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Frozen Follies

Frozen Follies


The snowman represents a frosty facet of holiday nostalgia, a frozen friend of millions of children. An international icon, the snowman’s fame reaches far and wide as the majority of northern cultures celebrate the snowman in a variety of forms and fashions. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we invite you to indulge in a flurry of facts about this sleeted celebrity!

  • The first snowman is thought to have made an appearance in the 1380 in The Book of Hours. About a century later in 1494, a young Michelangelo received a commission to sculpt a snowman for a powerful Italian ruler. Snowmen made history yet again in 1690 when haggard Dutch watchmen at Fort Schenectady formed snowmen to serve as decoy guards to potential attackers. However, their plan failed, and the fort fell to a combined force of French and Native American soldiers.
  • Snowmen serve an integral part in a multitude of world record titles. The world’s tallest snowman towered over adoring crowds at an astounding 122 feet tall! This frozen feat hailing from Maine was named Olympia in honor of a beloved state senator, Olympia Snowe. While Maine boasts the largest snowman, London, England, lays claim on the world’s smallest snowman. British scientists at the National Physical Laboratory created a microscopic snowman using tools typically used to handle nanoparticles, an artistic achievement measuring only 0.01 millimeters.
  • Although the arrival of wintry weather is often anticipate by many, the Unicorn Hunters club at Lake Superior State University were so ready for spring in 1971 that they celebrated the onset of higher temperatures by burning a snowman! In an unorthodox act turned annual celebration, the students at the university celebrate the snowman burning by eating hotdogs and hamburgers while appreciating the fire’s desired heat.

 


Sources:

https://www.rd.com/culture/history-of-the-snowman/

http://thelistlove.com/10-amazing-snowman-facts-you-just-dont-know/#

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A Rendezvous With Reindeer

A Rendezvous With Reindeer


Santa’s preferred beast of burden and a zoological favorite among the young and young at heart, the humble reindeer headlines each December as the North Pole’s crowning critter. Traditional folklore states that a team of reindeers powers Santa’s annual international escapade, but how much additional information about this unique animal is considered common knowledge? Join The StickerTalk on an icy expedition to the Arctic tundra to rub shoulders with the reindeer.

  • The magical clicking of a reindeer’s footsteps is actually due to a rather unexpected abnormality. When a certain tendon passes over one of the deer’s foot bones, it produces the reindeer’s characteristic click! Reindeer are extremely social creatures, typically living in herds numbering from 50,000 to 500,000 members, and many experts believe that the sound of clicking hooves help the animals stay together.
  • Reindeers boast an armory of assorted oddities that help them survive in their native northern stretches of tundra. Because nights in the Arctic are especially extensive in the winter, reindeers possess the capability to see ultraviolet light, a talent that grants them vision even in complete darkness. Also, their hooves change shape and texture from season to season to allow greater traction during icy winters and better mobility on soft ground in the late spring and summer.
  • Although most the vast majority of Christmas commentators claim that Santa’s reindeers are all male, some zoologists contest this belief. Since male reindeer usually shed their antlers in November and early December, the fully antlered reindeers that are hitched to Santa’s sleigh each Christmas Eve are likely entirely female!

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Sources:

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2017/12/25/10-fascinating-facts-about-reindeer.aspx

https://onekindplanet.org/animal/caribou-or-reindeer/

https://www.folly-farm.co.uk/zoo/meet-the-zoo-animals/reindeer/

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The Perfectly Pleasant Poinsettia

The Perfectly Pleasant Poinsettia


A traditional icon of Christmas, the poinsettia’s striking colors have added an abundance of cheer to holiday celebrations for centuries. It is said that the poinsettia was first introduced to American greenhouses by Joel Roberts Poinsett. Poinsett, the first American ambassador to Mexico and the plant’s namesake, was enamored by this Mexican flower, bringing some back to the United States to cultivate and share with his fellow flower enthusiasts. In fact, December 12, the anniversary of Poinsett’s death in 1851, is annually celebrated as Poinsettia Day. The poinsettia has carried a variety of nicknames, however. Names like “lobster flower” and “flame-leaf flower” pay homage to the poinsettia’s signature shade of fiery red. In some Hispanic countries the flower is called “Flores de Noche Buena,” meaning “Flower of the Holy Night” in English; some believe the poinsettia’s association with the Nativity is due to its star-like shape that often reminds worshippers of the Star of Bethlehem. Others claim that an old Mexican legend propelled the poinsettia’s rise to prominence. The legend tells of a poor Mexican girl named Pepita who could not afford a gift for the Christ Child on Christmas Eve. Weeping in regret, she encountered an angel on her way to the chapel who told her to bring an offering of weeds. When she presented her bundle of weeds to the Baby Jesus, they miraculously sprouted into rich red poinsettias. The poinsettia’s rich tradition in folklore as well as its natural allure insure that this dazzling flower will herald the arrival of the Christmas season for generations to come!

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Sources:

https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/points.htm

https://www.morningagclips.com/ten-interesting-facts-about-poinsettias/

https://www.farmersalmanac.com/the-legend-of-the-pointsettia-2815

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Dazzling December

Dazzling December


As the year winds to its conclusion, the month of December finally begins, bringing numerous holidays, frosty weather, and a plethora of time-honored traditions. In this edition of The StickerTalk, join us as we discover some of December’s most delightful details.

  • The name “December” traces its roots back to Ancient Rome, “decem” being the Latin word for “tenth.” While December is the twelfth month in modern Gregorian calendars, it formerly occupied the tenth spot in the annual lineup of months. When the Romans introduced the months of January and February to the calendar, they chose not to change December’s moniker.
  • Believe it or not, December is the perfect month to plant certain species of flora. Holiday favorites like poinsettias and Christmas cacti make a great December addition to your garden!
  • Many causes are advocated during the month of December. December is Human Rights Month and Read a New Book Month. On a lighter note, December also plays host to National Fruit Cake Month and National Handwashing Awareness Week.

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Sources:

https://www.almanac.com/content/month-of-december-holidays-facts-folklore#

https://www.ducksters.com/history/decemberinhistory.php

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The StickerTalk Celebrates Thanksgiving Around the Globe

The StickerTalk Celebrates Thanksgiving Around the Globe


An observance as old as America itself, Thanksgiving annually commemorates the survival of the pilgrims in the New World. While Thanksgiving is undeniably, uniquely American, a multitude of other cultures throughout the world celebrate holidays of gratitude. Join The StickerTalk on an international expedition of appreciation as we delve into the global variations of Thanksgiving.

  • A holiday mandated in Scripture, Sukkot is chiefly celebrated in Israel. Jewish participants in Sukkot devote a week to the remembrance of ancient Israel’s flight from slavery in Egypt by offering special prayers and eating celebratory meals.
  • Fall in Korea heralds the celebration of Chuseok. Spanning three days, Chuseok observers give thanks to deities and honor the memories of their ancestors. Much like the American version of Thanksgiving, food plays an integral role in this Korean tradition. However, instead of a turkey taking center stage, a half-moon-shaped rice cake called the songpyeon sits in a place of honor on the Chuseok table.
  • During Yurya, a pagan celebration common to Belarus, worshippers perform dances and ceremonies to please Yurya, the goddess of spring. Believing that Yurya will provide an abundant harvest, Belarusians observe this festival of thanks before taking to the fields to plant their crops.

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Sources:

https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/holidays/photos/giving-thanks-around-the-world

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/11/thanksgiving-like-holidays-from-around-the-globe/249032/

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Cape Cod’s Countless Curiosities

Cape Cod’s Countless Curiosities


An area comprised of picturesque Atlantic coastline, Cape Cod’s natural allure invites admirers from all corners of the globe to bask in a haven from modern perils. This scenic peninsula proves to be a hotspot for tourism and culture, providing its visitors both carefree entertainment and intellectual enlightenment. In this edition of The StickerTalk, join us as we travel to the shores of Massachusetts and explore this iconic American destination!

  • Vikings may have been the first European explorers to set foot on Cape Cod. Although no proof has been found to completely support this claim, a titanic block of granite recovered from a Native American archeological site may contain inscriptions carved by Viking record keepers. However, because experts have not been able to decipher the stone’s script, this theory remains unsubstantiated.
  • Squanto, the Native American largely responsible for the survival of the Plymouth Rock Pilgrims, is buried on Cape Cod. Although his exact place of burial remains a mystery, this American hero’s resting place enhances the sense of historical significance exemplified by the iconic peninsula.
  • From the moment the Pilgrims arrived in the area, Cape Cod has been a center of industry. Although its soil could not sustain large-scale farming, the waters surrounding the peninsula served as the perfect stage for fishing and whaling. Shipbuilding and the refinement of sea salt also played critical roles in the business dealing of early Cape Cod settlers.

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Sources:

https://www.encyclopedia.com/places/united-states-and-canada/us-physical-geography/cape-cod

https://www.capecod.com/lifestyle/hidden-cape-cod-fascinating-little-known-facts-about-every-cape-town/nggallery/image/ap_051116016463-1/

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Thank You, Veterans!

Thank You, Veterans!


General George S. Patton once stated, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” Taking a leaf from General Patton, Americans annually celebrate our veterans on November 11, a tradition that began on November 11, 1919. Exactly one year following the conclusion of World War I, Armistice Day arose to commemorate the brave men and women who selflessly sacrificed to secure global peace and prosperity. The holiday received a name change in 1954 when President Eisenhower declared the eleventh day of November Veterans Day, an alteration that indicated a generalized sense of gratitude towards veterans from all wars, both the fallen and the living. Today, the American tradition of honoring our heroes entails a variety of activities, ceremonies, and gatherings. Perhaps the most prominent of these events is the laying of a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a solemn act typically carried out by the president. Although many of us will not be able to witness this cherished custom in person on Veterans Day, a plethora of opportunities remain to express our gratitude to the men and women who have served. Attend a local Veterans Day ceremony, share the stories of family and friends who donned a uniform, or simply take the time to thank a veteran. Heroes who are willing to lay down their lives in hope of a brighter tomorrow, veterans are a treasured pillar of our nation that should never be forgotten.

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Sources:

http://www.softschools.com/facts/holidays/veterans_day_facts/159/

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts

https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/veteransday

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Oh Happy Day!

Oh Happy Day!


A day that’s as unique as you, birthdays prove universal in all languages, cultures, and eras. Heralded by cakes, presents, and parties, people everywhere anticipate birthdays as a celebration of life and love. In this edition of The StickerTalk, join us as we slice into the sweet histories and obscurities surrounding the birthday!

  • Many of our modern birthday traditions trace their roots to ancient times. Historical records indicate that Egyptian pharaohs hosted lavish parties to commemorate their birthdays. In ancient Greece, revelers placed candles on birthday cakes as a form of worship to a select group of goddesses. A few centuries later, the first birthday party invitations were distributed during the first century in Rome by Claudia Severa, the wife of a prominent Roman commander.
  • Like most special occasions, there are many superstitions surrounding the birthday. In China, gifts of clocks and watches are considered an omen of ill will, and people living in Malaysia only give birthday gifts if they are close to the birthday boy or girl to avoid the appearance of bribery.
  • More people are born in August than any other month. However, the most popular date of birth is October 5. Additionally, more people are born on Tuesdays than any other day of the week with Sunday being the least popular day for deliveries.

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Sources:

https://www.paperstyle.com/is-bin/Tips/Birthday-Facts

http://www.weirdfacts.com/en/weird-fact/2850-weird-birthday-facts.html

https://www.nobleworkscards.com/birthday-world-trivia.html

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It’s Unanimous!

It’s Unanimous!


As October fades into November, voting season culminates in a grand display in democracy. No matter which end of the political spectrum you hail from, everyone can agree that your vote and voice matter in the upcoming election. In honor of National Election Day, The StickerTalk has compiled an interesting assortment of political peculiarities that are sure to make you flex your cranium before you head to the polls!

  • Proud that you voted? Whatever you do, don’t take a selfie with that ballot! In the United States, taking a picture with your ballot constitutes a crime that may result in punishments ranging from a fine to jail.
  • Although American politics may seem to careen towards absolute absurdity at times, at least our system is more sophisticated than the voting system utilized in ancient Sparta. In order to vote, the governing body of Sparta would simply shout! Of course, the loudest side won the vote. However, American elections have often rivaled the antics of this somewhat outlandish operation. For example, the state constitution of Ohio blatantly declares that “idiots” cannot cast a vote in any of the state’s polling sites, and, during the presidential election of 1872, Ulysses S. Grant ran against a dead man.
  • While many Americans wish that Election Day occurred during the weekend, our Founding Fathers carefully chose to hold elections on a Tuesday in order to ensure that a voter would not have to choose between casting a ballot or attending church. Additionally, the first part of November was selected to host Election Day to allow farmers a chance to complete their fall harvests before traveling to the polls.

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Resources:

https://www.factretriever.com/election-facts

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The Appaloosa: Amazingly Adept and Absolutely American

The Appaloosa: Amazingly Adept and Absolutely American


Some call it the Dalmatian of the horse world. Others know it as the most versatile and uniquely American equestrian breed. Whatever your impression of the Appaloosa horse, it is easy to understand why this speckled breed has trotted away with the hearts of animal lovers. Saddle up and hang on tight as The StickerTalk gallops through the Appaloosa’s impressive profile!

  • The Appaloosa is a jack of all trades. The breed’s versatility makes it an exceptional dressage, jumping, or rodeo horse. However, inexperienced buyers beware! The Appaloosa’s high-strung and overachieving demeanor may require a much more experienced rider.
  • The Appaloosa breed was developed by the Nez Perce Native American Tribe. While the tribe resided in Washington, Oregon, and parts of Idaho, they selectively bred their horses, a process resulting in the quick and agile Appaloosa horse we know today. White settlers originally called them “Palouse horses” after the Palouse River that winded across Nez Perce land.
  • Appaloosas were a favorite on the silver screen during the heyday of Western films. Movie stars including John Wayne and Marlon Brando were often captured on-screen alongside these unique creatures.

 

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References:

https://ihearthorses.com/8-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-appaloosa/

https://cowgirlmagazine.com/5-fast-facts-appaloosas/

https://stabledays.typepad.com/stable_days/2009/02/five-fun-facts-of-my-favorite-horse-breeds-appaloosa-.html

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Easy as Pie

Easy as Pie


From the all-American apple to the fall flavors of pumpkin, pies are a culinary staple across the nation. These popular pastries appear at the pinnacle of potlucks, picnics, and parties, making any meal just a little sweeter. Join The StickerTalk as we survey a slice of the pie’s flavorful history.

  • Pies were crafted and enjoyed in the ancient world. Many scholars credit the ancient Greeks with the invention of the sweet treat; however, the Romans proved especially fond of the dessert as did the Egyptians who carved images of pie into the walls of royal tombs.
  • While pie may seem merely an innocent indulgence today, Oliver Cromwell, a major British political leader in the seventeenth century, banned pies because he considered them to be directly related to pagan enjoyment. This pastry ban caused pie bakers and eaters to establish a sort of black market that throve until the ban was lifted at the beginning of the Restoration.
  • Several American holidays honor the delicious dessert. Both December 1 and January 23 are National Pie Day, April 27 is National Blueberry Pie Day, and September 28 is National Strawberry Pie Day.
I Brake for Pie Bumper Sticker
I Brake for Pie Bumper Sticker

Sources:

http://justfunfacts.com/interesting-facts-about-pies/

https://mobile-cuisine.com/did-you-know/pie-fun-facts/

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The Wonders of Washington

The Wonders of Washington


It is the capital city of the United States and a cultural melting pot for people from all corners of the globe; Washington, D.C., hosts a plethora of unusual sights and harbors a unique heritage. Throughout our nation’s winding history, this bustling city has played a central role in the destiny of millions, attracting the attention of countless curious visitors. In this edition of The StickerTalk, join us as we “capitalize” on the many wonders of Washington, D.C.

  • Although Washington, D.C. has served as the official home of forty-five U.S. presidents, only one is buried in the city. When Woodrow Wilson passed away in 1924, his remains were enshrined in the Washington National Cathedral. Not only is the Washington National Cathedral famous for being the burial ground of the former president, but it also features the profile of Darth Vader in its vast array of gargoyles!
  • Washington, D.C. is home to a curious collection of monuments and statues, but perhaps the most intriguing statue is that of Thomas Jefferson located in the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Though a 19-foot-tall, bronze likeness of the Founding Father currently stands in the center of the monument, the original statue was made of plaster due to World War II-era metal rations.
  • Many notable figures call Washington, D.C. their hometown. D.C. locals include television personality Bill Nye, music mogul Duke Ellington, and actress Goldie Hawn.

