Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Holiday Reminder!

December 14, 2017

Drunk driving continues to have a major impact on the holiday season.  Here is an infographic (updated for 2016, courtesy of SCRAM Systems) that puts this offense in perspective . . . very “sobering” statistics indeed.




Happy Labor Day, 2017!

September 4, 2017

In addition to being Labor Day this year, September 4th has been the day of numerous significant historical events including:

  • Romulus Augustulus, last Western Roman Emperor, abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire (476)
  • English astronomer Edmond Halley observes the comet named after him (1682)
  • General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during US Civil war (1862)
  • Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war (1886)
  • George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera & registers “Kodak” (1888)
  • English author Beatrix Potter first writes the story of Peter Rabbit for a 5 year old boy (1893)
  • First accident (collision) in London Underground: 22 people injured (1912)
  • Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2000m in 5:26.3 (1922)
  • Yanks become 1st team to win 5 consecutive championship (1953)
  • Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to stop 9 black students from entering a Little Rock high school (1957)
  • Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America (1972)
  • Google is formally incorporated by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University (1998)
  • Mother Teresa canonised by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican (2016)
  •  . . . and many, many more.


Happy Easter 2017!

April 16, 2017

Hallelujah!  According to Leonard Cohen (songwriter), “Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means ‘Glory to the Lord.’ The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. I say: All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value.   It’s a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion.”  Here are a few versions (one instrumental, two vocal [one acapella]) — on this Easter Sunday, let’s give “Glory to the Lord!”

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifteen!

March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  And Happy Friday!   In honor of the patron saint of Ireland, today’s fun fact(s) will center on all things Irish.  Did you know . . .

  • that the average height of Irish men is 5’8″?
  • that the average height of Irish women is 5’5″?
  • that 90% of Irish nationals are Catholic?  (Only 30% of which ever attended church.)
  • that the Irish have the lowest number of UFO sightings in all of Europe (per year)?
  • that 73% of all Americans cannot locate Ireland on a map?
  • that only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads?
  • that May is generally the driest month of the year in Ireland?
  • that 57% of Irish people wear glasses or contact lenses?
  • that cats now outnumber dogs (2 to 1) as the most popular pet in Ireland?
  • that there is one pub for every one hundred persons in Dublin?
  • that a song can top the Irish music charts if it sells 5,000 copies?
  • that a book can top the Irish bestsellers list if it sells 3,000 copies?
  • that the River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland or Britain?


Happy New Year 2017!

January 1, 2017

How do your New Year’s traditions stack up to some other traditions from around the world?  Check out this infographic and see.


Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving officially became a holiday 153 years ago (President Abraham Lincoln proclamation, October 3, 1863, declaring the last Thursday of November as the holiday).  I know you are curious and just dying to know some of the facts that follow, so sit back and relax, here is a list of some truly trivial Thanksgiving facts . . . Thanksgiving by the numbers:

  • 4 places as well as 11 townships in the U.S. with “Turkey” in their name
    • Turkey Creek village (Louisiana)
    • Turkey city (Texas)
    • Turkey Creek (Arizona)
    • Turkey town (North Carolina)
  • 7 places or townships with “Cranberry” in their name
  • 33 counties, places, and townships with “Plymouth” in their name.
  • 65,975 = the number of grocery stores in the U.S. (2014)
  • 3,109 = the number of bakeries in the U.S. (2014)
  • 2,798 = the number of fruits and vegetables markets in the U.S. (2014)
  • 243 million = the number of turkeys raised in the U.S. (2016)
    • 44 million (Minnesota)
    • 33 million (North Carolina)
    • 26 million (Arkansas)
    • 20 million (Indiana)
    • 19.7 million (Missouri)
    • 17 million (Virginia)
  • $19.3 million = value of live turkeys imported to the U.S. — mostly from Canada (2015)
  • 850 million pounds = cranberries produced in the U.S.  — 521 million in Wisconsin (2016)
  • 3.1 billion pounds = sweet potatoes produced in the U.S. (2015)

Source: U.S. Census,

Happy Fourth of July, 2016!

July 4, 2016

I can certainly appreciate a deep bass voice.   I hope you enjoy this version of the Star Spangled Banner performed by Josh Turner.

Here are a few statistics on how we celebrate this holiday!

  • 63% attend a fireworks display
  • 66% display an American flag (rules for properly displaying)
  • 76% get together with family
  • 32% watch a 4th of July parade
  • 26% set off their own fireworks
  • 80% attend a barbecue, picnic, or cookout
  • 150,000,000 hot dogs consumed (did you know that 33% of all hot dogs produced in the U.S. come from Iowa?)
  • 700 million pounds of chicken purchased (in the week leading up to the July 4th)
  • 190 million pounds of red meat/pork purchased
  • 2,500,000 people living in America when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence
  • 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • 11 places in the U.S. with “Independence” in their name
  • 14,000 fireworks displays

Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute, CNN, the Herald Tribune, U.S. Census Bureau (2015)

And, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association, here are some fireworks-related statistics (for 2014):

  • $332 million = display fireworks revenue
  • $695 million = consumer fireworks revenue
  • 225.3 million pounds = total fireworks consumption
    • 201.6 million pounds = consumer fireworks
    • 23.7 million pounds = display fireworks
  • 10,500 estimated fireworks-related injuries
  • 4.6 injuries per 100,000 pounds
  • 17,800 fires associated with fireworks (2011 data)
  • 7.6 fires per 100,000 pounds of fireworks (2011 data)

Source: Industry Facts and Figures, American Pyrotechnic Association

Happy Leap Day 2016!

February 29, 2016

In order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year, there is one extra day in February every four years.  This year is commonly referred to as Leap Year with February 29th (the actual extra day) being designated as Leap Day.

According to the Gregorian calendar, there are three criteria that must be met for a year to be classified as a leap year:

  • The year can be evenly divided by 4;
  • If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;
  • The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

There are some interesting traditions and custom that accompany leap year:

  • Women can propose to the men.
  • People who are born on February 29 – who are all invited to join The Honor society of Leap Year Day Babies.  People born on the 29 generally celebrate their birthdays (during the common years) on either February 28 or March 1.
  • it is considered unlucky for someone to be born on leap day.
  • in some places, leap day has been known as ‘Bachelors’ Day’. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.

Happy Valentines Day, 2016!

February 14, 2016

So, how do you express your love or appreciation to that significant someone?  Here is an infographic that highlights the most popular gifts for Valentine’s Day.


Necktie of the Month – December 2015!

December 2, 2015

IMG_0870Ho, ho, ho!  Tis the season!  The holiday season is upon us, so this month I will be highlighting one of my new holiday neckties.  This one, yet another Jerry Garcia design, is from his “Collection 60” series and is entitled “Dracula Claus.”  I’m not sure I understand the reference to Dracula (he must be really well hidden), but alas, it’s Jerry Garcia, so I will just accept this and move on. It has the standard holiday colors of red and green, and includes several reindeer. This particular necktie looks really good on my red shirt, but will also compliment my bright green shirt as well as my beige/tan shirt (and of course, it will also pair well with a plain white shirt).  My collection of holiday ties now stands at ten . . . enough to cover two-week’s worth (business days) of occasions.  Let the holiday festivities begin!