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What Do You Call Your Grandparents?

Reader Michelle has a question: “Are there any neat historical or regional terms for ‘grandma’ and ‘grandpa’ that my family might adopt? I’m having twins in January and my mom just asked what the kids will call them.” Since my family uses the standard Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, and Pop-Pop, I figured I’d throw this one out [...]

The Heavy Metal Quilts Of Ben Venom

These aren’t your grandma’s quilts, although I’m sure she would respect the skill and originality it took to create these comfy works of fabric art. Created by Ben Venom, a man with a name so metal that his soft rock friends stopped calling him, these heavy metal quilts bring the love of snuggling together with head [...]

Just a Casual Afternoon of Sword Dancing

(Video Link) Ericka Dufour and her friend Kyle dance with a sword and knife. It’s a pity that the audio doesn’t pick up him saying, “Here, Grandma, hold my beer and watch this.” Link -via Super Punch

Grandma Selling Suicide Kit on the Web

After watching her husband die a slow, painful death from colon cancer, a 91-year-old grandma named “Charlotte” is selling suicide kit on the Internet: Charlotte makes the kits — which cost buyers $60 — by taking large plastic bags and sewing soft elastic bands around the opening. There is a slot in the bag for a [...]

Grandma Sends Tweets via Fax

[YouTube - Link] Dorothy Miller, an 87-year-old grandmother, uses Twitter every day to keep in touch with her family, but she uses no computer. Instead, she uses a fax machine and a service called Cellery that posts the messages to her Twitter page. I don’t usually write to my daugher that much because she talks [...]