Archive: March, 2015

Enjoy Award Winning Spinach Dip on National Spinach Day

Today March 26th is National Spinach Day and while probably not the healthiest way to consume spinach, enjoying a warm bowl of spinach dip would certainly hit the spot.

The Huffington Post ran a contest a couple of years ago to determine which chain restaurant served the best spinach dip. And the winner was…….The Cheesecake Factory with Applebees running a close second.

Here are links to maps and directories of Cheesecake Factory and Applebees near you to help you celebrate National Spinach Day.

Easter Parades, Rolls, and Egg Hunts – Fun Family Activities on Easter Weekend.

Easter Sunday is coming in a little over a week (Sunday, April 5th) and if you are interested in finding some fun Easter activities for the family we at MapMuse have just updated our Easter activity maps and directories.

We have updated our Easter Egg Hunts and Celebrations and Easter Parade topics as well as added a brand new category, Easter Egg Rolls that seem to be increasing in popularity.

Happy Easter everyone!

Here are the links to our Easter Maps and Directories:

Easter Egg Hunts and Celebrations

Easter Parades

Easter Egg Rolls

Easter Egg Hunt Rewards

Enjoy a Waffle for National Waffle Day at the Waffle House.

Today, March 25th, is National Waffle Day. While it is probably a bit too late to have them for breakfast, I would suggest that waffles are an all day food and would be quite enjoyable for dinner and if you don’t want to cook there is of course The Waffle House!

Here is a link to a map and directory of Waffle Houses near you.

http://find.mapmuse.com/brand/waffle-house

Waffle House Logo

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”

On this day (March 23rd) in the year 1775 Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” speech. The speech was a call to take up arms against the oppression of the British forces. It was made from the floor of the Second Virginia Convention being held at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.

His main point was that peace at the cost of liberty and freedom is a transaction that should never be consummated.

You can find this location as well over 700 other American Revolutionary War sites, memorials and museums using a map and directory we compiled to help even the most seasoned history buff.

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/revolutionary-war-sites

Map of American Revolutionary War Sites, Memorials, and Museums

Find a Rita’s near you on the First Day of Spring and Get a Free Italian Ice

Friday, March 20th, is the first day of spring and Rita’s is graciously celebrating the coming of spring by giving out free Italian ices at all Rita‘s locations from 12 pm to 9 pm. To help you find your free Italian ice we have just updated the Rita’s locations on MapMuse. Here is the link to the map and directory of Rita’s near you.

http://find.mapmuse.com/brand/ritas-italian-ice#

Be sure to capture your experience so Rita’s can share in all your Rita’s bliss! Use #ritasfirstdayofspring when posting cool pics for a chance to win SWEET prizes!

Happy Spring everyone!

 

Celebrate National Pi Day by Buying a Pie at a Local Pie Shop

Pi – the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

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Pretty simple in definition but the number has a huge number of applications in mathematics.

For those inclined, you can learn all about pi and its ramifications on Wikipedia to celebrate National Pi Day, which is today, Saturday, March 14, 2015.

I think I have a better way to celebrate National Pi Day though; go out, buy a well made pie, and bring in home to share with family and friends.

Here is a link to a map and directory of local pie shops near you.

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/pie-shops

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Find St Patrick’s Day Activities for All Ages; From Parades to Pub Crawls

Tuesday, March 17th, is St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately Tuesday is not the best day for St Patrick’s Day to fall on but all is not lost. Many of the St. Patrick Day festivities begin this Saturday. To help you get your Blarney on we have updated our maps and directories to help you find your favorite St Patrick Day activity

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations:  http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/st-patricks-day-celebrations

St Patrick’s Day Parades: http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/parades-stpatrick

St Patrick’s Day Pub Crawls: http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/st-patricks-day-pub-crawls

Irish Bars and Pubs: http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/irish-pubs

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Celebrate Amerigo Vesupici’s 561st Birthday by Joining a Orienteering Club or Just Learn to Use a Compass

Today, March 9th, is the 561th birthday of Amerigo Vesupici, the man that gave his name to two continents and our country (America). Amerigo was born in the year 1454 in Florence Italy.

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Unlike his scholarly brothers Amerigo grew up to be a merchant and sailed on several voyages between 1499 and 1502 that explored up and down the newly discovered continents. Maybe because he came from a scholarly family, his accounts of his voyages in his letters were widely published and serendipitously read by Martin Waldseemüller, a famous German map maker of that time.

It was Martin that first used the name America (the feminine Latin version of the name Amerigo) to label the new continents on his maps and you know the rest of the story.

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He has also been credited as being the first to realize that the lands being explored were not the eastern outskirts of Asia but a wholly new set of land masses.

If you have the yearning to explore there is no need to risk your life and spend years away from home. There are many orienteering clubs that will test your navigation skills around America. Here is a map and directory to many of those clubs. Also here is a link to a map of REI stores to help you outfit any of your exploratory adventures. Happy Birthday Ameri!

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/orienteering-clubs

http://find.mapmuse.com/brand/rei

The map below is the first map showing Asia as a separate continent from the Americas

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Map of Michaelangelo’s Artwork Locations to Celebrate His 540th Birthday, March 6

Today, March 6th, is Michelangelo’s birthday.  He was born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni  on March 6th 1475 in  a small village currently name Comune di Caprese Michelangelo.  It is about 60 miles east of Florence.  He would be 540 years old today. A vast number of his works are in Italy but there are a couple of his works here in the United States.  While  several of his works are now lost we have mapped the locations of existing works  to help you find  Works of Michaelangelo near you.  Happy birthday Mike!

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/michaelangelo-works

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Enjoy the Green Fairy on National Absinthe Day

Today, March 5th, is National Absinthe Day (or otherwise known as the Green Fairy).

Absinthe once was considered a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug and hallucinogen. The chemical compound thujone was blamed for its alleged harmful effects but was later to be deemed harmless in the amounts found in today’s absinthe. By 1915, absinthe had been banned in the United States and in much of Europe, including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria-Hungary.

Want to try it for yourself? Here is a map to bars that are known for their absinthe selection

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/absinthe-bars

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