Tag Archives: u.s.a.

pets, pets, pets.

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happy all american pet day!

 During President Kennedy’s time in office 21 animals lived at the White House.

Their pets included dogs, horses, and an assortment of smaller animals.

“animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” 

george eliot

 

 

 

 

 

 

credit: john f. kennedy presidential library and museum

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you say potato, i say patriot.

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“you have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the white house in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy and the flies die from happiness. you may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

-erma bombeck

 

happy  birthday u.s.a!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image credit: savorthebest.com

aliens.

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“my folks came to the u.s. as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens.

i was born in boston, a citizen, went to hollywood and became an alien.”

-leonard nimoy

in honor of the annual academy awards/oscars in hollywood

and to

all of the amazing people who come to our country as aliens

only to become shining stars in our sky.

truth.

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john f. kennedy’s campaign appearance 

at the train station

1960 ann arbor michigan

(with tom payne, patrick mcnamara, governor swainson, soapy williams)

on this day of the first debate 

by the candidates for the u.s. presidency

i look

back to the past 

ahead to the future

and

hope for the truth

“a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood

in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

– john f. kennedy

credits: ali van den broek, ann arbor townies, ann arbor archives

 

try to avoid being naked.

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25 Unusual Foreign Travel Warnings for Visiting the U.S.

What do foreign tourists worry about when they visit the U.S.? Expensive emergency healthcare, overly sensitive attitudes towards nude sunbathing, and gross tap water, apparently. That’s according to travel warnings for potential U.S. tourists from around the world.

These government-issued advisories can seem like common sense for Americans, but they also reveal significant cultural differences between the U.S. and other countries.

 Here are 25 unexpected travel warnings from around the world aimed at those visiting the U.S. (most are approximate translations from the country’s official language):

1. DON’T GET RIPPED OFF AT AN ORLANDO GAS STATION (UK)

2. TAKE CARE OF THE FLOWERS (CHINA)

3. DO NOT USE HOTMAIL OR GMAIL (AUSTRALIA)

4. DO NOT STALK ANYONE (GERMANY)

5. WATCH OUT FOR GUNS AT NIGHTTIME (CANADA)

6. STAY AWAY FROM THE EAST COAST (CHINA)

7. REALLY, WATCH OUT FOR GUNS (GERMANY)

8. DOORS MIGHT BE CLOSED (RUSSIA)

9. DO NOT INSPIRE ROAD RAGE (CHINA)

10. DO NOT TALK TO PROSTITUTES (GERMANY)

11. DON’T PEE IN THE STREET (SWITZERLAND)

12. DON’T JOKE ABOUT BOMBS (UK)

13. TRY TO AVOID BEING NAKED (GERMANY)

14. FEEL FREE TO SHACK UP (AUSTRIA)

15. DON’T CUT IN LINE (CHINA)

16. DON’T EXPECT AIR TRAVEL TO BE SAFE (CANADA)

17. VACCINES DON’T CAUSE AUTISM (MEXICO)

18. THE TAP WATER TASTES GROSS (AUSTRIA)

19. THE AMERICAN DREAM ISN’T REAL (RUSSIA)

20. EXPECT HARASSMENT IN ARIZONA (MEXICO)

21. YOU MIGHT GET EXTRADITED (RUSSIA)

22. WATCH OUT FOR EXPENSIVE DOCTOR VISITS (AUSTRALIA)

23. DON’T LEAVE TRASH IN YOUR CAR (CANADA)

24. TAXI DRIVERS KNOW NOTHING (RUSSIA)

25. PAY YOUR TRAFFIC TICKETS (GERMANY)

credits: google images, mental floss magazine, animation insider