OH Christmas Tree...Oh Christmas Tree...

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DailyRandomFacts.com December 24, 2011

 

            Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. Hands down. The cheer and spirit that fills the air from December 1st through New Year's Day is amazing. Everyone is joyful and just soaking up every minute of the special time of year. I can't wait to be home by my fireplace having a warm cup of hot chocolate and watching classic Christmas movies with my family. But there is one important item I need every year or else it's just not Christmas to me.

 

            Of course it's a Christmas tree. A REAL one I may add. Personally, I don't like artificial Christmas trees. It's just not what I grew up with, so it's just not Christmas to me if there's an artificial tree in my living room. Every year, I insist we get a real tree for our house. And a fun little tidbit I just learned is that apparently that tree is one of a half a billion Christmas trees growing in United States on tree farms. That's crazy to think about! Half a billion Christmas trees are growing each year on tree farms across the United States. That doesn't even include Chestnut, Oak, Cedar, or any other type of tree growing on tree farms in the U.S. Just Christmas trees. That's a lot of trees!

 

            Every year a tree makes its way into my house, and every year my family and I decorate every single branch front and back of the tree. Christmas trees have a special place in my heart. It's where many memories every year are made. I have never thought about where the tree had been before my house, or how many Christmas trees are growing each year. This year is slightly different for my family, since I am away at college. But just like those trees and this year's tree make it to my house each year, I will be home in no time to celebrate the season of love and joy with my family.

 

            I hope everyone has an amazing and memorable Christmas. Whether your Christmas tree is real or not, cherish the people around you and the time you have with them.

 

            Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Don't Win The Argument, Win The Battle!

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            Everyone learns to argue at a young age. Children in preschool argue over toys and having to share "their" toys such as:

 

"I want that toy!"

"No it's mine. I had it first!"

"No I did!"

 

            However, as we grow up, arguments can become more heated. Arguments also do not always have an easy solution as in preschool. It's not always as simple as one child plays with a toy for an hour and then the other child gets the toy.

 

            One day I was reading Thank You For Arguing by Jay Heinrichs and came across an important passage.

 

"To win a deliberative argument, don't try to outscore your opponent.

Try instead to get you way." (19)

 

            This passage really stuck with me. I don't need to defeat my opponent completely by embarrassing him or her, so they finally concede. All I need to do is get them to give in to my beliefs by the end of the argument. Since the passage was in the second chapter of the book, I was able to apply it to my writing for the rest of the semester, especially the rebuttal paper.

 

The rebuttal paper was a challenging paper. I couldn't simply talk about why my opponent was wrong and how strongly I disagreed with her point of view. Instead, I had to respect her side, but still show why I thought it was wrong; in an appropriate and respectful way though. I couldn't simply write, you idiot, what are you thinking. No, I had to show my side to try to get my own way which is convincing my opponent to concede to my idea. As Heinrichs states, "People often win arguments on points, only to lose the battle" (19). The goal for my paper was to convince my opponent to act on my beliefs. I didn't want to win the argument for the sake of winning. I wanted to win the battle, to make my beliefs present in my high school for the benefit of the current students. With more knowledge of arguing, it is possible for anyone to get his or her way.

 

            The passage also made me ponder what exactly was a "deliberate argument." After looking the in Appendix II, I found that it is an "argument made about choices" (298). Many arguments are about choices; where to eat, what movie to watch, where to go on vacation. In my rebuttal paper, there were choices. There were choices of whether to keep a new school policy or to return to the old policy. I was arguing one of the choices while my opponent agued the other choice. It was a deliberate argument where I thought my choice was the proper choice. However, I needed to remember to win the battle and not the argument.

 

            There are many little helpful tidbits in Thank You For Arguing. It has helped me with my writing this year and made me a better arguer. Just remember, try to get your way, not score the most points.

Only 12 Minutes?!?

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DailyRandomFacts.com August 17, 2011

 

            For both Saturdays over Thanksgiving break, there was a Penn State football game scheduled. This put many people with season tickets in a difficult situation. Do I stay for both games or just one game? Do I try to sell my tickets even though I may only get $10 for them? Do I just go home and have a longer Thanksgiving break? Many options were possible along with many outcomes.

