24 Things To Beware Of On The Ides Of March

24 Things To Beware Of On The Ides Of March

"Take heed the Ides of March!"

The Ides of March is known, according to superstition and Shakespeare, to be a dangerous day. So maybe it would be a good excuse to just stay home and take the day off.

But, if you do decide to go out and brave the world on the Ides of March, here are a few things Dukes should beware of:

1. Oversleeping and missing your first class of the day.

2. Dukes who don't hold doors (#Rude...).

3. The test you've forgotten about until you get to class and your friend says "you ready for the test?"

4. The person who definitely just saw you trip up the ISAT steps.

5. Just one more Starbucks latte that causes you to run out of dining dollars halfway through the semester.

6. The person who steals your JACard and cell phone because you left it on a table at E-Hall while going to get more food.

7. The tour group that awkwardly observes you as you're eating lunch at SSC.

8. The car in front of you that takes the last space in the parking deck.

9. The lovely JMU parking services, who will gladly give you ANOTHER parking ticket.

10. Accidentally walking into the wrong class.

11. Extra long lines at UREC Freshens… and workers who will be annoyed when they mess up your order and you ask them to fix it.

12. The bicyclist or skateboarder who might run over you because they're going too fast.

13. Realizing your laptop is going dead while you're using it... and then also realizing you forgot your charger.

14. The person who gets into a twitter fight with you over why your March Madness bracket is all wrong.

15. That village squirrel that drops an acorn from a tree right as you walk beneath it.

16. Questionable food from D-Hub.

17. Advice from online articles — like this one... just kidding! (maybe)

18. The bus that you miss even though you tried to run in order to catch it.

19. The train that takes 20 minutes to pass, making you late for class.

20. The bus driver who slams on the brakes when you're least expecting it.

21. The person who beats you to the only open table you could find at SSC.

22. The friend who convinces you to watch a movie, even though you have a paper to write and a test to study for.

23. The writer's block that causes writing a 5-page paper to take twice as long as it normally would.

24. Backstabbing friends... just kidding, I'm sure you have better friends than Julius Caesar did.

Good luck out there, Dukes! And remember, "Beware the Ides of March!"

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The United States of America: Land of the free, home of the brave.

Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year! Full of outside, summer fun, barbecued foods, and firework displays. Behind all of that, however, is history! In celebration of our nation's Independence Day, here are 15 fun facts and pieces of trivia:

1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

2. The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.

3. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.

4. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)

5. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 240 years later, 311 million people live.

6. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

7. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

8. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.

9. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.

10. Most of the signers of the Declaration did not formally sign until August 2, 1776.

11. Though it is no treasure map as predicted by Nicholas Cage in "Treasure Hunt 2", the message "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

12. More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July!

13. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!

14. In 1781, the great state of Massachusetts became the first one to declare Independence Day a holiday

15. Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display is the largest in the United States

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.


When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.


As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!


Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.


I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds


Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.


Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide


Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.


This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.



17. Build a fort.


Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.


Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.


Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.


Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.


Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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