28 Oct
2013

Create a Great Funeral Day, Candy Corn Day and Devil’s Night! Oct. 30th is Serious.

October 30th is full of fun times just waiting to be had. Let's start with the one you're dying to know about. Create a Great Funeral Day.

CGFD is surprisingly not meant to be funny or scary or anything. It's supposed to be a real holiday in which family members get together to discuss funeral arrangements in an attempt to alleviate some of the stress later. What? Why? No. Most depressing family get together ever. Besides I've got my funeral planned out anyway: Since there will be no body as it will have burnt up upon reentry from space, there will just be a large party. Everyone is going to be getting wasted on cheap beer while Meatloaf (or his next of kin) plays the entirety of the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy. Done deal. Non-negotiable.

Can't wait to die.

Can't wait to die.

Moving on. Candy Corn Day. Mmmmmmm yes please. Who doesn't like candy corn? Communists probably. Or people allergic to yellow dye #5. But those people obviously lead sad sad lives.

What? And I'll take 6.

Why? And I'll take 6.

Candy corn is actually made of sugar, sugar, and wax. Americans buy 20 MILLION pounds of the stuff each year. Most of which will be around this time.  20 million pounds of sugar wax. They don't even look like corn!!

Maybe if you squint your eyes real hard.

Maybe if you squint your eyes real hard. And look out of the corner of your eye.

Finally let's talk about Devil's Night. First we'll talk about the Devil's Night that isn't fun and is actually scary. This is the form of Devil's Night that manifests in the form of arson. This is a serious problem in Detroit.  In 1984 there were more than 800 counts of arson. That's crazy. Detroit has really cracked down on it since then and enforces strict curfews the night before Halloween.

Not cool dudes.

Not cool dudes.

Now the fun part! The pranks. TPing trees, egging houses, lighting bags of poop on fire on peoples porches, throwing rotten vegetables. You know all that light hearted fun-time stuff that also usually goes too far at some point and gets kids in trouble. I was certainly never a cool enough kid to be out doing such things when I was growing up. I would have been playing Halloween themed Dungeons and Dragons instead. Ya, I'm cool. But my Dad told me a story when he was a kid of when he went out on Devil's Night. Him and his friend were throwing rotten vegetables from a hiding place at cars as they drove passed. It wasn't long before the smashed out a car's headlights and had to bolt off into the night as the angry driver came after them. But boy did my DnD games get wild!

Also let's talk about the movie the Crow since it happens on Devil's Night. It's so god damn awesome. Brandon Lee died making that. :.( That is all.

Goodnight sweet 90's gothic prince.

Goodnight sweet 90's gothic prince.

So enjoy all of your October 30th festivities however you want. Cept don't set any fires. Brandon Lee will come back to get you. I've seen him do it.

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22 Oct
2013

Get Trick or Treat ready at KU! Hats and Costumes 2013!

Halloween is coming up fast, so don't end up going out as a toilet paper mummy! We've got you covered with all sorts of fun Halloween costume sets and hats. We've put together a little sampling of some of our selection. Also we mostly just had fun playing dress up. For some of it maybe a little too much fun.

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21 Oct
2013

Pterodactyls Are Awesome.

Ke$ha and I have a ton of things in common. Among these many things is our mutual love of dinosaurs. I’ve often said that baby dinosaurs are my spirit animal. There’s an audio recording of my mom asking me questions when I was three years old where she asks me if I know where I live, to which I answer, naturally, “Yeah! Juwassic Pawk.” I actually lived in Point Breeze at the time, but hey, same thing, right?

If I were a pterodactyl, this is what I would look like.

If I were a pterodactyl, this is what I would look like.

One of my biggest regrets in life is not being enrolled in my elementary school until first grade, meaning that I missed kindergarten there, thus missing my opportunity to take part in the kindergarten dinosaur play. However, I did get to see the kindergarten dinosaur play every year after that, so I did pick up on the totally awesome songs about dinosaurs, and I’m proud to say I still remember a few of them. My favorite one goes a little something like this:

Terry Pterodactyl, Bertha Brontosaurus,

Trinie the Triceratops, Stanley Stegosaurus,

Tom Tyrannosaurus, He is carnivorous,

Join in with me now and sing another chorus!

