On this day in history: In 1541, the city of Santiago, Chile was founded. In 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born, and 1892, his birthday was declared to be a national holiday. And in 1880, the National Croquet League was organized in Philadelphia, PA.
Today Is Nation Clean Out Your Computer Day! Ditch those files and programs you don’t need anymore!
How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? – Have you ever wondered this? I have. And I have been told that we actually need less than we think we do. But just how much is the right amount? This is an interesting video, in spite of the evolutionary overtones it carries.
On this day in history: In 1870, the first motion picture to be shown to a theater audience takes place in Philadelphia. In 1897, the first showing of a motion picture in Hawaii occurs at the Hawaiian Opera House. And in 1953, the Walt Disney film, Peter Pan, opened at the Roxy Theater in New York City.
Today Is World Nutella Day! My kids love this stuff!
The Cancer Of The Great Lakes – The spread of the invasive zebra mussel is impacting a large portion of the lakes and waterways of North America. It becoming a major threat to native aquatic wildlife. This is an informational article about its spread.
On this day in history: In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Raven, was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. In 1924, R. Taylor patented the ice cream cone rolling machine. And in 1936, the first members of major league baseball’s Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown, NY.
Today Is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! You know what to do…
On this day in history: In 1874, a patent was issued to Samuel W. Francis for the spork. In 1901, Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for nearly 64 years. Edward VII, her son, succeeded her. And in 1930, excavation began for the Empire State Building in New York City.
Today Is National Blonde Brownie Day! You need to make some blondies, and come right on over!
How to Make Iced Coffee in a Chemex – My favorite method of making coffee is definitely my Chemex, but I typically use it to make a hot pourover. But did you know you can use it to make iced coffee as well? This article explains how, and you can grab a Chemex here.
On this day in history: In 1624, riots occurred in Mexico when it was announced that all churches were to be closed. In 1892, Triangle magazine in Springfield, MA, published the rules for a brand new game. The original rules involved attaching a peach baskets to a suspended board. It is now known as basketball. And in 1967, the first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10.
Today Is National Hat Day! It’s also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so celebrate with a hat!
Why Do Canadians Say ‘Eh’? – I went to college with a couple of Canadians, and this was always a question I wanted to ask, but never felt like I could. Now I know. And so do you.
Use A Balloon to Improve Your Pop Up Flash – As a photographer who prefers landscape photography, this isn’t going to be something I use much. But for those who take candids or portraits, this could be a handy thing to keep in their bag of tricks.
Primitive Technology – This guy builds a small “bed shed” where he can sleep, using nothing but what he finds in the woods. I found it pretty interesting.
On this day in history: In 1790, the first US President, George Washington, delivers the first state of the union address. In 1806, Lewis and Clark find the skeleton of 105 foot blue whale in Oregon. And in 1870, the US mint at Carson City, Nevada, begins issuing coins.
Today Is National Argyle Day! So go put on those socks you know you have hidden in a drawer!
The Alkani Cold Brew Coffee Maker – Cold brew coffee is incredible! But what many people do not realize is that cold brew coffee does not mean cold coffee. You can drink it hot, and it is wonderful! Here is a review and a tutorial on the Alkani cold brewer, and it looks like a great piece of coffee equipment. But the principles apply to other cold brew methods as well. Here’s the one I like to use.
6 More Reasons Why You Should Write With A Fountain Pen – I love to write with vintage tools. I occasionally write letters on an old, old typewriter. And I love writing in my journal with a vintage fountain pen. Here are some excellent reasons why you should use one, and the article starts off with a link to another post with several more.
The Legendary Rifle That Fought Wold War II – I found this article about the M1 Garand to be utterly fascinating, both as a history nut and a gun aficionado. The role this particular weapon played on the world stage is pretty incredible.
Seasons Of Norway – This is one more place on my travel bucket list. This video shows the stunning beauty of the place.
Each year, I try to accumulate a series of excellent gift giving guides and suggestions for Christmas. It’s right around the corner, after all. And this list may have that special something for that person you have a hard time shopping for. So this edition of Coffee Break is dedicated to gathering and listing some great shopping lists, all in one place. Some of these links are curated lists from other blogs and sources, some are my own recommendations. Hopefully, you’ll find it helpful as you shop for those you love.
Gifts For Men – These links are all on sites that are designed for men. However, there is also a great guide to selecting the right gift or stocking stuffer for the woman in your life.
Gadgets – A pretty comprehensive gift guide can be found at The Verge. Not all of the items on this list are recommended, however, there are a few that I found interesting. You can also check out this list at Mental Floss.