Monday, April 15, 2013

A to Z Challemge: M is for Mango

"Hey, mom, what's for dinner?"  Bigger Girl comes in from her evening college speech class famished.

Your dad and your brother get tomato gravy over rice, and for you and your sister, i made vegan spaghetti sauce, or you can have it over the rice like the tomato gravy, i answered.

"Hm, I think I'll boil the spaghetti," she said, then yelling into the other room, asked her sister if she also wanted spaghetti.

Little Girl came in, saying, "Of course not.  There are mangoes in the house!  When there are mangoes, I don't need to eat anything else."

And it's true, since i bought two cases of mangoes on special from Whole Paycheck, she has eaten mango morning, noon and night.  She walks in, grabs one, washes it (if i'm watching and make her, if not she probably skips it, but then again, it's like letting kids get dirty and put their hands in their mouths when they are tiny, it probably builds the immune system), and eats it, peel and all.

In fact, until they are gone, i'm not sure she will eat anything but mango.  That's okay, i can think of worse things to get fixated on eating.

Today is

Boston Marathon -- Boston, MA, US (117th running)

Celtic Tree Month Saille (willow) begins

Day of the Sun -- North Korea (Kim Il Sung's Birthday)

Fast Food Day -- the first franchised McDonald's opened this day in 1955 in Des Plaines, IL, US

Father Damien Day -- Hawaii, US (Patron of lepers)

Festival of Heru; Festival of Bast -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Fluff Appreciation Day -- internet generated; i guess as a distraction for Tax Day

Fordicalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (cow sacrifice to the earth mother, Tellus Mater)

Global Day of Action on Military Spending -- sponsored by by the International Peace Bureau (IPB) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)

Guangzhou (Canton) Spring Trade Fair -- Guangzhou (Canton), China (a month-long spring trade fair held the same dates each year)

Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday -- St. Helena (always on the Monday closest)

Hillsborough Disaster Memorial -- Anfield at Liverpool, England

Income Tax Pay Day -- Philippines; US
     related observances:
     Freak Out Day
     National Griper's Day (after all, you have to pay your taxes, and the Titanic sank today)
     Tax Resistors' Day -- good luck!
     That Sucks Day (appropriate, isn't it)*

Jackie Robinson Day -- Major League Baseball

Jose de Diego's Birthday -- Puerto Rico (Father of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, a/k/a Dia de Reafirmacion del Idioma Espanol)

Kentucky Derby Festival -- Louisville, KY, US (the warm-up celebration for the big race, much of which is free; through May 3)

London Book Fair -- Earls Court, London, England (one of the world's most important book fairs; through Wednesday)

National Glazed Ham Day

Patriots' Day -- US (in observance of the first battles of the Revolutionary War; always the 3rd Monday)

Rubber Eraser Day -- today in 1770, Joseph Priestly described a vegetable gum which had the ability to rub out pencil marks

Sechselauten -- Zurich, Switzerland (Six Ringing Festival, traditional driving out of winter through the symbolic destruction of the Boog - Old Man Winter - in the form of a snowman; through tomorrow)

St. Hunna's Day (Patron of laundresses, laundry workers, washerwomen)

Swallow Day -- England (traditional date of the return of chimney swallows)

Take a Wild Guess Day -- sponsored by Jim Barber as a day to honor guesses, hunches, inspirations, speculations and other forms of “intuitive intelligence;” just not on your taxes, please

Tipsa Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebration of the start of plowing)

Titanic Remembrance Day

World Creativity and Innovation Week -- always begins on DaVinci's birth anniversary

Yom Ha'Atzmaut -- Israel (Independence Day; beings at sunset, through tomorrow sunset)

*If you want to add others reasons why today should be considered "That Sucks Day", please go share your horror story of the day at

Anniversary Today:

Gallaudet University is founded, 1817 (first US public school for the deaf)

Birthdays Today:

Emma Watson, 1990
Seth Rogen, 1982
Patrick Carney, 1980
Emma Thompson, 1959
Claudia Cardinale, 1939
Roy Clark, 1933
Elizabeth Montgomery, 1933
Leon Schotter, 1922
Hans Conried, 1917
Bessie Smith, 1894
Sam Rodia, 1875
Henry James, 1843
Joseph E. Seagram, 1841
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452

Today in History:

Pope Innocent III refuses to grant permission to the Jews of Cordova, Spain, to build a synagogue, 1250
Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London, 1755
The first school for the deaf in the US opens in Hartford, Connecticut, 1817
The last day US silver coins are allowed to circulate in Canada, 1870
Harley Proctor begins producing Ivory Soap, 1878
General Electric Company is incorporated, 1892
The Titanic sinks, 1912
Insulin becomes available to diabetics, 1923
Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas, 1924
Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947
White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city, 1957
Tokyo Disney Resort (and the Tokyo Disneyland park) opens in Tokyo Bay (Japan), 1983
Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China, 1989
Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and initiating the World Trade Organization, 1994
Astronomers at San Francisco State University announce the discovery of the first multiplanet solar system besides our own, three planets around Upsilon Andromedaie, 1999
Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe, 2010


  1. ok apparently I need to get me to the store as everyone is talking about how GREAT the mangos are right now....

  2. Hey! You can add someone else to that list of birthdays today, that would be ME!
    Let's see, DaVinci and Kay G., that's about right. HA!

  3. Carla, they are worth it.

    Leah, the peels are edible, some people just don't like how they taste -- like with kiwi.

    Many happy returns of the day, Kay!

  4. Nice post... This is the second post for today that I am reading on Mangoes.. I love Mangoes...

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  5. Love this!
    Lots of interesting stuff.
    Have been enjoying your posts :)


  6. She eats the peel? Dang- all this time I have been peeling them! I was going to do M is for Mango until I remembered our wedding anniversary. Thanks for the nice comments and have a great day!

  7. Oh, mangoes... what a great idea. I love mangoes. You can make them into juice, make mango lassi, slice them up or just eat them as come. Lovely!

  8. Bigger Girl must have a sweet tooth. Mangos are too sweet for me. I prefer a nice grapefruit.

  9. Mangoes are yummy. I've heard they are the world's most eaten fruit. In southern Indiana, they call green peppers mangoes, it's so weird.

  10. When little girl grows up, she'll be officially known as (...wait for it)... MANGO WOMAN!! Tell me I'm wrong. I doubt it.

  11. I'm not sure I've ever had a fresh mango. It's not a flavour I've cared for too much in juices or teas. Worth a try, I'm sure but I think I'll pass on the peel.

  12. Precari0us, we love them, too, and i'm glad you stopped by.

    FicticiousAmo, thanks for the comment.

    Kathe, some people like the taste of the peel, and some don't, it's a personal thing. Enjoy your day, and have a mango.

    Angelika, i've never had a mango lassi, i'll have to look that up. If it has mango, it's probably good.

    Stephen, we eat those, too!

    Shell, regional variations on names can be interesting, or just plain weird. For example, we call the middle strip of the road that is the median in most place the "neutral ground." Dates back to when the French people would live on one side of the street, the Spanish on the other, around the year 1800 -- the middle was neutral ground.

    Josie, you are not wrong, and feed her as many mangoes as she wants.

    Hilary, if you don't like them, that's fine by me. Everyone has a few things in life they cannot stand the taste or texture of. Perhaps we could give you some nice banana and spinach smoothie?