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4th Of July Things You'll Rethink On The 5th Of July

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 2, 2015 | Comedy
It's the day after that you might remember the most. We all look forward to having a great time on the 4th of July. But what we don't look forward to is the day after, when perhaps we're feeling an enormous amount of regret for things that transpired on our...

The Story Of The High Schooler Who Got A B- For Designing The Current American Flag

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | July 2, 2015 | Arts
For the 4th of July, here's the little-known story of a kid, his impossible teacher, and our glorious 50-star flag. In 1958, a 17-year-old Bob Heft set out to complete an open-ended assignment for his American History class in Lancaster, Ohio. "Like a science fair" project, he would later explain, students could make whatever they wanted. To hear him speak about it, it's clear Heft has told this tale countless times. Inspired by the Betsy Ross story -- legend has it, the seamstress was called upon by George Washington himself to design the flag during the Revolutionary War -- Heft set about ambitiously making his own. At the time, there were only 48 states in the union. But, working off a hunch that Alaska and Hawaii would soon join, Heft added an extra couple stars. The teacher was unimpressed. "He said, 'Why you got too many stars? You don't even know how many states we have,'" Heft recalled. (Harsh, teach.) He earned a B- for his efforts -- which involved dissecting a 48-star flag his parents had received as a wedding gift and sewing it back together himself with knowledge he'd gleaned by watching his mother. The whole process had taken over 12 hours, he later told The Houston Chronicle. He'd even asked his grandmother to help, but she'd refused, upset that he'd ruined a perfectly good flag. Bob Heft spins a yarn. "Now, a B-minus ain't that bad of a grade," Heft admitted. "However, a friend of mine, Jim, he'd picked up five leaves off the ground -- he's taping these leaves down to the notebook and labeling them elm, hickory, maple -- and the teacher gave him the grade of an A. I was really -- I was upset." An A for leaves taped to paper, and a B- for a hand-sewn emblem of our great nation. The teacher -- who, at this point, may have simply had it out for young Bob Heft -- said he'd bump up the grade if the U.S. government officially adopted his design. The sheer indignity of it all gave Heft the momentum he needed. In August 1959, 21 letters and 18 phone calls later -- not to his parents' great pleasure upon seeing their phone bill -- Heft got a call from then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, inviting Heft to see his creation hoisted up the flagpole. But Heft was working and didn't know if his boss would let him take a quick vacation. So, to his boss' horror, he put the president on hold. (It all worked out, of course.) On July 4, 1960, the 50-star flag was officially raised over Fort McHenry in Maryland, with Heft standing proudly by. True to his word, Heft's teacher gave him that hard-sought A. Bob Heft later become a teacher himself. He kept a brisk schedule of motivational speaking engagements -- over 200 in his last year -- and died in December 2009. At the time of his death, his school project was safely tucked away in storage. Happy 4th! Eisenhower shows off the new 50-star design in August 1959....

Here Is How Phil Jackson And The Knicks Can Win Free Agency

Jordan Schultz | July 2, 2015 | Sports
Cap space can quickly become a tricky issue in the NBA free agency market. In the case of the New York Knicks, perhaps the league's most dysfunctional organization, the open market offers a chance to begin righting a ship that took a series of wrong turns somewhere between Allan Houston,...

Catch These 9 Patriotic Movies On Netflix This 4th Of July

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | July 2, 2015 | Entertainment
What should you watch on Netflix this weekend?

Comedian Kurt Braunohler Is Driving A Giant Butt Across The Country, Because America Needs This

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 1, 2015 | Comedy
We're not trying to be cheeky here, but grab a seat, and we'll get to the bottom of this. Kurt Braunohler -- comedian, skywriter and jet skier -- is hauling a giant paper-mache butt on the back end of his truck trailer. He's hightailing it across...

21 First-Date Horror Stories To Remind You That Romance Is Dead

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | July 1, 2015 | Women
Looking for love often puts people in weird, awkward and sometimes downright scary situations. While online dating, apps and nosy matchmaking mothers make it easier than ever to match up with hot singles in your area™, they also up the chances for first date disasters. We...

