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On This Day: Weed Appreciation Day

Weed Appreciation DayMarch 28th is Weed Appreciation Day!  Before you call your “hook up”, you may want to make a stop at Home Depot or Lowe’s.  We’re not talking about the weed that made your college years a blur.  We’re talking about the weeds that make your front lawn a mess!  We realize some weeds may have you fooled into thinking they’re pretty ::cough:: ::cough:: dandelions, so take a moment to appreciate those lovely little pests that prevent you from having the best lawn in the neighborhood!

Something on a Stick DayOther Holidays:

  • Eggsibit Day – let’s decorate some eggs!
  • National Something on a Stick Day – popsicles, corn dogs, or chicken. Try your luck today with something on a stick!
  • National Black Forest Cake Day

Also On This Day:

  • Washing MachineBritain passed the Coercive Acts against Massachusetts to help restore order after the Boston Tea Party (1774)
  • Nathaniel Briggs patented the 1st washing machine (1797)
  • New York State abolished slavery (1799)
  • The 1st ambulance went into service (1866)
  • The 1st world weightlifting championship was held (1891)
  • The Spanish Civil War ended (1939)
  • The 1st national curling championship was held (1957)
  • The New York Titans became the New York Jets (1963)
  • Three Mile IslandWilt Chamberlain played his last basketball game as a pro (1972)
  • The largest U.S. nuclear disaster occurred at Three Mile Island in Middletown, PA (1979)
  • President George H.W. Bush awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Jesse Owens (1990)
  • More than 1 million protesters took to the streets of France against the proposed First Employment Contract Law (2006)

Birthdays & Remembrances:

Vince Vaughn

  • Lady GagaLady Gaga (25)
  • Kate Gosselin (36)
  • Vince Vaughn (41)
  • Salt, Salt-n-Pepa (45)
  • Reba McEntire (56)
  • August Anheuser Busch, Jr. (1899-1989)
  • RIP Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969)

On This Day: Happy Old New Year!

Cassius sleeping on the job

Cassius asleep on the job

Happy New Year!  You may be wondering if we completely lost our minds over here.  After all, our statistician, Cassius, completely fell asleep on the job and we were very fortunate that yesterday was possibly the most boring day in history – unless of course you celebrate National Chocolate Covered Raisins day.  March 25th recognized the Old New Year.  Until 1751, Great Britain and its colonies recognized today as the beginning of the new year.  It wasn’t until they adopted the Gregorian calendar that January 1st was recognized as the beginning of the new year.  So Happy New Year!  Now you have an excuse to celebrate tonight!

Other Holidays:

  • PecansInternational Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic
  • National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy
  • Pecan Day – did you know that pecan trees are the only nut tree native to North America?
  • International Waffle DaySlave Trade Abolished Day
  • Tolkien Reading Day – any Lord of the Rings fans out there?
  • International Waffle Day – chocolate chips, strawberries, whipped cream…the opportunities are endless!
  • National Lobster Newburg Day

Also On This Day:

  • MarylandAccording to legend, Venice, Italy was founded (421)
  • Robert the Bruce became King of Scotland (1306)
  • The 1st settlers arrived in Maryland (1634)
  • The Slave Trade Act went into law (1807)
  • The 1st successful tornado forecast predicted a tornado at Tinker Air Force Base, in OK (1948)
  • Martin Luther King JrThe world’s 1st wiki, WikiWikiWeb, was made public by Ward Cunningham (1995)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr, led 25,000 civil rights activists on a 4-day, 50-mile, march from Selma to the capitol, Montgomery, AL (1965)
  • The redesigned $100 bill went into circulation (1996)

Birthdays:

  • Elton JohnDanica Patrick (29)
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (46)
  • Elton John (64)
  • Aretha Franklin (69)

On This Day: National Puppy Day

Happy PuppyIf puppies don’t bring a smile to your face then you have no heart!  March 23rd is National Puppy Day.  The holiday was founded to saved orphaned puppies and raise awareness of the cruelties that take place at puppy mills across the globe.  Today seems like a great day to adopt a puppy!

