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'Capitol Fourth' wasn't totally live

An Independence Day tradition that millions tune in to see every year may have left some a little disappointed. 

That's because if you watched "A Capitol Fourth" from the comfort of your own living room, you weren't watching a fully live showing of the annual fireworks display.

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The Washington, D.C., area was under rain clouds during most of the nation’s birthday, so to help fill out the show, PBS added video from previous years' fireworks displays for its live stream, WRC reported.

THE FIREWORKS HAVE BEGUN OVER WASHINGTON, DC!!!! #July4thPBS— A Capitol Fourth (@July4thPBS) July 5, 2016<script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Viewers went to Twitter and Facebook to point out that the fireworks couldn't have been live because the sky was clear in the video, while the capital was overcast and foggy Monday.

PBS admitted that the show was a "combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years."

We showed a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years. It was the patriotic thing to do. #July4thPBS— A Capitol Fourth (@July4thPBS) July 5, 2016<script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>— A Capitol Fourth (@July4thPBS) July 5, 2016<script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

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Quiz: Which Fourth of July firework are you?

Ever wonder which Fourth of July firework you're the most like? Take our quiz to find out!

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How do fireworks — work?

Firecrackers are easy: Light the fuse and run. But most firework explosions are a bit more complex.

A Roman candle, for example, burns top-down through several layers of pyrotechnic charges called stars.

The colors in fireworks come from metallic powders. Aluminum burns white. Copper gives fireworks a blue color. Lithium or strontium powder turns them red.

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Mortar shells — the quintessential aerial fireworks you see in the big displays — require careful assembly beforehand.

The arrangement of stars determines what they look like when they burst in midair. A circle-shaped pattern yields a circular firework. Star-shaped patterns give up star-shaped fireworks, and so on.

The timing of what explodes when and with what force can be controlled with precise fuses and thicker wrappings. 

Even the noise fireworks make depend on what they're made of. Certain fuels, for example, can make flying fireworks sound like they're whistling.

Glow sticks instead of fireworks? The safety advice you need to know

Parents looking for safer or legal alternatives to fireworks during the holiday weekend could be tempted to turn to glow sticks.

While glow sticks and glow jewelry can be a less fiery way to light up the holiday evenings, an Oklahoma poison center wants parents to be mindful.

The Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information said poison centers manage increasing numbers of calls about exposure to the chemicals inside glow products during Independence Day weekend.

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“Because of their attractive shapes and colors, glow products are very tempting for children to place in the mouth,” the center said in a release. “In doing so, the child may bite into and puncture the product, allowing the liquid to leak out and be swallowed or splash into the eye.”

Seeing a child with a glowing liquid coating their mouth can be extremely concerning, but the center says a mouthful of the liquid is “minimally toxic” and should only cause minor mouth, throat or skin irritation.

Any liquid on the skin should be washed off with soap and water. If swallowed, parents should gently wipe skin around the mouth and give the child something to drink.

If splashed into the eyes, the glow liquid needs to be thoroughly irrigated.

Call a local poison control center immediately for treatment recommendations following any exposure to glow products.

Additionally, observe children closely to help prevent glow product mishaps that could cause a fun day to end painfully.

June 21 is National Selfie Day

If you don't already see enough selfies on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram timelines, get ready to see a surge of them Tuesday.  

June 21 is National Selfie Day.

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According to Bustle, you're more likely to snag the perfect selfie with good lighting, a good background and the use of flattering filters.

One of the best and most retweeted selfies was Ellen DeGeneres' photo of more than a handful of celebrities at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyongo, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Kevin Spacey were among the stars snapped in the selfie.

"If only Bradley's arm was longer," DeGeneres captioned the picture. "Best photo ever."

Oxford Dictionaries named "selfie" the word of the year in 2013.

This is the second year National Selfie Day has been observed.

Dads are embarrassing -- just ask these children

Let's be honest: Dads can be pretty embarrassing.

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For all of the wonderful things they do, there are also plenty of cringe-worthy moments. For example, dads sometimes sneeze dramatically -- in public. Dads have been known to humiliate their kids in front of their crushes. And according to one woman, her father yells at strangers from the porch.

Newsy talked to children of all ages about some of the embarrassing things dads do and some of the more positive things that make them so special.

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From church sermon to national holiday: How Father's Day got its start

Americans are expected to spend $14.3 billion on Father's Day this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of celebrating Father's Day more than a century ago.

She got the idea to celebrate a day for dads after hearing a Mother's Day sermon in church in 1909.

Dodd's mom died, leaving Dodd's father to raise her and her five brothers. When she heard the sermon, she realized how much her father did for all of his children, and she wanted to honor him.

So, she rallied up support from local churches, the YMCA and others in her hometown of Spokane, Washington, to celebrate dads in June -- the month her dad was born. And in 1910, the state of Washington celebrated its first statewide Father's Day.

But some people reportedly opposed it, saying it was just a way to sell products.

It didn't become an official U.S. holiday until 1972 under President Richard Nixon -- 58 years after Mother's Day became an official holiday. Dodd was still alive when Father's Day became official. She died in 1978 at 96.

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This video includes clips from KSPS and KXLY and images from Washington Secretary of StateUSMC Archives, and Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music

#CheerioChallenge takes social media by storm just in time for Father's Day

Need something to do this Father's Day? Look no further than your pantry for hours of entertainment.

Thanks to Patrick Quinn, co-founder of parenting site Life of Dad, fathers around the world are stacking cereal on their sleeping children's heads and sharing the photos on social media with the hashtag #CheerioChallenge.

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According to CNN, the lighthearted competition started a few days ago when Quinn was "trapped" under his snoozing 3-week-old son, Maxton, with a bowl of Cheerios nearby. Naturally, he started stacking the cereal on Maxton's nose.

"I'd take a picture but then I'd start laughing and it'd topple over," Quinn said. "So I'd start again, take a picture and it'd topple over. The highest I got to is five."

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Soon after Quinn posted one of his photos to Life of Dad's Twitter account, the challenge quickly spread as dads tried to outdo one another.

Even rapper Macklemore couldn't resist.

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"It's pretty bananas how it took off," Quinn told CNN.

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