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I-500 Safe Weekend

Even with  the shorten I-500 snowmobile race in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan this past weekend, even fans who came to see the race made it a safe and great weekend.

The story from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Continue reading I-500 Safe Weekend

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Today Is July 13, 2014

From On This Day. Quote of the day.

Dreams surely are difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees them.
- Homer

Following from Checkiday. Today’s holiday list:

Today is Bean ‘n’ Franks Day!

Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day!

Today is National French Fries Day!

Following from History.com

AMERICAN REVOLUTION Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance,1787

AUTOMOTIVE Henry Ford II fires Lee Iacocca, 1978

CIVIL WAR Union routs Rebels at the Battle of Corrick’s Ford,1861

COLD WAR Democratic Party platform defends Roosevelt-Truman foreign policies, 1948

CRIME Last woman hanged for murder in Great Britain,1955

DISASTER Record-breaking floods hit Kansas, 1951

GENERAL INTEREST Charlotte Corday assassinates Marat, 1793

Largest tank battle in history ends, 1943

Kennedy nominated for presidency, 1960

HOLLYWOOD Ghost opens, 1990

LITERARY Wordsworth visits Tintern Abbey, 1798

MUSIC Live Aid is held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia and broadcast live throughout the world,1985

OLD WEST Construction begins on Fort Phil Kearny, 1866

PRESIDENTIAL Reagan’s doctors discover possibly cancerous colon polyp,1985

SPORTS First World Cup, 1930

Legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies, 2010

VIETNAM WAR Rockefeller announces new peace proposal,1968

Wallace criticizes Nixon’s handling of the war, 1969

WORLD WAR I Austrian investigation into archduke’s assassination concludes,1914

WORLD WAR II Soviet General Konev establishes a new western border for the USSR, 1944 

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Today Is Freethinking, Thomas Paine Day

Thomas Paine, half-length portrait, facing lef...
Thomas Paine, half-length portrait, facing left. Romney pinxt. ; W. Sharp sculpt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is Freethinkers Day, also known as Thomas Paine Day!

Paine was an English born American political activist during the revolutionary war . His writings inspired the people of the early colonies to declare independence from Britain.

His most powerful and famous writing was a pamphlet called Common Sense in 1776.

Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

As a long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling the right of it in question, (and in matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry,) and as the king of England hath undertaken in his own right, to support the parliament in what he calls theirs, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpations of either.

In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which is personal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no part thereof. The wise and the worthy need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious or unfriendly, will cease of themselves, unless too much pains is bestowed upon their conversion.

The cause of America is, in a great measure, the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected, and in the event of which, their affections are interested. The laying a country desolate with fire and sword, declaring war against the natural rights of all mankind, and extirpating the defenders thereof from the face of the earth, is the concern of every man to whom nature hath given the power of feeling; of which class, regardless of party censure, is

Read more Common Sense here.

What writing would be considered Common Sense today ?

Today Is….. For 1/27/14

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Auschwitz concentration camp, arrival of Hungarian Jews, Summer 1944 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s holiday list from Checkiday.com

Today is Auschwitz Liberation Day!

Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day!

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day!

Today is Thomas Crapper Day!

Today is Vietnam Peace Day!

Today Is Dress Up Your Pet Day

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all dressed up (Photo credit: ~windy~)

Today is January 14, 2014. It time to show off your pet today because it’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Will you dress your dog up formal and your cat in Nike or Adidas? Let’s make sure they look their best today. Send us your pics and we’ll share them with everyone.

As you take your pet out all decked out, go have that special lunch on National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day. And just in case you eat a pastrami sandwich at work. read a poem to your boss on National Poetry at Work Day.

Once your home tonight, remember it’s Organize Your Home Day to fulfill your day.

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Today Is National Clean Your Desk Day

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Checkiday,com tells us today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day! How does your desk look today?
Is it neat and orderly? Is there nothing on it except your laptop or PC?

What is the perfect clean desk?