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Sources:

https://www.famousbirthdays.com/birthplace/washingtondc.html

https://www.rd.com/advice/travel/washington-dc-facts/

https://www.trolleytours.com/washington-dc/facts

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Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect


A picture is worth a thousand words; almost everyone has heard this ancient adage. However, many people are not familiar with the picture’s equally intriguing role in politics, society, and discovery. Strike a pose with The StickerTalk as we explore the colorful world of photography!

  • Although cameras have been utilized extensively since the early 1800s, modern photographers snap more pictures in a mere two minutes than all the photographers of the eighteenth century combined. According to one census, social media users share about one trillion photos on an annual basis.
  • Cameras have played a vital part in the course of modern human history. For the first time in history, journalists in the Civil War used their newfound innovations in photography to capture the horrors of war; this technological development helped shatter the idea of war as a source of boundless opportunities for glory and fame and made the warring states more eager to reconcile. Cameras have continued to share both encouraging and action-provoking images ever since, even making their way to the surface of the moon in 1969. However, the cameras used to document the moon landing were left in space in order to lighten the load of the spacecraft.
  • Many casual observers of antique portraits believe our forerunners must have been a stern lot as their facial expressions often lack any sign of warmth or joy. Quite the contrary, these grim faces are only common in old photographs because nineteenth century technology required its subject to remain completely still for hours at a time. Imagine trying to maintain a steady smile for two hours!

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Sources:

https://www.pastbook.com/txt/10-fun-photography-facts/

https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Photography_During_the_Civil_War#start_entry

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Join the Cause for a Cure

Join the Cause for a Cure


A horrific disease that affects people of all genders, backgrounds, and ages, breast cancer has ravaged society for centuries, claiming far too many lives and leaving many without hope. However, brave men and women dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer have declared October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in hopes of raising awareness of the disease with bolstering hope in the hearts of millions. In this installment of The StickerTalk, we invite you to reflect on the courage displayed by each and every breast cancer patient and take the opportunity to explore the movement to end this tragic trend.

  •  More people are surviving breast cancer than ever before! Thanks to continuing breakthroughs in medical science and increasingly effective treatment options, a record percentage of patients are able to complete long and happy lives without the constant fear of breast cancer.
  • You can take an active role in preventing breast cancer. Experts recommend healthy habits like regular exercise and limited use of alcohol and tobacco to help avoid this devastating disease.
  • October is teeming with opportunities for you to join the fight against breast cancer! Attend a Pink Out football game at your local field, participate in a walkathon, or visit a women’s health exposition. When it comes to promoting awareness and supporting a cure for breast cancer, the possibilities for involvement are endless!

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Source:

https://www.cityofhope.org/blog/31-facts-about-breast-cancer

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Hotdog for Hotdogs!

Hotdog for Hotdogs!


The hotdog, both a slang term suggesting excellence or a tasty treat enjoyed at picnics and baseball games, serves as an American cultural icon. A dish that has revolutionized the culinary industry and forever altered the palates of the American diner, hotdogs are currently served in a plethora of forms and fashions, many geographical regions boasting their own rendition of the recipe. In this edition of The StickerTalk, join us as we get to the meat of this savory snack.

Fabled Fare: Even ancient kings couldn’t resist the full flavor of a hotdog! Homer included descriptions of hotdog-like dishes in his literary masterpiece, The Odyssey, and the infamous Nero reportedly enjoyed an early version of the dish while he was not adding to his litany of leery legacies.

Downing Dogs: While you don’t need to be a full-time foodie to savor a hotdog, many folks find their thrill by competing in hotdog eating contests. The reigning hotdog-eating champion devoured a staggering sixty-two hotdogs in a mere ten minutes in 2015!

Sausage in Space: A food that transcends the Earth’s boundaries, hotdogs have accompanied hungry astronauts to space on several NASA missions. Beginning around the launch of Apollo 11, astronauts were able to enjoy tastes of home while exploring the far reaches of our universe.

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Sources:

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/hot-dog

http://mentalfloss.com/article/80926/7-fascinating-facts-about-hot-dogs

https://mobile-cuisine.com/did-you-know/hot-dog-fun-facts/

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Tupelo: Terrifically Trendy and Thoroughly Thrilling

Tupelo: Terrifically Trendy and Thoroughly Thrilling


Although not typically considered a monstrous metropolis, the city of Tupelo, Mississippi, serves as a hub of culture and history. Its unique location allows Tupelo to harbor both serene, natural beauty and modern innovations, making the community a complex fusion of the area’s rich past and its promising future. In this edition of The StickerTalk, join us on a virtual road trip through the wondrous ways of Tupelo, Mississippi!

A Bunch of Buffalo: Within Tupelo’s city limits is the largest zoo in the state of Mississippi. It’s primary exhibit? An extensive herd of buffalo! A home to approximately 300 buffalo, the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo was founded at the site of a former cattle ranch in response to the American bison’s rapid decline in the twentieth century. Thanks to the park’s founders, current and future generations of Tupelo tourists can marvel at the gentle giants.

Absolutely Electrifying: Tupelo was the first city to receive electric power through Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Policy. The Tennessee Valley Authority accomplished this great feat in order to combat unemployment and secure a brighter future for future Tupeloans.

Birthplace of a King: The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, traces his roots back to Tupelo, Mississippi. Born in a double-room house in Tupelo on January 8, 1935, Elvis spent the first thirteen years of his live largely within Tupelo city limits. The city continues to honor this celebrated citizen through the annual Elvis Festival.

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Sources:

https://www.tupelo.net/about-tupelo/

https://matadornetwork.com/notebook/10-surprising-facts-tupelo/

https://www.tripsavvy.com/was-elvis-actually-born-in-memphis-2321462

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Amazing Aspects of Autumn

Amazing Aspects of Autumn


Officially beginning at 8:54 PM on September 22, autumn has commenced its annual reclamation of both weather and foliage, prompting fans of fall to don a light jacket and order a pumpkin spice latte. Although autumn is generally recognized for its more obvious characteristics such as gradually decreasing temperatures and leaves fading into pastel yellows and oranges, this celebrated season offers much more than mere aesthetics. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we invite you to fall into the many wonders of autumn.

Surging Sweets: Since the custom of trick-or-treating was first observed in 1927, its influence has spread across the globe. Recent studies indicate that more participants become involved in trick-or-treating each year. The current average amount of candy a costumed kid receives from each house is two handfuls, an always increasing figure. In America alone, over two billion dollars are annually spent on Halloween candy!

Autumn in the Atmosphere: While the arrival of autumn is perhaps most proudly mirrored in the physical realm by the vivid colors of falling leaves, the skies additionally announce the beginning of a new season. NASA refers to autumn as “aurora season” due to the doubled frequency of geomagnetic storms that occurs throughout the season.

Matchmaking and Merrymaking: Bobbing for apples is a time-honored tradition entirely unique to autumn. While today’s version of the game is only played for grins and giggles, unmarried young people in Britain developed the sport as a courting ritual. Each bachelorette would bob for an apple, hoping to secure the apple assigned to her sweetheart.

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Sources:

https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-seasons

https://www.factretriever.com/autumn-facts

https://www.todaysparent.com/family/fall-10-facts-kids-will-love/

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The Ever-Popular Pumpkin

The Ever-Popular Pumpkin


The pleasantly plump pumpkin has recently gained notoriety as the key ingredient for a litany of pumpkin-spice-flavored seasonal eats, drinks, and treats. However, the pumpkin possesses a variety of other charms besides its inexplicable ability to enhance the flavor of lattes in coffeeshops across the nation. Join The StickerTalk as we carve into the delicious details of the pumpkin’s legendary past and illustrious present.

Primitive Pumpkins: Modern research indicates that the pumpkin was initially cultivated on the American continents. The gourd has long been a vital source of sustainment for native peoples; Native Americans consumed every part of the pumpkin, even eating the blossoms in stews. Pumpkin seeds additionally provided a form of medicine for Native Americans. Upon Columbus’s arrival to the Americas, he was among the first Europeans to see a pumpkin. Oral tradition states that Columbus carried pumpkin seeds across the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in the rise of pumpkin growing in European gardens.

A Thanksgiving Staple: While no contemporary Thanksgiving feast would be complete without a slice of pumpkin pie, the decadent dessert did not exist at the time of the initial observance of the holiday. Because pumpkin pie would take another fifty years to find its way onto the Thanksgiving table, grateful pilgrims and Native Americans enjoyed pumpkin custard at the conclusion of the first Thanksgiving meal. Pilgrims also reportedly brewed pumpkin-flavored beer.

A Favored Flavor: As already mentioned, pumpkin-infused delights have taken the culinary world by storm. But just how much do Americans spend to savor their prized pumpkin spice? A recent study concluded that a staggering $414 million was spent on pumpkin-flavored products in 2017 alone!

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Sources:

https://www.thespruceeats.com/all-about-pumpkins-1136376

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a22544/facts-about-pumpkins/

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They’ve Got Spirit, Yes They Do!

They’ve Got Spirit, Yes They Do!


From pyramids to pompoms and from flight to flips, cheerleaders and their assorted arsenal of acrobatics have played an integral role in athletic contests for over a century. Today’s ever-optimistic cheerleader brightens up sporting events, rallies school spirit, and even participates in competitive cheering events, but the modern cheerleader owes its existence to a mixed medley of athletic ancestors. In this edition of The StickerTalk, follow us on an expedition designed to examine the highlights of this unparalleled pastime!

The Princeton Precedent: While an early form of cheerleading reportedly developed in Great Britain during the 1860s, the sport was first witnessed in America in the year 1884 when spectators at Princeton University began to chant cheers during athletic events. A Princeton graduate named Thomas Peebles was later credited with creating the niche for cheerleaders at the University of Minnesota; instead of the crowd participating in self-directed chants, Peebles unwittingly became the America’s first cheerleader when he lead cheers and chants at a Princeton-Minnesota football game in 1894.

Catchy Costumes: Contemporary cheerleaders are often clothed in stylish spandex, this has not always proved the norm. The first female cheerleaders donned ankle-length skirts and varsity sweatshirts before cheering their team to victory. Eventually, in the 1930s, paper pompoms began to accompany the cheerleader’s casual ensemble, a prop that lost popularity only when vinyl pompoms were developed in the 1960s.

Prominent Promoters: Popular culture and celebrity tabloids are chock-full of former cheerleaders. Examples of famous cheerleaders include Katie Couric, Sandra Bullock, and even George W. Bush!


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Sources:

https://cheer.epicsports.com/cheerleading-history.html

http://mentalfloss.com/article/26270/famous-male-cheerleaders

https://www.flocheer.com/articles/5046154-before-they-were-famous-25-celebrities-who-started-as-cheerleaders

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Volleyball’s Vivid Vying

Volleyball’s Vivid Vying


Fast-paced and packed with exciting action, volleyball has been entertaining both athletes and spectators since 1895. William G. Morgan, the man additionally responsible for the creation of basketball, invented the sport for the students under his instruction at his local YMCA. By fusing aspects of already existing sports, including tennis, basketball, and handball, Morgan carefully orchestrated the first game of volleyball, then called mintonette. The net reached a height of 6 feet, 6 inches tall, a few inches taller than the average mintonette player of Morgan’s era. While observing one of the first mintonette matches, the spectators noted that the athletes tended to volley the ball across the net, prompting Morgan to rechristen the sport volleyball. Within the next couple of decades, the sport had spread across the globe, largely through the YMCA’s international network. In the year 1916, the NCAA officially adopted volleyball as an opportunity for students to earn physical education credit and to compete among their peers, and in 1956, the International Olympic Committee declared that the popular sport would be a team event in the upcoming 1964 Olympic games. Today, volleyball continues to expand its influence to promising young athletes; an excess of 800 million claim to play the sport at least once a week. With a sustained interest and a perpetually growing number of participants, volleyball is sure to remain a worldwide staple of athletic sportsmanship.


Sources:

http://volleyball.org/history.html

https://www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-volleyball.htm

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The Prized Pekingese

The Prized Pekingese


Characterized by its regal demeanor and poofy pelt, the Pekingese boasts the title of one of the most ancient and pure dog breeds still in existence. The Pekingese’s past is ornamented with colorful folklore and truthful tales of the breed’s character and cultural importance. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we invite you to meet the fiery, yet noble, Pekingese.

Ancient Allies: Chinese legend claims that the Buddha created the Pekingese by transforming a lion into the size of a lapdog. A revered breed, only members of the imperial family were allowed to own a Pekingese, and anyone found guilty of thieving one of the prized pooches was sentenced to death. Ancient Chinese aristocrats were so smitten with the breed that the Pekingese is said to have traveled in their billowing robe sleeves.

Crossing Continents: The Pekingese resided exclusively in China until the Opium Wars of the nineteenth century. When British troops invaded the royal palace in Peking, they confiscated five Pekingese dogs and presented them to Queen Victoria. The monarch took an instant liking to the breed, naming one of her Pekingese puppies “Looty.” A natural trendsetter, Queen Victoria and her taste in pets soon took the remainder of the globe by storm.

Sturdy Survivor: Of the approximately twelve dogs aboard the ill-fated Titanic, only three canine passengers survived the now-famous maritime disaster, a Pekingese among them. Sun Yat-Sen, a prized Pekingese belonging to a prominent enterprising family of New York, boarded lifeboat 3 on Titanic’s starboard side, luckily surviving the tragic ordeal.

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Sources:

http://www.vetstreet.com/dogs/pekingese#personality

https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/pekingese/

https://www.mnn.com/family/pets/blogs/remembering-the-dogs-of-the-titanic

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A Look at Labor Day

A Look at Labor Day


Labor Day is traditionally recognized as the end of the grilling season and as the last chance to rock a white ensemble, but the holiday has not always carried such a lighthearted connotation. Observed annually on the first Monday of September, the nineteenth century labor movement originally founded Labor Day to commemorate the dedication and sacrifices of America’s working class. While the vast majority of the American work force enjoys a surplus of benefits and safety regulations while on the job, workers in the 1800s often toiled in dangerous circumstances performing backbreaking manual labor without sufficient pay. Children under ten years of age were a common spectacle in sweatshops and coal mines, and job-related deaths were an expected tragedy in a number of professions. Finally, near the turn of the century, the labor movement began to transform American life. Demanding safe working conditions and reasonable schedules and pay, these freshly founded labor unions are responsible for most of the benefits members of the modern workforce have the opportunity to utilize. Though strikes and collective bargaining, these founding fathers of labor won an assorted array of victories for the working class. Without the astute protests of early labor unions, America as we know it would appear unrecognizable to even the most perceptive observer. This Labor Day, seize the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate your rights and privileges as a member of the workforce in the twenty-first century!

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Sources:

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day

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Magnificent Moscow

Magnificent Moscow


It’s the largest city on the European continent, so it comes as no surprise that Moscow, Russia, effortlessly attracts the attention of wandering wayfarers. Boasting a rich history and unique customs, Moscow’s far reaches shelter a plethora of secrets. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we invite you to delve into the endless enigma of Moscow, Russia, the capital city and crowning jewel of the largest country in the world.

Go With the Flow: Moscow was named in honor of the Moskva River. Sprawling over a distance of approximately 312 miles, the river serves as a critical source of water for the city as well as a number of neighboring communities.

A Banner of Courage: The city flag of Moscow, Russia, depicts Saint George astride a white horse slaying a serpentine dragon. According to oral tradition, this portrait serves as a metaphor for the eradication of paganism, partially due to the heroism of Saint George himself. Legend claims that the saint faced torture and eventual martyrdom at the hands of his pagan captors without renouncing his Christian faith.

The Curious Kremlin: Moscow’s colossal Kremlin easily takes the title of the world’s largest medieval-era fortress. This living piece of history continues to play an integral role in the Russian identity as it remains in use today. The far-reaching fortress contains four palaces and five cathedrals. The largest cannon in the world along with the world’s most massive bell additionally call the Kremlin home.

 


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Sources:

https://www.onthegotours.com/blog/2017/11/10-interesting-facts-about-moscows-kremlin/

https://www.britannica.com/place/Moskva-River

https://www.traveltalktours.com/fascinating-facts-moscow/

https://www.foliamagazine.it/saint-george-dragon/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/saints/george_1.shtml

https://www.history.com/news/what-is-the-largest-country-in-the-world

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Split Opinions

Split Opinions


Although considered an emblem of the American past, the exquisitely extravagant banana split still boasts the ability to make mouths water and diets be conveniently forgotten. In fact, this sweet treat garners such an abundance of attention that Americans annually dedicate August 25 as National Banana Split Day. In spite of the banana split’s widespread renown, its origins remain disputed, a culinary crusade largely fought between the cities of Wilmington, Ohio, and Latrobe, Pennsylvania. According to homegrown historians hailing from Latrobe, the dessert was created in the sweltering summer of 1904. A druggist apprentice named David Strickler, they claim, first scooped the classic confection in Latrobe’s Tassell Pharmacy in an effort to attract business in an era when pharmacies, soda fountains, and ice cream parlors vied in fierce capitalist competition. This seemingly airtight alibi, however, often elicits the ire of Ohioans who claim the banana split was initially served in their fair city of Wilmington three years later in 1907. A friendly rivalry between the opposing cities continues to provide a source of benevolent banter as people across the globe curiously conclude which side of the split to support. Which city is the confection’s cradle? We’ll let you decide!