Personally, I decided to go to both games.  I gave my brother an early Christmas present and bought him a ticket in the student section for the Indiana game. My parents ended up buying tickets to the game too. The big decision for me was deciding whether to come back for the Wisconsin game or not. I ended up coming back, and I am definitely glad I did.

First of all, the game was amazing. But standing the freezing cold and having snow falling from the sky making me even colder was not amazing. I stood/sat outside for about four hours until the game was over. For a sport that the play clock shows will only be an hour long, why was I out in the cold for so long?

Apparently in NFL football games, only twelve minutes of actual play time occurs. That is crazy! I know it's not college football, but the statistic is probably very similar. Therefore, I only watched about twelve minutes of football in four hours on Saturday! Twelve minutes of football does not seem like an equal ratio compared to the four hours I spent out in the cold. However, I knew before going to the game that it was going to be more than just an hour. So why did I go? Because it was the last game!

Even though I was freezing, I had the most fun at that game than any other game this season. Everyone around me was excited for the game. Everyone was talking to one another and discussing everything that could possibly be discussed. And yet, there was a slight feeling sadness around everyone. For some, in the stands and on the field, this was their last PSU football game as a student. For others, it meant the end of a new beginning and journey. Fans were excited and pumped to see, what was expected to be, a good game. In the end, even with the over time, I don't think anyone would have wanted the season to end any other way. The players showed PSU's strength and perseverance, and just how far the university has come from last year.

That Can't Really Be True, Can It?

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            I have always used Dove soap. Why you may ask? Well that's just always what my mom had bought, and therefore, it was the only soap for me to use in my house. I didn't mind it. It kept me clean and smelled nice, so there was really nothing to complain about.

 

            The Dove commercials always made me skeptical. I thought that Dove was just trying to sell more soap by exaggerating the benefits of their product. However, I soon found that they really weren't. For once a commercial was telling the truth.

 

            Recently, I ran out of my Dove soap, so I went to CVS and bought some more. Unfortunately, they didn't have any Dove that day, so I had to buy another brand. Over the next few days, I felt this tightness on my skin; as if a residue was left on my skin even though I just took a shower. I soon figured it out. I wasn't using the soap I was use to. Could this really be possible? Could a commercial really be telling the truth?

 

            Personally, I can't wait until I can finally get my Dove soap back because I want my skin to feel like it normally does. Also, I'm now a little more willing to believe a commercial's products, within reason of course. So just a word of advice, have a little faith sometimes; and maybe even try Dove soap.

Want To Burn Some Extra Calories?

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DailyRandomFacts.com April 23, 2012

 

            Doctors constantly say that as young adults we need at least eight hours of sleep a night. However, I beg to differ. Personally, I can function perfectly on five hours of sleep or less. I did all through high school, and of course, now here at college, I do the same. Some people take naps. Sometimes I do too but only on rare occasions. Sleep for me is never constant or predictable. I'm happy if I get five to six hours of sleep in a night. However, it looks like all those late nights might be paying off though.

 

            Your body can burn 161 calories just by staying up all night. That may not be a lot, but it's more than you get when you're sleeping. Health wise staying up late is probably not for the best, but it does have at least one benefit. People are always asking me how do I not sleep. I always answer I just don't need too. I am a night owl. Going to bed before midnight is out of the questions. I simply cannot fall asleep. However, now I have a more scientific reason. And now I can answer, just simply to burn more calories.

 

            So watch out you long sleeps. One day you'll be sorry.

 

Inspirational Words From An Admirable Man

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            Walking into the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, I had no idea what to expect or see. I did not even know that there was such a memorial until I was told only a few hours earlier. Walking into the memorial, I noticed all the quotes inscribed along the wall. One truly stood out to me.

 

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1963

 

            Whether you relate this to the Civil Rights movement or everyday life, it is a passionate and inspiring quote. Standing up to face a challenge or controversy requires an enormous amount of devotion and determination. It takes a strong person to stand against the beliefs of others. Most people in society are unable to do this. Most people are conformers. We follow orders and the "expected" beliefs of society. Anyone can stand up for themselves, but it takes a truly passionate and confident person to actually stand strong and proud in front of opposers.