In case you wanted to know, today is also National Peach Melba Day, National Rubber Ducky Day and Public Radio Broadcasting Day!

Leave a comment or take an image of your desk and share it with us.

Fast Facts, Odd News For 1/11/14

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A glass of milk Polski: Szklanka mleka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s holiday list from Checkiday:

Today is Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day!

Today is Milk Day!

Today is National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day!

Today in Sports History from On This Day

1953 – J. Edgar Hoover declined a six-figure offer to be the president of the International Boxing Club.
1970 – Billy Casper became the second golfer in history to top the $1-million mark in career earnings when he won the Los Angeles Open golf tournament.
1973 – Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule on a trial basis.
1976 – Dorothy Hamill won her third consecutive national figure skating championship.
1976 – The Soviet Olympic team walked off the ice in protest to the rough tactics of the Philadelphia Flyers.
1995 – NHL owners and Players ended a 103 day lockout. It was announced that the regular season would be reduced to 48 games and would start January 20.
2002 – Muhammad Ali received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2007 – It was announced that David Beckham had signed a five-year $250 million contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
2010 – Mark McGwire admitted that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade. The timeframe including the 1998 season when he broke the then single-season home run record.

Today in Television History from On This Day

1958 – “Seahunt” debuted on CBS-TV. The show was aired on the network for four years.
1963 – The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the U.K. They performed the song “Please Please Me” on the show “Thank Your Lucky Stars.”
1983 – “The Joy of Painting” aired for the first time.

Your Daily Horoscope UPI horoscopes for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

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San Diego Chargers declare ‘bolo tie Friday’

Mom brings teen purse snatching suspect to police

Man wakes up in Kenyan morgue 20 hours after death declared

Black bear resisting hibernation in Alaskan capital

Police: Man drove station wagon into store, ate a banana

New Year’s reveler knocked out Alaskan town’s Internet

Siberian men cut off own ears after calling arm wrestling match a draw

Ontario farmers taking ‘felfies’ with their livestock

Two rare coins sell for combined $7.87M at auction

Police: Man stole hand sanitizer from hospital to get drunk

Swedish court: Ethnic groups have different alcohol tolerances

Suspected Brooklyn drunk driver crashes car then heads to nearby bar for a beer

Colorado sushi restaurant offers pot pairing menu now that marijuana is legal

Fast Facts and Odd News For 1/10/14

The Best of Rod Stewart (1989 album)
The Best of Rod Stewart (1989 album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s holiday list from Checkiday:

Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day!

Today is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!

Today is Peculiar People Day!

From On This Day – Famous Birthdays

Ethan Allen 1738
Francis X. Bushman 1883
Ray Bolger 1904
Paul Henried 1908
Max Roach 1925
Johnnie Ray 1927
Gisele MacKenzie (LaFleche) 1927
Donald Brooks 1928
Sherrill Milnes 1935
Ronnie Hawkins 1935
Willie McCovey 1938
Sal Mineo 1939
Bill Toomey 1939
Scott McKenzie 1939
Walter Hill 1941
Jim Croce 1943
Frank Sinatra Jr. 1944
Ronny Light 1945
Rod Stewart 1945
Bob Lang (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders) 1946
Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) 1948
Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) 1948
George Foreman 1949
Bobby Rahal 1953
Pat Benatar 1953
Michel Schenker (Scorpions) 1955
Shawn Colvin 1958
Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) 1959
Evan Handler 1961
Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) 1963
Trini Alvarado 1967
Chris Smith (Kris Kross) 1979
Josh Ryan Evans 1982

From UPI:

Your Daily Horoscope UPI horoscopes for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

The almanac UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

Woman finds bird skull in frozen spinach

Dog with deodorant can causes explosion at British couple’s home

North Carolina airport gets permit to feed food trash to worms

Expert: Frost quakes may be behind Wisconsin cracking sound

Dachshund runs loose on New Jersey airport tarmac

Couple expecting $50,000 lotto prize get money for life

Prison inmate seeks to boot Chargers from playoffs

Man lies to 13-year-old about having leukemia and asks for nude pics to ‘ease the pain’

Man asks town to drop $130K in code enforcement fines

Off-duty firefighter puts out truck fire with cans of beer

Upstate NY man held family hostage while he drank 15 cases of beer

Norway attaching reflective cuffs to reindeer antlers

Steelers fan files injunction to remove Chargers from playoffs

Fast Facts, Odd News For 1/9/14

Reno Balloon Races
Reno Balloon Races (Photo credit: Grandpa & Grandma T.)

