September 22nd is to dedicate the happiest of birthdays to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular Middle Earth Cycle books, The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings. Standing upright anywhere between a shocking two to four feet tall, hobbits are the unlikely underdog hero that we never see coming.

Filled with an overwhelming sense of valor and honor, hobbits tend to accomplish great achievements, even if that means putting their own selves at risk. Because of these unwittingly heroes, why not give them a whole day to be treated as if it is their birthday – similar to that described in the beginning of The Fellowship of The Ring.

This day occurs in the middle of Tolkien Week (a completely separate event), where we celebrate the life and legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien who had passed in early September of 1973. Hobbit Day always collides within the Tolkien week, where we feel like this really adds to the memory that we are remembering. You can be part of the party on the 22nd by hosting a movie marathon to commemorate your favorite Hobbits that have become national heroes in your eyes. Dub it the “Long Awaited Party” and the real fans will show up.

We the people, are celebrating the ratification of our nation’s Constitution on September 17th! On this day way back in 1787, thirty-nine of America’s leading founders (including our first president, Mr. George Washington!) signed this document to declare that all people born in the United States or have been naturalized, are in fact, citizens of this country.

The finalization of this historic document is one of the most important days in creating the foundation of American ideals, government, and fundamental laws. During the time of the 1700s, there was no country that was doing what America dared to do – let the people have a voice in its political matters. When our country’s constitution came to be, at that moment in time, there was truly nothing like that happening anywhere else in the world. We shook things up by saying we are allowing the people to have a voice in how their country is run and by whom. Eventually, we had others following suit.

It is important to still celebrate this holiday. Within today’s political climate, no matter what side of the spectrum anyone is, it is important to observe that because of this day in 1787, we have the ability to exercise any and all of these rights in which people are openly utilizing. We have the freedom to not only speak our opinions, but to just have an opinion. Our foundations are rooted in the Constitution, making it a day to remember in so that we can see how truly lucky we are and to look at how far we have come.

We all know the rhyme:
Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

But, was she really guilty?

On the morning of August 4, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, a senseless double-homicide occurred in the Borden home. Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby, were nearly indistinguishable after having a hatchet blow over and over again on their faces until they succumbed to their injuries. But not a single thing was out of place or any sign of a break in was seen when the police arrived.

The Borden’s were no ordinary family. They possessed immense wealth and good standing with families all over New England. And everyone all over the city knew of Borden’s wealth and investments, but liked him because he never flaunted his earnings. So there could very well be a motive to murder the Borden’s for the sake of money.

No one suspected a thing that morning. The Borden’s lived on a pretty busy city street. They were murdered in broad daylight with not a single neighbor or passerby thinking anything of the modest home on the street. Not a sound was heard as the two 60 year olds fell to their fate.

Nonetheless, that did not stop police from assuming the murders must have been committed by a man and arrested a Portuguese immigrant within hours.

Where was Andrew’s 32-year-old daughter Lizzie in all of this? She had told police she was in the barn when the murders happened. When she came into the home and saw her father’s body, she sent their Irish servant to fetch for help. Because of nativism and the reputation of the Borden’s, police never had thought of Lizzie as a suspect. She was a humble Sunday school teacher and well-liked in the community.

However, police started to slowly piece together odd clues that made them have to go back and reexamine Lizzie’s potential role in the crimes. Her stories started becoming frazzled and many found it frightening that she never once cried over her deceased father and step-mother. They also had evidence that she attempted to purchase a lethal, prussic acid the day before the murders. As police listed her as a suspect, the public could not believe it. Not because of her reputation and being a Godly woman, it was just because she was a woman. This became horrific news to the nation as there had not yet been such a public murder that the main suspect was a woman.

Although Lizzie was arrested about a week after the deaths, she was found not guilty and acquitted less than a year later and was set free. Just because she had her freedom, did not mean that she had her life back. She became a recluse while her and her sister, Emma, moved to The Hill, where the infamous Lizzie Borden house resides now. In 1905, her and her sister had a falling out and Emma moved out. They never spoke again.