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Sources:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-banana-split-day-august-25/

https://www.npr.org/2007/06/06/10744877/late-but-great-banana-split-centenary

http://americanprofile.com/articles/two-towns-rivalry-over-who-invented-banana-split-video/

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In De-Nile

In De-Nile


An unequalled fusion of archaic ages and fresh fashion, the nation of Egypt perpetually serves as a source of amazement for the inquisitive. While modern Egyptians boast a rich culture and curious customs, much of the country’s allure stems from the era of the Egyptian pharaohs. The StickerTalk invites you to travel back in time to witness the splendor of the ancient African kingdom that continues to thrive on the banks of the Nile.

Bizarre Beliefs: Before the majority of modern Egyptians embraced the monotheism of the Islamic faith, their ancient counterparts worshipped over a thousand gods and goddesses. Religion played an integral role in the lives of ancient Egyptians. They believed that all humans were formed on the potter’s wheel of a god named Knhum and that the annual flooding of the Nile River was caused by the tears of the goddess Isis.

Girl Power: Unlike women in other ancient civilizations, women in ancient Egypt enjoyed many of the same basic rights as Egyptian men. Women could own property and serve on juries. Most impressively, women even ascended the Egyptian throne. The first woman pharaoh was Hatshepsut; however, Hatshepsut’s fame often pales in comparison with that of the infamous femme fatale, Cleopatra, who later became pharaoh.

Molding Modernity: Many contemporary customs trace their roots to ancient Egypt. For example, the tradition of exchanging wedding rings is thought to have originated in ancient Egyptian ceremonies. Several of our modern luxuries, including toothpaste, locks, and paper, also derive from ancient Egyptian inventions.

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Sources:

https://wonderfulwanderings.com/fun-facts-about-egypt/

http://nationfacts.net/egypt-facts/

https://www.ducksters.com/history/ancient_egypt/womens_roles.php

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We’re “Rooting” for You!

We’re “Rooting” for You!


As summer vacation draws to a close, marching bands across the country ready themselves for successful seasons. Of course, the Mighty Cougar Marching Band, located in StickerTalk’s hometown of Buna, Texas, is no exception. Dedicating themselves to musical excellence and the art of discipline, this group is sure to impress and amaze in upcoming halftime performances. Many members of the StickerTalk team pride themselves on their past or present involvement in the Buna Band Program and understand the diligence required of a band member, so we decided that a sweet treat would be the perfect way to round out an outstanding series of summer band practices. Providing root beer (and Coke) floats, the StickerTalk team thoroughly enjoyed every minute we were able to spend with members of the Mighty Cougar Marching Band. We’re looking forward to another noteworthy season!

 

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Sunflower Power

Sunflower Power


A floral favorite, the sunflower’s distinctive yellow petals can add a bit of brightness to any garden. Whether you enjoy its delectable seeds or simply revel in the flower’s aesthetic charm, the sunflower’s versatility offers a wide array of pleasures to a multitude of tastes. Not only does the sunflower delight the eye and the palate, but also serves as a playground for curiosity. Allow your interest to blossom as The StickerTalk delves into the power of the sunflower.

  • Sunflowers are native to North and South America. Native peoples utilized the sunflower for food, dye, and medicine, using it as relief from chest pain and ailing kidneys. Spanish conquistadors introduced the sunflower to the remainder of the world in the 1500s, sparking a worldwide craze that continues today.
  • When a sunflower begins to bloom, it develops heliotropic tendencies, meaning the flower follows the sun as it arches across the sky. This all-natural super power ends only when the flower becomes too heavy and stiff for constant movement and the mature flower faces permanently east.
  • Average sunflowers stand somewhere between 5 and 12 feet tall when fully mature. However, the world’s tallest sunflower, grown by German gardener Hans-Peter Schiffer, grew to an astounding 30 feet, 1 inch tall!

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Sources:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/68726/10-glorious-facts-about-sunflowers

https://www.thespruce.com/fun-facts-about-sunflowers-3972329

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Fowl Play

Fowl Play


Besides serving as the subject of the ever-popular, yet increasingly cliche joke, chickens also populate countless farms across the globe as one of the most widely domesticated animals on Earth. Although the word “chicken” has become synonymous with cowardice and dimwittedness, these festively feathered fowls prove entertaining pets as well as an immersive subject of study. In this edition of The StickerTalk we invite you to explore the arcane and obscure nature of the chicken’s history and its everyday antics (although we could not scrounge up a better explanation as to why the chicken crossed the road).

  • There’s a Name for That? – The dangling red flap of skin under a rooster’s beak is called a wattle. Scientists tend to believe that the wattle helps roosters attract hens when performing a courtship dance known as tidbitting.
  • Maternal Instincts – The hen’s intense attention to her offspring has earned her the accolades of even ancient observers. In Ancient Rome, when someone wished to compliment another person’s upbringing, they would exclaim, “You were raised by a hen!” A tradition that continues today, the phrase “mother hen” describes a lady who takes an especially keen interest in the wellbeing of her children.
  • Religious Roosters – Roosters have often found themselves immortalized in religious texts and traditions. For example, in the New Testament a rooster plays a key role in Peter’s denial of Jesus. In Islamic culture, believers are taught that a rooster crows because he has seen an angel. According to some European folk stories, the devil is driven away by the a rooster’s crowing.

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Sources:

http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Chicken-facts.htm

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-chickens-65848556/

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The Curious Chasm of the Lone Star State

The Curious Chasm of the Lone Star State


A spectacle of splendor, Palo Duro Canyon shatters the monotony of the high plains of the Texas Panhandle, carving intricate indentions into brilliantly banded rock. Palo Duro Canyon State Park, a sanctuary where rocky spires may freely scrape endless blue skies, serves as a refuge from the perils of modern life. The canyon boasts a past steeped in a multitude of histories and cultures. Although the physical beauty Palo Duro alone proves capable of capturing the attention of a nation, The StickerTalk hopes to enhance your appreciation of this natural marvel by spotlighting noteworthy incidents of the canyon’s past, a story as deep and mysterious as the landmark itself.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas: At a staggering 120 miles long and 800 feet deep, Palo Duro Canyon’s sheer size earned it the unofficial title of the second largest canyon in the United States. Only Arizona’s Grand Canyon sprawls over a larger area of land; the Grand Canyon spans 277 miles long and reaches a maximum depth of approximately 6,000 feet.

A Land Divided: Like much of the United States, Palo Duro Canyon once witnessed violent clashes between white settlers and Native Americans. Perhaps the most infamous of these conflicts is the Red River War of 1874. Largely led by Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, the Native Americans residing near Palo Duro Canyon fought valiantly to retain their homelands. However, after suffering a series staggering defeats, Quanah Parker and his followers were forced from their land and onto reservations, bringing about a tragic end to an ancient chapter of the canyon’s history.

Exotic Etymology: As Spanish explorers were among the first European explorers to study the geography of Texas, it seems fitting that this massive landmark bears a Spanish name. Observing the hardwood trees growing in the area, these early explorers gave the name “Palo Duro,” meaning “hardwood,” to the canyon.

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Sources:

https://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/redriver/

https://www.mysanantonio.com/lifestyle/travel-outdoors/article/20-things-to-know-Texas-Palo-Duro-canyon-7212980.php#photo-8320696

http://www.nwflec.com/uvalde/id1.html

http://www.palodurocanyon.com

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A Class Act

A Class Act


As the dog days of summer wind to a close, young musicians lay aside the leisures of of the season and take up their instruments, flocking to band halls and practice fields. Seamlessly weaving together musicianship, discipline, and camaraderie, marching band plays an integral role in the lives of countless students, molding untried youths into seasoned leaders. Many students who opt to participate are driven by lighthearted motives; Friday night lights, time spent with friends, and new, exciting music prompt countless students to don a uniform and take to the gridiron. However, band programs offer a plethora of unseen benefits that may not surface until after a band member graduates. As marching season begins to capture the curiosity of spectators, The StickerTalk invites you to explore a sample of the lasting advantages of marching band.

Learning to Lead: The vast majority of marching band programs call upon student leaders to assist band directors and other staff members. Drum majors, section leaders, and council members must fine tune their planning and communication abilities in order to maintain peace and accomplish the goals of the group. As new generations of leaders hone their skills, they cultivate capacities which will serve them in future careers and relationships.

Flex Your Neurons: The art of marching band requires an impressive memory. Participating students must not only memorize their halftime drill, but the accompanying music as well. As a result, band students often become more adept in their academic studies and better able to comprehend complex sets of data.

A Dose of Discipline: Like many extracurricular activities, marching band solicits quite a sacrifice from its participants. By devoting untold amounts of time, energy, and effort into the perfection of a drill, band students acquire the virtues of self-discipline and selflessness. A part of something much larger than themselves, marching band members gain firsthand experience in teamwork, cooperation, and excellence.

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Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest


A beacon of freedom and an emblem of unity, Mount Rushmore towers above all other national monuments. This titanic sculpture draws countless crowds of tourists annually, offering pristine views of the Black Hills of South Dakota and opportunities for patriotic ponderings and reflections. Although the sculpture gracing Mount Rushmore may seem as old as the hills themselves, its journey to fame began in 1923. A historian named Doane Robinson, later called the Father of Mount Rushmore, proposed the carving as a means of attracting visitors to South Dakota. Robinson enlisted the expertise of Gutzon Borglum, a Dutch-American sculptor, and the project officially began on October 4, 1927. Utilizing an impressive amount of manpower, the Mount Rushmore carving required the skill of over four hundred laborers, many working with the Civilian Conservation Corps. These doggedly determined workers faced a plethora of daily struggles; their morning began with a trek up 506 steps to the Mount Rushmore worksite before handling the dangerous explosives used to mold the earth into human profiles. Miraculously, no lives were lost in the creation of the Mount Rushmore Monument. However, on March 6, 1941, Borglum passed away prior to the completion of his masterpiece leaving his son, Lincoln, to complete the sculpture. In accordance with his father’s wishes, the young Borglum and his artistic team completed their illustrious project on October 31, 1941, taking a grand total of fourteen years and twenty-seven days to finish. The completed sculpture showcased the likenesses of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Each of the presidents stretch sixty feet in height. Their eyes span a distance of eleven feet, and their noses stand twenty feet tall. Since its completion the Mount Rushmore National Monument has served as a pillar of the American identity. By exalting the American spirit, this colossal carving continues to promote liberty and equality as an enduring reminder of the promise of democracy.

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Sources:

https://www.thoughtco.com/facts-about-mount-rushmore-104819

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/engineering/mountrushmore.html

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Gutzon-Borglum

https://www.southdakotaccc.org/mount-rushmore.php

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The Fabulous Flamingo

The Fabulous Flamingo


They are absolutely everywhere: from front yards to zoos and from aquariums to amusement parks, flamingos brighten up any environment! Although these brilliant birds originally hail from tropical climates, they have found their way into the hearts of avian enthusiasts across the globe. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we have assembled a flamboyance of flamingo facts to flatter our feathered friends.

Fiery Feathers Named for their colorful plumage, the word, “flamingo'” is derived from the Spanish word for fire, “flamenco.” Although flamingos are typically shown with bright pink feathers, a portion of the population remains white or gray. Flamingos that do sport a vibrant array of hues procure their pigment from certain nutrients found in their diet.

Featherstone’s Flamingoes If you have ever admired a plastic lawn flamingo, thank Mr. Don Featherstone! Featherstone, a Massachusetts native, invented the now-iconic pink lawn ornament in 1957, triggering a cultural revolution. Today, there are more plastic lawn flamingos in America than real flamingoes!

An Answer to an Age-Old Question Many of us have wondered why flamingos prefer to strike a pose with one leg tucked underneath their bodies. Wonder no longer! Animal experts have deduced that this baffling behavior is designed to conserve heat.

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Sources:

https://www.thespruce.com/fun-facts-about-flamingos-385519

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The Keys to Musicality

The Keys to Musicality


The piano is perhaps the most versatile musical instrument in existence. From sophisticated concert halls to adrenaline-fueled rock concerts, the humble piano boasts the unique capability to transcend a plethora of genres. Easy enough to seem approachable to young students yet simultaneously daunting to even the most seasoned musician, this instrument entertains a variety of enigmas. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we will examine the intricate harmonies of the piano’s past.

Ancient Melodies: While the piano is a relatively new instrument at an approximate 300 years of age, one of its musical relatives, the hammered dulcimer, dates back to the year 900 A.D. The piano itself was invented in 1698 in Italy. Its original name, fortepiano, payed homage to the instrument’s impressive range.

Some Strings Attached: A standard piano requires 230 strings to achieve its full range of sound. Each of the strings holds an average of 168 pounds of tension, placing the piano’s total tension poundage at over 18 tons!

High-Priced Harmonies: The most expensive piano in recorded history was sold for a staggering 3.22 million dollars at auction. Called the Crystal Piano, this pricey piano’s transparent structure garnered the world’s attention at the 2008 Olympic Games.


Sources:

http://www.getsingspiel.com/learn/2015/1/12/10-facts-about-piano

https://www.normans.co.uk/blog/2015/03/10-interesting-facts-piano/

https://www.si.edu/spotlight/hammered-dulcimer

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Sensational San Francisco

Sensational San Francisco


Boasting sweeping scenery, a diverse culture, and a vivid past, the city of San Francisco entertains an assorted array of tastes and curiosities. From the pristine waters of the San Francisco Bay to its endless blocks of historical architecture, San Francisco represents the epitome of all things American. Due to its complex identity, the city harbors a variety of surprises; in this edition of The StickerTalk, we will delve into the secrets of San Francisco, celebrating the city’s unique aspects and uncovering hidden stories of a bygone era.

Always on the Move: The streets of San Francisco play host to an incomparable historical spectacle. The city’s famous cable cars are the only National Historical Monument capable of movement. In fact, these products of antique engineering travel at an unchanging speed of 9.5 miles per hour.

The Sound of San Francisco: Surprisingly, the official instrument of San Francisco is the humble accordion. The city’s Board of Supervisors bestowed the title upon the instrument in 1990 as the result of a 6 to 4 vote.

The Orange Gate Bridge?: An example of chromatic confusion, the Golden Gate Bridge is actually painted International Orange. Although the original plans called for the bridge to sport black and yellow stripes, the chief architect fell in love with the bright red color of the sealant.

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Sources:

https://www.sftourismtips.com/25-things-you-probably-did-not-know-about-san-francisco.html

https://www.eventbrite.com/rally/san-francisco/9-weird-fun-facts-about-san-francisco/

https://worldstrides.com/blog/2017/11/11-interesting-facts-about-san-francisco/

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Pickleball: It’s a Big Dill

Pickleball: It’s a Big Dill


The noteworthy sport of pickleball has recently garnered attention as a favored pastime of innovative athletes. A relatively new sport, pickleball harbors an array of enigmas to the average observer; because the sport is a complex blend of other games, it may seem difficult to understand or enjoy. However, pickleball’s vibrant past teamed with its specialized set of rules make the sport a unique experience for any athlete!

Pickleball was created in 1965 by a trio of fathers desperate to entertain their bored children. The game was a success! Even Pickles, a cocker spaniel owned by one of the first families of the game, reveled in the excitement, chasing the ball any time it escaped the control of the athletes. The dog’s enthusiasm for the sport prompted the name, “pickleball.” Pickleball borrows objectives, equipment, and rules from a variety of sources, deriving inspiration from tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Played on a court, pickleball players may play one-on-one or compete in teams of two by utilizing solid paddles to hit a wiffle ball to their opponent(s) across a net. While the sport is a favorite of young athletes, professional pickleball players regularly vie for titles and prizes. Regardless of your skill level, pickleball proves an exciting form of both exercise and entertainment!

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Sources:

https://bestpickleballpaddlereviews.com/2016/10/19/17-pickleball-facts/

https://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball-brief-history/

https://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball/

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Amazing Alaska

Amazing Alaska


Stretching across the northern wilderness, the state of Alaska proves a modern marvel of civilization. From snow-capped mountain peaks to famous dog sled races, the Last Frontier offers a variety of wonders to travelers of all ages and backgrounds. In this biweekly edition of The StickerTalk, we hope to highlight a handful of Alaska’s high points, paying homage to a state with deep-seated roots in the past and brilliant dreams for the future.

