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January 2, 2008

The History Of Times Square

Thanks Karen!

Today, I wanted to bring you a little history on New Year's Eve! I chose to look at a very famous American tradition: the history of the celebration in Times Square. I remember trying to stay up to watch the ball drop as a little kid. Every year, I'd set up my pillows and blankets in front of the TV, eat my share of the party snacks and then end up crashing before the ball dropped!

If you ask me, the celebration at Times Square is an amazing phenomenon that has packed the square full of celebrants since its start in 1904. Even during the depression, the New Year was rung in at Times Square, although they did forgo the lights.

You will find the history of the Times Square celebration here on this Web site. I was really surprised by how much I didn't know about the celebration and its tradition. It is amazing to me that people travel from all over the world to be in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

You can also check out the Times Square timeline at the bottom of the page. It is pretty nifty! It is an interactive timeline and it dates all the way back to the 1890s. Also, if you're looking for even more information, you can check out the side menu, where you will find information on the ball itself. The section you want for that is About the New Year's Eve Ball. I found that section particularly interesting, because you get to discover what the ball has been made out of over the years and the history behind it.

http://www.timessquarenyc.org/nye/nye_history.html

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January 5, 2008

23 Surprising Things You Can Get for Free

Thank you Theresa

23 Surprising Things You Can Get for Free

Sometimes you get what you don’t pay for. Here are nearly two dozen of the best freebies and — most important — how to score them

Free Education
· Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Get your geek on: MIT offers a far more comprehensive selection of free online courses than other universities — nearly its entire undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Downloading materials takes minutes. A newsletter highlights new offerings, from Quantum Physics to American Women Authors.
What’s the Catch? Users can’t enroll, take classes on campus, or earn degrees.
Find Out More: www.ocw.mit.edu.
· BBC, FrenchPodClass. The BBC offers top-notch online and MP3 lessons in languages familiar and obscure, including French, German, Portuguese, Mandarin, Greek, and Urdu. FrenchPodClass has easy-to-use, enjoyable podcasts that allow you to learn French while you do errands or go for a run.
What’s the Catch? Classes are one size fits all, which fast learners may find sluggish (and slow learners may find difficult).
Find Out More: www.bbc.co.uk/languages, www.frenchpodclass.com.
Free Classes
· U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn how to write a business plan, register your company, and deal with the tax details of running a home business at your local Women’s Business Center evening classes (men are welcome, too).
What’s the Catch? Novices and more advanced learners share the same classroom.
Find Out More: www.sba.gov (click on “Local Resources” for a nearby center and for financial and marketing information).
· Apple Stores. Apple gives excellent classes on business and entertainment software, music programs, and computer basics, all remarkably free of sales pitches. There are also classes on how to use Apple hardware, like iPods. Most of the company’s stores — there are more than 170 — offer several classes a day.
What’s the Catch? All classes relate to (often pricey) Apple products.
Find Out More: www.apple.com (click on “Visit an Apple store”).
Free Culture
· Museum visits. While some museums don’t charge an admission fee, others can cost $20 and up (more than a movie!). Take advantage of free days, half days, and nights that take place weekly or monthly at various institutions throughout the United States.
What’s the Catch? The free-admission times tend to attract large crowds; expect long lines and less of an opportunity to get up close and personal with a Cézanne.
Find Out More: Check out the websites of your local museums.
· Music Together, Music for Aardvarks, Gymboree. These three companies all offer a complimentary peek at exactly what baby music classes entail (hint: plenty of drumbeating, rattle shaking, and scarf throwing). It’s a great way to introduce your little one to the experience before shelling out $135 to $255 for a full term (generally 10 to 12 weeks).
What’s the Catch? Many parents have been taking classes together for a while, so they can be quite chummy. As an observer, you might feel left out and too shy to participate fully.
Find Out More: www.musictogether.com, www.musicforaardvarks.com, www.gymboreeclasses.com.
· Kids’ Night on Broadway. Once a year (this year it was in late January), children ages 6 to 18 can experience the Great White Way for free with a full-paying adult. There are also Kids’ Nights for nationally touring shows throughout the year.
What’s the Catch? Tickets go very fast, especially for the most popular shows.
Find Out More: www.kidsnightonbroadway.com.