Other Holidays:

  • Kick Butts DayKick Butt Day – stop smoking…it’s that simple.
  • Near Miss Day – commemorates the day a huge asteroid almost destroyed Earth
  • OK Daysee below
  • World Meteorological Day
  • National Organize Your Home Office Day – don’t mind if we do!
  • National Chip and Dip Day – Tostitos and salsa?  Hell yeah!
  • National Melba Toast Day

first street carAlso On This Day:

  • The 1st U.S. patent was issued (riveting machine) (1794)
  • Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Coast (1806)
  • The 1st known use of the term “OK”, Boston Morning Post (1839)
  • The 1st streetcar was patented (1858)
  • first Dixie CupThe University of California was founded in Oakland (1868)
  • The Dixie Cup was invented (1912)
  • The 1st airplane landed at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (1922)
  • The 1st telephone was installed in the White House (1929)
  • Pakistan became the 1st Islamic republic in the world (1956)
  • The United States Army sold its last homing pigeon (1957)
  • Yoko Ono was granted permanent residence in the U.S. (1973)
  • President Ronald Regan introduced the “Star Wars” missile defense plan (1983)
  • The discovery of cold fusion was announced at the University of Utah (1989)
  • Wayne Gretzky set the NHL record for most career goals scored (1994)
  • Taiwan held its 1st direct elections (1996)

Perez HiltonBirthdays:

  • Perez Hilton (33) – publish a bunch of garbage and you too could be famous!
  • Keri Russell (35)
  • Chaka Khan (58)
  • Damon Albarn, Gorillaz (43)
  • Roger Bannister (82) – 1st person to break the 4 minute mile barrier
  • Barney Clark (1921-1982) – recipient of the 1st artificial heart

On This Day: International Goof Off Day

Justin Timberlake funnyMarch 22nd is a time to celebrate International Goof-Off Day!  Go out and have some some fun, or take time to enjoy yourself.  Today is an opportunity to forget your responsibilities (assuming it won’t get you in too much trouble) and be irresponsible for a change!  You can sit around and play video games or surf the internet for hours.  The objective is that nothing should be taken seriously.  You’ll be amazed how relaxed and rejuvenated you feel after a day of limited responsibilities and careless activity.  Enjoy!

American Diabetes Association Alert Day

Other Holidays:

  • As Young As You Feel Day – don’t count the years, make the years count!  Now get out there and act the age you feel!
  • American Diabetes Association Alert Day find out if you are at risk of developing diabetes
  • International Day of the Seal – since 1982, March 22nd has been used to promote awareness of the cruelty of seal hunts.  Save those adorable little creatures!
  • World Water DayWorld Water Day (aka World Day for Water) – Hey Waterboy! Visit the official website of World Water Day!
  • National Sing-Out Day – in the car, in the shower, or with a brush in your hand…just rock out!

Also On This Day:

  • The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlawed the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables (1630)
  • British Parliament passed the Stamp Act (1765)
  • William Woods Holden (NC) became the 1st U.S. state Governor to be removed from office by impeachment (1871)
  • Stanley CupCongress outlawed polygamy (1882)
  • The 1st Stanley Cup playoff game was played (1894)
  • The U.S. side of Niagra Falls stopped running due to a drought (1903)
  • Hockey was broadcast over the radio for the 1st time (1923)
  • The 1st U.S. shopping mall opened in Southfield, MI (1954)
  • The Beatles released their 1st album in Britain (1963)
  • Intel CorpCongress approved the Equal Rights Amendment, but the amendment was never ratified (1972)
  • Intel, Corp shipped its 1st Pentium chips (1993)
  • Valeriy Polyakov returned from a record 438 days in space (1995)

Reese WitherspoonBirthdays:

  • Reese Witherspoon (35)
  • Bob Costas (59)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber (63)
  • William Shatner (80) – his version of “F*ck You”
  • Louis L’Amour (1908-1988)

On This Day: National Common Courtesy Day

National Common Courtesy DayCould you at least have some common courtesy?  Don’t mind if we do! Today is National Common Courtesy Day.  There are several ways you can demonstrate common courtesy – hold the elevator for someone, stop to let a car pull out while driving, or even just a friendly “hello”/”goodbye” can go a long way.  Celebrate National Common Courtesy Day and pay it forward.  See if someone else will go out of their way to help a friend, colleague or total stranger.  You may be surprised what happens once you start an initiative!

