Articles by " Athena Flint"
29 Sep
2016

October 2016 Events and Holidays

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Welcome October! Things may be cooling down, but there's still plenty of fun to be had! October is National Chili MonthNational Popcorn Popping Month and Raptor Month! We're also celebrating Name Your Car Day (Oct 2), National Pierogi Day (Oct 8),  Be Bald and Free Day (Oct 14), National Frankenstein Day (Oct 29) and of course, HALLOWEEN (Oct 31)! Birthdays this month include Mario Lemieux (Oct 5), William Penn (Oct 15), Sylvia Plath (Oct 27)  and Alf (Oct 28). Also! KU Book Club will be meeting on October 9th to talk about Neil Gaiman's American Gods! For more FUN FUN FUN, keep on reading!

 

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October is freaking PACKED with month long celebrations. Seriously. Look at this line-up. October is National Chili MonthNational Apple Month, National Cookbook MonthNational Field Trip Month,  National Baking Month and  National Popcorn Popping Month! And those are just the NATIONAL holidays.  It's also Pizza Month,  Adopt a Shelter Dog MonthSarcastic Month, and Raptor Month! Seriously, if you think October is boring, you CRAY.

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Start your month out on the right foot with International Frugal Fun Day (Oct 1). All those fall festivals can start adding up, so if you spend the first Saturday of the month doing something fun and free, you'll have more money to spend on PUMPKINS. (This coming from the girl who spent $200 on pumpkins last year. TO BE FAIR I WAS BUYING THEM FOR MY WEDDING. Still. I love pumpkins. And Fall. And October.)

Here's a great FREE frugal fun idea: Doors Open Pittsburgh (Oct 1 - 2)! A bunch of buildings downtown will be open to the public for FREE behind the scenes tours! If you're the type of person who likes to look in people's bathroom cabinets (face it, we're ALL that type of person) then this event is for you!

Next up is Name Your Car Day  and Phileas Fogg's Wager Day (both Oct 2). 10/4 is Ten-Four Day. Obviously. It's also Vodka Day. I personally plan on celebrating both those holidays HARD. Gonna bust out my Hamm Radio and get drunk off my butt and sing sea shanties to the truck drivers, TEN-FOUR, YOU HEAR ME?

After celebrating Vodka day, you might feel the need to reset your system. Which is super convenient, because National Kale Day is on October 5th. And everyone knows that Kale is the best for a hangover. When it is served with a side of a whole pig's worth of bacon, of course.

October 6th is Mad Hatter Day. Please come to Kards and try on all of our hats. I'm not kidding. We have a lot of hats. The Girl on the Train hits theaters on the 7th and then the 8th is Pittsburgh's all time favorite holiday: National Pierogi Day!

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While you're making Pierogis with your amazing polish grandma, make sure you ask her about her young life. It's National Storytelling Weekend (Oct 7 - 9) and stories about our grandparents past are, in my humble opinion, some of the very best stories.

Birthdays this week include:
Snoopy (Oct 2), Anne Rice (Oct 4), Mario Lemieux (Oct 5), and Count von Count (Oct 9)

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It's National Angel Food Cake Day (Oct 10). If you don't have a nice Angel Food Cake to eat, you can celebrate by watching this super cute awesome cartoon from the 50s.  It's My Party Day is October 11th! I'm celebrating early this year, personally.

Imma going to go ahead and say that October 12th is officially Indigenous Peoples' Day. It was formerly known as Columbus Day, but the times, they are a changin'.

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International Skeptics Day is on the 13th, followed by Be Bald and Free Day (Oct 14) and National Grouch Day (Oct 15)

Birthdays this week include:
H.J. Heinz (Oct 11), William Penn (Oct 14), Friedrich Nietzsche and P.G. Wodehouse (both Oct 15)

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Take it nice and slow this week. There's only two weird holidays on our calendar, which is A-Okay, because Halloween's on it's way and we gotta get ready! This week is Boss's Day (Oct 17) and Caps Lock Day (Oct 22).

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Birthdays this week include:
Oscar Wilde (Oct 16), Bela Lugosi (Oct 20), Carrie Fisher (Oct 21) and Ursula K. Le Guin (Oct 21).

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Did you know that there's a whole day dedicated to Bologna? Yes there is! National Bologna Day is October 24th! You can have all the Bologna sandwiches you want! For me, that would be zero sandwiches, but I'm sure there is someone out there who lives for this holiday.

Over the weekend, check out the Pittsburgh Pet Expo (Oct 28 - 30). And then you can party it up for National Frankenstein Day (Oct 29). I suggest maybe throwing a Monster Mash.

The 30th is a triple threat with Create a Great Funeral Day,  Candy Corn Day and Devil's Night!

