"No one can drive you crazy unless you give them the keys."
"Being old doesn't seem so old now that I'm old!"
In a class on abnormal psychology, the instructor was about to introduce the subject of manic depression.
She posed this question to her students: "How would you diagnose a patient who walks back and forth screaming at the top of his lungs one minute, then sits down weeping uncontrollably the next?"
A young man in the rear raised his hand and suggested earnestly, "A football coach?"
It's STAND UP to Bullying Day! Today is to wear pink shirts to signal to those being bullied that they are supported and to stand up to the bullies in a non-confrontational way. Observed on the last Friday of February, this holiday is also celebrated in November.
--Carnival Day: today celebrates all types of carnivals, many of which travel to different locations such as state fairs and charity fund raisers, bringing amusement rides, foods, and games to an event; carnivals got a big push from the 1893 Columbian Expo that had the original Ferris Wheel.
--For Pete's Sake Day: today is a salute to a phrase that is called a minced oath where euphemistic phrases are used in polite company; lots of different theories of the source but none are about Pete.
--Levi Strauss Day: today commemorates his birthday in 1829; Levi Strauss ran a dry goods wholesale in San Francisco during the gold rush. In 1870, tailor Jacob Davis suggested strengthening the seams of jeans with copper rivets and partnered with Strauss to create the Levi Strauss Co. and applied for the patent.
--National Personal Chef Day: today is a salute to the professionals that handle all of the details of getting the meals to the table; often will have multiple clients as private chefs have one client.
--National Pistachio Day: today is for those yummy and healthy nuts that are great for snacks; they come from a small bushy tree native to the Middle East which produces fruit similar to grapes and the pistachio nut is the seed of that fruit.
--National Skip the Straw Day: observed on the 4th Friday of February; today is a movement to halt use of plastic straws due to the environmental impact; cities are starting to pass ordinances banning the use of plastic straws, such as in Seattle WA.
--Purim: a Jewish holiday that began at sunset yesterday and goes to sunset today; today commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, according to the Book of Esther, in the Hebrew Bible, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus (presumed to be Xerxes I of Persia), planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his adopted daughter Queen Esther; the day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing.
--Tell a Fairy Tale Day: today is a day for that special genre of fantasy and magic; nowadays, the stories are light and bright for the children but, before the 17th century, the old folk lore was dark and more suited for the adults.
--Thermos Bottle Day: the vacuum flask was created by Scottish scientist Sir James Dewar in 1892; consisted of 2 flasks, one inside the other and the vacuum kept the contents hot/cold longer; commercial use started in 1904 when 2 German glass blowers formed the company Thermos GmbH, held a contest in 1907 to rename the Dewar flask (a Munich resident won with Thermos from the Greek word thermal for hot); Dewar tried to sue the 2 Germans but lost; the German glass blowers sold the rights to American Thermos Bottle Co and 2 others in 1907.
--Yukon Heritage Day: observed in Canada on the last Friday of February; today honors the history and culture of the smallest of Canada's three territories; from nationatoday: "The day is designed to coincide with The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, a festival in Yukon’s capital, Whitehorse. The event specifically revolves around the Yukon Gold Rush period of the 1890’s, featuring a “Queen” contest, sled dog races, air shows, and snow sculpture contests. Sounds like a chilly but fun time!"
--In 1919, the Grand Canyon was designated as a National Park in Arizona. President Wilson signed the act protecting the Grand Canyon; the first year recorded 44,000 visitors but now more than 5 million visit annually.
--In 1991, the world's first web browser was presented to the public. The browser "WorldWideWeb", later renamed "Nexus", was developed by Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist best known as the inventor of the internet.