Hot (Air) Ticket

Post-holiday blues got you down? Well, we’ve got something to cheer you *ahem* up. On January 7,  1785, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries were the first to cross the English channel in a gas balloon. At the time, hot air balloons were the only way to fly … literally! The inaugural manned balloon flight had occurred…

Forward, arch!

On this day in 1965, construction was completed on the St. Louis Arch. Not only is it included on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, it’s also a pretty impressive illusion: despite appearing taller than it is wide, the arch is precisely 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide. It is, in fact, the…

Word up!

Did you know that English has the largest vocabulary of any language on earth? it’s estimated that our language contains around 800,000 words, and the average English speaker uses about 60,000 of those words. That may seem like a rather puny percentage, but when you think about it, it’s actually pretty impressive: many of those…

Can we be frank?

Well … maybe not. It’s a rather dangerous proposition, really; Americans consume nearly 7 billion hot dogs every summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That’s a whole lot of Frankfurters, wieners and footlongs! Our minds have gone to the dogs today for a particular reason: July 23 is National Hot Dog Day. And in…

Out of a Clear Blue Sky

Pop culture for this day in 1979 said it all: Moonraker was the #1 film in the country and “Rock the Boat” held the top spot on the Billboard chart. The boat was certainly about to be rocked, and – yes – it came from the sky. On July 11, 1979 Skylab crashed to the…

4th of July

Are you ready for some noise? We are! We’re also looking forward to some BBQ and time with friends and family. Our office will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. And that got us wondering about early Independence Day celebrations. When was the first? And how do all those fireworks (and…