Evidence increasingly abounds indicating the impending advent of spring. Colorful blossoms spread their petals, white blankets of snow slowly fade, and Earth is allowed to bask in the Sun’s rays for extended periods of time. For some sorrowful souls, the new season only offers ample opportunities for allergy attacks; however, another group utilizes the weather change by venturing wood-ward to enjoy bird watching. Any seasoned “birder” can attest that birdwatching represents an art form, a serene activity requiring a specialized collection of skills and knowledge. Because this hobby is not easily mastered overnight, this addition of The StickerTalk aims to enhance a reader’s birding endeavors by providing a handful of tips and tricks designed to encourage beginning birders.
- Look no further than your backyard! While most pieces of domestic property play host to a variety of dazzling birds, adding items such as bird baths, bird houses, and bird feeders to your yard helps attract even more species, advancing your birding skills and knowledge.
- Journal your discoveries. Birding is a learning experience, so it is crucial to record new information, especially when beginning.
- Don’t be afraid to disconnect. In our fast-paced society, eschewing technology, even for a limited amount of time, may seem daunting. However, we can almost guarantee that your amazement at nature’s incomparable beauty is worth the sacrifice!
A Texan Take on a Timeless Treat
Every morning countless children and adults awake to the delicious delight of a warm, crispy waffle. Soaked with syrup, the waffle has enticed appetites since ancient epochs. Historians report that the first waffles were crafted by the Ancient Greeks. However, these waffles boasted a flavor that barely resembled the golden-brown goodness we now associate with waffles; instead, the Greek “waffle” was solemnly consumed during Christian Communion services. This breakfast staple continued to evolve over the ages. It eventually found its way to Europe and was introduced to America by colonists and settlers. History books often conclude the waffle’s journey at this point, but The StickerTalk respectfully disagrees with this rather unsatisfying denouement. As anyone who has ever darkened the door of a Texan hotel can testify, few culinary creations rival the unique thrill of a Texas-shaped waffle. Both houses and hotels in America’s second largest state house specialized waffle irons specially designed to produce a delectable dish that mimics the contour of Texas. A recess from the mundane, this unusual breakfast food arrests the attention of even the most discerning critic. Although no one seems to remember exactly who designed this iconic iron, both residents and visitors of the Lone Star State are glad the waffle got a Texan twist!
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The Maine Coon: A Purrfect Pet
While all cat breeds offer unique personalities and amusing quirks to potential owners, the Maine Coon distinguishes itself through both sheer size and zany antics. Complex critters, these cats boast multifaceted personalities and characteristics. However, we’ve condensed the most prominent hallmarks of the Maine Coon into this edition of The StickerTalk.
- The Maine Coon has disputed origins. Some claim that this breed was ferried to America by roving bands of Vikings, while others argue that the modern Maine Coon descended from cats owned by Marie Antoinette.
- The Maine Coon is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds. Some Maine Coons have weighed in at over 20 pounds!
- The Maine Coon was named for its resemblance to the raccoon. Considering the cat’s ringed tail and large build, it’s easy to see the physical similarities between the two animals!
- Maine Coons are lovable clowns. Playful and easygoing, this breed makes a perfect family pet.
- The Maine Coon is extremely intelligent. It can be trained to perform tricks just like a dog!
The StickerTalk Celebrates Presidents’ Day
Recently, The StickerTalk has payed homage to a wide variety of February holidays. From outstanding African Americans to weather-forecasting rodents, our blog has painstakingly examined a plethora of celebratory subjects. However, we have elected to save the investigation of perhaps the most amusing February observation for this week’s biweekly post. A holiday designed to honor America’s past and present leaders, Presidents’ Day often elicits entertaining anecdotes concerning those who have occupied the highest office of the land. In the spirit of Presidents’ Day, The StickerTalk has hand-picked a few our favorite presidential follies.
- One of the most popular stories concerns President William Howard Taft. America’s heaviest commander-in-chief, Taft weighed about 350 pounds during his presidency. According to a prevailing account, President Taft allegedly became stuck in the White House’s bathtub, prompting the installation of a larger tub!
- When you envision presidential prestige, you probably wouldn’t picture pompoms and a megaphone. However, several presidents were college cheerleaders! America’s class of cheering chiefs includes George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Dwight Eisenhower.