Everything’s Bigger in… Alaska? It’s no small secret that Alaska is the largest American state; it snatched the title from Texas upon its annexation in 1959. However, it may come as a surprise that Alaska is home to four of the largest cities in the United States, the largest of these metropolitan monsters being Sitka. Sitka, claiming no more than 11,000 residents, sprawls over 2,870.3 square miles, making the city larger than the state of Rhode Island!

An Arctic Paradise While Sitka can rightfully boast of its sheer size, the city of Anchorage, Alaska, proves a treasure trove of surprises. Anchorage serves as a safe haven for people suffering from ophidiophobia as the city’s snake population is comprised only of domesticated pets; in fact, no species of snakes are native to the entire state of Alaska. Additionally, Anchorage offers the most espresso stands per capita in the United States and is free from any form of sales tax.

The Last Great Race on Earth One of Alaska’s most iconic events is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This harrowing challenge annually honors the courage and sacrifice of the mushers and sled dogs of a bygone era. In January of 1925 the village of Nome, Alaska, fell victim to a lethal outbreak of diphtheria. The icy weather froze Nome’s ports and grounded airplanes, so sled teams were largely responsible for delivering a valuable shipment of medicine to a dying community. Participants in today’s Iditarod race begin their trek in Anchorage and cross the finish line in Nome after traversing an approximate distance of 1,000 miles.

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Sources:

http://www.travelingwiththejones.com/2015/03/25/28-fun-facts-about-anchorage-alaska/

https://www.history.com/news/the-sled-dog-relay-that-inspired-the-iditarod

http://theweek.com/articles/449492/11-amazing-facts-about-iditarod

https://www.ri.gov/facts/trivia.php

https://www.britannica.com/event/Alaska-Purchase

https://factualfacts.com/us-largest-cities/

https://www.alaskatourjobs.com/blog/working-in-alaska/top-10-facts-about-anchorage-you-need-to-know-as-a-tour-guide/

 

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Aiming High

Aiming High


A sport dating back to the pinnacle of ancient Egypt, archery requires both physical strength and careful cunning. Because each generation has adopted its own variation of the sport, archery boasts a rich heritage steeped in a plethora of cultures and customs. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we have amassed an assorted array of archery actualities in order to share the sport’s timeless history.

Archery… Or Else! King Edward IV, fearing the up-and-coming sport of cricket would hinder his subjects’ archery practice, banned the new game. Later, when English athletes began developing the game of football (or soccer), King Henry VIII again discouraged participation in archery’s rival sports. King Henry VIII later legally mandated weekly archery practices for his subjects and ordered English fathers to pass the love and knowledge of archery to their sons.

By Any Other Name Another name for an archer is a toxophilite. Although this synonym is scarcely utilized, this Greek-inspired word translates to “lover of the bow.”

The Sport of Heroes Homer’s epic, the Odyssey, relates the story of Odysseus, a powerful king separated from his kingdom and family for two decades. Upon his eventual return to his homeland, Odysseus showcases his archery skills to confirm his identity to his skeptical wife and overthrow his remaining enemies.

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Sources:

http://www.scortonarrow.com/features/archery_its%20the%20law.htm

https://worldarchery.org/news/93847/brief-history-archery

https://www.forestersfriendlysociety.co.uk/latest-news/foresters-blog/10-fascinating-facts-about-archery/

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Westward Bound!

Westward Bound!


In spite of its sleek, futuristic design, the Gateway Arch traces its roots back to the early days of American exploration. This magnificent monument’s origins begin with the Louisiana Purchase of 1803; President Thomas Jefferson, driven by the dream of national expansion, acquired over 800,000,000 square miles of formerly French land for the rather reasonable sum of fifteen million dollars. Jefferson, eager to delve into the enigmas of the American frontier, ordained an exploration into his newly obtained territory headed by Meriweather Lewis and William Clark. Jefferson’s presidency may have ended long ago, but his passion for expansion lives on. Designed by Eero Saarenin and completed in 1965, the Gateway Arch comprises a portion of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. The Arch, a truly incredible undertaking, required thirteen million dollars to construct, a figure equaling $130 million in today’s currency. Combining America’s rich history with a host of inventive innovations, the Gateway Arch is a technological marvel as well as a cultural Mecca. This unique tribute holds a plethora of records including the world’s tallest arch, the world’s tallest stainless steel monument, and the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. The monument is also designed to withstand earthquakes and violent winds. However, perhaps the Gateway Arch’s greatest achievement is its ability to transcend the ages, uniting all Americans under a common bond of curiosity and discovery.

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Sources:

http://www.softschools.com/facts/us_geography/gateway_arch_facts/2394/

http://justfunfacts.com/interesting-facts-about-the-gateway-arch/

https://www.history.com/topics/louisiana-purchase

https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/louisiana.html

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Dynamic Dads

Dynamic Dads


Each year, the third Sunday in June is reserved for the celebration of Father’s Day. A holiday honoring the traditional protector and provider for the household, Father’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s. The fatherly festival owes much of its existence to Sonora Smart Dodd, the “Mother of Father’s Day.” Inspired by her own father, a Civil War veteran who raised six children following the death of his wife, Dodd’s desire to honor her father’s leadership and guidance transformed the social landscape of America. Father’s Day was casually observed by millions until it received the title of national holiday in 1972 when President Nixon signed it into law. Although family dynamics continue to shift, the holiday has remained unwaveringly popular. According to recent data, Father’s Day boasts the largest quantity of collect phone calls and proves the fourth-largest season for greeting cards with over 87 million Father’s Day cards annually purchased.

While most Americans celebrate Father’s Day according to Dodd’s original calendar scheme, other cultures have alternative dates set aside for the celebration of their fathers. For example, many predominantly Catholic nations honor their fathers on March 19, St. Joseph’s Day. This combination of celebrations allows observers to esteem St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, and their own fathers simultaneously.

Father’s Day has only a handful of official traditions, but a few trends have become evident throughout the years. One such informal custom is the presentation of gifts to fathers, namely the giving of neckties. Research has shown that the humble necktie has been the most popular Father’s Day gift since the creation of the holiday.

Each country, culture, and family may celebrate a unique variation of Father’s Day; however, the unconditional love of a father remains the same across the globe.

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Sources:

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/06/16/father-s-day-5-little-known-facts-about-holiday.html

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/smart-living/15-fun-fathers-day-facts/ss-AAh99OE#image=1

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/fathers-day

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The Marvelous Mastiff

The Marvelous Mastiff


A dog characterized by its oxymoronic combination of sheer mass and gentle demeanor, the Mastiff is often considered one of the oldest breeds in existence. Although modern Mastiffs often prove leisure-loving giants, the breed’s colorful past contains stories of valor, vengeance, and suspense. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we have mustered a handful of the highlights of the Mastiff’s vibrant history.

An Ancient Warrior The molossus, a predecessor of the present-day Mastiff, was bred for the purposes of hunting and combat. The molossus and other mastiff ancestors hunted lions in ancient Babylon, fought wild animals in Roman arenas, and charged into battle alongside Carthaginian and Celtic soldiers.

Famous Cousins Because the Mastiff stands head and shoulders above the majority of other breeds, it may be difficult to believe that other dogs share their lineage with the canine behemoth. Some of the Mastiff’s cousins include the Chow Chow and, surprisingly, the pug!

Protector, Patron… Pilgrim? Although the evidence is not conclusive, many reports claim that a Mastiff accompanied the pilgrims aboard the Mayflower across the Atlantic and into the New World.

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Sources:

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/mastiff#/slide/1

http://www.mcoamastiff.com/MASTIFFHISTORY.htm

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The StickerTalk Celebrates National Aquarium Month

The StickerTalk Celebrates National Aquarium Month


Fittingly, the month of June serves as National Aquarium Month. As the weather warms and beachgoers flock to the shorelines, conservationists hope this month-long celebration will inspire intrigue in curious minds concerning the native inhabitants of our beloved oceans. A timeless tradition, aquariums trace their extensive roots to ancient times. Ancient Egyptians may have been the first of many aquarium owners, retaining schools of fish in holding ponds for later utilization. Other archaic civilizations, including the Assyrians, the Chinese, and the Japanese, proved successful aquarium custodians. However, it was not until the year 1832 that Jeanne Villepreux-Power created the first glass aquarium. Later, in 1852, the first public display aquarium opened in London, England. An assorted array of aquatic specimens may be observed in modern aquariums; from the deceptively deadly stonefish to marine marvels like the dumbo octopus, aquariums showcase the diversity contained in our oceans. This June, experience the splendor of creation flourishing beneath the waves by visiting your local aquarium!

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Sources:

http://www.dailycal.org/2015/06/15/celebrate-national-aquarium-month/

https://www.csmonitor.com/Photo-Galleries/In-Pictures/The-20-weirdest-fish-in-the-ocean#254071

https://www.sportdiver.com/17-most-bizarre-creatures-in-ocean#page-3

https://www.britannica.com/science/aquarium

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A Dessert of Dizzying Description

A Dessert of Dizzying Description


The humble donut, sweet, soft, and sugary, globally serves as a breakfast staple. From donuts adorned with vibrant sprinkles to the modest glazed dessert devoured by donut purists, there is a flavor for every palate. While most people have savored the  tempting taste of this popular pastry, few donut-devourers are aware of the donut’s rich history. In this biweekly edition of The StickerTalk, we have amassed the essential ingredients of the pastry’s past, a treat we hope you will enjoy!

  • By Any Other Name… The donut, due to its international presence, has accumulated a variety of monikers. One of its earliest names, “olykoek,” was a Dutch term meaning “oily cake.” In present-day America, however, both “doughnut” and “donut” are common variations denoting the fried fancy.
  • A Taste of Home In both World Wars donuts were offered to lonely soldiers in attempt to diminish their heartache. In World War I, female volunteers affectionally named “Doughnut Girls” distributed the dessert while Red Cross volunteers, more colloquially called “Doughnut Dollies” served the snack in World War II.
  • A Blissful Blunder Some sources claim that the donut was invented by a cow! According to the tale, the oblivious bovine kicked a pot of boiling oil onto some pastry batter, frying up the world’s first, but certainly not last, batch of donuts.

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Sources:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/donut-facts_n_4214060.html

https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/top-10-fascinating-facts-about-doughnuts

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The StickerTalk Observes Memorial Day

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.


Sources:

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

http://time.com/110697/memorial-day-facts/

https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/memorialday

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Bison and Badgers and Deer, Oh My!

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.

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Sources:

https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/historyculture/park-history.htm

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151204-yellowstone-facts-national-parks-history/

http://www.yellowstonenationalpark.com/wildlife.htm

https://www.niagarafallslive.com/facts_about_niagara_falls.htm

https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-yellowstone-national-park

 

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A Sport for the Ages

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.

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Sources:

https://www.olympic.org/news/a-brief-history-of-tennis

http://www.softschools.com/facts/sports/tennis_facts/570/

https://www.britannica.com/sports/tennis

https://www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-badminton.htm

http://www.tenniscanada.com/9-weird-facts-about-tennis/

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The Limitless Llama

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.

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References:

https://www.tripsavvy.com/fun-facts-about-llamas-3880940

http://yellowstonesafari.com/all-safaris/llama-treks/9-llama-treks/14-the-history-of-the-llama

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Thanks a Million, Mom!

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.”

-Mark Twain

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”

-J.D. Salinger

“My mother is a walking miracle.”

-Leonardo DiCaprio

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References:

https://www.factretriever.com/mother-facts

https://www.babycenter.com/0_how-being-a-mom-can-make-you-healthier_1438536.bc

https://parenting.allwomenstalk.com/health-benefits-of-motherhood

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day

https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/mothersday

https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/mom

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The StickerTalk Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

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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References:

https://www.factretriever.com/teacher-facts

https://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-were-teachers/celebrity-lists

http://www.teachercertification.org/a/reasons-to-become-a-teacher.html

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Express Yourself with StickerTalk’s Apple Watch Button Dots™

Express Yourself with StickerTalk’s Apple Watch Button Dots™


StickerTalk is excited to introduce a new line of products: Apple Watch Button Dots™! Made with the same care, expertise, and quality as our world-renowned bumper stickers, our Apple Watch Button Dots™ offer our customers an additional opportunity to express themselves. Our inventory includes a range of patterns to fit every taste; from flirty and feminine to robust and masculine, StickerTalk’s Apple Watch Button Dots™ are perfect for any personality. Whether you are searching for a way to cover that annoying red dot on the Apple Watch Cellular models without interfering with reception or simply wish to add a bit of flair to your Apple Watch, we guarantee that our Apple Watch Button Dots™ will prove to be a savvy investment!

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An Out-of-This-World City

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!

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References:

https://www.history.com/topics/roswell

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The StickerTalk Celebrates International Jazz Day

The StickerTalk Celebrates International Jazz Day


On April 30 musicians around the world will celebrate International Jazz Day. A truly unequalled musical genre, jazz invites listeners of all backgrounds to immerse themselves in its rich harmonies and unusual rhythms. Jazz’s unique flair can be traced to the style’s origins. The genre was born when slaves from West Africa were transported to the Southern United States. These captives preserved their tribal heritage by fusing traditional African musical elements with those of conventional European compositions. This collision of worlds not only spawned new modes of musicality but also inspired the assembly of unprecedented ensembles; African instruments like the banjo and guitar accompanied European instruments including the saxophone, piano, and trumpet. Jazz music reached prominence in the early 1900s. Musicians like Louis Armstrong and his cohorts helped popularize the style. While every jazz musician displayed uncanny artistic prowess, jazz’s emphasis on individuality and improvisation ensured that each artist developed a distinct identity. The genre’s ability to provide voice and singularity continue to grant jazz a permanent place in the heart of people around the globe, a musical style worthy of celebration!

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References:

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/jazz-day

https://www.britannica.com/art/jazz

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Wilson’s Creek: Home of Unsung Heroes

Wilson’s Creek: Home of Unsung Heroes


When asked to recall information concerning the battles comprising the American Civil War, most people paint sprawling images of the chaos at Gettysburg or the destruction following Sherman’s March to the Sea. However, one of the most important battles of the war was fought west of the Mississippi. Often called the Bull Run of the West, the Battle of Wilson’s Creek took place in the rolling hills of Missouri on August 10, 1861. Historians cite the St. Louis Massacre as the source of this conflict; in May of 1861, Union officer Nathaniel Lyon caused a riot in St. Louis when he paraded a group of pro-secessionist prisoners through the city’s streets. This unintended carnage in St. Louis turned many Missourians against Lyon and his Federal forces. The opposing sides finally met near Wilson’s Creek in the cornfield of John and Roxanna Ray. To the family’s horror, the Ray house was transformed into a hospital after the fighting began, but not before their property sustained a fair amount of damage, forcing most of the family into the safety of their cellar. While the house itself was not hit by any artillery, the Rays’ chicken coop was counted among the many casualties of the battle. At the conclusion of the battle, over two thousand soldiers had laid down their lives including General Lyon, the first Union general to be claimed by the American Civil War. Although the Battle of Wilson’s Creek is not counted among the most renowned conflicts of the war, many historians agree that the battle played an integral role in the North’s ultimate victory, helping solidify the preservation of the Union and aiding in the abolition of slavery.

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References:

https://www.nps.gov/wicr/learn/historyculture/the-ray-house.htm

http://www.civilwaronthewesternborder.org/encyclopedia/battle-wilson’s-creek

http://wilsonscreek.com/history

https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/battle-of-wilsons-creek

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Bodacious Bowling

Bodacious Bowling


The sport of bowling, both engrossing and exacting in nature, boast a lengthy role in culture and entertainment. According to an archeological discovery made during the 1930s, Ancient Egyptians may have been the first bowlers. The sport then spread to Europe. Early Germans allegedly proved natural bowlers as did the English; in fact, British soldiers so frequently engaged in bowling that King Edward III forbade his military from the sport in order to keep their minds on military matters. American colonists developed serval versions of the game upon their arrival to the New World. When bowling formed a strong association with gambling and other misdemeanors, Connecticut’s legislators outlawed bowling. However, in spite of government disapproval, the sport never lost popularity among American aristocrats, many of whom constructed bowling lanes in their homes. In the 1800s modern bowling was spawned following the formation of the American Bowling Congress. Since its establishment, the Congress has overseen the perpetual advancement of the sport, ensuring bowlers of all generations have the opportunity to enjoy this unique sport.

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References:

http://www.bowlingmuseum.com/Visit/Education/History-of-Bowling

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The Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch… Ness

The Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch… Ness


Characterized by intrigue and enigma, Loch Ness is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This pristine lake located in the Scottish Highlands effortlessly captures the attention of a multitude of curious explorers, many of whom hope to catch a glimpse of the ever-elusive Loch Ness Monster. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we have compiled a collection of arcane, obscure, and amazing facts concerning this global focal point of wanderers from all walks of life.

