The Origins of Father’s Day


We would like to take this opportunity to wish our father, and all fathers out there, a very happy and special Father’s Day.  Of course, we cannot let this day pass without looking back and wondering how the celebration started and who the brilliant individual was that kickstarted the idea.  In just another shining example of why Washington is such a great state, credit for Father’s Day is officially given to Miss Sonora Dodd of Spokane, WA.  Dodd was one of six children raised by her single father and Civil War Veteran, Sgt. William Jackson Smart.

While listening to a sermon at church on Mother’s Day, she thought about all her father had done for her and her siblings and decided fathers should have a day, too. Because Dodd’s father was born in June, she encouraged churches in her area, Spokane, Wash., to honor fathers that month.

– Library of Congress

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The Gold Star Mothers Club


For those who have never been involved in sending a close friend or relative off to war, it is hard to imagine the myriad of emotions experienced on a daily basis – a mixture of pride and anguish that will never leave a parent, sibiling, or spouse until their warrior comes home. As a reservist myself, I cringe to think of the effect that a deployment would have on my parents. Fortunately, the culture surrounding military families provides for the single greatest support system that could exist around such a massive organization.

But on this day, we remember those who never came home as well as the families they left behind.

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Twitter Crashed the Stock Market


I love days when the stock market is up. It generally means that something good is happening in the world, and that people are making money. Today was one of those days; the Dow Jones Industrial Average, one of the three main American indexes used to judge the health of the stock market, was up about 1% this morning. Then, a Twitter message sent to millions of users caused what is known as a flash-crash as people around the world saw what they thought may have been one of the most shocking news stories in a decade.

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Eight Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Masters


This afternoon, the 77th Masters Tournament will conclude and a deserving winner will receive one of Augusta National’s coveted green jackets (unless, of course, there is a playoff). This annual tournament draws thousands of spectators – or rather, “patrons” – to witness current and future golf legends provide one of the most entertaining and epic competitions in the world of sports. Held at the same time and place every year, the Masters has become one of the most storied and historic sporting events in the world. In honor of this, here are some famous facts about the Tournament and its home course that you may not have know.

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US Presidents by the Numbers


Happy Presidents’ Day America! On every third monday in February, we take time (sometimes a full day if you’re lucky) to relax and appreciate the great – and not so great – men who have led our country through the good times and the bad. This day was originally a federal holiday in honor of George Washington’s birthday, until President Nixon declared that it should recognize all US Presidents. So in honor of this day, and because we here at *AT* love all things presidential, here are some fun facts about some statistical records among the leaders of the free world.

For reference, check out this list of US Presidents to refresh your mindgrapes.

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The Tunguska Event


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Instead of posting about how this day brings people together blah blah commercialization blah blah The Notebook, I though’t I’d address another meeting of heavenly bodies – and those are the Earth and asteroid 2012 DA14. As you may have seen in the news this asteroid will set a record for near-misses after it passes within 15,000 miles of Earth. This obviously begs the question, “what if it hit us”? As it turns out, we experienced something which caused an effect similar to what would happen in 2012 DA14 hit us: it happened near the Tunguska River in Siberia in 1908.

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Three Famous Presidential Inaugurations


Happy MLK and Inauguration Day! Today, Barack Obama was sworn in for his second and final term as President of the United States – at least, it appeared that way. He was actually sworn in yesterday, January 20th, as dictated by the Twentieth Amendment to the US Constitution. However, since that fell on a Sunday, the inaugural ceremony took place today with all the pomp, hype, and glamour that can only be found during the biggest moments of American political history. In honor of this day – and because we here at *AT* love all things presidential – we would like to share the stories of three other inaugurations that stand out from the rest.

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