Picture Alaska. Cold and snowy, you say? It’s not much of a surprise. It’s so far north that it’s in the Arctic Circle in places. So, if you’re like this poor guy and want to turn on the rear defrost button on your car, make sure you’re hitting the proper button. Otherwise, you might just accidentally hit the sunroof button, and this will be the result.
He just wanted to make it so he could see out his back window while driving to work to, we assume, teach math to high school students. It doesn’t matter how bundled up you are, if a pile of snow falls into your car and lands on top of you, you’re going to be cold.
A Teen Designed the State Flag
Before Alaska had a state flag it was a simple territory, but it still needed a flag. Thus, all the way back in 1927, the local government held a contest in order to collect ideas. One Benny Benson submitted an all-blue flag that has the stars of the Big Dipper constellation on it. It was selected among the more than seven hundred entries.
This was a big deal for young Mr. Benson – an Alaska native who lived in an orphanage. He was awarded with a thousand dollars (worth more than seventeen thousand dollars at this point) and also got an engraved watch. As you can see, he also got his very own memorial. Not bad for a kid who was only fifteen at the time of the contest.
There’s a Museum for Hammers
We guess almost anything can have a museum these days, but hammers are a bit of a strange one. Well, if you’ve ever wondered about the history of this oh-so-useful tool, here’s your chance to learn it all in one place. Founded in 2002 by Dave Pahl, this museum now boasts an astounding seven thousand items, including a whopping two thousand hammers on display.
The hammer is often thought of as the world’s first tool, so this building not only has all kinds of fun examples of hammers, but plenty of history, too. Its mission? To preserve the history of the hammer. Did it really need preserving? That’s not for us to say. There are even audio tours for in-depth explanations of everything that the museum has to offer.
If you’ve seen the animated film “Balto,” released in 1995, you know a little bit of the story of the left picture, which features the real dog Balto himself. However, it’s not the entire tale. It’s true that Balto and a team of dogs were driven by Gunnar Kaasen on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, transporting diphtheria antitoxin during an outbreak.
What about the right picture? That one is of Togo, who was another lead dog during the run – in all, twenty mushers and around a hundred and fifty sled dogs took part in getting this life-saving medicine to avert an epidemic of diphtheria. We don’t say this kind of thing very often, but surely if any dogs deserve it it's these two: good boys.
The Big Zucchinis
Zucchini can grow to be pretty big in a lot of places, but it seems even the rough weather of the most northern state in the union isn’t able to stop them from getting massive. That thing looks like it could be the size of a dachshund. It also looks like it could feed a dachshund for an entire week.
This person thankfully has plenty of ways to use it, in such delicious things as soup, stews, stir-fry, and the famous and popular zucchini bread. You might think it’s weird putting a vegetable in bread, but add enough sugar and you won’t even notice it’s supposed to be healthy. Because it won’t be healthy anymore. It will be a dessert. If that much sugar is in something, it’s a dessert.