This Day In History – September 5

1930

Charles Creighton and James Hagris completed the drive from New York City to Los Angeles and back to New York City all in reverse gear. The trip took 42 days in their 1929 Ford Model A.

WHY?!! That would be horrible! 

1966 

Jerry Lewis’ First ever Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $15,000

Since then, he’s raised 2.45 billion! Wow!

1972 

Eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team were murdered by Arab terrorists in Munich, Germany.

1998

After nearly 30 years of rocking and rolling together, Aerosmith finally had a number one single. They hit the top of the chart with I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing from the movie Armageddon.

and then lastly…

2003

In London, magician David Blaine entered a clear plastic box and was then suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River.

He remained there until October 19th, surviving only on water.

Once again…why?!?! 

-Tyler Jackson

 

 

 

Are You Obese?

Rates of adult obesity increased in six states and fell in none last year — and now a record 20 states have at least 30% of adults that are obese.

The 2013 adult obesity rate exceeds 20% in every state, while 42 have rates above 25%. For the first time two states Mississippi and West Virginia rose above 35%.

The only good news in the findings was that rates of childhood obesity have leveled off throughout the country.

To find out if you’re obese, check out the chart!

diabetes_BMI_chart

 

Read more here.

This Day In History – September 4

1781

Happy LA Day! 

Los Angeles, one the most-visited and famous cities in the world, was founded by Spanish settlers on September 4th.

The original name was  El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, which translates as The Town of the Queen of Angels.

The City Of Angels rolls off the tongue a little better

1888

George Eastman registered the name Kodak and patented his roll-film camera.

The camera took 100 exposures per roll! Dang those modern-day 24 exposure rolls! 

1993

Sawyer Brown reached number one on the Billboard chart with Thank God for You

1998

While in Ireland, President Clinton said the words “I’m sorry” for the first time about his affair with Monica Lewinsky and described his behavior as indefensible.

Here is apologizing again

And then again

and then lastly…

It’s hard to believe it’s already been eight years since this happened

2006 

The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin died while snorkeling in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and filming a documentary.  He was fatally stabbed in the chest with a stingray barb.  He was 44 years old.

I loved Steve Irwin! Here is some of his best work:

-Tyler Jackson

What is Kansas’ most distinctive food?!

Food industry analytic firm Food Genius teamed up with Co.design to figure out what the most distinctive food by state is. They looked at 88,000 menus and 59 million menu items, and put together a map showing what’s NOT most the most popular food by state, but rather, what food distinguishes a state from everyone else.

It’s cool seeing the different regions of the country, and what their distinguished food item are. Cheesesteaks are loved on the East Coast, New Mexico green chilies quite literally dominate New Mexico, green bell peppers are the beloved vegetables of the north; pecans, crawfish and cole slaw are beloved in the dirty, dirty- while it seems like a lot of the nation just straight up loves ranch dressing. One thing though – what the heck, New York?! Eggplant is terrible!

What’s Kansas’?! Find out here!

Hockey team to honor “Seinfeld” debut with puffy shirt jerseys

This is yet another reason why minor league sports teams are such a great bang for your buck.

The Bakersfield Condors, an ice hockey team that plays in the East Coast Hockey League, will wear jerseys that resemble the “puffy shirt” from one of the most memorable episodes of the hit series “Seinfeld” when they play a game on November 16th.

And why would they do such a thing you ask?  Because 2014 is the 25th year anniversary of the debut of the “show about nothing”.  And instead of player names on the back…the jerseys will feature character names: Jerry, George, Elaine, Kramer…but unfortunately no “soup Nazi”.

They’ll then auction off the jerseys for charity after the game.  Yada yada yada…

KSU quarterback “tweets” best wishes to injured rival

These days, college athletics seems to be all about who’s got the nicest stadium, the most passionate fan base, and winning at all costs.  So when a story comes out about something like this, I think we all want to take note.

This Saturday, Kansas State and Iowa State will meet at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames in their annual Big 12 football matchup…long since dubbed “Farmageddon” due to the agricultural locales of the two universities.  Last week, the Cyclones’ top receiver was injured…and will be out for the season.  Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters, who grew up in Iowa, took a moment from his preparations for what will be a very important game to send a note to the injured Iowa State star.

“Praying for you bro”, he tweeted.

Jake Waters had an amazing season in 2013, leading the Wildcats to an 8-5 record and a statement victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.  He has shown that he can pass, and run with the best of them.

With a tweet, he also demonstrated what a classy guy he is.

This Day In History – September 3

1954

The Lone Ranger was heard on radio for the final time!

Spanning 21 years, The Lone Ranger ran for a total of 2,956.

1995 

The birth of online shopping started, when eBay was founded!

Here’s the coolest thing I ever bought on eBay! $18 + shipping! (It took three weeks to come mailed in from China)! Seriously!

2009 

Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet world tour became the highest grossing tour ever for a solo artist!

Grossing 408 million dollars, Madonna performed in 32 countries, ending in Tel Aviv, Israel.

and then lastly…

One year ago!

2013

Hunters in Mississippi caught a state-record 727-pound alligator!

Big gator

Look at that gator! It measured 13-feet, 4.5-inches long! Talk about a big boy!

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – September 2

1945

V-J Day 

Japan surrendered to the U.S. aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II.

The war ended six years and one day after it began. 

1985

It was announced that the Titanic had been found by U.S. and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The expedition was led by Kansas native Robert Ballard.

The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years. 

1991

Garth Brooks‘ landmark album Ropin’ the Wind was released!

The broncs and the blood, the steers and the mud, and they call the thing rodeo! 

Such a great album!

2005 

Kanye West criticized President Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina during a televised benefit concert in New York. Appearing alongside comedian Mike Myers for a 90-second segment on NBC, West told the audience, quote, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

The comment went out live on the east coast, but was cut from a taped version seen on the west coast. So

and then lastly…

Four years ago already!

2010

Brooks & Dunn played their final show together at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

I saw these guys’ last rodeo tour show in Wichita, talk about TENSION & ANIMOSITY! I still do look forward to a reunion tour someday!

-Tyler Jackson