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What Kevin McCallister's Awful Family Is Doing Now

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It’s that time of year again: travel, annoying family, scary neighbors and, of course, bumbling burglars. Yep, I’m talking Home Alone. Since the movie is now 24 years old, Kevin McCallister’s jerky siblings are all grown up. Here’s how they've been keeping themselves busy since they were last seen harassing poor Kev.

1. Angela Goethals, AKA Linnie.

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What she’s up to: Linnie has been busy. Since her turn as Kevin’s snooty sister in 1990, Angela Goethals has been in a ton of television dramas, including 24, Six Feet Under, Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Public, Crossing Jordan and Law & Order. Basically, she’s one of those actresses that makes you go, “Hey, I know her from somewhere...” every time she appears on your television.

2. Devin Ratray, AKA Buzz.

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What he’s up to: Like his movie sister, Ratray has been steadily making appearances on TV ever since he pretended to puke up Kevin’s precious cheese pizza. You might have seen him on Supernatural, Law & Order and The Good Wife. He was in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska last year, and has several movies scheduled to be released in 2015.

3. Gerry Bamman, AKA Uncle Frank.

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What he’s up to: Guess who else has been on Law & Order? Yep: Uncle Frank. As four different characters over a period of nearly 15 years, actually.

4. Hillary Wolf, AKA Megan.

Line: “The dope was whining about a suitcase. What was I supposed to do? Shake his hand and say, ‘Congratulations, you're an idiot’?”

What she’s up to: Well, after landing the role of Laura in the 1992 movie Big Girls Don’t Cry... They Get Even, Wolf put acting on hold to join the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympic Judo team for the U.S. She didn’t medal, but she is a second-degree black belt. And you thought Kevin was the tough McCallister.

5. Michael Maronna, AKA Jeff.

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What he’s up to: You’re almost definitely familiar with Maronna’s work in the mid-’90s. The Adventures of Pete & Pete was basically one of the best shows to ever run on Nickelodeon (and this is coming from a huge Clarissa Explains It All fan). Though he has had some notable parts since then - Slackers, for one - Maronna is mostly working behind the camera these days. He’s done electrical rigging for movies ranging from Sex and the City to The Smurfs.

He was also in Law & Order.

6. Kristin Minter, AKA Heather.

Line: “Eleven, including me. Five boys, six girls, four parents, two drivers, and a partridge in a pear tree.”

What she’s up to: She was only the subject of the best movie tagline ever written: “When a girl has a heart of stone, there’s only one way to melt it. Just add ice.” In case that doesn’t immediately ring a bell, let me jog your memory:

Kristin Minter played Kathy, Ice’s love interest. Though she has had parts on Ray Donovan, The Mentalist, and Nip/Tuck, among others, she has not been on Law & Order. Yet.

7. Kieran Culkin, AKA Kevin’s cousin Fuller.

Line: No lines, just a lot of references to his incontinence problem.

What he’s up to: Little Fuller has since had a pretty successful career on stage and screen. He received lots of critical acclaim for his title role in Igby Goes Down in 2002 and was also enjoyable in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in 2010. In between, he’s been starring on stages from New York to London and Sydney. He's currently starring in This Is Our Youth on Broadway with Michael Cera and Tavi Gevinson.

8. Anna Slotky, AKA Kevin’s cousin Brooke.

Line: Brooke is one of the cousins who tells Joe Pesci that yes, her parents are home, but no, they don’t live there.

What she’s up to: After about a decade in the entertainment industry - she was Ruth Ann in The Torkelsons and had parts on Third Rock From the Sun and Sister, Sister - Slotky went to the University of California to get her JD and is now practicing law in the Los Angeles area.

9. Senta Moses, AKA Kevin’s cousin Tracy.

Line: Tracy doesn’t talk much. I think her only line in the movie is when she asks for shampoo.

