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Any Fun Festivals Near You?

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1. I was just handed a memo that says mental_floss will have a table at Georgia's Decatur Book Festival in September. We've had a good time meeting readers at festivals in the past, and we'd like to get to more of them. Any suggestions?

2. According to a 2005 survey commissioned by TiVo, here are the top TV dads of all time: 1. Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show); 2. Sheriff Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show); 3. Pa Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie); 4. Howard Cunningham (Happy Days); 5. Ward Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver). Which TV, movie, or literature dads would get your vote?

3. What's the biggest non-restaurant, non-contractor tip you've ever given someone? While Brett Savage and I were driving from Los Angeles to Denville (NJ) in 2000, my '93 Mercury Sable broke down several times. The first incident occurred about 10 miles outside of Silverthorne, Colorado. When we found someone willing to tow us to the nearest service station, I gave him all the money I had in my wallet after paying for the ride ($40). By the time we broke down again the next day near Denver, I'd been to the ATM. But after splurging on Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Pizza, a Milky Way, and Gatorade, I could only tip a $5. But enough about me.

4. What's the weirdest thing you've bought on eBay? (If you've never bought anything weird on eBay, you can talk about an odd garage sale purchase.)
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Last week, I begged for technical support for my personal website, which had been ruthlessly hacked. Reader Jim Hegarty volunteered his time and expertise and had my digital house back in order by Sunday. The extended family members who are the totality of my readership are delighted.

If you're looking for tech help, Jim runs an internet marketing and web development company in Eastern Pennsylvania called Vulpine Industries. If your business has a website that isn't performing well, give Jim a call -- (610) 442-2196. He's earned my full endorsement!

[And thanks to the handful of other folks who offered to lend a hand. You spoil me.]


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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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