Tweety Bird’s and Voltaire’s Birthday: The connection? Both were noted for being snarky. Personally, I was always on Sylvester’s side.
World Hello Day: Support World Peace! But frankly, you might have more success supporting Whorled Peas. There is a theory that human conflict is being fomented by extraterrestrial species who are terrified of us. If so, I don’t blame them.
Pumpkin Pie Day: Thanksgiving is in less than a week, but this seems a little premature. And didn’t someone here assert, last year, that most pumpkin pie filling was actually made from a different species of squash? All plants of that family are promiscuous in the extreme, and if you try to grow them together, there’s no telling what hybrids you’ll get. So far, that’s the only good excuse for “pumpkin spice” I know: Pour enough sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon on it and you can make anything edible.
National Stuffing Day: Actually, this should be on the 26th, when we traditionally stuff ourselves to catatonia. “Stuffing” is an ancient method of cooking dry meat of any kind to keep it tender and juicy. Ours is traditionally made with wild rice. “Dressing” is more appropriately used for something applied to the outside of a food, but we also use it for the extra “stuffing” that won’t fit in the bird, and because everyone wants some. We also dress the bird with bacon. Something is drooling on my keyboard …
Alascattalo Day: A hybrid cross between a moose and a walrus, and sterile, which is why you don’t see them any more. Originally bred by prospectors during the Alaskan Gold Rush as a source of meat and lamp oil, and who were very tired of M-T. Pie†. Now the name of a minor planet in the inner main belt of the asteroid belt, apparently because it’s shape resembles the beast. †Those who are hivernants know what this is. Those who are not, don’t want to know.
February 26, 2016