Monday, August 31, 2009
Want to know who started Labor Day in the United States? Click on the blue title above to link to the History Channel. Find out all of the details surrounding the last holiday of summer.
OK, you really don't have time?
The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade of 10,000 workers on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary. By 1893, more than half the states were observing a "Labor Day" on one day or another, and Congress passed a bill to establish a federal holiday in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward, designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
One of the things college & university students should be aware of is owing too much money after they graduate. It is one of the biggest regrets that former students have.
One idea to keep in mind is that new cars, clothes, and vacations are best enjoyed when purchased after you graduate - and especially when not added to existing student loans while going to school. Click on the blue title above to link for online article. One young couple will owe about $500,000 after graduating!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Planning on traveling to a foreign country soon? The United States military and many travelers the world over use a proven (and also free) method to prevent jet lag when traveling through multiple time zones. Click on the blue title above to link to website. Method was developed by Charles F. Ehret of Argonne's Division of Biological and Medical Research. The diet is simple, but you need to religiously follow the schedule for maximum effect.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The attached photo shows the Fermilab team which will use the "Dark Energy Camera" on a remote mountaintop in Chile to examine light from hundreds of million of galaxies and try to find out why our universe is expanding ever faster over time.
The answer may be dark energy, a mysterious "antigravity force." Click on the blue title above to link to full online article.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Oklahomans who are interested in heavenly bodies may want to set their alarm clocks for 2:00 AM tonight if they would like to gaze out on a prolific meteor shower called Perseid. The meteor shower received its' name from the fact that it originated from the constellation Perseus radiant. The glowing particles which we see may have been ejected from the Comet Swift-Tuttle about a thousand years ago. In medieval Europe, the Perseids were called the "tears of St. Lawrence." Click on the blue title above to access Perseid article online.
Rain clouds might block our view, or a full moon could diminish the brightness of the meteors. It could be spectacular or then again, maybe not.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
National Geographic will televise "Drain the Ocean" Sunday at 8:00 Central Time. It shows what the earth would look like if the oceans were gone. The biggest mountain on earth is actually underwater. Also see "Black Sea Ghost Ships", and "Tunnel to a Lost World." Click on blue title above to peruse.