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!

Parents Are Using Crowdfunding for Their Kids Birthday Parties!

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Parents across the country are joining a new trend and using crowdfunding to pay for kids’ birthday parties.One fundraiser on GoFundMe says she hopes to raise funds for an “amazing 2nd birthday for my blue eyed princess. It reads: “Due to a series of unfourtunate  events, money is tight. Every dollar helps!!”

A GoFundMe official says the amount of birthday-related campaigns on the site has “skyrocketed.” Since the company’s launch in 2010, nearly $1 million has been raised for birthday celebrations from more than 20,000 donors.There was also a 330 percent increase in donation volume for birthday campaigns between 2013 and 2014.

Some critics say the trend is ridiculous, and say a birthday party is no reason to put yourself in debt or ask other people to give you money.

This Day In History – February 13

1866

Jesse James, Cole Younger and 13 other Confederate guerrillas committed their first bank robbery in Liberty, Mo.

In-fact, this was the first recorded daylight bank robbery in the United States. They left with $60,000 in gold and silver coins, paper money, and government securities.

1935

In Flemington, New Jersey, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh in the trial of the Crime Of The Century

Hauptmann was later executed for the crimes.

2000

Charles M. Schulz’s last original Sunday Peanuts comic strip appeared in newspapers.

Schulz had died the day before.

and then lastly…

2011

Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now won Song Of The Year & Record Of The Year at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards!

-Tyler Jackson