Tip: To find out about free movies and concerts in your area, go to Yahoo or Google and type in the kind of entertainment, “free,” and the name of your city.
Free Gyms
· Health-club trials. LA Fitness, Bally Total Fitness, the Sports Club/LA, and Gold’s Gym have a range of free-trial offers, from one day to two weeks, for prospective members, as do many other gyms throughout the country. Rules vary.
What’s the Catch? You often have to tour the health club with a sales representative, which sometimes takes as long as an hour. Some gym companies may require you to prove nearby residence with a driver’s license.
Find Out More: Go to the gyms for details.
Free Photos
· Adorama, Dotphoto, Kodak, Snapfish. In addition to photo sharing and online albums, these popular services provide 15 to 50 free prints when you sign up.
What’s the Catch? You have to pay for shipping, which usually isn’t more than a few dollars.
Find Out More: www.adorama.com, www.dotphoto.com, www.kodakgallery.com, www.snapfish.com.
Free Pets
· Craigslist Community Pet Listings, Petfinder.com. Unlike shelters, most of which charge a small adoption fee, these sites feature numerous free-pet notices posted by owners, usually as a result of an impending move or an allergic family member.
What’s the Catch? Not all the owners who post notices are as honest as you’d wish. Out-of-control animals can be listed as “friendly and calm.”
Find Out More: www.craigslist.org (click on your city, then on “Pets”), www.petfinder.com (click on “Classified Ads”).
Free Phone Services
· The Popularity Dialer. Want to flee that meeting? Get out of lunch after an hour? The Web-based Popularity Dialer can place one of five fake calls: the boss call, the cousin-in-need call, the male-friend call, the female-friend call, or the affirmation call (reminding you that you’re wonderful). Each recording includes convenient pauses for your side of the conversation.
What’s the Catch? You need to know beforehand that you’ll want rescuing — and you have to be willing to break social graces by taking a phone call in the middle of a meeting or lunch.
Find Out More: www.popularitydialer.com.
· 800-FREE-411. Instead of dialing 411 and being charged 50 cents to $1.50, call this service, from a cell or a landline, for free nationwide directory assistance.
What’s the Catch? You have to listen to a 20- second ad before receiving your number.
Find Out More: 800-373-3411 (800-FREE-411).
· Skype. Download and install free Skype software and call other Skype users, computer to computer, at no charge, anywhere in the world. If you have a webcam, you can see whom you’re chatting with, too.
What’s the Catch? If you don’t have DSL or a cable modem, it may be more cost-effective (money- and sanity-wise) to dial up the old-fashioned way.
Find Out More: www.skype.com.
Free E-Mail Reminders
· Memo to Me. Avoid visits to the “belated birthday” or “so sorry I missed our anniversary” section of your local card store. Memo to Me reminds you before the event. Just plug in your e-mail, choose a password, and program the events you need to be reminded of and when you need the reminders. Whether it’s Grandma’s 80th or your own anniversary, no one wants to be the one who forgets.
What’s the Catch? There’s some innocuous advertising on the website.
Find Out More: www.memotome.com.

Tip: E-cards have gotten less corny. You can find witty and well-designed cards at www.hipstercards.com, vintage ones at www.cardcow.com, and photographic ones at ecard.digiart.ee.
Free Ice Cream
· Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day. On one day every year (this year, April 17), all of the more than 600 Ben & Jerry’s stores worldwide offer free cones, with no limit — eat all the Cherry Garcia you’d like.
What’s the Catch? There are often long lines, and popular flavors, like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, run out early.
Find Out More: www.benandjerrys.com for stores.
Free Used Books
· PaperBackSwap.com, TitleTrader. List the books that you’d like to get rid of, then wait for someone to request one, which can take as little as eight minutes. Mail your book to the person and you’ll receive a credit to choose your own book. PaperBackSwap.com involves only paperbacks, which keeps shipping cheap, usually about $1.60 per book. TitleTrader also lists DVDs, CDs, and VHS cassettes and can rack up higher costs with heavy hardbacks, though shipping rarely tops $4 at the book rate.
What’s the Catch? Popular fiction moves fast, while classic and esoteric titles may stay put for months.
Find Out More: www.paperbackswap.com, www.titletrader.com.
Free Household Items
· The Freecycle Network. This nonprofit community group with an environmental mission lets users “recycle” unwanted items by posting ads on local online bulletin boards. If you see a chair or a computer that you’d like, respond to the ad. The site is a great way to acquire a perfectly good coffeemaker or piano while doing your part to reduce waste.
What’s the Catch? You’re responsible for getting the stuff home.
Find Out More: www.freecycle.org to find a group.
Free (and Worth It) Samples
Many free-product programs come with hidden costs. The ones below are legit. Sign up for one and your in-box may be inundated, but there’s also an outside chance you’ll end up with a flat-screen TV.
· Start Sampling (www.startsampling.com) connects manufacturers with consumers who test products. Type in your demographic information and you’ll see a screen listing your free-sample options — everything from cleaning products to Harlequin romance novels to toiletries.
· Kiehl’s (800-543-4572) hands out samples of every product it sells — approximately 10 million giveaways a year. Request samples at a Kiehl’s store (where the selection is usually larger) or a Kiehl’s counter in a department store. Or call Kiehl’s and tell the operator what you’d like to try and the company will send you up to three samples.
· Programs from American Consumer Opinion and E-Poll (www.acop.com, www.epoll.com) allow users to take product surveys to get cash ($4 to $25 per survey), samples (ranging from pizza sauce to even the rare flat-screen TV), or points (which can be redeemed for gift cards from retailers such as Amazon.com and Target).
· Oil of Olay’s sample program (www.olay.com; click on “Samples & Offers”) gives away small sizes of its newest products.
· Sephora stores (www.sephora.com for locations) offer generous samples from the more than 150 cosmetics lines they carry. Just ask and a salesperson will hand you a packaged sample or fill jars with requested products for free.
· Procter & Gamble’s Home Made Simple and Tide e-newsletters (www.homemadesimple.com, www.tide.com) entitle you to discount coupons and new-product samples.

