The first Monday of September means that white clothes are out, sales are in, summer holidays are over and classes begin. For many of us (but far from all of us), it’s a welcome day off of work or school, ahead of what is likely to be a busier month than the last. But the Labor Day holiday has a storied past, one of violence and celebration, that’s embedded deep in the history of the American labor movement. And while it has spread around the world in different forms, Labor Day has distinctly American roots. Here’s a quick primer on the meaning and history of the holiday.
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The first day of fall isn’t until September 22, but Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. It’s when students go back to school and employees say goodbye to summer Fridays. On the bright side, though, it’s also when a lot of stores run big end-of-season sales. To make your Labor Day shopping as efficient as possible, here’s a list of the best deals to shop online.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas over the weekend, delivering several feet of rain across the southeastern part of the state and driving thousands of residents from their homes. At least nine people have been confirmed dead, and authorities expect the figure will rise. The storm, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of up to 130 mph, has been downgraded to a tropical storm as of Monday evening. Forecasters predict the rain will continue until Thursday — by then, total rainfall may reach 50 inches in certain areas. These photos show of the scale of the storm’s damage.
The United States will experience its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918 on Aug. 21, when the moon will completely cover the sun as its orbit crosses that of the giant star. As the highly anticipated Great American Eclipse draws near, restaurant chains and other companies are ready to cash in on the rare event. Companies including Krispy Kreme, Warby Parker, Google, Volvo, Southwest Airlines and Denny’s are offering eclipse-themed new menu items and deals in the days leading up to August 21. Here are 17 of the best and most bizarre solar eclipse deals that have been announced so far.
A lot of people have some pretty big misconceptions about space and Earth. To be fair, very few of us have ever been, there’s a lot more to study before anybody really knows what’s actually going on up there, and movies tend to give us the complete wrong idea. Here are some of the most common myths, misconceptions, and inaccuracies regarding outer space and Earth that should be thrown into a black hole.
We love clever street art, so we couldn’t help but admire the work of American artist Tom Bob, who has been running amok on the streets of New York and Massachusetts. Using street “furniture” like poles or electrical terminals, Tom creates colorful and whimsical pieces that interact with their surroundings. From turning a sewer into a frying pan, to transforming gas meters into quirky lobsters, Tom is making people look twice at mundane objects they walk past each day and making the city a much happier place for everybody. A glance at some of these before and after images shows just how much Tom’s art installations are transforming NYC’s streets.
Dogs have long been considered “man’s best friend.” It’s fair to say that they have certainly earned the title. The bond between humans and canines is unmistakable. They’ve been our companions for tens of thousands of years. And ever since the domestication of the dog, people have been drawn to them (and they to us). Dogs have helped us in so many ways and expect little in return. They share our beds, hunt with us, kept vermin and pests away, serve the military and police, assist the disabled, and faithfully remain our loyal companions. The beautiful friendship between Humans and dogs has had some surprising effects on both species. Here are some the ways we’ve helped each other along the way.
From Neolithic tablets containing the oldest known system of writing, to a series of letters scrawled on the back of a dead man’s book, some of the most legendary undeciphered codes and texts remain a challenge for even the world’s best cryptographers, code breakers, and linguists. Yet unravelling these mysterious puzzles remains as important as ever, since many of these enigmatic inscriptions could hold the keys to understanding civilizations that have long since faded into the pages of history. Here’s a look at 8 mysterious ancient scripts and languages that have yet to be deciphered.
It took a few centuries, but Canada is finally allowing sorcery again. In June 2017, an updated justice bill was submitted for approval that seeks to lift prohibitions on things that are no longer relevant to 21st century citizens, like dueling, practicing witchcraft, or mocking religion (possibly tasteless, but free speech is free speech). With Canadians getting more progressive in their thinking, it might be time to look at a few other laws that once served a purpose but have now been rendered obsolete by common sense.Read on to see 10 of the most outdated, unnecessary and just plain strange U.S. laws that are still on the books today and are overdue for an overturn.
July 4 is right around the corner. To celebrate, many of your favorite brands are running big online sales, making the long holiday weekend a great time to buy summer clothes and shoes, mattresses and other home goods, tech, and much more for steep discounts. Some brands are sweetening the pot and throwing in free shipping, too. Best of all? Many of these sales have already started, so you don’t have to wait until July 4th to start saving.
These days, the Fourth of July seems to be all about the fireworks, poolside barbecues, and picture-worthy dessert plates. But at the beginning of the 20th Century, back when the parade reigned supreme, the celebrations looked a little bit different. Here is a look back at the historical costumes and traditions that helped to define today’s Independence Day celebrations around the United States.
History is a vast subject to be sure. Since this topic is so broad, there is absolutely no way you can cover it all, especially not in great detail. But sometimes those details — the little fun facts you can use to wow your friends — are the most interesting things of all. Here are 25 historical facts you may find surprising.