Monthly Archives: February 2013
Happy Monday Funday Everyone! Today our weekend transition day consists of some interesting and fun business related facts.
I hope everyone had a wonderful, rejuvenating weekend and that today’s Monday Funday will start your day with a smile!
1. The retail price for the iPad would be $1,140 if it were built by American workers instead of Chinese.
2. The Gmail logo was designed the night before it was launched.
3. Amazon sells more e-books than printed books.
4. Steve Jobs’ annual salary was $1, just enough to keep company health benefits.
5. All 3 founders of Apple worked at Atari before forming Apple.
6. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft was a college drop out.
7. Dell’s first advertisement was made on the back of a pizza box.
8. Dell Computers was started by a 19 year old with only $1,000.
9. The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
10. The founder of McDonald’s has a Bachelor degree in Hamburgerology.
11. Yahoo! was originally called ‘Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web’.
12. Walt Disney World generates about 120,000 pounds of garbage every day.
13. There is no tipping at restaurants in Japan.
14. The most productive day of the workweek is Tuesday.
15. The man who created the Thighmaster was once a Bhuddist Monk.
16. The creator of the NIKE Swoosh symbol was paid only $35 for the design.
17. The average company saves over $7,000 for each employee suggestion that is enacted!
18. Over 4.6 million Whopper sandwiches are sold at Burger King every day!
19. Nearly 22,000 checks will be deducted from the wrong account over the next hour.
20. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch or clock is usually 10:10.
21. In Australia, Burger King is called Hungry Jack’s.
22. In 2004, The Japanese Ice Cream Association promoted “raw horse flesh” ice cream in hopes that it would boost the popularity of ice cream!
23. If Wal-Mart was classified as a country, it would be the 24th most productive country in the world.
24. Henry Ford, father of the Automobile, is also father of the charcoal briquette.
25.Harrods have three private wells to supply their water!
26. Cow is a Japanese brand of shaving foam.
27. Colgate’s first toothpaste came in a jar.
28. 90% of all restaurants fail during their first year of operation.
29. 80% of Publishers’ Clearing House $10 million winners did not purchase any magazine subscriptions!
30. 7-11 sells 10,000 pots of coffee an hour, every hour, every day.
31. 20% of tuxedo rentals take place in May.
32. ‘Bimbo’ is a brand of soft drink manufactured and marketed by Coca-Cola, Inc.
33. When Scott Paper Company first started manufacturing toilet paper they did not put their name on the product because of embarrassment.
34. Warner Chappel Music owns the copyright to the song ‘Happy Birthday’. They make over $1 million in royalties every year from the commercial use of the song.35. The first product that the toy company Mattel came out with was picture frames.
36. The first product that Sony came out with was the rice cooker.
37. Oil tycoon, John D. Rockefeller, was the world’s first billionaire.
38. Microsoft made $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation.
39. Duracell, the battery-maker, built parts of its new international headquarters using materials from its own waste.
|THE ANNUAL VINTAGE SHOW AT THE UPSTAIRS GALLERY IN PEDDLER’S VILLAGE
2/17/13 – 3/15/13
|Sponsored by: The Upstairs Gallery in Peddler’s Village|
|Location: Shop #10 in Peddler’s Village (behind Earl’s Restaurant), Rt. 202 and Street Road , Lahaska, PA
Vintage sale including artwork, collectibles, estate jewelry
Year of the Human Body Activities at Inquiry Island
The Da Vinci Science Center, St. Luke’s University Health Network, and their Year of the Human Body partners will present hands-on activities relating to the human body at Inquiry Island on the Center’s exhibit floor.
Event Type: Year of the Body
Event Location:3145 Hamilton Blvd Bypass
Event Sponsor:Da Vinci Science Center
Today is poll-it Tuesday! Since we entered the week with President’s Day I have decided to keep with that theme!