Birthdays this week include:
Pat Conroy (Oct 26), John Cleese and Sylvia Plath (both Oct 27), Alf and Evelyn Waugh (both Oct 28)

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Why yes, I am dedicating a whole week's space to one day! That's because October 31st is a VERY SPECIAL DAY. I mean first of all, it's National Knock Knock Jokes Day. And secondly, it's National Magic Day.

But MOST IMPORTANTLY! It is Halloween! Hallow 'een! THIS IS HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN.

ahem. Caaaaan you tell that we love Halloween? Seriously though, we've got of fun stuff in the store to help you get your spook on! Stop by to see our beautiful halloween decorations and try on all the silly hats!

Birthdays on Oct 31 include:
Willow Smith, Michael Collins, Peter Jackson, Christopher Columbus, Vanilla Ice, Juliette Gordon Low, and Ethel Waters.

 

25 Sep
2016

Banned Books Week 2016

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Here at KU, we believe in your freedom to read! We celebrate Banned Books Week EVERY. YEAR. Some of you customers out there might be like, "Okay, KU, it's getting a little over-done. This is America, and we already have lots of freedoms, so you don't really need to get up in arms about banned books. Like what's the big deal anyway?" And to those customers we say: BANNED BOOKS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Also, you've probably read some already and you didn't even know! FOR EXAMPLE! Did you read Harry Potter and LOVE it?? Well guess what! That's a banned book! Someone in THIS FREE COUNTRY decided that Harry Potter was too dangerous for anyone to read. AND IN FACT SOME PEOPLE GOT TOGETHER AND BURNED A LOT OF HARRY POTTER BOOKS SO THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD READ THEM. WHAT THE HECK GUYS. book burning

Harry Potter changed my life, personally. So did The Lorax. And I'll be 100% honest, so did my childhood copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves. In someone's perfect world, I would never have read them. And in fact, TODAY IN THIS COUNTRY, some people are still without those books. And there are more important books hitting the shelves every day! Books about being free to be who you are, books about empowering yourself to overcome oppression! And let's be completely honest and real here, the people who are oppressed are the people that often ACTUALLY are affected by books being banned. They are the people who need access to these important and formative books and while in these days of internet they might have better access to these books than there used to be, they still have to deal with angry people out there that tell them they shouldn't read that crap because it will CORRUPT THEM. Yeah guys, people STILL ban books. Like today. It's still happening.

So yeah. Here at KU we're pretty passionate about this topic. Clearly because this was supposed to be like super short blog here but I couldn't help myself.

So please come celebrate with us! In the store, we will have information cards up with a lot of the banned books that explain where and why the book was banned. It's really interesting to see. I bet you'll be surprised at some of the titles. For example, did you know that Charlotte's Web is a banned book?? And so is Where's Waldo! Whhaaaaaat.

Any who. Check out this video of 2015's most banned books. Just released this year.

And then come get yourself some illicit and wonderful reading material. <3

Oh. On a lighter note, this other video right here is a gem. And full of helpful ways to protect your books from strangers.

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20 Sep
2016

Happy Tolkien Week!

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Happy Tolkien Week, everyone! Over here at KU we are celebrating Tolkien week by listening to some Audiobooks in the store. And also the music of Lord of the Rings! So stop in the store to listen to beautiful sounds! In case you didn't know, we are huge LOTR fans here. We have like 3 different versions of the books for sale forever and always, so if you find yourself in need of a new set of Tolkien books, you can probably just stop by and we'll help you out.

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18 Sep
2016

It’s Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day!

In our opinion, good greeting card writers are basically celebrities. They deserve all the hugs and chocolates and flowers because they are the bread to our butter!

While we could spout endlessly about so many of the best card lines, we are super fortunate to have a greeting card celebrity as part of our very own staff!! I mean, all of our staff are encouraged to give writing a good card a crack, but there is a star amount us, and in honor of Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day, I want to take a moment to send a big old shout out to our very own, super awesome Jessi Sedon!! 

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Jessi has designed some amazing cards for us. Yeah.! Did you know that? Did you realize that some of the cards we sell here are our very own lines? Well, NOW YOU KNOW! Or you probably knew that because we're really proud of them so we talk about them a lot. >.>

ANYWHO! Jessi has designed some WHAM-BAM cards recently. She's like an artistic genius and we could not be more thankful to have her in our family of crazy-cool weirdos.

Next time you stop in the store, say hi to (yeah, i'm just going to say it) Pittsburgh's GREATEST Greeting Card Writer! She gets to refuse hugs if she wants to (HER BODY HER CHOICE), but I bet you she won't refuse a giant smile and maybe some chocolates! Or, just spend some time checking out all of her beautiful artwork.

Thanks for everything Jessi! We Love You! 

