Monday, April 1, 2013
Learn more about the origins of April Fools' Day.
While the origins of April Fools' Day are sketchy at best, one of the more popular theories dates back to the 16th century. Prior to 1582, the new year began on April 1. When the new year was moved to Jan. 1 in 1582, there were some people who hadn't heard or didn't believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. These "April fools" were often ridiculed by being sent on "fools errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes. Below are some other fun and interesting April Fools' Day facts: Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Not only does it rank first among presidents' names, its No. 1 when it comes to names of places throughout the United States. See more below.
Presidents’ Day is observed on the third Monday of February every year. And while many feel Presidents’ Day is a time to honor all former U.S. presidents, the holiday is actually the official observance of George Washington’s birthday, which is Feb. 22, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau recently released a list of the country's 100 most common names of places, minor civil divisions (MCD) and counties. As it turns out, many presidents' names turn up quite high on the list. The following is the list from the Census Bureau: 61 Grant Note: The “actual name” column is based on the number of places, MCDs and counties with just that name alone. The “total” column includes the “actual name” count plus the count in which the …
Monday, January 21, 2013
How much do you know about the civil rights leader?
Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter On Jan. 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was born. He was a man who would eventually become the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a renowned leader in the advancement of civil rights around the world. Every third Monday in January, we observe the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., and this year, it falls on Jan. 16, we celebrate the birth of King as a day to promote equality among all people, regardless of background or ethnicity. Among his best-known accomplishments, King was a chief motivator in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. He was the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and his beliefs in nonviolent …
Monday, December 31, 2012
While celebrating in Lakeville, bring these interesting fun facts and trivia about New Year's Eve.
If you're celebrating New Year's Eve in Richfield this year and find a lull in the conversation, and the wine just isn't getting things going, impress your family and friends with this New Year's trivia: Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
A look at some of the December holiday celebrations.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Several other holidays—some religious, some secular—make December a special month for non-Christians, too. And that doesn't even count today's predicted apocalypse.
Jesus is the reason for the season, the old saying goes, but that’s only partially true. December is also a special time for people from other faith traditions, and those with none at all. Did you know today is the shortest day of the year? It's also, supposedly, the day of the apocalypse. For instance: Hanukkah In the spectrum of Jewish observances, Hanukkah is a relatively minor event, says Rabbi Lynn Liberman of the Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights. The holiday has grown in prominence largely because of its proximity to that other big religious holiday that comes along at about the same time. Hanukkah celebrates a military victory and the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem during the 2nd century BCE. During this …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Nov. 1 is All Saints' Day.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Here's some additional facts about Sunday's big game we bet you didn't know, and some more useful information including kickoff time.
Super Bowl XLVI ... the big game ... a diet buster of a day ... Whatever the reason to watch the Super Bowl, sometimes the company we share while watching it can leave us feeling like information haves and have-nots. While some of us have been following the NFL, chances are good our scope didn't expand much beyond the Vikings and their dismal season. So there's a good chance we're going to get smoked by the football nerds in the room who know more about Tom Brady than his girlfriend's name. Gisele Bundchen is her name, by the way. Whether you're looking to impress the sports nerds in the room with a few of your own facts, or you're simply a true connoisseur of arguably useless knowledge, here's some fun trivia for you about Super Bowl 2012…