Holidays And Celebrations

All The Presidents’ Menus

As a grateful nation spends a day of solemn reflection in commemoration of the men it has (mostly) chosen to lead it over the last couple hundred years, let's take a look back at what they all ate. (A more contemporary examination of the Oval Office can be found here.) This article originally appeared on June 29, 2012.

While compiling this list I attempted as often as possible to learn not what the presidents ate at state functions and inaugural dinners but during their solitary breakfasts and family suppers—in other words, their comfort foods. Often this information came [...]


How Will You Be Celebrating Delivery Week?

"Similar to Restaurant Week, Delivery Week is a two-week celebration of the best delivery restaurants. Seamless customers get to enjoy great dining for a great deal." —Oh, man, it is already Delivery Week and I haven't made plans yet for what I'm going to watch while I sit on my ass and sample the prix fixe specialties delivered to my door. Also, this is another thing the aliens will point to when they try to figure out what happened to the civilization which once dominated this planet.


It's Arbor Day, Here Are A Bunch Of Songs


Happy Year Of The Horse

Today begins the 15-day celebration of the Chinese New Year. According to the Chinese zodiac, we are saying goodbye to the year of the snake (get outta here, snake!) and welcoming the year of the horse. More specifically: each year is also assigned an interaction with one of the Chinese elementals that make up the universe, so this year is the year of the Wooden Horse, which may not have the undertones of Grecian subterfuge in China that it has here.

Those born in the year of each of the 12 animals are said to share personality traits with the animal in the year of which they are born. [...]


What Time Is Mother's Day?

Even though it seems unlikely that you are unaware, what with the way the Internet works now, this Sunday is Mother's Day, so you might want to get moving on that if you had forgotten about it. Also, please enjoy this, from last year.


Earth Day Sucks But Since It Exists Let's Watch Neil Young Play Electric Guitar

I am generally anti-holiday. I think it does us more harm than good to assign ourselves special days to do things or commemorate things at exactly the same time as everyone else is supposed to be doing them or commemorating them. I know the counter argument is like, "celebrating holidays is part of what binds us together as a society" or whatever. (Or, even better, "Shut up, Dave. And lighten up. And how about just think of someone besides yourself for once in your life and buy a goddamn gift.") But I don't like the way that holidays prescribe is a certain time to be doing certain things. [...]


Welcome To Rocktober

Today when your daughter asks, "Daddy, why do we celebrate Rocktober," you can point to this as an explanation. I mean, if you're the kind of parent who lets your child roam free on the Internet, which doesn't seem like such a good idea but who am I to give life advice? Anyway, yes, all the answers are here.


19 Songs To Sing While Protesting The Devastation Of Capitalism Today


Happy Middle Finger Day

Apparently there is a World Middle Finger Day, and apparently it is today. So, uh, fuck you. That's what we say to celebrate, right? [MAKES GESTURE WITH FINGER]