 

            Seeing this memorial and reading all the quotes brought the realization to me again that the Civil Rights movement occurred not long ago. Although so much change has occurred already, there is always room for improvement and growth. We need to stand together, as one country and one united force.

Let's Celebrate With A Pillow Fight!

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DailyRandomFacts.com September 30, 2011

 

            Most girls, and maybe guys, prepare and think about who they want to kiss at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. It's a hard long thought out process for many individuals. Many things can go wrong or maybe right. I suggest everyone forget the stress, and do what Sri Lanka does? Pillow fights!

 

            To celebrate the new and upcoming year in Sri Lanka, people gather and have pillow fights. You heard me, pillow fights. Both contestants get on a raised pole and try to knock one another off. Violent? Maybe. Fun? Absolutely.  Instead of worrying about who you want to kiss, think about who you want to knock off with a pillow. It's easier and much less pressure. Instead of the perfect kiss, think about the perfect swing. Personally, I think this would be a blast, as long as there are appropriate safety precautions of course.

 

            New Year's Day is a time of celebration and joy. A year has passed with many memories, changes, and growth from everyone. Why not celebrate it with a fun game? It's only socially acceptable to hit each other with pillows if you're little kids. Why not be a little kid for a day? To celebrate the past and to start the New Year off with a whack, literally.

 

"Faith and Confidence"

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            Little kids have a mind of their own. When they want to do something, they want to do it then no matter what. The little boy in the photo displays an innocent begging and pleading face. He is hoping the police officer will give in. All he wants to do is cross the street. There may be a parade going on, but why should that stop him?

 

            "Faith and Confidence" is the Pulitzer Prize winning photo for 1958 taken by William C. Beall. The little boys face warms your heart and makes you giggle. The expression on his face makes anyone want to give in. His face is filled with complete desire and yearning. The contrast of the big and powerful police officer is diminished slightly by his posture. He is still above the boy, but more at his level leaning forward. Looking at the boy straight in the eyes, the officer is conveying an authority position over the boy. The police officer will not give in no matter how charming the little boy may be.

 

            Every picture has its own personal story. After visiting the Pulitzer Prize photo winner's exhibit at the Newseum, it became apparent to me how much a photo can truly impact a person. Who knows what the photographer was truly feeling as he looked through his camera lens and snapped the picture. Looking at this picture, I feel a sense of joy to see a unique and precious interaction. Life continues on and we must always remember that. This little boy shows me that in his sincerity and innocence. This officer shows me that through his smile and approachable posture.

 

Just remember a picture can say a thousand words.

 

XOXO!?!

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DialyRandomFacts.com February 29, 2012

 

            The other night my mom sent me a cute little text that read XOXO. I know cheesy, right? I am in college; but she misses me, so it's cute. This immediately brought me back to my elementary school days where my mom use to leave me a note in my lunch and signed it "Love Mom, XOXO." Unless your mom is as adorable as mine, you probably didn't see XOXO all year, but simply during February, the month of LOVE. Now I know it is not yet February, but after my mom's text and finding this random little tidbit, I just couldn't resist.

 

            Personally, I don't think Xs look like a person's mouth when they kiss, and Os only kinda look like hugs because you make a circle with your arms. It's a stretch, but I can vaguely see it. However, the letters have nothing to do with the actually reason as to why Xs and Os are used.

 

            Xs as kisses came from medieval times when not everyone could write, read, or even sign their names. Therefore, in front of a witness, people would simply write an X on the paper, and then they would kiss it. The kiss was to show sincerity in their "signature." Personally, I think this is a really interesting little tidbit. I had no idea that an X's meaning of kisses came about so long ago. It is also crazy to think that in the past people had to sign their name with an X and kiss it. Signatures are fun to create and personalize as you grow up and have to sign more and more documents. Maybe this is where sign by the x__________ came from too?

 

            Os as hugs rose similarly to Xs. However, Os were used by Jewish immigrants to sign their names. Jews believe that Jesus was a preacher and not the Messiah, which Christians believe he is. Therefore, they did not want to sign an X which represents a Christian cross. And consequently, hugs as Os were created.

