The smallest one is tinier than a bacterium. The largest is the size of a football field. Suffice it to say, we’re getting a charge out of the fact that February 18th is National Battery Day.
Whether it’s powering your vehicle, your laptop or even that emergency flashlight you’ve got stashed in the trunk of your car, the humble battery is a common enough item to be taken for granted. Except, of course, when it’s out of juice. And when that happens, don’t forget to check out thepapershop.com for batteries of all sorts: automotive, marine, even charging equipment.
Did you ever wonder how many batteries it would take to power, well, you? Assuming you stick with the average American diet of 2000 calories daily, it would take about 648 AA batteries to get you through your day. Interested in where that number comes from? Here’s a link with all the science-y goodness behind that figure.
Thursday is a very special holiday. It’s February 14th – a day we take time to recognize something that can take our breath away: the mighty Ferris Wheel.
Move over, Cupid: tomorrow’s National Ferris Wheel Day, commemorating the birth of George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr, the inventor of the Ferris Wheel. His magnum opus was constructed to be the main attraction of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It was 264 feet high, had 36 cars and cost 50¢ a spin.
If you find yourself in an amusement park state of mind, we’ve got the goods. We have hot dog carts, a peanut cart and even a cotton candy machine!
We’d always thought the Dog Days were a summer thing, but we’re now reconsidering. What’s made us change our tune? These five simple words: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The show has been televised since 1948 (and streamed online since 2006) and it’s become something of a February tradition to catch the annual event. We’ve all got our favorite dog breeds, but it’s incredibly fun to check out the entries in each group. Last night brought us the first four groups: Hound (won by an American Foxhound), Toy (an Affenpinscher took 1st place), Non-Sporting (with a Bichons Frise winning the cup) and Herding (an Old English Sheepdog was the victor). Tonight the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups will compete.
We wondered: how do these dogs get their lengthy names? The first word or two of the name generally indicates the name of the kennel or breeder. The second part of the name usually follows some sort of theme that’s used for that litter; for example, the litter might have a flower theme, so the dogs would have names like Paper Shop’s Marigold or Paper Shop’s Peony. Of course, most of the dogs also have “call names” or names that are commonly used – Paper Shop’s Marigold might have a call name of Mary or Goldie, for example.
If you’re feeling persuaded to get a canine of your own, check out our Pets & Supplies category. We’ve got everything from purebred, registered pups to designer and mixed-breed dogs.
Here’s hoping for a shadow-free Saturday.
We’ve got our fingers crossed, but it really is all up to Punxsutawney Phil. The tradition holds that if he sees his shadow, we’re in for six more weeks of winter. If it’s cloudy and there’s no shadow, spring is just around the corner. Us? We’re firmly in the spring-just-around-the-corner camp.
February is just about here, and it’s going to be an exciting month! We’ve got the first of three flooring giveaways on February 14 and we’re already lining up giveaways for February broadcasts of Paper Shop Live.
Help us kick off the second month of 2013 in style: shadow or not, join us on Saturday morning at 9 for Paper Shop Live! Better yet, call the show and tell us about what you’ve got. Even if you don’t currently have an ad with us, you are welcome to call the show and talk about what you’d like to sell: 1-888-303-0630