  • A direct result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a layer of radioactive settlement has been sitting at the bottom of Loch Ness since 1986.
  • The deepest part of the lake is about 812 feet deep, making Loch Ness the second-deepest lake in Scotland.
  • Dr. Robert Rines, an explorer partially responsible for discovering the Titanic, ventured to Loch Ness where he dedicated over 30 years of his life to finding the Loch Ness monster.
  • An average of 20 Loch Ness monster sightings are reported each year.
  • The first Loch Ness Monster sighting occurred in the 800s; sightings continue to serve as a source of both excitement and speculation.

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Sources:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/scotland/articles/Loch-Ness-Monster-50-fascinating-facts/

https://www.britannica.com/place/Loch-Ness-lake-Scotland-United-Kingdom

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/science-obituaries/6502999/Robert-Rines.html

There is a radioactive sediment layer from Chernobyl in Loch Ness

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Chocolate: A Timeless Temptation

Chocolate: A Timeless Temptation


Chocolate is one sweet treat that universally serves as a guilty pleasure. Although most people prefer to enjoy its sweet, rich flavor in candy bars, cakes, and other food items, chocolate made is culinary debut in liquid form. The Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs devoutly consumed chocolate as a spiced beverage. One of the most prominent chocoholics of his time, Aztec emperor Montezuma II supposedly drank gallons of liquid chocolate every day; his subjects even used cacao beans as currency. When European explorers collided with these chocolate-loving tribes, the conquistadors were intrigued by the unique taste of this culinary staple. Upon their return to Europe, they spread the appetite for chocolate among curious residents of the Old World. The European love of chocolate proved evident in the colonization of America as settlers of all classes eagerly consumed their own versions of the ancient drink. In fact, colonial soldiers involved in the American Revolution were occasionally paid in chocolate instead of money. It wasn’t until 1847 that the chocolate bar was created and popularized. Today, people of all cultures continue to savor chocolate in many shapes, states, and forms as the chocolate industry perpetually expands. Before you bite into your favorite candy bar, pause to appreciate the dessert’s sweet heritage!

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Sources:

https://www.history.com/topics/history-of-chocolate

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The StickerTalk Celebrates National Sibling Day

The StickerTalk Celebrates National Sibling Day


April 10 marks the annual observance of National Sibling Day. A holiday commonly celebrated on an assorted array of social media platforms, the holiday prompts revelers to snap a selfie with brothers and sisters, reflect on treasured memories, and laud their siblings’ unique quirks. While each household cultivates differing dynamics, science indicates the existence of  universal relationships between siblings. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we have hand-picked a few of our favorites to share in honor of National Sibling Day.

  • People with siblings often showcase superior interpersonal skills. As anyone with a brother or sister may attest, maintaining sibling relationships typically requires a fair amount of diplomacy, ingenuity, and charisma.
  • Younger siblings tend to flaunt more extroverted personalities. In some cases, younger brothers and sisters may even develop rebellious tendencies as a result of their birth order.
  • Siblings commonly share bad habits. Science has repeatedly proven the importance of siblings’ influence, so it comes as no surprise that a sibling may introduce damaging behaviors to brothers and sisters.
  • Siblings rarely share similar personality traits. Contrasting behaviors may be caused by a sibling’s efforts to establish individuality.
  • Having siblings may help you keep your weight under control. One study claims that this is especially true between sisters.

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Resources:

https://www.scoopwhoop.com/Science-Has-To-Say-About-Siblings/#.jh9tud2ek

https://www.whattoexpect.com/family/sibling-relationships-facts

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‘Cross the Wide Missouri

‘Cross the Wide Missouri


An area forever immortalized in song, the land comprising Shenandoah National Park is steeped in history and rich in natural beauty. The region’s first settlers were Native Americans who thrived from the land’s abundant natural resources. Shenandoah’s picturesque landscapes amazed European adventurers when they arrived in the eighteenth century. Many of these newcomers earned a living as fur trappers and traders, naturally flooding to the flourishing ecosystems of the Shenandoah Valley. Eventually, homesteads speckled the formerly remote hills of the area as courageous pioneers ventured westward. Present-day Shenandoah National Park witnessed its fair share of combat during the American Civil War; both the Northern and Southern militaries aimed to gain control of the area, leading to periodic skirmishes. The valley again made history during the Great Depression. In response to alarming unemployment rates, the political minds behind the New Deal established the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC, in its quest to provide jobs to young men, transformed Shenandoah Valley into the national park modern tourists know and love. Offering opportunities for hiking, camping, and quiet reflection, Shenandoah National Park is truly one of America’s hidden gems.

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Sources:

https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/historyculture/index.htm

http://www.balladofamerica.com/music/indexes/songs/shenandoah/index.htm

https://www.history.com/topics/civilian-conservation-corps

https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/shenandoah-valley-campaigns

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The Divine Dalmatian

The Divine Dalmatian


A breed famous for their spotted coat, the Dalmatian dog breed proves a household favorite across the globe. Although many automatically imagine the speckled dog perched atop an old-fashioned fire wagon, the Dalmatian boasts a rather diverse, yet arcane, history. Historians cannot determine the exact origin of the breed but believe the dog earned its name while living in Dalmatia with bands of roaming gypsies. In Dalmatia, the breed enjoyed a variety of tasks. From assisting shepherds to amusing audiences in lighthearted circus performances, the Dalmatian’s complex personality allowed it to accomplish an assorted array of endeavors. The Dalmatian’s keen sense of intelligence and athletic prowess additionally impressed the English who utilized the breed as a coach dog, a job that involved protecting the carriage and horses as well as clearing the coach’s path along crowded city streets. When the Dalmatian crossed the Atlantic  and arrived in America, it was given its most well-known title: firefighter. Firehouse Dalmatians continued their work as coach dogs, running alongside fire wagons. However, the breed took a more active role in search and rescue missions. Several reports exist of Dalmatians braving fiery embers to lead disoriented or incapacitated victims to safety. Today, while the population of firehouse Dalmatians has somewhat diminished, the breed still serves as a beloved pet. Their comical personality coupled with a heart of gold secure the Dalmatian a sacred spot in the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.

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References:

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/dalmatian#/slide/9

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Flowering Hope

Flowering Hope


Brightly dyed eggs and cheerful bunnies commonly constitute symbols of Easter, but one religious motif captures the spirit of the holiday like no other. The lily has served an integral role in Easter celebrations of countless generations, appearing in both churches and devout Christian households during the Easter season. A deeply symbolic representation, the lily boasts a multifaceted interpretation of Christ’s triumph over the grave. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we invite you to take a closer look at the many illustrations of the Easter message portrayed through the lily.

  • The lily’s white petals convey the purity and innocence of Jesus Christ, while the golden hue of the flower’s stamen proclaim His majesty.
  • The bell-like shape of the lily is reminiscent of the Archangel Gabriel’s trumpet. In the Bible, Gabriel heralded Jesus’ birth to a multitude of believers. Additionally, Christians believe that the sound of Gabriel’s trumpet will announce His return.
  • Finally, the lily’s growth patterns parallel the Easter story. Planted as a bulb, the lily suddenly springs to life as a beautiful blossom; for many Christians, this symbolizes Christ’s resurrection.

 

 

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References:

http://www.goupstate.com/news/20090412/symbol-of-rebirth-easter-lilies-are-timed-tradition

http://www.eastergoodfriday.com/symbols-of-easter.html

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A Sport as American as Apple Pie

A Sport as American as Apple Pie


Few sports showcase the American spirit with the vibrancy of baseball, earning the game the title of “America’s pastime.” A relatively young sport, baseball’s origins are intricately woven into the history of the nation itself. According to some historians, facets of modern baseball are derived from a children’s game called rounders, a favorite game of early colonial athletes. The game was eventually introduced to other areas of the country. Each region adapted a unique version of the sport with certain districts constructing rather unusual game balls out of sturgeon eyes. As America transformed into an industrial superpower in the 1800s, even working men relished the lighthearted nature of the ever-changing sport, a welcome diversion from the burdens of an expanding society. While America’s assorted array of baseball players reveled in their own form of the game, standard guidelines were not penned until 1845 when a man named Alexander Joy Cartwright assembled the first set of rules for the sport. Amazingly, many of his conventions remain in place today. Cartwright’s codes were observed by soldiers on both sides of the conflict when the nation went to war against itself from 1861 to 1865. Although Union servicemen championed the sport, Northern and Southern troops alike entertained themselves with lively games of baseball in their own camps and in military prisons. During yet another of the nation’s trials, the Great Depression, baseball widely served as a means of relaxation. Since then, the sport has continued to influence American culture, sneaking into our literature and vernacular and perpetually uniting a multitude of backgrounds and beliefs under one extremely fascinating interest.

There's No Place Like Home Bumper Sticker


References:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/a-brief-history-of-the-baseball-3685086/

https://www.history.com/news/ask-history/who-invented-baseball

http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2012/08/civil-war-baseball.html

https://www.britannica.com/sports/baseball#ref782431

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The StickerTalk Explores Easter Around the World

The StickerTalk Explores Easter Around the World


One of Christianity’s most prominent celebrations, Easter is heralded by a number of various traditions and celebrations. While Passion plays, chocolate bunnies, and egg hunts are common sights here in Southeast Texas, other cultures commemorate Christ’s resurrection in more exotic manners. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we invite you to embark on an expedition to observe Easter around the globe.

 

Burkina Faso

This African nation is defined by abounding religious diversity among its citizens, a statistic that prompts Christians in Burkina Faso share Easter celebrations with their non-Christian neighbors, many of whom are Muslim. Like American believers, Burkina Faso’s assorted array of celebrators attend church and enjoy hearty meals. The people of Burkina Faso also make social calls on Easter, visiting friends and family members who are not seen very frequently.

Spain

A nation immersed in the Catholic faith, Spain requires an entire week for their extravagant Easter celebrations. Named Semana Santa, or Holy Week, this extended holiday involves Spanish Christians participating in candlelit vigils, grandiose parades, and solemn reflection. Spain’s religious processions, though earnest in nature, attract countless curious wanderers to witness larger-than-life depictions of Biblical scenes, rigid military expositions, and a variety of other cultural marvels.

The Philippines

Christians in the Philippine Islands boast perhaps the most extreme Easter tradition on Earth. In order to remember the sacrifice of Calvary and to petition divine intervention, a handful of brave Filipino Christians are, in essence, “crucified.” Often after subjecting themselves to whippings and beatings, they are nailed to wooden crosses with real nails. The participants survive the ordeal, unlike an authentic crucifixion, but always require immediate medical attention following the reenactments.

Happy Easter Bumper Sticker


References:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/14/crucifixion-jesus-christ-re-enacted-philippines/

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/04/14/filipinos-re-enact-christs-crucifixion-in-gory-good-friday-ritual.html

https://publicholidays.africa/burkina-faso/easter/

https://spainattractions.es/easter-spain/

 

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Marvelous Memphis

Marvelous Memphis


Named after an ancient Egyptian city, Memphis, Tennessee, serves as a hub of art and culture. Its rich history teamed with the surrounding natural scenery have earned the city the world’s fascination. While reasons to visit Memphis abound in multitudes, The StickerTalk has compiled a list of our favorite aspects of this unique destination.

    • Memphis was once home to “royalty.” After rising from extreme poverty to unfathomable fame, Elvis Presley made his home in this Tennessean city. His adoring fans continue to flock to his mansion in Memphis to pay homage to the King of Rock and Roll.
    • Like barbecue? You’ll love Memphis! An excess of 100 barbecue restaurants are contained within Memphis’s city limits, giving diners an opportunity to sample authentic southern fare.
    • Memphis boasts musical roots. While its sister city, Nashville, plays host to countless country music performers and venues, Memphis is famous for blues and rock and roll. No trip to Memphis would be complete without pausing to listen to these iconic genres in their native home!

Oval Tennessee Flag Memphis Sticker


References:

http://www.memphistravel.com/travel-professionals/tips-guided-tours

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The StickerTalk Explores St. Patrick’s Day

The StickerTalk Explores St. Patrick’s Day


A day dedicated to Ireland’s vibrant culture, it comes as no surprise that St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by a wide variety of other nations. While most people are moderately familiar with the holiday’s quirky traditions, St. Patrick’s Day customs are deeply rooted in Irish religion and convention. In this biweekly addition of The StickerTalk, we have sifted through the yellowed pages of history to present a concise examination of the traditions and beliefs behind St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

As its name implies, this holiday honors St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick is credited with popularizing    Christianity in Ireland, essentially abolishing the pagan lifestyle of the native Irish people.

  • Why do people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

Oddly, blue was the first color to be associated with St. Patrick. However, as the saint became an easily recognizable symbol of the Emerald Isle, green soon became the “official” color of the holiday. St. Patrick’s use of the shamrock to explain the Trinity may have also contributed to the use of green to represent this celebration.

  • What foods are traditionally eaten on St. Patrick’s Day?

Corned beef and cabbage typically appear on reveler’s plates on St. Patrick’s Day. Irish bacon was originally consumed on this holiday, but impoverished Irish immigrants found corned beef to be an affordable and tasty substitute.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Bumper Sticker
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Bumper Sticker

References:

https://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/st-patricks-day-symbols-and-traditions

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2010/0317/St.-Patrick-s-Day-Why-do-we-wear-green

http://www.ireland-information.com/saintpatricksdaytraditions.htm

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Carefree Kayaking

Carefree Kayaking


For centuries, mankind has been drawn to the water for peace and serenity. While hobbies like swimming and fishing have seemingly existed since time began, a relatively new water activity entices a growing population of participants to abandon their worries and pick up a paddle. The popular sport of kayaking appeals to a large audience by offering opportunities for quiet reflection, pristine glimpses of the natural world, and a moderate amount of physical exercise. Although this hobby currently transcends cultures and generations, kayaking was cultivated from humble origins. Kayaks first appeared in the icy waters of the Arctic as the Aleut and Inuit peoples invented the lightweight craft for hunting. In fact, the word kayak means “hunter’s boat.” These tribes also utilized the kayak for travel and trade. Through cultural expansion and discovery, European sportsmen discovered the kayak in the Nineteenth century. These Europeans are often credited with transforming the practical use of the kayak into a sporting event. In fact, kayaking became so popular that it found its way into the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. With sustained interest from people of all backgrounds, the kayak continues glide across lakes, rivers, and oceans, a symbol of both tradition and innovation.

Kayaker on Board Sticker


References:

http://www.thearticulatetrainer.com/examples/Moving-Timeline/story_content/external_files/The%20History%20of%20the%20Kayak.pdf

https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/water-sports/kayaking4.htm

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A Weekend to Remember

A Weekend to Remember


Although we typically market our world-renowned products online, the StickerTalk crew challenged this norm by manning a booth at our hometown’s annual Redbud Festival this weekend. A new experience for our team, our booth was open for two days at the Buna, Texas, fairgrounds. During this period, we were able to share our carefully crafted stickers with our friends and neighbors and receive a plethora of ideas for new products when we were not sampling funnel cakes and other carnival staples. This experience, although slightly unusual for our web-based company, proved to be an absolute pleasure. We would like to thank everyone who visited our booth for your support; the StickerTalk team cannot express how much our community’s patronage means to us! If you missed this unique opportunity to purchase our products, there is no need to worry. With the sustained support of customers like you, StickerTalk will continue to sell our quality-made stickers and magnets online for years to come!

                  Part of the StickerTalk team poses in front of our booth.
Our awe-inducing StickerTruck also made an appearance at the StickerTalk              booth.

 

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Coming Soon to a Festival Near You!

Coming Soon to a Festival Near You!


StickerTalk is excited to announce that a sampling of our vast inventory will be available for purchase at our hometown’s 46th annual Redbud Festival! From inspirational crosses to local mascots, our booth will house over 50 of our best sellers. In addition to our classic line of stickers, StickerTalk is also proud to produce commemorative Buna Redbud Festival stickers. Come see us at the fairgrounds on Friday, March 9 or Saturday, March 10! We will be happy to visit and share our craftsmanship with you!

Die Cut Texas Buna Redbud Sticker

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The StickerTalk Celebrates Texas Independence Day

The StickerTalk Celebrates Texas Independence Day


The year is 1836. General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana’s iron-fisted rule of Texas has finally reached a fever pitch as the Mexican dictator and his army lay siege to the Alamo mission near San Antonio, preventing its Texian defenders from receiving vital supplies or military support. To the dismay of the region’s settlers, Santa Ana has previously committed a plethora of atrocities against the fledgling nation. By rewriting the Mexican Constitution, the power hungry politician and military leader declared himself supreme leader, the Texas territory a slave to his unlimited power. Texian rebels began fighting for their freedom from Mexico in October of 1835, but it was not until March 2, 1836, that independence was officially declared. While the declaration functioned as a morale booster among rebel troops and sympathizers, this bold proclamation enraged the Mexican government. As a result, Santa Ana mercilessly destroyed the band of patriots defending the Alamo and later oversaw the even deadlier Goliad Massacre. The Texian’s spirit still unbroken, General Sam Houston and his troops managed to defeat the invading Mexican army at San Jacinto in less than an hour, at last procuring independence for the oppressed territory. Today, Texans from all corners of the vast state continue to celebrate March 2 as Texas Independence Day, uniting under the common causes of freedom and equality for everyone who has ever had the privilege to call Texas their home.