- Arguably America’s most controversial president, Andrew Jackson was renowned for his tough tenacity. This trait proved especially evident in a failed assassination attempt on the president’s life in 1835. When the would-be-assassin’s firearm misfired, Jackson chased after the aggressor, reportedly clubbing him several times with his walking cane.
The StickerTalk Explores Black History Month
Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., are a few names that spring to mind when the topic of Black History Month is broached. However, a host of unsung African American heroes populate the tattered pages of American history; in this edition of The StickerTalk, we hope to guide our readers on an insightful journey throughout the course of history to meet some of America’s finest citizens.
Madame C.J. Walker
Her name originally Sarah Breedlove, Madame C.J. Walker was one of the earliest American women to achieve the status of self-made millionaire. While working as a washerwoman, Walker developed a scalp condition that resulted in excessive hair loss. Walker, in retaliation, created a line of hair products designed especially for African American women. Her cosmetic collection proved so popular that Walker was soon a maverick business tycoon. Her fearless pursuit of her entrepreneurial endeavors continues to inspire countless generations of dreamers.
Scott Joplin, a Texarkana native, played an instrumental role in the creation of ragtime music. Born into a family of musicians, Joplin relished the smooth sounds of the piano and soon became an accomplished musician. Joplin gained national attention after composing “Maple Leaf Rag.” He later went on to orchestrate such classics as “The Entertainer” and “Solace.” Joplin’s revolutionary style continues to echo throughout concert halls and recital auditoriums across the globe.
A true jack of all trades, Mae Jemison has done it all. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Jemison returned to school to become a medical doctor. She used her vast understanding of medicine to serve residents of underdeveloped countries as a member of the Peace Corps. Upon her return to the United States, Jemison turned her attention heavenward as she became the first African American astronaut. Although Jemison is an inspiration to all who hear her story, her decision to remain unmarried especially merits accolades from unattached women.
An Amusing Alternative to a Time-Honored Tradition
As winter’s harsh hand begins to recede, the returning birdsongs and the delicate, blossoming flowers inspire the romantic festivities surrounding Valentine’s Day. A holiday dedicated to the lovestruck, revelers typically celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging extravagant bouquets and decadent treats with their sweethearts. However, for currently unattached folks, this day possesses the potential of disaster. This dilemma prompted singles in South Korea to establish a maverick merrymaking tradition, Black Day. Every year on April 14, the battered victims of a less-than-ideal Valentine’s Day congregate together to share their sorrows. Like mourners at a memorial service, participants wear only black clothing. Once assembled the distraught singles devour copious quantities of a Korean noodle dish called jjajang myeon; this fare, fittingly, is black in color. The unorthodox holiday, though trivial it may seem, reportedly proves helpful in relieving heartache. Should Valentine’s Day find you sans-significant-other, take the exciting opportunity explore this exotic celebration!
The Foundations of America’s Football Frenzy
As the professional football season draws to a dramatic close, the research efforts behind The StickerTalk were directed towards the genesis of the sport. We hope this compilation of curiosities both fascinates and enlightens our readers.
- Modern American football traces its origins to back to the Nineteenth Century. The nation’s initial glimpse of the sport occurred in 1869 when Rutgers University defeated Princeton University on Rutger’s home field.
- The football we enjoy today is a combination of soccer and rugby. Early football players were not allowed to touch the ball with their hands, and each team maintained twenty-five players on the field at all times.
- Football was almost outlawed on American soil in the early Twentieth Century; the general public as well as legislators expressed horror at the increasing multitude of football-related deaths. However, thanks to President Theodore Roosevelt, new safety standards and requirements helped saved the sport from obscurity.
The Wonderful Windy City
While most Americans associate mental images of booming metropolises, diverse crowds, and towering skyscrapers with Chicago, Illinois, many facets of the city remain undiscovered by the general public. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we hope to shed a bit of light on the authentic identity of the nation’s third largest city.
- A true center of art and culture, Chicago’s city limits house a surplus of 200 theaters, 50 museums, and 700 public art displays.
- Although New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz, Chicagoans created the term “jazz” to describe this uniquely American style of music.
- Icon Walt Disney is a Chicago native; he was born in the city in 1901 and received his education from a variety of Chicago’s distinguished establishments.
- Chicago offers curious diners a plethora of options as the city plays host to over 5,000 restaurants.
- If you have ever savored the sensation of devouring a malted milkshake, thank Chicago, the mastermind behind the sweet treat!