Not Otay – The Little Rascals Curse


We love our mysticism and intrigue. Everyone loves to point to curses to explain behavior and why bad things happen to beloved icons. Case in point: The Sports Illustrated and Madden Cover curses are two of the most discussed and most believed-in curses. Whenever someone goes down with an injury, it is that old Madden/SI curse rearing its ugly head again.

So today I have a treat for you – the melding of two of our most loved institutions in this country: The Little Rascals Curse.

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12 Days of Christmas: The Santa-Submarine Theory


It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.

Here we are, the Ninth Day of Christmas, hardly three days from Christmas morning.  The excitement is palpable in these parts, almost as though you could pick it out of the air, take a bite, and be infected with urge to hum Christmas carols and go way overboard decorating your house while sipping gallons of hot chocolate.  We became slightly jealous of Santa for getting to live in this kind of joy year round.  This got us thinking though… what kind of circumstances does Santa live in year round?

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The City of Florence: A Lady in the Streets, but a Freak in the… Well, Also in the Streets (Pt. 1)


The city of Florence, capital of the Italian region of Tuscany in north-central Italy, is full of history, wonder, and beauty. It is one of the most-visited places in Europe, attracting over 1.7 million tourists a year. Florence is also a popular destination for students traveling abroad. As the birthplace and heart of the Rennaisance, Florence is bursting with art and culture and begets a great sense of wonder and awe. It is widely believed that Florence has the highest concentration of art in the world.

It is the birthplace of men whose names will live on throughout history – Michaelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, Giotto, Dante Alighieri, Donatello, DaVinci, Raphael, Florence Nightingale, the Medici family, and our continent’s namesake, Amerigo Vespucci. Together, these people provided us with the foundation of western culture as we know it today. They also made Florence one of the greatest exporters of culture the world has ever seen. Fiorentinis are quite proud of this fact, and will tell you that their cultural heritage is continuing on in the names of designers such as Roberto Cavalli and Gucci, as well as Antonio Meucci, inventor of the telephone.

Florence is certainly one of the most amazing cities worldwide, and it has an incredible ability to turn out brilliant minds known the world over. Anyone who has been to Florence can attest that there is a certain aura about the city – you can feel it in the air that you are in a historic place. However, there is also something slightly unsettling about that aura too. This is because that history is quite sordid. While Sicily gets most of the attention for being home to the Italian mob culture, Florence has a gruesome history that includes two of the most infamous bloody ordeals in Italy in the last millennia.  This is the first of those two.

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