December 16 in Pop Culture History

December 16 in Pop Culture History 1707 (Eruption) The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan. 1773 – The Boston Tea Party. Massachusetts colonists, ‘the Sons of Liberty,’ disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into Boston harbor. 1811 (Earthquake) An 8.6 magnitude earthquake hit the […]

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December 15 in Pop Culture History

December 15 in Pop Culture History 1827 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts, the School Committee voted to require, effective March 1 1828, that public school students show that they had been vaccinated against smallpox prior to school entrance. Certificates to the board of health were to be issued where necessary for free vaccination. This […]

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December 14 in Pop Culture History

December 14 in Pop Culture History 1287 – St. Lucia’s Flood, Netherlands 1656 – Imitation pearls were first manufactured by a Frenchman, named Jacquin. 1852 – Cullen Whipple, of Providence, R.I., patented (# 9477) his “Mechanism for Pointing and Threading Screw-Blanks in the Same Machine.” Prior to that screws were generally made with a flat […]

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December 13 in Pop Culture History

December 13 in Pop Culture History 115 (Earthquake) Antioch, Byzantine Empire (Turkey) 1545 – The Council of Trent began; it was the planning of responding to the Protestant Movement, by the Catholic Church. 1962 – Relay I, the first U.S. communications satellite was launched. 1968 – Science magazine published the essay ‘Tragedy of the Commons’, […]

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December 12 In Pop Culture History

December 12 in Pop Culture History 1787 – Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi sent the first Atlantic wireless (radio) transmission (three beeps) from Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada. 1913 – Stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris on August 11, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The […]

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December 11 In Pop Culture History

December 11 in Pop Culture History Babies born today were probably conceived on Saint Patrick’s Day. 1769 – Venetian Blinds were patented in London by Edward Bevan in England. 1844 – Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a tooth extracted after receiving an anesthetic (Nitrous Oxide) for the dental procedure, by Dr. […]

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December 10 in Pop Culture History

December 10 in Pop Culture History 1033 (Earthquake) Ramala (West Bank) 1478 – Arte dell’Abbaco (‘The Art of the Abacus’), the first teaching math book, was printed and distributed in Treviso, Italy. Author unknown. 1845 – British engineer Robert Thompson patented the first pneumatic (air pressured) tires. 1869 – Montana granted women the right to […]

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The Comeback And History Of Christmas Kissing Balls

(PCM) Not to be confused with hanging a mistletoe, Christmas Kissing Balls are medium to large size bunches of evergreens, holly and herbs placed in a spherical shape and hung in the doorways of a home. Some people may add pieces of mistletoe to them as well, as a more recognizable symbol to urge those that […]

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December 9 In Pop Culture History

December 9 in Pop Culture History 1884 – The US patent (#308990) for ball-bearing roller skates, was issued to Levant M. Richardson. 1907 – Christmas Seals, an outreach from the American Lung association, went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington, Delaware, post office. 1958 – In Indianapolis, the John Birch Society formed. […]

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December 8 In Pop Culture History

December 8 in Pop Culture History 1765 – Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, Massachusetts. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts, which enabled the industrial revolution. He doesn’t get enough credit for that. 1854 – Pope Pius IX proclaimed that the Immaculate Conception, was Roman Catholic dogma, […]

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December 7 In Pop Culture History

December 7 in Pop Culture History 1732 – The Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) was opened on London. 1787 – Delaware became ‘The First State’ to ratify the US Constitution. 1869 – American outlaw Jesse James committed his first bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri. 1909 – Leo Baekeland of Yonkers, New […]

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December 6 in Pop Culture History

December 6 in Pop Culture History 1790 – The US Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia. 1830 – The U.S. Naval Observatory, one of the oldest scientific agencies in the US, was established as the ‘Depot of Charts and Instruments’ in Washington, D.C. 1850 – Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-94) announced the invention the ophthalmoscope, […]

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December 5 in Pop Culture History

December 5 in Pop Culture History 1455 (Earthquake) Naples, Italy, killing an estimated 40,000 people. 1854 – Aaron H. Allen of Boston, received U.S. patent# 12,017 for a folding chair as an “Improvement in Self-Adjusting Opera-Seat” for theatres or other public buildings. You have probably sat on his invention, if you have gone to a […]

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December 4 Is National Cookie Day

