Saturday, the 29th of March, 2014 is the 88th day in 2014 and in the 13th calendar week.
Festival of Smoke and Mirrors
March 29, 2014 in the World
The Festival of Smoke and Mirrors every March 29 remembers the old magician’s technique, as well as a favorite debating technique for a lot of people who might not win the argument otherwise.
Old magic shows (such as “Pepper’s Ghost” in 1800s London) used carefully placed mirrors to produce the illusions for the audience. Bursts of smoke at certain times would cover any sudden changes and distract the audience.
Today the phrase “smoke and mirrors” is a metaphor for a deceptive, fraudulent or insubstantial explanation or description (in other words, it’s the perfect description of just about every political statement!)
Where is Smoke and Mirrors Day?
Worldwide
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day 
March 29, 2014 in the USA
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day celebrates small business owners. These individuals spend countless hours nurturing and growing their young enterprises. The workload demands, and lack of a hired staff, often translates into long and late hours, and many missed family and personal events. But, all in all, they love what they do. After all, they are their own boss.
New businesses have always been a vital, yet not fully appreciated, part of the U.S. economy. On they retail side, they bring different and unique products to the marketplace. They provide stellar and personal service support. When you call, you are more likely to get a real, live person. And unlike big national chains, they know their products. They are outstanding performers in niche markets. In manufacturing, they create many new concepts and ideas, making them creators of new products.
Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day by showing your support….shop their stores today, and everyday.
Where is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day?
Nationwide USA
National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
March 29, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day! An insurance salesman named Harry Baker invented chiffon cake in the 1920s. He sold his cakes to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles and all of Hollywood fell in love with the dessert’s lighter-than-air texture. Baker carefully guarded the recipe for over twenty years before selling it to General Mills (home of the Betty Crocker brand) for an undisclosed amount.
The recipe for chiffon cake debuted in a 1948 edition of Better Homes and Gardens. General Mills marketed it as “the first new cake in 100 years” and it quickly became a nationwide sensation. The secret recipe called for vegetable oil instead of butter or shortening, and instructed the baker to beat the egg whites and egg yolks separately.
There are many flavors of chiffon cake including chocolate, orange, walnut, maple, and today’s reason to celebrate, lemon! To celebrate National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, try baking a delicious lemon chiffon cake for your family tonight!
Where is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1549 – The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.
1632 – Treaty of Saint-Germain is signed, returning Quebec to French control after the English had seized it in 1629.
1795 – Beethoven (24) debuts as pianist in Vienna
1798 – Republic of Switzerland forms
1848 – Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam
1867 – British North America Act (Canadian constitution) passes
1886 – Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise for Coca-Coke
1912 – Capt Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary “the end cannot be far”
1942 – British cruiser HMS Trinidad torpedoes itself in the Barents Sea
1961 – After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge
1971 – Development of a serum hepatitis vaccine for children announced
1994 – Serbs & Croats signed a cease-fire to end the war in Croatia
2004 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.