 

Texas State Flag


References:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Texas-Revolution

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/texas-declares-independence

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Blissful Birding

Blissful Birding

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Journal your discoveries. Birding is a learning experience, so it is crucial to record new information, especially when beginning.
  3. 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!

I Brake For Birds Sticker


Sources:

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/birds/Birdwatching.html

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A Texan Take on a Timeless Treat

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!

Die Cut Waffle Texas Sticker

 


The information in this edition of The StickerTalk was pulled from http://time.com/3957420/waffles/. Click on this link to learn more about the waffle!

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The Maine Coon: A Purrfect Pet

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.

  1. 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.
  2. The Maine Coon is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds. Some Maine Coons have weighed in at over 20 pounds!
  3. 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!
  4. Maine Coons are lovable clowns. Playful and easygoing, this breed makes a perfect family pet.
  5. The Maine Coon is extremely intelligent. It can be trained to perform tricks just like a dog!

maine coon


Source:

http://cattime.com/cat-breeds/maine-coon-cats#/slide/1

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The StickerTalk Celebrates Presidents’ Day

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.

Waving American Flag Sticker


References:

http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/did-william-howard-taft-really-get-stuck-in-a-bathtub

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/01/cheerleading-and-some-famous-cheerleaders/

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/andrew-jackson-narrowly-escapes-assassination

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The StickerTalk Explores Black History Month

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

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.

 

Mae Jemison

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.

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References:

https://www.biography.com/people/madam-cj-walker-9522174

https://www.biography.com/people/scott-joplin-9357953

https://www.biography.com/people/mae-c-jemison-9542378

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An Amusing Alternative to a Time-Honored Tradition

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!

south korea bumper sticker


References:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/koreas-black-day-when-sad-single-people-get-together-and-eat-black-food-16537918/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/13/korea-black-day_n_6672380.html

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The Foundations of America’s Football Frenzy

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Football Bumper Sticker


References:

https://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/football1.html

http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/footballhistory.html

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The Wonderful Windy City

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.

  1. A true center of art and culture, Chicago’s city limits house a surplus of 200 theaters, 50 museums, and 700 public art displays.
  2. Although New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz, Chicagoans created the term “jazz” to describe this uniquely American style of music.
  3. 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.
  4. Chicago offers curious diners a plethora of options as the city plays host to over 5,000 restaurants.
  5. If you have ever savored the sensation of devouring a malted milkshake, thank Chicago, the mastermind behind the sweet treat!

Oval IL Chicago Illinois Sticker


References:

https://www.infoplease.com/us/us-cities/top-50-cities-us-population-and-rank

https://www.choosechicago.com/plan-your-trip/chicago-fun-facts/

 

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The Coffee Controversy

The Coffee Controversy


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.

Coffee Cup Sticker


References:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a30303/facts-about-coffee/

http://historyhustle.com/coffee-was-the-devils-drink-until-one-pope-tried-it-and-changed-history/

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From Candles to Critters, Groundhog Day Continues to Thrill

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.

groundhog day sticker


The information used in this blog was found at http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-groundhog-day and http://time.com/4650202/groundhog-day-history-2/. Click on these links to discover more about this holiday!

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The Percheron’s Prestige

The Percheron’s Prestige


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.

I Love My Percheron Sticker


The information used in this blog was found at http://www.imh.org/exhibits/online/breeds-of-the-world/europe/percheron/

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How Will the Latest Change in Postage Rate Affect Me?

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.

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The StickerTalk Explores National Blood Donor Month

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!

Blood Donor On Board Sticker


The information used in this blog can be found at https://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/blood-facts-and-statistics and http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Celebrate-National-Blood-Donor-Month-this-January-and-Help-Save-a-Life. Click on these hyperlinks to learn more about National Blood Donor Month and the blood donation process.

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The Humble Hibiscus

The Humble Hibiscus


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!

Pink Hibiscus Sticker


The information used in this edition of The StickerTalk was found at https://www.healthline.com/health/all-you-need-to-know-hibiscus#1 and http://snaplant.com/flowers/fun-flower-facts-hibiscus/. Click on these links to learn more about this unique flower.

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The Great StickerTalk Escape

The Great StickerTalk Escape


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.

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A Dairy Delight for the Ages

A Dairy Delight for the Ages


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!

ice cream sticker


The information used in this blog was found at http://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/ice-cream/the-history-of-ice-cream. Click on this hyperlink to learn more about the evolution of ice cream.

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The StickerTalk Presents: How to Keep a Resolution

The StickerTalk Presents: How to Keep a Resolution


According to an article published by Huffington Post, only about eight percent of New Year’s resolutions succeed. This statistic may seem daunting; however The StickerTalk has concocted a compilation of hints that we hope will help you avoid this commonly observed dissolve of resolve.

Write your resolution down.

Putting a goal in writing will not only make your resolution more tangible, but this strategy also helps you remember your commitment. We recommend placing your written reminder near a location such as your nightstand or mirror where it can frequently refresh your memory.

Keep a diary, journal, or log.

Maintaining a record of your efforts (or lack thereof) helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Journals, diaries, and logs may additionally serve as a source of encouragement and motivation.

Foster a positive attitude.

Winston Churchill once stated, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Regardless of the specifics of your resolution, an optimistic outlook is a universal key to achieving any goal. Whether you have decided to write a novel or drop a few pounds, a negative attitude can halt even the most determined improvement efforts.

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StickerTalk Explores New Year Around the Globe

StickerTalk Explores New Year Around the Globe


A couple of weeks ago, The StickerTalk delved into the riveting subject of Christmas celebrations across the earth. To continue in the spirit of the season, we hope to enlighten our readers with copious curiosities about exotic New Year celebrations.

North Carolina

While North Carolina isn’t exactly a foreign country, the people of Brasstown, North Carolina, harbor an especially eccentric New Year’s custom. The hallmark of a Brasstown New Year’s bash is their annual “Possum-Drop,” an appropriate celebration for a city that considers themselves “The Possum Capital of the World.” The town originally placed a live opossum in a clear box to be lowered at the stroke of midnight; however, a fake possum has been used in more recent years in order to satisfy cries for the humane and ethical treatment of animals.

Die Cut North Carolina sticker

Scotland

The term “New Year” is not in a typical Scot’s vocabulary. Instead, revelers in Scotland refer to the celebration as “Hogmanay.” The Scottish nation participates in a variety of holiday hullabaloos, but fire festivals prove to be a favorite Hogmanay tradition. Brave merrymakers light titanic bonfires and promenade throughout their communities while flourishing fiery flames. Some historians date this custom back to the era of the Vikings, citing purification as the purpose of the fire festivals.

Round Scotland Flag Sticker

Brazil

A nation best known for its tropical scenery, it comes as no surprise that the ocean plays an integral role in Brazilian New Year’s traditions. Some worshippers offer New Year’s sacrifices to Iemanja, the goddess of the sea in Brazilian mythology, by tossing flowers into the ocean. If your flowers are swept out to sea, according to Brazilian mythology, your offering has been accepted; however, if your they return to the beach, Iemanja rejected your offering.

Circle Brazil Flag Sticker


The information used in this article was found in the following webpages. Click on these hyperlinks to learn more about New Year’s traditions around the world.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/galleries/Strange-New-Year-traditions-around-the-world/nyc-fire/

http://www.newyears-brazil.com/new-years-eve-traditions.asp

https://www.tripsavvy.com/hogmanay-traditions-in-scotland-1661711

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The Lovable Labrador

The Lovable Labrador


Regardless of size, shape, or color, every breed of dog offers a unique set of qualities to potential owners; however, the Labrador Retriever has constantly proven to be America’s favorite canine breed throughout recent years. To anyone who has had the privilege of interacting with a Lab, the breed’s universal favor is no cause for surprise. A breed that originates from Newfoundland, the Labrador Retriever is often considered the friendliest of all dogs. While most Labs mainly serve as companions, their strong desire to please allows this dog to effectively tackle an assorted array of tasks. The American Kennel Club classifies the Labrador Retriever as a sporting breed due to the Lab’s working heritage. Early Labs aided fishermen in corralling fish attempting escape from hooks. Today, Labrador Retrievers happily play the role of water dog, effortlessly paddling into chilly waters to retrieve downed fowl during duck hunts. Versatility combines with enthusiastic personality to make the Labrador Retriever the best friend of countless generations of dog owners.

Heart I Love Labs bumper sticker


The information used in this blog was found at http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/labrador-retriever#/slide/1. Click on this hyperlink to learn more about the Labrador Retriever.

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A Closer Look at a Texan Treasure

A Closer Look at a Texan Treasure


An island characterized by natural beauty and unique culture, Galveston, Texas, continues to attract countless curious adventurers to its picturesque shores. While this coastal city is mainly recognized for its plethora of tourist attractions, Galveston’s somewhat obscure history teems with intriguing accounts of bravery, loss, and heroism. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we would like to share a compilation of interesting facts and offer our readers fresh perspective regarding historic Galveston Island.

 

The island’s first inhabitants were the Karankawa Indians.

This tribe sustained themselves by fishing and hunting in the island’s shores and marshes. Galveston’s abundant natural resources allowed the Karankawas to thrive until the arrival of European explorers and settlers.

 

Galveston was instrumental in the Texas Revolution.

An ideal port city, Galveston’s harbor was home to the Texas Navy. The city also provided refuge to the fledgling Texan government; Galveston was considered the government’s “last point of retreat.”

 

The island played a pivotal role during the American Civil War.

The Union forces, attempting to weaken the rebellious Southern states, blockaded Galveston’s industrious port. Northern troops even occupied the island for a short period of time. However, the federal presence was forced from the city following the Battle of Galveston in 1863. The city served as a base for blockade runners throughout the conflict.

 

Galveston was nearly destroyed by the worst natural disaster in American history.

Leading up to the beginning of the twentieth century, Galveston Island earned the title of the wealthiest city in the sprawling state of Texas. It was the first Texan city to experience electric lights, the telephone, and baseball games. However, the island’s good fortune quickly faded on September 8, 1900. An unforeseen, yet massive, hurricane slammed into the barrier island, laying waste to large portions of the city and claiming the lives of at least 6,000 souls. The devastation was so horrific, it even arrested the attention of a past The StickerTalk subject, Clara Barton. Seventy-eight years old at the time of the hurricane, the then-president of the American Red Cross journeyed to an unrecognizable Galveston to personally lead recovery efforts.

 

You can still experience Galveston’s riveting past when you visit the island today.

The city contains multitudes of preserved historical treasures. From elegant Victorian houses to the brick streets of the Strand, Galveston’s incomparable story continues to be told by remnants of the island’s illustrious past.

Galveston Texas Flag decal


The information used in this blog was found at https://www.1900storm.com/redcross/ and https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hdg01. Click on these hyperlinks to delve even deeper into Galveston’s history.

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Lofty Leisure

Lofty Leisure


While many people cite the Wright Brothers’ victory at Kitty Hawk as mankind’s first successful flight, modern aviation existed long before this historic incident. The first man-made vehicle to grace the skies was the hot air balloon, taking its first flight in 1793. Invented by a French scientist, the hot air balloon’s maiden voyage was considered so precarious that its inventor refused to personally test his newfangled contraption; instead, a duck, a rooster, and a sheep. Since the hot air balloon’s skeptical beginnings, it has been employed to accomplish a wide variety of tasks. In the American Civil War, both armies utilized the hot air balloon for the purpose of espionage as the soldiers manning the aircraft could easily observe troop numbers and movements. Today, the hot air balloon is often used to advertise companies and products. It also offers scenic views to intrepid adventurers as well as thrilling opportunities to hot air balloon racers. No matter the purpose of a hot air balloon expedition, this unique experience is sure to prove uplifting to anyone brave enough to set foot in a basket.

hot air balloon magnet


The information used in this blog was pulled from https://www.brisbanehotairballooning.com.au/history-of-hot-air-balloons/. Click on this hyperlink to learn more about this fascinating hobby.

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StickerTalk Explores Christmas Around the Globe

StickerTalk Explores Christmas Around the Globe


For the StickerTalk team, Christmases are usually celebrated in typical Southeast Texas style; Christmas trees, cornbread dressing, and 80-degree weather serve as staples of the season. However, in this edition of The StickerTalk, we took the time to delve into Christmas traditions around the globe.

Egypt

Unlike their American counterparts, Christians in the African nation of Egypt celebrate Christmas on January 7. The majority of Egyptian Christians observe a strict fast in the 43 days leading up to Christmas, refraining from eating foods sourced from animals. Their fast is broken on Christmas Day during extravagant feasts and festivities. Santa Claus’s Egyptian moniker is Baba Noel, and he enters houses through windows instead of descending down the chimney. To wish an Egyptian a merry Christmas, you would say “Eid Milad Majid,” an Arabic phrase meaning “Glorious Birth Feast.”

Egyptian Flag

 

Norway

Norwegian families commonly exchange presents on Christmas Eve. While gifts may be presented by friends and family, Norwegian folklore claims that other gifts are brought by Julenissen (Santa Claus) or tiny goblins called the Nisse. Children leave rice porridge out to feed Nisse, often offering a sheaf of wheat to the birds as well. Norwegian children thoroughly enjoy the tradition of caroling. Costumed as characters from the nativity, Norwegian youngsters roam from house to house spreading the Christmas spirit amongst their friends and neighbors. Arguably Norway’s most defining Christmas tradition, the people of Norway send a gargantuan Christmas tree to the United Kingdom as a token of appreciation for the UK’s support during the Second World War. “Gledelig Jul” is the Norwegian way to say, “Merry Christmas.”

Norway Flag

Japan

While the Christian population in Japan is relatively small, Christmas still proves to be a widely celebrated holiday. As a result of Japan’s religious demographics, Japanese Christmases typically do not carry much religious significance. Some people even compare Japan’s Christmas celebration to America’s Valentine’s Day festivities as couples tend to take strolls to view Christmas light displays and enjoy romantic dinners. Strongly contrasting the American tradition of elaborate dinners, fried chicken is often served at Japanese Christmas gatherings. Japanese children know Santa Clause as santa-san; Hoteiosho, the Japanese god of good fortune, is also rumored to reward children with gifts on Christmas.

Japan Flag

 


The information used in this blog was found at whychristmas.com. Click on this URL to explore even more exotic Christmas traditions.

 

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StickerTalk’s Magnetic Attraction

StickerTalk’s Magnetic Attraction


Don’t let our name fool you; StickerTalk’s inventory offers a wide variety of carefully crafted magnets to customers in addition to our world-renouned stickers! From business signs to bumper magnets, we proudly produce magnetic versions of some of our most beloved stickers. Due to the popularity of StickerTalk magnets, we often receive questions concerning the advantages and limitations of our magnetic products. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most frequently asked questions.

  1. What surfaces will my new magnet adhere to?

Our magnets only attract ferromagnetic metals. For example, our magnets will not adhere to surfaces made of glass, wood, plastic, or aluminum.

  1. What are the advantages of purchasing a magnet?

Magnets are can be removed and repositioned more easily than our stickers. If you plan on purchasing a product that will only be used for a limited time, a magnet might be the wisest buy for you.

  1. Why are StickerTalk magnets the best on the market?

StickerTalk magnets are made to the highest standards.  All magnets begin with a creative, digital design from one of the talented members of our design team.  The new product then moves to the printer where it is professionally printed with sharp detail and vibrant color.  Your new magnet is made using only name brand materials.  We start with solvent based inks that are scratch resistant, UV resistant and waterproof.  We print that ink onto high quality vinyl and laminate it to Magnum Magnetics flexible material that is designed for vehicle use.  We have tried many different brands and product types and this is the best product available for magnets.  To make your magnet even better and to insure that it will last for years in most outdoor environments, we laminate every one with a PVC UV resistant film.  This provides extra protection against UV rays and scratches and adds more life to your magnet.  This step is one that most online sellers skip because it is time consuming and costly.  However, at StickerTalk, your satisfaction is our primary concern.  We won’t sell a magnet unless we know it is the best we can make.