Today’s holiday list from Checkiday:

Today is Balloon Ascension Day!

Today is National Apricot Day!

Today is National Static Electricity Day!

Today is Panama’s Martyr Day!

Today is Play God Day!

From UPI:

Your Daily Horoscope UPI horoscopes for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

The almanac UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

Peacock escaped from petting zoo in frigid cold, dies

Canadian woman finds scorpion after vacation

Police: Oregon couple tried to tip waitress with crystal meth

Thief mails woman contents of her stolen handbag

Search of the Internet for evidence of time travelers comes up empty

Police: Theft suspect fled on motorized shopping cart

Town councilor in New York wears colander on head for swearing-in

Apologizing for nude attack on officers, man says he took bath salts instead of LSD

Teen fined for moose-chasing snowboarding video

Former child seat safety hotline now a phone sex line

Walmart worker fired after ride in shoplifter’s pickup

T-shirt reverses victorious Florida State’s score

China and Japan accuse each other of being like Harry Potter villian Lord Voldemort

Fast Facts, Odd News For 1/8/14

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Three rubber ducks in foam bath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s holiday list from Checkiday:

Today is Bubble Bath Day!

Today is Midwife’s Day or Women’s Day!

Today is National English Toffee Day!

Today is National Joygerm Day!

Today is National Man Watcher’s Day!

Today is Show and Tell Day at Work Day!

Today is War on Poverty Day!

From UPI:

Your Daily Horoscope UPI horoscopes for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

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Velveeta may be in short supply in run-up to Super Bowl, says Kraft

Ink spill blamed for brook’s blood red color

Authorities: Tigers found in Arizona yards likely have same owner

Wisconsin governor selected for jury duty

National Zoo’s panda cub greets the public

Restaurant owner selling eatery to pay employee’s medical bills

Escaped prisoner in Kentucky gives himself up due to cold

New Zealand baker teaches client ‘a lesson’ with poop-shaped cake

Mother delivers own baby at home during blizzard

Tree in Johnson City has woody knob that resembles key piece of the male anatomy

Florida Hospital ends bacon ban with opening of Panera Bread

Two families brawl at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Fort Myers

Large families brawl at Chuck E. Cheese’s

This Day In History, Odd News and Facts For December 27, 2013

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Cover of Franklin D. Roosevelt

TODAY’S LEAD STORY – PRESIDENTIAL FDR seizes control of Montgomery Ward1944

From History.com:

Radio City Music Hall opens, 1932

AMERICAN REVOLUTION Americans raid Hammonds Store, 1780

AUTOMOTIVE Office of Price Administration begins to ration automobile tires,1941

CIVIL WAR Confederate General Hood’s army crosses the Tennessee River, 1864

COLD WAR Soviets take over in Afghanistan, 1979

CRIME Carry Nation smashes bar, 1900

DISASTER Coal mine explodes in India, 1975

GENERAL INTEREST HMS Beagle departs England, 1831

Apollo 8 returns to Earth,1968

Spanish king ratifies democratic constitution,1978

Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto assassinated, 2007

HOLLYWOOD Agnes Nixon, “Queen of Modern Soap Opera,” born, 1927

LITERARY Peter Pan, by James Barrie, opens in London,1904

MUSIC The legend of “Stagger Lee” is born, 1895

OLD WEST Doniphan’s Thousand takes El Paso, 1846

PRESIDENTIAL FDR seizes control of Montgomery Ward, 1944

SPORTS Peyton Manning breaks single-season touchdown pass record,2004

VIETNAM WAR U.S. and South Vietnamese troops attack Viet Cong stronghold, 1966

U.S. and North Vietnamese forces battle near Loc Ninh., 1969

WORLD WAR I Poles take up arms against German troops in Poznan, 1918

WORLD WAR II Germans form the Smolensk Committee to enlist Soviet soldiers,1942

From On This Day:

