Apr 242014

April 25th is World Penquin Day. What a great day to celebrate. This day is celebrated each year to coincide with the annual migration of penguins northward.

Penguins are interesting birds, partially because they don’t fly. However, here are some interesting facts that you may not already know about penguins:

  • They are social birds
  • They live in large colonies called rookeries
  • Penguins communicate through body language
  • Their bodies are insulted by a thick layer of blubber
  • They don’t drink water, but they do eat snow
  • Male penguins take care of the eggs

I found several references to Penguin Day being started in Philadelphia in 2004 but did not find any real confirmation of this information. Regardless of this, penguins deserve their day of recognition! Check out the World Penguin Day site for more information.

 Posted by on 04/24/2014
Apr 242014

Zucchini BreadApril 25 is National Zucchini Bread Day. I am not sure why this day is in April, but I love zucchini and here is my favorite zucchini bread recipe.

3 eggs
3/4 C oil
2 C sugar
2 t vanilla
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/4 baking powder
2 C grated zucchini
2 C flour
3/4 C nuts (I like walnuts)
3/4 C dried cranberries

Mix ingredients in the order listed. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan(s). Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Mmmmmm. Yummy

 Posted by on 04/24/2014
Apr 232014

Pigs in a BlanketIts Pigs in a Blanket Day.

Pigs in a blanket are also known a Wesley Dogs and Kilted Sausages. They are typically served as appetizers or hors d’oeuvres at parties and get-togethers.

Did you know that in the United Kingdom, they are usually made with chipolatas that are wrapped in bacon. They are a traditional accompaniment to roast turkey on Christmas.

So today you can eat sausage or hotdogs wrapped in a pancake. In the UK, they are often called kilted sausages.

 Posted by on 04/23/2014
Apr 222014

So you may be wondering, what the heck is that! I know the first time I heard about it, I was completely clueless.

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day (IPSTD) began on April 23, 2007. The day was declared by author Jo Walton in response to remarks made by Howard V. Hendrix.

Hendrix wrote:
“I’m also opposed to the increasing presence in our organization of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free. A scab is someone who works for less than union wages or on non-union terms; more broadly, a scab is someone who feathers his own nest and advances his own career by undercutting the efforts of his fellow workers to gain better pay and working conditions for all. Webscabs claim they’re just posting their books for free in an attempt to market and publicize them, but to my mind they’re undercutting those of us who aren’t giving it away for free and are trying to get publishers to pay a better wage for our hard work.”

In that essay, he also labeled the webscabs as Pixel-stained technopeasant wretches. This apparently has haunted him ever since because immediately the response was that Hendrix was a snob to compare hardworking writers to union worker scabs.

So Jo Walton, a writer from Canada, declared April 23rd IPSTD and encourages everyone to give away their professional work online to celebrate our technopeasanthood.

Oh, and let’s not forget that April 23rd is also Shakespeare’ birthday. How appropriate is that?

 Posted by on 04/22/2014
Apr 212014

jellybeanApril 22 is known as National Jelly Bean Day. I couldn’t find any evidence of who invented the jelly bean. But many believe that it was derived from the Turkish Delight. The Turkish delight is a soft chewy candy who’s texture is similar to the center of a jelly bean.

There is evidence that jelly beans were even sent to soldiers fighting the Civil War because of the their shelf life. In the early 1900′s they were bagged and sold by weight. And throughout the years they have been a popular penny candy item.

In the 1970′s the jelly bean was transformed by the Herman Goelitz Candy Co. They began making gourmet jelly beans by producing some unusual flavors. They also began coloring the center of jelly beans to match the color of the bean.

They were also a favorite of president Ronald Regan. It is said that during his administration, you could find jelly beans in almost every room in the White House.

Another little known fact is that jelly beans have even gone into space. One of the space shuttles took jelly beans with them for the astronauts to snack on.

Although this is not a true national holiday, the jelly bean truly deserves its own day.

 Posted by on 04/21/2014