Archive for September, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Fall (09/20)

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Fall / Autumn

Sept 20 : 02 days to Fall

Did you know that leaves change colors in the Fall because of decreasing amounts of a pigment called chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll, which converts air and water into food for plants, gives leaves their bright green color. The colder Fall temperatures decrease chlorophyll production.

Did you know that the pigment anthocyanin is responsible for bright red and purple leaves, while carotene brings out orange colors and xanthophylls makes the yellows?

These pigments are always present in the leaves, but only become dominant in the Fall, when the colder weather causes chlorophyll production to drop.

Do you feel that? The crisp morning air is a sure sign that the Fall season is right around the corner. As the days get shorter and the temperatures fall, Autumn heralds its coming with fiery red leaves and bright orange pumpkins. Get yourself ready to fall back into Fall with Holidays on the Net’s fun-filled Autumn trivia. Join us for a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Autumn (Sept 22 @ 11:09 PM EDT)! So stop by again tomorrow.


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Did You Know? Countdown to Sukkot (09/20)

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Sukkot, the Jewish
Feast of Tabernacles

Sept 20 : 2 days till Sukkot*

Did you know that in addition to its Biblical roots, Sukkot is also an agricultural holiday?

The festival praises and offers thanksgiving to G-d for the bounty of the fall harvest. Among the rituals of Sukkot is the daily waving of the lulav and etrog, or the “four species“, evoking joy over the final fruit harvest. The ritual is also symbolic of G-d’s divine rule over nature.

Sukkot is a jubilant celebration, known as Chag Ha’Sukkot or Feast of the Booths, which falls just 5 days after the solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. On Sukkot, Jewish families build their sukkah, or hut, in which they eat and sleep for the duration of the holiday. Recalling the impermanent structures that the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Sukkot!

*Sukkot begins Wednesday September 22nd at sundown.

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(September 20) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Woman Road Warrior Day

Monday, September 20th, 2010

National Woman Road Warrior Day
Salute the stamina and tenacity of America’s traveling businesswomen.

Did You Know? Countdown to Fall (09/19)

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Fall / Autumn

Sept 19 : 03 days to Fall

Did you know that Autumn’s association with the harvest is rooted in a number of world religions?

The autumn Jewish holiday of Sukkot, for example, has its roots in the full moon harvest; native American tribes have a number of festivals associated with the harvest; and in China, there is a mid-autumn Moon Festival.

Even the secular American holiday of Thanksgiving is an autumnal celebration, which originally marked the conclusion of the harvest and the preparation for winter’s imminent arrival.

Do you feel that? The crisp morning air is a sure sign that the Fall season is right around the corner. As the days get shorter and the temperatures fall, Autumn heralds its coming with fiery red leaves and bright orange pumpkins. Get yourself ready to fall back into Fall with Holidays on the Net’s fun-filled Autumn trivia. Join us for a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Autumn (Sept 22 @ 11:09 PM EDT)! So stop by again tomorrow.


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Did You Know? Countdown to Sukkot (09/19)

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Sukkot, the Jewish
Feast of Tabernacles

Sept 19 : 3 days till Sukkot*

Did you know that the Jewish festival of Sukkot is known in English as the Feast of Booths or the Feast of Tabernacles?

The holiday is named after the impermanent hut-like structures (sukkot) that Moses and Israelites built and lived in as they wandered in the desert for 40 years — after leaving Egypt before reaching the Promised Land.

Sukkot is a jubilant celebration, known as Chag Ha’Sukkot or Feast of the Booths, which falls just 5 days after the solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. On Sukkot, Jewish families build their sukkah, or hut, in which they eat and sleep for the duration of the holiday. Recalling the impermanent structures that the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Sukkot!

*Sukkot begins Wednesday September 22nd at sundown.

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(September 19) Today we’re celebrating . . .  International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Sunday, September 19th, 2010


International Talk Like a Pirate Day
“Arrr Matey! Join the fun and spendin’ t’ day talkin’ like a pirate. Arrr!”

Not sure how to talk like a pirate? Well here’s a great website to help you celebrate – The English to Pirate Translator. “Arrr!”

Did You Know? Countdown to Fall (09/18)

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Fall / Autumn

Sept 18 : 04 days to Fall

Did you know that the word autumn comes from the French word, automne?

The word came into common usage around the 16th century, before which “harvest” was used to refer to this time of year. The use of harvest fell out of popularity as people gradually began living in towns and working the land became less common.

Did you know that Americans colloquially refer to the season between summer and winter as “Fall”?

While Brits prefer the more scientific terms “Autumn”!

Do you feel that? The crisp morning air is a sure sign that the Fall season is right around the corner. As the days get shorter and the temperatures fall, Autumn heralds its coming with fiery red leaves and bright orange pumpkins. Get yourself ready to fall back into Fall with Holidays on the Net’s fun-filled Autumn trivia. Join us for a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Autumn (Sept 22 @ 11:09 PM EDT)! So stop by again tomorrow.


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