Wednesday, April 19, 2006

National Garlic Day

April 19th is Garlic Day. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture promotes agriculture by focusing attention on various foods and celebrating their special day. Something to look forward to as we head into exams might be April 26, National Pretzel Day.

Around the world, for over 4,000 years, garlic has held many important roles in daily human life. It has been taken therapeutically and nutritionally. Folklore attributes garlic with good luck and protection against evil. The smell was said to ward off sorcerers, werewolves, warlocks, and-of course-vampires.

F W Murnau's Nosferatu (1921), which has been called by Roger Ebert “the best of all vampire movies.” is truly a masterpiece. Personally, I can't even watch a vampire movie I get so scared.

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