Archive for February 18th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras 2009 (02/18)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mardi Gras

February 18 : 06 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”? Some say the term alludes to the over-indulgences of the day. Others explain that the word “fat” refers to a fattened ox that was paraded through town before being sacrificed at a mid-winter, pagan fertility celebration.

While Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the southern US, it is most often identified with New Orleans, where it is celebrated with masquerade balls, King Cakes, and parades.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 24th! So stop by again tomorrow or for those with no patience you can visit our Mardi Gras celebration for our list of Did You Know? Mardi Gras facts.

(February 18) Today we're celebrating . . .  Pluto Day

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Pluto Day
On this day in 1930, the planet of Pluto was discovered by an astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. In 2006, poor Pluto was demoted to a “dwarf planet” by a consensus decisions of modern astronomers.



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