18 Facts That'll Make You Feel Proud to be an American this 4th of July

18 Facts That'll Make You Feel Proud to be an American this 4th of July

Land of the free, home of the generous??

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With all of the political controversy and social unrest plaguing our daily lives, it may be difficult to find something to celebrate this Independence Day. I still firmly believe there is some good yet to be shown by the USA, so I took it upon myself to do some research. Believe it or not, there's a lot of information out there for us to celebrate...

1. In terms of area, the Pentagon is the biggest office space in the world.

One can only imagine how much havoc Michael Scott could wreak in that office.

2. Thanks to the US, the Internet was developed.

The United States was a "driving force" for the development of the Internet, so we can blame all of our wasted time on the good ole red, white, and blue.

3. People who live in the US are most likely to help others.

This is according to something called the World Giving Index.

4. Harvard, the world's second best university, was the first to exist in the United States.

Elle Woods is only one of their most famous alumni.

5. Our firefighters? Yeah, they're mostly volunteers.

Nearly 70% of all United States firefighters perform their services voluntarily.

6. Two of our presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, stayed patriotic two the end.

Both men died on July 4, 1826 after each serving as president.

7. Believe it or not, English isn't the official language of the United States. There isn't one.

I still can't believe how many people don't know this. Martin Van Buren, the first president born in the US, actually spoke Dutch as his first language for Pete's sake!

8. Which do we have more of: McDonald's restaurants or public libraries? The answer may surprise you...

Our nation does indeed have more libraries than McDonald's. It's such a shame that more people don't read.

9. Even more impressive is the number of museums we have.

There are more of these than ALL of the Starbucks AND McDonald's!

10. We love our furbabies.

In fact, we have 2 of them for every 3 humans. A life with pets is better than a life without!

11. We ESPECIALLY love our doggos.

We love them so much, we let them be in charge. The town of Cormorant, MN elected a dog as mayor for its 3rd term in August 2016.

12. Our families are always growing.

4% of women in the US are pregnant as we speak. Yay for babies!

13. Who run the businesses? Girls.

We aren't close to equality in this sense, but we're making strides. Women own 30% of all US businesses.

14. We truly are a nation of immigrants.

More people of Norweigan descent live in the United States than in Norway. Maybe that says something about Norway, maybe that says something about the US. Either way GO USA!

15. We're getting better at preserving our natural resources.

Specifically, we use less water than we did in 1970. How's that for conservation?

16. We truly believe in an open democracy.

We all have the ability to obtain power: the application to run for president consists of a single sheet of paper and takes about 4 minutes to complete.

17. We have a hotline for everything.

211 is a line that connects people with services they may benefit from.

18. Our patriotism is clever.

The state of Washington features a city called George. Get it?

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An Open Letter To Every Athlete On Their Senior Night

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"
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Dear Seniors,

For many of you, today was a day that you had always wished would come sooner, only to find that when the day arrived wishing for it to come was the last thing you truly ever wanted.

When stepping out onto the court or field or rink for the very last time today, take a moment to stand quietly and look out into the crowd, look to your teammates, to your coaches, and to your fellow seniors, and remember the way this made you feel, as this is a feeling you will remember for the rest of your life.

Today and every day moving forward will be filled with memories that will last you a lifetime.

Today is a day bound to be filled with endless amounts of tears, both happy and sad, so let it be. Let these feelings consume you, and serve as a reminder that no matter where you may go in life from this very moment, that you have made a family of your own. That you have changed the lives of others by just simply being in theirs.

That all the little things were really the big things, like the nicknames you had for your teammates, or your favorite song to sing in the locker room before a game. These things that never seemed to mean anything at the time are all the things that you will carry with you when you leave this place you call your home away from home.

On this day, years from now you will not remember the wins and losses of each season, but the people that took this journey with you and never let you look back.

The teammates that picked you up and carried you through the good and the bad of each day. The ones that taught you to see the good in all things. The ones who never let you live down the stupid things you did, mainly because they did them with you. And even the ones that you couldn't stand 99.9% percent of the time.

You will remember the coaches that pushed you and never let you give up.

You will remember all the times they yelled and made you run until you couldn't walk. The times that they depended on you to be the leaders we all knew you could be. But more than any of that, you will remember the opportunity they gave you to play the game you learned to love, the game that changed your life, the game that taught you more lessons about life, love and dedication than anything ever could.

On this day I ask you to remember a few things. I ask that you remember that the impact you have had on your teammates' lives is unmeasurable, never doubt that. The time you have spent dedicated to this sport that you love was never, EVER a waste of your time, because you are a better person because of it.

I ask you to remember that although the sadness you may hold in your heart overwhelms you, that you have found a part of you along this journey that will help you follow your dreams, whatever they may be.

Play your heart out today, and leave knowing you've given it all you've got just one last time. Leave knowing that you are one of the lucky ones. Remember the love, remember the defeat, remember the laughs and the tears, remember the battle wounds. Remember this feeling, always and forever.

Best of Luck,

Your Biggest Fan

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10 Easy Halloween Costumes For Every College Girl Who's On A Budget

2. Box wine.

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When you're in college I feel like you spend all of October trying to brainstorm for a costume idea for Halloween. Not only do you want to be super fun and creative but you also don't want to spend a fortune! Here are some ideas to get you through your Halloween festivities while looking fabulous on a budget:

1. Betty, Veronica and Cheryl from Riverdale.

All you need is some black athletic shorts, a white and yellow baseball tee and some poms. GO BULLDOGS!

2. Box wine.

All you need is to take a cardboard box and cut out arm and foot holes, then blow up an image of your favorite box wine. Bonus points if you actually cut out a hole so you can have some of the wine inside the box and have it pour out.

3. Mean Girls.

All you need is a few friends and a pink shirt with a pleated skirt. You can even cut out holes in your top so your bra can peek through! That's so fetch.

4.  ANY cute animal.

All you need is a cute outfit of your choosing and some animal ears (maybe even a tale). This is probably the easiest and best for last minute parties.

5. The Little Mermaid.

All you need to buy is a cheap purple bra or bathing suit. and cover it with shells, sequins and whatever else sparkly you have laying around. Then pair it with a green skirt and you're all set. You can even get hairspray from a Halloween store to turn your hair red!

6. Gum Ball Machine. 

All you need is a red skirt or shorts and to glue a bunch of poms ( or actually gum balls) to a crop top!

7. Kim Possible and Ron.

All you need is a black long sleeve crop top or just long sleeve and green cargo pants. Call me beep me if you want to reach me!

8. The Purge.

I feel like this is the go to quick Halloween program. All you need is a mask and a weapon of your choice! Just remember all the good the Purge does!

9.  It's Raining Men.

This is super fun and creative. All you need is an umbrella, some string, and pictures of your favorite me. Attach the pictures to the string and hang them from the umbrella! Hallelujah!

10.  Victoria secret model.

This is so easy it's genius. All you need is a thin silky robe and whatever you chose to wear underneath.

Hopefully some of these help in your journey of finding the perfect Halloween costume!

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