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The naked truth about Naked Juice


Naked Juice sent me this check as part of a class action settlement.

Naked Juice sent me this check as part of a class action settlement.

Naked Juice paid $9 million in a class action settlement and all I got was this lousy check for $6.67. That could be the saying on my new T-shirt. But the shirt would probably cost me more than $6.67, and I don’t want to blow this huge windfall in one fell swoop.
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Fear the mandoline


Katie's finger, a mandoline victim, bandaged at the Emergency Room.

Katie’s finger, a mandoline victim, bandaged at the Emergency Room.

Every Fourth of July you hear parents warn their kids not to play with fireworks. “You’ll lose a finger,” they say, similar to adults warning Ralphie about losing his eye playing with a B.B. gun in A Christmas Story.

But every year more than 9,000 children and adults are injured in a fireworks accident, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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I Hear America Singing


Fireworks

I Hear America Singing
by Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

Happy Fourth of July —Patricia Gay

Fourth of July Trivia


Did you know Connecticut was home to the Battle of the Frogs?

Did you know Connecticut was home to the Battle of the Frogs?

Happy Birthday America. Tomorrow, at your family’s annual cookout or barbecue you can amaze everyone, and maybe win a few bets, by reeling off some little known past and present facts about the 13 original colonies.
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Escape to Victory: Say it ain’t so


How football (soccer) won the war...right.

How football (soccer) won the war…right.

In 1981, I paid $7 to watch the film Victory in a Boston movie theater. I still want my money back.
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