History of 2020: It Wasn’t the Beginning of the New Decade?


2020: IT WASN’T THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW DECADE? With the beginning of the 2020 New Year, you saw articles everywhere that discussed the end of the decade or declared that 2020 was the beginning of the new decade. But 2021 is the beginning of the new decade.   Q: Isn’t 2020 the beginning of…

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation


HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION This summer, I spent an extended two-week period in New England and Canada, particularly Maine and Prince Edward Island. Here is my travel log.  

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History of French Fries: National French Fry Day

French Fries

History of French Fries Today is National French Fry Day. While no one knows who began it, placing in on July 13 is significant in that the most important French holiday is the next day, July 14 for Bastille Day. History Some French people might call the delectable potato confection Belgian Fries, and there is…

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History of the Eclipse

HISTORY OF THE ECLIPSE Historically, a total eclipse of the Sun has not occurred in the United States since 1979 and is not expected again until 2024, conditions permitting. However, this Monday, August 21, 2017, for the first time since Jimmy Carter was President of these United States; an eclipse will be visible across contiguous…

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Can we listen to Christmas music now? When we start celebrating holidays

THE START OF HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS On November 1st a friend asked, partly in jest: “Halloween is over, can we listen to Christmas music now?”   And therein lies a conundrum. When do we begin the celebration of the Christmas holiday? There are two schools of thought: Celebrate each holiday in its own season: first Halloween,…

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History of the End of the World

Mayan Calendar

HISTORY OF THE END OF THE WORLD We’ve heard lots of talk and seen lots of stories about how today will be the end of the world. As popularized in the John Cusack movie 2012, the story goes that on December 21, 2012 — 12/21/12 in the US or 21/12/12 for those in other parts…

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History of WiFi Day: 8.02.11

HISTORY OF WIFI DAY: 8.02.11 Today is August 2, 2011… or 8.02.11. This number is also the designation for the popular WiFi standard in use today. The IEEE 802.11 standard refers to a set of protocols for Wireless Local Area Networking, or WLAN, and is popularly known as WiFi or colloquially as “Wireless Fidelity” like…

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History of 2011: Start of a New Decade?

HISTORY OF 2011: A NEW DECADE? As the chronometer clicked over from 2009 to 2010 last year, many  heralded the end of the first decade of the millennium and the beginning of the next, regaling the best and worst at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. Except that it wasn’t. Last…

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History of 10-10-10

HISTORY OF 10-10-10 Consider the date October 10, 2010 or for those in Europe and elsewhere 10 October, 2010 depending on where you live. In either case, the numbering of the date is the same: 10-10-10. This kind of numbering hasn’t happened in over a year since 09-09-09, and won’t happen again for at least…

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History of the iPad: When is a Tablet not a Tablet?


HISTORY OF THE IPAD Question: How can you have a “history” of a device that was just announced today? Answer: This has been the longest anticipated unannounced product in history, or at least Apple history. It has been a veritable speculation-o-rama.   Question: I don’t get the iPad. Isn’t it just like a giant iPhone?…

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History of Black Friday

HISTORY OF BLACK FRIDAY While it is difficult to connect this term to the start of the Christmas shopping sales season before its use in the mid-1960s in Philadelphia, the concept appears to go back to the 19th century when Christmas sales followed Thanksgiving Day parades. In 1939 President Franklin D Roosevelt set the date…

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History of Cinco de Mayo

CINCO DE MAYO Cinco de Mayo is frequently regarded as the Mexican equivalent of the United States 4th of July. This is incorrect. In actuality, it is the equivalent of the “5th of May” in the Spanish language. Another misconception is that this has something to do with Mayonnaise. That too is a bum spread,…

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