Of all the Christmas cards I received this year from political action committees, this one
from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep & Bear arms best summed up the holiday spirit to me.
posted by jonson
on Dec 29, 2005 -
Holiday boots for your stockings. Mash-ups of decades of Christmas records just in time for the holidays. The quality varies throughout, but it makes for some fun manic listening if you've grown tired of the same perennial chestnuts. Merry Christmash to all, and to all a boot night.
posted by Robot Johnny
on Dec 3, 2005 -
Thanksgiving Dinner Buzzword Bingo
helps make tonight's dinner with family a little more palatable. Print out cards for you and your other cool relative (spouse, sibling) and check off a box every time one of these situations happens. First to get 5 in a row wins. Remember to shout "Bingo!" at the table.
posted by FeldBum
on Nov 24, 2005 -
Happy Dingus Day!
The little known day-after-Easter holiday originally celebrated in Poland involves men dumping water on women and women chasing men around with sticks or pussywillows.
posted by tsarfan
on Mar 28, 2005 -
Tis the Season
-- a new short story from China Mieville,
just in time for the Holidays™ ... Don't get me wrong. I haven't got shares in YuleCo™, and I can't afford a one-day end-user licence, so I couldn't have a legal party. I'd briefly considered buying from one of the budget competitors like XmasTym, or a spinoff from a non-specialist like Coca-Crissmas, but the idea of doing it on the cheap was just depressing...
posted by amberglow
on Dec 23, 2004 -
Santas Gone Wild
Imagine a flashmob. Now imagine a flashmob that is nothing but Santas.
Once a year, for 10 years now, a bunch of crazies dress up like Santa Claus, frolic around major cities (like NYC
, good text summary of what SantaCon is all about to be found here) and cause merry mischief.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero
on Dec 7, 2004 -
Today is National Coming Out Day
which aims to raise awareness of the kinda screwed up laws we have about having The Gay™ in America. Did you know that in 36 out of our 50 states, if you tell your boss you're gay and you get fired over it, it's totally legal
? One person has proposed that this day also be Gay for Pay Day
, to protest the payment of income taxes to a government that doesn't protect their right to be and is actively trying to forbid their own marriages.
posted by mathowie
on Oct 11, 2004 -
is today, celebrating the emancipation of all slaves in Texas, on June 19th, 1865, 2 1/2 years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. With its lighthearted name and tragicomic origins, Juneteenth appeals to many Americans by celebrating the end of slavery without dwelling on its legacy. Juneteenth, celebrators say, is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday without the grieving.
It's become a widely celebrated holiday
among African-Americans (but not even known by many whites), and Fourteen states have made it official--is it time for it to go national? Find an event
in your state or country
posted by amberglow
on Jun 19, 2004 -
Having a bad day? Work off some aggression by disrupting the lives of the snowglobe dwellers! (Flash and a somewhat obnoxious soundtrack)
posted by Orb
on Dec 4, 2003 -
Make this year's xmas a special one by buying the Flavor Flav Talking Alarm Clock
with five alarm phrases "Bass In Your Face, Get Up Get Down, Yo G Yo, Yeaa Boy." Have you seen any other similarly bizarre gifts on sale this holiday season?
posted by mathowie
on Nov 26, 2003 -
June 8: The forgotten holiday of Pinkster.
At first celebrated among the Dutch communities of New York and New Jersey, by the 19th century the holiday of Pinkster was heavily African-American
, and cross-culturally infused. In Albany, the week-long observance began the seventh Sunday after Easter at Pentecost, corresponding with the Episcopal Whitsunday, by raising a large camp of temporary shelters at "Pinkster Hill." Crowds of blacks and whites would mass, waiting for the appearance of King Charles, "the chief character in a ceremony on a Dutch Holiday in America[...,] an African-born black wearing a British brigadier's jacket of scarlet, a tricornered cocked hat, and yellow buckskins." Successive nights included food, drink, sports and Toto, the Guinea dance, which included the "most lewd and indecent gesticulation, at the crisis of which the parties meet and embrace in a kind of amorous Indian hug, terminating in a sort of masquerade capture, which must cover even a harlot with blushes to describe."
posted by Mo Nickels
on Apr 20, 2003 -
Remember everyone tomorrow, April 1st, is Make Fun of Dick and Lynne Cheney day, (because Neal Pollack said so
). If you run any kind of website or publication and have the power to mock, belittle or poke fun at the second family, it's your patriotic duty to do so.
posted by alan
on Mar 31, 2003 -
Anybody else been waiting with breathless anticipation for March 8th, 2003? It's too late to debate
whether or not this is a hoax (although that particular horse was pretty well beaten here
). Our mystery man is on the run again
, but the photos
are going up tomorrow. Stay tight. The government is closing in. Even with everything else going on in the world, if they can't prevent this information from going public, all I can say is "biblical proportions."
posted by RKB
on Mar 7, 2003 -
Twas the night before Xmas and all through the net,
The geeks would be googling the ascii character set;
Metafilter refreshed on their PCs with care,
In the hopes that their FPP soon would be there;
Then up in the blue there arose such a clatter,
Mathowie sprang up to see what's the matter;
When, what to my wondering eyes there should be,
The canonical list of "Twas" parodies.
posted by Wet Spot
on Dec 22, 2002 -
Thanksgiving Bill of Fare
- "If you will boile chickens, young turkeys, peahens, or any house fowl daintily, you shall, after you have trimmed them, drawn them, trussed them, and washed them, fill their bellies as full of parsley as they can hold; then boil them with salt and water only till they be enough." When sated with peahens and house fowl you might have enjoyed a taste of Pumpion Pie
. Early colonial cuisine
probably borrowed heavily from the New Booke of Cookerie
from London and were no doubt greatly influenced by native recipes
and cooking customs.
posted by madamjujujive
on Nov 28, 2002 -
Happy Thanksgiving or Is It?
, Franklin Delano Roosevelt responed to pressure from the National Retail Dry Goods Association to move the official date of Thanksgiving back one week to the next-to-last Thursday of the month. FDR hoped that this would enliven the economy by adding one week to the Christmas shopping season, but he received considerable political flak
for tampering with what many viewed as a sacred religious holiday. (Thanksgiving is considered sacred even though it only became a national holiday due to lobbying by the editor of a 19th century woman's magazine
.) New Deal-era Republicans were especially bothered by the calendar change and one essayist at the American Enterprise Institute
still seems to carry a grudge. Congress later resolved the issue by passing a resolution in 1941
that designated Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday of November.
posted by jonp72
on Nov 26, 2002 -
Happy Independence Day USA!
Celebrate it by asserting your independence. Regardless of any of our multifarious differences, Americans live in a country where it is legal to disagree and dissent
. In fact, by simple dint of being Americans we each by default, protect each other's rights to disagree. For without free dialogue we cease to be American at all. So without further ado. Let's celebrate our freedom!
posted by crasspastor
on Jul 3, 2002 -
Free Comic Book Day
is Saturday, May 4th, both in the United States
and around the world
(even Brunei). FCBD offers a variety
of comics to help attract new readers and ride the wave of publicity from the Spider-Man movie.
Does the offer of a free comic seem likely to bring you
into a comic store? Will this have an impact on the general public's perception of comics?
posted by JDC8
on May 3, 2002 -