Red Planet Day
You probably already know that the planet Mars is referred to as "The Red Planet." But do you know why? Its story is an interesting one, and contrary to what many might guess.
The official name was taken from the Roman god of war. The unofficial name was derived from the mere fact that the planet gives off a reddish hue. So it would seem that the two names are unrelated; not so. Mars was actually named for the Roman god of war because red (blood) is the color of war. So in this case, the official name was born of the nickname as opposed to the other way around.
On Nov. 28, 1964, the spacecraft Mariner 4 was launched. During its eight-month voyage it collected the first ever up-close images of Mars. In honor of that momentous day, Nov. 28 of each year is celebrated as "Red Planet Day."
French Toast Day
French toast -- it's not just for breakfast anymore! In recent years, French toast has been elevated from a classic sweet/savory breakfast to a blank slate that can be smothered, sauced and stuffed with gourmet creations limited only by the imagination. It's common to now find variations of French toast on menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert!
Today is "French Toast Day," and if your mouth is already watering at the thought, why not try out one of these fabulous recipes from Yahoo! Shine?
National Maize Day
Question: So what's the difference between corn and maize, anyway? Answer: Location! O Chef explains that "maize" is the English name for any variety of tall grass zea mays. "Corn" is the name for maize specifically among North Americans.
Today is "National Maize Day," and we can join the celebration by learning more about this versatile and life-sustaining botanical wonder.
* Corn is now grown on every continent except Antarctica.
* Corn was used as money by early settlers and traded for things like meat and furs.
* Corn is a domesticated plant that cannot grow as a wild plant.
Make Your Own Head Day
Another year has come and gone, and once again it is "Make Your Own Head Day." If you missed it last year you'll want to be sure to get in on all the hoopla this time around.
Regardless of the medium you choose -- clay, papier-mâché or even leftover bread dough -- making a replica of your own special noggin can be interesting and fun. In fact, it's a common exercise in art classes the world over!
If all this sounds like too much work, get yourself a Mr. Potato Head instead. It's a great conversation starter when clients tour the office!
- French Toast