The name Wednesday derives from two mighty but distinct gods. The Old English word for Wednesday indicates that the day was named for the Germanic god Woden. In Romance languages, the name is derived from the Roman god Mercury. (For example, Wednesday is mercredi in French and miercuri in Romanian.) Woden (also known as Odin) and Mercury have been associated since Scandinavian and Roman cultures crossed paths.
Under Woden’s supervision, the earth and sky were created from the dead body of a giant named Ymir. Woden also created the first man and woman from an ash tree and an alder. As if fashioning the human race wasn’t enough, Woden also established the laws of the universe.
(The wacky history of Tuesday makes the origin of “Wednesday” seem boring. Read it here.)
Mercury was the messenger to the gods, along with being the patron of science, the arts, travelers and athletes. Today, he is one of the most widely recognized gods. Usually, he’s depicted wearing a winged helmet and sandals.
Starting around 1965, Wednesday began being referred to as “hump day.” Smack dab in the middle of the traditional work week, arriving at Wednesday symbolizes that we’ve made it over the hump and the weekend is in sight.
Edible Arrangements Increases Veterans Discount
Food & Beverage Close-Up December 6, 2011 Edible Arrangements, a company focusing on hand-sculpted, fresh- fruit arrangements, announced that it has doubled its veteran’s discount from $5,000 to $10,000 off its initial franchise fee.
The Company said that this savings of $10,000 is now being offered to all qualified U.S. veterans and further demonstrates Edible Arrangements’ commitment to assisting more veterans make the transition from the military to the civilian and business community.
“The veteran franchisees in our system have proven to be incredible leaders and dedicated to operating a successful business, despite the difficult economic conditions over the past several years,” said Tariq Farid, CEO and Founder, Edible Arrangements, Inc. “We’re excited to offer such a deep discount that re-emphasizes our commitment, and hope that by doing so we help more veterans find their way to business ownership.” One out of every seven franchise businesses are owned and operated by veterans of the U.S. military, according to a recent study conducted for the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation based on U.S. Census data. More than 66,000 veteran-owned franchise businesses in the U.S. provide jobs directly for 815,000 Americans, and generate more than $41 billion in GDP. web site edible arrangements coupon code here edible arrangements coupon code
“Edible Arrangements provided me with the necessary training, tools and support to help me grow my business and succeed,” said Maurice Welton, Edible Arrangements Franchisee and U.S. Veteran. “In fact, I just opened my third store in Brownsville, Texas last week and it’s already off to a great start. I encourage other veterans to explore the franchise business model and take advantage of Edible Arrangements’ significant discount.” Since Edible Arrangements was founded 12 years ago, the fresh- fruit retailer has grown to 1,096 locations in 14 countries worldwide. The Company noted that it has earned countless accolades from the franchise industry since its inception, including its ranking as first in its category by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual “Franchise 500″ Ranking for the past five consecutive years and the winner of the ICSC’s 2010 Hot Retailer Award. In addition, the Edible Arrangements has also ranked for seven consecutive years in Inc. Magazine’s top 5,000 fastest growing privately-held companies, ranked ninth on Forbes “2011 Top Franchises to Start for the Money” and was recently named one of Inc’s “10 Promising Franchises for 2011.” Edible Arrangements said that individuals seeking to own and operate an individual Edible Arrangements franchise should possess the ability to invest approximately $148,000 to $286,000. The initial franchise fee is $30,0000; however, all qualified veterans will receive a $10,000 discount with the company’s new veterans program. Multi-unit store development plans and financing options are also available for qualified applicants.Edible Arrangements offers its franchisees corporate and onsite training, technology, daily store support and national brand recognition marketing programs.
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