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The Traditional Peppermint Pig

In Saratoga Springs, New York, it’s time to ship out the traditional peppermint pigs. It’s hard to pinpoint where the tradition actually started, but pigs have always been symbolic of prosperity. In upstate New York, the pig made it into the rituals surrounding Christmas. Now Mike Fitzgerald, owner of Saratoga Sweets, is scrambling to fill [...]

Your Famous Doppelganger

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion, which you might remember from previous editions… 1. Two times when I was a kid — once at a restaurant called The Boathouse [...]

3D LEGO Chalk Drawing

This week, Sarasota, Florida is hosting a festival of outdoor chalk art. Artists are welcome to come on Sunday to exhibit their abilities on a section of pavement. Registration and materials are free. The minifigs in this amazing image made by an artist who is so far unknown to me look like they’re about to walk [...]

The 2011 Zombie Invasion Schedule

Zombies make their appearances here and there all through the year, but you will see more of them this month. Between World Zombie Day on October 8 and Halloween on October 31, the nation and even the world will be crawling with zombies. If you are a zombie (or want to be one), find out [...]

Star Wars Metal

(Video link) Eric Calderone a.k.a. 331 EROCK, a guitarist from Sarasota, Florida, is performing a heavy metal medley containing some famous themes from the Star Wars saga. via Scar

7 Scary Monsters Some People Think Exist

With Halloween approaching you’ll be hearing lots about ridiculous fictional monsters like vampires and zombies. But what about the “real” monsters that may be skulking around the country undetected? Let’s take a look at a few of these scary cryptids that may or may not exist. 1. The Skunk Ape These stinky monsters could be lurking [...]

Pee-Wee Herman’s 1988 Christmas Special: Streaming Online!

Remember Pee-Wee Herman’s 1988 Christmas Special? It featured an insanely long list of guest-stars, including: Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Little Richard, Cher, Magic Johnson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Del Rubio Triplets, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, and Charo. It was a hell of a production, and as far [...]

Friday Happy Hour: What Celebrity Do You Resemble?

1. Two times when I was a kid—once at a restaurant called The Boathouse in Sarasota, Florida—my dad was mistaken for Tom Hanks. Or at least he was mistaken for someone who looked a lot like Tom Hanks during the Big era. (The two have made wildly different hairstyle choices since the late-1980s, so the [...]