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Yes, July 27 really is Barbie-in-a-blender day

Barbie-in-a-blender Day and Yellow PIgs Day are just a couple of the thousands of daily observances on the calendar every year.

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Let the characters tell their story and get out of the way

Many newspaper people tend to cringe a little bit at the idea of writing phenomena stories. You know the ones: psychic experiences, faith healing, extraterrestrials, Bigfoot. The unexplainable or the unproven. Whether you write for the New York Times or a small-town daily newspaper, you need to have a certain ...

Spinning your wheels

Budget Thrills

If you're into competition on a budget, mower racing is a great place to start. Those ubiquitous machines that help us keep the yard looking good can be turned into a low cost hobby compared to most other motor sports. With classes for juniors and adults and stockers to fully ...

Spinning your wheels

Motorsports in the blood

To many, motorsports aren't just a passing fancy, their a way of life. Driving fast legally can be as addictive as any drug and the effects can last for hours or days, bringing a smile to the most passive of faces. The focus of this blog is to bring news ...


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