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The Word Counts of 11 American Things

1. “The Star-Spangled Banner” (National Anthem version): 80 2. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettsyburg Address: 271 3. The Emancipation Proclamation: 719 (title and signatures included) 4. Don McLean’s “American Pie”: 870 5. The Declaration of Independence: 1,458 (including signatures) 6. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech: 1,652 7. The U.S. Constitution: 4,543 (including signatures) 8. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. [...]

11 Offbeat December Holidays You Still Have Time to Celebrate

You don’t need us to remind you about the major December holidays. But you do need us to tell you that it’s Monkey Day. © ARNE DEDERT/epa/Corbis 1. December 14th: Monkey Day According to the official Monkey Day website, Monkey Day is an “annual celebration of all things simian, a festival of primates, a chance to scream like [...]

9 Things Everyone Should Know About North Dakota

Everyone gives North Dakota a hard time. Well, some people in Montana and South Dakota do. People in states farther away can’t name a single thing about it. But we should all give this place more respect. It might be cold, it might have long and tedious roads, and it might not even be a [...]

One High School Class Every Senior Should Take

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. In an effort to churn out better-prepared graduates, you’ve been hired to develop one course that all high school seniors [...]