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Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlap this year...and then almost never againJan 17 2013

This year, the first day of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving Day. Amazingly, this is the first second time it's happened since President Lincoln established Thanksgiving in 1863 and it is also the last time it'll happen until the year 79,811. I'll say that again: after this year, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Day won't overlap for another 77,798 years.

The reason is because the Jewish calendar is very slowly getting out of sync with the solar calendar, at a rate of 4 days per 1000 years (not bad for a many centuries old calendar!) This means that while presently Hanukkah can be as early as 11/28, over the years the calendar will drift forward, such that the earliest Hanukkah can be is 11/29. The last time Hanukkah falls on 11/28 is 2146 (which happens to be a Monday).

(via @hchamp)

Update: As noted above, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapped once before, in 1888, because Thanksgiving used to fall on the last Thursday in November and not the fourth Thursday.

Change Columbus Day to Exploration DayOct 03 2012

A group of citizens is attempting to change Columbus Day to Exploration Day. Columbus Day has always been a weird holiday, what with CC's slavery and genocide and all, so this seems like a good idea to me. Maggie Koerth-Baker makes the case over at Boing Boing.

The logic is quite neat. Columbus Day is about one guy and the (actually untrue) claim that he was the first person to discover America. Inherently, that's pretty Euro-centric, which is a big part of why it sits awkwardly in a pluralistic country. But exploration is inclusive. The ancestors of Native Hawaiians were explorers who crossed the ocean. The ancestors of Native Americans explored their way across the Bering land bridge and then explored two whole continents. If you look at the history of America, you can see a history of exploration done by many different people, from many different backgrounds. Sometimes we're talking about literal, physical exploration. Other times, the exploring is done in a lab. Or in space. But the point is clear: This country was built on explorers. And it needs explorers for the future.

If you want to help out, sign this petition to Congress or this one to the White House.

White Castle burger stuffingNov 24 2010

For tomorrow, a turkey stuffing recipe that uses White Castle hamburgers. I'd really like to try this some year, but there's no way my wife would go for it. Come on, it's from scratch! (Well, except for the burgers...)

April 18 is Poop For Peace Day. Mar 05 2008

April 18 is Poop For Peace Day.

Mark your calenders!

(Gross.)

Update: Mandar suggests everyday is poop for peace day.

Update: If it so moves you -- sorry! -- Bennett has a post at the Utne Reader Blog about The Politics of Poop.

Gangster's holiday: "Mother's Day was the mostMay 13 2007

Gangster's holiday: "Mother's Day was the most important Sunday on the organized crime calendar, when homicide took a holiday and racketeering gave way to reminiscing."

A Wii-themed Valentine's Day card. "Will youFeb 13 2007

A Wii-themed Valentine's Day card. "Will you be my player 2?" More here. (thx, nicholas)

White Castle is once again doing specialFeb 06 2007

White Castle is once again doing special Valentine's Day dinners this year...you get your own server and candles! Here's what last year's meal looked like (more at Flickr).

What's the cut-off date for wishing someoneJan 31 2007

What's the cut-off date for wishing someone a happy new year? Is the end of January too late?

If you're looking for a Christmas treeDec 14 2005

If you're looking for a Christmas tree in NYC, here's a map of where they're sold. (via sbj)

A list of the best and worstNov 28 2005

A list of the best and worst cookbooks to give people for Xmas (or Kwanzaa or Hanukkah or Festivus).

"Every Halloween in Lexington, KY, they blockNov 02 2005

"Every Halloween in Lexington, KY, they block off the streets and recreate Michael Jackson's Thriller video."

Pumpkin carved with winky emoticon ;) Awesome.Oct 31 2005

Pumpkin carved with winky emoticon ;) Awesome.

Nerdy Halloween costumes alert: Ricky dressed asOct 31 2005

Nerdy Halloween costumes alert: Ricky dressed as Google Image Search. I know someone out there is planning their Web 2.0 or folksonomy costume. Let's see it!

Happy Bastille DayJul 14 2005

Happy Bastille Day.

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