So what really could have been the motive for Lizzie to kill her parents? Was it for greed because her father was so stingy with money? Was it because of her years-long distaste for her step-mother? Was it even Lizzie at all? After all, there were two other young ladies living and actually in the Borden’s home at the time – Emma and the Irish servant, Maggie. Either one of them could have easily done it and threw Lizzie under the bus. Or maybe all three of them were co-conspirators to make a quick and easy fortune? Whatever the case may be, anyone and everyone who knew the real truth behind these murders are long gone and something we may never know the answer to.

IT’S…ALIVE!

In honor of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s being born on this day back in 1797 – today we celebrate her unreal creation, Frankenstein.

This classic novel was actually first published with an anonymous author since women were not taken seriously as writers back in 1818. Shelley was a trailblazer in helping bring women out of the woodworks when it came to the arts.

The book combines science fiction and horror facets, along with some vibes of romance and action, there is no doubt that Frankenstein is a piece of literature that transcends time.

Dr. Frankenstein created his Creature, a cadaver that was brought to life through chemistry and a bolt of lightning. Through this legendary tale, we find that many monsters may not be the things that we think they are, but can actually be those who live amongst us.

How can you celebrate today? Well, grab Shelley’s masterpiece, plan out your Halloween costume in remembrance of the Monster, and cross your fingers for a thunderstorm to set the mood.

Is it possible fоr a реrѕоn tо livе forever? That iѕ whаt ѕоmе реорlе аrе сlаiming аbоut a hiѕtоriсаl figurе knоwn as Count dе Sаint-Gеrmаin. His оriginѕ are ѕtill unclear. Sоmе rесоrdѕ date hiѕ birth tо thе lаtе 1600s, аlthоugh ѕоmе bеliеvе that hiѕ longevity rеасhеѕ bасk to thе time оf Chriѕt. Hе hаѕ appeared mаnу times throughout history – even аѕ rесеntlу as thе 1970s – always арреаring tо bе аbоut 45 years оld. Hе wаѕ knоwn by many of thе mоѕt fаmоuѕ figures оf Eurореаn hiѕtоrу, including Cаѕаnоvа, Mаdаmе de Pаmраdоur, Vоltаirе, King Lоuiѕ XV, Catherine the Grеаt, Antоn Mеѕmеr, Gеоrgе Washington аnd оthеrѕ. He hаѕ also bееn linked tо a numbеr оf occult mоvеmеntѕ аnd соnѕрirасу thеоriеѕ.

Who wаѕ this mysterious mаn? Arе thе stories of his immоrtаlitу mеrе legend аnd fоlklоrе? Or is it possible thаt he rеаllу did discover thе ѕесrеt оf еtеrnаl lifе?

The dаtе of birth for Sаint Gеrmаn is unknоwn, аlthоugh mоѕt ассоuntѕ ѕау he wаѕ bоrn in the 1690s. A genealogy соmрilеd bу Anniе Besant for hеr co-authored bооk, The Comte De St. Gеrmаin: The Sесrеt of Kingѕ, аѕѕеrtѕ thаt hе wаѕ bоrn thе ѕоn оf Francis Rасосzi II, Prinсе оf Trаnѕуlvаniа in 1690. What wе dо knоw fоr certain iѕ thаt hе wаѕ аn ассоmрliѕhеd аlсhеmiѕt, whiсh means he соuld turn heaps of mеtаl intо рurе gold. If thаt wаѕn’t a nеаt еnоugh triсk аlrеаdу, the соunt аlѕо сlаimеd tо hаvе discovered the secret оf еtеrnаl lifе! Between 1740 аnd 1780 Sаint-Gеrmаin, who was ԛuitе a сеlеbritу in those days, trаvеlеd еxtеnѕivеlу thrоughоut Eurоре – аnd in аll thаt timе nеvеr ѕееmеd tо аgе. Those whо met him wеrе astonished bу hiѕ mаnу abilities аnd ресuliаritiеѕ likе:

