суббота, 21 января 2012 г.

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Hugging Day is an annual holiday created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney. It occurs on January 21 and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office, but is not a public holiday. The holiday was founded on January 21, 1986 in Michigan, and has since spread to multiple countries. The purpose for the holiday is to help everyone show more emotion in public. There is only one way you are supposed to celebrate the holiday, offer a hug to anyone and everyone you want. Whether you hug a family member or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same. Kevin Zaborney chose January 21 because it marks a midpoint between Christmas and Valentines day, where people are figured to be at their emotional low. Americans are embarrassed to show their feelings in public and hoped that a National Hug Day would change that. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School has found that French couples spend 3 times as much time touching when compared to Americans. Studies have shown that human contact has many health benefits. It has been found that human contact, such as a hug, is essential for healthy social, psychological and physical development. Hugging can also help build a good immune system, decrease the risk of heart disease, and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol in women.(from Wikipedia)

вторник, 17 января 2012 г.

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A student at Quarry Bank School in Liverpool named John Lennon decided to form a group in 1957 which laid the foundation of the most famous rock band of all time. John used the name of his school to name the group. He became a fan of American rock 'n' roll music that time and performed such music in the repertoire. On July 6, 1957, the boy from the group invited Paul McCartney to see their gig. The fifteen-year-old McCartney and sixteen-year-old Lennon began a unique song writing partnership. There were some changes in the membership of the group, but finally settled "The Beatles" went to their first trip to Hamburg in August, 1960. At that time The Beatles weren't considered to be the leading group in Liverpool. By this time, they had hired Brian Epstein as their manager and he signed them up for an audition with Decca Records. Their first single "Love Me Do" was issued on October 5, 1962, and became a hit. 1963 and 1964 proved to be the most important years.