And they’re off!

The Kentucky Derby is a horserace held annually in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, and this Saturday will be the 144th running with a $3 million guaranteed purse. The race is for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles at Churchill Downs.

Known variously as ‘the most exciting two minutes in sports,’ ‘the fastest two minutes in sports,’ it’s also called ‘the run for the roses’ for the lush blanket of 554 red roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the American Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and the Belmont stakes, which took two years and one year off respectively, the Derby has been run every year since 1875. A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown.

The fastest time ever run in the Derby (at its present distance) was set in 1973 at 1.59.4 minutes when Secretariat broke the record set in 1964 by Northern Dancer. Not only has Secretariat’s record time yet to be topped in the race itself, he did something unique in Triple Crown races: each successive quarter, his times were faster. Only twelve horses have won the Triple Crown from 1919 through 2015.

In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions play a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The mint julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup, is the traditional beverage of the race, served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup or from souvenir glasses printed with all previous Derby winners. Women appear in fine outfits lavishly accessorized with large, elaborate hats. As the horses parade before the grandstands, the University of Louisville Marching Band plays Stephen Foster’s My Old Kentucky Home. (from Wikipedia)

 

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National Pet Day

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They love us unconditionally so celebrate that love.

This is National Pet Day, and whether you have a dog, cat, horse, turtle, bird, fish — or any other animal you care for — give them some extra love today and buy them a new toy.

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Adopt a pet from a shelter or pure breed rescue organization, volunteer at or make donations to a local shelter. Take lots of photos of your pets and post them to social. (from me and http://www.cute-calendar.com )

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And Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is        April 30th

Olympics and Twinkies

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The first modern Olympic Games or Olympics opened this date in Athens, Greece in 1896. The Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating.  The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority. (from Wikipedia)

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Twinkies, an American snack cake, hit the market this date in 1930. Originally banana filled, Twinkies are sponge cakes with cream filling. During bankruptcy proceedings, Twinkie production was suspended on November 21, 2012, and resumed after an absence of several months from American store shelves, becoming available again nationwide on July 15, 2013. Owned by Hostess Brands, they are produced in Canada at a bakery that owns the Canadian rights to the product. Twinkies are also available in Mexican stores, as well as Egypt, the United Kingdom, Ireland and China. (from Wikipedia)

Daylight Savings Time Starts

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Most of the US, Canada and Mexico’s northern border cities started Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2 A.M. local time today. The clock “spring forward” (by shifting the clock forward) an hour, so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Most of Europe will start DST on the last Sunday in March. With most of North America shifting at 02:00 local time, its zones do not shift at the same time, but increase through each time zone: EST, CST, MST, PST. Typically, clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. The modern idea of daylight saving was first implemented during the First World War. Many countries have used it at various times since then.

DST clock shifts present other challenges. They complicate timekeeping and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, recordkeeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, and sleep patterns. Software can often adjust computer clocks automatically, but this can be limited and error-prone, particularly when Daylight Saving Time protocols are changed. (from: Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)

 

 

National Hug Day

National Hug Day is an annual event created by Kevin Zaborney and occurs annually on January 21st. I have it here today because it conflicts with Martin Luther King Day on the 21st this year.

Zaborney is credited with coming up with the idea of a National Hugging Day in 1986 and chose January 21st as it fell between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and Valentine’s Day when he found people were generally in low spirits. He felt that “American society is embarrassed to show feelings in public” and hoped that a National Hugging Day would change that. (Wikipedia)