Week 1. March 6: On this day in 1899, aspirin was patented by Felix Hoffman of the German company, Bayer. The word was coined from a- for acetylsalicylic and -spirin for Spirea, the original genus name of meadowsweet.
March 7: The birthday of American horticulturist Luther Burbank, born 1849. He developed many new varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. A Burbank favorite: the Shasta daisy.
Week 2. March 14: National Potato Chip Day.
March 15: Ides of March (beware!).
March 16: On this day in 1915, absinthe (a liqueur made from wormwood) was banned in France.
Week 3. March 23: Today is the birthday (1857) of Fannie Farmer, who wrote the Fannie Farmer Cook Book.
March 25: Waffles of the world, frolic! Today is International Waffle Day!
Week 4. March 28: Somewhere, sometime, somebody came up with Something on a Stick Day. It's today.
March 30: National Hot Dog Day. Pass the mustard, please.
A Waffel Frolic
The waffle is descended from the oublie, a flat cake cooked between two hot plates and stamped with a crucifix, used in the celebration of the Eucharist. Sometime in the thirteenth century, a craftsman forged the plates in a honeycomb pattern; in Holland, the resulting cake was called a wafel. The word seems to have first appeared in America in 1744, when a guest at a party featuring elaborate waffles remarked: "I was not a little grieved that so luxurious a feast should have come under the name of a wafel frolic."
Celebrate National Women's History Month by finding out who Fannie Farmer ("the mother of level measurements") was, and why she is important. Hint: How would you like to follow a recipe that calls for "a piece of butter the size of a duck's egg"? Check out the anniversary edition of Fannie's famous book.
On the Ides of March, find out what all the fuss is about. Then plan to defend yourself against bad luck with some of the traditional protective herbs that have been used for millennia to ward off evil.
Hang a bunch of dill over a child's bed to protect against evil fairies.
If you're concerned about dishonesty, plots, or secrets, place borage leaves or blossoms nearby and listen in. (Borage is said to encourage people to tell the truth.)
Wear angelica to protect yourself against evil spirits, but beware that it may also keep you from seeing opportunities. Brew a tea it and sprinkle it in the corners of a house.
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