The U.S. has a national bird, the bald eagle. A national tree, the oak. A national anthem, a National Mall.
Lawmakers in Congress are pushing for a national mammal, and they want that to be the bison, aka, the buffalo.
A bipartisan bill passed the House this week. If it`s passed by the Senate and then signed by President Obama, it will be official. Supporters from politicians to wildlife conservation society praised the animal`s history, strength and inextricable connection to the American west.
There`s a complicated history of the North American bison. There used to be millions of them in the plains. But during America`s westward expansion, hunting took their numbers down to around a thousand.
Former U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt led conservation efforts to preserve the mammal. And now today, there are an estimated half million bison in the U.S. and you can find them in every state.
We spend a lot of time focused on time, and I don`t just mean the clock, I mean the word. Time is the most commonly noun in the English language. Others in the top 10 include day, year, and life -- also measures of time. So, from time to time, if you feel you don`t have the time or don`t want to take the time, the time out time in a timely manner, it could be just because we spend so much time talking about it.Now, that`s random!