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On This Day in History: Chewing Gum Was Invented

On This Day in History: Chewing Gum Was Invented

Let’s learn about the history of chewing gum. On this day in 1869, dentist William Finley Semple (1832-1923) received the first U.S. patent for chewing gum.  Semple’s manufacturing process included dissolving vegetable gums in naphtha and alcohol until they reached a jelly-like texture.  From there, he mixed in powdered chalk, powdered licorice root, and other

Let’s Celebrate National Thank You Note Day

Let’s Celebrate National Thank You Note Day

It’s time we show our thanks for what we have received. Today is National Thank You Note Day.  As the name suggests, this holiday is dedicated to writing and distributing thank you notes to our loved ones.  This holiday is strategically set for the day after Christmas to encourage us to express our gratitude for

On This Day in History: The Mercury Thermometer Was Invented

On This Day in History: The Mercury Thermometer Was Invented

Let’s learn about the inventor of the mercury thermometer. On this day in 1714, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686-1736) invented the mercury thermometer.  Fahrenheit was a physicist, inventor, and scientific instrument maker.  Interested in thermometry, he was dedicated to creating an instrument that could accurately measure temperature.  By 1714, improved understanding of mercury and better glass-working

Let’s Try Out These Suggestions to Protect Against Holiday Fire Risks

Let’s Try Out These Suggestions to Protect Against Holiday Fire Risks

Let’s not let fire ruin our holidays. The holidays are all about family, fun, and togetherness.  The last thing any of us want is a major house fire ruining our holiday spirit.  Unfortunately, our risk for a house fire increases considerably during the holiday season.  To ensure that we do not fall victim to a

How We Can Unplug and Connect This Holiday Season

How We Can Unplug and Connect This Holiday Season

Let’s reconnect with our loved ones over the holidays. While modern technology has afforded us undeniable convenience, it does carry some downsides.  One major tradeoff of today’s technology is that many of us get so caught up with online communications and social media that we often neglect our real-life relationships.  This is why it’s so

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Let’s learn more about this legendary composer on the anniversary of his birthday. On this day in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was born.  The famed German composer and pianist is credited with helping to transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in classical music.  Today, he remains one of the most widely recognized and

On This Day in History: The South Pole Was Discovered

On This Day in History: The South Pole Was Discovered

On this day in 1911, explorer Roald Amundsen discovered the South Pole. On December 14, 1911, Norwegian Roald Amundsen and his team were the first to set foot in the South Pole.  While the South Pole’s existence was known, the inhospitable landscape had proven impenetrable until Amundsen’s party trekked across ice and snow to make