Archive for February 11th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Valentine's Day (02/11)

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Valentine’s Day

Feb. 11 : 03 Days to V’Day

Did you know that the expression “wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from a Middle Ages Valentine’s Day tradition?

Young men and women would draw the name of their Valentine from a bowl. They would wear their selected name on their sleeves for one week.

February 14th is Valentines Day – a worldwide celebration of love and romance, marked by giving red roses and chocolate hearts or by sending valentines. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Valentine’s Day, the day of love!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Chinese New Year (02/11)

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about the Chinese New Year

Feb. 11 : 03 Days to Chinese NY

Did you know that each of the first seven days of the Chinese New Year is associated with the birthday of a specific animal?

The first day is the birthday of the chicken, the second is the birthday of the dog; the third is pig and the fourth is the sheep. The birthday of the ox and cattle is celebrated on the fifth day, while the horse’s birthday is the sixth day. The seventh day is known as the birthday of man, on which all Chinese traditionally celebrate their birthday and become a year older.

From Bangkok to New York’s Chinatown, the Chinese New Year is the pinnacle celebration for billions of Chinese people around the world. The Chinese New Year is the most important and elaborate holiday in Chinese culture. More than any other Chinese holiday, the New Year stresses the importance of familial ties. Whether it’s family gatherings or citywide celebrations, the New Year is a time rich in traditions and ancient superstitions

The holiday begins on February 14th, 2010, the New Moon on the first day of the Chinese New Year, and continues for 15 days, through the end of the full moon.

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(February 11) Today we're celebrating . . .  Be Electrific Day

Thursday, February 11th, 2010


Be Electrific Day
Pay tribute today to the electrifying Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of — among other things — the lightbulb.

(BTW- Feb. 11 is Thomas Edison’s birthday)

Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (02/11)

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Mardi Gras and
Fat Tuesday Celebrations

February 11 : 05 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that historians differ about how exactly Mardi Gras was brought to the United States, but all agree it was due to French influence in the territory of Louisiana?

Some think the French explorer Sieur d’Ibervilled introduced Mardi Gras when he landed in what is today Louisiana in 1699. Others say that early French settlers to Louisiana introduced Mardi Gras to the Americas. While others argue that the first Mardi Gras was celebrated by French soldiers back in 1703, in the city of Mobile, Alabama. Either way, by the 1820s, Mardi Gras was firmly entrenched in New Orleans culture.

Celebrated throughout the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras is practically synonymous with New Orleans. But you don’t have to live in Creole Country to enjoy a good party. In fact, if you want to get in on the fun, just come join us for our Mardi Gras Ball! We will be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Mardi Gras, February 16th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to President's Day (02/11)

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day
Facts, Figures & Folklore About America’s Presidents

February 11 : 04 days till President’s Day

Originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the President’s Day holiday has become a general celebration of all past US Presidents.

fdr Did you know that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president four times?

The 32nd president of the United States, Roosevelt served four successive terms, between 1934 and 1945.

Elected during the height of the Great Depression, when over 13 million Americans were unemployed, FDR brought back hope to many citizens at his Inaugural address: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Under Roosevelt’s leadership, Congress enacted the New Deal to reverse the Great Depression. Public works projects put Americans back to work, America’s social security system was created, and sweeping government oversight was introduced, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

From December, 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt presided over the U.S. involvement in World War II, which ultimately brought about the conclusion of the Great Depression. FDR died in 1945 at the age of 63. Six years later, the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the tenure of the U.S. presidency to two successive terms.

So in honor of this upcoming holiday join us as we countdown to President’s Day with little know facts, figures, and folklore about America and its Presidents! We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 15th! So stop by again tomorrow.

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