How would you like an extra day off work? Well, you could get it if Budweiser has its way.
The beer company has petitioned the White House to make Opening Day of the major league baseball season a federal holiday.
So far, the petition has picked up more than 45,000 signatures – from across the country – and even though they'll need 100,000 by March 26th for the White House to even consider it – Budweiser is pretty confident.
But, do we really need another holiday in this country?
There are arguments for both sides.
Because, in addition to the 10 existing federal holidays, there are also a number of state holidays – official and unofficial – so some American workers get as many as a dozen holidays each year. And that's not even including paid vacation days.
Of course, compared to other countries, 10 federal holidays is nothing.
Take a look at this list of public holidays in other countries. As you can see the U.S. is way down on the list.
So is it time for a new federal holiday? Should it be Opening Day? Let us know in the comments section below.
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A California town has declared war on flip-flops.
San Juan Capistrano recently opened a dog park with a sign listing the park rules, which includes "NO FLIP-FLOPS."
This angered the town's sandal-wearing community and they demanded city officials explain why flip-flops are banned.
And the parks commission was quick to respond.
They don't know.
None of the city officials can remember why or how the flip-flop ban started. It's been on the books for years but never actually enforced.
And Commission Vice Chairwoman Jenny Friess told the L.A. Times: "I wouldn't think twice about going into the dog park in my flip-flops. I don't think we need to really be telling people what to wear on their feet."
So I checked into it and, it turns out, the reason is simple: Flip-flops are the most DANGEROUS FOOTWEAR EVER.
Study after study has shown that regularly wearing flip flops is really bad for your feet. Heel spurs, stress fractures, tendonitis and a host of other ailments are cited as conditions caused by them. They're worse than high heels and platform shoes.
And it's not just you you're hurting. You're risking the lives of everyone on the road with you.
According to a recent study in Britain, wearing flip-flops while driving can reduce response time by 0.13 seconds.Every year 1.4 MILLION traffic accidents or near-misses are caused by drivers in flip-flops.
Still not convinced?
Well, just think back to the 2004 presidential campaign, when the flip-flop single-handedly (or single-footedly, as it were) derailed John Kerry's campaign.