Archive | September, 2012

Honey Badger Grand Prize Giveaway!

Congrats to last week’s winner, Mark Brace. His scientific name would be HomoBlowHardus RetNursus OldFartus because he is a 61 year-old retired RN know-it-all with a big mouth who is not afraid to speak his mind!

Now it’s time for the Grand Prize Giveaway. Answer this weeks question for a chance to win an autographed Honey Badger calendar AND book!

We asked Randall who the Honey Badger would be if it were a real person. Whoever guesses Randall’s answer wins. If no one answers correctly, then a winner will be chosen from all valid comments.
Last chance to win!

 
If the Honey Badger were a person, who would it be?

Contest runs from Saturday, September 29 to 5:00pm CDT Friday, October 5. Winner will be announced Saturday, October 6.

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Autographed Honey Badger Calendar Giveaway Winner!

A big congrats to our first winner Beth Brevik. Here she is happy with her Honey Badger Calendar autographed by Randall!

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National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

September 28 is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day! If you love pie and strawberries, and really who doesn’t, then this day is for you. Whether you are a fan of cream cheese or whipped cream for the filling, there is a recipe out there to make your mouth water. Make your favorite or sample a few different variations, but be sure to enjoy Strawberry Cream Pie today! Here is an easy recipe from cdkitchen.com.

Sources: punchbowl.comtheultimateholidaysite.com

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Ancestor Appreciation Day

Ancestor Appreciation Day is a day to learn more about our ancestors and our past so that we can preserve our family history for future generations. Knowing where you came from and who your ancestors were can give you insight into your family’s values and traditions and perhaps even make you appreciate how far you family has come.

Celebrate Ancestor Appreciation Day by spending time with your relatives, who can probably tell you more about your family history. You can also learn more about your ancestors by researching online. Ancestry.com is a great source for learning more about genealogy, how to make a family tree, and how to find family history records.

You can also head over to About.com’s genealogy section to learn more about genealogy, how to research your family history and where to look, and how to share and preserve your family history for future generations.

 

Sources: Yahoo! Voices, The Ultimate Holiday Site

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West Side Story Opens on Broadway

On this day in 1957, West Side Story opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater. A reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that takes place on the west side of Manhattan in the mid-1950′s, the musical follows the love affair between Tony, a Polish American and member of a white working-class gang called the Jets, and Maria, the sister of the leader of the Jets’ rival gang, the Sharks from Puerto Rico.

With its controversial, socially relevant story line and innovative choreography, music, and theatrical style, West Side Story received positive reviews and ran for 732 performances, one of the longest initial runs in the history of Broadway.

Learn more about this classic musical at the official West Side Story website.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, History.com, West Side Story

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Yom Kippur

What is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, marks the end of the 10 Days of Repentance. On Yom Kippur, Jewish people atone for their sins from the past year through reflection, prayer and repentance.

When is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur falls on the 10th of the Jewish month of Tishrei, ten days after Rosh Hashanah. Celebrated on a different day each year, Yom Kippur falls on September 26 in 2012.

What do people do on Yom Kippur?

The three components of Yom Kippur are teshuvah (repentance), prayer and fasting. After repentance, Jews spend most of the day in Synagogue, praying and participating in the Yom Kippur service, which lasts from morning until nightfall. Fasting on Yom Kippur lasts 25 hours, beginning at sunset the night before and ending at sunset the night of Yom Kippur. The fast includes abstaining from eating, drinking, bathing, sexual activity and wearing leather shoes.

Sources: timeanddate.com, history.com, judaism.about.com
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National One-Hit Wonder Day

One-hit wonders might be referenced in a derogatory manner, but the songwriters reaping the benefits of their one-hit wonders might tell you otherwise:

I don’t mind having that one hit. [...] I call it ‘one-hit wonderful.’”

Steven Greenberg, Lipps Inc. member and writer of the band’s one-hit wonder “Funkytown”

Declared by music writer Steve Rosen in 1990, National One-Hit Wonder Day celebrates all those one-hit wonders that were so catchy, they couldn’t be topped – from kitschy tunes like Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” to classics like “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

The exact criteria for declaring a song, artist, or musical act a “one-hit wonder” is a little sketchy. According to most music industry insiders, including Billboard magazine journalist and author of The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders Wayne Jancik, a one-hit wonder is any song or act that reaches a Top 40 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart only once. However, this definition would include several artists with a well-known body of work, a strong fan following, influences on other musicians, and other successes, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Grateful Dead – these acts and similar ones are usually considered exceptions. A more lenient definition includes any spot in the Top 100 only once while a more general definition is any artist best known for only one song.

