Bizarre State Laws
By Julia Ischinger
In the United States, different states have different laws. There are many strange and bizarre laws throughout America. Here are some strange and bizarre laws from each state that I bet you never heard of before. Which ones are your favorite?
In Alabama, it is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter.
In Alaska, it is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting.
In Arizona, you can’t walk through a hotel lobby with spurs on.
In Arkansas, it is unlawful to walk one’s cow down main street after 1:00 PM on Sunday.
In California, it is illegal to rob a birds nest from a public cemetery .
In Colorado, it is unlawful to walk under a ladder .
In Connecticut, it is against the law to see a UFO.
In Delaware, women may not drive while wearing a housecoat.
In Florida, it is illegal to eat cottage cheese on Sunday after 6:00 PM.
In Georgia, donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs.
In Hawaii, by law, twins must not work for the same company.
In Idaho, bicycles are not allowed on tennis courts.
In Illinois, it is against the law to make faces at dogs.
In Indiana, it is against the law to pass a horse on the street.
In Iowa, horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.
In Kansas, hitting a vending machine that stole your money is illegal.
In Kentucky, is it illegal to put an ice cream cone in your pocket.
In Louisiana, “fake” wrestling matches are prohibited.
In Maine, dog leashes may not be over 8 feet in length.
In Maryland, it is illegal to mistreat oysters.
In Massachusetts, it is illegal to read newspapers or books on the streets after 8 PM.
In Michigan, alligators may not be tied to fire hydrants.
In Minnesota, animals may not sleep in bakeries.
In Mississippi, you can’t honk horns because it might scare horses.
In Missouri, it is illegal to honk someone else’s horn.
In Montana, is is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays.
In Nebraska, sneezing or burping is illegal in a church service.
In Nevada, it is illegal to have a spray painted shopping cart in your basement.
In New Hampshire, it is illegal to pick seaweed off the beach.
In New Jersey, it is illegal to slurp your soup in public places.
In New Mexico, it is illegal to carry a lunchbox down a main street.
In New York, it is illegal to shine shoes after 1:00 PM on a Sunday.
In North Carolina, it is illegal to sell cotton lint at night.
In North Dakota, it is illegal to keep an elk in a sandbox in your backyard.
In Ohio, it is illegal for stores to sell cornflakes on Sunday.
In Oklahoma, clothes may not be washed in bird baths.
In Oregon, it is illegal to eat a donut while walking backwards on a city street.
In Pennsylvania, you can’t sit down while watering your lawn with a hose.
In Rhode Island, you may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.
In South Carolina, it is illegal to shine a flashlight on a sea turtle.
In South Dakota, it is illegal to fall asleep in a cheese factory.
In Tennessee, it is illegal to roller skate and listen to the radio at the same time.
In Texas, it is illegal to milk another person's cow.
In Utah, no one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag with a violin.
In Vermont, it is illegal to whistle underwater.
In Virginia, it is illegal to hunt any animal besides racoons on Sundays.
In Washington, it’s illegal to buy a mattress on Sunday.
In West Virginia, one may not walk a lion, tiger or leopard, even on a leash.
In Wisconsin, it is illegal to produce cheese that is not “highly pleasing”.
In Wyoming, it is illegal to take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without a permit.
By Paige Ross
I went to Bermuda last summer on a cruise. This is a picture of one of the towns that I visited called King’s Wharf. The sun was just setting, and the sky seemed to light up the palm trees. It was beautiful!
Iran Hostage Crisis
444 Days of Misery - By Amanda Wisner
aa As you came across this article, you may have wondered, ‘What is the Iranian Hostage Crisis?’ Well, it may seem difficult to understand, but the Iran Hostage Crisis was a time period that Iran and the U.S., let’s say, didn’t get along so well. After a few small arguments between the two countries in past years, on November 4, 1979, the previous leader of Iran, otherwise known as the Shah, fled to Egypt since the Iranians did not enjoy the methods that their leader used to rule. After spending some time in Egypt, the Shah had developed a form of cancer, and then later travelled to the United States to seek medical assistance, along with further refuge from the Iranians.
