February 19, 2024

There's an entire week for pancakes?! 🥞

Pancakes For Dinner Hoodie


Happy National Pancake Week! If anything could possibly snap me out of the interminable malaise of winter, it would an entire week dedicated to this fluffy, spongy, delicately sweet conveyance for maple syrup.

Leslie Knope breakfast food GIF

Why indeed, Leslie.
GIF via NBC / Parks And Recreation


However, in case starchy breakfast treats aren't your thing, today is also:

National Chocolate Mint Day. An infinitely superior flavor pairing to that of chocolate and orange, I'll be celebrating with some After Eights tonight. It's also Girl Scout Cookie season, so Thin Mints are an excellent alternative!

National Airboat Day. Ugh, seriously?! Hard pass. Anything that is both obnoxiously loud AND designed to put me closer to the mouths of alligators is not to be celebrated.

National Vet Girls Rock Day. Now we're talking! Thanks to the over 2 million female veterans in the U.S. for their service. Including our dearly departed Bea Arthur! Dorothy the Golden Girl served as a truck driving Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps during WWII.

February 19th's historical happenings of note:


• In 1847 the first group of rescuers reached the Donner Party. Grisly!

• In 1878 Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. I'm more of a Nikola Tesla stan, but props to Tommy boy for inventing the device that would eventually lead to music in my earballs.


• In 1963 Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique was published, contributing to the reawakening of the feminist movement in the United States.

Birthday pancakes and/or chocolate mints all around for: Actor Lee Marvin of The Wild One and The Dirty Dozen fame (1924), singer-songwriter & producer Smokey Robinson of Motown hit-making fame (1940), singer-songwriter and Smokey's partner in The Miracles Bobby Rogers (1940), English guitarist & songwriter Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath fame (1948), novelist Amy Tan of The Joy Luck Club fame (1952), actor & playwright Jeff Daniels of Dumb & Dumber fame (1955), English singer-songwriter & guitarist Dave Wakeling of new wave luminaries The (English) Beat and General Public (1956), Austrian musician Falco of "Rock Me Amadeus" fame (1957), English author & Screenwriter Helen Fielding of Bridget Jones's Diary fame (1958), actor Leslie David Baker, aka Stanley on The Office (1958), English keyboardist Steve Nieve of Elvis Costello's backing band The Attractions (1958), English singer-songwriter Seal of "Crazy" and "Kiss From a Rose" fame (1963), actress Justine Bateman of Family Ties fame (1966), Puerto Rican actor & filmmaker Benicio del Toro (1967), singer-songwriter Beth Ditto of The Gossip (1981), and English actress Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things fame (2004)


Pour one out for: Jazz trumpeter & composer Lee Morgan (d. 1972), Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter Bon Scott of AC/DC (d. 1980), actor, producer, and screenwriter Harris Wittels of Parks and Recreation and Comedy Bang! Bang! fame (d. 2015), Italian novelist Umberto Eco (d. 2016), and author Harper Lee of To Kill a Mockingbird fame (d. 2016)


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Peace, love, and pancakes,