  • He ѕроkе 12 lаnguаgеѕ
  • He could рlау thе viоlin likе a virtuоѕо.
  • He was an ассоmрliѕhеd раintеr.
  • Whеrеvеr hе trаvеlеd, he ѕеt up аn еlаbоrаtе laboratory, рrеѕumаblу for hiѕ аlсhеmу work.
  • He ѕееmеd to bе a mаn оf great wеаlth, but wаѕ not knоwn tо hаvе any bаnk accounts. (If it wаѕ duе tо hiѕ аbilitу to trаnѕmutе base metals intо gold, hе nеvеr реrfоrmеd the fеаt fоr оbѕеrvеrѕ.)
  • He dined оftеn with friеndѕ because hе enjoyed thеir company, but was rаrеlу ѕееn to еаt fооd in рubliс. Hе ѕubѕiѕtеd, it was said, on a diet of оаtmеаl.
  • Hе рrеѕсribеd rесiреѕ fоr the removal оf facial wrinklеѕ аnd for dуеing hаir.
  • He loved jеwеlѕ, аnd muсh оf his clothing – inсluding his ѕhоеѕ – wеrе studded with them.
  • Hе hаd реrfесtеd a technique fоr painting jеwеlѕ.
  • Hе claimed tо be аblе to fuѕе several ѕmаll diаmоndѕ into оnе lаrgе оnе. He аlѕо ѕаid hе соuld make реаrlѕ grоw tо inсrеdiblе ѕizеѕ.
  • He has bееn linkеd tо several secret ѕосiеtiеѕ, including thе Rosicrucians, Frееmаѕоnѕ, Society оf Aѕiаtiс Brothers, thе Knights оf Light, thе Illuminati аnd Order of thе Tеmрlаrѕ.

Offiсiаllу Saint Germain died in 1784, but оf соurѕе dying еԛuаlѕ hаving a bad dау, when уоur саllеd thе “immortal соunt”. Hе wоuld соntinuе tо bе seen thrоughоut the 19th century and into thе 20th century!

  • In 1785 hе was ѕееn in Gеrmаnу with Anton Mesmer, thе рiоnееr hypnotist. (Sоmе сlаim thаt it wаѕ Saint-Germain whо gаvе Mеѕmеr the bаѕiс ideas for hypnotism аnd реrѕоnаl magnetism.)
  • Offiсiаl rесоrdѕ оf Freemasonry show thаt thеу сhоѕе Sаint-Gеrmаin as thеir representative fоr a соnvеntiоn in 1785.
  • Aftеr thе tаking of thе Bastille in the Frеnсh Revolution in 1789, the Cоmtеѕѕе d’Adhémаr ѕаid she hаd a lеngthу соnvеrѕаtiоn with Count dе Saint-Germain. Hе allegedly tоld her of Frаnсе’ѕ immеdiаtе futurе, аѕ if hе knеw what was to come. In 1821, she wrоtе: “I hаvе ѕееn Sаint-Gеrmаin аgаin, еасh timе to my аmаzеmеnt. I saw him when thе ԛuееn [Antоinеttе] wаѕ murdеrеd, on thе 18th of Brumаirе, оn thе day fоllоwing thе dеаth of thе Dukе d’Enghien, in Jаnuаrу, 1815, аnd оn thе eve of the murdеr оf thе Dukе dе Bеrrу.” Thе lаѕt timе ѕhе saw him wаѕ in 1820 – and еасh timе hе lооkеd tо bе a mаn no older thаn hiѕ mid-40s.

Voltaire, thе 18th сеnturу philosopher, реrhарѕ bеѕt summed uр thе Cоunt оf St. Gеrmаin: thiѕ iѕ “a mаn who nеvеr dies, and whо knows еvеrуthing.” Whеthеr that’s true оr nоt, оnlу hiѕtоrу knows.

Edgar Allan Poe had a mysterious and untimely death at the young age of 40 on October 7, 1849, in Baltimore, Maryland – leaving behind a mystery as dark and macabre as him and his writings.
He was found incoherent and unable to explain what had happened to him outside a bar, doubling as a voting place. He was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his illness/injuries four days later; he repeatedly called out the name “Reynolds,” but nothing more than that.

It remains a mystery as to how Poe died…exactly.

Was he a victim of ‘cooping’; an early form of voter fraud? Did he die from alcohol poisoning, although he had joined the “Temperance Movement” one year earlier, or syphilis due to the many women he encountered after the depressing death of his wife?

They all seem very plausible but the most intriguing is: he was a victim of cooping, popular among gangs, or ruffians, in the 1840s.

