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Getting Your Peanut Fix

Because of the growing list of products affected by the peanut product recalls, the American Peanut Council has now posted a list of safe peanut products.

Yes, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups are on the safe list, as is Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

January 26, 2009   2 Comments

Not So Happy Bankruptcy Day

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Iceland may have acquired a new holiday, commemorating the day its government resigned over the financial mess in their economy. The Guardian reports the details: Banking crisis brings down Iceland government

Iceland’s prime minister today announced the immediate resignation of his government because of the country’s severe financial crisis, which saw the collapse of the currency and banking system.

Geir Haarde announced as recently as Friday that his coalition administration would remain in office until early elections called for May 9 after violent protests at its handling of the economic situation. Today he said his Independence party and its Social Democrat partners were quitting immediately after a disagreement over whether he should step down as prime minister.

No doubt it will be celebrated by sleeping outside in boxes, dressing in rags or uncured sheep hides, and spraying people with red ink.

January 26, 2009   2 Comments

Happy Republic Day

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Celebrates the establishment of the Republic of India on January 26th, 1950 when its new Constitution took effect.

The parade at New Delhi is, bar none, the most colorful military parade in the world, although this year the elephants aren’t behaving, so they won’t appear.

Here’s the official site, and, as the Wikipedia entry is really pathetic, here is a tourist site with more information.

January 26, 2009   15 Comments

Happy Australia Day

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The anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet under Captain Arthur Phillip at Port Jackson in New South Wales on January 26th, 1788.

Here’s the official site, and more information at Wikipedia.

January 26, 2009   28 Comments

Happy New Year, 4707

Year of the Yellow Ox Ji Chou

Happy New Year
Happy New Year

Chinese New Year
[Spring Festival]

January 26, 2009   4 Comments