Here are the answers to yesterday’s President’s Day trivia quiz! Did you get a perfect score? I was stumped on a few myself.
1. James Buchanan
2. William Taft
3. Ronald Reagan
4. All except Calvin Coolidge, John Adams, Jefferson, and Monroe.
5. Franklin D. Roosevelt
6. Teddy Roosevelt
8. Bill Clinton
9. Barack Obama
10. John F. Kennedy
11. John Adams
13. Lincoln was the tallest. James Madison was the shortest.
((Sources: Google.com, apples4thteacher.com, trivia playing.com))
Here’s wishing you a very happy and productive Tuesday!
It’s President’s Day!
What better time to brush up on our history AND have fun doing it!!
Check out the factual information about the two “birthday boys” and then scroll down and take the quiz! The only requirement…..have fun doing it!!
Term of Office: April 30, 1789-March 3, 1797
Number of Terms Elected: 2 Terms
First Lady: Martha Dandridge Custis
Nickname: “Father of Our Country”
George Washington Quote: “I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.”
Major Events While in Office:
- Elected to first term with a unanimous electoral vote (1789)
- First United States census (1790)
- District of Columbia established (1791)
- Bill of Rights ratified (1791)
- Proclamation of Neutrality (1793)
- Whiskey Rebellion (1794)
- Jay’s Treaty (1795)
- Pinckney’s Treaty (1796)
- Farewell Address (1796)
States Entering Union While in Office:
- Vermont (1791)
- Kentucky (1792)
- Tennessee (1796)
Term of Office: March 4, 1861-March 3, 1865
Number of Terms Elected: 2 Terms; Was assassinated soon after being elected to his second term.
First Lady: Mary Todd Lincoln
Nickname: “Honest Abe”
Abraham Lincoln Quote: “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”
Major Events While in Office:
- Civil War (1861-1865)
- Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
States Entering Union While in Office:
- West Virginia (1863)
- Nevada (1864)
Test Your Presidents’ Knowledge!
*Look for the answers tomorrow! I will be interested to hear feedback and comments as to how many questions people got right so please share!!
President’s Day Fun Trivia:
How much do you know about the presidents of the United States? See how many of these you can answer correctly on this Presidents Day:
1. Who was the bachelor president?
2. Who was the heaviest president?
3. Who was the oldest elected president?
4. Which president was not born or did not die on the 4th of July? (double points for this one!)
5. Which president was related by either blood or marriage to eleven other presidents?
6. Which president was the youngest person to become president?
7. Which president was a tailor before he was president?
Just a few more questions to go. How are you doing so far?
8.. Who was the third left handed president? (This one is hard. Hint: He played the saxophone.)
9. Who was the first president born outside the contiguous United States?
10. Which president established the Peace Corps?
11. Who was the first president to live in the White House?
12. How many terms is a U.S. president allowed to serve?
13. Who was the tallest president, who was the shortest?
Happy President’s Day!
When: Saturday, February, 16th, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Visit our Breinigsville location and experience the pairing of heavenly chocolates with stellar wines in celebration of Valentine´s Day. Moussey Moose Chocolates will sample their gourmet chocolates with premium Clover Hill wines. Try a Ravishing Raspberry Bonbon with our big and bold Cabernet Sauvignon or a Luscious Lemon Bonbon, shaped like a heart, with our sweet Vignoles. Moussey Moose Chocolates gift boxes available.
Sunday, February 17, 2013, 9:30 am
Free Sunday Mornings, 9:30 – noon. Also enjoy “Breakfast on the Brandywine” Sunday mornings in the museum’s cafeteria-style restaurant, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
On February 14th and 16th, the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad‘s popular Valentine’s Day Dinner Train is back and more romantic than ever. For the couple looking for a unique Valentine’s Day celebration, this dining event features a decadent three course meal carefully prepared by McCaffrey’s and a two hour train ride through the Bucks County countryside to Buckingham Valley, PA.
