The third Wednesday of April is National Banana Day!
Some fun facts about this popular fruit (which is actually an herb):
A banana is about 100 calories and contains a lot of fiber and potassium, so it is very good for the treatment of high blood pressure, ulcers, calcium loss and some cancers.
Bananas are rich at manganese, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas, but the most widely eaten in the United States is Cavendish.
Who Knew? Cavendish bananas were named after William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire. Though they were not the first known banana specimens in Europe, in around 1834 Cavendish received a shipment of bananas. His head gardener and friend, Sir Joseph Paxton, cultivated them in the greenhouses of Chatsworth House. The plants were botanically described by Paxton as Musa cavendishii. For his work, Paxton won a medal at the 1835 Royal Horticultural Society show.
Some popular uses of bananas include: banana splits, banana bread, a peanut butter and banana sandwich, Bananas Foster and a frozen chocolate-covered banana.
Who Knew? Bananas Foster was named for a New Orleans businessman? Read more by clicking here.
This person is our own Dylan Elliott! Congratulations to Eric from Mount Vernon, who wins the drawstring backpack and Our Daily Bread devotional.
Learn What Your Name Means Day is celebrated annually on the Wednesday in the first full week of March. It is part of Celebrate Your Name Week.
The day encourages us to dig deeper into the origins of our name and figure out the meaning behind it. Our names are an integral part of our identity, yet it is the one thing we do not get to choose. As a part of the campaign launched by American onomatology and hobbyist Jerry Hill in 1997, an entire week was dedicated to exploring the beauty of our names, and their deep history.
While surnames are passed down to generations and hold immense historical context and relevance, our first names are chosen by our parents. Our surnames are a window into the lives that our ancestors led, while our first names are a gateway to our own personalities. Our names hold a lot of power, and with current information, we can decide the course of our lives through it. With a little bit of research, we can discover the meaning behind our names.
I did a little bit of research myself and here’s what I found out. Dylan is a Welsh name traditionally given to boys. It means “son of the sea” or “born from the ocean.” Dylan is derived from the Welsh words “dy”, which means great, and “llanw”, which means flow. Dylan’s popularity as a first name is owed greatly to the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. His most famous work you might recognize is the poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.”
The name Joseph comes from the Hebrew verb ‘yasaf’ meaning, “to increase.”
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Tysha from Mount Vernon was our winner! She correctly guessed that We The Kingdom has won three GMA Dove Awards. She wins a pair of tickets to the show August 1 at the Ohio State Fair!
Today we did a mini recap of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and shared some tidbits about the sport of curling, since it’s apparently “Curling is Cool Day.”
Norway continues to dominate the Winter Games – this year, the Norwegians took 37 total medals, including 16 golds. Coming into 2022, they had the most medals, with 368 (now 405). The USA was 5th in medals this year, with 25 (8 gold, 10 silver, and 7 bronze).
Now to curling…
A Scottish game developed in the 1500’s that the Canadians seem to be exceedingly good at- if Winter Olympic Games are anything to go by- curling involves launching a stone on ice and sweeping the ice in its path as it attempts to land on a target and dislodge your competitors’ rocks. But wait, there’s more…
The sweepers wear special shoes, one that slides and one that doesn’t, and the stone is more like a 40 pound granite bomb that looks like a macaroon. The brooms are slightly more evolved now than the ordinary sweepers they used back in the 1900s. In fact, they’re hardly reminiscent of a kitchen broom at all. The floors are sheets of ice with vinyl markings underneath, for the target, rather than the frozen lake surfaces that were used back in the day. The concept, though, is very much the same. You launch, you sweep, and you score.
I am Dante Lavelli. Congratulations to Bonnie from Mount Vernon, a long-time Browns fan! She wins the WNZR drawstring backpack and the devotional book, ‘A Word from the Weaver.’
Dylan recently had a conversation with 3-time USA Olympic softball champion Leah Amico. Leah joins us in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Hear their full conversation by clicking this link to the WNZR Soundcloud page!
Thanks for listening – keep updated on the weather and closings/cancellations with our WNZR Facebook page. – Joe and Dylan