(PCM) What better time than the start of the holiday season to celebrate National Cookie Day. The word cookie takes it’s origin from the Dutch word “koekie” which translates to “little cake”.  History tells us that there have been some type of cookies in existence the invent of baking, however they were not sweet. It […]

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The Origins Of The Christmas Ornament

(PCM) It is the time of year where we are ready to deck the halls and begin trimming our Christmas trees. For many families this is time for togetherness and one of the most enjoyable aspects of the impending holiday season. The tradition of the Christmas tree as we know it today began here in […]

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December 2nd Is National Special Education Day

(PCM) Happy Special Education Day! On this day in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law, giving all children with disabilities access to free and appropriate public education. Though IDEA has since been revised many times, it is still the basis for special education law in the United States. IDEA […]

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December 2 In Pop Culture History

December 2 in Pop Culture History 1697 – St Paul’s Cathedral was consecrated in London. 1763 – Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island. 1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French. 1816 – The first US savings bank, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (PSFS), […]

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December 1 In Pop Culture History

December 1 in Pop Culture History 800 – Charlemagne judged the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican, and decided in the Pope’s favor. 1783 – The first manned voyage of a lighter-than-air hydrogen balloon left Paris carrying Professor Jacques Alexander Cesar Charles and Marie-Noel Robert to almost 500 feet and landed 28 miles […]

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November 29 in Pop Culture History

November 29 533 (Earthquake) Aleppo (now Syria) – 130,000 people estimated killed. 1681 – The Royal College of Physicians, in Edinburgh, Scotland, was granted its charter by King Charles II. 1825 – First Italian opera in US, Barber of Seville premiered (in New York City, at the Park Theatre) 1910 – The US patent (#976,939) […]

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November 28 in Pop Culture History

November 28 in Pop Culture History 2348 BC – A supposed comet , under divine guidance, passed near Earth, causing the Great Flood, in the opinion of Anglican priest and mathematician, William Whiston. They did not know much about comets in 1696. 1582 – William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway (not the ‘our’ Anne Hathaway) 1717 […]

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November 27 in Pop Culture History

November 27 1703 – The first Eddystone Lighthouse was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703. 1826 – Chemist John Walker invented the friction match in England. 1834 – The direct current (DC) electric motor was invented by Thomas Davenport. 1896 – Also sprach Zarathoustra by Richard Strauss was first performed. 1910 – Pennsylvania Station […]

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Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

(Given October 3, 1863)The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that […]

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Thanksgiving is The Fourth Thursday in November

Thanksgiving is The Fourth Thursday in November The United States of America was the first nation in the world to proclaim a national holiday for giving thanks, but it may not have happened the way you think it did. It did start with the Pilgrims.  Some of the first settler in the “New World” we […]

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November 26 in Pop Culture History

November 26 in Pop Culture History 1703 – The Great Storm – more than 8,000 people perished and the first Eddystone Lighthouse (Winstanley’s lighthouse) was totally destroyed overnight. 1716 – First African lion was exhibited in America (in Boston). It was just a single lion, which supposedly later joined a “menagerie” which was basically a […]

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Thanksgiving History and Trivia

Thanksgiving History and Trivia The first Thanksgiving in North America was on September 8, 1565 in St. Augustine, Florida. Some say it was 1578, when an explorer Martin Frobisher held a Thanksgiving celebration for surviving his journey from England. The English settlers celebrated Thanksgiving on December 4, 1619, near Jamestown Virginia. The Pilgrims celebrated their […]

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November 25 in Pop Culture History

November 25 1792 – The Old Farmer’s Almanac first published by Robert B. Thomas. He added “Old” to the title in 1832 because there was so much competition in the Farmer’s Almanac business. 1884 – The patent (#308,422) for the process of evaporated milk was issued to John Meyenberg, of St Louis, Missouri. 1920 – […]

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November 24 in Pop Culture History

November 24 in Pop Culture History 1639 – First observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped establish the size of our Solar System. 1859 – Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. A first printing sells for around $100,000 today. 1874 – The patent (#157,124) for barbed wire […]

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Thanksgiving Tradition – Presidential Pardoning of the Turkeys

Every year before the Thanksgiving holiday, the President chooses a turkey or two who will be spared from ending up on your dining room table. In a ceremony that takes place at the White House one official turkey is pardoned as well as the occasional alternate gobbler. Some say that this tradition started with Harry […]

