Thursday, July 03, 2008

inner dork: Born on the fourth of July

Wow, have I been bad about posting the inner dorks, or what?

Wow, have I been bad about posting in general, or what? (more about why and what's been going on, later.)

Now, I bring you factoids about the Fourth of July. Ta Da! Exciting!

Did you know...

In July 1776 the number of people living in America was 2.5 million.

In July, 2008 the population will be 304 million.

Although the formal adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence was on July 4, 1776, the signing was not completed until August.

The first observed celebration was on July 8, 1776, in PA.

The Fourth of July was not a legal holiday until 1941.

Uncle Sam first became popular during the War of 1812, when the term appeared on supply containers. However, it wasn't until 1961 that the U. S. Congress adopted him as a national symbol.

(And just to get you ready for the BBQ)
There is a one in four chance that the hot dog or sausage that will be consumed today, came from Iowa. (Hopefully it was packaged before the flood.)

You have been dorked.

Happy Fourth everyone!!!


puerileuwaite said...

I think mine may have been of the post-flood variety.

ptg said...

I will consider myself dorked.

I am surprised, however, that no inner factoids were related to fireworks, since the majority of children in school believe that the fourth of July is only related to the ability to watch them go off.

Party Girl said...

P: So sorry. Bad squeel?

ptg: the only factoids I could find were about when/where they were invented: by the Chinese around the 11th century for warfare. That's it.
well, except for the amount of money that is spent each year on them.

limpy99 said...

Can you believe I did not have one hot dog during the 4th?

I did, however, help our local bar with their parade float, and therefore got free beer all afternoon.

Color me patriotic.

Party Girl said...

Limpy: I salute you for patriotic-ness.

I ate one hot dog.
Drank lots.
Including an entire bottle of wine.

..somewhere between the bottle of wine that was downed in 20 minutes, the potato gun being shot-off, the fireworks exploding into the air, lighting all the sparklers at once and holding fists full while I sang, "God Bless America" the cops showed up.
We got a warning.
Didn't matter, by that time the fireworks were gone.