After the Shah was taken in and cared for by the Americans, the Iranian people were extremely displeased, and they had continued to take American people from the US Embassy, which is located in Iran. These Americans were held hostage for 444 days, and several people escaped, or were released during these days.
While all of this was happening, President Jimmy Carter was creating small and non-helpful attempts to end the entire feud, and one of these attempts was Operation Eagle Claw. Carter intended to send two helicopters to Iran and have them rescue the hostages without the Iranians’ knowledge, but the operation was a failure because of the winds within the desert, in which they had blown them to the ground, and the mission was then compromised.
The American Presidential Election was now around the corner, and Carter was far behind Ronald Reagan. As the election came closer, the majority of Americans decided that Reagan was a better man for a president, therefore causing Reagan to win the election by a landslide. When Reagan was officially sent into office, on January 20, 1981, the rest of the American hostages were released, miraculously, just a few hours later.
Overall, the Iranian Hostage Crisis was an extremely painful time for many people, and it will definitely remain as an important mark in history. The Hostage Crisis should definitely be taught to students, to inform them about this important, tragic event. However, even if the Hostage Crisis is already a taught aspect in Social Studies classrooms across the country, many citizens, especially of our country, are uneducated about this topic. You may question how I know this, but that’s because; when I informed a few of my friends I was writing this article, they had asked the same question you may have asked; ‘What is the Iranian Hostage Crisis?
Traveling to Spain
Interview with Deke Burrell by Olivia Bush
1) Why did you travel to Spain?
I traveled to Spain because I wanted to meet new people, work on my Spanish and experience what it was like in a different country.
2) What were your feelings about traveling to Spain?
I was very excited for the experience, but I was also nervous about being away from my family.
3) What was your first impression of Spain when you arrived?
I was very cool and different. In a way it was different from the town of Idaho I live in, but it had the same idea as Idaho.
4) What were some of the major differences between the United States and Spain?
The language barrier and the types of food they eat and the rules they have in place.
5) What do they have in Spain that you wish we had in the United States?
Their food in Spain is good and we don’t have anything like it in Idaho.
6) What was your favorite food dish you ate in Spain?
My favorite meal was a dish with yellow rice, shrimp, clams, and mussels
7) What did you dislike about Spain?
I didn’t dislike anything! I loved it all.
8) What was the best thing about going to Spain as a foreign exchange student?
Meeting new people and the lifestyle
9) What was so different about their lifestyle from ours?
Well their rules are very different for example, one night I came downstairs for dinner with bare feet and my host family made me go upstairs and put on socks. They cared a lot about me and were very protective.
10) Finally, how long were you in Spain?
I spent three week there.
Emma first put an outfit on the runway in our fall 2016 Fashion Show. In our Fall 2017 Fashion Show, Emma had SIX outfits! We can’t wait to see what she has in store for our 2018 Fashion Show!! No pressure or anything, Emma!
Soccer in Disney
By Kari Jim
Every year, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Center located in Orlando Florida, holds a country-wide elite soccer showcase. And this past Thanksgiving, I had the chance to go. I have been playing soccer since I was 5 years old, and have been dreaming of going to this tournament ever since I first heard of it.
This year my soccer team, PA Rush, qualified for the Disney Showcase Tournament. We have been trying to get in for the past two years and finally, our wish came true. When my team first found out we were going to this showcase, we were all so excited. We knew we were going to have fun on this trip, but we weren’t expecting to have as much fun as we did.
We scheduled our flight to be on the last day before Thanksgiving break officially started. We arrived in Orlando around 8 o’clock that Tuesday. Only a couple of my teammates were already at the hotel so we decided to meet up with them. I remember not being able to sleep at all that first night, because I was too excited for the next couple of days.
Wednesday was our only full day with nothing planned. Since we didn’t have any games scheduled for Wednesday, we decided to do something fun. Some of the girls went to Animal Kingdom while some went to Universal Studios. I was one of the few that went to Universal (and we had more fun than the girls that went to Animal Kingdom). We spent the whole day—from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.—walking around, going on practically every ride we could. We didn’t even realize how late it was until we saw people clearing the roads, getting ready for what looked to be a parade. And it was in fact a parade—a Christmas parade. The parade lasted for a good 30 minutes and then we decided to finally go back to the hotel and get some rest. The next day would be our first game and we honestly had no idea what to expect.
