14 March

It's Albert Einstein's birthday

So we are drinking a...


The father of modern physics, Albert Einstein, was born in Ulm, Germany, to Jewish parents, on this day in 1879. And we'd imagine that the father of E=MC2, is laughing somewhere over the fact that today is also Pi Day (14/3, you see).

Creator of the special theory of relativity, Einstein was also the father of the atom bomb: he would regret his decision to become involved in the project for the rest of his life.

On his death, Einstein's body was cremated, but the pathologist took it upon himself to remove and preserve his brain for future study. Once he had finished with it, he left it, still pickled, in his garage, and then seems to have forgotten about it: the slices that could be recovered are now at Princeton Hospital.

Tests have failed to find any conclusive differences between his brain and other people's - if anything, it may be slightly smaller - but it still seems appropriate to toast Albert and his cranial mass with a Brainstorm or perhaps a Eureka Cocktail.

Today is also steak and blowjob day

Today, one month after Valentine's Day, is White Day in Japan, a day for men to repay the gifts they received from their girlfriends on Valentine's Day. And, in parts of the Western Hemisphere, at least, it's Steak and Blowjob Day - AKA Valentine's Day for Men.

Quite which chap came up with the idea for it is unclear, and website owners are routinely besieged with claims from guys who believe they invented it. Some sources credit a viral email; others a Rhode Island DJ named Tom Birdsey; while a man named Jim, a carpenter at McCormick Place in Chicago, set up an online petition to get him and his mates the credit (and the day changed to 20 March).

Steak and Blowjob Day is not the most observed holiday out there, although the odd enterprising sex shop does pick up on it - though more so, we'd wager, than the ladies' equivalent, Cake and Cunnilingus Day, next month. But we do think it's one worth further attention, so we're marking it with a Coolman Cocktail, created by Jack Coleman.