February 29th is Surf and Turf Day!

surf n' turf

(PCM) Happy Surf and Turf Day! This holiday celebrates one of the most decadent (and expensive) dishes on many a menu: a combination of steak (turf) and seafood (surf – usually lobster or shrimp, but really, anything that swims will do).

Since Surf and Turf Day only comes around on leap day, February 29th, tonight would be a great time to splurge on dinner. You won’t get an excuse like this one for another four years!

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Leap Day February 29 in Pop Culture History

29February 29 in Pop Culture History
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46 BC – Julius Caesar declared the first Leap Day.

1288 – The concept of allowing women to propose marriage to men may have begun, in Scotland.

1692 – The first witches were arrested in Salem Massachusetts.

1936 – Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuted on the radio show The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.

1940 – Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award, for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind. It won 8 Oscars overall.

1944 – Dorothy McElroy Vredenburgh of Alabama became the first woman to be appointed secretary of a national political party. She was appointed to the Democratic National Committee.

1960 (Eathquake) Agadir , Morocca, killed over 3,000 people.

1960 – The Family Circus comic strip by Bil Keane debuted.

1960 – The first Playboy Club opened, in Chicago.

1992 – # 1 Hit February 29, 1992 – March 20, 1992: Mr. BigTo Be With You

Leap Day February 29 in Pop Culture History was contributed by Pop Culture Fun Facts.

Happy National Chili Day!

overhead photo of a bowl of chili with cheese and green onions

(PCM) Most food holidays are set for a specific date, as if the food industry people got together and threw darts at a calendar. National Chili Day is a bit different; like Thanksgiving, it’s celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month (February, in this case). Why? We’re not sure. Maybe the thinking is just that chili and chili culture are such a big deal in this country that we’ve set a whole day aside to be thankful for it.

Chili or Chili con carne (chili with meat) is a stew made with chile peppers and meat and usually other things, though what makes real or best chili is a hot button topic for serious connoisseurs. Tomatoes and beans (such as kidneys or pintos) are traditional additions for many modern fans and vegetarian chili eschews meat altogether, while other purists prefer something closer to chili’s rustic roots as the go-to grub of pioneers and ranchers (beef, fat, chiles and salt).

Garlic, onions, cumin, oregano and dried chili powders are classic ingredients that cross most chili borders, though there is a great deal of regional and individual variation; innovations on the typical chili recipe range everywhere from chocolate to beer. Common toppings for chili include cheese, crackers, sour cream or diced garnishes (tomatoes, onions, scallions), with sides of rice, tortillas, or cornbread.

However you like your chili, if you’re like most people you prefer it hot – perfect for a cold February evening. Happy National Chili Day!

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