29 Aug
2016

September Events and Holidays

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Oh my goodness, can you feel the air starting to crisp up and crackle with leaves? SEPTEMBER WE'VE MISSED YOU!

We have so many lovely things happening this month! For instance, September is Bourbon Heritage Month and Library Card Sign-Up Month! Holidays this month also include Be Late For Something Day (Sep 5), Roald Dahl Day (Sep 13),  Tolkien Week (Sep 19 - 25) and Banned Books Week (Sep 25 - Oct 1)!! Birthdays this month include Agatha Christie (Sep 15), Hermione Granger (Sep 19), and Scott Pilgrim (Sep 27). But seriously, that's just the tippity top of the ice cream cone. Keep reading for EVEN MORE!

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This month is apparently the month to celebrate a LOT of things. It is: Bourbon Heritage MonthChildren's Good Manners MonthLibrary Card Sign-up MonthNational Honey MonthShameless Promotion Month and Pleasure Your Mate Month. Sooooooo you've got your work cut out for you in September! Gotta celebrate them all!

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OH MY GOODNESS WE ARE SOOooO EXCITED to tell you that THIS WEEK IS International Enthusiasm Week (Sep 1-7)!!!!! WE LOVE THIS WEEK.

I mean, honestly,  WE ARE actually really excited AND enthusiastic, but it's mostly about the Scottish Highland Gathering and Games! Once a year you can drive like an hour or so outside of Pittsburgh and pretend that you're actually in Scotland. The whole of Idlewild park becomes bursts at the seams with a huge variety of scottish puppies, men in kilts, belting bagpipes and big burly people throwing giant logs. There is NOTHING BETTER to do with your weekend this weekend. Seriously. Go be Scottish for a day. You will have no regrets.

Oh. Also, September 3rd is Skyscraper Day.

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Start your week off right by being a total slacker and feeling good about it! It's Be Late For Something Day (Sept 5). Personally, I think maybe I should be on time for something to celebrate being late for something literally every day of the year.

Next up is Salami Day (Sep 7)! And on the 8th, everyone should celebrate the 1966 premiere of STAR TREK!! What a day! What a thing! Modern society thanks you Star Trek, for fighting the moral fight. (Except for new Start Trek Movies. They don't get any thanks for that. )

On the 10th is the all important Swap Ideas Day! Seriously, without swapping ideas, we would have gone nowhere as a society or something.

Birthdays this week include:
Jack Daniels and Werner Herzog (both Sep 5) and Leo Tolstoy (Sep 9).

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This week, be sure to set aside some time to read your favorite Roald Dahl book!  Roald Dahl Day is September 13. This weekend, head over to Drink A Beerfest on Sep 16-17!! And then, on the 18th, it's Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day. We know some of those!

Birthdays this week include:
Bella Swan (Sep 13), Sophie Dahl, Montgomery Burns, and Agatha Christie (all Sep 15), and H.A. Rey (Sep 16).

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This week is the celebration of two of our favorite things! It's Tolkien Week and National Dog Week (Sep 19-25)! Stop in the store with your puppy to listen to the wonderful sound of  Lord of the Rings like things waft from our speakers.

Yo ho, my hearties, the 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! And the Autumn Equinox is on the 22nd. That's the also the first day of Fall, for you landlubbers out there.

Make sure that you stop by the store to check out our shiny journal sections! Why? Well, it's Dear Diary Day (Sep 22). It's also Hobbit Day (also Sep 22) and we all know that the best hobbits kept journals.

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Next up is Celebrate Bisexuality Day (Sep 23).

Celebrate Punctuation Day (Sep 24) with one of this awesome video! And here's one for National One Hit Wonder Day (Sep 25).

Birthdays this week include:
William GoldingHermione Granger and Arthur Rackham (all Sep 19), George R.R. Martin and Malcolm Reynolds (Sep 20), Bill MurrayStephen King and H.G. Wells (all Sep 21), Frodo Baggins and Bilbo Baggins (both Sep 22), Arthur Guinness,  Jim Henson and F. Scott Fitzgerald (all Sep 24), and Mark Hamill and Shel Silverstein (both Sep 25).

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This week is Banned Books Week!!! Did you know that some of the silliest books have been banned? Like for instance, Where's Waldo. That's a banned book. Yes. People are crazy. We love banned book week here at Kards Unlimited. Come talk to us about your favorite banned book, and we can commiserate together on why people are so silly.

Also this week is Love Note Day (Sep 26), Ask A Stupid Question Day (Sep 28), National Coffee Day (Sep 29) and Blasphemy Day (Sep 30).

Have you guys read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?? It's a pretty darn good book, and the movie comes out on the 30th!

