Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 16, 2012: Button, Button, Who's got the Button.

Today is National Button Day. We have all kinds of button from things that we have bought over the years. We have button for clothes we don’t have any more. But maybe even cooler are the Disney buttons we have, our Disney pins. My son, Matt is a master pin trader. Every trip I tell Matt to find me something in particular and he never lets me down. Perhaps my favorite pin is one that our good friend, Conductor Brittany, got for Matt at a cast member only event, our Oswald the Lucky Rabbit pin. We love Oswald and this was one of my son’s favorite presents. Go trade pins, have fun, and find a set that you love and want. Look for Brittany back at the Magic Kingdom in December.

This one is too easy. Today is Have a Party With Your Bear Day. One word: Duffy. Don’t put yourself in danger by partying with a polar bear, grizzly bear or brown bear, just party with your very own cuddly Duffy bear. He doesn’t eat much and he definitely won’t eat you. Look for Duffy all over the World.

People think about earthquakes happening in California or Japan or anywhere but in the Mississippi Valley but one of the largest earthquakes in the history of North America occurred near New Madrid, Missouri on this date in 1811. You don’t hear more about it because almost no people lived in the area at the time but the trembler was strong enough to ring church bells in Boston, Massachusetts. Before the quake took place the Native American leader Tecumseh prophesied that the Ohio River would flow backwards. After the quake, the land in Missouri and Western Kentucky lifted to the point that the Mississippi River flowed backwards due to the changing elevation of the land, that water backed up into the Ohio and that river flowed backwards as well. Eventually the water accumulated to the point that it could overcome the lift but for a period the rivers flowed upstream. Ten new lakes were formed in the cluster of earthquakes that occurred in this event.

How is this an excuse to visit Walt Disney World? Go to the Magic Kingdom and ride the steamboat in the Rivers of America and get a feel of what is was like to travel on the Mississippi River in the Mark Twain era.

On this date in 1963, the touch-tone telephone was introduced. This references back to our first visit to Walt Disney World in 2001. At that time, I believe that AT&T sponsored Spaceship Earth at EPCOT and when we exited the ride we went into a room with all kinds of future communication devices. One thing that the kids still talk about is a giant telephone that we used to call their Mamaw Annie on, it was very neat and for years we lamented the closing of this attraction attached to an attraction. Now, we really enjoy Siemen’s future tech in basically the same era. I especially enjoy the 3D human construction activity, I love dropping the parts in place and seeing my person come to life. Go to EPCOT today and celebrate high tech like the touch-tone phone.

Remember, the best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

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