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Constitutional Convention Convenes

On May 25, 1787, with George Washington presiding, the Constitutional Convention formally convened in Philadelphia. Their job? To improve (or ...

At Least Lindbergh Had Leg Room Study Break

Ninety-one years ago on May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh, a 25-year-old aviator, took off at 7:52 a.m. from Roosevelt Field, ...

Who is the Mother of Mother’s Day?

May 13, 2018 is Mother’s Day in the United States. With origins dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, ...

Star Wars Day

Today is officially Star Wars Day, where fans of the famous franchise greet each other with the iconic greeting originally ...

Nixon Agrees to Release the Watergate Tapes

On April 29, 1974, President Richard Nixon announced that he would release transcripts of 46 taped White House conversations in ...

Oldest Places in the U.S.

Spring semester is halfway through and perhaps you are beginning to dream about summer vacation. While our culture tends to ...

Friday the 13th Holidays

Does your employer follow the federal holiday schedule when scheduling time off? Many businesses do and are closed for New ...

That’s a Big Twinkie

April 6, 1930 is a special day in culinary history - the Twinkie was invented. The Continental Baking Company in ...

Jeopardy is on the Air!

Answer: This person was the original host of Jeopardy! Question: Who is Art Fleming? Yes, there was a host before ...

Spring Traditions

Mar. 20th marks the first day of spring. The arrival of spring means the return of not only mosquitoes and ...

James Madison Birthday

Happy 267th Birthday, James Madison! While you know Madison to be the fourth president and Father of the Constitution, celebrate ...

Monitor vs. Merrimack

On Mar. 9, 1862, the Civil War naval battle between the USS Monitor (Union) and the CSS Merrimack (Confederacy) took ...

Mount Rushmore Parents

On Mar. 3, 1925, Federal legislation was passed by Congress authorizing the carving and setting forth the purpose for Mount ...

Teenage Candidate

Worried about today’s young people? Think they’re clueless human extensions of earbuds? Here are some stories that might make you ...

Olympic Fever

Have that post-Super Bowl, pre-March Madness empty feeling? At least for this year, it’s the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in ...

Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was born on Feb. 11, 1847, died Oct. 18, 1931, and was considered by many to be ...

16th Amendment

For many, Feb. 3, 1913 is a dark day in American history, because this is the day that the 16th ...

Animals in Charge

Congress is circling the drain when it comes to their popularity - perhaps we need to look to others for ...

Jan. 3 – National Popcorn Day

National Popcorn Day Jan. 19 is National Popcorn Day!  Pull out your dental floss because it’s time to celebrate one ...

History of MLK Jr. Day

Jan. 15, 2018 marks the 32nd year that Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been observed.  How did the national ...

College Bowl Insanity

As we ease into the new year, let’s focus on the lighter fare - college football! you probably know that ...

Boston Tea Party

On Dec. 16, 1773, dozens of colonists dressed as Mohawk Indians boarded three ships in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 ...

There Be Dragons

There Be Dragons  Bigfoot. Abominable Snowman. Loch Ness. Real animals or mythical monsters? Do you believe in the existence of ...

Get off our lawn

On Dec. 2, 1823, President James Monroe boldly asserted during his annual message to Congress that the “American continents … ...

Black Friday Madness

There is some irony that the day after we give thanks and feel grateful for what we have, a lot ...

Jury Nullification

Jury nullification is defined as the acquitting of a defendant by a jury in disregard of the judge's instructions and ...

Veteran’s Day

Certell Wishes You a Happy Veterans Day Whether you decide to do some community volunteering, donate to a veteran-centric organization, ...

What’s a Cliché Between Friends?

Clichés are a dime a dozen whose original meanings have become lost and boring due to overuse.  Many phrases have …

Dedicated to the one we love

On Oct. 28, 1886, workers fitted the last rivet of the Statue of Liberty during a dedication presided over by …

Oct. 23 Johnny Carson and the toilet paper shortage

Oct. 23 – Happy Birthday Johnny! Before there was Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno and David Letterman, there was …

Wile E. Economics

Wile E. Coyote really was quite the consumer. He kept buying faulty products from the Acme Corporation (a fictional business) …

Binge-worthy TV for class

Television can be a tremendous, obsessive-inducing time suck machine (think binge-worthy shows like Stranger Things, House of Cards, The Walking …

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!

The Supreme Court reconvened this week to start another term. So get your black robes on, get into a judicial …

World Teachers’ Day

Thank you Teachers! Who made you the person you are today? Everyone has a favorite teacher. Was it your kindergarten …

What’s Your Favorite History Movie?

Common Sense American History Should movies be used in American history classes? This writer clearly remembers going on a school …

The History of Tailgating

Common Sense American History The temperatures are beginning to cool, the leaves are turning color, and there is a crispness …

Study Break – This Round’s On Me!

Common Sense American History Think Americans drink too much? Think again – early Americans drank THREE times more alcohol than …

Unusual American Protests

From civil rights, women’s suffrage, and anti-war movements, to the more recent pro-life/choice, LGBTQ, immigration, and women’s rights marches, people …

Peace is Secured! North Korea Gives Up Nukes for Cute Kittens!

Would you click on this headline? In the last few months, the issue of “fake news” has dominated the airwaves. …

The Midnight Ride of Sybil Ludington

Most every American is familiar with the Longfellow poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride”. Better than a modern-day PR firm, the poem …

The Salem….Tomato Trial?

Local legends are interesting, with many tied to an actual historic moment, but whose facts are distorted over time. Some …

I Will be Brief: The William Henry Harrison Presidency

The career of former U.S. president William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was long and varied. He served in the military, was …

The Marquis de Lafayette – Working for You for Free

On this date – July 31 – in 1777, a 19-year-old French aristocrat, Marie-Joseph Paul Roch Yves Gilbert du Motier, …

Wonder Woman: Super Suffragette

As of July 10, 2017, the summer blockbuster movie, Wonder Woman, topped $745 million in box office receipts. Did you …

Dr. Strangelove…

Summertime is here and what better way to enjoy the warm evenings than watch some of the best movies about …

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Fact: The upcoming release of the fully updated, FREE Common Sense Government (CSG) course is just a couple of months …

Study Break – April 2017

Ports and product endorsements have gone hand in hand for decades.  Some athlete/product relationships are so strong, that a single …

Study Break – March 2017

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, what do you think of first? The saint? Parades?  Shamrock shakes? St. Patrick’s …

Study Break – February 2017

What better way to celebrate Presidents’ Day week than with some fun, free/low-cost online economic tools!  We hope they will …

Study Break -January 2017

“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—“I do solemnly swear …

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