Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
Cook whatever is easiest today if you fit the mold of a kitchen klutz. At best you could spill ingredients, get flour all over yourself or turn 10-minute rice into a mushy blob. At worst, kitchen accidents happen so keep the aloe handy, pay attention when using knives and clear the kids and pets from the kitchen when removing a boiling pot of water from the stove.
* Watch cooking videos or take cooking classes if you want to become a success in the kitchen.
* Teach your partner, spouse or children to cook instead if they are less klutzy in the kitchen.
* Thank T.W. Stewart, the inventor who received patent No. 499,402 for the mop on June 13, 1893, according to Today in Science.
Miranda Decision Anniversary
"You have the right to remain silent. If you give up the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." Where would crime scene investigation and legal shows be without the scene where a suspect is read his or her Miranda rights? On June 13, 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court determined the Fifth Amendment protects people from before being questioned by police without warning.
First Roller Coaster Opens
LaMarcus Thompson is the man behind the world's first roller coaster on June 13, 1884. It cost 5 cents to ride this new sensation at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y. The "Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway" had 600-foot tracks and traveled 6 mph, according to the Coney Island History. Thompson later patented the roller coaster. Today's fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, goes 149.1 mph, according to the Roller Coaster Database.
More roller coaster records:
* Second fastest roller coaster in the world: Kingda Ka at SixFlags in Jackson, N.J., at 128 mph.
* Kingda Ka is also the highest roller coaster in the world, at 456 feet.
* You'd have to travel abroad to experience the thrills of coasters with the most inversions. Journey to the Stars at Jinling Happy World in Jin'an, China, has 11 inversions. Or stay home and enjoy the eight inversions of Bizarro at Six Flags in Jackson, N.J.
Weed Your Garden Day
After all that careful planning and planting, don't let your hard work go to the dogs or the weeds. Weather permitting, put on those garden gloves and have at it. Use "a hoe or three-pronged cultivator a couple of times a week between rows in the vegetable bed for removing young weeds as they spring up," recommends Garden Forever. Weed often as "younger weeds are easier to pull because they haven't established a strong root system." Not sure if that's a weed or a plant in your garden or landscaped area? Consult this handy guide to grass, moss and broadleaf plants from the University of Michigan Extension.
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