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40 Hour Week For A Living

It was pretty much standard in almost every American industry back in the early 1900’s – you’d work six days a week and often it was 10 hours a day. But it was the Ford Motor Company that changed all of that on this date in 1926. Ford became the first American company to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for factory workers. Three months later the policy applied to office workers too.

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No Kidding – It’s National Honesty Day

Today is known as National Honesty Day – a day when you’re encouraged to be honest for 24 hours. You know the story about the boy who cried wolf so many times that when a wolf actually showed up, nobody believed him.

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photo by Dale Mussen
photo by Dale Mussen
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World War Two Memorial Turns 10 Years Old

It was inspired by a veteran who had served under General George Patton when he asked his local Congresswoman in 1987 why Washington, DC didn’t have a World War Two memorial. There was one for Vietnam. There was one for Korea. Why not World War Two.

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Mutiny On The Bounty – It’s A True Story

Today is the date in 1789 that Fletcher Christian led a mutiny of His Majesty’s Ship Bounty where Captain William Blight and 18 of his loyal men were set adrift in a small open boat.

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Hubble Telescope (Getty Images)
Hubble Telescope (Getty Images)
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The Amazing Telescope That Needed Glasses To See

Conceived in the 1940’s, designed in the 1970’s, built in the 1980’s, it was in April of 1990 that the Hubble telescope was placed into orbit by the crew of the space shuttle Discovery. But a huge problem when they tried to get it to work – its main mirror had a flaw – 1/50th of an inch off, so the first images were blurry.
Hubble was basically useless for three years until a repair mission basically outfitted Hubble with glasses. It worked and since then it's been sending back images of the universe ten times clearer than any telescope on earth ever delivered.

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Volunteer Fire Departments Need You

Volunteer fire departments across New York State are recruiting new firefighters and many fire halls will open their doors and fire truck bays this weekend. They’ll be doing tours, showing how fire equipment works, answer your questions and even let you try on fire gear for yourself. It’s Recruitment Open House Weekend.

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Amazing Uses For Salt Other Than On Your Food

We probably eat too much of it. It's on potato chips and pretzels. Many people like it fresh tomatoes and corn on the cob. Buffalo's famous beef on weck features a roll with caroway seeds and salt. Some people pick up the salt shaker and sprinkle salt all over their food without even tasting it first to find out if they really need it.

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45 Years Later Earth Day Was Worth It

Today is the 45th annual Earth Day. The first one was April 22nd, 1970 at a time when cities were buried under their own smog and polluted rivers caught fire.

In 1963, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson began to worry about our planet – the water and air was being polluted. Plants and animals were dying and he wondered why more people weren't trying to solve these problems. It was talked about in Congress. The president made speeches, but not enough people were working on solutions.

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Dancing at Central Terminal on Dyngus Day (buffalocentralterminal@Flickr)
Dancing at Central Terminal on Dyngus Day (buffalocentralterminal@Flickr)
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Happy Dyngus Day

There are places in this country that observe it, but nobody celebrates it like we do in Buffalo.  It’s an old Polish tradition called Dyngus Day.  It commemorates the baptism of Poland's first Christian prince.  It always falls on the day after Easter with a big celebration of the end of lent with food and dancing.  The food includes a large buffet of Easter foods like ham, kielbasa, fresh baked goods and eggs.

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Fun With Numbers and Words During Palindrome Week

We’re in a very special time during the calendar year. Yes, it is Holy Week and that’s probably the most important thing to Christians, but it’s also Palindrome Week!

It’s really not all that complicated. It means that the dates of every day all this week thru Saturday will read the same date forward and backward.

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He Gave Up Baseball To Serve His Country

He’s considered one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. He made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians when he was just 17 years old and the following year when he graduated from high school – the ceremony was broadcast nationally on NBC Radio.

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Easter Traditions From Around The World

Decorating eggs, hiding baskets of candy, ham dinners.  We have so many Easter traditions, but there are some really unusual ones from around the world.  Here are some of them.   

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