Archive | August, 2013

When is Rosh Hashanah in 2013?

September 5, 2013

Learn more about Rosh Hashanah.

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Maria Montessori’s Birthday

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician most known for her development of the educational method that is named after her. Montessori was born into a well-educated family on August 31, 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy. Challenging gender stereotypes, Montessori graduated from medical school at the University of Rome with high honors, becoming the first female doctor in Italy.

During her time spent teaching at the University of Rome, she treated children from all different socioeconomic backgrounds which led to her interest in early education. This experience allowed her to practice and perfect her different style of teaching on the children that came to the free clinics.

By 1925, there were over 1000 Montessori schools opened in America. The Montessori way encouraged teachers to “follow the child” and use the child’s interests and natural intuition as the guide. Although, interest in Montessori schools declined for a few decades, there was a resurgence and new found interest for the teaching method during the 1960s. Montessori’s work in childhood education led her to receive two nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. She died in 1952, but her legacy lives on as she was a pioneer in the development of young children.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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National Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 30 is National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Toasting marshmallows is a favorite American camping and backyard tradition, which dates all the way back to the 18th century.

It’s a simple and delicious concept; just put a marshmallow on the end of a stick, hold it over an open flame, and wait until the marshmallow is toasted to your liking. Some people only like a slight char on their marshmallow, while others like it to be completely burnt.

Whatever your preference, gather your friends and family around the campfire and toast up some marshmallows!

Sources: Punchbowl, Gone-ta-Pott

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Top Pet Contests is running a Top Dog and Top Cat Calendar contest! Submit your pictures for a chance to be featured in a exclusive calendar, receive a $500 donation to the Animal Welfare Organization of your choice, and get a fun prize pack for you and your furry friend. Check out the details and links below to get started today!

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According to Hoyle Day

August 29 is According to Hoyle Day!

Today is a day devoted to fun and games – just make sure you’re playing by the rules! Edmond Hoyle was an 18th century writer best known for his literature on the rules of card games, specifically “whilst”, which was a predecessor to bridge.  Hoyle made extra money by teaching whilst to the upper class in England, and eventually his name became aligned with the proper way to play. So, when someone says “According to Hoyle”, they’re referencing the correct method of playing a game.

Celebrate today by playing your favorite card game!  Check out our variety of card games on sale and in stock now.

Sources: Wikipedia, The Year of Living Unofficially

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Race Your Mouse Day

August 28 is Race Your Mouse Day!

And, no, we don’t mean a real mouse – it’s your computer mouse! Waiting for your computer to load at times can be downright boring, so spice things up a bit by racing your mouse through and around the icons on your desktop.

If you’re bored or procrastinating, Race Your Mouse Day is a welcome distraction from the day to day computer glare.

Sources: Wellcat, The Year of Living Unofficially

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Just Because Day

Just Because Day falls on August 27 each year.

Today is a day when you don’t need rhyme or reason to be your guide, do something you want to do “just because”. Our best days sometimes are dictated not by plans, but by going out on a whim and being spontaneous. Just go out and do the first thing that pops into your head just because!

Some ideas for Just Because Day: take an unplanned road trip somewhere, reach out to someone from your past, send someone flowers for no reason, buy something awesome that you wouldn’t normally buy, go eat at a new restaurant. Enjoy!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Yahoo! Voices

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Animal Farm Published

George Orwell’s dystopian novel Animal Farm was published in America on August 26, 1946. The book was originally titled Animal Farm: A Fairy Story and was first published in England on August 17, 1945.

Animal Farm takes place on Manor Farm where the inhabiting animals band together to form a revolution against the humans that oppress them. According to Orwell himself, the novel is a direct criticism on the Russian Revolution of 1917 and events that took place during the “Stalin Era” in the Soviet Union. The novel comments on the corruption of revolutions from its leaders, and feelings of greed, ignorance, and indifference.

Sources: Wikipedia, Mondo Politico

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When is Labor Day in 2013?

September 2, 2013

Learn more about Labor Day.

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Friedrich Nietzsche Dies

19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche died at the age of 55 on August 25, 1900 after he had a series of strokes brought on by previous illnesses.

Nietzsche wrote many works from a critical standpoint on a variety of topics including religion, morality, culture, and most often, philosophy, among others. Some of his most popular ideologies are perspectivism, the “death of god”, the Will to Power, and eternal recurrence.

You can find Nietzsche’s mustache, along with those of other important men in history in our Great Moustaches Magnetic Set!

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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