Facts You Probably don’t Need

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  • The first celebrated US Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. BUT Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887.
  • Why are you not supposed to wear white after Labor Day? It goes back to the end of the Civil War when high society members arbitrarily decided on various fashion rules. Anyone who wore white wasn’t in the know and would be pegged as nouveau riche or one of the new vulgar rich.
  • The National Education Association is the largest union today and has about 3 million inactive and active lifetime members.
  • Harding was the only U.S. President to have died in the month of August.
  • On Aug. 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Gallery and not recovered for two years.
  • Men in Fort Myers should be careful with metal objects. Fort Myers has more lightning than any other city in the U.S.  Men are six times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.
  • About 150 people per year are killed by coconuts.
  • A study revealed that every year more than 2,500 left-handed people are killed from using right-handed products. On the other hand (get it?), there are far more right-handed people killed by right-handed products!
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