World Sword Swallower’s Day


Juan Manuel Fangio – Kidnapped

Did you know…
On this day (February 23) in 1958, five-time Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina is kidnapped in Cuba by a group of Fidel Castro’s rebels.

Fangio was taken from his Havana hotel the day before the Cuba Grand Prix, an event intended to showcase the island nation. He was released unharmed several hours after the race. The kidnapping was intended to bring international embarrassment to Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, whose government Castro would overthrow on January 1, 1959.

National Dog Biscuit Day!

The first dog biscuits were developed in the mid-19th century by American manufacturer James Spratt. He came up with the idea after he visited Liverpool in England, where he observed stray dogs hungrily tucking into ship’s biscuits.

The first Spratts biscuits were produced in London, with a secret recipe including both meat and vegetables.

Today, dog biscuits are often used for training. There are even special types of biscuit which clean dogs’ teeth – so giving your best friend a treat can help to keep him healthy!

Valentine’s Day at White Castle? Waffle House?

For the 27th year, White Castle is offering up more than just “sliders” and onion chips on Valentine’s Day.

The restaurant chain is taking reservations for special Valentine’s Day dinners between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14.


The somewhat absurd notion of spending a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at a fast food restaurant may be why spending the evening at White Castle has become an annual tradition for many couples over the past 27 years.

“We do have these regulars [who] come,” says Sawyer.  “They’ll bring a vase and [the husband] always brings his wife a dozen roses.  One time they brought a thing of wine.  It was so cute.”

Not up for White Castle?

How about Waffle House?


Waffle House will be taking reservations at about 140 of their locations.


Winter Olympics

On January 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics take off in style at Chamonix in the French Alps.skiing

The original five sports (broken into nine disciplines) were bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, Nordic skiing (consisting of the disciplines military patrol, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, and ski jumping), and skating (consisting of the disciplines figure skating and speed skating).

The Winter Games were held every four years from 1924 to 1936, interrupted in 1940 and 1944 by World War II, and resumed in 1948.

Until 1992 the Winter and Summer Olympic Games were held in the same years, but in accordance with a 1986 decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to place the Summer and Winter Games on separate four-year cycles in alternating even-numbered years, the next Winter Olympics after 1992 was in 1994.