Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Fourth of July roundup

It's the Fourth of July here in the US of A, a day when we celebrate our nation's independence by having kick ass barbeques, firing off an indulgent amount of fireworks into the night sky, and - if time allows - pausing to reflect on the myriad of blessing we enjoy as we sit in the driver's seat of the free world (for the time being).

Due to the nature of the holiday, I'm punting in today's entry as a link dump to help provide you with some entertainment and/or distraction on this most fourth of Julys. If you're looking for something to do (in front of your computer) this July 4th, why not...
  • Familiarize yourself with some of the most offensively misguided patriotic Facebook wall posts. Most of these are probably fake and anti-American in nature, but I take a perverse amount of pride in the myth of how the American Flag was created by Betty/Betsy Ross to placate the Incredible Hulk...
  • Read through the obscure fireworks-related facts that the accredited Fireworks University has one again rolled out for the holiday. If nothing else, it's sure to come in handy during your next pub trivia night.
  • Watch a few episodes of the history-centric anime masterpiece Hetalia to learn exactly why America kicks so much ass (and eats so many burgers).
And finally, to prove that we Americans are 100% all about fireworks (and fireworks safety, apparently) here's a look back at a Clinton-era public service announcement reminding everyone as to the hazards of illegal bottle rockets...

Ah, the 1990s... an simpler time when teal and purple went well with everything.

Happy birthday, America!