You might be wondering why this random girl you’ve never seen on the KU Blog is talking about dinosaur plays put on by kindergarteners. Well, I’ll tell ya: October is National Raptor Month! And now you might be thinking, “only one of the dinosaurs in that song is a raptor…” and you’re right. Raptors are, by definition, birds of prey (and actually not technically dinosaurs at all, but shhh, don't tell anyone). Anyways, to be frank, I couldn't really care less about any other birds of prey aside from Pterodactyls. For one, birds of prey that actually still exist are creepy and weird (vultures? Yuck. No thanks.) But most importantly, my name is Terry and I freaking love dinosaurs. So, the fact that there is a song about dinosaurs that involves a Pterodactyl with whom I share a name (AND A FLYING kindof DINOSAUR NONETHELESS) is just about the coolest thing that ever happened to me.  (Note: Pterosaurs were winged or flying lizards, and dinosaurs, by definition, walked on land and could not fly, but we're just going to pretend for now, ok? ok great.)

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See? Terrifying.

So, according to the powers that be who decided that October is Raptor Month, we should take some time out of our busy, Halloween-preparing, all-things-pumpkin-flavored-eating schedules this month to celebrate the migration of non-extinct birds of prey. Hawks, Osprey, Falcons are all raptors -- you know, all those big scary birds with talons that swoop down from the sky and snatch small furry animals to eat. That’s all fine and well, but now I hope that you’ll also take some time to have a moment of silence for my long lost spirit sister, Terry Pterodactyl.

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17 Oct
2013

Gimme Pizza! P-I-Z-Z-A!

 

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The best thing that ever happened to my developing literacy.

Who remembers Book It? I.e. the greatest thing that ever happened to elementary school children of the 90's and early 2000's. Read a book, get a gold star for your totally awesome Book It button. Get 5 stickers and get a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut. If someone made this a thing for adults today, I would most certainly spend less time on the internet and more time reading, if only for the sake of pizza. Pizza is awesome. Pizza comes in so many varieties, so many types of crust, so many toppings, so many cheeses, so hot and cheesy, oh my goodness I am so hungry.

Now, in honor of October being National Pizza Month, I'm gonna take you all on a walk down all-things-90's-pop-culture-and-pizza-related-memory lane.

Mary-Kate and Ashley's Pizza Party was clearly the coolest party of 1997. And yes, I still sing this song every now and then when I really really want pizza, like right now.

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"I’m topping my pizza with mountains of cheese,
with acres of peppers, pimentos, and peas,
with mushrooms, tomatoes, and sausage galore,
with every last olive they had at the store."

Dane says he thinks the pizza in this Jack Prelutsky poem sounds disgusting, but this book holds a special place in my heart, and besides, I think any pizza sounds delicious -- you can always pick off the toppings you don't like, right? Though personally, I prefer pineapple or sausage.

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I wonder if Quail Man liked Pizza too...

 

I have no idea what Doug Funny is doing in this picture but I would not be opposed to someone leaving me pizza through a mail slot, as long as it means that I'd have pizza right now.

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HOW AWESOME IS THIS NINJA TURTLES PIZZA, DUDE?!

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This is all I have to say in response to the government shutdown.

 

Clearly, TMNT knows what's really important: Pizza, fighting bad guys, and more pizza. I hope you're all sufficiently hungry for pizza now, and maybe a bit nostalgic for the 90's, when Pizza seemed to solve all problems. So, go out, get some pizza, celebrate national pizza month, and forget your problems for a few moments. I recommend the white pizza from Aiello's on Murray Ave in Squirrel Hill, or anything with ranch dressing from Sorrento's on Atwood in Oakland. ENJOY THE CHEESY GOODNESS!

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7 Oct
2013

Pierogi Day Guyzzzzzzz!!

If you live in Pittsburgh you are plenty familiar with pierogis. But now you can get more familiar with them (does that sound sexy?) on Pierogi Day. Yes. A whole day to honor the amazing pierogi in all its doughy deliciousness. October 8th. Mark your calendar.

make em up.

make em up.

Pierogis are a classic hunky food. Don't worry I can say hunky cause I have a slovak friend. P.S. it's my whole family. But realistically most of Europe, and pretty much the world, has some form of pierogi style dumpling. The pierogi we are here to celebrate though is that of Eastern European decent. That being said there are still about a thousand different ways to spell pierogi: pergi, pierogy, pirogi, pyrogi. Coming from different languages in addition to being brought over by immigrants and misspelled by Americans over the years, none of this should come as a surprise. My family says (spells) pyrohy. Also worth noting: Pierogi is technically the plural of the pierog (Polish). But pierog is rarely used as a meal consists of multiples. Also this is America. And we'll damn well bastardize the word any way we please.

fried up so tastygood.

fried up so tastygood.

So pierogis come with all kinds of fillings. Potato and cheese and sauerkraut are typical (potato and cheese are the best duh). But people have gotten crazy and put really anything in them. I even saw a recipe for apple cinnamon pierogis. That's totally foreign to my slovak roots, but probably not so crazy.

Psshhhh like we wouldn't have a card.