Walking into the ESPN Wide World of Sports Center the next day, no one imagined it would look the way it did. We walked past the widely recognized big red globe, and it looked like we were walking into a 5-star resort. There were palm trees lining every sidewalk and there was an overwhelming sense of elite competition. With too many soccer fields to count, it took us almost 15 minutes to find our playing field.
After warming up and walking over to the players side of the field, my teammates and I looked over to the sidelines to find many college coaches already seated and ready to watch us play. I was already nervous to begin with, and knowing that there were college coaches watching, made me even more nervous. But the game went pretty well: we ended up winning 2-1. By the time the game was over it was nearing 5:00, and everyone was hungry for some Thanksgiving dinner back at our hotel. Our whole team sat at one long table, enjoying our food, grateful for the opportunity to be in Orlando, and talking about how excited we were for our next game.
The next day we had to get up early for our game. Although we were feeling very confident, we lost the game 3-1. None of us were too mad though, because we knew we played well. And since our game was early in the morning, everyone was too excited to go to a park afterwards. Most of my team decided to go to Magic Kingdom. Once arriving at the park, we realized that any other day would have been better to be in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The sidewalks were so crowded; it took us 20 minutes to just get past the entrance. We didn’t end up doing a lot that day, all the lines were too long for our tired legs.
The following day, walking out of the ESPN complex and towards the fields, there was incredibly dense fog everywhere. You couldn’t even see past the first field. And of course, our field was in the very very back. Once again we walked for about 20 minutes before we reached our playing field. We were competing against a team from Florida, and by the looks of these girls and the dense fog, we figured this game was going to be interesting. It was about 65 degrees outside, pretty warm if you’re from PA—but the team we were playing thought otherwise. About half of their players were wearing Under Armour long sleeves and gloves. One of the players even wore leggings under her shorts. We watched in amusement as they complained about how cold it was.
The game was very tough but we came out winning 2-0. It was not an easy win by any standards. The girls were very aggressive. I ended up having to leave the game for a short time due to a bloody nose after a strong elbow to the face. After many many fouls and even a few opposing parents cursing at the referee in Spanish, we walked out of the complex with our heads held high. We were so proud of ourselves in this highly competitive tournament.
Many of my teammates left that day, and the few who stayed went to yet another park. Some of us even managed to visit two parks. After spending a few hours in Hollywood Studios—riding Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster—we decided to head over to Epcot for our last park. After riding a few space rides and walking around the World Showcase, it was time to head back to the hotel totally exhausted for our last night.
The plane ride home was pretty boring. No one was looking forward to going back to school the next day. Looking back at everything that happened on this trip, I hope I get the opportunity to could go back and compete in this incredible venue again. For any athlete that gets the chance to go to the ESPN Wide World of Sports center, do it. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
New York Fashion Week
By Delila Matara
15 yrs old, 5’1, and in New York Fashion Week!
Last year when I was 14, I decided that I would love to audition for NWFW. I was excited to receive the invite after my mom sent an email, and was one of the first people to arrive. I was super nervous though! There were about five models all over 5’7 and definitely older than me. The girls were super friendly, and the more I talked to them, the more I realized that they were from all over the world. While the girls and I chit-chatted, the three men that seemed to be the judges started choosing people to walk, starting with the tallest models first. As time went on, I still had not been called on and I started to get super nervous. But every single girl that walked was criticized by the main judge. Whether it be they were walking too fast or they moved their hand too much, the main judge would critique them.
Finally it was my turn. Before I knew it, my legs were moving and I tried to think of anything else other than the millions of eyes that were watching me. As I finally finished, I stood there and for a solid minute, and nothing was said. It was absolute silence. “Delila, you were completely remarkable, and I have no criticism for you. But I am sorry, you are too short to participate,” the main judge stated. I was numb and began to tear up, never wanting to do modeling again. My mother and I got into the car, and I completely broke down. My mom looked at me and laughed, “Delila, you should be smiling, he critiqued the only thing you cannot control.”
