Archive for March 14th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day 2009 (03/14)

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About St. Patrick’s Day

March 14 : 03 days till St. Pat’s Day

Did you know that leprechauns are traditional Irish folk figures?

Leprechauns are believed to be cranky little fellows responsible for mending the shoes of fairies and causing all sorts of mayhem and mischief.

According to legend  if you catch a Leprechaun he will lead you to his pot of gold and bribe you to let him go.

Celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, its said that on St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish! The day is celebrated worldwide with shamrocks, parades and green beer!

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th! So stop by again tomorrow or for those with no patience you can visit our St. Patrick’s Day celebration for our list of Did You Know? St. Patrick’s Day facts.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Spring (03/14)

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Spring

March 14 : 06 days till Spring begins

Did you know that Spring is the season for festivals of rebirth?

The Anglo-Saxons first marked the Vernal Equinox with their Eastre festival, replete with symbols of fertility and renewal, such as the egg. A precursor to Easter, the Anglo-Saxon festival may even have inspired the modern-day Easter bunny. Renewal is also a common theme in the Christian holiday of Easter and the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Ah, spring. The snow fades away, the temperatures warm, and the days grow blissfully longer. The lovebirds are happily cooing in their new nests; and the daffodils and tulips are blooming. This year, get yourself ready to spring into springtime with our fun-filled spring trivia.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Spring on March 20th! So stop by again tomorrow.

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(March 14) Today we're celebrating . . .  Pi Day

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

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Pi Day
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A day for celebrating Pi – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Pi Day is celebrated in a variety of ways. Parties or other observances may be held by mathematics departments in educational institutions. Harvard’s Math department, for instance, has a pi recitation contest as well as a pie eating contest. Mathematics or science clubs might gather to consider the role that the number pi has played in their lives and to imagine the world without pi. During such an event, pi celebrants may approximate pi, devise alternative values for pi, eat pie, play pinata, drink Pina Colada, eat pizza (which itself is called pizza pie), listen to the song “Pi” by Kate Bush, watch Pi, or recite Pi. The song 867-5309/Jenny is sometimes sung, replacing the digits with the first several digits of pi.*

*source: wikipedia – Pi Day

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