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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo is not just a day for tortilla chips and margaritas (although, we will take any holidays that give us an excuse for that anyway!). But it is also often misunderstood as a day of Mexican independence. Find out what it really is here! Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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The 46th Year for Earth Day Friday, April 22nd marks the 46th year of a movement that has significantly made an impact on our modern world. Started by John McConnell in 1970, and always falling on April 22nd, Earth Day has led to planting trees, cleaning up neighborhoods, rallying for more environmental laws, and pushing for better fossil fuel alternatives. Cities around the U.S. celebrate Earth Day with community cleanups, festivals, and family fun days.  Forbes Magazine also mentions another way in which Earth Day is making a world-wide impact this year. The U.S. and China will be signing the Paris climate agreement tomorrow, which will be the first push toward attempting to keep global temperatures from rising above 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Forbes also mentions that in addition, "in a lead up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, the Earth Day Network has pledged to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide to account for every single person living on Earth." So get outside tomorrow! We at AM Transport begin our annual care-taking of three flowers beds our company adopted in front of the city pool. A group of employees has volunteered to do the initial cleanup tomorrow by removing weeds and old mulch, laying new mulch, and making a plan for new plants and flowers. We maintain the beds throughout the spring, summer, and fall. For more about Earth Day, campaigns, and ways you can get involved, visit EarthDay.org. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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26 Years of Legacy, Hard Work, and Fun Today is AM Transport's 26th anniversary. It has been a wild ride, and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store (literally - we are so excited we put together a killer vision document for our future. Ask us about it). This is a clip from the legacy video we had created last year for our 25th anniversary. Take a look and see our founder and mentor, Avery McKinney, where our name comes from, and how our beginnings have led to where we are today - and where we are going tomorrow. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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Photo courtesy of SFGate Happy Pi Day! Today is March 14th - A.K.A. 3.14 - A.K.A. Pi day. Other than an excuse to host pie eating contests, bring pie to work, have pie for breakfast, and enjoy all the other wonderful pie-related activities, Pi day (Greek letter “π”) is a widely celebrated day surrounding the mathematic constant that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. In other words, 3.14159. Many schools use Pi day as a way to integrate math into a celebration. Students have contests to see who can memorize the most digits of Pi (by the way, there are over one trillion digits calculated so far), as well as learn Pi's applications in circles and other areas of mathematics - all while having fun. Why does Pi matter? According to Steven Strogatz, Pi is a very big deal. Pi never ends and never shows a pattern. It goes on forever, "seemingly at random—except that they can’t possibly be random, because they embody the order inherent in a perfect circle. This tension between order and randomness is one of the most tantalizing aspects of pi." And rather than attempting to explain this further and cause more confusion than clarity, I will just let you read Steven's explanation here. So what can you do with Pi? Enjoy it! Do some math work, eat some pie, pick up some sweet Pi swag, or try to memorize more digits than anyone else at the office. And be sure to check out Piday.org for all things Pi. Want more Pi? Here are one million digits of Pi.  Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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What's Up With Leap Day Anyway? According to an article from The Telegraph online, "a leap year, where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, is down to the solar system's disparity with the Gregorian calendar." In other words, leap seconds and leap years are added in order to keep our clocks and calendars in sync with the Earth and its seasons. However, every four years is not exactly true every time (beware - math ahead). The leap day actually occurs each year that is true for this calculation: There's a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. Got it? For a day that only comes around roughly every four years, it sure has a lot going on. A favorite wedding date, the day for women to do the proposing, about 4,000 ton of frog legs consumed each year in France alone, and the main character in Pirates of Penzance was born on Leap Day in 1897 (played by Kevin Kline in the movie adaptation). Check out who else is a "leapling" (A.K.A. born on a leap day): John Byrom - Romantic poet Pope Paul III - 16th Century pontiff George Bridgetower - 19th Century musician Ann Lee - leader of the Shakers Gioacchino Rossini - Italian composer Charles Pritchard - British astronomer Sir Dave Brailsford - English cyclist and coach Tony Robbins - Motivational speaker Alan Richardson - composer Darren Ambrose - English footballer Ja Rule - rapper So how should you celebrate Leap Day 2016? You could join a movement - specifically the one to make February 29th a bank holiday. Too active for you? You can always just sit back, relax, and watch the movie Leap Year. Or you can start prepping some of your favorite Leap Day recipes. For more info about Leap Day, read the full Telegraph article here and check out this infographic. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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In preparation for Groundhog Day tomorrow, AccuWeather put together a fun infographic so we could learn a little more about the (at times) loved and (at times) not-so-loved Punxsutawney Phil. And it serves as a nice reminder to think happy thoughts about Spring! You can watch Phil's live prediction here.  Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...