Archive | March, 2013

Isaac Newton Dies

Noted as one of the greatest scientific minds of the 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton was born on January 4, 1643 in Woolsthorpe, England (although some sources say his actual birthday was on Christmas Day in 1642). He attended Cambridge University in 1661, which was where he truly honed his interest in the fields of mathematics, optics, physics and astronomy.

In 1687, Newton published ‘Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica’ (‘Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy’), which is widely regarded as the most influential book on physics. This is where he highlights his Universal Law of Gravitation, which he allegedly discovered when an apple fell on his head from an apple tree.

Newton’s scientific peers held him in extremely high esteem; he was elected the president of the Royal Society in 1703 and knighted in 1705. According to most reports, Sir Isaac Newton died on March 31, 1727, although some accounts say that he died on March 20 of the same year.

Sources: Biography, BBC

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National Walk in the Park Day

March 30 is Take a Walk in the Park Day!

Forget about all your stress and troubles and immerse yourself in nature today by taking a walk around your local park. Walking is great exercise, and being out in nature can have a calming effect on the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Bring a loved one or canine companion with you, and take in all the beauty the park has to offer.

Check your town’s activities calendar to find out about fun events happening at your local park. If you don’t know of any parks in your area, the National Wildlife Federation’s website will help you find a park to take a walk in nearby.

Check out some of our picturesque calendars that feature National Parks!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Squidoo

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Coca Cola Invented

Coca Cola was brewed for the first time on March 29, 1886.

On this date in 1886, Dr. John Pemberton concocted the first batch of what would become one of the most popular sodas over a fire in his backyard in Atlanta, Georgia. It was originally marketed as a cure-all to relieve hangovers, headaches, stomachaches, indigestion, and impotence, among other things.

The first Coca Cola formula was made with caffeine and coca leaf (which is used to make cocaine). Coca Cola was first sold in Jacob’s Pharmacy inAtlanta,Georgiaon May 8, 1886 for five cents. Today, Coca Cola is one of the most recognizable brands in the world and its products are sold in over 200 countries across the globe.

Dr. John Pemberton has been reincarnated in the form of a Twitter account so you can follow “his” musings.

Sources: Today I Found Out, Wikipedia

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First Ambulance Goes Into Service

ambulance2On March 28, 1866, the first hospital-based ambulance went into service in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The first recorded use of ambulances for emergency purposes dates back to Spain in 1487. Queen Isabella of Spain enlisted ambulances to help those injured in the Spanish army. Napoleon Bonaparte‘s chief physician Dominique Jean Larrey also developed an ambulance system in the 1700s using horse-drawn carriages to take away wounded soldiers after they had already been pre-treated on the battlefield. By the 1830s, the use of ambulances for civilians began as a way to transport cholera patients in London. Further advancements were made during the American Civil War building upon Larrey’s previous pre-treatment system, and used new transportation methods. Each regiment had their own ambulance cart, and the use of steamboats as mobile hospitals, and transportation of the wounded by train was also a method used.

The introduction of the first hospital issued ambulance services came on March 28, 1866 at Commercial Hospital (now known as the Cincinnati General) in Cincinnati, Ohio. James A. Jackson was listed as “driver of ambulance” on the hospital’s employee records and earned a salary of $360 a year. The same sort of services soon began at other hospitals; a notable front runner was Bellevue Hospital in New York. Surgeon Edward Dalton was focused mostly on comfort and speed when creating the hospital’s system. The ambulances carried splints, a stomach pump, morphine, brandy, and various other pieces of medical equipment that were thought useful at the time. Horses were often already strapped into or near their harnesses so that they could ready when emergency calls were made.

At the beginning of the 20th century, after the invention of automobiles,  motor units began to be introduced alongside the horse-drawn ambulance carriages. The effectiveness of the motorized ambulance phased out the use of horse carriages during World War I. In the following years and decades, more advancements were made, including the use of radios, physicians staffed to work specifically in ambulances, and air ambulances came into use. The ambulance became a life-saving vehicle, not just one that transported hurt individuals to a hospital to be treated – treatment started as soon as individuals were put into the ambulance.

Ambulances today are state-of-the-art, and work on improving them even more is done on a daily basis. Specialty equipment is made specifically for ambulances. Experts have worked to take safety precautions in the design of ambulances to protect the lives of both patients and EMS workers. In recent years, even developments like controlling the quality of air in ambulances to reduce the risk of spreading communicable diseases have been made.

Sources: Wikipedia, Fire History, Cosmeo

 

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Something on a Stick Day

March 28 is Something on a Stick Day!

This wonderfully weird food holiday celebrates all foods that can be consumed on a stick. This includes: corndogs, popsicles, lollipops, cake pops, skewers, candy apples, kebabs – the list goes on and on! Enjoy Something on a Stick Day by creating some of your own food on a stick at home.

Here is a list of 35 savory on-a-stick recipes for you to try at home.

Check out this recipe for easy to make cake pops.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Examiner

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2014 Calendars are Here!

We have already started receiving 2014 titles from our publishers! Our warehouse is starting to get full again and you can already preorder your 2014 calendars on Calendars.com!

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Dry Erase Calendars

Are you looking for that perfect calendar with just a touch of cute and color but with plenty of room to write? If you really can’t find something you like in our amazing selection of wall calendars, maybe you’ll love our new dry erase calendars! We have a great new selection sure to appeal to anyone looking to keep track of to-dos and stay organized.

WallPops offers several cute options of thin dry erase monthly or daily calendars that peel and stick wherever you need them. These boards look great, erase easily, and can be moved anywhere in the house or office that you may need them. Calendars.com has four-month sets, monthly boards, daily dots, and even blank dry erase boards for notes and lists.

 

Havoc Gifts specializes in canvas-like hanging dry erase boards. These high-quality, reusable calendars come in 12 x 12 or 16 x 24 monthly grids in various color schemes. Each calendar includes three matching magnets that can stick on the calendar, or anywhere else you might need them, and a black dry-erase marker. These are perfect for adding a bit of class to any area that requires organization and possible schedule changes!

 

 

If you are looking for something a little more plain but just as functional, then Mead has exactly what you need. This dry erase calendar line features simple white backgrounds with easy to see black lettering and lines. Take your pick from three different sized monthly grids, a weekly grid, or two sizes of blank writing surfaces. These are great for any office or in any area of the home that simply needs function, not fashion.

 

 

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Nathan Fillion’s Birthday

March 27 is Nathan Fillion’s birthday!

Canadian actor Nathan Fillion was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1971. He is most famous for his role in the ABC television series Castle, where he portrays a mystery writer named Richard Castle who shadows Detective Beckett as research for a character in his new novel series.

For his birthday this year, Nathan Fillion isn’t asking for presents; He’s asking for water. Here’s what he wrote on his donation page:

Last year, you helped celebrate my birthday by building several wells for over 3000 people. That’s something none of us can do on our own, but together with My Charity Water it’s a piece of cake. But, don’t send cake. We want water. Let’s build even more wells this year.

Learn more about My Charity Water.

Sources: NathanFillion.org, Wikipedia

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Hedbanz Gameplay

We had a little downtime in our office, so a few Calendars.com employees grabbed the game Hedbanz and had some fun! Watch this quick snippet to see how to play and don’t forget to buy your copy of this great party game today!

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