This trip offers passengers an opportunity to celebrate love nostalgically, riding the rails in a beautifully restored antique dining car from the early 1900s, sipping on champagne and enjoying the soft sounds of classical music. Authentically uniformed staff will serve a complimentary glass of champagne, followed by a refreshing salad of spring mix, pine nuts, cranberry, goat cheese with berry vinaigrette, and soft dinner rolls with sweet cream butter. Entrée choices include grilled, Dijon marinated, grilled pork tenderloin; plump juicy crab cakes with roasted red pepper mayonnaise; and succulent ricotta cheese and spinach stuffed chicken breast. Each entrée includes Yukon gold mascarpone mashed potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze and dusting of parmesan cheese. This delicious romantic meal is finished off with an elegant heart shaped dessert cake, filled with chocolate mousse.
And just when you think the evening couldn’t get any sweet, each table will receive a delicate long stem red rose and a personal size box of Pierre’s delicious Swiss chocolate truffles. Guests can also enjoy seasonal drink specials; choose from a wine list for bottle service, and a variety of other onboard beverage services.
- $99.00 per person (Railroad Seating) Passengers may be seated with other guests at a table of four.
- $139.00 per person (Private Seating – table for two) Passengers are GUARANTEED a private table for two.
The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad is located at 32 West Bridge Street in New Hope, PA
The Bradway Blog wishes you a very happy, HEARTy, and fun weekend!
It’s that day…that day of love and chocolate and flowers. Have you ever wondered the history behind Valentine’s day and how it came to be? I have…and so I researched it and thought today was a great day to share this with all of you! Happy ❤ heart ❤ Day!!
The Legend of St. Valentine
The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Origins of Valentine’s Day: A Pagan Festival in February
While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.
Valentine’s Day: A Day of Romance
Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
Typical Valentine’s Day Greetings
In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
Hope you enjoyed that little bit of history. Nothing….to me….is more fitting than to end this blog with a word from the one and only Charlie Brown…..
Happy Valentine’s Day to Everyone!! Until tomorrow!!
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Have a great Wednesday!!
Owners of small-scale businesses experience several advantages over their larger competitors. They have the flexibility to make decisions quickly, and they can develop closer personal relationships with their customers, which often leads to greater loyalty. However, there are some situations where smaller businesses have difficulty keeping pace with large corporations.
Limited Employee Benefits
Small-scale businesses often cannot afford to offer important employee benefits, particularly health insurance. In many cases, the businesses do not have enough employees to qualify for less expensive group insurance rates. Instead, they may have to offer high-deductible plans where employees have to bear a larger burden of health care costs to make the premiums affordable. A lack of benefits makes it more difficult to attract and retain talented workers who may find more comprehensive benefits packages with larger employees.
Reduced Buying Power
Small-scale businesses may not have the buying power of their larger counterparts. Because they have limited warehouse space for carrying inventory, they often do not have the luxury of buying in bulk, meaning they are not eligible for price discounts and lower unit costs. A small retailer, for example, does not have the means to purchase and store mass quantities of merchandise like a larger competitor such as Walmart. Higher unit costs often mean higher retail prices, making it more difficult for smaller businesses to compete.
Surviving Difficult Times
Smaller businesses may have greater difficulty surviving difficult economic times. Larger businesses may have a greater financial cushion and access to more resources that can help them weather the storm. Diversified large companies can focus their attention on areas that may be performing well despite difficult economic conditions. For smaller companies, a loss of even one major customer in a struggling could deliver a fatal blow, as they may have no way to replace the lost revenue.
Small businesses often face greater challenges in obtaining needed financing than larger businesses. Banks are reluctant to loan money to unestablished small businesses, leaving the entrepreneur to rely on credit cards or home equity loans for survival. They may not have the assets needed to collateralize a business loan. A lack of financing can also prevent a business owner from expanding her operations unless she resorts to other methods like taking on investors or franchising