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Friday Happy Hour (formerly 'Show Off Your Smarts!')

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Back in November, a reader named Allison left this comment under one of Will's early 'Show Off Your Smarts!' posts: "I love this feature! It's like being at a party where EVERYONE is interesting, and I get the feeling that I can join the conversation too."

So in that spirit, we're renaming this feature "Friday Happy Hour." Like before, I'll throw out a broad topic to get us started. But don't let that restrict you. If you read or heard or know something other virtual partygoers will find intriguing, bring it on. I tend to find parties with strict rules off-putting.

Today's initial topic is computer lore. Did you know that Apple originally trademarked the iPod name for a public internet kiosk, a project that never materialized? That Microsoft paid the Rolling Stones $12 million to use "Start Me Up" for the Windows 95 launch? That in 1976, the Apple I was launched with a suggested retail price of $666? I'm going to get a drink; talk amongst yourselves. Since it's barely 1pm in my home time zone, that drink will likely be a Diet Barq's Root Beer. I'm wild.

And remember, feel free to change the subject. It's a party, not a test.

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How To Make A Snow Globe Cocktail
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Nothing gets people into the holiday spirit quite like snow globes… and booze. So, the Snow Globe Cocktail makes perfect sense.

Brought to us by , the festive cocktail is created with a few simple ingredients and supplies. Please resist the urge to shake it up. Instructions here.

This article originally appeared on Foodiggity. Follow Foodiggity on Facebook and Twitter.

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What Shows Up When You Google Yourself?
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On Fridays we ask a bunch of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon. On to this week's topics...

1. What's the strangest thing someone could learn about you by Googling your name? And has anyone who shares your name done anything remarkable? There's a Jason English who's almost exactly my age. He allegedly bit someone's ear off and flushed it down the toilet. It will be tough to rise above that in the search rankings.

2. What's something you regret quitting?

3. If you could change one rule in any board game, what would it be? (If you have a specific house rule you think the world should adopt, let us hear it.)

4. Do the kids celebrate Mischief Night/Devil's Eve in your neighborhood? What's the worst incident you remember?

5. Got a question for the group? Ask away. Have a great weekend and happy Halloween!

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