March 1, 2021 – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day | National Pig Day

Are You A Fan Of Monkey Butter?

Welcome to March 1st, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the spoils of war and weaponizing Wilbur.

Many of the folks who fought during World War II have passed away, but the great war passed on some unexpected traditions that live on to this day.  While food items such as hamburgers, cream and butter were in short supply, one item was never rationed during the war; good old peanut butter.  Known by soldiers as “monkey butter” this wasn’t the smooth creamy type that some of us prefer.  To sweeten their sandwiches and keep them from sticking to the roof of their mouths, soldiers added jam.  The PB&J became popular with the kids back home, and peacetime brought a new generation of monkey butter fans.  On National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day celebrate this iconic lunchtime staple with a tall glass of milk!

In ancient times, the Persian Empire had one of the most terrifying weapons anyone had ever seen on a battlefield. War elephants. This animal was the equivalent of a tank and made the Persian army nearly unbeatable. When they attacked the Greek city of Edessa, war elephants ran through the streets, destroying everything in their path. But then another animal stopped the giant creatures in their tracks. The pig. Their squeals terrified the elephants and sent them running. When the Greeks realized this, they began to use pigs in battle. The elephants were rendered useless. While this may seem strange, keep in mind that a pig’s squeal is only a few decibels lower than a jet engine. On National Pig Day, celebrate the barnyard animal that accidentally saved the course of Western civilization.

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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