 

            The use of XOXO is very popular during Valentine's Day. Many couples and loved ones buy items with Xs and Os on them, or sign their name with Xs and Os. But I think it is a nice, innocent, simple gesture that more people should participate in year round. I can't tell you how happy I was when I saw my mom's letter lovingly signed MOM XOXO! And I'm sure everyone at my lunch table was jealous. I thought they were at least. Either way, next time it' s Valentine's Day and you see an XOXO, you'll be the smart person in your group and be able to tell everyone where Xs and Os originated from.

Discovering Parties for the First Time

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            Politics is not a big topic in my household. So therefore, for this election, I am totally confused on what political party believes what, and what are the different platforms for each candidate. Luckily, Dr. Pirrone gave me two articles published earlier this year in the New York Times that tries to simplify and lay down the ground work for the different beliefs.

 

            After reading the articles, I realized there are so many sectors in each political party, it is hard to imagine they can manage to accomplish anything. Some subgroups have similar beliefs, but then they also have such varying beliefs, it is hard to categorize them in the same party. The constant arguing is the factor that pushes me away from politics. If I wanted to watch people fighting constantly and talking over each other, I would just watch one of the many reality TV shows on the various programming channels.

 

            I have realized I truly am an independent. I tend to not lean more to one side than another at this point in my life. I think this is most likely due to the fact that politics is relatively new to me. I took AP Government my senior year, and that was opening a whole new book for me. I knew the general stuff about government, but none of the ideas of lobbyists, pork barrel legislation, etc. I have increased my knowledge drastically in the past year and a half, and I plan to continue.  

Turnip O' Lantern?

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October 23, 2012 DailyRandomFacts.com

 

            Halloween is the opening act to the magnificent stage of holidays to come in the fall and winter. This is a holiday completely devoted to acting crazy, looking crazy, and eating as much candy as possible. Who wouldn't love it?

 

            Pumpkin carving is one of the many loved traditions of Halloween. However, did you know that originally instead of pumpkins people used turnips? Turnips were first used in Ireland for the Gaelic festival of Samhain. These turnips could be used for three different things: to light the path for someone, to represent spirits or other beings, and to protect someone's home from these beings. When Irish immigrants came to the United States, they brought with them their tradition. However, pumpkins were more readily available in the States, and pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve. Therefore, pumpkins became the new turnips.

 

            Personally, carving a pumpkin is one of my favorite activities to do during the Halloween season. I'm not the most artistic person, but I still have fun with it. Shapes aren't too hard to draw. However, now I kind of want to try to carve a turnip just to see how it would have been. How about you?

 

Presidential Debate

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            Still undecided for whom I plan on voting for, I watched the Presidential Debate to try to come even just a little closer to a decision. Unfortunately, I feel as if I am still where I started. Being a first time voter, this is all new to me. Politics was not a prevalent topic at family dinners in my household, so everything involved with voting and my opinion are unknown to me. I have no idea if I am Republican or Democrat, but so far I believe I fall somewhere in the middle. However, which side I lean more to is still a blur to me. However, I was hoping this debate would let me find out where the candidates stand on certain issues and what they plan for the future. Sadly, I was a bit mistaken.

 

            I did learn some valuable information about the candidates' beliefs. However, I was mostly distracted by the finger pointing and attacking done by each candidate. One candidate would say something about the other that was supposedly wrong or contradicted in early times. The constant bantering and yelling is distracting and not the true point of a debate. Debates use to be candidates on stage talking for hours and hours about their beliefs and what they plan to do for this country. There was nowhere to "hide" or simply reiterate the same fact over and over again. Candidates were required to think quickly and relate their message accurately. I'm not saying I would like to listen to hours of each candidate talking. But the current short time segments cause candidates to feel pressure to get in the last word, and therefore, cause a yelling match.

 

            All in all, I did learn different opinions and intended actions of each candidate that hopefully will bring me somewhat closer to deciding. Only time will tell. There is always the next debate too.  

 

So Who's a NERD?

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DailyRandomFacts.com October 12, 2012

 

I'll admit it; I can be a nerd at sometimes. I was called one all the time when I was little. Teacher's pet, brown noser, nerd...but what does the word NERD really mean. Most people would think it was a person who was a "know-it-all" and spent more time studying and learning than having fun or going out. But if you want the true definition you're going to have to ask Dr. Seuss. You heard me...Dr. Seuss.

