Archive for March 13th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day (03/13)

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

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Did You Know? Facts, Figures & Folklore About St. Patrick’s Day March 13 : 04 days till St. Pat’s Day

Did you know that the shamrock was viewed as a sacred plant in ancient Ireland?

The shamrock, considered the official plant of Ireland, symbolized rebirth.

Did you know that in the seventeenth century, the shamrock became a symbol of Irish nationalism?

In defending themselves against encroaching English imperialism, many Irish wore a shamrock on their lapel as a symbol of their opposition to English rule.

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 so join us as we countdown to St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday March 17, 2011!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Purim (03/13)

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About the Jewish Holiday of Purim

Mar 13 : 06 days till Purim

Did you know that Book of Esther retells the story of Purim, when the Jewish people were spared from a death decree by the King of Persia’s evil advisor, Haman?

The Book of Esther is traditionally written upon a scroll, known as “Megillat Esther“. The megillah is read twice during the holiday — once at night, and once the next morning. Purim, like all Jewish holidays, runs for approximately 25 hours, beginning at sunset.

Did you know that the expression “the whole megillah” comes from the holiday of Purim?

On Purim, the story of Esther is read from a scroll known as a megillah. The whole megillah must be read twice on Purim, once at night and once the following morning

The most festive of Jewish holidays, Purim is a time of noisemakers, costumes and tasty treats. The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther. Purim begins at sundown on Saturday March 19, 2011.

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

(March 13) Today we’re celebrating. . .  Daylight Saving Time

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

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Well its that time of the year again. Time to “Spring Forward” with Daylight Savings Time. So at 2AM Sunday morning set your clocks ahead 1 hour, to 3AM.

Daylight Savings Time ends the first Sunday of November, which would be the 06th (2011).

(March 13) Today we’re celebrating. . .  Check Your Batteries Day

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

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On this first day of Daylight Savings Time, what better time than today to check all your battery operated devices and replace the batteries in those that need to be.

Its especially important to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

(March 13) Today we’re celebrating . . .  National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

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National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day
We’ve all heard that opening an umbrella indoors is bad luck. But is it really true? Today’s the day to find out – Open your umbrella indoors and lets see what happens?

Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling…Earthquakes, volcanoes…The dead rising from the grave…Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together…

Umm. Maybe its time to close those umbrellas!

(I know he’s gone. But it’s such a great pix!)

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