Hockey Fan Starter Kit

  1. Chose a team, doesn’t matter which one, you’ll be called a bandwagoner regardless.
  2. Prepare yourself for at least 10 mental breakdowns, 50 if your team is in the playoffs.
  3. Don’t try the understand the calls because the refs are blind and the rules are a more like guidelines.
  4. Get yourself a beer or wine or any other drink you can turn to when the game infuriates you.
  5. It’s called a penalty box, but I call it a pout palace.
  6. Don’t expect to understand what goalie interference is. It’s like big foot; it might exists but you never see it.
  7. Like goalie interference, offsides is called when its pulled from the ‘stupid reason to blow the play dead’ hat.
  8. You boo Bettman. Doesn’t matter when, where, or what he’s doing - you boo. He feeds of it, like an unpopular hockey vampire.
  9. Pierre McGuire is the Hermione of the hockey world; very smart and educated but occasionally overshares.
  10. Phil Kessel is a stanley cup champion and that’s the only thing you need to know.
  11. Goalies are precious and have never done a single thing wrong. Love them, they’re marshmellow optimus primes.
  12. Fighting isn’t fighting, unless fights are classified as hugging matches to see can squeeze the hardest.
  13. Mike Millbury is the white crayon of hockey; no one wants him and no one cares about what he does.
  14. Don’t throw your jersey onto the ice, it’s rude and (unless you got a small loan of one million dollars from your dad) expensive.
  15. The bond between tendy and defendy is v. strong. Don’t question it.
  16. Finally, have fun. Shit talk other teams, be a die hard fan but don’t be a dick. We already have one Steve Simmons, we don’t need another.

Happy Easter from the Roosevelt Library!

Here Eleanor Roosevelt sits with a group of children during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 10, 1939.

The items seen here are various gifts the Roosevelts received for Easter:

  • Easter cards sent to the Roosevelts during FDR’s youth.
  • Handmade crocheted wreath pin sent to Eleanor in 1940 by Cecilia Forcier of Millbury, MA.
  • Embroidered image made by the Roosevelts’ daughter Anna and given to her grandmother Sara Delano Roosevelt.
  • Illuminated manuscript page presented to Eleanor for Easter 1959 by the Reverend William Turner Levy.

Greene 1857 Patent bolt action underhammer percussion rifle
Manufactured by A. H. Waters of Millbury, Massachusetts, USA in the early 1860′s, designed by U.S. Army Lt. Col. J. Durrell Greene.
This unusual rifle was the first American military bolt-action rifle, although only 900 were ordered. A bigger order of 3000 guns was made by Russia, but an obvious flaw in the gun’s design prevented its overall commercial success. Being an underhammer design, the percussion cap was placed under the barrel, in front of the trigger assembly, and once there nothing held it in place. This led to several inconvenience that led to the design’s failure to achieve any kind of notoriety.
This however did not stop Greene’s gunsmithing career, as he tried in 1872 -unsuccessfully once again- to secure a government order with his Greene-Barnekov 1870 Patent toggle lock rifle.

Sauce : National Firearms Museum


The Greene Breechloading Bolt Action Rifle,

Inspired by the Prussian Dreyse needlefire rifle, the Greene rifle was a single shot bolt action breechloading rifle that saw limited use during the American Civil War. Invented by Lt. Col. J. Durrel Greene in 1857, the Greene rifle was the first American bolt action military rifle and the only underhammer percussion rifle that ever saw official military service.  The Greene rifle fired a .54 caliber combustible paper cartridge.  The most unique feature of the Greene rifle was it’s underhammer percussion system.  Located below the rifle in front of the trigger guard was the vent hole, nipple and a ring shaped hammer.  Before firing, the ring hammer would have needed to be cocked and a percussion cap placed on the nipple, which when struck provided a spark which discharged the combustible paper cartridge.  Like all underhammer systems, there was one major problem.  The percussion cap needed to be seated tightly and snugly on the nipple or it could fall off.

Production of the Greene rifle occurred between 1859 and the early 1860’s, manufactured by the A.H. Waters Armory in Millbury, Massachusetts.  1,500 rifles were produced for sale in the United States, 900 were purchased by the US Government and issued to Union soldiers during the Civil War.  Another 3,000 were produced for the Russian Government.