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November 23 in Pop Culture History

November 23 1644 – John Milton published Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship. 1874 – A paper by Ferdinand Braun was published in the Annalen der Physik und Chemie describing his discovery of the electrical rectifier effect, the first semi-conductor. 1889 – Debut of the first jukebox, the ‘nickel-in-the-slot phonograph’, at the Palais Royale Saloon, San […]

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November 21 in Pop Culture History

November 21 164 BC – Judas Maccabeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restored the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah. 1783 – Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis Francois Laurant d’Arlandes became the first men to make a free flight. Their hot-air balloon […]

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November 20 in Pop Culture History

November 20 1866 – US patent (#59,745) for a yoyo, called a “Whirligig” or “Bandalore” in the paperwork, was issued to James L. Haven and Charles Hittrick of Cincinnati, Ohio. 1866 – The US patent (#59,918) on a rotary crank bicycle was issued to Pierre Lallemont of Paris, France. 1888 – Willard LeGrand Bundy was […]

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November 19, 1863 President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863 President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address The Union had won The Battle of Gettysburg and the town was planning on dedicating a national cemetery to the fallen soldiers. President Lincoln was invited to make an address for the opening ceremonies. It would not be a joyous occasion, but a sad one as […]

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November 19 in Pop Culture History

November 19 in Pop Culture History 1620 – The Mayflower reached Cape Cod & explored the coast. 1805 – Lewis & Clark reached Pacific Ocean, they were the first European Americans to cross the American continent. 1850 – A patent (#7,784) for magic lantern slides made of glass plate was issued to Frederick Langenheim of […]

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Happy National Unfriend Day!

(PCM) What began as a joke started by late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, National Unfriend Day is celebrated on November 17th and is a day to spend a few moments trimming down your Facebook friends list, especially those individuals that bring negativity to your page.  Kimmel jokingly said that a few examples of those who […]

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Homemade Bread Day 11/17

BAKE BREAD / BREAK BREAD: NOVEMBER 17TH IS HOMEMADE BREAD DAY (PCM) According to the interwebs, November 17th is Homemade Bread Day. It’s not clear why this day, in particular, has been set aside to celebrate home bread baking, but it might have something to do with Thanksgiving being just around the corner. All over […]

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November 17 in Pop Culture History

November 17 in Pop Culture History 1558 – Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister, The ‘Virgin Queen’ Elizabeth I of England. 1827 – The Delta Phi & Sigma Phi fraternities were founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Along with Kappa Alpha Society and Sigma Phi Society, the […]

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The Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is held on the third Thursday of November. Its purpose is to inspire people to stop smoking and educate the public on the dangers of smoking cigarettes. The Great American Smokeout had a small beginning in 1970 and then slowly blossomed out. The day marked its full debut November 16, 1977. […]

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November 16 in Pop Culture History

November 16 in Pop Culture History 1620 – The first corn (maize) was found in North America by British settlers, including Myles Standish and William Bradford, in Provincetown, Massachsettes. 1676 – First colonial prison was organized in Nantucket, Massachusetts. William Bunker was the first warden. 1801 – First edition of New York Evening Post was […]

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America Recycles Day November 15

Recycling has become a major part of American culture as well as our lifestyle.  With the holidays quickly approaching this is a good time to remind people of the importance of recycling as well as the importance of buying recycled products.  Christmas and Thanksgiving both give us ample extra waste that can be recycled.  Soda […]

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November 15 in Pop Culture History

November 15 in Pop Culture History 1492 – Christopher Columbus’ notes included the first recorded reference to tobacco. 1660 – First kosher butcher (Asser Levy) was licensed in New York City (New Amsterdam). 1791 – The first Catholic college in US, Georgetown University, opened 1806 – First US college magazine, Yale Literary Government, published its […]

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November 14 is World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day was created by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991.  Its development was in response to the high rise of diabetic cases across the globe.  The purpose is to promote advocacy for diabetics as well as information for the general public on how to curb the disease from rising any further.  The United […]

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November 14 in Pop Culture History

November 14 1851 – Moby-Dick by Herman Melville was published. 1889 – New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to duplicate the literary journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days. She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72 days and 6 hours. […]

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November 12 in Pop Culture History

November 12 in Pop Culture History 1799 – Andrew Ellicott wrote the about first known record of a meteor shower observed in the US. We now know they were the Leonids. 1847 – Sir James Young Simpson, the father of modern anesthetics, used chloroform (“perchloride of formyle”) for the first time as an anesthetic in […]

