Sunday, February 26, 2012

Academy Awards, Daytona 500, For Pete's Sake Day, more

February 26th, 2012, is the Academy Awards, Daytona 500, For Pete's Sake Day, Tell a Fairy Tale Day, Liberation Day (Kuwait), Cheesefare Sunday, and World Pistachio Day. 

The 84th Academy Awards honor the best in film. Many people host Oscar parties to share in the excitement. This year's nominees for Best Picture are: The Artist; The Descendants; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; The Help; Hugo; Midnight in Paris; Moneyball; The Tree of Life; and War Horse. Which films have you seen, and which one is your favorite?

The Daytona 500 is NASCAR's biggest race, with 43 drivers and 500 intense miles. Each lap is 2.5 miles. How many laps make 500 miles? You do the math!

For Pete's Sake Day is a celebration of a common phrase nobody understands. Who is Pete? Well, many etymologists believe Pete is a stand-in for God, to avoid blasphemous speech. In other words, say "for Pete's sake" rather than "for God's sake."

Tell a Fairy Tale Day could be a time to read aloud some Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson. On the other hand, it could be a time to discuss the current crop of political candidates and their campaign promises.

Kuwait observes Liberation Day on February 26th.

Cheesefare Sunday, also known as  Forgiveness Sunday, is observed by the Orthodox Church. It is the last day Orthodox Christians eat dairy until Easter.

World Pistachio Day honors a beloved nut that tastes quite different when made into my favorite ice cream flavor, pistachio. Remember when pistachios were usually dyed red, leaving evidence behind on your fingers when you ate them?

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