March Used to Be the First Month of the Year

Before the ancient Roman calendar was updated to include the winter months of January and February, the year started with March.

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Fifties Flashback: The Cat with 10 Million Lives

“Write me a story that first-graders can’t put down.”

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Fifties Flashback: Fame and Fortune from Midwestern Mud

In 1982 Eddie Murphy returned the nearly forgotten Gumby character to popularity.

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Dessert on the Ceiling (and Other Kooky Christmas Traditions)

More than 160 countries around the world celebrate Christmas. Overseas and elsewhere, some holiday traditions may seem wonderfully weird — and maybe even a bit bizarre. For some chuckles, let’s check out the yearly happenings in:

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No Pie at Original Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving didn’t feature pies or cakes, because the Plymouth pilgrims had no ovens and a limited supply of sugar.

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Different Cultures Celebrate Columbus Day

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1934, but Christopher Columbus’s landing in the Americas was celebrated across the country long before that.

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Día de los Muertos Not a ‘Spanish Halloween’

The Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is often mistaken for a Spanish version of Halloween. It is actually a way for families to honor loved ones who are no longer living.

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Fifties Flashback: ‘Don’t Worry … He Sees Us’

Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper once saw James Dean as an obnoxious attention-seeker in the Marlon Brando vein (she abhorred Brando) and even labeled Dean “another dirty shirttail actor.”

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