World Sword Swallower’s Day


Happy Kazoo Day

January 28th is National Kazoo Day!

The kazoo was invented in the 1840’s and first presented to the world at the Georgia State Fair in 1852 as the “Down South Submarine”.

Legend tells us that the kazoo was invented by collaboration of Alabama Vest and Thaddeus Von Clegg.

Commercial production of the Kazoo began many years later in 1912. Manufacturing was started by Emil Sorg in Western New York.  Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre, a Buffalo tool and die maker.

Production moved to Eden, NY where the factory museum remains today as a working museum.

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Did you know that “Auld Lang Syne” was originally a Scottish poem that was later set to music. The phrase “auld lang syne” translates literally to “old long since” in English and means something akin to “times gone by.”

The Song.. Auld Lang Syne.

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?

CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup! and surely I’ll buy mine! And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine; But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine; But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give me a hand o’ thine! And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.


Pledge of Allegiance Day!

Congress formally recognized the Pledge of Allegiance on December 28, 1945.

Pledge of Allegiance Day is observed annually on December 28. Congress formally recognized the Pledge of Allegiance on December 28, 1945.

One of my favorite videos about the Pledge.

John Wayne’s version

RIP Red Skelton
RIP John Wayne

Now, let’s stand for the Pledge of Allegiance!

Tracking Santa with NORAD

This Christmas Eve people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar. This all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup’s secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.

Shoup’s children, Terri Van Keuren, 65, Rick Shoup, 59, and Pam Farrell, 70, recently visited StoryCorps to talk about how the tradition began.

The Santa Tracker tradition started with this Sears ad, which instructed children to call Santa on what turned out to be a secret military hotline. Kids today can call 1-877 HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to talk to NORAD staff about Santa’s exact location.


Courtesy of NORAD

Terri remembers her dad had two phones on his desk, including a red one. “Only a four-star general at the Pentagon and my dad had the number,” she says.

“This was the ’50s, this was the Cold War, and he would have been the first one to know if there was an attack on the United States,” Rick says.

The rest of the story at NPR