Category Archives: Holiday

May 13 – National Apple Pie Day

As of April 2014, the top selling pies recorded by Nielsen for the previous 52 weeks was apple at 22.3%. Apples are incredibly popular for being a healthy food. (No one I know, for example, makes broccoli pie for dessert.) … Continue reading

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For St. Patrick’s Day: The Book of Kells

A day to celebrate Ireland is a good time to take a closer look at one of Ireland’s treasures, the Book of Kells. This richly decorated and illuminated medieval manuscript contains the four gospels in Latin using Celtic script. It … Continue reading

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Once in A Lifetime Pi Day in 2015!

This year, Pi Day will have special significance because at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., the date and time will represent THE FIRST TEN DIGITS of π (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter), that is, 3.141592653 coincides with … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve: Let It Drop!

Many of us wait up until midnight to watch the ball drop from Time’s Square in New York City. But a lot of other cities participate in New Year’s Eve celebrations, and some of them drop some very strange things, … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth!

Merry Christmas!!

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November 27, 2014 – Happy Thanksgiving (Wait: Is That THANKSgiving or ThanksGIVING?)

You may be wondering what Jim and I argue about besides issues like the efficacy of torture or the relevance of cost-benefit analysis for economic behavior. The answer is: whose regional pronunciation is superior? When someone dies do you “bury” … Continue reading

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October is National Pizza Month (Or Not)

If you google “National Pizza Month” you will find a gazillion hits alleging that Congress designated this holiday in 1987. However, if you check through the bills passed by Congress that year, you will not find such a declaration. [You … Continue reading

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