Today in Television History

1947 – The children’s television program “Howdy Doody,” hosted by Bob Smith, made its debut on NBC.
1964 – The Supremes made their first appearance on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.”
1971 – The “Sonny & Cher Show” began airing on CBS. The show ran for four 1/2 years.
1979 – The pilot episode of “Knots Landing” aired on CBS.

Today in Sports History

1980 – Calvin Murphy (Rockets) began free throw streak of 78 consecutive shots made.
1981 – Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) became the fastest NHL player to get to 100 points in a season. It only took him 38 games.
1998 – The Dallas Cowboys became the first team to sweep all of their NFC East games in a season.
1998 – Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) set an NFL record for career touchdowns.
2000 – Mario Lemeiux (Pittsburgh Penguins) returned to the National Hockey League (NHL) as a player after over 3 years of retirement. He was the first owner-player in the modern era of pro sports. Lemieux had purchased the Pittsburgh Penguins during his retirement from playing.
2003 – New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner fainted at a memorial service. He was released from the hospital the following day.

Odd News From UPI:

Opposition: Scottish government needs to ‘prune’ flower bill EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 27 (UPI) — The Scottish government has been spending more each year on potted plants and cut flowers, an opposition party complained Thursday.

Man spots kangaroo while hunting in Oklahoma ADAIR, Okla., Dec. 26 (UPI) — An Oklahoma hunter said he captured video footage of a kangaroo hopping near him while he was out hunting in an open field.

San Diego citizens sue to get sea lion poop cleaned up SAN DIEGO, Dec. 26 (UPI) — Residents of an upscale San Diego neighborhood filed a lawsuit against the city demanding it clean up the smelly droppings of sea lions and cormorant birds.

$1,200 gold bar dropped into Salvation Army donation kettle MICHIGAN CITY, Ind., Dec. 26 (UPI) — Salvation Army officials in Indiana said a generous donor dropped a $1,200 gold bar into one of the charity’s donation kettles.

New Zealand auction site’s post-Christmas items: Ham, lingerie WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec. 26 (UPI) — Trade Me, New Zealand’s largest auction website, said unwanted Christmas items put up for purchase on the site include ham and large lingerie.

Police: Doormat dispute led to neighbor attack DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 26 (UPI) — A dispute between neighbors about ownership of a doormat led to a woman’s arrest on an assault charge, police in Iowa said.

Oklahoma woman celebrates 113th birthday OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 26 (UPI) — An Oklahoma woman who celebrated her 113th birthday Christmas Eve said she passes her days playing bridge and doesn’t need help getting up from her chair.

Police hand out lotto tickets alongside speeding tickets MELBOURNE, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) — A Florida police department said officers handing out traffic tickets Christmas Day also doled out scratch-off lottery tickets in a bid to spread holiday cheer.

Actors re-enact Washington’s crossing of the Delaware WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa., Dec. 26 (UPI) — Hundreds gathered on the banks of the Delaware River to see the 61st annual re-enactment of George Washington’s famous crossing from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

Christmas Eve baby born in ambulance at side of the road GREAT NECK, N.Y., Dec. 26 (UPI) — A New York state woman who went shopping for a baby seat Christmas Eve said she gave birth in an ambulance when the infant refused to wait for the new year.

Travelers get unexpected airfare bargains, Delta to honor fares ATLANTA, Dec. 26 (UPI) — Travelers got unexpected presents Thursday from Delta Air Lines when they booked airfares as cheap as $25 for round-trip coast-to-coast flights.

Michigan State makes guide to U.S. customs for international students EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 26 (UPI) — The Michigan State University School of Journalism has released a guide on U.S. customs — including dating and tipping — for international students.

