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What Makes Your Birthday So Special?

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1. As I made very clear yesterday, July 30th is my birthday. A quick scan of a few "This Date in History" sites reveals a few notable events: Arnold Schwarzenegger was born, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, and, at least according to Wikipedia, Baghdad was founded. What's the most impressive thing to happen on your birthday?


2. What's your second-favorite quote from your favorite movie?

3. I once took a vacation day to clean up the residue from a fire extinguisher that my wife had to use on our flaming oven. It was a mess and really did take most of the day to clean, but I'm sure my boss thought the whole ordeal was made up. What's the strangest real reason you had to miss work? (And if you want to share your best fake excuse, that'd be even better.)

4. Full disclosure: This one might help us with an article we're working on for next week. Mangesh is reading a book called Picking Cotton about a woman who misidentified the man who raped her, put him in jail for 11 years until DNA proved him innocent, and now they're really good friends. Can you think of any other unexpected or bizarre friendships or partnerships in history?

[See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]

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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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