Groundhogs Day – February 2nd

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Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on February 2nd.

It is said on this day, when the groundhog comes out of his deep sleep, if he sees his shadow it means there will be six more weeks of winter. If there is no shadow to be seen, spring is near.

The idea of Groundhog Day roots from the comparable European tradition, Candlemas Day. February 2nd has always been a significant day since it marks the …

Charles Schulz Born November 26, 1922

SchulzCharles M. Schulz was born on this day November 26 in the year 1922. I am not sure that many people would list the comic strip PEANUTS as great literature, but I do.  Here is a definition of great literature.  Great literature not only has a great story and great characters but helps teach us something about life that sticks with us. Those lessons can last a life time. Charles Schulz achieved all of this …

Today We Learned Winnie The Pooh Is Actually A Girl (Maybe)

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(PCM) Yet another one of those great childhood mysteries has been solved with the revelation that the lovable, pantless, honey addict cartoon character Winnie The Pooh is a girl. We can’t say that we’ve truly spent a great deal of time debating Winnie The Pooh’s sexuality, however for some reason we were always under the assumption that she was actually a he, or perhaps even asexual for that matter. This takes us right back to …

September 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, So Here Are Some Pirate Jokes!

“A pirate with no p… is irate!”(PCM) International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated every September 19. It was created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), who decided that on September 19 every year that everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.

Getting humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002 on board gave the holiday more gravitas.

It has been recognized by The Church of the …

Destination Springfield: Celebrating Some Perfectly Cromulent Team Names

Destination Springfield: Celebrating Some Perfectly Cromulent Team Names

Among the things they do brilliantly, the writers for one Fox TV show have a knack for observing established protocols when giving name to their fictional sports teams. I was tempted to give them their own chapter in my otherwise way-too-serious book, Naming Rites: A Biographical History of North American Team Names. Instead, that content is here (in a structure that mirrors that of my book).…