AAA will ensure your night is fun and safe with a program available to members–and non-members!
You can call them “Good guy towing company” or your lifesaver, just make sure to call them when you've had a few too many on New Year's Eve.
The friendly neighborhood car service and towing company, AAA will gladly tow your car and give you a lift home completely for free—even if you aren't a paying member. There is never an excuse to drink and drive.
The statistics of drunk driving related deaths is staggering and terrifying. About a person is killed every half-hour and there are about 16,000 people killed in alcohol related crashes each year. In fact, about half of all traffic fatalities can thank alcohol as a cause.
Thanks to AAA's “Holiday Safe Ride Program” the amount of cheer-ending accidents can decline into oblivion. It isn't just New Year's as well, most major holidays are covered for both members and non-members in many (but not all) states.
Of course, the wait times can be long, so it's always smart to plan ahead and have a designated driver to ensure your night starts fun and ends safely.
Theodore Roosevelt always carried a lethal dose of morphine with him – in case he needed to take his own life!
Even powerful, important people sometimes contemplate taking their own life. In fact, Theodore Roosevelt seemed to have had it on his mind regularly!
He carried a lethal dose of morphine with him for many years in case he had to take his own life.
He had it with him where ever he went as though it were his most prized possession.
The tiny glass vial was small enough to be packed into his satchel with his books and eight extra pairs of glasses and would also be inconspicuous in his luggage in between his other possessions.
He had taken the morphine with him on his travels to the American West, to Africa and finally, to Brazil in 1913, where he came extremely close to finally using it.
Roosevelt and a small group of men were on an expedition to the Brazilian River of Doubt. From the very beginning everything went horribly wrong and three months later Roosevelt was extremely ill with malaria and trapped at an impassable part of the river.
That was when he seriously considered ingesting the lethal dose of morphine.
Although he made it out of the Amazon alive, he never fully recovered and died only five years later.
Alaska was the butt of many jokes for a long time when the U.S. purchased it!
Where the heck did Alaska come from?
It's a vast piece of frozen tundra, unbelievable wilderness and terrifying creatures that really has no business being a part of the United States.
It wasn't won in a war, it wasn't conquered and it wasn't claimed by some American explorers. It was purchased, but it ended up being the butt of many jokes for years!
William Seward was the Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He was a great advocate for territory expansion and looked northward for the best opportunity.
Before then, though, he made claims to acquire places like British Columbia, the Danish West Indies, the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Hawaiian Island and succeed in annexing the Midway Islands.
He is best known for buying Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867. He acquired 586,412 square miles of land, which is more than twice the size of Texas, for the paltry sum of $7,200,000 ($121 million in today's dollars).
He was mocked for the purchase and it became known as Seward's Folly. Seward strongly believed that purchasing Alaska was his greatest achievement, though it would take a generation for the people to realize it!
A one-year-old boy in India has broken a world record after being born with 34 fingers and toes!
Akshat Saxena had seven fingers on each hand and ten toes on each foot, according to a spokesman for Guinness World Records. This beats the previous record of a Chinese boy born with 31 fingers and toes.
The condition is known as polydactyly and is a rare genetic condition that makes unborn babies grow extra fingers and toes, usually on the little finger side of the hand. The parents were shocked, but did not know that their baby was so unusual. A family friend finally convinced them to go on the internet and enter the data. That’s when they found that their kid had broken the world record.
The boy went into surgery and after 16 hours, he now only has 10 fingers and 10 toes.
James Sinegal, former CEO of Costco, was criticized by Wall Street for putting employees before profits! His response is great.
James Sinegal is the co-founder of Costco and held the position of CEO from its inception in 1983 to his retirement in 2012. Sinegal wasn’t your every day CEO, though.
He subscribed to the idea that treating your employees well will, in turn, get them to treat/serve customers well.
Sinegal made sure that most of his employees received benefits, and gave them compensation and benefits much higher than the industry standards.
For example, over 90% of Costco employees qualify for employer-sponsored health insurance; the U.S. retail industry average is just under sixty percent. As a result, Costco has the lowest employee turnover rate in retail.
Not everyone loved his style of management, however. Wall Street analysts criticized his policies of putting employees before shareholders and profits. Sinegal didn’t let this faze him. “We want to build a company that will still be here 50 and 60 years from now," he said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.
