Archive for January, 2008

Holiday Invite : Mardi Gras on the Net

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Holidays on the Net invites you to our Mardi Gras party at "Mardi Gras on the Net."

Mardi Gras is a traditional holiday celebrated in many of the southern states of the USA. The most famous celebration takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is celebrated with
parades, “beads, doubloons, and trinkets”, masquerade balls and
King Cakes.

So join Holidays on the Net as we share this holiday with you. We have the history behind Mardi Gras, pictures of floats, crafts, coloring sheets, books, and a recipe to make your own “King Cake”!

This year Mardi Gras is celebrated Tuesday, February 05th.

Mardi Gras on the Net


(Jan 31) Today we're celebrating . . .  Inspire Your Heart With the Arts Day

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

01312007ml.jpgInspire Your Heart With The Arts Day
While food sustains the body, its Art that inspires the heart, the mind and the soul.

Today, and everyday, surround yourself with the beauty of art. Go to a museum, see a play, sign up for dance classes, read and write poetry.

Today is a day to inspire your heart with the arts!*

*source/link: Your Heart With The Arts Day

(Jan 30) Today we're celebrating . . .  Inane Answering Machine Message Day

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Inane Answering Machine Message Day
A day for updating, erasing, or re-recording those awful and annoying answering machine messages we all have.

photo credit: akolmetz via flickr

(Jan 29) Today we're celebrating . . .  Freethinker's Day

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Freethinker’s Day
Observing the birthday of Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense which advocated the independence of the American Colonies

(Jan 28) Today we're celebrating . . .  Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Celebrating the joy that is Bubble Wrap, our favorite shipping material. So take some time today to learn the history and etiquette of bubble wrap “popping.”

And courtesy of Virtual Bubblewrap here is some excellent Bubble Wrap fun to help with your holiday celebration. On you mark. Get set. Pop!

Virtual Bubblewrap ©

link: Bubble Wrap

(Jan 27) Today we're celebrating . . .  Thomas Crapper Day

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Thomas Crapper Day

Yes its true. Today we celebrate the man behind the porcelain throne – Thomas Crapper.

Though credited by many as the inventor of the flush toilet, Crapper was not, but he did popularize the WC (water closet).

He was a shrewd businessman, salesman and self-publicist. In a time when bathroom fixtures were barely spoken of, he heavily promoted sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom*

Crapper did hold numerous patents that helped modernize indoor plumbing. His company, Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd.,  is still creating reproductions of his original designs.

BTW – About the word Crap …

…is old in the English language, one of a group of nouns applied to discarded cast offs, like “residue from renderings” (1490s) or … probably extended from Middle English crappe “chaff, or grain that has been trodden underfoot in a barn” (c. 1440), deriving ultimately from Late Latin crappa, “chaff.”
Yet another purported explanation is that Crapper’s flush toilet advertising was so widespread that “crapper” became a synonym for “toilet” and people simply assumed that he was the inventor.*

photo credit: public domain (via wikipedia)
*link: wikipedia – Thomas Crapper

(Jan 26) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Seed Swap Day

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

National Seed Swap Day
A day for swapping your extra seeds with other garden enthusiasts.

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