Thumb Appreciation Day
- Opposable thumbs are what separates humans from most mammals. For the next 24 hours, try using only your fingers. You will soon learn how much you love your thumbs!
National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day
- First of all, I had no idea that people even stuffed their flounder with crab. Is this some sort of regional delicacy that I'm not aware of? As someone who isn't a fan of seafood, this isn't a day that I would celebrate anyway, but I thought I would have at least heard of this day in my web travels, but it's a new one on me.
Perigean Spring Tides
- Perigean tide refers to a tide that occurs when the moon is closest to the earth. The moon's orbit around the earth is elliptical rather than circular, which means that the distance between earth and moon is always changing. Perigee refers to the time when the moon and the earth are closest to one another. At perigee, the moon is about 30,000 miles closer to earth than at apogee, when the moon is farthest from earth. Perigee is reached about once a month, roughly the time it takes for the moon to revolve around the earth. When the moon is closest to earth, its effect on tides is greatest.
- Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, AZ. It was given the name of the Roman god of the underworld. It was considered the ninth planet of the solar system until 2006, when astronomers reclassified it as a dwarf planet.
Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane
- Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in an airplane. During the flight, which was attended by reporters, she was milked, and the milk was sealed in paper containers and parachuted over St. Louis, MO.
Great Backyard Bird Count
- Thousands of volunteers nationwide track the number and types of birds that live near their homes. Results help researchers monitor species in trouble. Cosponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology.
- Just imagine where the world would be without batteries. We'd still be using a crank to start our automobiles. We'd have to cart around long extension cords to bring the boombox to the beach. And, forget about hand-held games. They'd never be popular tied to an electrical outlet. Today is a good time to appreciate the the power of batteries in our everyday life.
- This was updated by Catherine on February 18, 2012 -
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