 

I Ran the Zoo is the first book in which the word "nerd" was published...

 

"And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo/And Bring Back an It-Kutch, a Preep, and a Proo,/A Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too!"

 

So what type of "animal" is a Nerd you ask? Well I'm about to tell you. A Nerd is a "comically unpleasant creature" as depicted in Dr. Seuss's book. Children then picked up this terminology and began to call their older siblings Nerds. It was therefore passed on to teenagers who at the time were calling other "weird" kids "squares." And this is how the term "nerd" came about.

 

Dr. Seuss and all his magical, wonderful, crazy, made up books are about happy, playful, and outrageous words and things. Most of my childhood was spent reading Dr. Seuss books. The first book I read by myself was Green Eggs and Ham. It is just crazy and hard to believe that such a negative, stereotypical word derived from such a lovable man. So next time you use to word Nerd remember where it comes from and what it truly means.

 

Evaluation of College, Campuses At Least

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            When deciding on which university to go to, I did not go through the same processes that many other seniors go through. I did not have to decide which major university I wanted to go to because my mom's job had already decided that for me. She works for Penn State University, Harrisburg Campus., and therefore, I was going to Penn State University due to the large discount on tuition I received. However, there were other evaluations I made about what type of college experience I wanted.

 

            Penn State Harrisburg is close to home, but for me, it's way too close to home. I wanted my independence now. After living with the same three people for 18 years, I needed my space and wanted it. I love my family, but we need to be separated right now in my life. . However, in contrast I didn't want to be across the state where I could only come home on major holidays. Therefore, I narrowed down my choices to University Park and Altoona campus.

 

            Another major decision I had to make was whether I wanted to go to a large, "city-like" branch or a small, "homey" branch. I personally live in a fairly small town at home. It takes me 20-30 minutes to get anywhere actually significant with stores, businesses, gas stations, or schools. Therefore, I tended to lean towards University Park because no matter what if I walked outside my building I could get almost anything I wanted by walking. It still might take me 10 minutes, but I wouldn't feel like I was in the middle of nowhere. There was a "large area" feel that I had always wanted to be a part of, but hadn't been yet.

 

            I also had to decide and evaluate if I wanted a more personal experience with my teachers or just become a number in a class. I came from a relatively small high school where all the teachers knew all their students names. Also, some teachers taught classes in multiple grade levels, so there was the possibility that you could have the same teacher multiple years in a row. Although just being a number isn't the most ideal option, I realized that if I wanted to I could meet with my teachers and still have a semi-personal relationship with them. I decided that having big classes would be an adjustment but not a decision breaker for me.

 

            When deciding on a campus, I also had to decide if it was important that I stay at the same campus or participate in the two plus two program offered at branch campuses. Adjusting to a campus and college life would be a big adjustment. I had to decide if I wanted to do that twice or just once.

 

            These are distinct decisions I needed to deliberate and come to a conclusion. However, all these participating factors collided with one another. If I went to Altoona, I would have smaller classes and maybe get to know my teachers well. However, at Altoona, I would be, what I thought, was the middle of nowhere where I would have to take buses to get anywhere. It also reminded me so much of the Harrisburg campus where I had been visiting every since I was born. If I chose University Park, I would be in a hustling, bustling "city" of its own where there are so many activities to participate in, but I may get lost in the crowd. I may also have a harder time adjusting, since the atmosphere is drastically different. This was obviously one of my parents' top concerns.

 

            Either way, there are many factors and evaluations that need to be made before deciding on a college. Whether it is which college you will actually go to, or instead, in my case, which campus would I attend. Obviously, I chose University Park, and so far, I am very happy with my decision. 

Imagine Life Without Bar Codes

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DailyRandomFacts.com April 30, 2012

 

            During the summer, bar codes are a part of my life no matter what. Working in a retail store, I am constantly scanning bar codes, so the computer can spit out to me how much each item is worth, how much tax there is, and how much the total amount the customer needs to pay. Of course, there is always that one bar code that doesn't scan, and I have to type in the umm-teen long bar code number. Even then that may not work, and I have to put in a generic bar code and then the price. This seems like a lot of work and sometimes it can be. But if you stop to think about it, bar codes have been a part of our life's since we were born. It's almost weird when a store doesn't have bar coded items or chooses not to use the bar codes to ring up items.

