This Day In History – December 2

1859

Militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harper’s Ferry the previous October.

The tension from John Brown’s hanging got the ball rolling to first succession of the South, and then the Civil War. Once the war was over, John’s mission finally got completed: The slaves were freed!

Having served a key role in Bleeding Kansas, he is forever immortalized in this painting featured at the Kansas State Capitol building!

1982

Barney B. Clark became the first recipient of an artificial heart.

The 61-year-old retired dentist from Seattle underwent a 7½-hour operation at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

Clark survived with the artificial heart for over 3 months. He died on March 23, 1983.

1983

Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video premiered on MTV!

John Landis directed perhaps the best music video ever!  

and then lastly… 

1995

The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Ace Of Base’s The Sign was the best-selling debut of all time!

This bad boy sold 19 million copies!

-Tyler Jackson

How Much Does the 12 Days of Christmas Cost?

Every year a study comes out that shows how much it would cost you to buy all the stuff from “The 12 Days of Christmas” . . . it’s supposed to be a reflection of how much prices have gone up in a year.

If you wanted to buy everything from the song this year, it would run you $27,673.  Last year, it would’ve cost $27,393.  That’s only a $280 bump, or about a 1% increase.  The jump from 2012 to 2013 was 7.7%, which is clearly MUCH bigger.

 

 

But . . . the $27,673 is only if you want to buy everything from the song ONCE.  Technically, the song says you have to re-buy everything from all the previous days.

 

 

Like, on day three, you’d give three French hens . . . but also two more turtle doves and another partridge in a pear tree.  If you do it that way, it’ll cost you $116,273 . . . up 1.4% from last year.

 

 

The biggest cost increase this year is the six geese-a-laying.  Last year, the geese cost $35 each . . . they jumped 71.4% this year to $60 each.  The three French hens had the next biggest jump . . . they went up 10% from $55 each to $60.50 each.

 

 

Here’s the item-by-item breakdown for 2014 . . .

 

 

A partridge in a pear tree, $207.68 . . . up 3.8% from last year.

 

Two turtle doves, $125 . . . same price.

 

Three French hens, $181.50 . . . up 10%.

 

Four calling birds, $599.96 . . . same price.

 

Five golden rings, $750 . . . same price.

 

Six geese-a-laying, $360 . . . up 71.4%.

 

Seven swans-a-swimming, $7,000 . . . same price.

 

Eight maids-a-milking, $58 . . . same price.

 

Nine ladies dancing, $7,552.84 . . . same price.

 

Ten lords-a-leaping, $5,348.24 . . . up 2%.

 

Eleven pipers piping, $2,635.20 . . . same price.

 

Twelve drummers drumming, $2,854.80 . . . same price.

 

 

 

Our national debt is now how much?!

As of last Friday, the total US public debt just surpassed $18 trillion for the first time. 

Our national debt is now $18,001,865,328,517

So that means, the average debt per person is $56,368

or

The debt per taxpayer is…$153,729!

It means that total US debt has increased by 70% under Obama, from $10.625 trillion on January 21, 2009 to $18.005 trillion most recently.

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Track the national debt in real-time here.

-Tyler Jackson

Top Albums of 2014

“Rolling Stone” has released a list of “The Top 50 Albums of 2014,” and apparently they didn’t mind U2 dumping “Songs of Innocence” into their iTunes . . . because they named it the #1 album.  And a lot of people online are already making fun of the choice.

 

 

Here’s the Top 10:

 

 

1.  “Songs of Innocence”, U2

 

2.  “High Hopes”, Bruce Springsteen

 

3.  “Turn Blue”, The Black Keys

 

4.  “St. Vincent”, St. Vincent

 

5.  “Platinum”, Miranda Lambert

 

6.  “Sucker”, Charli XCX

 

7.  “Ultraviolence”, Lana Del Rey

 

8.  “Run the Jewels 2″, Run the Jewels

 

9.  “Salad Days”, Mac DeMarco

 

10.  “1989″, Taylor Swift

Find out the rest here!

This Day In History – December 1

1955

Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat to a white man.

She was arrested, marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S.

1982

Michael Jackson‘s album Thriller was released!

It went on to become the best-selling album in music history!

1990

British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel finally met under the English Channel!

1997

Fourteen-year-old Michael Carneal fired on a morning prayer group at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three students were killed and five were wounded.

Carneal pleaded guilty by reason of insanity and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years.

1998

Faith Hill earned a platinum single with This Kiss!

Great song!

Also in 1998:

Exxon announced it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion!

This created the largest company in the world to date.

and then lastly…

2011

Hanson announced that they would be selling MMMHops beer!

#MMMMMMMMMMarketing.

-Tyler Jackson

The Cities With the Most and Least Attarctive People

“Travel and Leisure” just did a survey on the cities with the most and least ATTRACTIVE people.  And in general, the nicer the weather, the more likely a city is to have good-looking people.

Here are the top 10 cities with the most attractive people . . .

1.  Miami, Florida.

 

2.  San Diego, California.

 

3.  Charleston, South Carolina.

 

4.  Los Angeles, California.

 

5.  Providence, Rhode Island.

 

6.  Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

7.  Nashville, Tennessee.

 

8.  Atlanta, Georgia.

 

9.  Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

10.  Tampa, Florida.

 

 

And here are the cities with the least attractive people in the U.S. . . .

 

 

1.  Detroit, Michigan.

 

2.  Memphis, Tennessee.

 

3.  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

4.  Baltimore, Maryland.

 

5.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

6.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

7.  Cleveland, Ohio.

 

8.  Orlando, Florida.

 

9.  Louisville, Kentucky.

 

10.  Portland, Maine.

Read the full article here!

Weird New Trend Alert: Dyed Armpit Hair!

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A new beauty craze is encouraging women to grow out their underarm hair and dye it a bright, bold color.A Seattle hair stylist, Roxie Hunt, is one of the people leading the armpit hair revolution and insists that women should embrace their underarm hair instead of feeling forced to shave it off or hide it.Roxie asked one of her salon friends to help her test out the best armpit dying technique and blogged out lots of tips and advice about the trend. Dozens of women on Instagram have been sharing images of their own brightly-colored armpits using the hashtag #dyedpits.Hundreds of Youtube users have also posted videos about dying armpit hair, including a number of in-depth how-to videos.

Read more here!