Luckily, I did not give up and finally met a designer that gave me a chance. I met some amazing people who truly helped me.
Since we all were walking for one specific designer, we all had one distinct outfit to wear on the runway. This outfit line was mainly made up of tuxedos for both men and women, but I actually was put in a silk beige dress. Once we had our hair and makeup done and had all tried on our outfits, it was time for the walkthrough rehearsal. Finally, the runway began at 1:30 pm sharp. The models were put in a specific order according to their outfit style and color. I was put in between two male models that had a similar style texture as my dress. We waited about 15 minutes until it was our turn to walk. As I walked through the curtains, anxious and all, I saw hundreds all flashes and smiling faces.
It is hard not to smile when you see all these amazing people encouraging you, but you need to stay the part and continue on. As I made my way around the runway, I saw my mom along the photographers and I realized how blessed I was to have all these people supporting me through my journey. The show ended and was full of “good-jobs” and cookies as well. After the mingling was over, I stopped and said it, “I took place in New York Fashion Week.”
A Teen View on Epcot
Travel to Mexico, China and the UK all in one day?
By Jillian Cardinal
Is it possible to travel the whole world in one day? Well believe it or not Walt Disney made it possible by creating Disney’s Epcot. Epcot is a Disney park that showcases 11 countries of the world; Mexico, Italy, Norway, France, United Kingdom, China, Germany, America, Canada, Morocco and Japan.
When it first opened on October 1st, 1982, two people from each of these countries brought a container of water from their nation and poured it into the fountain to show they are all unified. This fountain still stands today and is known as the Fountain of Nations. Epcot is one of the best places to eat because there are all different types of food to enjoy and most of it is very healthy with the exception of desserts. There are over 30 tons of fruits and veggies grown and served in the restaurants in Epcot.
I know that if I go to Epcot one place that I always have to visit is Mexico. Mexico has to be one of the best countries in Epcot because the people in Mexico are the best at making really beautiful and colorful art. Mexico also has amazing food and the servers they are fantastic they are fast and very nice. Mexico also has a ride that a lot of people don’t know about and it’s called the Gran Fiesta Tour and it is a water boat ride I have always loved this ride because it is funny but at the same time relaxing.
China is also a great place to visit in Epcot for souvenirs. When I went to China in Epcot and I got a Chinese fan and I went up to the desk to pay for it and the offered to write my name in Chinese on it!!! So cool! Also, China is one of the most relaxing countries and if you take a close look at the pavilion you will find many amazing carvings that you may not notice at first glance. China is the kind of place that you can look at and just admire all of the beauty.
If you like fish and chips The United Kingdom is the place to go they defiantly have the BEST fish and chips I have ever had. But there is more than just amazing food there! A few of your favorite Disney characters such as Mary Poppins, Alice and Snow White can sometimes be found. Also, I thought that the red telephone booths were so much fun to play and take photos in.
I hope you get the chance to travel through the world in just one day.
Lights, Camera, Acting
By Grace Mahony
Where is there a place where learning is enhanced by fun, friends, confidence, social-skills and overall enjoyment? It's acting school! I've been attending classes for almost six years and have learned so much about myself, others and the art of acting.
When you first enter an acting class, you are greeted with a smile and a vibrant energy. Soon, you will begin various interesting, interactive and sometimes downright weird warm-up games to get your body and mind ready for the class ahead. It may take a week or two, but you will quickly become so close with the strangers in your class that you'll forget that you've only known each other for a couple of days.
Then we get down to business, your welcoming and patient teacher will brief you on the weekly goal (each week is a new aspect of acting!) and, often with excited squeals from the class, how we will learn that aspect. For improv classes, aspects are learned through a series of creative and entertaining games. For classes studying a script, you will be challenged to introduce the aspect into your scripted part for a fantastic conclusion game to end the class. One of my personal favorites is a focus game called Zip Zap Zop, where you have to focus on the pattern and the quick moving energy as it is passed around the circle.
