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 -
Should Election Day be a holiday?
Vote, then do some barbecue and watch fireworks... Will this be the development that could increase voter turnout, or will people just waste the day away? How else could voter turnout be improved?
posted by owillis
on Jul 30, 2001 -
Towel Day -- tribute to Douglas Adams
Here's an idea for those of you who want to show some sort of public sympathy for Douglas Adams. This site is proposing May 25th be "Towel Day" - carry a towel prominently and use it as a talking point for discussing Adams with people. I can't decide if this is lame or cool, so you tell me. (via FARK
posted by briank
on May 16, 2001 -
to all. Eid-ul-Fitr is the day of celebration marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadan
, a month during which Muslims refrain from 'rather Earthly activities' from dawn till dusk.
posted by tamim
on Dec 27, 2000 -
(please note: this is not a link. It's just a random cheerbombing.)
posted by Succa
on Dec 24, 2000 -
Tired of Christmas music?
I reckon so. I sure understand. Still, trust me on this. You're in for a treat. We're Just Three Kings
gives me goose pimples on the back of my neck every time I hear it. Most know about mp3c, but few wanna dig around in there. It's like falling into a record bin big as Cleveland. Here let me help you. I'm recommending only sure-things here
- Tamashiro's What Child Is This
is straight-forward, no-nonsense, feelgood Christmas fare. Liona Boyd's instrumental guitar
is heavenly background music that would warm the heart of the coldest Grinch. If you find yourself surprised with a need to have free Xmas music real fast, it's just a pooter away, Santa Baby
posted by ZachsMind
on Dec 24, 2000 -
A Very Wookie Christmas.
I'm speechless in horror. This actually happened? This actually made it to the airwaves? Thank heavens Lucas is keeping it deeply, deeply hidden forever.
posted by dnash
on Dec 5, 2000 -