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How a Crazy Cat Lady Changed History

How a Crazy Cat Lady Changed History


According to prevailing stereotypes, the crazy cat lady’s civic contributions prove extremely limited. Emerging from her cluttered abode only to procure kitty litter and canned cat food, these feline frenzied females are often viewed as a mere comic caricature of spinsterhood. However, a careful examination of American history debunks this misconception as a crazy cat lady once altered the identity of our nation. Historical records indicate that famed Civil War nurse and humanitarian Clara Barton harbored an intense love of cats. In fact, following her bravery at the Battle of Antietam, Clara received a kitten as a token of gratitude from an appreciative Union official. When she was not braving bullet-riddled battlefields or leading search, rescue, and recovery efforts, this American icon thoroughly enjoyed the company of her feline companions. Never one to be controlled by expectations and stereotypes, Clara nursed wounded soldiers, helped families locate missing loved ones following the conclusion of the American Civil War, and founded the American Red Cross, serving as its first president and essentially eliminating the social stigma attached to crazy cat ladies. The next time someone refers to you as a crazy cat lady, remember the life of this American hero and respond with a resounding “thank you!”

Purrfectly Sane Crazy Cat Lady Bumper Sticker Oval Crazy Cat Lady Sticker

Crazy Cat Lady Bumper Sticker


The historical information used in this article was pulled from http://mentalfloss.com/article/61818/8-historys-greatest-cat-ladies. Click on this URL to learn more about Clara Barton and other influential crazy cat ladies.

 

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Geocaching: A Grown-Up’s Version of Hide-and-Seek

Geocaching: A Grown-Up’s Version of Hide-and-Seek


While the great outdoors and cutting-edge technology may seem to occupy opposite ends of the spectrum, an avid geocacher can attest to the falsehood of this misconception. A hobby that combines the beauty of nature with science’s latest advancements, geocaching has developed into a wildly popular pastime. Intrepid adventurers hide durable containers in wilderness areas, hoping their humble treasures will be found by other geocachers. Because hidden geocaches prove extremely challenging to locate unassisted, geocachers rely on the amazing accuracy of global positioning systems to uncover sought-after caches. From lush forests to coastlines and from marshes to rolling plains, geocaches are concealed in an array of settings, often prompting geocaching enthusiasts to explore an assorted sampling of our world’s natural splendors. Although frequent travel may not always be an option for potential geocachers, this should not be a cause for discouragement; geocaches are often found in the most unexpected locations.

Oval We Love Geocaching Sticker

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A Celebration for All Nations

A Celebration for All Nations


Since the Biblical account of Babel, mankind has been separated by a plethora of language barriers. People from varying backgrounds commonly struggle to convey complex ideas, often discouraging interaction between cultures. While language courses and interpreters allow for some degree of understanding, flawless fluency in a foreign dialect is rarely achieved by even the most astute scholar. In spite of the difficulties imposed by conflicting verbiage, some sentiments transcend all linguistic obstacles; this phenomenon proves especially evident during the holiday season. Thoughts of peace, love, and family are prevalent in practically every nation during the festive moments leading up to Christmas Day, prompting each language to develop a unique phrase to express their feelings of goodwill. From the Spanish “Feliz Navidad” to the Hawaiian “Mele Kalikimaka,” the theme of Christmas has been adopted into countless languages. Very few and far between are individuals who possess the linguistic prowess to translate holiday well-wishes into every existing language; however, if an individual pauses long enough to listen, their heart is bound to hear a resounding “Merry Christmas” from every corner of the globe.

Feliz Navidad Sticker

Buon Natale Sticker

Mele Kalikimaka

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Of Vagabonds and Vinyl

Of Vagabonds and Vinyl

Saint Augustine once stated, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” This quote occupies a special place in the hearts of the explorers, wanderers, and thrill seekers who devote a considerable portion of their resources to the cause of surveying the globe. From the Northern Lights of the Arctic to the desolate plains of the Serengeti, Earth’s plethora of wonders beckons the curious mind to expand its boundaries, enriching its understanding and adding some degree of comfort to the human condition. The experiences of a traveler, whether they be recollections of an expedition in the Amazon or quaint memories of a summer road trip to a neighboring state, shape their very essence of existence. As a result, many wandering souls elect to document their travels using an affordable and practical souvenir: the sticker. Like badges on a uniform, each of the stickers that line bumpers of vehicles and coat pieces of luggage testifies of a unique instance of personal growth and exploration. While the stickers so proudly displayed by an avid traveler may seem trivial to the general masses, a true adventurer realizes the significance contained in every inch of vinyl.

Oval UK Flag London Sticker

Oval New York Skyline Stickerhong kong sticker

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Bag a Bargain with StickerTalk’s Official Black Friday Shopper Bumper Sticker

Bag a Bargain with StickerTalk’s Official Black Friday Shopper Bumper Sticker


As Thanksgiving festivities draw to a close, thousands of intrepid shoppers flock to stores, malls, and shopping centers to participate in Black Friday sales. Featuring steals, deals, and thrills, this commercial extravaganza annually attracts the attention of people from all walks of life; however, due to the popularity of these amazing offers, Black Friday often descends into chaos. From fights over appliances to brawls about apparel, many shoppers appear eager for combat. If you would prefer to find a bargain without the disorder of traditional Black Friday shopping, look no further than StickerTalk.com! We pride ourselves on offering premium quality items at affordable prices every day of the year. However, for those of you who still enjoy the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, we have the bumper sticker for you! Our Official Black Friday Shopper Bumper Sticker is the perfect way to convey your love for this unorthodox holiday.

Official Black Friday Shopper Bumper Sticker
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Make a Slam Dunk with StickerTalk’s I Would Rather Be on the Court Bumper Sticker

Make a Slam Dunk with StickerTalk’s I Would Rather Be on the Court Bumper Sticker


As football season rapidly draws to a close, a different breed of athlete takes to the court, showcasing agility, stamina, and skill. The annual successor of the ever-popular football, basketball offers spectators a swiftly paced series of thrills. Basketball fans flock to gymnasiums across the country as high school, college, and professional teams face off in feats of strength and strategy. To commemorate this sporting season, the talented design team at StickerTalk created the I Would Rather Be on the Court Bumper Sticker. This carefully crafted product is festooned with a multitude of basketballs, adding an athletic touch to the durable sticker. By displaying one of our I Would Rather Be on the Court Bumper Stickers on your vehicle, you can share you love for the game of basketball with everyone you meet!

I Would Rather Be on the Court Bumper Sticker
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Explore the Globe with StickerTalk’s Map Pointer Stickers

Explore the Globe with StickerTalk’s Map Pointer Stickers


For many travelers, maps serve as a portal to escape the mundane. Atlases and globes allow curious wanderers to exercise their imaginations, picturing grandiose destinations and intriguing attractions. However, most explorers utilize pesky pins and unreliable stickers to track their travels on the map. To remedy this common issue, the innovative design team at StickerTalk created the Map Pointer Stickers. Featuring a variety of brilliant colors, these little stickers are perfect for use on maps, globes, and atlases. Additionally, they can be removed and replaced several times before losing their adhesive qualities, making our Map Pointer Stickers a savvy purchase. Before you embark on you next adventure, be sure to wander over to our website to discover these amazing stickers!

Large Assorted Colors Map Pointer Stickers
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Breaking News: StickerTalk’s Inventory Now Contains 10,000 Products

Breaking News: StickerTalk’s Inventory Now Contains 10,000 Products


StickerTalk is pleased to announce that our inventory now contains 10,000 unique designs! While this is a milestone the StickerTalk team has been working towards for years, we could not have accomplished this rapid expansion without the business and support of you, our loyal customers. We invite you to visit our website to peruse through a plethora of new products as well as time-tested StickerTalk staples. However, if our vast inventory does not include a product that tickles your fancy, please feel free to contact us in order to request a custom order. With your help, StickerTalk can continue adding to our inventory, ensuring a sticker for every taste and personality!

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We Gather Together With StickerTalk’s Back Off Turkey Bumper Sticker

We Gather Together With StickerTalk’s Back Off Turkey Bumper Sticker


Because Thanksgiving is a holiday often celebrated with family and friends, multitudes of motorists take to the open road in order to observe this festival with distantly located loved ones. However, although holiday spirit abounds on the highways and byways of America, so do pesky tailgaters. Sensations of gratefulness suddenly disappear as road rage consumes both the conscious and unconscious thoughts of the average traveler. Thankfully, StickerTalk’s innovative design team has developed a solution to this surprisingly common issue. Allow us to introduce the Back Off Turkey Bumper Sticker. While this hilarious sticker fosters nostalgic thoughts of cornucopias, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, it manages to convey your humorously disgruntled disposition to fellow motorists. By displaying one of StickerTalk’s Back Off Turkey Bumper Stickers on your vehicle during your Thanksgiving pilgrimage, you will be able to give thanks for you sanity after reaching your destination!

Back Off Turkey Thanksgiving Bumper Sticker
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Honor Those Who Have Served With a StickerTalk Dog Tag Veterans Day Sticker

Honor Those Who Have Served With a StickerTalk Dog Tag Veterans Day Sticker


Although November is most commonly associated with Thanksgiving, crisp weather, and infamous Black Friday sales, this autumn month offers an opportunity to honor America’s everyday heroes. Veterans Day, celebrated on November 11, honors all who have served. From the memories of ancestors who fought in the American Revolution to the servicemen and women currently stationed across the globe, this holiday spotlights the courage and selflessness displayed by all of our military heroes. StickerTalk’s accomplished design team created the Dog Tag Veterans Day Sticker to celebrate this patriotic jubilee. The simulated gleam of the dog tag is sure to get this sticker noticed wherever it is displayed. By applying a Dog Tag Veterans Day Sticker to your vehicle, cup or tumbler, tablet, or any other hard, flat surface, you can show your gratitude for the sacrifices daily made by our men and women in uniform.

Dog Tag Veterans Day Sticker
Dog Tag Veterans Day Sticker
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StickerTalk Goes Trunk-or-Treating

StickerTalk Goes Trunk-or-Treating


As millions of people celebrated Halloween this past Tuesday, StickerTalk was eager to join the festivities! Our hometown of Buna, Texas, hosts a plethora of community-wide celebrations, including Buna United Pentecostal Church’s Trunk-or-Treat. A member of the StickerTalk team participated in this event, armed with a decorated car trunk, copious quantities of candy, and a stack of StickerTalk stickers. Her decorative theme “Fishers of Men,” Katie handed out specially designed Christian fish stickers to excited trunk-or-treaters, proving that StickerTalk products can enhance any celebration. Do you have an upcoming event? Be sure to include StickerTalk stickers or magnets in your festivities! Our carefully crafted products make fantastic party favors, birthday gifts, and decorations. Browse our website to pick a product, or contact us to place a custom order. Here at StickerTalk, we design, produce, and sell our quality-made products to help you make every day a holiday!

Oval Christian Fish Sticker

Trunk or Treat Fishers of Men

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Explore the Alamo City with StickerTalk’s Oval San Antonio Sticker

Explore the Alamo City with StickerTalk’s Oval San Antonio Sticker


A hub of history and tradition, San Antonio, Texas, is a truly unique vacation destination. While many travelers set their sights on San Antonio to gain a glimpse of the Alamo, this riveting city offers a plethora of additional attractions. The River Walk, Market Square, and an assorted array of amusement parks beckon tourists to immerse themselves in San Antonio’s wonderfully diverse culture. From shopping opportunities to authentic dining experiences and roller coasters to historic shrines, San Antonio offers an adventure for every taste and personality. To commemorate this enchanting location, the talented design team at StickerTalk created the Oval San Antonio Sticker. Conveniently sized to fit perfectly on vehicles, luggage, or cups and tumblers, this carefully crafted product is a fantastic way to celebrate the Alamo City. By purchasing one of our Oval San Antonio Stickers, you can keep a little bit of San Antonio with you wherever you roam!

Oval San Antonio Sticker
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Celebrate National Pumpkin Day with a Pumpkin Pi Sticker from StickerTalk

Celebrate National Pumpkin Day with a Pumpkin Pi Sticker from StickerTalk


The StickerTalk team would like to wish our customers and blog readers a very happy National Pumpkin Day! Every year on October 26th, Americans observe this unorthodox and somewhat obscure holiday in order to honor the pleasantly plump pumpkin, a staple of the season. People utilize a variety of methods to glorify this glamorous gourd; jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkin rolls, and, of course, the ever-popular pumpkin spice latte rank among the most popular uses of the pumpkin. However, we here at StickerTalk believe that our Pumpkin Pi Sticker is the superior way to celebrate National Pumpkin Day. Not only is it a tribute to all things autumnal, but the sticker’s perfect pun adds a lighthearted aspect to this carefully crafted product. By displaying one of our Pumpkin Pi Stickers on your vehicle, cup or tumbler, tablet, or any hard, flat surface, you can celebrate National Pumpkin Day all year round!

Pumpkin Pi Sticker
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All That Jazz: StickerTalk’s Saxophone Heart Sticker

All That Jazz: StickerTalk’s Saxophone Heart Sticker


In the musical world, few instruments rival the smooth sounds of the saxophone. Incredibly versatile, the saxophone can be enjoyed in both jazz and classical settings, adding to this instrument’s wild popularity. Not only does the saxophone offer euphoric auditory delights, but it additionally provides engaging educational experiences to those who wish to master this instrument. The saxophone has even gained popularity within the StickerTalk team, capturing the hearts and minds of several team members who have taken up the instrument. To celebrate this favored instrument, StickerTalk proudly produces the Saxophone Heart Sticker. Available in a variety of colors, this carefully crafted product is as dynamic as the saxophone itself; the sticker can be displayed on instrument cases, vehicles, cups and tumblers, and tablets. By purchasing one of our quality-made Saxophone Heart Stickers, you can easily convey your love for this incredibly unique music maker!

Blue Saxophone Heart Sticker
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Just Horsing Around: StickerTalk’s Horses Are My Therapy Bumper Sticker

Just Horsing Around: StickerTalk’s Horses Are My Therapy Bumper Sticker


Intelligent, swift, and sturdy, the horse has been one of man’s closest companions for thousands of years. This majestic animal has carried warriors into battle, transported pioneers across hostile territories, and served as the primary mode of trade and commerce in countless cultures and societies. In spite of a plethora of modern advancements, the horse has remained a staple of the rural American lifestyle as horseback riding still proves to be a wildly popular pastime. To celebrate this tradition of equestrian excellence, StickerTalk proudly produces the Horses Are My Therapy Bumper Sticker. Perfect for display on a vehicle or an animal trailer, this carefully crafted product is a fantastic way to convey your love for all things equestrian. By showcasing one of our Horses Are My Therapy Bumper Stickers, you can share the thrill of a horseback ride with everyone you meet!

Horses Are My Therapy Bumper Sticker
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Don’t Be up the Creek Without a Kayaker on Board Sticker from StickerTalk

Don’t Be up the Creek Without a Kayaker On Board Sticker from StickerTalk


An ancient form of transportation, kayaking has recently gained popularity as a recreational sport. The soothing sounds of the small craft gliding over the water, the scenic views, and the relaxing physical activity invite people from all walks of life to forget their troubles and pick up a double-ended paddle. Kayaking offers fresh perspectives and opportunities for reflection, so it is easy to understand why this hobby has attracted such a large population of eager participants. In honor of the aquatic sport, the accomplished design team at StickerTalk created the Kayaker On Board Sticker. Fashioned to resemble a cautionary road sign and featuring a doodle of a kayaker in action, this quality-made product is the perfect novelty for any kayaking enthusiast. By displaying one of our Kayaker On Board Stickers on the window or bumper of your vehicle, you can showcase your love for kayaking even when driving on dry land!

Kayaker On Board Sticker
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Get Ready for Graduation with StickerTalk’s SEN18R Sticker

Get Ready for Graduation with StickerTalk’s SEN18R Sticker


With the school year well under way, the Class of 2018 eagerly counts the days until the long-awaited graduation ceremony. Their postsecondary lives finally in sight, high school seniors dedicate endless hours of effort to the coordination of future endeavors. College applications, scholarship opportunities, and career planning dominate the bulk of a senior’s schedule; however, we here at StickerTalk hope that the Class of 2018 does not forget to savor every moment of this benchmark academic year. In order to help soon-to-be graduates commemorate their scholastic achievements, our talented design team created the SEN18R Sticker. Available in a variety of colors, this carefully crafted product is a creative way to showcase a portion of your identity. Additionally, our SEN18R Sticker is die cut, so no white border will remain after application, making this sticker a truly unique keepsake. By displaying one of our SEN18R Stickers on your vehicle’s bumper or window, you can celebrate the beginning of this brand new chapter in your still-unfolding story.

Blue SEN18R Sticker
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Explore StickerTalk’s Electric Sense of Humor with a Power Outlet Sticker

Explore StickerTalk’s Electric Sense of Humor with a Power Outlet Sticker


The Miriam-Webster dictionary defines a practical joke as “a prank intended to trick or embarrass someone or cause physical discomfort.” Hand buzzers, itching powder, and whoopee cushions all represent staples of practical joking, but StickerTalk is adding a maverick merrymaking method to the mix, the Power Outlet Sticker. Until closely inspected, this quality-made sticker appears to be a genuine article, leading soon-to-be victims to attempt to use the phony outlet. You’ll witness their futile frustration as they eventually realize that they have been the victim of a practical joke. If you feel in need of a boost in morale, simply apply one of your Power Outlet Stickers to any portion of black wall space and watch the hilarity ensue!

