Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifteen!

March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  And Happy Friday!   In honor of the patron saint of Ireland, today’s fun fact(s) will center on all things Irish.  Did you know . . .

  • that the average height of Irish men is 5’8″?
  • that the average height of Irish women is 5’5″?
  • that 90% of Irish nationals are Catholic?  (Only 30% of which ever attended church.)
  • that the Irish have the lowest number of UFO sightings in all of Europe (per year)?
  • that 73% of all Americans cannot locate Ireland on a map?
  • that only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads?
  • that May is generally the driest month of the year in Ireland?
  • that 57% of Irish people wear glasses or contact lenses?
  • that cats now outnumber dogs (2 to 1) as the most popular pet in Ireland?
  • that there is one pub for every one hundred persons in Dublin?
  • that a song can top the Irish music charts if it sells 5,000 copies?
  • that a book can top the Irish bestsellers list if it sells 3,000 copies?
  • that the River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland or Britain?


Happy New Year 2017!

January 1, 2017

How do your New Year’s traditions stack up to some other traditions from around the world?  Check out this infographic and see.


Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving officially became a holiday 153 years ago (President Abraham Lincoln proclamation, October 3, 1863, declaring the last Thursday of November as the holiday).  I know you are curious and just dying to know some of the facts that follow, so sit back and relax, here is a list of some truly trivial Thanksgiving facts . . . Thanksgiving by the numbers:

  • 4 places as well as 11 townships in the U.S. with “Turkey” in their name
    • Turkey Creek village (Louisiana)
    • Turkey city (Texas)
    • Turkey Creek (Arizona)
    • Turkey town (North Carolina)
  • 7 places or townships with “Cranberry” in their name
  • 33 counties, places, and townships with “Plymouth” in their name.
  • 65,975 = the number of grocery stores in the U.S. (2014)
  • 3,109 = the number of bakeries in the U.S. (2014)
  • 2,798 = the number of fruits and vegetables markets in the U.S. (2014)
  • 243 million = the number of turkeys raised in the U.S. (2016)
    • 44 million (Minnesota)
    • 33 million (North Carolina)
    • 26 million (Arkansas)
    • 20 million (Indiana)
    • 19.7 million (Missouri)
    • 17 million (Virginia)
  • $19.3 million = value of live turkeys imported to the U.S. — mostly from Canada (2015)
  • 850 million pounds = cranberries produced in the U.S.  — 521 million in Wisconsin (2016)
  • 3.1 billion pounds = sweet potatoes produced in the U.S. (2015)

Source: U.S. Census,

Happy Fourth of July, 2016!

July 4, 2016

I can certainly appreciate a deep bass voice.   I hope you enjoy this version of the Star Spangled Banner performed by Josh Turner.

Here are a few statistics on how we celebrate this holiday!

  • 63% attend a fireworks display
  • 66% display an American flag (rules for properly displaying)
  • 76% get together with family
  • 32% watch a 4th of July parade
  • 26% set off their own fireworks
  • 80% attend a barbecue, picnic, or cookout
  • 150,000,000 hot dogs consumed (did you know that 33% of all hot dogs produced in the U.S. come from Iowa?)
  • 700 million pounds of chicken purchased (in the week leading up to the July 4th)
  • 190 million pounds of red meat/pork purchased
  • 2,500,000 people living in America when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence
  • 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • 11 places in the U.S. with “Independence” in their name
  • 14,000 fireworks displays

Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute, CNN, the Herald Tribune, U.S. Census Bureau (2015)

And, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association, here are some fireworks-related statistics (for 2014):

  • $332 million = display fireworks revenue
  • $695 million = consumer fireworks revenue
  • 225.3 million pounds = total fireworks consumption
    • 201.6 million pounds = consumer fireworks
    • 23.7 million pounds = display fireworks
  • 10,500 estimated fireworks-related injuries
  • 4.6 injuries per 100,000 pounds
  • 17,800 fires associated with fireworks (2011 data)
  • 7.6 fires per 100,000 pounds of fireworks (2011 data)

Source: Industry Facts and Figures, American Pyrotechnic Association

Happy Leap Day 2016!

February 29, 2016

In order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year, there is one extra day in February every four years.  This year is commonly referred to as Leap Year with February 29th (the actual extra day) being designated as Leap Day.

According to the Gregorian calendar, there are three criteria that must be met for a year to be classified as a leap year:

  • The year can be evenly divided by 4;
  • If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;
  • The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

There are some interesting traditions and custom that accompany leap year:

  • Women can propose to the men.
  • People who are born on February 29 – who are all invited to join The Honor society of Leap Year Day Babies.  People born on the 29 generally celebrate their birthdays (during the common years) on either February 28 or March 1.
  • it is considered unlucky for someone to be born on leap day.
  • in some places, leap day has been known as ‘Bachelors’ Day’. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.

Happy Valentines Day, 2016!

February 14, 2016

So, how do you express your love or appreciation to that significant someone?  Here is an infographic that highlights the most popular gifts for Valentine’s Day.


Necktie of the Month – December 2015!

December 2, 2015

IMG_0870Ho, ho, ho!  Tis the season!  The holiday season is upon us, so this month I will be highlighting one of my new holiday neckties.  This one, yet another Jerry Garcia design, is from his “Collection 60” series and is entitled “Dracula Claus.”  I’m not sure I understand the reference to Dracula (he must be really well hidden), but alas, it’s Jerry Garcia, so I will just accept this and move on. It has the standard holiday colors of red and green, and includes several reindeer. This particular necktie looks really good on my red shirt, but will also compliment my bright green shirt as well as my beige/tan shirt (and of course, it will also pair well with a plain white shirt).  My collection of holiday ties now stands at ten . . . enough to cover two-week’s worth (business days) of occasions.  Let the holiday festivities begin!

Memorial Day, 2015!

May 25, 2015

Memorial Day, a day to commemorate those who have died serving our country. Whatever you are doing today, please take time to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 PM local time to observe a moment of silence.

Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!

May 15, 2015
Did you know that back in 1930 Ruth Wakefield added bits of chocolate to her Butter Drop Do cookie batter to serve at the Toll House Inn?  The cookies became so popular that Nestles printed the recipe on their chocolate chip wrappers and supplied Ruth with chocolate chips for life.
Chocolate chip cookies, an American invention, are best fresh-baked, hot from the oven — accompanied by a glass of ice-cold milk.
If you’d like to bake truly outstanding chocolate chip cookies, you’ve come to the right place! Here you’ll find 27 tips for creating chocolate chip cookies that you love the best. You’ll discover the secrets for baking out-of-this-word chocolate chip cookies:

Happy National Anthem Day!

March 3, 2015

On this date in 1931, the Star Spangled Banner officially became the National Anthem of the United States of America!  Here are a couple of fun facts regarding this anthem . . .

  • written by Francis Scott Key
  • written on September 14, 1814 (yes, during the War of 1812, NOT during the Revolutionary War).
  • it was originally written as a poem called “Defense of Fort M’Henry”
  • all verses end with “the land of the free and the home of the brave”
  • motto referenced in the song: “In God Is Our Trust”
  • Key’s song was sung publicly for the first time on October 19, 1814.

Here’s a one-man a capella version  . . .  enjoy!