How do you KNOW it’s a hoax? (or: How to outsmart the Internet)

Whether it's the latest rumor about Facebook stealing your photos or the warning you got from a friend-of-a-friend about razorblades in the Hallowe'en candy, how do you know if it's bogus, outdated, or just plain wrong?   Here are few tips to help you OUTSMART THE INTERNET: 1. Consider the distance from the source, (or: Where did…
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Homemade Halloween

I take Halloween crafts and costumes very seriously. This is certainly due to the influence of my mom, a virtuoso seamstress who designed costumes for local theater productions and was once commissioned to sew a purple velvet bow tie for Donny Osmond in the mid-'70s. Every Halloween, she cranked out exquisite handmade costumes for me and my…
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Bottom-Shelf Biographies

The most amazing stuff might be sitting on the bottom shelf, unnoticed except by those who make the effort to look for it. Wouldn't it be cool to prowl around a place like the Imperial Library of St. Petersburg, Russia? There's no telling what literary gems might be found there! In the spirit of off-the-beaten-path…
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