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Posted by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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According to the site I use, nothing.  So I will go back to what the weekend held!

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deccaf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Curling is Cool Day

Curling is an odd sport – perceived by many as a fusion of indoor bowls, ice-skating and household cleaning. Curling Is Cool Day attempts to break away from the preconceptions, and to show curling as an interesting, exciting and cool sport (not least in terms of temperature) in its own right

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Diesel Engine Day

They can be quite big and smelly but they have power and with them many things have been accomplished. They are diesel engines and today is the day to say thank you for them. I have never owned one but my grand parents at one time had a small one in their small car and it had some awesome diesel mileage ( I can't say gas, can I.)

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Iwo Jima Day

Today is Iwo Jima Day, the anniversary of when five United States Marines and a Navy Corpsman raised the flag on the embattled island that gave the Iowa Jima, or Marine Corps Memorial, its name.

The Iwo Jima Memorial honors the Marines who have died defending the United States since 1775. The Iwo Jima Memorial is located near Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The 32-foot-high sculpture of the Iwo Jima Memorial was inspired by a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of one of the most historic battles of World War II. Iwo Jima, a small island located 660 miles south of Tokyo, was the last territory that U.S. troops recaptured from the Japanese during World War II. The Iwo Jima Memorial statue depicts the scene of the flag raising by five Marines and a Navy corpsman that signaled the successful takeover of the island. The capture of Iwo Jima eventually led to the end of the war in 1945.

The figures of the Marines in the Iwo Jima Memorial statue erect a 60-foot bronze flagpole from which a cloth flag flies 24 hours a day. The base of the memorial is made of rough Swedish granite which is inscribed with the names and dates of every principal member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Also engraved are the words "In honor and in memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since November 10, 1775."

The memorial features the Marines and sailor who raised the second flag over Iwo Jima: Sgt. Michael Strank, Cpl. Harlon Block, PFC Franklin Sousley, PFC Rene Gagnon, PFC Ira Hayes and PM2 John Bradley.

Fewer and fewer people remember the actual raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. Most have passed on.

That's why it's so important to continue to remember this date and the unbridled courage and ultimate sacrifice of those who helped raise the flag, as well as the many others who have fallen in our nation's battles before and after.

They are why we are free

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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International Sword Swallowers Day

The art of sword swallowing began over 4000 years ago in India, and requires the practitioner to use mind-over-matter techniques to control the body and repress natural reflexes to insert solid steel blades from 15 to 25 inches down the esophagus and into the stomach. With the demise of the traveling circus sideshow over the past few decades, there are currently less than a few dozen full-time professional sword swallowers actively performing the deadly art of sword swallowing around the world today.

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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Open That Bottle Night

Created by authors and former Wall Street Journal columnists Dorothy "Dottie" J. Gaiter and John Brecher, this annual world-wide "holiday" was first observed in 2000.

While some people keep expensive china or unused silverware tucked away in a drawer just waiting for the perfect occasion, some folks have that special bottle of bubbly chilling in the wine cooler or stored in the wine rack until that momentous event takes place. What are you waiting for?

Although the bottle does not have to cost an arm-and-a-leg, it should have a special meaning to you. Whether it was an anniversary gift, purchased on a cruise or at a favorite winery, given to you by someone special or grandma's last bottle of homemade wine, OTBN is all about making new memories with a fine glass of wine or champagne.

How to Celebrate Open That Bottle Night

  • Many wineries, restaurants and bars across America will be hosting special tasting events.
  • If you don't have a significant other in your life right now, why not host a BYOB wine-tasting party with your favorite BFFs?
  • Gaiter and Brecher recommends the wine bottle be stored in an upright position a few days prior to opening in order to allow any sediment to settle.
  • The husband-and-wife couple also recommends you have a stand-by bottle on hand just in case that special bottle is not so special after all!
Mireya926
by Mire on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Wow thanks for that info. :)
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deccaf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Purim

Purim (Hebrew: About this sound פּוּרִים Pûrîm "lots", from the word pur,[3] related to Akkadian pūru) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther).

According to the Book of Esther, in the Hebrew Bible, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus (presumed to be Xerxes I of Persia), planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his adopted daughter Queen Esther. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing.

Purim is celebrated by giving reciprocal gifts of food and drink (mishloach manot), giving charity to the poor (mattanot la-evyonim),[4] a celebratory meal (se'udat Purim), and public recitation of the Scroll of Esther (kriat ha-megillah), additions to the prayers and the grace after meals (al hannisim).[5] Other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.[6]

Purim is celebrated annually according to the Hebrew calendar on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (Adar II in leap years), the day following the victory of the Jews over their enemies. In cities that were protected by a surrounding wall at the time of Joshua, Purim is instead celebrated on the 15th of the month on what is known as Shushan Purim, since fighting in the walled city of Shushan continued through the 14th.[7] Today, only Jerusalem celebrates Purim on the 15th.

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Academy Awards Night

'Nuf said.

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Daytona 500

No need for explanation.

leahbeah143
by Leah on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

 

Quoting deccaf:

Curling is Cool Day

Curling is an odd sport – perceived by many as a fusion of indoor bowls, ice-skating and household cleaning. Curling Is Cool Day attempts to break away from the preconceptions, and to show curling as an interesting, exciting and cool sport (not least in terms of temperature) in its own right

 lol I never understood what curling was about.

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