Carl Pettit is a writer and editor with interests ranging from international relations and political humor to the arts and modern media.
5 Strange and Colorful Local Thanksgiving Traditions
The holidays can bring out people's stranger sides, and Thanksgiving is no exception.
Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas for Vegetarians — Main Courses
Vegetarians have it rough on Thanksgiving. Meals throughout the holiday season tend to focus pretty heavily on the meat side, none more so than Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, tons of meatless side dishes come with a standard Turkey Day meal, but that’s not the same thing as a main course…
5 Thanksgiving Myths Debunked — Pilgrims Didn’t Wear Buckles? (And More)
Thanksgiving, which we've been celebrating in America for centuries now, is a time of family, food and, especially, tradition. Even so, many of the stories we take as gospel about this wonderful holiday—wonderful if you’re not endlessly bickering with your relatives, that is—aren’t true at all. Myth…
Halloween’s Strange Origins — 5 Things You Might Not Know
These days Halloween is all Naughty This and Sexy That, but the roots of our spookiest holiday's traditions—from pumpkins to trick-or-treating—run deep, their origins reaching back thousands of years to pre-Christian pagan festivals and superstitions. These quirky bits of trivia about the history of…
The Spooky Origins of Halloween — 10 Strange, Fun Facts About Witches, Pumpkins, Bonfires …
The roots of our spookiest holiday's traditions—from pumpkins to trick-or-treating—run deep, their origins reaching back thousands of years to pre-Christian pagan festivals and superstitions.
5 Creepy Urban Legends to Spook You This Halloween
Ah, Halloween: the one time of year when it’s completely appropriate to scare the fecal matter out of loved ones and friends. If your goal is to make sure children can’t sleep at night, a disturbing urban legend is just the ammunition you need.
5 Outside-the-Bottle Gifts for the Drinker(s) in Your Family
For the drinker in your family — or if you’re simply buying presents for yourself (such a generous human being) — we’ve complied a list of five great boozy gifts for people who like to take a nip or two (or three or four) now and again.
Five Fantastic Flasks to Enhance Whatever Wedding, Outdoor Concert or Other Summer Event Y…
Summer is flask season: they're great for outdoor concerts, for afternoons in the park, for adding a dash of rum to your coke while you sit on the beach, among many other warmer-weather activities. We found you five.
5 Weirdly Flavored Brews You May Love or Hate — Chili Beer, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout & …
As the old nursery rhyme goes, you have nothing to fear from oddly flavored beer. Well, you might have a little to fear, depending on how adventurous you and your taste buds happen to be.
Laceless Sneaker Options — Comfortable Shoes Without the Hassle of Tying Them
Sometimes, it's a big help to be able to just slip on a pair and get on with your day without worrying about tripping or having to bend down and re-tie them for the hundredth time.
5 Cold War-Era Communist Cars That Are Weirdly Cool-Looking
Not long ago, you couldn't buy a Western car in Russia or the Eastern Bloc. That led to some wild, innovative styling by Soviet car designers. Here's a look at five models we'd love to get our hands on.
Basic Tire Maintenance — 3 Important Things to Check This Spring
As winter gradually becomes spring, it’s vital that you check your car's tires. Here are three vital things to examine.