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Groundhog Day: A Popular Pennsylvanian Tradition in Punxsutawney

This year, a traditional Pennsylvanian tradition coincides with another popular “holiday.” On Feb. 2 this year, the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day will be celebrated on the same day. This Sunday at 7:20 a.m., Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his … Continue reading

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350-Word Biographies: H. P. Lovecraft

Let’s phase back from the stifling conformity of the 1950’s to the maddening individualism of the 1920’s, that age of penthouse parties and sandbox gemstone scavenger hunts. Ed Wood wouldn’t have been out of place in the 20’s; when everybody … Continue reading

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350-Word Biographies: Edward D. Wood, Jr.

(I love people. I love them in the same way some of you love cats, or narwhals. But I know a lot of people who say they hate people – cynical loathing for one’s own species is fashionable these days. … Continue reading

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Phrenology: I Pheel the Phuture with My Phingertips

One warm summer day, this kid took a break from life and went to see a travelling circus. I don’t know exactly what happened, so I’ll embellish a little here. The name of the circus was Mr. Kite’s Wondrous Mobile … Continue reading

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Great News: You’re not going to die tomorrow!

That’s right, folks.  They say it’s the end of the world, they say that house cats are going to take over and make humans pee in boxes full of sand, and they say that we’re all going to die.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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5 things you didn’t know about horses

Yeah, yeah, yeah call me horse-crazy…I know. But I figure I should enlighten the non-horse world on horses. 1.  Horses are great swimmers. Okay, you might have known that if you have been or heard about Chincoteague Island. Each year there is … Continue reading

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Behold, the Power of Cheese

I hate Chuck E. Cheese. I hate both the chain of restaurants/pleasure palaces and Chuck E. himself. I was petrified with fear of the giant rat was I was a little ‘un. He was more frightening than another infamous Chucky … Continue reading

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Is It About a Bicycle?

This Saint Patrick’s Day, you might want to check out the absurdist novel, The Third Policeman, by the Irish writer, Flann O’Brien. If you’re a fan of the show Lost, you may have noticed some of the characters reading the … Continue reading

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My Most Interesting Nicknames

Okay, so my name (Usha) is apparently very easy to improvise with when it comes to nicknames. Whether it involves rhyming, past (normally embarrassing) events, or even things that make no sense whatsoever, I have to admit that people get … Continue reading

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Where’s It At?

Ever heard this saying around York? Ever cringe at the thought of a grammatically wrong sentence such as “Where’s it at?” or “Are you coming down?” Last week my English teacher informed us the reason we talk in such a … Continue reading

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