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Birthdays this week include:
Johnny Appleseed (Sep 26), T.S. Eliot and Scott Pilgrim (both Sep 27), and Truman Capote (Sep 30).

1 Aug
2016

August 2016 Events and Holidays

August 2016The heat of summer has ARRIVED! We are all about our air conditioning, so feel free to stop by for some cool air and a few laughs. August is Admit You're Happy Month and National Eye Exam Month! Also up this month is Spider-Man Day (Aug 1), Rootbeer Float Day (Aug 6), International Beer Day (Aug 7), Bad Poetry Day (Aug 18) and National Waffle Day (Aug 24)! Birthdays this month include Andy Warhol (Aug 6), Lois Lane (Aug 17), Mr. Snuffleupagus (Aug 19) and Pee Wee Herman (Aug 27)! Book Club will be meeting on August 28th at 6 PM to talk about Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide the the Galaxy! For EVEN MORE holidays and birthdays, keep reading!

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This month is Admit You're Happy Month! Stop making yourself all grumpy and stuff about life, and JUST LIVE IT! I hear that a great way to remember how happy you are is to go to your local card shop and spend an hour laughing your butt off at all the super inappropriate cards! (Srsly tho, we love the sounds of laughter here at KU) It's also National Eye Exam Month so make sure you get your eyes all checked out.

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No one likes squinting. It gives you lines. On your face.

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This week is International Clown Week (Aug 1-7)! Get out your red noses and faceprint and STRIKE TERROR INTO THE HEARTS OF ALL.

Also this week is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (Aug 2), the day that Dom Perignon invented champagne (Aug 4), and National Mustard Day (Aug 5).

Who's hitting the theaters to see Suicide Squad on opening night?? It's in theaters on the 5th!

The weekend holds all kinds of greatness: Root Beer Float Day (Aug 6), and International Beer Day (Aug 7)! Also this weekend is the Horror Fan Craft Fair & Flea (Aug 6), and that is really the ONLY way to spend your weekend. High five to the people who are running that thing, because WHAT A GOOD IDEA.

Birthdays this week include:
The JokerHerman Melville and Kevin Smith (all Aug 1), Neil Armstrong (Aug 5), Andy Warhol and Piers Anthony (Aug 6), and Sidney Crosby (Aug 7).

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This week is National Farmer's Market Week (Aug 7-13), so make sure you hit up all your fave markets!! There's one in Shadyside now! Did you know?? NOW YOU KNOW!

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Next up is my personal favorite, Sneak Some Zucchini onto your neighbor's porch Night (Aug 8)!!!! I wish you all the best sneaking! Then there's Book Lover's Day (Aug 9), National Duran Duran Appreciation Day  and S'Mores Day (both Aug 10), and Vinyl Record Day (Aug 12).

Also on the 12th, Sausage Party hits theaters.  If you haven't seen the trailer for Sausage Party yet, do it now. Don't be deceived though. This is NOT a kids movie. It's from the makers of Superbad. So. You know. Not for kids.

If you're not into movies, it's okay! You can always hit up the Bluegrass Festival on August 13th!

Birthdays this week include:
Ginny Weasley (Aug 11), William Goldman (Aug 12), Alfred Hitchcock (Aug 13) and Steve Martin (Aug 14).

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It's Weird Contest Week (Aug 13-17)!!! We're working on concocting some epic contest here at KU, so make sure you check back to see how you can win some silly prizes!

Relaxation Day  is on the 15th, so stop by to get some soothing shower bursts or something. TREAT YO' SELF.

dogNext up is Bad Poetry Day (Aug 18), Little Italy Days in Bloomfield (Aug 18-21) and the start of BikeFest (Aug 19-28)

Birthdays this week include:
Lois Lane (Aug 17), Gene Roddenberry, Ogden Nash and Mr. Snuffleupagus (All Aug 19), H.P. Lovecraft (Aug 20) and Christopher Robin Milne (Aug 21)

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Okay, so this week starts a little rough: Pluto Demoted Day and Vesuvius Day share the 24th. But it is all okay because that same day is also National Waffle Day. So you can totally drown your sorrows in syrup. That's a legit thing to do.
The week ends with FREEDOM! It's Go Topless Day (Aug 28)! #FreeTheNipple

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Birthdays this week include: 
Ray Bradbury and Dorothy Parker (both Aug 22), Gene Kelly (Aug 23), Tim Burton and Sean Connery (both Aug 25), and Pee Wee Herman and Ira Levin (both Aug 27)

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There's a couple more days left, so don't give up yet! You can have two more parties at LEAST! Celebrate More Herbs, Less Salt Day (Aug 29) with some killer herbaceous recipes and follow it up with some S'MORES for Toasted Marshmallow Day (Aug 30)

That's it! That's all we've got! We sure hope this August is your BEST AUGUST YET!