Articles by " Jessica Philo"
30 Sep

October 2015 Calendar of Events

Hay girl hay, October has arrived! It's FALL! It's the month of chili, apples, pizza, popcorn, sausage, and baking. Essentially, just another awesome Friday night, that goes on for a whole month, amirite? Put down your pumpkin spice latte and read about the REST OF THE THINGS you should be celebrating this month!

October Events (1)



28 Sep

What’s Ask A Stupid Question Day?

Funny you should well, ask. Ask A Stupid Question Day began as a way to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom, because you know, social anxiety and the fear of looking stupid, and the like. But hey! We have no problem with stupid questions. They make life just a little more interesting.

Here are just a few ways you can ask stupid questions today! To stupidity and beyond!

During an altercation:

Stupid Questions

Attempt to get to the bottom of one of Obama's best kept secrets:

Stupid Question 3

Learn a thing or two about geography!

Stupid Question 2

And a little something about Toronto!

Stupid Question 4

Fact or fiction?

Stupid Question 5


Stupid Question 6


23 Sep

2015 Tolkien Week Quiz!

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

4 Sep

It’s International Enthusiasm Week!

It's International Enthusiasm Week! Here are some things you can get enthusiastic about.

Scotch tape:


Rolling on your back like this dog:

Puppy backHair flips:


Going to Disney World:


Answering questions:


Living in a van, down by the river:




Taking ice cream and cookies from strangers:






And last but not least, Friday:


31 Aug

September 2015 Calendar of Events

September Events

Ah, September, it leads a double life. Some people are CLINGING TO SUMMER FOR DEAR LIFE, while others are counting down the days until pumpkin spice lattes are available and they can begin carving pumpkins. No matter which way you swing, September probably has a holiday you'll like whether it's bourbon (Bourbon Heritage Month), Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien (Tolkien Week September 20-26), or  coffee (National Coffee Day September 29). Read on to see all of the good stuff we're crazy about this month! Do it you won't.



Month-long holidays are the best because you get a whole month to savor them. Bourbon Heritage Month means drinking all the bourbon! Children's Good Manners Month is a great time to educate the children in your life how to behave. If you don't have a library card, you're in luck because September is Library Card Sign-up Month. See also: 
The only thing better than honey is National Honey Month! Honey forever. Shameless Promotion Month allows us to say HEY ARE YOU FOLLOWING US ON FACEBOOK AND ISNTAGRAM AND TWITTER? WE LOVE YOU. Last but certianly least, September is Pleasure Your Mate Month. Butter them up with a cute card, get some massage oil, light some candles, and hopefully that works out for you. Wink.


INTERNATIONAL ENTHUSIASM WEEK is September 1 through the 7. What do you get enthusiastic about? May we suggest everything this week? GET FIRED UP. Salami Day (September 7) is a good time to get re-acquainted with some salami.

Birthdays this week: Jack Daniels and Werner Herzog both on September 5. Here are Werner Herzog's hilarious thoughts on chickens.


On September 8, 1966 Star Trek Original Series premiered. So today we are getting all 'live long and proposer'. Roald Dahl Day is on September 13 and we're probably going to be eating chocolate, peaches, taking RED WAGONS of books from the library, and so on and so forth. We love Roald Dahl! (You can get the print of the quote below here.)

Birthdays this week: Leo Tolstoy (September 9) and Bella Swan (September 13).


Do you know any greeting card writers? If so, you're in luck on September 18, because it's Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day. On Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), drink your grog with your beauty, play your hornpipe, and RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER, you land lubber. Tolkien Week is back (September 20-26) and betta than eva. We'll have books on tape playing through the store, a Tolkien quiz to take and general enthusiasm all week. National Dog Week (September 20-26) is a great time to sneakily pet other people's dogs while they're not looking. And maybe adopt a dog. Or take your own dog for a walk. WhatEVER. DO A THING!

Birthdays this week: Sophie DahlMontgomery Burns, and Agatha Christie (September 15), H.A. Rey (September 16), William GoldingHermione Granger, and Arthur Rackham (September 19), George R.R. Martin and Malcolm Reynolds (September 20), Bill Murray, Stephen King, and H.G. Wells (September 21).


Dear Diary Day (September 22) is a great time to get back to journaling. And don't hold back. For example, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. Gretchen my friend, got her period. I'm so jealous, God." #JudyBlume. MOVING RIGHT ALONG. Hobbit Day (September 22) means throwing a Bilbo Baggins birthday party! Yay! Celebrate Bisexuality Day (September 23) is a holiday close to our hearts. No matter who you're into, we love you just the way you are. On Punctuation Day (September 24), you can finish every sentence with an exclamation point! And double question marks after all questions. National One Hit Wonder Day (September 25) you can pore over this list and reminisce. On Love Note Day (September 26), write someone you love a love note. And yes, it can be your pet. KU Book Club meets on September 27 at 6 PM to discuss Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked this way Comes. Bring  your book and a friend! Banned Books Week (September 27 - October 3) IS OUR FAVORITE! Come on in to see the banned books we sell, because damn the man! Get ready for Ask A Stupid Question Day (September 29). While you either believe in stupid questions or you don't, you're bound to get asked one today. On what is likely the most productive day of the calendar year, National Coffee Day (September 29) is a great excuse to pound that coffee! Caffiene forevar. Blasphemy Day (September 30) encourages individuals and groups to openly express criticism of religion and blasphemy laws. So get to gettin.

Birthdays this week: Frodo and Bilbo Baggins (September 22), Arthur GuinnessJim Henson, and F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 24), Mark Hamill and Shel Silverstein (September 25), Johnny Appleseed (September 26), T.S. Eliot and Scott Pilgrim (September 27), Truman Capote (September 30).

31 Jul

August 2015 Calendar of Events

August Events (2)

Well folks, we're into the last third of summer. Summer technically ends on September 23, but we all know that summer really ends when Labor Day weekend ends. So, with that in mind, let's all appreciate the CRAP out of the next month. August is full of fun reasons to celebrate, starting with goat cheese and ending with More Herbs, Less Salt Day! Click through to see 'em all! Read more >>

23 Jul

A Tribute to Daniel Radcliffe

Today's Daniel Radcliffe's birthday and we wanted to celebrate the wonderful man he is.

Here he is rapping Eminem.

Here he is walking like, a billion dogs.

Daniel Radcliffe films a scene on the set of the motion picture "Trainwreck" in Bryant Park. CREDIT: Abaca USA/AKM-GSI [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Daniel Radcliffe films a scene on the set of the motion picture "Trainwreck" in Bryant Park. CREDIT: Abaca USA/AKM-GSI [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Here he is um, being HARRY POTTER.


Angsty Harry was my favorite

Don't you just want to be BFF with him?

Happy Dan

He gives to great charities, and look, here he is with a cute PUPPY!


I have no idea what this picture is for/about but I don't really care.

He's weird, but he's my kind of weird.

Dan bongos


19 Jul

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Ice cream is the ultimate treat. I don't care what time of year it is, ice cream is permissible. If you're one of those people that's like, "OMG I don't eat ice cream when it's cold out," we are not friends. And there is always room for dessert, even if I've just eaten a 7 course meal. ICE CREAM IS THE BEST! Here are a bunch of gratuitous ice cream related gifs.

IC 9

I want to live in this place.

IC 8

See also: Ron Swanson eating a banana. Priceless.

IC 7


IC 1

Wuv, true wuv.

IC 2

<3 <3 <3

IC 3

True dat.

IC 4


IC 5

ic 6

And, the best for last.