Trick or Treating: A Halloween Tradition

October is officially here! Time to break out those Halloween decorations and buy your costumes. And the best part? Handing out candy to all the eager children on Halloween. Trick or treating has become an integral identity of the holiday. But why? We already dress up in costumes and go to haunted houses. Where does… Continue reading Trick or Treating: A Halloween Tradition

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Communist China turns 70

Today is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping celebrated with a party: watching large tanks and other massive weapons trundle slowly past. The nature and technological level of those weapons has attracted some attention, something that is unlikely to terribly worry Xi; indeed, sharing… Continue reading Communist China turns 70


The Pumpkin Spice Latte: A History of Basicness

It's officially fall! A time of changing colors, brisk winds, and warm cups of coffee. Speaking of coffee, the Pumpkin Spice Latte! Fall would not feel the same if we did not have the Pumpkin Spice Latte. An American delicacy consisting of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and espresso, this drink is sure to get anyone in… Continue reading The Pumpkin Spice Latte: A History of Basicness