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Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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deccaf
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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Find A Rainbow Day

As a child, all of us looked into the skies for a rainbow after a rain. It is a sign from that Mother nature is is done with the rain. Itrings happiest and joy with the beautiful colors.

Rainbows are formed from moisture in the sky and normally are opposite of the sun in the sky. There are seven colors in most rainbows. They may include red, yellow, orange, green, blue, indigo, and violet. All the colors have meanings

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Pony Express Day

On this day in 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet's arrival in St. Joseph by two days and setting a new standard for speedy mail delivery. Although ultimately short-lived and unprofitable, the Pony Express captivated America's imagination and helped win federal aid for a more economical overland postal system. It also contributed to the economy of the towns on its route and served the mail-service needs of the American West in the days before the telegraph or an efficient transcontinental railroad.

The Pony Express debuted at a time before radios and telephones, when California, which achieved statehood in 1850, was still largely cut off from the eastern part of the country. Letters sent from New York to the West Coast traveled by ship, which typically took at least a month, or by stagecoach on the recently established Butterfield Express overland route, which could take from three weeks to many months to arrive. Compared to the snail's pace of the existing delivery methods, the Pony Express' average delivery time of 10 days seemed like lightning speed.

The Pony Express Company, the brainchild of William H. Russell, William Bradford Waddell and Alexander Majors, owners of a freight business, was set up over 150 relay stations along a pioneer trail across the present-day states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Riders, who were paid approximately $25 per week and carried loads estimated at up to 20 pounds of mail, were changed every 75 to 100 miles, with horses switched out every 10 to 15 miles. Among the riders was the legendary frontiersman and showman William "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917), who reportedly signed on with the Pony Express at age 14. The company's riders set their fastest time with Lincoln's inaugural address, which was delivered in just less than eight days.

The initial cost of Pony Express delivery was $5 for every half-ounce of mail. The company began as a private enterprise and its owners hoped to gain a profitable delivery contract from the U.S. government, but that never happened. With the advent of the first transcontinental telegraph line in October 1861, the Pony Express ceased operations. However, the legend of the lone Pony Express rider galloping across the Old West frontier to deliver the mail lives on today.

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Tweed Day

There is some confusion as to what exactly Tweed Day is commemorating - is it the corrupt American Democratic boss famous for running the Tammany Hall political machine, William M "Boss" Tweed, who also ran the "Tweed Ring" which stole between $30 to $200 million through political corruption in New York, or is it the unique Scottish fabric, usually fashioned into suits, jackets and trousers in patterns such as hounds tooth and herringbone?

The obvious answer would be the Scottish material, although there is no record of April 3rd having any relevance to the origins of Tweed, the mistake that had it named Tweed, or any founders' birth or death dates as is the usual case with days such as this.

April 3rd does have a special relevance to Boss Tweed though - he was born April 3rd, 1823

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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Weed Out Hate: Sow The Seeds of Greatness Day

I can't find anything reall on this "holiday", but doesn't it sound nice?

“He who plants kindness gathers love.” … Saint Basil

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Whole Grain Sampling Day

What if there were one day when, everywhere you went, there were opportunities to try delicious whole grain foods?

You'd stop into the cafeteria at your workplace, and you'd be offered a taste of quinoa salad. You'd visit the supermarket, and one of those friendly sampling ladies would ask if you'd like to try a new whole grain pretzel. Your teenager would duck into a quick-serve restaurant, and they'd ask, "Would you like that on a whole grain wrap, instead of the usual bun?" In the park downtown, a food company would be passing out granola bars to joggers. At dinner, as you serve whole grain pasta to your family, your fourth-grader would report about the whole grain pizza in her school lunch.

That's what will happen on April 3rd, 2013, when the Whole Grains Council holds its second annual Whole Grain Sampling Day. Our goal, at the end of the day, is to have people everywhere saying, "That was great! Where have you been all my life?"

According to a 2009 survey by Kellogg's, 36% of consumers said "because I enjoy the taste" when asked for their reasons for eating more whole grains.  That's up considerably from a 2006 Harris Interactive survey where 13% cited taste as a purchase motivator. You've come a long way, whole grains. Today, most people have only to try a new whole grain to realize they like it.

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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World Party Day

World Party Day (P-Day) is celebrated every year on April 3 as a synchronized global mass celebration of a better world and the active creation of desirable reality.

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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National Day of Hope

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this day asks all Americans to keep victims of abuse and neglect in their thoughts and prayers, to seek to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect and to give victimized children hope for the future. This is also a day when the faith community, nonprofit organizations and volunteers across America should recommit themselves and mobilize their resources to assist abused and neglected children. Observed since 2000.

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

National Walking Day

Today, the American Heart Association is hoping you'll set aside a little time to get your walk on!  

National Walking Day is an American Heart Association health holiday set aside to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give everyone a friendly push toward a healthier life. On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk.

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

Originally established several years ago by the governor of Missouri, this holiday honors the contributions of paraprofessionals, especially in education. Annually, the first Wednesday in April

rissarin
by Gold Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Yummmmmmmm

Quoting deccaf:

Whole Grain Sampling Day


What if there were one day when, everywhere you went, there were opportunities to try delicious whole grain foods?


You'd stop into the cafeteria at your workplace, and you'd be offered a taste of quinoa salad. You'd visit the supermarket, and one of those friendly sampling ladies would ask if you'd like to try a new whole grain pretzel. Your teenager would duck into a quick-serve restaurant, and they'd ask, "Would you like that on a whole grain wrap, instead of the usual bun?" In the park downtown, a food company would be passing out granola bars to joggers. At dinner, as you serve whole grain pasta to your family, your fourth-grader would report about the whole grain pizza in her school lunch.


That's what will happen on April 3rd, 2013, when the Whole Grains Council holds its second annual Whole Grain Sampling Day. Our goal, at the end of the day, is to have people everywhere saying, "That was great! Where have you been all my life?"


According to a 2009 survey by Kellogg's, 36% of consumers said "because I enjoy the taste" when asked for their reasons for eating more whole grains.  That's up considerably from a 2006 Harris Interactive survey where 13% cited taste as a purchase motivator. You've come a long way, whole grains. Today, most people have only to try a new whole grain to realize they like it.

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