Archive for February, 2009

(February 20) Today we're celebrating . . .  Hoodie-Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere)

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Hoodie-Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere)
Help chase away the winter blues and herald in the spring today by heading outside at noon and waving your hands over your head, chanting “Hoodie-Hoo”. You might look a little crazy, but that’s probably how you feel, too, after being cooped up inside all winter long!

 

 

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(February 20) Today we're celebrating . . .  Pisces

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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Pisces (Feb.20-Mar.20)
Pisces, the sign of the fish, is the twelfth and last sign of the Zodiac.

Individuals born under this sign are thought to be dreamy, romantic, humorous, generous, emotional, receptive, affectionate, and have an honest character, but are also prone to exaggeration, fickleness, passiveness, hypersensitivity, over-talkativeness and paranoia*

*source: wikipedia – Pisces

Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras 2009 (02/19)

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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

February 19 : 05 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that historians debate when and where the first U.S. Mardi Gras celebrations took place? Some say it happened in the late 17th century, just south of New Orleans, introduced by a French explorer named Sieur d’Iberville. Others argue that the first Mardi Gras was celebrated by French soldiers back in 1703, in the city of Mobile, Alabama. (Don’t tell the people of New Orleans that, though!)

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 19) Today we're celebrating . . .  Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

02222007eg.jpgIntroduce a Girl to Engineering Day
During Engineers Week a concerned effort is made to reach out to school age girls and make them aware of the educational fields that could lead them on the path to engineering careers.

Women are severely underrepresented in the engineering profession. Research shows that girls and young women lose interest in subjects and the fields of study leading to engineering careers long before they enter college.*

*source: Engineers Week – Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
photo credit: Engineers Week / Hugh Moore & Associates

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

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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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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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras 2009 (02/17)

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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

February 17 : 07 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that Mardi Gras has roots in both Christian and Pagan traditions? Many believe that the celebration dates back to an ancient Roman fertility feast, called Lupercalia. The Church later co-opted the revelry, turning it into a sort of last “fling” before the beginning of the Lenten period.

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.

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