Archive | May, 2013

Father’s Day Contest

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Comment on this blog post and tell us about your favorite trip you took with your dad. It can be a few sentences, a poem, or a long narrative; Whatever you need to tell your story!

You can also enter through our Facebook page to share with your friends for bonus entries.

The contest runs from June 1 to June 14, and the winner will be announced Monday, June 17.

The winner will receive a free 18-month custom calendar, and a prize pack to remember your trip!

Read full contest rules here.

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Beatlemania Premiers

Beatlemania, the musical, premiered on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater on May 31, 1977.

The Broadway feature was advertised as a “rockumentary” that centered on the music of The Beatles and the madness that surrounded them during the 1960s; Beatlemania was “Not The Beatles, but an incredible simulation.”

Beatlemania ran from 1977 through 1979 and was performed upwards of 900 times. The show had over 50 cast members that would rotate due to the vocal strain on the performers, and was staged in many cities in the United States and around the world. Many revival tours based on the original Beatlemania have popped up over the years, some even running today.

Sources: Wikipedia, Playbill Vault

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Joan of Arc Killed

French folk heroine and Roman Catholic Saint, Joan of Arc was executed on May 30, 1431.

Nicknamed the “Maid of Orleans”, Joan of Arc was born into a peasant family in Domremy, France in 1412. She claimed divine guidance, starting to hear voices of saints, stating that St. Michael, St. Margaret, and St. Catherine began communicating with her when she was just 12.

At the tender age of 17, Joan joined the dauphin and his forces in the fight against the English King Henry VI, as advised by the voices of the saints. Following their guidance, Joan of Arc led the French army to victory over the British forces during the Hundred Years War.

Strong as she was, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and handed over to the British troops in 1430. She was subsequently put on trial for “insubordination and heterodoxy” and was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431 at the age of 19.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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World Series of Poker Starts

In 2013, the World Series of Poker begins on May 29 and runs through July 15.

The WSOP is a large poker tournament held in Las Vegas each year, and as of 2012, consisted of 61 events with most major variants of poker being represented. Since 2005, The World Series of Poker has been sponsored by Caesars Entertainment. The winner of each poker event will receive a World Series of Poker bracelet along with a monetary prize dependent on the number of players in each event.

The large-scale, televised and highly anticipated World Series of Poker had very humble beginnings. Garnering no media attention, the WSOP began in 1970 when Benny Binion hand selected a group of 7 of the most well known poker players for a small tournament at the Horseshoe Casino. The World Series of Poker has grown to include tens of thousands of participants.

Sources: Wikipedia, WSOP

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National Hamburger Day

May 28 is National Hamburger Day! Not to be confused with National Cheeseburger Day, which is celebrated on September 18.

The hamburger is an American institution, having been enjoyed by throes of people in the United States for decades. The hamburger is said to have originated in Hamburg, Germany, but the process of eating it with a bun began in America, specifically Seymour, Wisconsin. Each year, the city hosts a festival called Burger Fest to celebrate the hamburger. In 2001, it was the host of the world’s largest hamburger weighing in at 8,266 lbs.!

Celebrate National Hamburger Day by hosting a cookout for friends and family where the hamburger is the guest of honor. If you don’t have time for a cookout, head on over to your favorite burger joint and indulge in a juicy hamburger. Enjoy!

Sources: Gone-ta-Pott, Punchbowl

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Sunscreen Day

May 27 is Sunscreen Day!

There are over 1 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each and every year. Sunscreen Day was introduced with the intent of educating and raising awareness about the importance of protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.

The end of May kicks off the official start of summer and the vacationing season, so it is the perfect time of year to remind people about wearing sunscreen. Leaving your skin exposed to the sun is the foundation for a variety of health problems, including sunspots, premature aging, and cancer.

Medical professionals all over the globe fervently advocate the use of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Remember to reapply every two hours and after you have been swimming. Summer is supposed be the most enjoyable time of the year, so please remember to protect yourself and your skin by lathering on the sunscreen.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Punchbowl

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Sally Ride Day

May 26 is Sally Ride Day!

Sally Ride was the first American women to go into space; a place that some refer to as “the final frontier”. She graduated from Stanford University and beat out over 1000 other applicants for her spot at NASA. Ride was a crew member on the second flight of the Space Shuttle “Challenger” for STS-7, which launched out of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 8, 1983.

May 26 was chosen to honor Sally Ride because it was her date of birth in 1951. Celebrate Sally Ride Day by learning more about the United States Space Program and what NASA does.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Giftypedia

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National Brown Bag It Day

May 25 is National Brown Bag It Day!

Packing your own lunch for work or school has a variety of benefits. Not only is it cost-effective, but you’re in control of what you are putting into your body. You can plan out healthy (but delicious) meals ahead of time, so as to avoid the high-fat, high-carb offerings found at your local fast food joint.

Brown-bagging your lunch doesn’t have to be boring. Sick of plain old PB&J? Check out some of these creative sandwich ideas that will make brown-bagging it a whole lot better.

Sources: Eatocracy, CD Kitchen

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Bob Dylan’s Birthday

May 24 is celebrated singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s birthday!

Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941 as Robert Allen Zimmerman, Bob Dylan went on to become an American music legend. He has been an extremely influential figure in the industry for the past 50 years, and Dylan has worked as a singer-songwriter, producer, artist, and writer during his lengthy career in music.

Some of Bob Dylan’s most notable hits include: “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, “Blowin’ in the Wind”, and perhaps, most popular “The Times They Are A-Changin’”. Bob Dylan continues to produce music and tour the world to this day.

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Lucky Penny Day

Find a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck!

May 23 is Lucky Penny Day!  If you happen to come across a penny today, pick it up, but only if it is heads up. Spotting a penny with Abe Lincoln’s face staring back at you is considered to be very good luck, while adversely it is considered bad luck to pick up a penny facing down.

Use today to appreciate the good luck of a penny, and see if you can find one on your own!

Sources: Gone-ta-pott, Examiner

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