I have had the amazing opportunity to attend these classes for six years and have recently begun helping with younger classes. I get to work with kids of all ages and personalities. Each day is a new and exciting adventure that I could be more grateful to be a part of.
By Julia James
On Saturday March, 24th 2018 the city of Philadelphia took part in the March for our Lives movement to end Gun Violence. The Philadelphia march was just one of an estimated 450 marches that took place over the weekend.
My friends and I were just four of the millions of people that took part in these marches, all for one common purpose, change. Although it was the negative effects of gun violence that led to having these marches, participating in the march overall was an uplifting, inspiring, and empowering experience we'll never forget. To be surrounded by a city full of people fighting for the same cause as you, and hear the speeches given full of emotion it's extremely inspiring.
The streets were full of posters held up with messages promoting change. Even people at our train station had their posters in hand. My friends and I made posters of our own as well. Many people stopped us to ask for photos of our posters, as well as thanking us for taking part in the cause.
The atmosphere was just so positive and supporting. From the moment we got off the train, we had goosebumps looking at all the signs and people. There were so many people, but it felt like we were all one, all there for one reason. My friends and I have held a strong opinion on the topic of gun violence, and although many people have challenged us on it, participating in the march only made our feelings stronger.
People have said getting kids or teens involved in politics too young isn't a smart move, however, we are the future. It's important to hold a strong opinion and fight for what you think is right. However, these marches were not limited to just teens. People of all ages attended and voiced their opinions. Even famous people took part in the D.C. march, using their platforms to promote and spread the message we are trying to get across.
Seeing the turnout to all the marches, we are confident this cause will not die down. Our voices will be heard and changes will be made. Enough is Enough. Not one more.
Road Trip Entertainment
By Madison Cavallo
When you’re in the car for hours at a time it can get boring. Especially on a road trip because all you want to do is arrive at your next destination. Here are some ways you can pass time and enjoy yourself.
If you like to be on your phone or other device, try downloading a WiFi free app. Two Dots, Stack, Disco Zoo, and Color Switch are some examples. These games can keep you entertained for hours without using up cellular data. Another idea for those who prefer to keep to themselves is reading a book or magazine. Flipping through the pages can relax you and make it feel as though time is passing by faster. So does plugging in earbuds and listening to your favorite music or watching your favorite movie or TV show.
Although if you are with other people and are all trying to do something together, a piece of paper can have many uses. Traditional games like hangman or tic-tac-toe are fun and simple. If you are feeling creative you can rotate writing sentences on the paper and try to make up a story- this usually ends in fits of laughter.
For those who get car sick, these activities may not work for you. Some other ideas are listening to an audiobook or music instead of reading because you do not need to focus on the pages. The less eye movement, the better. Engaging in conversation with those around you may also work. Instead of passing around a sheet of paper and writing a story, saying it out loud is an alternative solution.
These activities are some simple, yet entertaining ways to pass time in the car on a road trip. Next time you get bored staring out the window trying to make time go faster try one of these ideas.
By Riane Lumer
United. Empowered. Determined. We stood. 17 minutes of silence was the least we could, as we memorialized the victims of Parkland Florida and protested against gun violence.
Organized completely by students for students. In hope for change and the betterment of our futures. For the betterment of society, and for the betterment of safety in the United States.
Following the tragedy on Valentine’s day, frustration filled students as they wanted some way to show their desire for change and felt unsafe. Many went to the principal's office, others talked amongst each other.
The date March 14, 2018, was the set date for the national walk-out in commemoration of students as well as the political advocating against guns. In particular, my school, Lower Moreland High School chose to honor the victims as well as protest gun violence, a much broader protest than desiring a ban on guns, greater background checks, specifics as such.
However, the generalized term of the protest, “gun violence” did not mean people did not have stronger stances or even more lenient views. The initial purpose of the walk-out for my school was to focus more predominantly on memorializing those who were victimized by the unnecessary calamity. Therefore, the term was essential in order to bring more of an audience to participate.
