Recovering from Our World Cup Loss and Fourth of July Facts

Well, first things first.  No sooner than I’d posted a couple of days ago that I thought the United States was going to beat Belgium in their World Cup match they LOST!  YES, LOST!  THEY LOST!  REALLY?  WHAT A BUMMER! Not that you don’t already know this if you’ve been following the World Cup, but I was so sure (from what I know about soccer at least) that they were going to win.  My dad said that we played respectably.  That’s something, I guess.  But I think I’d much rather be a WINNER than TO LOSE respectably.  I’m just saying…….but, I still love our team.  Go USA!  We’ll be back in four years to win it all!

Now, in honor of the Fourth of July tomorrow, here are a few Fourth of July Facts that I found while surfing the Internet.

  1. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was out-voted when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle.
  2. Over an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th. That’s about one hot dog for every two people in the United States.
  3. The first Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
  4. The words “under God” were not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until the year 1954.
  5. More than 74 million Americans will barbecue on July 4th.
  6. The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
  7. The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were represented equally.
  8. Three U.S. presidents have died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence; five years later, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.
  9. Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on the 4th of July.  He was born in 1872.
  10. Marie Curie, the only woman to win two Nobel Prizes and the only person to win two in two different science fields, died on July 4, 1934.