International Day for the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationOther Holidays:

  • Memory Day – we almost forgot about this holiday!
  • National French Bread Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – visit the United Nations website for more information
  • Spring Fairy Fun Day
  • World Down Syndrome Day – visit the website www.worlddownsyndromeday.org
  • Single Parent’s Day – Since 1984, March 21st has been dedicated to recognizing the extraordinary efforts of single parents everywhere!
  • Fragrance Day – the fragrance department at Macy’s must be a zoo…

Also On This Day:

  • AlcatrazFire destroyed most of the city of New Orleans (1788)
  • Thomas Jefferson became the 1st U.S. Secretary of State (1790)
  • Charles Lindbergh received the Medal of Honor (1928)
  • The Ponce Massacre took place (1939)
  • Alcatraz transferred its last inmates and ceased operations as a prison (1963)
  • Pete RoseThe 1st Earth Day was proclaimed by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Aliota (1970)
  • President Jimmy Carter announced the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow (1980)
  • Sports Illustrated reported allegations of Pete Rose’s baseball gambling (1989)
  • Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones became the 1st to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon (1999)

Birthdays & Remembrances:

  • RonaldinhoRonaldinho Gaucho (31)
  • Kevin Federline (22)
  • Rosie O’Donnell (49)
  • Matthew Broderick (49)
  • Eddie Money (63)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

 


On This Day: Awkward Moments Day

Awkward family photoWalking in on someone using the bathroom, falling down the stairs, breakups – life is full of awkward moments and March 18th is dedicated to recognizing those moments.  So don’t feel bad when you get left hanging on that high-five or you get caught in the middle of a handshake-hug.  Celebrate the awkwardness! It could always be worse – like congratulating someone on their pregnancy, only to find out they’re not pregnant.  Have an awkward day!

Octomom fertility

Oops! Wrong Goddess of Fertility!

Other Holidays:

  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day – give mom and dad a break.  Nobody is perfect – except us of course!
  • National Biodiesel Day
  • Supreme Sacrifice Day – give up something of your own for the good of others
  • Goddess of Fertility Day – you may get lucky today!
  • National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

First Electric Razor

Would you feel safe shaving with this?

Also On This Day:

  • Britain repealed the Stamp Act (1766)
  • Congress approved the 1st pensions for government service (1818)
  • The 1st railroad tunnel in the U.S. completed in Pennsylvania (1834)
  • American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo (1850)
  • The first phone linking the U.S. and Britain was established (1891)
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumMohandas Ghandi was sentenced to 6 years for civil disobedience (1922)
  • Schick, Inc., began marketing the 1st electric razor (1931)
  • Aleksei Leonov made the 1st spacewalk [not to be confused with the first moonwalk] (1965)
  • The Rolling Stones were each fined 5 pounds each for public urination (1968)
  • U.S. Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. currency (1968)
  • The largest art theft in history occurred at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA. Resulting in the loss of 12 paintings valued at over $100 million (1990)
  • Michael Jordan came out of retirement (1995)
  • British Sign Language was recognized as an official British language (2003)

Dane Cook cryingBirthdays & Remembrances:

  • Adam Levin, Maroon 5 (32)
  • Dane Cook (39)
  • Queen Latifah (41)
  • Vanessa Williams (48)
  • Gover Cleveland (1837-1908)
  • RIP Johnny Appleseed (1774-1845)

What is a ringspun cotton t-shirt?

American Apparel Tri-Blend

American Apparel Tri-Blend

Think about your favorite t-shirt.  There’s a good chance it feels nice, soft, and is more comfortable on your skin.  Your favorite shirt is probably a ringspun cotton material.  Traditionally, ringspun cotton has qualities that make it softer and more “comfortable” to wear.  The material is commonly used in American Apparel products and Hanes Beefy T styles.

The secret is in the yarn processing.  The “spinning” process produces longer, stronger strands.  No chemicals are involved, but you can achieve a softer effect using chemical processes as well.  The spinning process dates back to the Middle Ages when it was used to take the rough feel out of raw cotton.  The spun fabric created more compact threads that ultimately resulted in more durable products.

American Apparel 2001

Our most popular ringspun cotton request: American Apparel 2001

 

Is it more expensive? Not necessarily.  Designer brands, like American Apparel, may carry a slightly higher price tag, but customers justify the cost because they consider the brand to be superior in comfort, style and durability.  More affordable options are available for just pennies more than you’re probably paying for a traditional 100% cotton shirt.  There are dozens of ringspun options available, so consider your options before you make a decision.  If you have questions or need suggestions, just ask!


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