Archive | March, 2013

Plant a Flower Day

On March 12 we celebrate Plant a Flower Day!

Springtime is rapidly approaching, which means soon enough we’ll be surrounded by flowers and lush vegetation. Do your part in helping make the world more beautiful by celebrating Plant a Flower Day.

If you live in a warmer climate, pick out some beautiful bulbs or seeds and plant some flowers right in your own backyard. If it isn’t quite warm enough for gardening where you live, you can grow your plants indoors until spring has really sprung.

You should also check out our line of Green Pieces Puzzles. The puzzle pieces contain wildflower seeds that can be planted once you have successfully put it together.

Happy planting!

Sources: Examiner, NWF

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Janet Reno Becomes First Female Attorney General

On March 11, 1993, Janet Reno was appointed as Attorney General of the United States of America.

This date was a monumental occasion for women’s history as it marked the first time a woman would serve at the Attorney General position. Reno was appointed by President Bill Clinton, and she remained in office until 2001, becoming the second longest serving Attorney General behind William Wirt.

During her tenure as Attorney General, Reno focused on the following issues: launching programs for alternative punishment for one-time offenders and harsher punishments for repeat offenders, keeping children away from gangs, drugs, and violence, and equal opportunity reform to ensure rights for all Americans.

Sources: Wikipedia,

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Jessica’s Birthday

Happy birthday to an amazing member of the team, Jessica M.!

Jessica makes sure that all of our products show up where they make sense on the site, and decides what is featured in each email we send.
She loves to read, watch suspenseful thrillers, go camping, or hang out at the beach. Jessica has two bulldogs and adores muscle cars and motorcycles. In case you weren’t jealous already, she is also the proud owner of a beautiful 2013 Mustang GT.

Here are a few of her staff picks, but see Jessica’s full selection on our Staff Picks Page!

Mustang 2013 Desk Calendar

Movie Posters 2013 Wall Calendar

Painted Hands 2013 Wall Calendar

Where Love Grows 2013 Mini Wall Calendar

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Chuck Norris’ Birthday

March 10 is Chuck Norris’ Birthday!

Chuck Norris was born Carlos Ray Norris on March 10, 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma to Wilma and Ray Norris. The only person who cried was the doctor. No one slaps Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris joined the Air Force in 1958 and was stationed in South Korea at Osan Air Base. This is where he began his martial arts training, specifically Tang Soo Do. When he left the Air Force, he became a karate teacher and opened upwards of 30 karate studios. Chuck Norris invented the martial art of Chun Kuk Do, which expands upon Tang Soo Do and draws elements from other fighting styles.

In 1969, Norris began making film appearances, specializing in karate fight sequences, and then made his transition to television. He is most known for his time spent as the lead actor in Walker, Texas Ranger, which lasted eight years.

In 1997, Chuck Norris became the first man in the Western Hemisphere to become an 8-Degree Black Belt Grand Master. Chuck Norris roundhouse kicks are the second leading cause of death worldwide, after heart attacks; most of which were caused by fear of a roundhouse kick.

Currently, Chuck Norris is an avid supported of multiple charities including: the Make-a-Wish Foundation, United Way, the U.S. Veteran’s Administration, and Kickstart, which teaches martial arts to middle school students.

Check out our awesome selection of Chuck Norris calendars and read fun Chuck Norris jokes.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography, Chuck Norris Facts

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National Crabmeat Day

March 9 is National Crabmeat Day!

So many people across the United States love eating crabmeat that it now has its own national holiday! Crabs make up 20% of all the crustaceans we consume, which equals out to roughly 1.5 million tons of crab per year. The most popular type of crab to eat is the Japanese blue crab, accounting for 1/5 of our crab consumption. Getting to the actual crabmeat is the tough part, but once you crack through the shell, it is well worth it!

Celebrate National Crabmeat Day by ordering a crab infused dish at your favorite seafood restaurant or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a crack at making your own crab dish.

Sources: Bendo13

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William Taft Dies at 72

27th President of the United States and 10th Chief Justice, William Howard Taft, died in his home at the age of 72 on March 8, 1930.

William Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 15, 1857 into an important political family. Taft attended private school, followed by Yale University (where he was a member of the infamous Skull & Bones club), then graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Because of his family’s status, he moved up through the political ranks rather quickly.

Taft started out as a county prosecutor, graduated to a state judge position, was appointed to U.S. Solicitor General, and then spent some time in Asia acting as governor general of the Philippines. In 1904, Taft became secretary of war to President Theodore Roosevelt, who persuaded him to run for President during the next election.

Riding the popularity of Theodore Roosevelt, Taft won easily in the election of November 1908 and assumed the presidency on March 4, 1909. While in office, he focused on trust busting, civil service reform, and the economic development of nations in Latin America and Asia. Taft was not reelected for a second presidential term, but was appointed as the 10th Chief Justice of the United States by President Warren G. Harding.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Alexander Graham Bell Patents the Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone on March 7, 1876.

Bell’s father, Melville Bell invented Visible Speech, which was a written method for teaching speaking to the deaf. Stemming from this, Alexander Graham Bell became interested in the idea of speech transmission over wires. He wished to develop a machine that would combine properties of a telegraph and a record player to create something called a “harmonic telegraph” in which people could speak with one another over a great distance.

Bell enlisted the help of a Boston machine shop worker, Thomas A. Watson, to create a prototype. Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his invention (# 174,465) on March 7, 1876. This patent beat out a similar patent request from Elisha Gray by only a few hours.

Celebrate the telephone patent today by calling someone up on the phone. In this day and age, we get so caught up in text messaging and e-mailing that we forget how comforting it is to hear a loved one’s voice on the other end of the line.

Sources:, Wikipedia

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Silly Putty Introduced to the Public

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t really invented on March 6, but this does mark the first day that Silly Putty was sold to the masses. So, you could say it was invented as a toy on March 6!

The invention of silly putty was actually somewhat of an accident. TheUnited Statesgovernment had been looking for an alternative to rubber during World War II as the Japanese had been intercepting our rubber resources around the globe. The military desperately needed rubber for Government Issue tires, gas masks, rafts, boots, and jackets.

James Wright, a GE Engineer, was working on a new type of rubber when he unintentionally created Silly Putty in1943. At that time, it was called “Nutty Putty” and was created when boric acid and silicone oil were combined. The substance had very interesting properties; it was bouncy and stretchy, soft and malleable, and could copy the image of printed materials…but there was no military use for it.

Silly Putty eventually reached a toy store and proved to be a great hit with children and adults alike. Children enjoyed playing with it, and adults used it for miscellaneous odd jobs like plugging up holes or leveling out an uneven chair leg. Silly Putty has become such a popular toy; it’s sold over 300 million little red eggs!

Sources: Examiner, Wikipedia

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National Multiple Personality Day

March 5 is National Multiple Personality Day!

Today is a great day to bring to light the oft stigma-attached issue of mental illness. Multiple Personality Disorder or Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a mental disease in which a person exhibits two or more defined and recurring identities.

National Multiple Personality Day is a day to spread awareness, but also to celebrate and embrace the slight multiple personalities we all have. So, talk to yourself without fear of being judged today and may your personalities live in harmony.

Sources: Search Amelia, Wikipedia, Ultimate Holiday Site, Holiday Insights

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Hug a GI Day

March 4 is Hug a GI Day!

The men and women in the armed forces provide us with an invaluable service; They risk their lives on a daily basis to protect our freedom. March 4 is the day to honor and recognize these selfless acts. Show your appreciation for their sacrifice by “marching forth” and hugging a member of the military today!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Ultimate Holiday Site

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