This Day In History – February 18

1937

Kansas Dust Storms

A dust storm hit five states – Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. I remember my grandmother telling me about the dust bowl days. She would say that people could taste the dirt in their food at dinner time. During the dust bowl storms, dust in the air was so thick that it blocked the light of the sun. Homeowners had to hang wet sheets over doors and windows.

It was nearly impossible to make an area 100% dust-free. 

Rain, and different farming techniques have prevented this from happening again.

Let’s hope it never does! 

1953

The first 3-D movie, Bwana Devil, opened in New York.

62 years later, and we still have to wear glasses to watch 3-D movies!

1994

Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m in 1:12.43 at the 1994 Olympics in Norway!

Dan Jansen was the man! 

and then lastly…

2001

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash during the Daytona 500 race.

He was killed on the final lap of his sport’s biggest race! We should all be so lucky to go out doing what we love!

NASCAR hasn’t been, and never will be, the same again!

#3 Forever!

-Tyler Jackson

 

 

Meet the “Mars Trip” Finalists!

 

There are 33 Americans still in the running to be the first pioneers to live (and die) on Mars.

The applicants started with 200,000 and then the Mars One crew in Denmark took it down to 50 men and 50 women, 33 of which are from the US. From this list only 4 US citizens will be chosen and sent to Mars in 2025.

The US finalists range in age from 19 to 60 and are from all walks of life – from scientists to artists. They are not all single, either – one is a married father of five.

The common thread among them: they love adventure and have a deep interest in space, which is good since they’d have to be stuck in the middle of it for the rest of their life.

 

Meet the American Mars candidates HERE: 

The “Talking Barbie” is Coming to a Store Near You.

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The new “Hello Barbie” doll will connect to the internet, so she can have 2-way conversations with children. Mattel showed off the new Barbie at the New York Toy Fair last weekend, and said they partnered with a speech-recognition company called Toytalk to make the doll.The doll’s digital makeover will connect it to the internet to play interactive games and tell stories and jokes. Her necklace has a microphone and speaker for the conversations.

    Hello Barbie will also remember what a child says and refer to those comments in later conversations. For example, if a child says she likes to dance, the doll may mention that during another discussion.The doll is expected to sell for about 75 dollars, and it will most likely be on store shelves in time for the holiday season.

Read more here.

This Day In History – February 17

1972 

The 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle rolled out of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, surpassing the Ford Model T to become the most heavily produced car in history!

The Beetle is the world’s best selling car design, but the Toyota Corrola has actually sold more units since – it’s just had a lot of major changes since being introduced in 1966.

1992

In Milwaukee, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison.

In November of 1994, he was beaten to death in prison. #Justice

1996

World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in Philadelphia, PA.

also

Joe Diffie had the number one single with Bigger Than The Beatles! 

It spent two weeks at the top! 

and then lastly…

1963

Michael Jordan was born!

Happy birthday to the greatest basketball player that’s ever lived!!

-Tyler Jackson

Woman Gets Valentine’s Flowers From Late Husband (Tearjerker Alert!)

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A widow in Wyoming got flowers from her late husband from beyond the grave because he arranged for her to get Valentine’s Day flowers every year for the rest of her life.The 52-year-old woman said she was stunned when flowers were arrived from her husband of 28 years who passed away last June from an inoperable brain tumor at 53.

  The flowers came with a note that read, ‘Happy Valentine’s Day Honey. Stay Strong! Yours Forever, Love Jim.’At first she thought their children had sent the bouquet, until she called the florist who told her the truth.The woman said they all ‘started almost bawling’ when they realized what he did for her, and said she plans to preserve the flowers to remember this Valentine’s Day.

 Read more here.

How Much Does the Average American Wedding Cost? A LOT.

Credit Donkey found that the average American wedding costs just under $30,000: making it a four-hour event that costs as much as a four-year degree at many colleges.

They’ve broken down the biggest expenses that the typical wedding party encounters.

1. How much does the average wedding cost?
As of 2013, the average wedding cost was $29,858, not including the cost of the honeymoon. That’s an increase of nearly $1,500 over 2012.

2. What’s the average cost of the wedding dress?
For brides-to-be, the big day is all about the dress and on average, they spent $1,281 to find the right one in 2013. That figure climbed by $70 from the year before.

3. What’s the price tag for a tuxedo rental?
It’s also important for the groom to be well dressed and fortunately, tuxedos aren’t quite as pricey as wedding gowns. The average amount spent for a tuxedo in 2013 was $248.

4. How much does it cost to be a bridesmaid?
Being a bridesmaid is certainly an honor but it doesn’t come cheap. Between the dress, shoes, shower gifts, wedding gifts and the bachelorette party, the average bridesmaid is out nearly $1,700.

5. What do couples spend on their rings?
These days, diamonds don’t come cheap; the average cost of an engagement ring is somewhere in the neighborhood of $5,600. By comparison, grooms usually pay between $500 and $600 for their wedding bands.

6. What’s the average cost of wedding invitations?
Save-the-dates are the latest trend to hit the wedding scene, increasing the total couples pay for invitations. On average, getting the word out to guests about the upcoming event costs $443.

7. What’s the average cost of flowers for a wedding?
No ceremony would be complete without a flower arrangement or two, and all those beautiful blooms will run around $2,000.

8. What do brides spend on their bouquet?
Brides aren’t expected to walk down the aisle empty-handed; it’ll cost anywhere from $75 to $250 for the bouquet. If the bridesmaids are carrying flowers, that tacks another $30 to $75 per bridesmaid onto the cost.

9. How much is the average venue fee?
The venue is usually one of the biggest expenses when planning a wedding. If you’re holding the ceremony at one location and staging the reception at another, it averages out to about $1,800 and $13,400 respectively.

10. How much does it cost to hire a photographer?
The memories you make on your wedding day are priceless, and it will cost about $2,440 on average to hire a professional wedding photographer to capture them. If you want a video record of the events, you can expect to spend another $1,700 for a videographer.

Read more here!

How wasted do you have to be to pass out…in your mug shot?!

A Texas man was apparently so drunk and high that he fell asleep in the middle of having his mug shot taken.

The man admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana before backing his car into another car outside a Wal-Mart, where he was found sleeping.

He allegedly reversed his vehicle into the other car, then conked out and took a nap.

A stranger called police, and they found the seriously wasted 20-year-old man slumped inside his car, which was still running.

Read more about it HERE!

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – February 16

1914

The first airplane flight between Los Angeles and San Francisco took place.

1937

Nylon was patented!

It is literally in everything these days!

1968

In the U.S., the first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, AL.

9-1-1 has saved millions of lives, and honestly, if it wasn’t for the emergency number, we never would’ve had this gem of a show:

and then lastly…

1997

At age 25, Jeff Gordon is youngest winner in Daytona 500 history!

Gordon recently announced his retirement, and he also qualified for the Pole for his final Daytona 500!

-Tyler Jackson

High School Boy Gives Every Girl in his School a Valentine

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A boy from Oklahoma didn’t want any girls at his high school to feel left out on Valentine’s Day, so he wrote cards for over 1,000 of them.Dan Williams wrote anonymous valentines to 1,076 girls at school because he wanted them to feel cared for whether they had a boyfriend or not.

The valentine that came with a lollipop and the card said, ‘Remember there will always be people who care about you and I will always be one of them!’The Eagle Scout may have gained himself a new badge in the shape of a heart along with scores of female admirers, after his identity was revealed.

He had been planning his Valentine’s Day idea since the summer and worked to save enough money for the valentines and candy for all of them.

Read more here!