Celebrate National One-Hit Wonder Day by listening to your favorite one-hit wonders! Here are a few one-hit wonder lists we found around the web:

Listverse’s Top 15 One Hit Wonders
Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of All Time
Wikipedia’s list of one-hit wonders in the U.S.

Did you know…The term “one-hit wonder” can also be applied to works of art other than music and to artists other than musical performers. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is considered a one-hit wonder in literature. Although it was the only novel Lee ever published, the classic, Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel is a bestseller that has sold over 30 million copies and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film.

 

Sources: Huffington PostWikipedia

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National Punctuation Day

The writer’s, grammarian’s, editor’s, and proofreader’s equivalent to Thanksgiving, National Punctuation Day is a day to celebrate and be thankful for punctuation, without which written sentences would have no structure, organization, emphasis, or emotion. You can also be thankful that, contrary to how it might appear, you’re not alone in understanding why “you’re” was used in this sentence over “your.”

National Punctuation Day was created by Jeff Rubin in 2004 to promote the correct usage of punctuation, which we don’t recommend taking for granted. Just think of the chaos that would ensue if sentences were left without a period or question mark, if everyone was just walking around thinking that one of the apostrophe’s uses is to indicate that a word is plural, or if commas were just placed anywhere in a sentence, or worse, forgotten.

Celebrate National Punctuation Day by keeping an eye out for punctuation errors in your morning newspaper, signs, or any written document you encounter through out the day. Make sure to proofread all of your writing today. If you’re punctuation challenged, we’ll only judge you if you don’t make an effort to use correct punctuation. There are plenty of resources out there, but for quick and simple tips, check out Grammar Girl’s punctuation tips.

In celebration of National Punctuation Day, the New Yorker‘s Questioningly blog is holding a punctuation-inspired contest on Twitter. The challenge? Create a new punctuation mark by combining two existing punctuation marks.

Oh, also, you have to name your fused punctuation mark and give some sense of its function. An already existing example is the interrobang, ?!, which conveys excited disbelief.

- Ben Greenman, Questioningly

Before you go pairing punctuation marks together, make sure to consider each punctuation mark’s personality and lifestyle for compatibility. After all, if they’re going to work together, you want them to get along.

 

Sources: National Punctuation Day, New Yorker, The Atlantic Wire, Wikipedia

 

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Win an Autographed Honey Badger Book!

Congrats to last week’s winner, Sheila Thompson!

Randall autographed one of his new Honey Badger books for us and we want to pass it on to you!

Take a look at the video and answer the question below to be entered to win.

What would YOUR scientific name be?

How to enter:

Comment on this blog post and answer the question above to be entered to win the autographed book. Only those comments that answer the question will be considered entries.

Contest runs from Saturday, September 22 to 5:00pm CDT Friday, September 28. Winner will be announced Saturday, September 29.

Read full contest rules and regulations.

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The Hobbit Published (1937)

On this day in 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved and critically acclaimed The Hobbit was published. Because of its popularity and zealous reviews, the 1,500 copies printed were sold out by December! Over the past 75 years, The Hobbit has sold more than 100 million copies, been translated into over 40 languages, and has been adapted to the stage, animated film, and, most recently, to the big screen. Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, directed, co-wrote, and produced the three film adaptations of The Hobbit, the first of which will be released on December 14, 2012.

To kick off Tolkien Week and celebrate The Hobbit‘s 75th anniversary, Jackson announced the release of the film’s second trailer, which was released on September 19. Check out the new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the film’s official website, thehobbit.com!

Celebrate The Hobbit‘s 75th anniversary by reading your favorite chapter of the book – alone or with friends! Better yet, share your favorite passages over second breakfast. HarperCollins UK is organizing “The Hobbit Second Breakfast” and encouraging fans from all over the world to join them in enjoying a second breakfast today at 11 a.m. Not sure what to make for second breakfast? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), the U.S. publisher of The Hobbit, provides a hobbit menu while the Warner Bros. website features a variety of hobbit- and Middle-earth-inspired dishes.

And don’t forget to celebrate Hobbit Day on September 22, the Baggins’ birthday (Bilbo and Frodo, that is). Head over to HMH’s Hobbit Day & Events site to see if there’s an event near you. You’ll also find plenty of creative ideas for creating your own Hobbit Day festivities.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal

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