Finally—A Bite

It’s been a long time

Since I caught someone’s eye

We don’t exchange glances

As we pass by

Even the mosquitoes

Don’t  touch my arm

Will sipping my blood

Cause them some harm?

But finally last night

Someone felt an attraction

A mosquito bite left

Me an itchy reaction.

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Happy Independence Day

United States mapIn honor of Independence Day,  please enjoy this small quiz on State nicknames.  Each state has at least one nickname, some have multiple nicknames.  Usually only one is  official.  Answers at the bottom.  Wikipedia is my source for the questions and answers.

1)  Which state has the largest number of nicknames?  Which of those nicknames is the official one?

2)  Which state has three official nicknames?  What is are they?

3)  How many states have just one nickname?  What are those states?

4) How many states have Empire as part of their nickname (official or unofficial)?

5)  Which states have a metal as part of their state’s nickname?

6)  Four states include the word Mountain as part of their official or unofficial nicknames.  What are they?  Which state has it twice?

7)  How many states have Rain as part of their official or unofficial nicknames?  What are they?  (The answer may surprise you.)

8)  How many state have Sun as part of their official or unofficial nicknames?  What are they?  Which three have the same nickname?

9)  How many states have an animal, insect, or bird as part of their offical nickname?  What are they?

10)  What is the nickname(s) of your state?

 

Answers:

  1. Alaska–That Last Frontier

2. Alabama–Camellia State, Heart of Dixie and Yellowhammer State

3.  Seven:  Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey,  South Carolina, Texas, and Vermont

4.  Three:  Georgia (Empire State of the South), Illinois (Inland Empire State), New York (Empire state.)

5.  Arizona (Copper State), Nevada (Silver State) —Califonia is the Golden State so it does not qualify.

6. Colorado (Mountain State and Rocky Mountain State),  New Hampshire (White Mountain State), Vermont (Green Mountain), West Virginia (Mountain State)

7.  Two- Hawaii (Rainbow State), Illinois (Rainy State)

8.  Five–Alaska (Land of the Midnight Sun), California (Sunshine State), Florida (Sunshine State), Kansas (Sunflower State), South Dakota (Sunshine State)

9.  Four–Louisiana-Pelican State, Oregon-Beaver State, Utah-Beehive State, Wisconsin–Badger State

10.  Since I live in Virginia, my state has two nicknames:  Old  Domion and Mother of Presidents.  If you do not know yours, look it up here.

 

 

July Days to Celebrate

How did July get it’s name?  July was named in honor of Julius Caesar. When Julius Caesar died, Quintilis, which was his birth month, was renamed with July. Quintilis means “fifth month” in Latin, which represents where this month originally fell in the Roman calendar.

July 1 is International Joke Day.  Why did the chicken cross the road?  He was A-Pullet-ical and did not want to pick a side.

July 2 is World UFO Day.  The Truth is Out there–even if no  one agrees on what it is.

The stated goal of the July 2 celebration is to raise awareness of “the undoubted existence of UFOs and to encourage governments to declassify their files on UFO sightings

July 2 is also when John Adams thought we would be celebrating Indenpendence Day.

Officially, the Continental Congress declared its freedom from Great Britain on July 2, 1776, when it voted to approve a resolution submitted by delegate Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, declaring ““That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

John Adams thought July 2 would be marked as a national holiday for generations to come:

Officially, the Continental Congress declared its freedom from Great Britain on July 2, 1776, when it voted to approve a resolution submitted by delegate Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, declaring ““That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

John Adams thought July 2 would be marked as a national holiday for generations to come:

American flag backlitWe will be celebrating 243 years of independence from Great Britain on July 4.  Ironically, they are now our closest allies.   Did you know that the British National Anthem “God Save the Queen” is the same tune as “Our Country Tis of Thee”?   Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics in 1831.  It was the US anthem until 1931 when the it was replaced by the Star Spangled Banner.

July  9 is Cow Appreciation Day. If you go Udderly Mad and dress up like a cow, you cancows facing the camera get free chicken at Chick Fil-A.  No bovine feces.

“1995 marked the beginning of the cow revolution, when herds of beef cattle everywhere decided to take a stand for the future of the bovine race. Far more intelligent than the others, Heff R. Jones (now known as Eaton Birds) took his limited grasp of his owner’s language and painted “EAT MOR CHIKIN” on a billboard. With this daring move he set in motion a movement among cows everywhere, to encourage us to eat more chicken, so we wouldn’t be eating them. Cow Appreciation Day commemorates Heff (I’m sorry, we mean Mr. Birds) and everything he’s done for cattlekind.”  From https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/cow-appreciation-day/

July 14 is Bastille Day.  From Wikipedia:

The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789,[1][2] a turning point of the French Revolution,[4] as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.[5][6]

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July 31 is Harry Potter’s Birthday.  Happy Birthday Harry. Read a Harry Potter book or watch a Harry Potter movie.  Which Harry Potter book or movie is your favorite?

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