McDonald’s takes down controversial employee resource site OAK PARK, Ill., Dec. 26 (UPI) — Fast food chain McDonald’s, based in Illinois, has taken down the employee resource website that advised workers not to eat fast food.

Your Daily Horoscope UPI horoscopes for Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

The almanac UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

Today’s holiday list from Checkiday:

Today is Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day!

Today is National Fruitcake Day!

This Day In History, Odd News and Facts For December 26, 2013

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gift-box (Photo credit: premier-photo.com)

TODAY’S LEAD STORY – Today is Boxing Day!

From History.com:

AMERICAN REVOLUTION Washington wins first major U.S. victory at Trenton, 1776

AUTOMOTIVE Carmaker Preston Tucker dies, 1956

CIVIL WAR Possible war between U.S. and Britain is averted, 1861

COLD WAR Porgy and Bess opens in Leningrad, 1955

CRIME Bathory’s torturous escapades are exposed,1610

DISASTER Tsunami devastates Indian Ocean coast, 2004

GENERAL INTEREST Jack Johnson wins heavyweight title, 1908

Churchill addresses Congress, 1941

The first Kwanzaa, 1966

Tsunami wreaks havoc on Southeast Asia, 2004

HOLLYWOOD The Exorcist opens, 1973

LITERARY King Lear performed at Court, 1606

MUSIC Jimi Hendrix writes “Purple Haze”, 1966

OLD WEST Moses Austin asks Spanish for Texas colony, 1820

PRESIDENTIAL Truman dies, 1972

SPORTS Jack Johnson wins heavyweight boxing title,1908

VIETNAM WAR Laos says communists launched an offensive,1967

U.S. jets strike North Vietnam, 1971

WORLD WAR I U.S. government takes over control of nation’s railroads, 1917

WORLD WAR II Britain surprises German attacker in the Arctic,1943

Patton relieves Bastogne, 1944

From On This Day:

Today in Television History

1986 – “Search for Tomorrow” was seen for the last time on CBS-TV. The show had been on the air for 35-years.
1991 – Michael Jackson was featured on ABC-TV’s “Entertainers ’91.” The show featured the top 20 entertainers of 1991.

Today in Sports History

1908 – Texan boxer “Galveston Jack” Johnson knocked out Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia, to become the first black boxer to win the world heavyweight title.
1917 – Harry Cameron (Toronto Maple Leafs) became the first defenseman to score four goals in a game.
1927 – The East-West Shrine football game featured numbers on both the front and back of players’ jerseys.
1928 – Johnny Weissmuller announced his retirement from amateur swimming. At the time he held all world swimming records for free-style swimming from 50 to 880 yards.
1941 – Booby Riggs won his first pro tennis game.
1968 – Ted Green (Boston Bruins) set a National League Hockey (NHL) penalty record when he recorded 3 minors, 2 majors and 2 game misconducts.
1974 – The Washington Capitals achieved their first NHL sellout.
1986 – Doug Jarvis, age 31, set a National Hockey League (NHL) record as he skated in his 916th consecutive game. Jarvis eventually set the individual record for most consecutive games played with 964.
2001 – “Ali,” starring Will Smith, opened in the U.S.
2001 – Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) became the first goalie to win 500 NHL games.

Odd News from UPI:

Holiday display mannequin prompts 911 call BERKELEY LAKE, Ga., Dec. 25 (UPI) — A Georgia couple said a Christmas display joke involving a mannequin dangling from their home resulted in a visit from police, firefighters and paramedics.

Man arrested for bathroom camera SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 25 (UPI) — A Texas man has been arrested after installing a hidden bathroom camera at his work that recorded him wearing a name tag setting it up, police said.

Teen turns over $1,600 found during restaurant shift SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 25 (UPI) — A Texas teen who discovered an envelope containing $1,600 while working at a restaurant said she had no hesitation about turning the money over to her manager.

