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People in the U.S. tend to take Fourth of July seriously. It's a time to celebrate our country, eat great food, and watch fireworks. It's also pretty much the one time of year you can wear a flag on your shirt and no one will make fun of you (maybe). Most people are pretty relaxed in their July 4th celebrations, usually with something low key. Those people are celebrating America.

And then there are those who want to celebrate 'Merica (or, phonetically spelled, 'Murrica). What is "'Merica"? According to Urban Dictionary, it is "[a] whole new way of saying America. As America falls into the category of a nation, 'Merica is the whole experience of America summed up in a stereotypical way. ... People often say it when they see Americans doing things only Americans can do, such as: trimming a hedge with a chainsaw, eating quadruple burgers, and driving tractors in the middle of a freeway. It is often expressed in a proud and commonly exaggerated manor."

Here are seven things that truly encompass the 'Merican way, because it's 'Merica's 237th birthday today!

    Bacon: So, bacon isn't exclusive to 'Merica, but 'Mericans eat more than 1.7 billion pounds of bacon each year and 53% of all U.S. homes keep bacon in their fridge at all times. You can buy bacon-flavored anything (salt, chips, ice cream, toothpaste) or bacon-decorated anything else (wallets, holiday decorations, shirts). 'Mericans like to wrap things in bacon, sometimes lots of it, and feel that bacon goes with everything. There's chocolate covered bacon, candied bacon, chicken-fried bacon, bacon infused with Irish whiskey, and even Bacon of the Month clubs. 'Mericans just really love bacon.


Top 5 reasons we love Psych

"Psych" fans like me have been waiting what feels like forever for the show to return. It left us almost a whole year ago and we’ve been waiting for new episodes since. The wait was long and painstaking and it felt like a pop culture hole was missing in our hearts. And honestly? We missed the hijinx of fake-psychic-detective Shawn and his sidekick, Gus. Here are some of the reasons why we were so excited for the show’s seventh season premiere last night.

The silliness

The show's premise is a little silly, but "Psych" tries to show viewers the showrunners don't take themselves too seriously with funny things like Shawn’s never-ending list of nicknames for Gus. Some of my favorites: Galileo Humpkins, Ovaltine Jenkins, Chocolate Columbo, and Felicia Fancybottom.

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