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Come to Our Super Fun Trivia Show This Weekend!

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If you couldn’t tell from the exclamation point in the title, we’re really excited to be partnering with Barnes and Noble on a page-to-screen trivia show this weekend. (Click here for times and locations.)

It’s funny—while I was researching books and movies for the event, I started reminiscing about my first job out of college, when I worked at an independent video store. It was the sort of place that was beloved by the community but also thoroughly confusing in its whimsical organization. A row of flicks from Portuguese directors might jut out from an alphabetized section of of slapstick Westerns, which not only made no sense, but also made the clerks indispensable since you needed them to find everything. One of the most fun parts of working there was that we were allowed to take Post-its and write goofy notes and recommendations on the video boxes. When my fellow clerk and I stickered every Jean-Claude Van Damme “film” with a starburst that read “As seen on Masterpiece Theater!”, my manager just laughed and shook her head. But what was perhaps most distinctive about the place was its feel: the way people strolled through the place and chatted and lingered, it always felt more like a beloved book shop to me than a video store.

This weekend’s event is part of Barnes and Noble’s Get Pop Cultured Month—a celebration of books in movies and pop culture. And working on it made us smile: from thinking about which Roald Dahl story made for the best movie (I’m partial to Fantastic Mr. Fox), to blurting things like, “did you know Cheaper By The Dozen was actually based on a book?” The whole thing reminded me of my days in that old video store. Anyway, that’s all to say: if you love trivia, movies and books, you should definitely check it out. Our event is running at stores across the nation, and our research editors Sandy Wood and Kara Kovalchik are even hosting one of the shows in Michigan.

If you want a taste of some of the ridiculous trivia being offered, be sure to check out these book and film quizzes we’ve been running on the site all week:

The “Before They Were Famous Authors” Quiz!
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Who Did It: Dr. Seuss or a Dr. Seuss Character?
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Hunger Games Character or Poisonous Plant?
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A Quiz About Shel Silverstein
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Classic Goosebumps Book or Horror Film?

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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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