One of his more famous quotes is “you have to take the shit with the sugar."
Weird Al’s parody of Blurred Lines is hilarious… but you might learn some English too
Weird Al Yankovic has long been called the king of spoof songs. Usually they're silly and funny. This time, however, he is taking aim at people who commit "Word Crimes."
Check it out below, and you might learn a new thing or two.
Dolphins have the next best memory to humans! These guys remember their pals from 20 years ago!
There's a saying that goes “an elephant never forgets,” however we've been wrong all this time.
Turns out the bottlenose dolphin has an incredibly impressive memory. In fact, they have the longest memory of any non-human animal out there.
This cognitive ability and sophistication puts them in line with that of humans, chimpanzees and the aforementioned elephants.
They are said to be able to remember the whistle of a companion even after 20 years of being separated. I can barely remember what I had for lunch!
Tests were done using 53 different bottlenose dolphins, each with records about who they lived with at the science facility. They found that each dolphin develops a sort of whistle or call that is unique and belongs solely to them, almost like a name.
When recordings were played of their old room mate (tank mate?), the dolphins showed sign of recognition as opposed to recordings of stranger dolphin calls, even though they had been separated for more than 20 years.
This poet was a bit of a troublemaker and brought a bear to school when they turned away his dog!
When Lord Byron's dog was turned down from entry with him when he attended Cambridge he decided to find the strangest loophole—he brought a bear. Talk about taking things too far!
The perturbed animal lover was so upset with Cambridge's ban from keeping dogs on the premises that Byron decided to get back in the most creative way.
The statutes never banned bringing pet bears to school and the school authorities had no legal way to stop him. Lucky for everyone involved, the bear was tame and “harmless.”
The bear didn't just end up some joke. When Byron graduated he went back to his ancestral home to live, Newstead Abbey, and the bear went with him!
It didn't stop with bears either. He had been known to keep a collection of unusual pets, including a tamed wolf.
A regular amusement for the poet and his friends included playing with the bear or teasing the wolf. Seems like there may have been a chip missing within the brains of these intellectuals!
When a father asked Xerxes to excuse his son from the army, the king cut the young man in half!
Xerxes I was the king of the Persian Archaemenid Empire and ruled from 486-465 BCE. To say he was a cruel man would be a GROSS understatement.
He wanted to conquer Greece and he spent four years getting enough weapons and supplies together to do this. He also forcefully enlisted every available and able man, from every possible region, to ensure that he would be victorious.
Pythias the Lydian hosted Xerxes and his army in the winter of 481-480 BCE and even offered to add generously to the king’s campaign in the form of money, but Xerxes would have none of it and instead he added to Pythias’ treasury.
Just before the king’s departure, an eclipse appeared in the sky. That was considered to be a very bad omen.
Pythias, who had five sons who were enlisted, became worried. Thinking of how generous Xerxes was toward him, he asked the king to please release his eldest son from duty so that he would at least have one son to look after him when he grew old.
Xerxes saw that as an insult and a doubt in his chances of victory. He took the eldest son from the ranks and cut him in half. He put each half on either side of the road and headed off to the battlefield, marching his troops through the two halves of the unfortunate young man.
Morgan Freeman has been nominated for, or has won 29 more awards than movies he starred in!
Morgan Freeman is one of the most loved American actors of all times.
There is just something about him that makes everybody like and respect him. He has a very recognizable golden voice to go with all his charm.
Freeman only really made his big break into the movie industry at the age of fifty with the film ‘Street Smart’ and since then his rise to fame was steady and consistent.
He has starred in 76 films, a number that excludes narrating and voice overs. A clear indication of what a truly brilliant actor he is would be the fact that he was nominated for and/or has won 105 awards—that's 29 more awards than movies he's starred in!
Besides acting, Freeman is also very actively involved in charity work and co-founded the Grenada Relief Fund. He also actively participates in raising awareness of environmental issues.
In 2012 Mr Freeman ranked third on the Forbes’ ‘Most Trustworthy Celeb’ list with Tom Hanks and Carol Burnett first and second, respectively. He was listed 19th on the ‘50 Greatest Actors of All Time’ list.
There is still no end in sight for this brilliant actor and there are rumors that we will see Morgan Freeman in more than one movie in 2015. If previous statistics are anything to go by, he may be nominated for a reward or two for those as well!