Monthly Archives: February 2011

Who is Buried in Grant’s Tomb?

“Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” is a riddle that was popular on the game show You Bet Your Life, hosted by Groucho Marx.  Ulysses S. Grant seems to be the obvious answer to the trick question.  The correct answer … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards

Esther A. Howland (1828 – 1904) was the first commercial U.S. producer of Valentine’s Day greeting cards.  After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 1847, she received her first ornate English Valentine.  Fascinated by the idea of making her own … Continue reading

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Outdoor Funeral Pyres

Outdoor funeral pyres were once performed by ancient Vikings to honor their dead, and it is an accepted practice by Buddhist and Hindu religions.  In the U.S. the practice is largely taboo.  The service is offered to a small number … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year

February 3, 2011 is the start of the Chinese New Year and it is the year of the Rabbit. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar phases of the moon rather than the Gregorian solar calendar, which is based … Continue reading

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