March 25, 2015


You HAVE to eat candy

I learn a lot by reading ads from the past. Like this one that a sugar company put up in 1946. It says “Pure, wholesome candy in reasonable amounts and at the right time is a valuable factor in balanced nutrition at all ages.”

Yeah, you NEED candy. It's as important as fruits and vegetables! “Candy is an energy food.”

March 24, 2015

Dang, these kids have SKILLS

Acronyms can be confusing to use

An acronym is a word formed by the first letters of other words.

The idea of using acronyms in signs is usually to start each sentence with the right letter. But something went really wrong here! (Photo by Max Fisher.)

March 19, 2015

Let's go on an adventure to Thaddeus Kosciuszko’s Park!

Being a park ranger for the smallest park in the National Park System sounds like a pretty good job. And the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Philadelphia is only .02 acres in size. That means you just have to take a few steps to get from one side of it to the other.

So it's easy to spot vagrants trying to camp illegally at the memorial, which is basically a small messy room where Thaddeus Kosciuszko lived for seven months.

But who’s Thaddeus Kosciuszko?” you ask.

Surely you jest! Thomas Jefferson called Kosciuszko “the purest son of liberty I have ever known.” He was the most famous Polish hero of the American Revolutionary War, serving as the head engineer for the Continental Army.

Upon later returning to Poland, Kosciuszko went on to lead the Polish army to several brilliant victories against an invading Russian force. Although he never lost a battle, Kosciuszko lost the war when the Polish king surrendered in 1792.

So he’s sort of like the Polish George Washington . . . if Washington had lost.

In 1797, Kosciuszko traveled to Philadelphia to try to get some back pay that was owed him. And our modern National Memorial is where he stayed for seven months before moving back to Europe.

Hang on a second. Excuse me sir, there’s NO CAMPING here!

Fun Fact: Out of the 367 sites run by the National Park Service, the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is the 364th most popular!