Donald Trump Backlash Reveals The Cost Of Populism When Running For Office

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | July 1, 2015 | UK Politics
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump has spent a week mired in a crisis of his own making. The billionaire property tycoon has been besieged by criticism over comments he made on June 16 during his 2016 campaign announcement in New York in which he referred to Mexicans as...

New York Pride Revelers Reveal How Long It Will Take For America To Elect An Openly Gay President

Paul Vale | July 1, 2015 | UK
NEW YORK -- Despite opposition from religious groups and presidential candidates to Friday’s judgement on same-sex marriage by the Supreme Court, states across the US have quickly fallen into line with the ruling. Even the conservative bastions of Louisiana and Mississippi, which had initially baulked...

Comedians Join Waterkeeper Alliance To Help Keep Earth's Many Waterways Clean

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | June 30, 2015 | Comedy
Safe water is no joke.

Here Are The 5 Things You Need To Know Entering NBA Free Agency

Jordan Schultz | June 30, 2015 | Sports
If the NBA Draft is a full-on crapshoot (read my winners and losers here and my interview with Karl-Anthony Towns here) then we might as well call free agency a poker game. Why? Because teams have a better idea of who's who at this...

21 Things That Are Complete Smartasses

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | June 30, 2015 | Comedy
Smartasses. They're everywhere. Usually where you'd rather they weren't. Because they know you don't want them there. Which is why they're smartasses. Still, you can't deny the fun that general smartassery brings into our daily lives. If you can allow yourself to laugh a bit, you'll usually see that the...

Meet The Man Who Helps Hollywood Stay Sober

Sasha Bronner | June 30, 2015 | Healthy Living
Until two years ago, Jon Paul Crimi kept his career, and his client base, mostly a secret. He has a 20-year background as a fitness trainer and used to be an actor -- but now when he gets a phone call...

John Oliver Shows Just How Far We Have To Go On Transgender Rights

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | June 29, 2015 | Comedy
The media and country as a whole still can't seem to grasp the very graspable concept of transgender.

John Oliver Celebrates 5 Years Of People Prematurely Declaring The End Of Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | June 29, 2015 | Comedy
The Supreme Court upholding Obamacare is clearly the beginning of the end of Obamacare. On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver took a brief moment to celebrate the many pundits, TV hosts and media personalities who, over the last five years, promised the approaching inevitable end...

Here Are Your 2015 NBA Draft Winners And Losers

Jordan Schultz | June 26, 2015 | Sports
While we won't really know who won Thursday's draft for at least a few seasons, it remains an annual tradition to break down each team's decision-making on the clock. In recent years, with the influx of free agency every summer, it's become clear that the draft has lost some of...

James Holmes Was Clearly Psychotic, Says Doctor Who Interviewed Him Days After Shooting

Ryan Grenoble | June 25, 2015 | Crime
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes began presenting their case Thursday by calling a psychiatrist who said Holmes was so psychotic that he could not tell right from wrong when he killed 12 people during a packed movie premiere. Dr. Jonathan Woodcock interviewed Holmes in...

James Holmes' Defense Starts Thursday. Here's What You Need To Know.

Ryan Grenoble | June 24, 2015 | Crime
DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for James Holmes will open their case Thursday, offering a less emotional and more clinical assessment of the Colorado theater shooter after two months of often-gruesome testimony from prosecution witnesses who included many visibly wounded survivors. Without the scores of victims on their side, Holmes' defense...

Obama May Have To Lean On Democratic Governors To Resell His Health Care Law

Jeffrey Young | June 25, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- If the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare subsidies in two-thirds of the country, President Barack Obama won't be the only leader offering to assist states that want to undo the damage. Officials in states that created their own health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act -- thereby...

9 Harrowing Images That Capture The Lasting Impact Of Sexual Assault

Nina Bahadur | June 24, 2015 | Women
Survivors of assault and abuse are sharing their experiences on a powerful new Tumblr, Lasting Impact. (Story continues below.) Founder Alison, who asked that her last name remain private, created Lasting Impact to raise awareness about the long-lasting impact that...

Now You Can Climb El Capitan From Your Couch, With Google Street View

Ryan Grenoble | June 29, 2015 | Technology
It's the largest granite monolith in the world, and now you can climb it from your couch. On Wednesday, Google launched its first ever vertical Street View collection, allowing armchair adventurers to join pioneering climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell on a 3,000-foot
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