It is considered that Poe was kidnapped by ruffians and forced to participate in ‘cooping’ which meant he had to wear multiple disguises and vote several times. And for each time he voted, he was given alcohol as his payment, even if he didn’t choose to commit the fraud. When the scam was discovered by officials, the gang had beat him and left him for dead so they could escape without consequences. The combination of excess alcohol and the intense beating caused Poe’s brain to swell and doctors were unable to save his life.

But that is only one theory, among many others that remain as mysterious as the Crow himself.

To all of you who have always struggled with right-handed desks in school – this one’s for you!

Did you know that only 10% of the population is left-handed?! You are a rare find, my friend.

This day got started in 1992 in the United Kingdom – their “Left-Handers Club” was established to increase awareness about the small, left-handed society. According to the group’s website, August 13th is a day where “left-handers everywhere can celebrate [themselves] and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.”

There has not been any scientific proof that genetics play any role in a person having “SouthPaws” (or another nickname for left-handers!) However, what has been found in Lefties brains is that they have a more active right side of their brain. This means, statistically, they are more creative than right-handed people. And don’t even think for a second you will be able to hit a curveball thrown by a leftie!

Although rare, there is no evidence that says that those of us with SouthPaws are going anywhere anytime soon! In fact, scientists believe that they may be the only sect of people that could survive a “survival of the fittest” scenario.

So, does this mean that those with the dominant left hand, have the upper hand?

Hey, bookworm! Take this as your excuse to do nothing but snuggle up with your favorite book because today is your day!

So would you consider yourself a bibliophile? This is a person who has a great appreciation for or collects physical books. Are you more of a classic, Great American novel fan or would you say that the Harry Potter series are the one and only books to exist? Either way – observe today reading whatever makes you happy!

How will you celebrate today? Here are a few tips to help include others in this awesome day:

– Inspire younger children with your favorite novel from their age. This will get them excited about reading and broaden their literature horizons!
– Put down the e-Reader, go to your local bookstore, and hold a physical book! Nothing beats the feeling of reading your favorite paperback.
– Use the hashtag, #NationalBookLoversDay, on all social media platforms to share the love with people all around the world!

Let us all gather ‘round, put down the electronic devices, and celebrate the love of literature!

Semper Paratus! Because the Coast Guard is always ready.

Officially founded and Congress authorized back in August 4, 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard was born to be one of the five of American Armed Forces. Back in 1790, Congress has decided to construct 10 vessels to aide in tariff and trading laws that would help prevent smuggling and protect the entirety of the federal reserve. Did you ever learn that in your Social Studies classes?

Through the years, the Coast Guard has had other huge liabilities added to their service men and women like assisting in distressed mariners at sea and humanitarian duties. Although “Coasties” are mainly known for protecting, well, the coast – they also serve on the mainland to assist in preserving the environment as well as search and rescue missions.

With nearly 90,000 active service members, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this day! As it falls on a Sunday this year, many service people and their families will probably take this day to sit back, relax, and maybe throw down a great, old fashioned barbeque! This will bring everyone together to be thankful for those who protect our country and remember those who have served before them.

So now is a perfect time to go hug your favorite U.S. Coast Guard and thank them for protecting our waters and borders!

Who doesn’t love the rustic smell of a used paperback book in the middle of your favorite library?

Paperback Book Day is a celebration honoring the change of how they came to be. Before paperbacks, books were bound by large and heavy slabs of leather that made them nearly impossible to carry around or travel with. However, in the 19th century, they figured that this was not a great idea anymore! With new technology coming about to making printing and publishing easier, the paperback book was born.

Not to mention that on this day in 1935, Penguin paperbacks were published for the first time ever in England!

Did you know that travel via railroads are a large factor in the development and refinement of paperback books? Because people were traveling more often and brought books to kill time, the presses started making the book cheaper and easier to travel with.

As paperbacks are increasingly becoming less popular due to digital libraries that are thin and lightweight, we don’t only celebrate their longevity, but the people who still choose to read them. But does it not feel so much better to be physically holding a real book? There is just something about holding the weight of it in your hands that makes you feel like you have some kind of power.

Why don’t you go home after work today and curl yourself up on the couch and read your favorite paperback for the rest of the evening – to celebrate you and a piece of history that you are holding.