An energizing beverage often found at the epicenter of exhausting endeavors and early morning rituals, coffee has constantly been the subject of dispute. Ethiopian shepherds first stumbled upon coffee beans in 800 A.D., and the drink soon waxed popular among members of the Muslim faith. This trend sparked outrage in the Catholic Church; Catholic authorities fervently advised Pope Clement VIII to deem the drink sinful. However, because the Pope became hopelessly entangled in the full flavor of the questionable beverage, he officially baptized coffee and declared it sanctified. Today, the coffee debate has taken a secular turn. The unclear effects of caffeine on the human body and the unhealthy amounts of sugar often added to the drink draw the skepticism of nutritionists, doctors, and other professionals. In spite of the enigma surrounding coffee, it will almost certainly endure as a universally enjoyed beverage for years to come.
From Candles to Critters, Groundhog Day Continues to Thrill
While most people are familiar with the concept of Groundhog Day, this quirky holiday springs from often unsung origins. America’s initial Groundhog Day was celebrated on February 2, 1887; however, this day was the culmination of centuries of culture and tradition. Groundhog Day traces its origins to the ancient Christian festival of Candlemas Day. On Candlemas Day clergymen would bless the candles of their parishoners before the onset of brutal winter weather. Much like our modern celebration, the chain of events surrounding Candlemas Day allegedly determined the length of the winter. The German people were so fascinated by this tradition that they added a new facet to Candlemas Day, the involvement of a weather-forecasting animal. The hedgehog was originally used by Germans to attempt to predict the extremity of winter, but, when German settlers relocated to Pennsylvania, few hedgehogs could be found. Instead, these tenacious trendsetters turned to the abundant population of groundhogs dwelling in the New World, sparking a new tradition that has endured the tests of time and captured the curious attention of countless generations.
Author Pam Brown once stated, “A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” While all horse breeds offer humanity unequaled companionship and strength, the Percheron breed proves especially unique. The predecessors of the modern Percheron boast an impressive service record; medieval knights utilized the courage and intelligence of the breed during battle, awarding the title of war horse to the Percheron. The Percheron’s military tradition continued into modern times as the breed’s sheer size made it ideal for work as artillery horses. In spite of the Percheron’s extensive experience on the battlefield, this horse also lended its brute strength to farmers. The Percheron pulled both plows and wagons in rural areas until it was all but replaced by tractors and trucks. While this breed no longer spends its days on military campaigns or in agricultural fields, the Percheron continues to inspire horse lovers with its physical beauty and amiable personality.
How Will the Latest Change in Postage Rate Affect Me?
Here at StickerTalk, we pride ourselves on offering premium quality products to our customers at an affordable price, offering free standard shipping on both foreign and domestic orders. However, due to the United States Postal Service’s rate alterations set to take effect on January 21, 2018, we have been forced to reevaluate this policy. While domestic rates underwent a relatively insignificant increase, foreign rates saw a dramatic spike in price. Due to these unexpected circumstances, StickerTalk will begin to charge a shipping fee on foreign orders to help cover hefty shipping rate increase. In spite of the challenges imposed by these new rate changes, StickerTalk will continue to monitor the situation and amend our policies in order to continue offering our customers unique designs for fair figures.
The StickerTalk Explores National Blood Donor Month
The month of January plays host to an assorted array of holidays; while celebrations such as New Years and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day seem to dominate the month, January additionally serves as National Blood Donor Month. An observance primarily sponsored by the American Red Cross, National Blood Donor Month’s ultimate goal is the procurement of life-saving blood as a blood transfusion takes place every two seconds in the United States alone. Because modern medical technology has not uncovered a method for producing artificial blood, these blood transfusions are only possible due to the selfless sacrifices of volunteer donors. While the donation process may seem daunting, a strong desire to participate in a humanitarian cause transforms blood donors into everyday heroes. Not everyone is eligible to become a blood donor; however, during this National Blood Donor Month, don’t be afraid to explore the plethora of possibilities tied to blood donation!
Known for its physical beauty and unique flavor, the hibiscus has earned a decorated pedestal in an assorted array of cultures. While the average American typically limits the hibiscus’s significance to that of an exotic garden ornament, this unique flower wields much more importance in other lifestyles. African medicinal tradition claims that the hibiscus possesses healing qualities, alleviating symptoms of colds, liver disease, and even cancer. This clinical application of the flower is mirrored by several other cultures, including the Iranian people who are known to drink hibiscus tea to combat high blood pressure. The hibiscus additionally carries religious and social consequence as the red hibiscus serves as a representation of the goddess Kali in Hindu culture and holds the title of the official flower of Malaysia. Moreover, Hawaiian and Tahitian women utilize a red hibiscus to indicate marital status; a red hibiscus worn behind the right ear translates into availability for courtship and marriage. A truly versatile plant, the hibiscus has also found its way into cosmetic practices as it is used to prevent hair loss and graying. Regardless of the setting or situation, look no further than the humble hibiscus for an unlikely answer!
After years of diligent dedication, StickerTalk finally realized the dream of owning an inventory consisting of over 10,000 unique and premium quality products. Today, the team took a break from making our world-renowned stickers to celebrate this tremendous accomplishment, focusing the enthusiasm and energy typically harnessed into craftsmanship on the task of outwitting an escape room. A collaboration including six veteran escape artists and one rookie, the StickerTalk team tackled a plethora of puzzles, riddles, and conundrums, emerging victorious with an excess of ten minutes remaining on the clock. While the escape room experience proved both exhilarating and challenging, the teamwork displayed by the group continues to play an integral role in our work; fueled by camaraderie and tenacity, StickerTalk will maintain our reputation as a printing authority while perpetually expanding our horizons in order to better serve our valued customers.
While culinary cultures universally acknowledge ice cream as a superior sweet treat, its origins prove somewhat obscure. In an effort to enlighten our readers with tons of trivial tidbits, this edition of The StickerTalk will investigate the evolution of this favored dessert.
Some historians claim that early forms of ice cream were enjoyed by King Solomon, Alexander the Great, and Nero. According to historical records, these ancient rulers craved sugary, iced beverages often made with snow. Hundreds of years later, European explorers discovered an Asian dessert somewhat resembling modern ice cream; Europeans are credited with manipulating the Asian recipe into the ice cream we know and love today. This frozen delight made its way to America as early as 1744 and has served as a staple of American cuisine ever since. The next time you dive into a pint of your favorite ice cream, you’ll enjoy a guilty pleasure that has been thousands of years in the making!