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Largest Area Code in the United States
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As you probably know area codes are numbers used to identify different telephone service regions. Some countries like United States or Canada for example, use three-digit numbers, while other countries may use anywhere from one to five digits for this purpose. But what is the largest area code in the United States, and is it the largest in the whole North America as well? You are about to find out.

The tittle of the biggest area code in the U.S. goes to 907 (in terms of area that is covered). This area code serves almost the entire Alaska, with the exception of a small southerneastern town of Hyder that uses the 250 area code (same as the neighbouring town called Stewart, located in the British Columbia).

Area code 907 was assigned to Alaska in 1957, at the same time area code 808 was assigned to Hawaii. These two area codes share another interesting record – they were tied as the longest area code to dial on a rotary phone (those old phones your grandmother probably has somewhere in the house), taking 26 pulses to dial out.

Although 907 is the largest area code in the United States, it is second largest in the whole North America. The North American champion is Canada’s 867. It was created on October 21, 1997, and it covers three large Canadian territories in the Arctic region – Nunavut, Yukon, and Nothwest Territories. The way these three digits were chosen is actually quite interesting. TOP spells 867 on a North American dial, and since this region of Canada is the northernmost part of the country, it fits perfectly. As you might have guessed it, 867 is also the most expensive calling area in Canada. To give you an idea of the magnitude of this area, we should note that it covers four different official time zones.

 

 
Top 4 Most Famous Motown Musicians
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One can say that Motown Records label helped shape the sound of the 60’s, and how could it not, with artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and The Jackson Five under its umbrella. Motown developed a specific sound that combined soul music with a pop flavor, creating a unique “Motown sound.” Motown was able to accumulate 110 top ten hits, from 1961 to 1971, showing the power of the label during these times.

We are about to present you with four legends of Motown music.

Stevie Wonder

stevie wonder

Stevland Hardaway Morris, better known as Stevie Wonder, is a famous American singer and multi-instrumentalist. He has found great deal of success in the music industry, despite having lost his eyesight shortly after birth. He started playing multiple instruments at an early age, and when he was seven years old, Stevie signed a deal with Motown.

Wonder had his first No. 1 hit on Billboard Hot 100 chart, at the mere age of 13. The song was “Fingertips Pt. 2” and it featured Stevie on vocals, harmonica and bongos, and his fellow label mate Marvin Gaye on drums.

But, these were just the beginnings of what would prove to be one of the most successful careers of the 20th century. During his life, he managed to sell more than 100 million albums and secure ten No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. 

The Temptations

the temptations 

The Temptations are one of the most influential groups in R&B and soul music. They became widely popular during the 60’s and 70’s, selling tens of millions of albums and receiving six Grammy Awards.

This vocal group has three standout songs that defined their career – “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, all of which achieved a lot of success, reaching number one positions on Billboard Pop Charts.

Although their success peaked in the late 60’s and early 70’s they continued to perform for many years to come.

The Jackson 5

the jackson 5 

The Jackson Five is one of the most successful music groups of all time, selling over 100 million albums worldwide. This family band consisted of five brothers - Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, and Marlon Jackson and, of course, the legendary Michael Jackson. The Jackson 5 was active from 1964 to 1990, and is considered as one of the greatest pop acts of the 70’s. The group helped propel Michael Jackson to great heights, making him arguably the most successful entertainer in the world. 

In 1969 they signed a deal with Motown, only to leave the label seven years later. However, it is safe to say that the group’s most successful years were during their time with Motown.

Marvin Gaye

marvin gaye 

Marvin Gaye was one of the most important artists for Motown Records. During the 60’s he helped shape the label’s sound, which later earned him the tittle of “Prince of Motown.” Some of his greatest hits include “How Sweet It Is,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Sexual Healing”.

Unfortunately, on April 1, 1984, a day before his 45th birthday, he passed away. He was shot two times by his own father, after a long argument between Marvin and his parents.

 
How Today's Kids Learn The Alphabet
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There were the days when A stood for Apple, the fruit. Now it stands for Apple, the company that makes widely used iPods and Mac. If you are kid these days, you will most probably learn the alphabet this way.

modern day alphabet

 
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