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February 27, 2012
★~ Today’s Quote: Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
★~ Polar Bear Day:
Polar Bear Day celebrates one of nature’s most impressive hunters, and the world’s largest carnivore.. Polar Bears International asks everyone to turn down their thermostats by 2 degrees and “bundle up for polar bears to lower carbon emissions. Reducing our carbon footprint can slow and even reverse climate change, which causes sea ice to melt,” says Kathryn Foat, of PBI.
★~ No Brainer Day – now this day is for me:
By definition, a “No brainer” is dong something that is simple, easy, obvious, and/or totally logical. Be productive today by focusing on the easy tasks that require the least amount of brain power.
★~ National Kahlua Day:
Kahlua is a rich, creamy alcoholic liqueur from Mexico. People enjoy it straight up, on the rocks, and mixed in coffee or cocktails (like the White Russian). Kahlua is also used to flavor desserts such as ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes.
The word “kahlua” means “house of the Acolhua people” in the Nahuatl language. A company named Domecq has produced the drink since 1936 and named it for the native people of Veracruz. Kahlua is made with rum, Mexican coffee, sugar, and vanilla.
To celebrate National Kahlua Day, mix up your favorite Kahlua cocktail.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1974 – A new magazine was issued by Time-Life (now Time-Warner). The magazine was People. It had an initial run of one million copies and became the most successful celebrity weekly ’zine ever published.
♥~ 1987 – A team of 90 elementary school students in Kumamoto, Japan, skipped a rope together 160 times without missing, for a Guinness world record.
♥~ 1996 – Kurt Wait became the first man ever to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off with his Macadamia Fudge Torte. First prize awarded in Dallas: $1-million! One slice: 460 calories.
♥~ 1932 – Elizabeth Taylor Academy Award-winning actress: Butterfield 8 , Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award ; Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, National Velvet, Cleopatra; Perfume spokesperson [Passion]; social activist, championing the cause of AIDS awareness, prevention and cure: helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research [amfAR] after the death of her former costar and friend, Rock Hudson; died Mar 23, 2011
♥~ 1980 – Chelsea Clinton first daughter: daughter of 42nd U.S. President William Clinton and 1st Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ Some Researchers believe that polar bears may be just as intelligent as apes, since they seem to be able to learn and modify behaviour to match their environmental challenges.
♥~ Polar bears are not white. The hair of a polar bear is actually transparent, made up of a thick hollow core that reflects light. As the light bounces on the air spaces between hairs, the reflection looks white.
♥~ They can swim up to 70 miles at a stretch. There webbed toes, along with rough padded feet, prevent them from slipping on the ice.
♥~ Polar Bears are obsessive about keeping clean. Following mealtime, they spend 15-20 minutes grooming themselves, making sure there is no dirt or residue left on them that may interfere with the insulating properties of their fur.
♥~ They don’t hibernate. Pregnant females will curl up in their dens and become less active, but polar bears in general will keep hunting and eating throughout the whole winter.
♥~ Humans are the only species that preys on polar bears. Polar bears actively prey on and hunt humans. In other words on a Polar Bear hunt-watch your back.
♥~ Polar Bears are so well padded with fat and thick fur that they can overheat quickly, even in subzero temperatures. To prevent this,they tend to walk slowly, avoid running and spend lots of hours lying down and resting.
♥~ While males can reach up to 1500 pounds and 10 feet in length, females rarely exceed 600 pounds and average 6.5 feet in length.
♥~ They have been known to have “tantrums.” Experts have observed frustrated polar bears throwing chunks of ice, kicking piles of snow or growling in disappointment after losing prey they’ve been trying to catch.
♥~ Their main dietary staple is seal. While polar bears also eat fish and sometimes birds, the effort required to hunt burns too many calories for them to bother, so they only look for that type of prey when food is scarce.
I will be back to share about the Oscar’s and my late night rode trip with Cole to see the moon in a little bit…In the meantime wishing you a happy No Brainer Day. Did you see the moon last night? If you have a morno moment leave a comment.
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