September 22nd is National Elephant Appreciation Day. Go hug an elephant and let it know how much you appreciate it.
Elephants live in a highly organized social structure led by the oldest and largest female, the matriarch. The herd usually has up to ten females and their young, all directly related to the matriarch. Mature males are with the herd only during mating. An infant elephant is cared for by its mother and other females (“aunties”) in the herd.
Elephant herds post their own sentries. Whenever danger threatens, Continue reading “National Elephant Appreciation Day” »
August 25th is Kiss and Make Up Day!
One of the most famous feuds of Americana finally did kiss and make up after over a century of rivalry…
It started with a dispute between over the ownership of a pig and ended with a dozen people dead, seven more serving life sentences, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and the governors of two states calling up the National Guard to restore order. For anyone not involved, it became a curiosity and joke. It was represented in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn (“Grangerford” vs. “Shepherdson”) and O Henry’s Squaring the Circle (“Harkness” vs. “Folwell”). It’s even been parodied by Bugs Bunny and Red and Stimpy.
Some historians believe the bitter squabble actually started when Continue reading “A Day to Kiss and Make Up Day” »
The third Saturday in August is National Honey Bee Day. Since they work so hard, every bee deserves this day!
- 1/3 of all veggies and fruits are pollinated by honey bees. Some fruits would not develop without pollination from honey bees.
- Between 50-80% of the world’s food supply is directly or indirectly affected by honey bee pollination. Whether it’s pollination of apples, or pollination of the seeds to produce grain for livestock, the food chain is linked to honey bees.
- It would pay to be prudent in the vicinity of the honey bee as it flits from Continue reading “Buzzing for National Honey Bee Day!” »