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Five Patriotic Presidents Day Facts

Check out any calendar and you’ll see that the third Monday in February is designated as Presidents Day, a holiday most commonly associated with two of the (arguably) most important presidents of our country, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. But really, only one of those is accurate. Read on to find out who — and what — we celebrate on Presidents Day, as well as some other fun facts: 1. Abraham Lincoln and George Washington share the same birth month. Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, while Washington was born on February 22, 1732 — only some 10 days and 77 years apart. But while Honest Abe made some important contributions to our country’s history, the federal government never really saw him as Washington’s equal. Here’s why… 2. February 20 is a federal holiday honoring George Washington’s birthday. In 1885, Chester A. Arthur — coincidentally, one of the least memorable presidents — signed the bill that made the third Monday in February a federal holiday called George Washington’s Birthday. People had already been celebrating Washington’s birthday since before his death — after all, he was a general and the first president. Yet so many people had qualms with Lincoln getting stiffed in the recognition department that the day became commonly known as Presidents Day and the celebration usually honored them both. 3. Yet Lincoln still comes out on top. A little research into presidential polls shows that Lincoln commonly tops the chart as the most popular and influential president in our country’s history. Washington’s rank ranges from the number two spot all the way down to number six. Want proof? Check out this MSNBC poll from 2009, in which historians ranked the presidents in order from greatest to least. Or see this Gallup poll from only one year ago, which places Lincoln in the two slot, with Washington hanging out at number five. You can just imagine that somewhere the two of them are slugging it out over who was more important — the guy with the numbers or the guy with the day. 4. No matter who Presidents Day honors, it all comes down to the sales. Presidents Day has long since been known as a time when retailers roll out The Star-Spangled Banner and pay some guy to don a stovepipe hat or powdered wig to triumphantly announce that ALL STOCK MUST GO! Ever since the 1980s, retailers have been using Presidents Day as an excuse to have great sales, in order to clear out merchandise to make room for spring and summer stock. 5. But what’s really the best way to celebrate Presidents Day? Other than running […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

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Super Bowl Kickoff Time and Five Fun Facts about the Big Game

Watching the Super Bowl with friends can leave a lot of us feeling like information haves and have-nots. While some of us have been following the teams, their players, strategy, and statistics since the day we were born, others at least know who the quarterbacks are and that they are the ones who throw the ball. Whether you’re looking to impress the sports nerds in the room with a few of your own facts, or you’re simply a true connoisseur of arguably useless knowledge, here’s some fun trivia for you about Super Bowl 2013.  Five Fun Facts About the Super Bowl This year, a 30-second commercial costs $ 4 million, up from 3.5 million last year and $ 42,000 in 1967, according to Time. Football fans are anticipated to consume an estimated 79 million pounds of Hass avocados during Big Game gatherings this year, according to the Hass Avocado Board. If you still think the 1983 season finale of M*A*S*H was the most-watched broadcast in the U.S., think again. The 2010 Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts stole that title, only to be beaten exactly one year later when 111 million people tuned in to watch the 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Nielsen Co. That record was broken again last year when 111.3 million people watched the Giants beat the Patriots, according to ESPN.go.com. Heading into the game, the 49ers are 5-0 in Super Bowls and the Ravens are 1-0 in Super Bowls. Super Bowl XLVII is the first time in professional sports history that siblings will play each other. John Harbaugh coaches the Ravens and Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49ers. So who will come out with the title? Finally, here’s some actual useful knowledge to have heading into Sunday. Who: The Ravens vs. The 49ers Kickoff Time: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET Where: New Orleans, LA at Mercedes-Benz Superdome Channel: NBC Places to Watch in the South EndThe South End is not exactly known for its sports bar scene. Your best bet is to head to Clery’s (113 Darmouth St.) for their Super Bowl Party, which starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday. They’ve got a deal where $ 15 gets you two drink tickets and a buffet, and there’s also a wings eating contest you won’t want to miss.  Other than that, your own home is a grat place to watch the big game. Enjoy your flat screen, that big comfy couch and the company of loved ones. If you’re looking for an interesting take on Super Bowl fare, check out these recipes provided by the owners of some of your favorite Boston food […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

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