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April 26, 2011

Vinegar Valentines

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Vinegar valentines are greeting cards, or, rather, insult cards, that come in the form of an aspersion, decorated with a caricature and, below that, an insulting poem. Ostensibly given on Valentine’s Day, the caricature and poem is about the ‘type’ that the recipient belongs to–spinster, floozy, dude, scholar, etc.

They were later also produced in the form of postcards. They were usually sent anonymously. Postmasters sometimes confiscated these cards as unfit to be mailed.The cards were first produced in the late Victorian era and enjoyed their greatest popularity in that period and in the first quarter of the 20th century.

April 26, 2011

Minnesota Nice

 

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Minnesota nice is the stereotypical behavior of long-time Minnesota residents, to be courteous, reserved, and mild mannered. The cultural characteristics of Minnesota nice include a polite friendliness, an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a fuss or stand out, emotional restraint, and self-deprecation.

It can also refer to traffic behavior, such as slowing down to allow another driver to enter a lane in front of the other person. The negative side of ‘Minnesota nice,’ occurs in the form of passive aggressiveness and resistance to change.

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April 26, 2011

Panty Raid

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A panty raid is a prank in which male students steal the panties (undergarments) of female students by intruding into their living quarters. The term dates to February, 1949.

It was the first college craze after World War II, following the 1930s crazes of goldfish swallowing or seeing how many could fit in a phone booth. By the 1970s, mixed dorms, less inhibited attitudes to intercourse on campus led to fading of panty raids.

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April 26, 2011

Pizza Farm

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A pizza farm is an educational visitor attraction consisting of a small farm on a circular region of land partitioned into plots shaped like pizza wedges.

The farm’s segments produce ingredients that can be used in pizza, such as wheat for the crust, tomatoes or herbs, pork for pepperoni, dairy cows for cheese, and even trees for pizza oven firewood. Certain farms may even have access to coal or natural gas deposits that can be used as alternative pizza oven heating fuels.

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April 26, 2011

Garlic Fingers

Garlic fingers are an Atlantic Canadian dish, similar to a pizza in shape and size and made with the same type of dough. Instead of the traditional tomato sauce and toppings it is garnished with melted butter, garlic and sometimes cheese. Seasonings, such as parsley or bacon bits, may also be added.

It is often eaten as a side dish with pizza, dipped in donair (normally served on a donaer kebab) or marinara sauce. Instead of being cut in triangular slices, they are presented in thin strips, or ‘fingers.’ The dish is also popular in Wisconsin, where they are known as pizza fries.

April 26, 2011

Cardboard Tube Fighting League

The Cardboard Tube Fighting League (CTFL) is a global organization that hosts cardboard tube based events in Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, California; and Sydney, Australia. The CTFL hosts tournaments and battles where cardboard tube fighters go head-to-head in an attempt to break their opponents tube without breaking their own.

The events also focus on cardboard costumes and theatrics. These events are often held at public parks throughout the summer, are open to everyone ages 5 and up, and emphasize fun over competition. Cardboard tubes are provided and all events are free for participants.

April 26, 2011

Ringolevio

New York Street Games

Ringolevio [ring-uh-lee-vee-oh] is a children’s game which may be played anywhere but which originates in the streets of Depression era New York City. In some quarters this game is known as Manhunt which is really another game with different rules. Both are among the many variations of tag. Ringolevio requires close team work and near-military strategy.

There are two teams, each has its own ‘jail,’ perhaps a park bench or other defensible turf. Anyone on the pursuing side can catch anyone on the pursued side by grabbing hold of them and chanting ‘Chain chain double chain, no break away’ or (‘Ringolevio, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3’) If the person pursued breaks free at any point during this brief recitation, the person is not caught. If caught, the pursuer takes the prisoner to jail. The game ends when one team catches all the members of the opposing team.

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April 26, 2011

Location-Based Service

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A location-based service (LBS) is an information or entertainment service, accessible with mobile devices through the mobile network and utilizing the ability to make use of the geographical position of the mobile device. LBS include services to identify a location of a person or object, such as discovering the nearest ATM or the whereabouts of a friend or employee.

It also include parcel tracking and vehicle tracking services, and can include mobile commerce when taking the form of coupons or advertising directed at customers based on their current location. They include personalized weather services and even location-based games. They are an example of telecommunication convergence.

April 26, 2011

Absolute Hot

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Absolute hot is the hottest temperature that anything can reach. It is theorized at  around 1032 kelvins. This temperature is also known as the Planck temperature, in honor of German physicist Max Planck who first proposed it. It is the opposite of ‘Absolute Zero’ which is −273.15°C on the Celsius scale or 0°K on the Kelvin scale. Absolute hot is a concept of temperature that postulates the existence of a highest attainable temperature of matter.

The Planck temperature is assumed to be the highest temperature in conventional physics because conventional physics breaks down at that temperature. Above 1032K, particle energies become so large that the gravitational forces between them become as strong as any other force (like electromagnetism). Some forms of string theory, however, allow a temperature of 1030K, known as Hagedorn temperature.

April 26, 2011

Music Under New York

muny by minnie choi

Music Under New York (MUNY) is part of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s ‘Arts for Transit Office’ that increases the attractiveness of transit facilities for customers.

At present more than 350 individual performers and music ensembles participate in over 7,000 annual performances in approximately 25 locations throughout the transit system.

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April 26, 2011

Deadpan

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Deadpan is a form of comic delivery in which humor is presented without a change in emotion or body language, usually speaking in a casual, monotone, solemn, blunt, disgusted or matter-of-fact voice and expressing an unflappably calm, archly insincere or artificially grave demeanor.

This delivery is also called dry wit when the intent, but not the presentation, is humorous, oblique, sarcastic, or apparently unintentional. The term ‘deadpan’ first emerged as an adjective or adverb in the 1920s, as a compound word (‘pan’ was a slang term for ‘face’).

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