Just because you didn't go to Death Valley National Park on Wednesday to celebrate the centennial of the World's Hottest Air Temperature doesn't mean you have to miss out on the cool anniversary merchandise.
"Sometimes it's better to NOT GO, and just get the T-shirt online," Jon Klusmire, museum services director of the Eastern California Museum, wrote Wednesday in an email.
I think he might be right, given that the top temperature in the park Wednesday was only 14 degrees lower than the record 134 degrees.
T-shirts, lapel pins, patches and magnets mark the Big Heat day with the words "World's Hottest Death Valley 134° July 10, 2013 100th Anniversary."
It was July 10, 1913, when a recorded temperature hit 134 degrees at what was then Greenland Ranch and now is known as Furnace Creek Ranch.
Pins cost $5, magnets and patches, $4, and the sunny yellow T-shirts go for $18.95 each. The merchandise is on sale at the gift store at Furnace Creek Visitor Center store (if you insist on going) and online at the Death Valley Natural History Assn.'s website.
The park has a record this year too. It set a June heat record of 129 degrees on June 30, which bested the 1994 record by one degree.