Begin at 10 AM, wear orange in respect of the students, walk outside the school along the designated path, listen to the names called by those who organized the march, and stand for 17 minutes in complete silence. One minute per victim.
Sounds very minimalistic to honor those killed for only one meager minute each, however, the commemoration of each student could not be quantified and the 17 minutes seemed right for the school to participate in as over that amount could lead to impolite chatter.
There we stood. 17 minutes silent. Silent besides the names called in the beginning, the whimpers, the sniffles, the tears.
People held posters high and strong, orange shirts worn with great dignity, we walked out. And we would do it all over again. We ARE the future generation, if there are gonna be changes made our voices must be heard. Because we are leading an uproar and will not be ignored. We the adolescence will make a difference.
Pantone Color of The Year
By Emma Engle
New Year, New Color!
Ultra Violet is the Pantone Color of 2018. It is announced in December and is a big deal in fashion and design circles. Ultra Violet is described as a blue-based purple. It is a color created by mixing 2 colors together blue and red.
How are the colors chosen each year?
Two years in advance and through analysis and research of pop culture trends.
“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” -The vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, Laurie Pressman
It is almost impossible for me to put into words how powerful the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C was. I attended the event with a group called the Bucks County Youth Council, a teen group in bucks county affiliated with the Bucks County Links Incorporated dedicated to grooming teens into tomorrow's leaders today.
Our day started off rough with the delay of our bus, but improved quickly when the bus arrived to JFK early, and our chaperones bought each us matching shirts to rep the cause. We made our signs, zipped our coats, and were finally ready to march.
While on the metro I couldn’t help but think about the history cemented into the concrete of the capital, all the way from Martin’s March on Washington to the most recent Women's March in 2018, and I knew in that moment that we were going to be apart of history. Anytime a person or a group of people can bring a crowd together to unite around one a common goal is impressive--but when that group of people are high school students, who have picked themselves up from something so tragic and turned their story into more than just a statistic but a revolution.
The students from Stoneman Douglas High School are an inspiration to kids like me and all over the world. The whole crowd could feel the passion in their voices when sharing their stories. You could literally see the tenacity in their cause by just the simple look on their faces. These kids aren’t joking, and they certainly aren’t afraid of a challenge. The issue of gun control in America is one that has crippled society since the authoring of the constitution itself, and while it is no longer 1787 Americans are still allowed the same freedom with weapons that they were when African-Americans were deemed ⅗ of a person.
And while in past years the issue of the second amendment was deemed a strictly political matter, the intellectuals that spoke at the march made it clear that this is no longer about politics, it’s a matter of life or death, it’s about the bigger picture. And while it makes me so happy to see students my age getting their voices heard on such a monumental level, I couldn’t help but think about the kids who have, and continue to live through vile acts of gun violence everyday, and these kids don’t get the same amount of likes and retweets, because of the zip code on their mailboxes, and the color of their skin.
But what was so admirable to me about the students of Stoneman Douglas, was that they got on that stage and said to the world that they know they did not start this fight, and that where they come from had a huge factor in the platform they were given--but they choose to share their stage. They said in their speeches that they are going to use their privilege to help the black and brown kids, and use their resources to speak the truths of the students who have been silenced.
The crowd surrounding me was amazed. I heard someone in the crowd say “ wow, this is the generation that is going to do it,” and after hearing Martin Luther King’s granddaughter come out and say “I have a dream that enough is enough” I knew that this march was going to change things.
This march made me proud to be 18 in 2018. I had always been invested into politics and dedicated to social justice, but this march sparked something different in me. It wasn’t that it inspired me to do more, because I know that there is always work to be done to better society, but this march showed me that there is no reason why I can’t make a difference in this world.
17 kids died because in America everyone has the right to bear arms. 17 mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers are without their loved ones because in America it is easier to get a gun then it is to obtain cold medicine.
I am so proud to have stood with over 800,000 people in Washington D.C on March 24th, and I am so proud to be of the generation that gets congress to pay attention. We are the kids of America, and we will use our first amendment rights to make sure that guns are put into the hands of only those who are worthy of the responsibility.
Submitted by our members as well as teens across the world.