Sandwich shop fires all workers days before Christmas CHICAGO, Dec. 25 (UPI) — Nearly 20 employees of a Chicago sandwich shop said they had their Christmases soiled by an email right before the holiday saying they were all fired.

Man spots Virgin Mary on tie-dye shirt SUNCOAST, Fla., Dec. 25 (UPI) — A Florida man said he was shocked to discover an image of the Virgin Mary over the heart area of a homemade tie-dye T-shirt.

Couple celebrate 50th anniversary on Christmas WYANDOTTE, Mich., Dec. 25 (UPI) — A Michigan couple who married during World War II are celebrating Christmas as well as their 50th wedding anniversary.

Bad Santa used wrapped package to rob bank, police say PORT ORANGE, Fla., Dec. 25 (UPI) — A man in a Santa suit robbed a Florida bank by placing a wrapped present on the counter and indicating it was dangerous, police said.

Drunken driving suspect tells officers there’s a man in trunk HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Dec. 25 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida said a sobriety test on a driver turned strange when the man told them he had “someone in the trunk.”

Woman arrested for flinging peanut butter at brother DELTONA, Fla., Dec. 25 (UPI) — Police in Florida said they arrested a woman accused of flinging peanut butter at her brother during an argument about a urinating dog.

Surfing Santas group draws a crowd in Fla. COCOA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 25 (UPI) — More than 200 Santa impersonators dove into the Atlantic ocean in Florida to make the largest ever “Surfin’ Santas” charity event, officials said.

Virginia science center’s tree decorated with animals DANVILLE, Va., Dec. 25 (UPI) — A Virginia science center said visitors can take in the splendor of a “natural Christmas tree” decorated with taxidermied animals.

Survey: Social media food pictures irk Swedes HELSINKI, Finland, Dec. 25 (UPI) — Finnish communications company Nokia said its survey indicates nearly half of Swedes are fed up with pictures of food posted on social media.

Police: Teen stole 108 condoms from Walmart MARIETTA, Ga., Dec. 25 (UPI) — Authorities in Georgia said an 18-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stealing 108 condoms from a Walmart store.

Your Daily Horoscope UPI horoscopes for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.

The almanac UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.

Today’s holiday list from Checkiday:

Today is Boxing Day!

Today is National Candy Cane Day!

Today is National Thank You Note Day!

Today is National Whiner’s Day!

This Day In History, Odd News and Facts For December 24, 2013

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Moon @ sunset (Photo credit: doozzle)

TODAY’S LEAD STORY – Today is Christmas Eve!

From History.com

AMERICAN REVOLUTION Benjamin Rush is born,1745

AUTOMOTIVE Richard Trevithick introduces his “Puffing Devil”, 1801

CIVIL WAR Bombardment of Fort Fisher begins, 1864

COLD WAR McCarren-Walter Act goes into effect, 1952

CRIME Islamic terrorists hijack a French plane, 1994

DISASTER Volcanic eruption sweeps away train, 1953

GENERAL INTEREST War of 1812 ends, 1814

Fire ravages Library of Congress, 1851

KKK founded, 1865

HOLLYWOOD Woody Allen marries Soon-Yi Previn, 1997

LITERARY Stephenie Meyer, best-selling author of vampire novels, is born, 1973

MUSIC “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” puts Poison atop the charts, 1988

OLD WEST Kit Carson born in Kentucky, 1809

PRESIDENTIAL Fire destroys Jefferson library, 1851

Coolidge lights first national Christmas tree,1923

SPORTS Curt Flood challenges MLB reserve clause, 1969

VIETNAM WAR Viet Cong bomb Brinks Hotel, 1964

Bob Hope gives his last show in Vietnam, 1972

WORLD WAR I American soldier John Douglas writes home from post-armistice France, 1918

WORLD WAR II French Admiral Jean Darlan is assassinated,1942

From On This Day:

Today in Television History

1951 – Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” was first broadcast by NBC. It was the first opera written specifically for television.
1955 – The Lennon Sisters debuted as featured vocalists on “The Lawrence Welk Show” on ABC-TV.
1948 – For the first time ever, a midnight Mass was broadcast on television. It was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Today in Sports History

1967 – Joe Namath (New York Jets) became the first NFL quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards.
1981 – Reggie Jackson announced that he would join Gene Autry’s California Angels for the 1982 season.
2000 – 36 minutes after the end of a game, both the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins were called back to the playing field. The teams had to play the final 3 seconds of the game which the Dolphins had won 27-24. The end result did not change.

