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(Johnny Kincaid)
(Johnny Kincaid)
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LST Board of Directors Wants Better Location for Ship Dock [Poll]

The USS LST Ship Memorial's board of directors appears ready to take the ship elsewhere unless the City of Evansville can provide a more accessible dock (there have been some grumblings about the poor accessibility at Marina Pointe).  Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's office has been working on a solution and doesn't want to see the ship depart for another city.  So I wanted to ask you...

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(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Test Your Knowledge and Take the Easter Trivia Quizes

So, I was thinking...how much do people know about the traditions of Easter.  Johnny's blog mentioned some serious historical facts about the holiday, but I thought it might be fun to take a fun quiz.

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(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Why and When Did the Easter Bunny First Come Hopping to Easter?

Thinking about the upcoming Christian celebration of Easter with the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I began to ask myself the question, "What the heck does a rabbit have to do with Easter and why did someone think of associating the two?"  I've participated in this Easter Bunny and Easter egg thing for years and now have passed it on to my kids.  So, with the accessibility of the Internet, I decided to find out.  Here's what I found:

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(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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John James Audubon State Park’s Civil War Living History Weekend: Don’t Take Man’s Best Friend to a Civil War Reenactment!

Back in '97, Jenny and I were driving to my parents' winter home in Florida for Christmas, and along the way, we were learning some U.S. history by hitting Civil War battlefields.  We had both of our dogs, Sam and Spencer, with us, which was no problem because we could leave them in our big conversion van with the side windows open (screens).  However, at one battlefield there was to be a reenactment and we made the BIG mistake of taking the dogs with us...

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Kirby, Getty Images
Kirby, Getty Images
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FBI Removes Shrunken Heads, Nazi Artifacts From Indiana Home

Shrunken heads and World War II memorabilia are just a few of the items the FBI removed last week from a rural Indiana home. Federal agents raided the house of 91-year-old Donald Miller based on suspicions of him being in possession of illegally obtained artifacts, according to reports.

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(Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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Longest and Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parades are Part of U.S. History

Here's another piece of trivia about St. Patrick's Day that you may not know.  The United States, specifically Boston, began the tradition of holding a St. Patrick's Day parade before the U.S. Constitution was even thought about.  The first public celebration was held back in 1737!  So you would think, naturally, that the longest parade on record would be in Boston, but it's not.

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(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Alcatraz Really Does Have Tunnels Under It, Just Like in the Move, “The Rock”

I was perusing the move shelves at the end of last week, hoping to find something that my family would enjoy watching together.  I was actually looking for a different movie when I spied, "The Rock," starring Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage and Ed Harris.  "Oh, yeah, I remember that one!" I said to myself.  I knew that Elliot and Emily would enjoy watching it, and they did.  Then I began to think about those tunnels in the movie that supposedly ran beneath Alcatraz.  Could there be any truth to those tunnels?  It appears that the answer is, "Yes."

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(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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Spring Forward Saturday Night for Daylight Savings Time [Poll]

It's that time again (tick, tock, tick, tock) when we "spring forward" for daylight savings time!  Saturday night before you go to bed, move all the clocks ahead one hour so that you're not running behind all day Sunday.  Of course, there's bound to be at least one clock that you'll forget to change, which you'll notice in the morning and then panic over before you realize that you forgot to reset it - LOL!  So how did all this nonsense begin, anyway?

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(Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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Love Isn’t Found in the Origins of Valentine’s Day

It's amazing how this particular day transformed itself into a day for lovers, since the name Valentine, although connected to three different historical saints and martyrdom, is also connected to a tragic event of spilled blood called, the Valentine's Day Massacre which occurred on the streets of Chicago involving the notorious gangster, Al Capone.

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The Story of the Christmas Candy Cane

When people in Europe began making decorations for their Christmas trees, many of the decorations were already made from food, including cookies and candy.  Straight, white sticks of sugar candy, called candy canes, became a favorite decoration around the 17th century. 

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