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National Potato Chip Day

March 14th is National Potato Chip Day. There’s no official government proclamation – it’s probably a creation of snack food companies to celebrate the nation’s favorite snack food.

Americans eat 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips every year. Regular or plain potato chips are the most popular, but some of the other top sellers are barbeque, sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar and ranch.

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Salt Is Big Business In WNY

With this year’s brutal winter Buffalo area towns and villages are using much more rock salt than they have in the last couple of winters combined. Many are three or four times over what they had budgeted for salt, but they have no choice. Luckily the largest salt mine in the United States is about an hour’s drive away.

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Electronic Era Presidential Firsts

It was just 8 days after he was inaugurated that President Franklin Roosevelt gave his first national radio address, speaking directly from the White House. The U.S. was at the lowest point of the Great Depression with between 25 and 33 percent of Americans unemployed. The country was worried and Roosevelt went on the radio to assure them he was prepared to lead the country back to prosperity.

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The Winter Storm Of Storms

With up to 12 inches of snow possible coming our way over the next 24 hours to 36 hours it's just a reminder that the month of March can bring some pretty severe winter storms.  And probably none was worse than the blizzard of 1888 that killed more than 400 people and dumped as much as 55 inches of snow in some areas. New York City ground to a halt in the face of huge snow drifts and strong winds. 

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Mustang – One Of The Longest-Selling Cars in History

One historian says no new car ever got the publicity and attention that this one did. It made the covers of Time and Newsweek, and the car appeared in every major business and automotive publication.

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Bet You Didn’t Know This About the Hula-Hoop

It’s one of those toys I never could get the hang of, so I never really bothered with it. I guess I couldn’t get my hips to swivel good enough to work a Hula-Hoop.

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Ashes and Penance — What Does It All Mean?

You may see people with smudges on their forehead today. This is a heavily concentrated Catholic area, so it’s pretty common to see it.

Today is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent – a period of 40 days of penance, reflection and abstinence, not including Sundays, leading up to Easter.

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One Of Buffalo’s Hidden Gems

I’ve lived in Western New York all of my life, and I’ve never been to one of the most historic places in American history, until yesterday.

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Today Is National Anthem Day

Most people have a general idea of the inspiration behind "The Star-Spangled Banner". After a long overnight attack in August of 1814, the following morning the American flag was still flying over Fort McHenry, which guarded the harbor and city of Baltimore. The flag was battered and torn, but it was still flying.

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What You Didn’t Know About George Washington

We always recognize George Washington’s birthday as February 22nd, but he was actually born on February 11th, 1731. The confusion is because the Julian Calendar was being used at the time he was born.  When Great Britain and the colonies went to the Gregorian Calendar in 1752 with the new year starting on January 1st, his birthdate was adjusted. 

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A Man In A Can Shot Into Space

For a lot of people it’s ancient history because they weren’t even born yet. But many still remember John Glenn’s historic ride in a space capsule called “Friendship 7” that was only 6-feet wide and 9 ½ feet tall. It sent the future Ohio Senator 100 miles into space making him the first American to orbit the earth.

You gotta remember there were a lot of questions back then. What would the effect of weightlessness be? Did we come up with the best design?

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Preparing Olympic Ice Is An Art

We’ve been hearing so much about snow, or lack of it during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, one thing that might be overlooked is the ice that’s needed for the various sports. Hockey, figure skating, speed skating, figure skating, ice dancing and curling all use indoor arenas, but each sport needs a different kind of ice.

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