Four Key Facts about Fireworks

The 4th of July is a day for many people of parades, barbeque and of course fireworks.  The tradition got its start when the founding fathers met in Philadelphia to write and sign the Declaration of Independence.  The day after the Continental Congress voted for independence, John Adams, the future U.S. president, wrote to his wife Abigail.  At the end of his letter he stated that Independence day

“ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”

One year later in 1777 Philadelphia had fireworks, which Adams called “illuminations,” plus a parade commemorating Independence Day.  Since the 4th is so closely associated with fireworks here are four key points to talk about between explosions. Continue reading

How Come Prices For Turkeys Fall Just Before Thanksgiving?

In a few days it will be Thanksgiving, that great holiday where people consume huge quantities of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie for dessert.  One of the strange things about this holiday is that a few days before everyone starts cooking, turkeys go on sale!  In my family, we  almost never eat turkey except at Thanksgiving.  Why does the price come down at the one time in the year when demand for the product spikes? Continue reading