Also, Stay Away from Stephen Hawking’s Page

A new study shows that when you’re reading Facebook, your perception of time becomes distorted.

Pfft! Psychologists and their easy answers. Obviously the problem is that Facebook accelerates you closer to the speed of light.

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Cartoon of the Day – Goal

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[Michael P. Ramirez]

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The Illustrated Frank J: Also, Clamshell Packaging

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Strong, Independent Woman… Until It’s Time to Pay for Dinner

Trying to appear feminist, Hillary Clinton appeared in a video declaring “the future is female”.

I’m fine with that, as long as the future doesn’t try to make me pay for its birth control.

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Link of the Day: Not Complete Surprises, But I Found Them Interesting

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5 Strange Facts About the Planet Earth

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You Had Me at “Buckets of Death”

[How 2 Weaponize the Magnus Effect (Buckets Of Death)] (Viewer #450,697)

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Extra-Angry Because White Was Winning

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Bulls Don’t Kill Flies, They Just Tail-Swoosh Them

MSNBC’s Katy Tur suggested that Donald Trump will eventually be responsible for the “suspicious deaths” of journalists he dislikes.

First he’d have to notice them. But then he’d just tweet at them. Katy’s bitter that there’ll never be one about her.

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Washington’s Birthday 2017

I’ve been posting this — or posts very much like it — for over a decade. And I’m gonna keep doing it until everyone gets it right. Because it’s important.

What’s the problem? Some people call today “Presidents’ Day.” Those people are wrong. Don’t be those people. Today isn’t Presidents Day. It’s Washington’s Birthday. At least, that’s the holiday. His real birthday is actually coming up on the 22nd, but today is the federal holiday honoring Washington’s Birthday. Check out 5 U.S. Code § 6103.

When George Washington was born, the date was February 11, 1731. You see, the United Kingdom of Great Britain was using the Julian Calendar back then. There is an issue with leap years with the Julian Calendar, so the calendar was always slowly getting more and more inaccurate. Also, in England and the colonies, New Year’s Day was on March 25. Go figure.

Anyway, in 1750, the U.K. changed to the Gregorian Calendar and fixed things. New Year’s Day was now in January. The calendar dates were adjusted 11 days, which meant that, retroactively, George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. But that was only the first time people screwed around with his birthday.

The federal government did try to do right by Washington in 1879 when they added a fifth national holiday. Washington’s Birthday, February 22nd, was added to the list of New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day as national holidays. Other holidays were added later, until we have the ten we have today.

In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect, moving many of the holidays to Mondays instead of the proper or traditional day. Washington’s Birthday was one of those. And, just like the government, they made it so it would never be right. The holiday falls on the third Monday in February, which means it can be as early as the 15th, and as late as the 21st. It will never be on the 22nd, which is when it actually is.

Some states used to celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12th. Around half the states have state holidays honoring both Lincoln and Washington today. And, states can do that. Still, the federal holiday is, and has always been Washington’s Birthday.

If your state celebrates more than just George Washington today, fine. Honor Lincoln and the other presidents that your state recognizes. But, there is a reason the federal holiday is simply Washington’s Birthday. Don’t forget to honor the man without whom we might very well not have this great nation.

George Washington. February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799. First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.

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Cartoon of the Day – Intelligence

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[Michael P. Ramirez]

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The Illustrated Frank J: For All The Good They Do, *Every* EULA Could Be Written in Cursive

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Then There’s the Other Reason for Trying It

A new study shows that meditation is better than prescription drugs for treating anxiety.

Good, because you sure as heck can’t afford the latter under Obamacare.

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Link of the Day: #12 – American Soldiers

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11 Weapons That Won World War II

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This Villain Is So Bad at Villainy, You’d Think He Was a Government Program in Charge of Improving It

[a villain who unintentionally always does helpful things] (Viewer #1,448,945)

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One of These Should Be Included With Every Elective Office and/or Hollywood Fundraiser

A new watch tells boring people when it’s time to shut up.

Oh… I thought that’s what it meant whenever the display lights up on an Apple Watch.

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