New Years Day, What Is It?

Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. Today, most New Year’s festivities begin on December 31 (New Year’s Eve), the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue into the early hours of January 1 (New Year’s Day). Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the new year and watching fireworks displays.

The early Roman calendar consisted of 10 months and 304 days, with each new year beginning at the vernal equinox; according to tradition, it was created by Romulus, the founder of Rome, in the eighth century B.C. A later king, Numa Pompilius, is credited with adding the months of Januarius and Februarius. Over the centuries, the calendar fell out of sync with the sun, and in 46 B.C. the emperor Julius Caesar decided to solve the problem by consulting with the most prominent astronomers and mathematicians of his time. He introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today.
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Holes In A Plug~What Are They Really For(Did You Know)

Electrical plugs and outlets are everywhere. From our refrigerators to smart cars and even the device that you’re reading this article on right now (whether it’s currently plugged in or operating via a recently charged battery), we rely on plugs and outlets to power our daily lives. It’s no wonder that according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average American household uses 893 kWh of electricity per month.

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Why Not Use A Vacuum For That!

Although it’s the most obvious use, keeping your carpet free of dirt and crumbs isn’t the only thing your vacuum can be used for. Whether you use a cleaning schedule, are guilty of making some of the most common vacuuming mistakes or know all the places you should vacuum—a vacuum is one of the most valuable cleaning tools you can own, with an abundance of uses you may never have even thought of.

Juliana LaBianca