January 6, 2008

The Dollar Bill

Thanks Laurie!

THE UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL

Take out a one dollar bill, and look at it. The one dollar bill you're looking at first came off the presses in 1957 in its present design.

This so-called paper money is in fact a cotton and linen blend, with red and blue minute silk fibers running through it. It is actually material. We've all washed it without it falling apart. A special blend of ink is used, the contents we will never know. It is overprinted with symbols and then it is starched to make it water resistant and pressed to give it that nice crisp look.

If you look on the front of the bill, you will see the! United States Treasury Seal.

On the top you will see the scales for a balanced budget.

In the center you have a carpenter's square, a tool used for an even cut.

Underneath is the Key to the United States Treasury.

That's all pretty easy to figure out, but what is on the back of that dollar bill is something we should all know.

If you turn the bill over, you will see two circles. Both circles, together, comprise the Great Seal of the United States .

The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.

If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid.

Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the West or decided what we could do for Western Civilization.

The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin 's belief that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.

"IN ! GOD WE TRUST" is on this currency.

The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, "God has favored our undertaking."

The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means, "a new order has begun."

At the base of the pyramid is the Roman Numeral for 1776. (MDCCLXXVI)

If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully,

You will learn that it is on every National Cemetery! In the United States .

It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery, and is the centerpiece of most hero's monuments.

Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States, and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols mean.

The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England.

Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own.< /B>

At the top of that shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation.

In the Eagle's beak you will read, " E PLURIBUS UNUM", meaning, "one nation from many people".

Above the Eagle, you have thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one.

Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.

They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this:

13 original colonies,

13 signers of the Declaration of Independence,

13 stripes on our flag,

13 steps on the Pyramid,

13 letters in the Latin above,

13 letters in "E Pluribus Unum",

13 stars above the Eagle,

13 bars on that shield,

13 leaves on the olive branch,

13 fruits,

And if you look closely, 13 arrows.

And, for minorities: the 13th Amendment.

I always ask people, "Why don't you know this?" Your children don't know

This, and their history teachers don't know this.

Too many veterans have given up too much to ever let the meaning fade.

Many veterans remember coming home to an America that didn't care.

Too many veterans never came home at all.

Share this page with everyone, so they can learn what is on the back of the

UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for... Otherwise, they

will probably never know...

January 8, 2008

Yuwie!

So what do you think of Yuwie? (Its a social site just like Myspace and Facebook)

I've been on there for about a week now and actually like it. It seems more people are leaving comments, sending emails, and just spending more time on there in general. Plus im sure it helps that every action that you do counts as a view, and for x amount of views, you earn x amount of money.

If you want to mention your site, just leave it in the comments section.

James

January 9, 2008

Basketball

This is just a heartwarming story.

Autistic Basketball Player - Inspirational

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January 11, 2008

A Little Humor For The Day

Thanks Theresa!

Test for Smart People...I have determined that you qualify.

The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a professional. Scroll down for each answer. The questions are NOT that difficult. But don't scroll down UNTIL you have answered the question!


1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator ?

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.


2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?

Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend...except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory.

Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?


Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four-year-old.

January 12, 2008

The Bus Driver


Your a bus driver.
At the first stop, eight people get on.
At the second stop, 4 people get on and 5 people get off.
At the third stop, 1 person gets on and 3 get off.
At the fourth stop, 12 people get on and 7 people get off.
At the final stop nobody gets on and 10 people get off.

Question: What is the bus drivers first name?

About January 2008

This page contains all entries posted to Just Free Stuff Daily in January 2008. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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