Thursday, the 26th of February, 2015 is the 57th day in 2015 and in the 9th calendar week.

General Events:

Tell a Fairy Tale Day
February 26, 2015 in the World

Tell a Fairy Tale Day takes place on February 26, 2015. You could read your kids fairy tales today or read them alone. A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, mermaids, or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables.

The older fairy tales were intended for an audience of adults, as well as children, but they were associated with children as early as the writings of the précieuses; the Brothers Grimm titled their collection Children’s and Household Tales, and the link with children has only grown stronger with time.

In cultures where demons and witches are perceived as real, fairy tales may merge into legends, where the narrative is perceived both by teller and hearers as being grounded in historical truth. However, unlike legends and epics, they usually do not contain more than superficial references to religion and actual places, people, and events; they take place once upon a time rather than in actual times.

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World Pistachio Day
February 26, 2015 in the World

February 26th is World Pistachio Day, so why not take a moment to reflect on the amazing history and modern day health benefits of this wonderful nut?

Pistachios contain only 3-4 calories per nut, and offer more than 30 different vitamins, minerals and beneficial phytonutrients making them a great guilt free snack.

Originating from the Middle East, pistachios are one of the oldest flowering nut trees with evidence suggesting that humans were enjoying them as early as 7,000 B.C. Pistachios were first planted in California in the 1930s. From this point it took nearly 10 years of careful research and breeding before the California pistachio – also known as the Kerman variety – was finally perfected. Today, California produces more than 400 million pounds of pistachios each year, making it a leading producer of pistachios worldwide.

In China, the pistachio is known as the “happy nut” because it looks like it’s smiling. Often given as a gift during the Chinese New Year, pistachios are a symbol of health, happiness and good fortune. While China leads the world in total pistachio consumption at 120 million pounds per year; Israel, with 7 million snackers consuming 9 million pounds, is the leader per capita for pistachio consumption.

In India, pistachios are a major part of the population’s diet and are used in the popular saffron pistachio drink, Shree Guruji Kesar Pista Sharbat. Pistachios are considered a “hot food” and are believed to help keep the body warm and are typically enjoyed during the cold winter months. Conversely, in Russia pistachios are enjoyed as a popular snack to accompany beer during the warm summer months.

In France, where “snack” is not part of the vocabulary, pistachios are served as part of the occasion known as aperitif, a light beverage and snack served before a meal to stimulate the appetite.

Pistachios are enjoyed around the world so celebrate with your fellow nut lovers in many different languages: die Pistazie in German, pistaches in French, pista in Hindi and pistache in Spanish.

While many eat pistachios purely for their delicious taste and satisfying crunch, the pistachio is also stacked full of nutritional goodness. New research continues to come to light showing the positive benefits of pistachios:
•Lung Cancer: Recently it was revealed that a diet that incorporates a daily dose of pistachios may help reduce the risk of lung and other cancers, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held Dec. 6-9, 2009.
•A Smart Snack for Diabetics: Researchers from the University of Toronto found that when a handful of pistachios were eaten with a high glycemic index food like white bread, the pistachios helped blunt the rise in blood sugar and reduced hunger-stimulating hormones. That helps control appetite, and is good news for diabetics.
•Pistachios, “The Skinny Nut”: Overweight and obesity are risk factors for type II diabetes and heart disease. Nutrition experts call pistachios the “Skinny Nut” because they are one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat and highest fiber nuts offering the most nuts per serving.
•Pistachios are “Heart Healthy”: Most of the fat in pistachios is the “good” fat that helps lower the risk of heart disease. Penn State researchers found that eating one to two handfuls of pistachios a day resulted in a nine to 12 percent reduction in “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.

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For Pete’s Sake Day
February 26, 2015 in the World

Oh, for Pete’s sake! Not another pointless holiday?

For Pete’s Sake Day celebrates one example of a ‘minced oath’, where an offensive word or phrase is substituted by something more acceptable in society. Other examples include ‘For crying out loud!’, and ‘Sugar!’. Such euphemisms have been used for centuries whenever people hit thumbs with hammers, burn hands on hot plates, or sit on sharp things while in polite company. Why has Pete been singled out for special attention?

In the case of this particular minced oath, Pete is likely to refer to St Peter. However, if there’s a Pete in your life, why not do something for his sake? It doesn’t have to be much – making him a cup of tea or a nice sandwich would be good!

If you are Pete-less, perhaps you can celebrate by saying ‘For Pete’s Sake’ whenever you get an opportunity.

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National Chili Day
February 26, 2015 in the USA

Whether you prefer it Texas-style, Mexican-style, or vegetarian, chili served with a side of cornbread is a fabulous comfort food for the winter season.

Despite popular belief, chili does not come from Mexico. The recipe has certainly been influenced by Mexican culture, but it also incorporates elements from Native American and Spanish culinary traditions. Many historians believe chili originated in Texas where all three of these cultures intersected.

According to legend, Spanish priests called the first chili “the soup of the Devil” because they believed that chili peppers were an aphrodisiac. To celebrate National Chili Day, indulge in a delicious bowl of this historical spicy stew!

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Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 26th February:

747 BC – Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy’s Nabonassar Era

1616 – Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo

1794 – Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen burns down.

1815 – Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France

1870 – 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)

1885 – Congress of Berlin; gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to Great Britain

1907 – Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)

1910 – Gandhi supports the African People’s Organisations resolution to declare the day of arrival of the Prince of Wales in South Africa as a day of mourning in protest against the South Africa Acts disenfranchisement of Indians, Coloureds and Africans in the upcoming Union of South Africa

1917 – [NS Mar 11] Russian February Revolution: Tsar Nicolas II orders army to quell civil unrest in Petrograd – army mutinies

1935 – RADAR-Radio Detection & Ranging 1st demonstrated (Robert Watson-Watt)

1936 – Military coup in Japan

1971 – Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day

1980 – Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time

1986 – People Power Revolution in the Philippines

1993 – 2nd tallest building in world, NYC World Trade Center bombed, 7 die

2001 – The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan