Frog Jumping Day
Chances are you've read Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." From that delightful tale about a pet frog named Dan'l Webster emerged "Frog Jumping Day." It is celebrated every year in Calaveras County, CA, at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. The current world record was set in 1986 by Rosie the Ribeter, who jumped 21 feet, 5-3/4 inches.
You can celebrate this humorous day by enjoying these other intriguing facts about frogs:
* One gram of toxin produced by the golden poison dart frog is enough to kill 100,000 people.
* To help swallow its prey a frog blinks. This pushes its eyeballs down on top of the mouth to help move the food down its throat.
* A group of frogs is called an army.
* The Goliath frog lives in West Africa and can measure more than a foot in length and weigh more than seven pounds.
Did you know that tulips are the third most popular flower in the world after roses and chrysanthemums? In fact, during the 17th century, most of Europe was gripped in a craze for tulips that resulted in people having to actually sell their fortunes to pay for their habit. This bizarre obsession was known as Tulipomania.
Another interesting characteristic of tulips is that, although they do produce pollen, they are hypoallergenic. This makes them an ideal botanical gift for people with allergies.
Today is "Tulip Day." You can celebrate by dropping by your favorite florist and picking up a tulip bouquet for your dining room table. But don't expect their floral scent to enhance your dinner - tulips are virtually fragrance-free.
National Apple Pie Day
Even though apple pie dates back to 14th Century Europe, it became a symbolic icon for America when WWII soldiers repeatedly voiced that they were fighting for "Mom and apple pie." One of America's leading automobile manufacturers even used it in a successful advertising slogan, "Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet."
Today is "National Apple Pie Day." It's no wonder we have a day to celebrate such a time-honored American tradition considering we grow about 2,500 varieties of apples right here in the United States. You can pay homage to this patriotic pastry by purchasing some American-grown apples and baking up one of these delicious recipes from Yahoo! Shine.