The StickerTalk Observes Memorial Day
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., once stated, “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Honoring this theme, Americans annually dedicate Memorial Day to the memory our fallen soldiers. The tradition of Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, began in the years following the Civil War; General John A. Logan declared May 30 a day of remembrance and celebration of the sacrifices made by American soldiers. People flocked to cemeteries and monuments to decorate the eternal resting places of servicemen, offer prayers, and perpetuate the legacy left behind by those slain to protect our country. The observance of Memorial Day was changed to the last Monday in May when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect in 1971, officially establishing Memorial Day as a federal holiday. Although its date may have been altered, the guiding spirit behind Memorial Day remains constant. Parades, memorial services, and a host of additional activities occur across the nation on the final Monday in May as Americans pay homage to the brave men and women who laid down their lives for our multitude of freedoms.
Bison and Badgers and Deer, Oh My!
The world’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park has been amazing visitors since its establishment in 1872. From gushing geysers to towering forests, Yellowstone’s abundance of natural wonders serves as a timeless source of inspiration for people of all ages, backgrounds, and creeds. Yellowstone, an expansive region, sprawls over 2.2 million acres of land, an area larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined! The park is so massive that one of Yellowstone’s first explorers, a man named Truman Everts, was stranded for over a month in the wilderness that would become Yellowstone when he became separated from his exploratory party. The park’s sweeping landscape plays host to an assorted array of spectacles. Yellowstone’s Lower Falls, for example, stands at an astonishing three hundred feet tall while Niagara Falls only measures one hundred sixty-seven feet in height. Although Yellowstone’s landmarks elicit astonishment, its animal inhabitants additionally serve as causes of curiosity. Over sixty different species of mammals call Yellowstone home including the gray wolf; this majestic creature was reintroduced to the park in 1995 and has since flourished in Yellowstone’s diverse ecosystem. The park’s fauna, teamed with its rich variety flora and breathtaking scenery, make Yellowstone National Park the crowing jewel of America’s frontier.
A Sport for the Ages
Stumble upon any country club, high school, or recreation league, and you will likely witness at least a handful of athletes engaged in a lively match of tennis. Popular around the world, tennis is a sport immersed in tradition and history. In this biweekly edition of The StickerTalk, we have concocted a compilation of the most pertinent and peculiar components of tennis’s extensive history.
A Perilous Pastime: Tennis contributed to the untimely demise of King James I of Scotland. When attempting to outwit intruding assassins, the royal Scot’s escape through the drainage system was thwarted by a sealed sewer drain opening located in his favorite tennis court; the king had recently ordered that the sewer drain be secured due to the copious quantities of tennis balls lost to the drain’s ravenous mouth.
Humble Origins: Many historians believe that the ancient sport of badminton played an integral role in the development of tennis. Early tennis players used the palms of their hands as racquets; this primitive version of tennis was fittingly named “game of the palm.” Racquets appeared on tennis courts in the 1500s. The sport continued to evolve, eventually being renamed “lawn tennis” by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield of England, a tennis enthusiast responsible for penning the first set of governing rules in 1873. Following the codification of the game, tennis exploded in population, spreading across the globe and perpetuating into modern times.
An Unpredictable Event: The average tennis game requires approximately two and a half hours. However, the longest recorded tennis match spanned eleven hours and five minutes while the shortest lasted only thirty-four minutes.
The Limitless Llama
A creature bursting with character, the llama has taken popular culture by storm. Its unruly appearance coupled with its distinctive disposition make this animal a supreme subject for the curious and creative. However, there is more to the llama than meets the eye. Llamas boast an extensive service in domestication; first utilized by native peoples populating the Andean highlands of Peru, the llama’s original role in society was that of a pack animal. Intelligent, easy-going, and easy to train, llamas proved natural beasts of burden. Additionally, unlike most other pack animals, llamas thrive in harsh conditions, making them ideal for use in the icy Andes Mountains of South America. The llama was eventually utilized for meat and wool as well. Today, the llama is a fairly common sight in barnyards and petting zoos. The even-tempered attitude that earned the llama the respect of ancient agrarians continues to enchant and amaze, securing this brilliant beast a pedestal in the animal kingdom.
Thanks a Million, Mom!
A holiday honoring relentless maternal love, Mother’s Day became an official American holiday in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson formally dedicated the second Sunday of May to this momentous celebration of motherhood. Children traditionally observe Mother’s Day by showering their mothers with flowers, cards and gifts to express their gratitude to their long-suffering maternal figures. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, The StickerTalk has collected a smorgasbord of motherhood marvels to share with our readers!
The animal kingdom is home to a host of interesting mothers. A female polar bear will gain upwards of four hundred pounds during her pregnancy. Not to be outdone by her carnivorous counterpart, a mother elephant’s pregnancy lasts for twenty-two months, ending with the birth of a two hundred pound baby.
A plethora of health benefits accompany motherhood. Becoming a mother strengthens your immune system as well as reducing the risk of breast cancer later in life. Additional benefits include a fortified memory, a decreased tendency toward depression, and ample motivation to break unhealthy habits.
Even celebrities have mothers: a subject they love to talk about!
“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”
“Mothers are all slightly insane.”
“My mother is a walking miracle.”
The StickerTalk Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week
Society’s unsung heroes, teachers of all education levels perpetually strive to educate and equip the next generation of achievers. From English teachers to music educators and vocational teachers to coaches, all teachers seek to exemplify altruism, selflessly sacrificing for the benefit of their students. In this biweekly edition of The StickerTalk, we have compiled an assorted array of anecdotes and assertions designed to celebrate the teacher.
Many celebrities were teachers before becoming famous. Well-known former teachers include Andy Griffith, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Gene Simmons.
Teaching is considered by many experts to represent one of the most stressful careers in existence. The immense pressure caused by the many demands of teaching prompts almost half of all new teachers to leave the profession within five years of beginning their career.
Teachers push the boundaries of the known world. A teacher, Christa McAuliffe, was chosen to become the world’s first civilian astronaut.
While challenging, teaching offers many benefits and rewarding experiences. Teaching constantly facilitates learning while giving teachers the opportunity to change the future.
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An Out-of-This-World City
A city shrouded in enigma, Roswell, New Mexico, existed in peaceful obscurity until the year 1947 when Roswell native Mac Brazel discovered an unidentifiable pile of wreckage in his pasture. Brazel, along with panicked neighbors, attributed the heap of distorted metal, plastic, and foil to extraterrestrial activity. When soldiers quickly responded to the scene to confiscate the mysterious materials, rumors of a UFO crash spread like wildfire. Years later, military officials revealed the so-called “UFO remains” to be the remnants of an espionage ballon used in the top-secret Project Mogul. However, many curious spectators refused to believe the government’s explanation. America’s fascination with extraterrestrial life was only heightened when a nearby Air Force base began conducting dummy drops near Roswell during the 1950s. The dummies’ human-like forms coupled with eerily unnatural secondary features fueled the imaginations of alien enthusiasts. Like the wreckage of Roswell’s initial alleged alien encounter, these “aliens” were quickly scooped up by military personnel, sparking even more skepticism and speculation. Tales of abductions and encounters soon became commonplace in the Roswell area, a tradition that has continued into the present day. Whether or not the government conceals a monstrous secret is an object of perpetual debate. Evidence of aliens, or military misfires? We’ll let you be the judge!