Odd News from UPI:

Malpractice suit accuses ‘Candy Man’ Dr. Julio Diaz of facilitating addiction and overdoses

Couple wed in ‘Shrek’ costumes to raise cancer awareness

Santa and helper may face drunken driving charges in Poland

Bobby Bare cancels school appearance over ‘beer’ lyric

440-lb virgin sends partner to ER after his first time

Tampa man avoids jail time after killing, cooking and eating family dog

Waitress told to keep found $1,000 as Christmas gift

Dog returned to Namath’s daughter five years after disappearance

Church meets in bar, caters to the ‘marginalized’

Gay couple booted from Texas country-Western club for dancing together

Lawsuit: Real estate agents used home for sexual trysts

Elves cited among reasons to halt Iceland highway project

Your Daily Horoscope UPI horoscopes for Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.

The almanac UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.

Today’s holiday list from Checkiday:

Today is Christmas Eve!

Today is National Egg Nog Day!

This Day In History, Odd News and Facts For December 23, 2013

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Português: Uma cela moderna em Brecksville Police Department, Brecksville, Ohio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TODAY‘S LEAD STORY -Russian Punk Band Freed From Prison

From History.com:

AMERICAN REVOLUTION George Washington resigns as commander in chief, 1783

AUTOMOTIVE Road contamination prompts evacuation of town, 1982

CIVIL WAR Confederacy’s President Davis declares Union general a felon, 1862

COLD WAR Crew of USS Pueblo released by North Korea,1968

CRIME Bernhard Goetz goes on the lam, 1984

“Balloon Boy” parents sentenced in Colorado,2009

DISASTER Earthquake rocks Managua, 1972

GENERAL INTEREST Construction of Plymouth settlement begins, 1620

Japanese war criminals hanged in Tokyo, 1948

Voyager completes global flight, 1986

HOLLYWOOD Hanks stars in first major Hollywood movie about AIDS, 1993

LITERARY French magazine rejects Remembrance of Things Past, 1912

MUSIC Chuck Berry is arrested on Mann Act charges in St. Louis, Missouri, 1959

OLD WEST Prince Wurttemberg explores the West, 1829

PRESIDENTIAL Truman considers amnesty for draft dodgers, 1946

SPORTS Harris makes Immaculate Reception,1972

VIETNAM WAR Francis Cardinal Spellman visits South Vietnam, 1966

Operation Linebacker II continues, 1972

WORLD WAR I Vera Brittain loses fiance at Western Front, 1915

WORLD WAR II The execution of Eddie Slovik is authorized, 1944

From On This Day:

Today inTelevision History

1943 – WRGB Schenectady broadcasted the first complete opera, “Hansel and Gretel.”
1951 – A NFL championship game was televised nationally for the first time. The Los Angeles Rams beat the Cleveland Browns 24-17. The DuMont Network had paid $75,000 for the rights to the game.

Today in Sports History

1951 – A NFL championship game was televised nationally for the first time. The Los Angeles Rams beat the Cleveland Browns 24-17. The DuMont Network had paid $75,000 for the rights to the game.
1972 – The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders 13-7 in an NFL playoff game on a last-second play that was dubbed the “Immaculate Reception.” Pittsburgh’s Franco Harris caught a deflected pass and ran it in for the winning touchdown.
1991 – Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll retired after 23 seasons. He was the only coach to win four Super Bowls.
1995 – Tonya Harding and Mike Smith were married.
1997 – Jari Kurri (Colorado Avalanche) became the 8th NHL player to score 600 goals.

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