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Twinkies Are Back

Twinkies are back and America can rest easy. Another crisis is over. Walmart got a head start on sales and the rest of the country was officially able to sell them yesterday after they disappeared from store shelves for more than seven months.

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Bet You Didn’t Know Who Invented The Hammock

There’s nothing like a nice hammock in the shade on a warm, summer afternoon. They’re seen mostly as a symbol of leisure and relaxation, but they served a specific purpose for where they were first used.

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Do You See Something In His Eyes?

You sometimes wonder who dreams up this stuff. There seems to be a designated day to celebrate or recognize just about everything under the sun. Basically it’s an almanac that we use each day that tells us today, July 12, is Different Color Eyes Day. I guess it recognizes diversity in people, even in the color of their eyes.

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Today Is World Population Day

Today is World Population Day, observed on July 11th every year. The intent is to raise awareness of global population issues. It was established by the United Nations and inspired by the date in 1987 that the world population reached five billion people.

It took the entire history of mankind to reach 5 billion people – thousands and thousands of years. We’re adding about a billion people every 12 years.

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Are We Headed For A Two-Day Work Week?

We were talking in the studio just the other day about the advances the world has seen in the past 100, even the past 50 years. We look back at pictures or read about life 100 years ago and wonder how could people possibly survive without a cellphone or a computer or all the other luxuries we enjoy. And what will the world be like 100 years from now? They’ll likely be saying the same things about us and be amazed at how primitive life was in 2013.

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July 9th Is National Sugar Cookie Day

Today is National Sugar Cookie Day. There’s no Congressional record or Presidential proclamation of it, just a fun day designated to baking and eating sugar cookies. It was back in the 1700’s when German settlers brought with them to Pennsylvania a simple recipe for cookies that called for just six ingredients; sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and baking powder.

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July Is National Ice Cream Month!

July is National Ice Cream month – it was a special decree by President Reagan in 1984.

There’s an old story that George Washington liked ice cream so much that he ran up a $200 bill for ice cream one summer.

Thomas Jefferson was a big fan of ice cream too. He wrote down the recipe for ice cream and gave it to his housekeeper to make.

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This year's Nathan's Famous hot dog eating champions Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas (Getty Images)
This year's Nathan's Famous hot dog eating champions Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas (Getty Images)
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Who Was Nathan From Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs?

For the seventh straight year Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California won the Nathan’sConey Island hot dog eating contest by eating a record 69 hot dogs with buns in 10 minutes.  And Sonia Thomas of Alexandria, Virginia, the Black Widow, won the women’s division by eating 36 and ¾ hot dogs.  She had hoped to eat 50.

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You’ll Be Surprised At What Started The Battle At Gettysburg

The turning point of the Civil War – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. July 3rd was the final day of the 3-day battle in 1863. It could have gone either way. Luck, good and bad decisions, indecisiveness all played a role in the outcome.

How did two huge armies come together in a small town?

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Nebraska Encourages You To Drink The Kool-Aid

In Cocoa Beach, Florida, a 22-year-old man is charged with beating up his elderly father during an argument about Kool-Aid. The father who uses a cane tried to give his son advice on how to properly make Kool-Aid, there was a disagreement and the son punched his father two or three times in the head.

What’s there to argue about? The directions are right on the package. And they haven’t changed much in 86 years.

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Police License Plate Readers Expand “Big Brother”

With all the talk about the government spying on us and keeping tabs on who we call and what we search and look at on our computers comes word of what some people say is another violation of our privacy. You’ve probably seen those license plate scanners on police cars. The idea is to let police scan thousands of license plates and window stickers a day looking for stolen cars, stolen or expired plates and even criminals.

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With Plummeting Sales, TV Manufacturers Have A Plan

It’s something TV manufacturers are concerned about, big time. Sales of TV sets both in this country and around the world are declining. Does it say something about technology where people are starting to depend on their phones for the majority of their entertainment?

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