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Stick-or-Treat: StickerTalk’s Notice This House Is Haunted Sticker

Stick-or-Treat: StickerTalk’s Notice This House Is Haunted Sticker


With Halloween looming just around the corner, preparations for this spooky celebration are in full swing. While children enthusiastically piece together the perfect costume, parents busy themselves by bedecking their yards and porches with assorted ensembles of Halloween decor, eager to impress the anticipated throngs of trick-or-treaters. Although jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows, and cobwebs are typically recognized as decorative staples of the season, StickerTalk is pleased to propose a new Halloween tradition. Allow us to introduce the Notice This House Is Haunted Sticker. Ideal for display on windows and doors, this carefully crafted product will make a great addition to your Halloween routine. Additionally, after the fiendish festivities have fizzled, the sticker can be easily removed without causing any damage or leaving undesirable residue behind. By adding our Notice This House Is Haunted Stickers to your garnishing garrison, you can make your home the most ghoulishly glamorous abode in the neighborhood!

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Join the Fight with StickerTalk’s Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon Sticker

Join the Fight with StickerTalk’s Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon Sticker


For most people, October is synonymous with cool weather, pumpkin patches, and trick-or-treating. However, this autumn month takes on a much different connotation for another portion of the population as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month, our society takes the time to honor those who have so valiantly fought this aggressive disease. Whether they conquered cancer or unfortunately lost their battle, StickerTalk celebrates the lives of all who have been diagnosed with breast cancer by producing the Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon Sticker. Conveniently designed to fit on a variety of surfaces, this sticker is a fantastic way to showcase your support for those still combating cancer. By displaying one of our carefully crafted Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon Stickers on your vehicle, cup or tumbler, tablet, or any other hard, flat surface, you join the growing resistance against breast cancer!

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United We Stand: StickerTalk’s I Stand American Flag Sticker

United We Stand: StickerTalk’s I Stand American Flag Sticker


For centuries, the Stars and Stripes have flown over our wonderfully diverse nation. From the Battle of Yorktown to Desert Storm and Gettysburg to 9/11, the American flag has united countrymen of varying religions, ethnicities, and creeds under a common cause: the preservation and expansion of liberty. In spite of the catastrophic effects of both military and political conflicts, America has never lowered her colors in defeat or cowardice and continues to shine as a beacon of hope in a bleak world. However, our flag and anthem have recently become the epicenter of a nationwide controversy as hundreds of professional athletes refuse to stand for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in protest of unjust social stigmas. For many sports fans, this unorthodox demonstration caused an acute sensation of discontent; the athletes’ organized outcry bespoke little respect for these symbols of our great nation. In response to this political controversy, the talented design team at StickerTalk created the I Stand American Flag Sticker. Decorated with the red, white, and blue of the American flag, this carefully crafted product bears a powerful proclamation of patriotism. By displaying an I Stand American Flag Sticker on your vehicle, cup or tumbler, tablet, or any other hard, flat surface, you continue the rich tradition of loyalty that has defined the United States of America since the birth of our great nation, proving that this emblem of unity cannot be warped into an agent of division.

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Coping Through Comedy: StickerTalk’s Bandage Bumper Sticker

Coping Through Comedy: StickerTalk’s Bandage Bumper Sticker


For an owner of a new vehicle, a fender-bender often proves to be a semi-catastrophic event. The dented metal and scratched glass trigger sensations of hopeless despair; the shattered illusion of a flawless vehicle haunts even the subconscious thoughts of the hapless victim. However, at StickerTalk, we believe in the healing powers of humor, a philosophy that prompted our designers to create the Bandage Bumper Sticker. StickerTalk’s vast inventory contains various shapes and sizes of bandage stickers, but the classic, rectangular bandage especially tends to arrest the attention of our customers. Ideal for display on almost any area of your vehicle, this carefully crafted product was designed to mask minor dents and dings while encouraging coping through comedy. Here at StickerTalk, we hope that applying one of our Bandage Bumper Stickers to your roughed-up ride helps you make the best of an imperfect situation.

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Calling All Feline-Frenzied Females: StickerTalk’s Crazy Cat Lady Bumper Sticker

Calling All Feline-Frenzied Females: StickerTalk’s Crazy Cat Lady Bumper Sticker


Since ancient times, cats have been favored pets in the households of both nobility and commoners; ancient Egyptians even worshipped domesticated felines as the physical embodiments of divine powers, cementing the cat’s universal role in all cultures and eras as revered members of the family. In more recent times, the comical stereotype of the crazy cat lady has taken a prominent place in pop culture. A crazy cat lady, according to the stereotype, is generally viewed in a negative light as they prefer the company of their hordes of cats to the companionship of other humans. However, in an attempt to positively alter the reputation of this fellowship of feline-frenzied females, many cat-owning ladies proudly bear the title of crazy cat lady as a symbol of their devotion to their pets. To celebrate the comeback of the crazy cat lady, StickerTalk proudly produces the Crazy Cat Lady Bumper Sticker. Our accomplished team of designers created this bumper sticker with humor in mind, featuring the self-proclaimed designation, “Crazy Cat Lady,” on the sticker’s perfectly pink background. Additionally decorated with multiple cat silhouettes, this simple yet stylish sticker is the perfect novelty item for any committed cat custodian. By displaying one of StickerTalk’s Crazy Cat Lady Bumper Stickers on your vehicle’s bumper or window, you can share the joy of owning a cat with everyone you meet!

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A City Founded on Freedom: StickerTalk’s Oval Boston Skyline Sticker

A City Founded on Freedom: StickerTalk’s Oval Boston Skyline Sticker


A city seeped in both history and culture, Boston, Massachusetts, annually attracts myriads of visitors and new residents. Although this sprawling, New England metropolis continues to pay homage to its role in the establishment of America, Boston harbors a wealth of modern spectacles to curious adventurers. The city’s picturesque location on the shores of the Atlantic, in addition to Boston’s man-made wonders, contributes a sense of natural awe to the municipality’s incomparable aura. To celebrate this all-American city, the talented design team at StickerTalk created the Oval Boston Skyline Sticker. Fashioned to serve as a momento of this iconic area, this quality-made sticker can be displayed in a variety of settings and scenarios. From bumpers to tablets and windows to tumblers, this sticker will showcase your gallivanting gusto wherever it is applied. Whether you originally hail from Boston or are among the fortunate number of visitors to this haven of American tradition, our Oval Boston Skyline Sticker is sure to whisk your spirit away to the cobblestone streets of Boston, Massachusetts.

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Show Your School Spirit with a Mascot Sticker from StickerTalk

Show Your School Spirit with a Mascot Sticker from StickerTalk


An annual treat relished by thousands of spectators, high school football has returned to the gridiron for yet another season of thrilling plays, hits, and strategies. The Friday night lights flood the field with luminescence as teams vie for the envied title of champion and the fans filling the stands roar with pride. Spurred to victory by the cheers of their community, the amateur athletes hone their competitive prowess to counter every effort made by the opposition in order to savor the sweetness of triumph. This football season, support your local football team by purchasing one of StickerTalk’s quality-made mascot stickers. Since our company is located in the small town of Buna, Texas, we are especially partial to the Cougar Mascot Sticker; however, we offer a wide variety of mascot emblems printed with almost every school color combination imaginable. By displaying a StickerTalk mascot sticker on your vehicle, cup or tumbler, tablet, or cell phone, you will help your favorite football team score that winning touchdown every Friday night!

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Committed to Confidentiality: A Second Glance at StickerTalk’s Camera Dots

Committed to Confidentiality: A Second Glance at StickerTalk’s Camera Dots


What’s not to love about a new electronic device? Maybe the threat of a malicious virus attacking your webcam. U.S. News reports that a wide array of malware, collectively referred to as Remote Access Trojans (RATs), commonly preys on the cameras of cellphones, computers, and tablets of unsuspecting web surfers. According to an article by Comparitech, a pair of viruses called Blackshades and Delilah are among the most popular breeds of RAT. A single click on a website infected by one of these viruses may allow hackers to gain access to your webcam and invade your privacy. This trend has even caught the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, claims Paste Magazine, as the Facebook CEO allegedly utilizes electrical tape to cover the webcams on his personal devices. However, thanks to StickerTalk, you don’t have to resort to the use of unattractive masking tape to protect your confidentiality; our bestselling camera dots offer a more fashionable solution to this technological terror. Simply apply a camera dot over the camera of your electronic device to prevent RATs from using your webcam for their immoral intentions, then remove the sticker when you desire to use your webcam. After you snap that perfect selfie or finish your web-chatting session, you can reapply the long-lasting camera dot several times before it loses its adhesive qualities, and since StickerTalk produces several varieties of camera dots, there is a camera dot for every taste and device. With StickerTalk’s Camera Dots on your side, RATs don’t stand a chance!

 

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Information used in this blog was found in the following links:

https://www.comparitech.com/blog/information-security/how-to-secure-your-webcam/

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/06/time-to-cover-your-webcam-why-you-should-follow-zu.html

https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/07/29/tape-your-webcam-horrifying-malware-broadcasts-you-to-the-world

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This Little Light: StickerTalk’s Believe There Is Good In The World Bumper Sticker

This Little Light: StickerTalk’s Believe There Is Good In The World Bumper Sticker


Eleanor Roosevelt once stated, “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” As natural disasters continue to ravage our nation, countless stories of compassion and courage continue to surface as Americans observe Mrs. Roosevelt’s advice and incite positive change. Although our society has been deeply divided by animosity, ordinary people become heroes as they answer compassion’s call. These selfless individuals risk life and limb for the benefit of friends, neighbors, and complete strangers as both natural and political storms rage, proving that charity endures and love conquers. Inspired by these paragons of purpose, the talented design team at StickerTalk created the Believe There Is Good In The World Bumper Sticker. Cleverly fabricated with two equally encouraging messages, this bumper sticker is intended to serve as a beacon of hope in bleak circumstances. This quality-made product also comes in a variety of color schemes to match almost any taste or style. By displaying our Believe There Is Good In The World Bumper Sticker on your vehicle, you light a candle to illuminate your corner of the world.

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Absolutely Autumn: StickerTalk’s I Love Pumpkin Spice Season Bumper Sticker

Absolutely Autumn: StickerTalk’s I Love Pumpkin Spice Season Bumper Sticker


As sweltering summer days gradually fade into crisp fall evenings, the ever-popular pumpkin spice season descends upon homes, coffee shops, and kitchens across the nation. A newfound tradition, this flavorful festival is often the dominating topic in culinary publications and on social media sites during the autumn months. From cafe creations to clothing designs and home decor to jewelry, a wide variety of products celebrate this favored flavor, including StickerTalk’s I Love Pumpkin Spice Season Bumper Sticker. Our talented design team utilized the colors of fall while creating this unique addition to the StickerTalk collection; yellow, green, and orange, the primary hues in our I Love Pumpkin Spice Season Bumper Sticker, lend a warm and welcoming sensation to the sticker’s design. Additionally accented with a prim row of pumpkins, this carefully crafted product is reminiscent of blissful autumn moments with a perfectly brewed cup of pumpkin spice coffee. By displaying our I Love Pumpkin Spice Season Bumper sticker on your vehicle’s bumper or window, you can share the joy of pumpkin spice season all year long!

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Texas Strong: Oval I Survived Harvey Sticker

Texas Strong: Oval I Survived Harvey Sticker


Although the people of the Lone Star State have successfully weathered an assorted array of natural disasters throughout the centuries, the Texan spirit was recently tested by an unwelcome guest by the name of Harvey. Ushering unprecedented flooding into the streets, businesses, and homes of the Houston area, Hurricane Harvey brought utter devastation to coastal Texas, showing no mercy for anyone or anything unfortunate enough to be in his path. In spite of the dismal appearance of Harvey’s aftermath, those effected by the storm never ceased to exemplify the courage and determination that has characteristically defined Texans since the days of the Alamo and San Jacinto. StickerTalk’s talented design team, inspired by the resilience of our friends and neighbors, created the Oval I Survived Harvey Sticker. While this sticker is a fantastic way to add a bit of personality to vehicles, cups and tumblers, tablets, and other hard, flat surfaces, its primary purpose is to aid people in need; when you buy one of these quality-made products, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to relief efforts in southeast Texas. We here at StickerTalk hope that our Oval I Survived Harvey Sticker affords a measure of relief to our fellow Texans as we continue to unite and stand strong.

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Teach a Man to Fish: StickerTalk’s I’d Rather Be Fishing Bumper Sticker

Teach a Man to Fish: StickerTalk’s I’d Rather Be Fishing Bumper Sticker


Arguably the most peaceful pastime known to man, fishing has entertained people from all walks of life since Biblical times. Nature’s serenity beckons men, women, and children to temporarily lay down their cares and allow the soothing sounds of the water to wash away their worries. Requiring both patience and skill, fishing offers participants an opportunity for reflection and personal development. Few other hobbies reward partakers with such a sense of accomplishment and tranquility. To honor this sporting tradition, StickerTalk proudly produces the I’d Rather Be Fishing Bumper Sticker. Gender-neutral and ideal for placement in a variety of settings, this carefully crafted product is the perfect novelty for any fisherman. This sticker easily enhances the aesthetic characteristics of vehicle bumpers and windows as well as a variety of other hard, flat surfaces while sharing your passion for this popular sport. By displaying out I’d Rather Be Fishing Bumper Sticker, you can incorporate the euphoria of a fishing trip into your daily routine!

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Burglar Be Gone: StickerTalk’s This Vehicle Is Protected by an Anti-Theft Sticker Sticker

Burglar Be Gone: StickerTalk’s This Vehicle Is Protected by an Anti-Theft Sticker Sticker


With car theft becoming a more commonplace event, even a simple outing may prove to be a risky venture. A plethora of companies claim to offer concerned consumers the premier method of burglary prevention, peddling items ranging from car alarms to pepper spray. A perpetually expanding market, the demand for automotive security devices steadily increases. Not to be outdone by our competition, StickerTalk designers created the This Vehicle Is Protected by an Anti-Theft Sticker Sticker. Intended to strike fear into the heart of any would-be perpetrator, this sticker takes a witty approach to crime prevention. Its seriously humorous nature not only deters malicious meddlers, but also restores a sense of carefree excitement to your daily routine.

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A Noble Profession: StickerTalk’s I’m a Teacher What’s Your Superpower Bumper Sticker

A Noble Profession: StickerTalk’s I’m a Teacher What’s Your Superpower Bumper Sticker


For many academic districts the lazy days of summer are drawing to an end as school doors swing wide in welcome to both students and staff. While the spotlight typically falls on incoming students, teacher prove to be the unsung heroes of the season. Dedicated to educational excellence, teachers seek to mold young minds into successful members of society and contributors to our common welfare. Educators pour endless amounts of time, energy, and funding into their labor of love in an attempt to positively alter the life of every child placed into their charge. To honor the sacrifices made by teachers, StickerTalk proudly produces our I’m a Teacher What’s Your Superpower Bumper Sticker. Inspired by the bold colors and styles traditionally modeled by superheroes, this witty bumper sticker allows educational professionals to channel their inner fictional hero. The I’m a Teacher What’s Your Superpower Bumper Sticker was designed with spirit in mind as it serves as a fantastic source of confidence and energy throughout the academic year. We here at StickerTalk hope that this colorful sticker will add a bit of lighthearted amusement to every teacher’s endeavor of education.

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A Sensationally Celestial Sticker: StickerTalk’s Oval Eclipse 2017 Sticker

A Sensationally Celestial Sticker: StickerTalk’s Oval Eclipse 2017 Sticker


As August 21, 2017, inches closer, all eyes in America gaze towards the skies in anxious anticipation. A phenomenon our nation rarely has the pleasure of experiencing, a total solar eclipse is predicted to temporarily obstruct the brilliant rays of the midday sun on this extraordinarily exciting Monday. The Great American Eclipse, as many enthusiastic observers call it, offers Americans the astronomical opportunity of a lifetime; as the sun and the moon align over America’s heartland, a new generation of curious minds will witness a stellar wonder like no other. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the talented design team at StickerTalk created the Oval Eclipse 2017 Sticker. Ideal for display on luggage as a momento from your expeditions and adventures, this sticker can also be applied to vehicles, cups and tumblers, or any other hard, flat surface as a reminder of this fascinating event. Our Oval Eclipse 2017 Sticker is a fantastic way to keep the intrigue of the Great American Eclipse alive for years to come!