Celebrating the Inauguration

President Barack Obama's inauguration is being celebrated and watched not just around the U.S., but all around the world. Each group is celebrating in their own way. Here at my school, Chestnut Hill College, we incorporated President Obama's call to service with our Catholic, service-oriented mission by having students, faculty, and staff pledge commitments of service to specific organizations as well as to more general themes, such as fighting for tolerance. Our theme was "Be the change we can believe in."

And for all you inauguration junkies and presidential buffs, we've prepared a collection of inauguration and presidential links for your enjoyment...

Up-to-the-Minute News from CNN:

Your View of History
Tour Washington, D.C.
44th President Inauguration Special Report
CNN's Live Player

Official Sites:

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009
District of Columbia's 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Photo & Video Collections:

2009 Inauguration Photos on flickr
Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009 on YouTube

From the mental_floss Vault:

Inauguration Kitsch for Sale
Past Inauguration Guests
10 First Ladies Who Never Wanted the Title
Facts About 10 Presidential Inaugurations
8 Parade Entries to Watch For
How Ex-Vice Presidents Made Ends Meet
4 Presidential In-Laws Who Made the Move to Washington
Secrets of Past Elections Revealed: 2000, 2004


Name All the Presidents in 8 Minutes
Famous Last Words: A Farewell Address Quiz
The Presidential Portraits Quiz
Presidential Quiz Leftovers: 6 Presidential Quizzes

Just for Fun:

Inauguration Q&A for Trivia Buffs
President Barack Obama in World of Warcraft

Did any of you make it to Washington, D.C.? Or attend your own unique celebration? Let us know!

Watch a Rogue Pet Dog Interrupt a Russian News Anchor on Air

Last week, a Russian news broadcast briefly went to the dogs after its host was startled by a surprise co-anchor: a friendly black canine that wandered on set, announced its presence with a loud bark, and climbed onto her desk.


As TODAY reports, Mir24 TV anchor Ilona Linarte went off script for a few minutes, telling viewers "I've got a dog here. What is this dog doing in the studio?" After the initial shock wore off, she gave her furry guest a tepid welcome, patting its head as she gently pushed it off the desk. ("I actually prefer cats,'' Linarte remarked. "I'm a cat lady.")

Linarte’s query was answered when the TV station announced that the dog had accompanied another show’s guest on set, and somehow got loose. That said, rogue animals have a proud tradition of crashing live news broadcasts around the world, so we’re assuming this won’t be the last time a news anchor is upstaged by an adorable guest star (some of which have better hair than them).

[h/t TODAY]

Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Image credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0
SpaceX Is Sending Two Private Citizens Around the Moon
Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Image credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0
Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Image credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0

Two members of the public are set to take an historic trip around the Moon, according to an announcement from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. As The Verge reports, the anonymous private citizens have already placed substantial deposits on the commercial space flight.

The private spacecraft company SpaceX revealed on Monday that the Falcon Heavy rocket will be launching with its Crew Dragon spacecraft in late 2018. The mission will consist of a circumnavigation of the Moon, passing over the body’s surface before traveling farther into space and returning to Earth. In total, the trip will cover 300,000 to 400,000 miles and take a week to complete.

A noteworthy part of the plan is the human cargo that will be on board. Instead of professional astronauts, the craft will carry two paying customers into space. The passengers, who’ve yet to be named, will both need to pass several fitness tests before they're permitted to make the journey. According to The Verge, Musk said the customers are “very serious” and that the cost of the trip is “comparable” to that of a crewed mission to the International Space Station. The goal for SpaceX is to eventually send one or two commercial flights into space each year, which could account for 10 to 20 percent of the company’s earnings.

[h/t The Verge]


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