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Where did Memorial Day Start?



May 25, 2018
The question of why the U.S. celebrates Memorial Day has a clear answer: the holiday now celebrated on the last Monday in May began as a way to remember the approximately 620,000 troops who died during the Civil War. The question of how Americans tend to spend Memorial Day weekend has a clear answer, too: grilling, going to the beach, checking out Memorial Day sales, watching Memorial Day parades, sitting in traffic.

But the question of where Memorial Day was started generates a lot of different answers.

“Approximately 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, many of them in the South where most of the war dead were buried,” according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Mexico City Airport Welcomes Pod Hotel

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While Japan may have mastered the pod or capsule hotel concept—a tight space that serves as little more than a place to sleep for travelers on the go—the concept is picking up steam around the world.

Mexico City International Airport is the latest to tap into travelers’ desire for a convenient, affordable place to rest their head with the opening of izZzleep in Terminal 1.

The facility, which bills itself as intelligent hospitality, has 40 capsules as well as a private locker area and bathrooms.

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Travel, Enjoy, Respect: here’s how to journey the world sustainably

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One of the best ways to learn about the world is to travel – but globetrotters have to understand their impact when visiting the places that they love.

With that in mind, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new campaign focused on the contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development. The campaign – ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ – comes in the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development and promotes tourists using travel as a catalyst for positive change.

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A Look at how Images Taken by Spacecraft Were Handled in 1972, Compared With Today.


In today’s digital world, we take downloading images quickly and easily for granted. Just a few decades ago downloading images from our spacecraft was not quite so simple. Before there were computers and software that could stitch together digital images, they were printed on photo paper, trimmed by hand, and taped in place on a large black board, according to a detailed diagram of the spacecraft’s photo coverage of a planet. This preliminary mosaic was then photographed and used to provide a rough view of coverage, show latitude and longitude of geographical features, and show gaps in coverage. Additional mosaics were later created with filtered, corrected and enhanced photos, and more precise scale and placement.

In this image from 1972, Patricia “Patsy” Conklin worked in the Bioscience and Planetology Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She was one of the people at JPL who assembled Mariner 9 photos into large mosaics. JPL produced 96 mosaic boards of selected areas of the Martian surface, and the United States Geological Survey created others. A photo mosaic was also created on a four-foot globe.

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An interesting article about the many things airports are trying to be.


Airports today are supposed to help move people onto and off of planes, but they’re also supposed to retain people for indefinite periods of time and ply them with entertainment—food, shopping, and so on. They’re supposed to be welcoming symbols of nations and cities, but also serve as intentional choke points for the security state. And they’re supposed to evoke the grand symbols of aviation’s golden age for pennies on the dollar.

See? Identity crisis.

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Don’t miss this review of some of the best museums in the world to visit.

Museums are important attractions for every city. They hold the history and culture of the city and its people. They also hold priceless collections of art works from the world’s most popular artists. They hold artifacts that educate the modern men about the ancient civilizations. If you are someone who loves exploring wonderful museums, you should consider visiting the following 7 most renowned museums in the world:

 1. The Louvre, Paris (Musee du Louvre)
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Helpful information about how to excel at a job interview when you are asked questions that begin “Tell me about a time when…”

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You’re prepped and ready to totally nail this job interview . You’ve rehearsed your elevator pitch—in front of the mirror, even. You’ve committed the entire job description to memory. Heck, you even drove a practice route to the interview location to make sure you knew exactly where to park.

So, when the meeting finally rolls around, you’re feeling cool, calm, and collected. That is, until the interviewer jumps right in with the dreaded, “Tell me about a time when…”

Suddenly your mouth is dry, your mind is blank, and you have a mental facepalm moment. Why, oh why , didn’t you think to prepare for these types of prompts?

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Travel: At living-history farm, residents toil a la 19th-century artisans


ARCHBOLD, Ohio — They don’t make ’em like they used to.

Except at Sauder Village.

Visitors to Ohio’s largest living-history farm and village can watch as talented artisans produce the household necessities and luxuries of yesteryear using old-fashioned tools, craftsmanship and creativity.

They’ll also learn how the earliest settlers turned the Great Black Swamp, one of the largest swamps in North America, into the fertile fields and bustling towns of northwestern Ohio.

Sauder Village was founded in 1976 by Erie Sauder (rhymes with “chowder”), whose Archbold-based Sauder Woodworking Co. became one of the largest ready-to-assemble furniture companies in the world.

Sauder grew up in the area, and the workshop where he began his company at age 16 now has a place of honor on the village green, along with a picturesque collection of other historic and reproduction shops and buildings moved to the site.

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