 

            Believe or not Wrigley's gum was the first item to have a bar code. This makes a lot of sense though. Many people buy gum at convenience stores, grocery stores, malls, and multiple other places. Just being able to scan a bar code would be a lot faster and more convenient for such a small item that is purchased quite often. I couldn't imagine going through a day at my job where bar codes weren't on every item. Customers already get mad if the bar code doesn't work and I take long typing it in. We live in a fast pace, hurry in and out society where bar codes fit perfectly. And to think it all started with a pack of gum.

 

Vice Presidential Debate: Joe Biden and Paul Ryan

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            Honestly, this was the first time I watched a presidential or a vice presidential debate. Therefore, I had no preconceived notions or opinions on how this hour and a half long broadcast would go. I did listen to what each candidate said and agreed and disagreed with both on one issue or another. However, what I found troubling was the various reactions and the constant need to interrupt the other candidate.

 

            Vice president, Joe Biden, continually referred to Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney as "my friend;" "my friend believes this" or "my friend said this."  However, immediately after, Biden would make a rude comment. Now I am not saying they should agree on everything. There would be no political parties or opposing opinions then. However, I listen to my friends opinions and give them the benefit of the doubt to say what they would like to say. By saying "my friend," it appeared as if Biden was trying to show sympathy or a connection to Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney, but then he would immediately disagree.  It was frustrating to me because friends show each other respect, and there were many times Biden as well as Ryan did not show respect to one another.

 

            Each candidate constantly interrupted one another throughout the debate. As a first time watcher, I was trying to hear each candidate's opinions and beliefs on the multiple issues that face our country. However, with the constant interrupting and hostile responses, I could barely keep track of who was saying what. It was almost as if I was watching reality TV where people are just constantly trying to get their word in. I just wish the candidates would be courteous to each other and let one another speak when it is their turn.

 

            While watching the vice presidential debates tonight gave me an insight on some of the beliefs of the Democratic and Republican platforms, I was more confused after. I was unable to focus do to the reactions of Biden as well as the constant interrupting from each candidate.

Fear of What??

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DailyRandomFacts.com September 6, 2012

 

            Fear is a part of most of our lives. The fear of spiders or snakes, the fear of heights or closed spaces, and many other fears are common in today's society. Personally, I have my dad or my brother get any spider or insect that is in our house. Rationally, the spider can't really hurt me except for maybe bite me. But since I already know it is there, I feel better just getting rid of it. I am so much bigger than that spider or insect, yet I am still petrified that it can get me. With there being so many different fears in today's society, it's hard to imagine what a "weird" fear might be. However, did you ever think that there is a fear of beards?

 

            Pogonophobia is the fear of beards. Fear of beards? When I discovered this interesting little tidbit, I couldn't imagine how someone could be afraid of beards; that's just crazy! But then I remembered that I have fears too. A person with pogonophobia could be perfectly okay with spiders and insects. Society has just been more accepting of certain fears than others.

 

            I don't see spiders everywhere I go; mainly because I try not to look for them. But many men sport beards in various shapes and sizes, and at various events and settings. Walking around campus, I see all kinds of facial hair. If I had the fear of beards, I would have to deal with the fear every time I went outside my dorm room. Therefore, even though it may be irrational, I'll stick with my fear of spiders.  

"Letter from a Birmingham Jail": Extremists for Love

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"So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremist will we be."

 

            Passion is a wonderful characteristic to possess. It can fuel the fire inside you to accomplish anything and everything you look to achieve. Extremists have passion and fire within themselves that allows them to work towards their goals of the future.

 

            Extremists have a negative connotation with their name. Most people think of terrorists or hate groups as the only extremists. But as Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, "Will we be extremists for hate or for love?"

 

            The definition of an extremist is one who advocates or resorts to measures beyond the norm. To advocate love is more challenging than to advocate hate. Hatred is an easier emotion to possess. It is not difficult to hate someone; to find flaws or issues in someone and to hate them for it. We do it all the time and rarely realize that we are doing it. However, love is a more difficult emotion to obtain and keep throughout struggle.

