February 27: Polar Bear Day, No Brainer Day, Kahlua Day

by on February 27, 2012

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February 27, 2012

Posted Updates: February 27, 2013

Snow crow foot - (many claws)

★~ 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:

♥~ 1963 – Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees signed a baseball contract worth 0,000. Back in 1949, Mantle had signed his first Yankee contract for $1,100.

♥~ 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.

♥~ 1993 – Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You became the longest-running number-one pop single

♥~ 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.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1807 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poet: The Song of Hiawatha, Paul Revere’s Ride, The Wreck of the Hesperus; died Mar 24, 1882

♥~ 1902 – John (Ernst) Steinbeck writer: The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row; died Dec 20, 1968

♥~ 1932 – Elizabeth Taylor Academy Award-winning actress: Butterfield 8 [1960], Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? [1966], Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award [1992]; 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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{ 4 comments }

Mike

Guess i did not win the Oscar pool. Figured I got about 8 right at best. Did I hear rumblings of a NCAA March Madness pool?

Mexican coffee great way to wrap up an evening.

Monday. Again. Have a good one.

Lizzy

I could watch polar bears all day at the zoo and would love to see one in the wild. They are so magnificent! It really is a no brainer to work to make sure they continue to have a habitat that supports them.
Never been a fan of Kahlua.
The moon was beautiful last night. Took the kids out to see it. Looking forward to your story.

Debbie

Polar bears are some of the coolest creatures! I’m surprised to learn their fur really isn’t white, though — I never knew that! I think Mike’s got a great idea about a March Madness pool — I might even be tempted to wager on something like that!!
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Mary Lee

A polar bear tantrum. . . I love it! (Love kahlua, too, except for the calories–especially when they’re blended with ice cream. 🙂 )
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