International Pillow Fight Day
The largest pillow fight flash mob was the Worldwide Pillow Fight Day when over 25 cities around the globe participated in the first “international flash mob”, which was the world’s largest flash mob to date. According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 5,000 participated in New York City, overtaking London’s 2006 Silent Disco gathering as the largest recorded pillow fight. Word spread via social networking sites, including Facebook, Myspace, private blogs, public forums, personal websites, as well as by word of mouth, text messaging, and email. The International Pillow Fight Day is celebrated every first Saturday of April each year.
International Carrot Day
International Carrot Day is the occasion when the carrot is celebrated throughout the world as a primary vegetable staple. Carrots can be traced back about 5,000 years through historical documents and paintings. No one knows exactly when the first carrots appeared, because many people mistook them for parsnips, a close relative of the carrot. People first grew carrots as medicine, not food, for a variety of ailments. A medium-size carrot has 25 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fiber. The veggie is an excellent source of vitamin A, providing more than 200% of your daily requirement in just one carrot. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a natural chemical that the body changes into vitamin A. The deeper orange the carrot, the more beta-carotene you’re getting.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Maya Angelou – Poet & Civil Rights Activist – passed at age 86 – born in St. Louis, Missouri
Robert Downey, Jr. – Actor – 54 – born in New York City, New York