 

            Martin Luther King Jr. advocated for extremists of love. The nonviolent demonstrations he led or organized were out of love; to show how it is to love. He led these demonstrations so that one day everyone will be loved equally, no matter the color of his or her skin. King chose to take the more dangerous and challenging path of love, instead of the easy, straightforward path of hate. He showed the world through his actions what the Civil Rights movement meant to him; that everyone would advocate love and join the eternal brotherhood that many refused to see or join.

 

             So though there may be struggles and difficulties in your life, in the end love conquers all.  

Fauntleroy?!?

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DailyRandonFacts.com August 14, 2012

 

 

           In case you did not know this, my middle name is Jane. Just plain Jane, at least compared to the crazy spelling of Kaitlynn I have and my made up last name of Hamaty. However, not everyone has a middle name. Most people believe it is a common, almost mandatory, thing to have a middle name. My grandmother does not have a middle name though. She is a twin and was the second one born. Needless to say, her parents were not exactly expecting her. Therefore, her name is simply Margaret Yost and her sister is Minerva Yost. Personally, I think my grandma got the better deal. Anyways, if some people do not have middle names, it is crazy to think that a cartoon character would have a middle name right?

           

            Donald Duck actually has a middle name, Fauntleroy. I personally do not even know how to pronounce that properly. Who would have thought that a humorous, but angry little cartoon duck, that many of us grew up watching, would have such a middle name? Especially a name as unusual as Fauntleroy. After some research, I found that Fauntleroy is the name of the sailor suit Donald Duck sports in all his glory. Walt Disney was truly thinking in this situation. I wonder why Walt Disney chose to give Donald Duck a middle name and not Mickey, his most famous creation. Maybe because he figured most people will not even know Donald Duck has a middle name, but hey now you do! This short little cartoon character has a lot of personality, but his middle name, as interesting as it is, gives people a little history lesson. It is always fun to learn new tidbits about childhood characters that we all have grown to love. So if you had a chance to choose, what would you make your middle name?

What's At Stake?: Rational Ignorance

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Sitting in the second row of Heritage Hall, I waited patiently for the program What's At Stake? to start. The next hour program was trying to convince or influence the youth of today especially at Penn State to vote. There were three speakers Jay Paterno, Coquese Washington, and David Brinker who filled in for John Gastil.

Jay Paterno spoke first and explained how many people have fought, suffered, and even perished to be able to have the liberty I have every day. There is death and destruction around the world now as people fight for the right to vote. I may not be the first to acknowledge this, but I do take my liberties, freedoms, and rights for granted sometimes. But I am thankful for everyone who gave their life to protect this great country I and many others live in.

Coquese Washington spoke next and told the story of her father's childhood. As an African American man, he had multiple challenges in his life living in the South. She then ended with telling us to vote to make her father proud.

Both Jay Paterno and Coquese Washington provoked ideas and thoughts in my head. However, when David Brinker made the comment "rational ignorance," I was intrigued immediately. He then explained the term described the part of the population that believed they did not have an impact or effect on the election. It seems that at every election this idea is tossed around constantly leading up to Election Day. Adults are constantly trying to get the youth of the nation to take action and vote. As I grew up, I heard the numerous pleas for more voter participation. However, now that I am of the age to vote, I can see why so many young adults do not make the effort to vote. There is the distraction of school, work, and social commitments. Plus, if they are already registered, it is annoying to reregister or get an absentee ballot. There are just so many things running through our heads constantly. For some of us, including myself, this is the first time we are living on our own. So much is new and different; I do not need another thing added to my life that is uncharted territory.

However, after hearing three influential people speak as well as influence from my teachers, I see the true purpose of voting. It is the ability to have a say in your government your future. Many people may think well duh why hasn't that occurred to you before? But some of us just need it to be repeated a couple thousand times until it sinks in. I do not want to be part of the rational ignorant that sit back and let others decide the future for them. Even if I regret my decision in the future, at least I made a decision at the time. Politics and government were never a prominent topic in my household. My parents voted and continue to vote though. They made their voice heard, and now I will too.

 

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