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November 10 in Pop Culture History

November 10 in Pop Culture History 1619 – René Descartes had the dreams that inspired his Meditations on First Philosophy. 1775 – The United States Marine Corps Was Born: “That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist […]

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November 9 in Pop Culture History

November 9 in Pop Culture History In Germany, November 9th is called Schicksalstag (Fateful Day) it was the day that Robert Blum was executed in 1848, Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated in 1918, Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, Kristallnacht in 1938, and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. 1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte became dictator […]

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Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day (November 8th)

“Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day” (November 8th) is one of a smorgasbord of made-up holidays copyrighted (!) by Thomas and Ruth Roy. While much of the Roys’ invented calendar is kind of… out there – consider “Name Your PC Day” (I call mine ‘You Sonuva…’) or “Yell ‘Fudge’ at the Cobras in North America […]

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November 8 in Pop Culture History

November 8 392 – Roman Emperor Theodosius declared the Christian religion the official state religion. He also dissolved the order of the Vestal Virgins in Rome, which had been in place for almost 400 years. 1519 – First meeting of Moctezuma II & Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico. #bigmistake Little is known about him, except […]

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November 7 in Pop Culture History

November 7 in Pop Culture History 1492 – The Ensisheim Meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, struck ground one afternoon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. 1665 – First edition of the London Gazette was printed. At the time it was called “The Oxford Gazette”. 1786 […]

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November 6 in Pop Culture History

November 6 in Pop Culture History 1572 – A supernova was observed in constellation known as Cassiopeia. Queen Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus, King of Aethiopia and mother of Princess Andromeda in Greek mythology. 1789 – Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States. He is […]

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November 4 in Pop Culture History

November 4 in Pop Culture History 1667 (Earthquake) Shamakhi (now Azerbaijan) estimated 80,000 people killed. 1841 – First wagon train arrived in California. They left Independence, Missouri on May 1, 1841. 1846 – The first U.S. patent (#4,834) for an artificial leg was granted to Benjamin F. Palmer of Meredith, New Hampshire. 1873 – A […]

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National Sandwich Day is November 3rd

November 3rd is National Sandwich Day! Not coincidentally, it is also the birthday of John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, who is credited with inventing everyone’s favorite one-handed meal when he had his meat brought to him between slices of bread so he wouldn’t have to stop gambling. To celebrate this genius contribution to gustatory […]

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November 3 in Pop Culture History

November 3 in Pop Culture History 1838 – The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce. 1863 – US patent for an antifouling paint for ships’ hulls was issued to J.G. Tarr and A.H. Wonson (# 40515) for a copper […]

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The Delicious History Of Nachos

(PCM) Who doesn’t love a large plate of nachos covered with melting cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream? Nachos have become one of our go to snack foods and it an incredibly popular appetizer at many restaurants and sports bars. They are one of the number one picks for a stadium snack, especially during sporting […]

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November 2 in Pop Culture History

November 2 in Pop Culture History 1898 – Cheerleading was started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team with “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!” Princeton had published cheers for the audience to chant as early as 1877. In 1903 the […]

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National Author’s Day is November 1st

(PCM) They say that writing is a lonely profession, but not today! In 1949, the U.S. government designated November 1st as National Author’s Day, due in part to one Mrs. Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, a super fan who wanted to give thanks to American authors for their contributions. If your life is made better because […]

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November 1 in Pop Culture History

November 1 in Pop Culture History 1512 – Michelangelo’s paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican, Italy were first exhibited. He started the work in 1508. 1570 – The All Saints’ Flood devastated the Dutch coast. 1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice was first presented. 1611 – […]

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The Big List of Knock Knock Jokes For National Knock-Knock Day!

October 31st is well known as Halloween, but did you know it is also National Knock-Knock Day? Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Robin Robin who? Robin you! Give me your wallet! Knock Knock Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Wanda Wanda who? Wanda come and hang out with me? Knock Knock Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Control Freak Cont… […]

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The History of Halloween

(PCM) Halloween is probably the longest-running holiday with a set day or time period. The earliest celebrations of the day that became November 1st was Samhain, a celebration of the harvest. The harvest was held with thought to the upcoming winter, which undoubtedly would bring death to many due to the coming cold season. So […]

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