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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11

13 years after and each one of us remembers the hurt that was caused to the nation on September 11, 2001. Till this day, I still remember everything. I remember how old I was (13, Freshman Year of High School), where I was when I heard the news (Homeroom), and how I spent the rest of my day (with family and friends). I remember that many, brave, men and women stepped up and did their part to put our nation back together. To all of those we lost, you are gone but NEVER forgotten.

For more information regarding 9/11 or the 9/11 Memorial Museum visit: http://www.911memorial.org/

Photo courtesy of Flickr.
Special Thanks to: Eric

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challange: My Top 4

It's always good to see a fad/craze/trend help raise funds and awareness for a cause.
The newest internet mania is the ALS Ice Bucket Challange - and I am 93.7% sure all of you have heard of it.

What is ALS?
According to alsa.org, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

What is the Ice Bucket Challenge?
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is when a nominated individual dumps a bucket of Ice water on her/his head. If the individual does not want to endure the freezing water, they are welcome, instead, to donate to the ALS Association. A lot of people do both to raise awareness and funds for ALS.

Why dump Ice Water on your head?
In theory, the shock from the Ice Water allows you to put yourself in the shoes of someone suffering from ALS. It gives you a small hint of what that individual with ALS goes through every day.

Has it REALLY helped?
The answer is yes. Currently, $100 million has been donated to the ALS Association compared to $25,000 donated last year around this time.

I have composed a list of my favorite Ice Bucket challenges. My list consists of a humanitarian, a fictional animated character, and a woman betrayed by her husband. I hope you enjoy!

1. Mr. Matt Damon: This video is one of my favorites because Mr. Damon useS his celebrity video to raise awareness for not one but TWO causes; The ALS Foundation and Water.org (the clean water crisis).

2. Emily Blunt: I LOVE this video for a million reasons! But don't worry I won't list them all. I specifically love that her husband, John Krasinski challenged her and refused to wait for her to accept before dumping the freezing cold water on her.

Check out the link to see this great video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdctREIISO0

3. Homer Simpson (Animated Legend): I love this video cause Homer Simpson. Not to mention Bart dumped a polar bear, penguins, and an entire hockey team on poor Homer.

4.Yours Truly (Me! Wristband Nation's Happy Blogger):  Where is the Evil Whale? Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge with me :) Why do I love this video? Because I survived the making of it!

To make a donation to the ALS Association visit: http://www.als-ny.org/
To make a donation to clean water visit: Water.org

Videos courtesy of YouTube/Water.org/ALS Ice Bucket Challenge/Animation Domination
Special thanks to the participants:
Matt Damon
Emily Blunt and  John Krasinski
Homer and Bart Simpson

Photo courtesy of Flickr:
Special thanks to: Anthony Quintano

And all of the other participants! You guys rock!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Relaxation Day For the Win!

It just so happens that Relaxation Day falls on a Friday, 08/15, this year. How perfect is that?
Now, I am sure I don't have to explain what Relaxation Day is all about, but I will.
Basically, it is a day of nothing. A stressless day filled with all your favorite soothing thing.
Here are some suggestions on how you should spend your day!

1. Doing nothing! (DUH) That means not lifting a finger for any reason but to eat.
2. Can you say Spa? Go all out! Massage, facial, manicure, and pedicure.
3. Sleep. What is more relaxing than dreamland?
4. Cinema. Whether it's going to the theaters or staying in and watching your favorites, movies are extremely relaxing, especially when they are silly.
5. Last but not least, beaching. Swimming, fishing, tanning, all very relaxing.

Photo Courtesy of Flickr:
Thanks to: Riccardo Cuppini

Monday, July 28, 2014

100 Years Since the Great War

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the initiation of the first World War, July 28th 1914.

For those that have forgotten and would like to brush up on a little history I have compiled a list of Facts regarding World War I:

  • Due to the response from Serbia, regarding the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinan, Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia.
  • It only took a week for 5 of the major European powers to join the war started by Austro-Hungarian Empire and Serbia.
  • 30 countries were involved in the Great War.
  • Dogs and Pigeons were used as message carriers.
  • The Great war helped with the invention of a lot of new weapons, such as, tanks, flame throwers, tracers bullets, and many more.
  • Most death were due to disease. One of the bigger ones being the Spanish Flu.
  • It took the United States of America 3 years to enter the war, April 6th 1917. We fought for 7 months and lost 116,000 soldiers. 
  • The opposing alliances during the First World War were: the Allies (France, British Empire, Russia, US, Japan Serbia, etc..) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, etc..)
  • The war ended on November 11th 1918, 4 years later.
  • After the war the European market crashed. And most were left homeless.

There's a reason why they called it the Great War. There were a lot of casualties not to mention the way the world functioned shifted tremendously.

For more information regarding World War I (The Great War) check out:
WWI Additional Facts
WWI Additional Facts 2
WWI Weapons

Photos courtesy of Flickr.
Thanks to:
Don O'Brien
Ian Pattinson