You will figure out that I like to look for funny dates on the calendar to celebrate, and this one seems just right – today is National “She’s funny that way” Day. Here in the South, we might tweak it to be “Bless her heart, she can’t help that she’s funny that way” Day. If you have a great “funny lady” in your world, send me a note about her.
It’s also Tater Day in Benson, Kentucky, celebrating the sweet potato. Now, and this is important and you need to remember it, according to a story I heard on The Spendid Table, a wonderful radio program about food that is broadcast on NPR, we only have sweet potatoes here in the U.S., not yams – yams are grown in Nigeria, a place I happened to live in my youth, and other parts of Africa and Asia. Yams are white. Yams are different from sweet potatoes. Whether they are more red or more yellow, here in the States they are all sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas). Ignore any signs to the contrary in your local grocery store, and enjoy them in any color. You’ll find some wonderful recipes at The Splendid Table.
And, in a seemingly unrelated note, though I’m not so sure, it is also Bunsen Burner Day, a day to celebrate the birthday of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen, who invented the little plastic caps on the end of shoe laces. NO, of course I’m kidding, he improved the design of the Bunsen burner, used by scientists and bored school students around the world to melt ink pens. Really, I don’t believe I ever used a Bunsen burner to create any heat or chemical reaction other than breaking down plastic particles. Could this be why I am not today nor have I ever (yet) been a rocket scientist?? I have, however, found some funny e-cards you can send to your friends in celebration of Bunsen Burner Day. Sweet!
~Janet @ The Christmas Place
P.S. I learned this on the radio yesterday – the plural of “y’all” is “all y’all.” I really should not be allowed to tune my radio away from NPR.