The Boston Public Library Is Offering Four Free Wedding Ceremonies

Tony Webster via Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Tony Webster via Flickr // CC BY 2.0

It might come as a surprise to some that the Boston Public Library is a popular wedding destination. Unless, of course, you’ve seen the interior, which is renowned for its grand architecture. The library's Abbey Room, named after mural artist Edwin Austin Abbey, is adorned with a spectacular depiction of Sir Galahad’s quest for the Holy Grail.

Now couples can make use of this regal space for free—providing they don’t mind rushing their vows a bit.

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the McKim Building, the BPL is offering four couples the opportunity to get married for free inside the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square. The giveaway—which is free to enter—includes a catered breakfast, music, photography, overnight accommodations, and a justice of the peace. The four winning couples will visit the Central Library on Sunday, February 2, 2020 for the ceremony.

Is there some fine print? Naturally. Each couple will be allowed just 10 guests, and the entire affair is scheduled for one hour before the next couple moves in.

If you don't mind the rush, the savings can be significant. Wedding advice website Woman Getting Married reports that reserving the BPL for a ceremony can range from $8450 to over $15,000, with another $400 per guest for amenities like food.

You can enter the giveaway at the Boston Public Library’s website. The winners will be randomly selected. The contest is open through November 15.

[h/t CBS Boston]

Meet LiLou: The World's First Airport Therapy Pig

Kseniia Derzhavina/iStock via Getty Images
Kseniia Derzhavina/iStock via Getty Images

There's a new reason to get to the airport early—you might run into a therapy pig who's there to make your trip a little easier. As Reuters reports, LiLou the Juliana pig is a member of San Francisco International Airport's "Wag Brigade," a therapy animal program designed to ease stress and anxiety in travelers.

Aside from her snout and potbelly, LiLou can be recognized by her captain's hat and red "hoof" polish. She spends the day with guests who are happy to take a break from the pressures of traveling. She might comfort them by posing for a selfie, playing a song on her toy keyboard, or offering them a head to pet.

After bringing joy to people's day, LiLou goes home to her San Francisco apartment where she lives with her owner, Tatyana Danilova. In her free time, she goes on daily walks and snacks on organic vegetables. She even has her own Instagram account.

Airports around the world are embracing the benefits therapy animals can bring to customers. The Wag Brigade program at San Francisco includes a number of dogs, and earlier this year, the Aberdeen Airport in Scotland debuted its own "canine crew" of dogs trained to make travelers feel safe and happy. Therapy miniature horses have even been used at an airport in Kentucky. According to the San Francisco Airport, LiLiou is the world's first airport therapy pig.

To see LiLou turn on the charm, check out the video below.

[h/t Reuters]

What's the Difference Between Stuffing and Dressing?

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For carbohydrate lovers, nothing completes a Thanksgiving meal quite like stuffing—shovelfuls of bread, celery, mushrooms, and other ingredients that complement all of that turkey protein.

Some people don’t say stuffing, though. They say dressing. In these calamitous times, knowing how to properly refer to the giant glob of insulin-spiking bread seems necessary. So what's the difference?

Let’s dismiss one theory off the bat: Dressing and stuffing do not correlate with how the side dish is prepared. A turkey can be stuffed with dressing, and stuffing can be served in a casserole dish. Whether it’s ever seen the inside of a bird is irrelevant, and anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong and should be met with suspicion, if not outright derision.

The terms are actually separated due to regional dialects. Dressing seems to be the favored descriptor for southern states like Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia, while stuffing is preferred by Maine, New York, and other northern areas. (Some parts of Pennsylvania call it filling, which is a bit too on the nose, but to each their own.)

If stuffing stemmed from the common practice of filling a turkey with carbs, why the division? According to HuffPost, it may have been because Southerners considered the word stuffing impolite, and therefore never embraced it.

While you should experience no material difference in asking for stuffing or dressing, when visiting relatives it might be helpful to keep to their regionally-preferred word to avoid confusion. Enjoy stuffing yourselves.

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