Happy New Year From the Talksum Team

The Talksum Team

Just a note to wish everybody a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014! To get you started, here are a few New Year’s facts from an Infographic offered by the History Channel of A&E Television:

Forty-four percent of American adults plan to kiss someone at the stroke of midnight.

  • Sixty-one percent say a prayer on New Year’s Eve.
  • Twenty-two percent admit to falling asleep before midnight.
  • Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The most popular are losing weight, getting organized, spending less and saving more, staying fit and healthy, and quitting smoking.
  • Of those who make New Year’s resolution goals, only 46 percent of them keep their goals past 26 weeks.
  • There will be 360 million glasses of sparkling wine during the holiday season.
  • Julius Caesar made January 1 the first day of the year in 46 B.C., but England and its American colonies wouldn’t do the same until 1752.
  • Dating back to 1890, the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, features floats festooned with 18 million flowers.

To see other facts, check out the History.com Infographic.

From all of us at Talksum, have a safe, prosperous, and happy New Year!

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Fun Facts About Labor Day

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Head of Marketing, Talksum

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country.

Here are a few fun facts about Labor Day, directly from the United States Department of Labor:

  • Through the years, the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
  • More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” Many believe, however, that Matthew Maguire, a machinist founded the holiday. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
  • The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.

 

From the Talksum team, have a safe and relaxing Labor Day holiday.

 

Happy Fourth of July – From Talksum!

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Head of Marketing, Talksum

This Thursday marks the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, which celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776. With that in mind, we found a few fun facts about the holiday that we would like to share with you:

  • In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was about 2.5 million.
  • The estimated nation’s population on this coming July 4, 2013, is about 316.2 million.
  • 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote most of it. John Hancock was the first signer, hence, the saying, “Put your John Hancock here.”
  • For more fun facts, check out the U.S. Census Bureau’s Fourth of July page.

All of us at Talksum would like to wish you a happy, fun, and safe holiday!

 

Happy Fourth of July - From Talksum!