National Whatever Day: February 26th

February 26th hosts TWO National Whatever Holidays: National Pistachio Day and Tell a Fairy Tale Day.

The pistachio, Pistacia vera, a member of the cashew family, is a small tree originally from Central Asia and the Middle East. One serving is about one cup's worth, roughly 123 grams. One serving contains 56 grams of fat, but zero grams of Trans fat. The Pistachio contains Vitamins A, C, B-6, along with Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium.

Pistacia vera is found all over the world, including the United States (specifically California). P. Vera is often confused with other species in the genus Pistacia, which are also known as 'pistachio'. These species can be distinguished from Pistacia vera by their geographic distributions (in the wild) and their nuts. Their nuts are much smaller, have a strong flavor of turpentine, and have a shell that is not hard.

An actual Fairy Tale is a type of short story that typically features European folkloric fantasy characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, witches, mermaids, or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described) and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables.

In less technical contexts, the term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in “fairy tale ending” or “fairy tale romance” (though not all fairy tales end happily). Colloquially, a “fairy tale” or “fairy story” can also mean any farfetched story or tall tale; it’s used especially of any story that not only isn’t true, but couldn’t possibly be true.

Folklorists have classified fairy tales in various ways. The Aarne-Thompson classification system and the morphological analysis of Vladimir Propp are among the most notable. Other folklorists have interpreted the tales’ significance, but no school has been definitively established for the meaning of the tales.

Find a Fairy Tale you don't remember or tell one of your favorites today on Tell a Fairy Tale Day!

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