven and so reside in Purgatory. Purgatory is a place of cleansing due to unrepented sin before the death of a Catholic. In Purgatory a person waits until enough prayers have been said on his or her behalf to allow them to attain heaven. Purgatory is not recognized in most Protestant churches and so this day is not celebrated. Family members pray for the souls of their loved ones … More Here
In Catholic theology only those who have already attained Heaven are saints as every day of the year a different saint is honored, such as March 17 is Saint Patrick’s Day, all the saints that are not honored or not known are recognized on All Saints Day.
For Protestant churches all people that believe in Jesus as savior are saints and so every Christian is a saint so the … More Here
(PCM) The spirit of Halloween got us thinking about some of our favorite Halloween treats, especially the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and of course that led to us wondering just how many ridges are indeed on a full size Reese’s Cup. We have reached the conclusion that there are 66 ridges on a full size Reese’s Cup and for good measure we took a look at the famous treat sized Reese’s Cups as well which boast 48 ridges. All the talk about ridges made us think about other items with ridges that we come into contact with day to day. We wanted to know how many ridges were on items […]
Perhaps the oldest continually celebrated holiday, Halloween takes place on October 31st of each year. Halloween has origins deep into the far past and hasn’t always been celebrated in October. It’s essence, in the beginning, was simple. People grew afraid of the shortened days and wanted the sun to come back and so they offered sacrifices for protection from the dark and the evils that walked the dark. They would offer sacrifices of food as well as symbolic sacrifices of people. An example of this is someone would jump over the fire instead of being placed into it. Many Halloween … More Here
October 30th is generally celebrated as Mischief Night. Though the origin of this particular holiday is not known there are references to it dating back to as far as 1790. Its country of origin is supposed to be Great Britain. Mischief Night is generally celebrated by playing pranks and minor vandalism. Egging cars, using toilet paper to decorate a house or a tree or soaping windows is all part of this night. Mischief Night is also known as Goosey Night, where the same tricks are played and in other parts of The USA it is as known as Cabbage Night. … More Here
The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy was schooled last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live by Marvel comics expert 5 year-old Mia Grace as she beat them all to the buzzer question after question.
Jimmy Kimmel invited Mia Grace to a trivia-off against the cast, including Chris Pratt who plays Star Lord Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana who plays Gamora, Dave Bautista who plays Drax, Bradley Cooper who plays the voice of Rocket, and Vin Diesel who plays the voice of Groot.
Mia handed it to the cast pretty bad and didn’t seem to really face much competition, but who really wants to be beat a 5 year-old on national television?
If you’re feeling a little shaky on your Guardians of the Galaxy knowledge, don’t fear, you still have more than a week until … Read more
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