Laura Turner Garrison
Joined: Nov 21, 2012
We’re having a heat wave ... of outstanding, offbeat July holidays!
There are plenty of reasons to party this month.
The most famous abbey in England right now is not actually an abbey at all — it’s a castle. Highclere Castle is the stand-in for Downton Abbey, the eponymous location of the mega-popular British series about an upstairs-downstairs household in the early 1
Forget weight loss and penny-pinching, make a resolution to keep this year a little more unconventional. What better way to start than with a few offbeat holidays and anniversaries you can easily observe? 1. January 1: First Foot
American diplomacy is as old as the country itself. In 1776, Benjamin Franklin traveled to Paris to serve as a commissioner on behalf of his newly declared country and solicit the support of the French for the American Revolution. Today, a primary functio
For an island of only 24 square miles, Manhattan sure has a lot of neighborhoods. Many have distinct monikers that might not seem intuitive to the lay-tourist, or even to a lifelong New Yorker.
It is now a deadly weapon in Mario Kart and a slapstick comedy staple, but how did the banana peel gets its reputation as such a threatening object?A Danger to SocietyBefore the discovery of its comedic potential, the banana skin was considered a real pub
February may be the shortest month of the year, but there is certainly no shortage of unusual holidays to celebrate. February 4th: Ice Cream for Breakfast
© T.J. Kirkpatrick/Corbis Stephen Colbert's satirical campaign for "President of the United States of South Carolina" made headlines Friday, as he appeared with Herman Cain at the "Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-olina Primary Rally." Colbert, who'
It’s a New Year, which means 12 new months to observe some offbeat, obscure and just plain odd holidays. Like these! January 7th: National Old Rock Day Have you thanked a veteran rock today? Though no official creator has stepped forward, paleontologists
December 26th wasn't just Boxing Day; it also marked the first day of the pan-African holiday celebrating African culture known as Kwanzaa. Founded in the mid-1960s by Maulana Karenga, a black studies professor at Cal State Long Beach, this holiday lasts
You don't need us to remind you about the major December holidays. But you do need us to tell you that it's Monkey