What she’s up to: Moses is another one of those actresses who has been getting consistent TV work, but my favorite is her part as the bubbly Delia Fisher on My So-Called Life. However, if you weren’t into watching Angela Chase constantly make bad decisions about Jordan Catalano, you’ve still probably seen Senta Moses on Greek, General Hospital, The Mentalist, Beakman’s World, Sister, Sister and about a million other things.

10. Jedidiah Cohen, AKA Kevin’s cousin Rod McCallister.

Line: Rod is mostly notable for the conversation he has with Buzz about French girls not shaving their pits and how France’s nude beaches are shut down for the winter.

What he’s up to: After getting a BA in Astrophysics and Astronomy at Harvard, Cohen was the Vice President and Operations Manager at New York real estate firm Cooper & Cooper. Then he founded RocketHub, a crowdfunding site similar to Kickstarter.

This post originally appeared in 2012.

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Why the Best Time to Book Your Thanksgiving Travel Is Right Now
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You're never going to get a true steal on holiday plane tickets, but if you want to avoid spending your whole salary flying to visit your relatives over Thanksgiving, the time is nigh to start picking seats. That's according to the experts at Condé Nast Traveler, who cite data from Expedia and Skyscanner.

The latter found that it was cheapest to secure Thanksgiving tickets 11 weeks before the holiday. That means that you should have bought your ticket around September 4, but it's not too late; you can still save if you book now. Expedia's data shows that the cheapest time to buy is 61 to 90 days before you leave, so you still have until September 23 to snag a seat on a major airline without paying an obscene premium. (Relatively speaking, of course.)

When major travel holidays aren't involved, data shows that the best time to book a plane ticket is on a Sunday, at least 21 days ahead of your travel. But given that millions of other Americans also want to fly on the exact same days during Thanksgiving and Christmas, the calculus of booking is a bit more high stakes. If you sleep on tickets this month, you could be missing out on hundreds of dollars in savings. In the recent study cited by Condé Nast Traveler, Expedia found that people booking during the 61- to 90-day window saved up to 10 percent off the average ticket price, while last-minute bookers who bought tickets six days or less from their travel day paid up to 20 percent more.

Once you secure those Turkey Day tickets, you've got a new project: Your Christmas flights. By Hopper's estimates, those flights rise in price by $1.50 every day between the end of October and December 15 (after which they get even more expensive). However, playing the waiting game can be beneficial, too. Expedia found that the cheapest time to book Christmas flights was just 14 to 20 days out.

Before you buy, we also recommend checking CheapAir.com, which tracks 11,000 different airfares for flights around the holidays to analyze price trends. Because as miserable as holiday travel can be, you don't want to pay any more than you have to.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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Why Can’t You Wear White After Labor Day?
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Wearing white in the summer makes sense. Desert peoples have known for thousands of years that white clothing seems to keep you a little bit cooler than other colors. But wearing white only during the summer? While no one is completely sure exactly when or why this fashion rule came into effect, our best guess is that it had to do with snobbery in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The wives of the super-rich ruled high society with an iron fist after the Civil War. As more and more people became millionaires, though, it was difficult to tell the difference between respectable old money families and those who only had vulgar new money. By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already “in” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow. That way, if a woman showed up at the opera in a dress that cost more than most Americans made in a year, but it had the wrong sleeve length, other women would know not to give her the time of day.

Not wearing white outside the summer months was another one of these silly rules. White was for weddings and resort wear, not dinner parties in the fall. Of course it could get extremely hot in September, and wearing white might make the most sense, but if you wanted to be appropriately attired you just did not do it. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and society eventually adopted it as the natural endpoint for summer fashion.

Not everyone followed this rule. Even some socialites continued to buck the trend, most famously Coco Chanel, who wore white year-round. But even though the rule was originally enforced by only a few hundred women, over the decades it trickled down to everyone else. By the 1950s, women’s magazines made it clear to middle class America: White clothing came out on Memorial Day and went away on Labor Day.

These days the fashion world is much more relaxed about what colors to wear and when, but every year you will still hear people say that white after Labor Day is unacceptable, all thanks to some snobby millionaires who decided that was a fashion no-no more than 100 years ago.

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