Psshhhh like we wouldn't have a card.

The point of this is that pierogis are awesome. And no matter how you spell it, how incorrectly you pluralize it, or what it's filled with, it's a day to eat pierogi. So do it. Eat Pierogi.

Now please to be watching this video of Malkin make pierogi. Thank you.

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4 Oct
2013

We’re All a Little Mad Here. Especially on Mad Hatter Day.

Mad Hatter Day is a day of silliness celebrated on October 6th. Alice in Wonderland is a fantastical story that is relived by every generation. Most of us grew up on the Disney movie, and more recently was the version with Johnny Depp. Even better you may have even read the original stories themselves. However you know Alice, we are all familiar at least in some way. Each character is so iconic, and none more so than the Mad Hatter.

genius.

genius.

Fun fact: Lewis Carroll never specifically refers to him as the "Mad Hatter." The character is simply named the Hatter. But the phrase "mad as a hatter" had existed long before Carroll wrote Alice's Adventures.

In this stylin'

In this stylin'

Now more on Mad Hatter Day itself. The date of celebration comes from card that the Hatter wheres on his hat. It reads "10/6" in the movies, but originally reads "In this style 10/6" in the book. This is supposed to be the price of the hat. 10 shillings and 6 pence. But it just so happens to translate well to a date for celebrating.

Whatever your feels on this movie, it def looks pretty

Whatever your feels on this movie, it def looks pretty

Mad Hatter Day is referred to as "April Fool's Light." Not so much a day for pranks and what have you, but a day for more generalized silliness. A celebration of silliness in our everyday lives. At KU we can't pass up an opportunity to be goofy in reverence of a holiday. I mean we'd be doing it anyway. Celebrate with us. We even have a KU card for the holiday iffin you want to spread the cheer to others. Be a little extra silly. Wear your silliest hat. Recognize how silly our short little lives, just one of 7 billion, are but a blink of the eye in the expanse of time in the cosmos. Or ya know, just search Mad Hatter images in Deviant art. That'll make you lulz.

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18 Sep
2013

Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day!! COME HUG ME!!!!

I am not joking. It is Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day. Guess what you do today? YOU HUG GREETING CARD WRITERS. It's great. Greeting card writers need love too.

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Chris and I hug in front of all the pretty and ridiculous cards I've made

And as the KU resident card designer I demand, and am properly due, copious amounts of HUGZ. Quite frankly I'm not sure why this isn't like a bi-monthly holiday, but whatevs.

Realistically you probably want to hug me. I'm little and lovable and squeezable. You won't not enjoy it. I promise.

Work fwiends!

Work fwiends!

The point is come to Kards Unlimited, gets some cards that I made, and hug me. Please. Just hug me.

This also seemed to turn into me hugging others when they weren't looking. Sneak hugs.

This also seemed to turn into me hugging others when they weren't looking. Sneak hugs.

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7 Sep
2013

Salami Day Whaaaaa?!?!!(&$*!~

Salami Day. September 7th. Celebrating the tastiest of sandwich meats. If you disagree I'll meet you out back of KU for fisticuffs. If you recognize the deliciousness then we're cool.

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Salami is a cured, air-dried meat. Usually salami is made of pork or sometimes beef. But, as the internet has told me, it can also be made of pretty much anything else ever including turkey, venison, goose, donkey, swordfish, shark and zebra. I have no idea what they're doing in Japan. But they're doing it right.

THIS IS ZEBRAAAA

THIS IS ZEBRAAAA

There are other ingredients that go into salami as well, but I'm concerned with the meat. MEAT. Although I saw on this gourmet salami site that they had salami with lots of red wine in it. That sounds good. When I was a kid I used to eat salami and barbeque chip sandwiches. Culinary genius at the age of 8. Now that I'm all grown up I enjoy slicing it and eating right off the knife. Like a man.

I wish I was half as cool as this guy.

I wish I was half as cool as this guy.

The word salami is actually the plural of the Italian word salame. How bout that. We're idiots. We just use the word salami as singular and sometimes plural. Or sometimes we say salamis. America. Anyway it was popular among European peasants due to how long the meat could last. Like over a month at air temperature. I like the way salami sweats at room temp. Mmmmmmmm.

not sure how i've survived without this in my wardrobe

not sure how i've survived without this in my wardrobe

Now don't worry Salami Day does have it's own website, full of great MSPaint drawings of little salami guys. Presumably run by fellow salami enthusiasts like myself. You can even show your salami pride with a Salami Day shirt like the one above. No lies. Buy me one. On this day I'm pretty sure you are legally required to eat salami. So do it. Eat salami. Bring me salami. Salami.

later on salami bear

later on salami bear

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