March is Kidney Health Month in Canada. Sponsored by The Kidney Foundation of Canada, this annual fundraising initiative involves thousands of volunteer canvassers going door-to-door in neighbourhoods across the country to raise money for Canadians and their families living with kidney disease.
•March’s birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone. These stones symbolize courage.
•Its birth flower is the daffodil.
•The zodiac signs for the month of March are Pisces (until March 20) and Aries (March 21 onwards).
Rue McClanahan — Eddi-Rue McClanahan
Don McLean — Donald McLean
Ed McMahon — Edward Leo McMahon
Audrey Meadows — Audrey Cotter
Jayne Meadows — Jayne Cotter
Meat Loaf — Marvin Lee Adair
Ethel Merman — Ethel Zimmermann
George Michael — Georgios Panayiotou
Donna Mills — Donna Jean Miller
Guy Mitchell — Albert George Cernick
Eddie Money — Edward Mahoney
-A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
-Actor Tommy Lee Jones and former vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.
-An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
-Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
-Ben and Jerry’s send the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor: Mint Oreo.
-Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand
-Dogs and cats consume almost $7 billion worth of pet food a year.
-Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
-Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.
Charles William Post
Charles William Post grew up in Illinois, and after a brief stint in the Springfield Governor Guards, he and a friend headed west to seek their fortunes. They opened a hardware store.
After only a year, Post sold his half of the shop and moved back to Illinois, where he got married. He promptly left his bride behind for a career as a traveling salesman.
In 1880, Post manufactured an improved seed planter, and a year later he formed Illinois Agricultural Works to sell the machines. He patented several farm machines.
Business was good. Post was 27 years old, and so exhausted from all his hard work that his health began to deteriorate. After a nervous collapse in 1890, he went to the Battle Creek, Michigan, sanitarium of John Kellogg to recover.
Kellogg had started a veritable breakfast cereal revolution in Battle Creek. In 1901, in fact, 40 companies were incorporated in the city to manufacture wheat flakes. Kellogg’s health sanitarium was nationally known, but it could do nothing for Post.
After nine months, Dr. Kellogg pronounced his case hopeless. Mrs. Post would not believe it. She took her ailing husband to a practitioner of Christian Science. He recovered under her care.
He published a book called I Am Well about his recovery and started his own rival health food business. His first product was a coffee substitute, Postum. Three years later, he perfected Grape Nuts. Many other cereals were to follow.