What’s a bucket list you ask? A bucket list is a list of things to do before you die. Some people make bucket lists of a number of things ranging from sky diving to meeting a celebrity that they wish to accomplish before they die. A couple from Texas decided to make a bucket list for their 5 month old daughter and raise awareness about Spinal Muscular Atrophy, an incurable genetic disease. Avery (the name of the baby) is only expected to live for 18 months, so her parents want her to make the best of those 18 months. Read about Avery and all that she is doing during her last months in her blog written by here parents: http://averycan.blogspot.com/.
If you love thrill rides, here is a list of America’s Top 5 Roller Coasters! Take a trip on the weekend one of these beautiful spring and summer days to visit some of these Theme Parks for a thrill of your life-time!
1. Kingda Ka @ Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ
2. El Toro @ Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ
3. Intinidator 305 @ Kings Dominon in Doswell, VA
4. Big Shot @ the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vagas, NV
5. Superman Krypton Coaster @ Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, TX
:O It’s a Polar Bear! Doing a HANDSTAND! Whaaaaat????
With 14 Primaries remaining, Mitt Romney has taken an unbeatable lead in the Republican race for the representation in the 2012 Presidential Elections. If there are no real big surprises in the coming Primaries, then it looks like Romney will be the major player running against Obama in the 2012 Election. Romney has already “vowed to take the White House from President Barack Obama and end four years of ‘disappointments’.” He has a plan to win and we’ll have to see if he succeeds. Read more about the race here.
If you are a registered voter, be sure to keep informed about the 2012 Election so you can make an educated decision on who should be our President starting in 2013. Will Obama lead us through another 4 years, or will we have a new face of America?
The summer is fast approaching…and that means summer blockbusters! Here are some upcoming movies to look for:
1) April 27th: The Raven – When a madman begins to commit murders based off of the gruesome tales of Edgar Alan Poe, a young detective must team up with Poe in order to solve the mysteries.
2) May 4th: The Avengers – One of the summer’s most anticipated movies, the Avengers brings together a cast of Marvel Comic Superheroes.
3) May 25th: Men in Black III – The MIB agent duo of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back this summer for the third installment of the franchise. Will Smith must travel to the past to save the world in this movie.
4) June 22nd: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – When Abraham Lincoln discovers that vampires are planning to take over the US…he takes matters into his own hands. (I’m definitely most excited to see this movie)
What movies are you guys most excited to see? Comment down below!
4/20 refers to the consumption of cannabis (marijuana), and by extension, a way to identify oneself with the culture of consumption of marijuana. The numbered reference (pronounced four-twenty) goes back to the 70s in California where a group of teenagers invented the saying. They agreed to meet at 4:20pm everyday to smoke, and eventually became their code word. The teens decided to make the date 4/20 their holiday for smoking marijuana because of the double 420 reference (4:20pm on 4/20). Today April 20 has evolved into a counterculture holiday, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Some events have a political nature to them, advocating for the decriminalization of non-medical cannabis in the United States. Read more about 4/20 here.
Dick Clark died yesterday, April 18th, at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack. Clark was born in 1929 and started his broadcast career by working at a radio station that his father owned. He began hosting “American Bandstand” as a local program in Philadelphia in 1956. It was picked up by ABC nationally a year later and by 1958 it had 40 million viewers. Clark regularly introduced African-American acts into his show and his audiences were one of the first to be integrated. Dick Clark will always be one of America’s greatest icons.
A museum in Italy is burning its artworks in protest of budget cuts, which have left cultural institutions out of the loop. Antonio Manfredi, director of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples, set fire to the first painting on Tuesday. He says that “Our 1,000 artworks are headed for destruction anyway because of the government’s indifference.” The artist, Severine Bourguignon, was in favor of the protest and was not upset by the loss of his work. He thinks that making art is more about the interaction between the artist and the people and not for an object of possession. More works of art are scheduled to burn in the coming weeks. Read more about the protest here.
Pottermore, a site created by J.K. Rowling and Sony, officially opened up to the public on April 14th. According to Rowling, Pottermore will serve as a permanent home for the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Who wouldn’t like that? Users are sorted into houses, given a chance to have a wand choose them, and are able to interact with the stories in a way previously impossible. Basically…it gives us all a chance to live out our fantasies of actually being a witch or wizard.
What house will you be sorted into? Which wand will you get? What new things will you learn about Harry Potter. Click here to find out!
The holiday in Massachusetts called Patriot’s Day, is also referred to as Marathon Monday. Every year, on Patriot’s Day, Boston hosts their annual Marathon for runners all over the world. It is the oldest organized marathon besides the Olympics’; this year is the 116th Boston Marathon. Marathon Monday is significant in the Boston Area because thousands of people flock to the city as spectators and runners; traffic is terrible and part of the city shuts down to allow runners through. Most places of work and all schools give employees and students the day off since traveling in the city is a nightmare.
With the day off, people can watch the Marathon and celebrate Patriot’s Day, which is a day that celebrates the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolution. In Boston, in the morning, mounted re-enactors with state police escorts retrace the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, calling out warnings the whole way; commemorating the midnight rides of the two men warning about the British coming.
With today reaching record temperatures, the city is preparing for more heat-related medical problems with all of the runners. The city of Boston has also advised inexperienced runners to wait until next year to run the marathon since the heat is very dangerous. Experienced runners are already planning on running slower paces since the heat takes such a toll. They also advise the spectators to be careful in the sun too, and bring their own supplies (such as water) since the water along the routes will need to be saved for the runners.
GOOD LUCK TO THE RUNNERS! Stay cool!