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Five Awesome Steampunk Adventures

October is usually a time for orange leaves, pumpkins, ghouls, and ghosts. But, I think it should be a month of clockwork trains, aeronautical goggles, and steam-powered machines more amazing than you can imagine. In essence, October is steampunk.

October 15th marks the anniversary of when the New Orleans, the first US steamboat, made the long journey along the mighty Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from Pittsburgh, PA to New Orleans, LA. Owned by Robert Fulton and Robert R. Livingston, and built by Nicholas Roosevelt, the New Orleans was a marvel of its time and ushered in a new way for people to travel in luxury.

In honor of the New Orleans journey, here are 5 ways can have your own steampunk adventure in portable, but sadly not steam-powered, book form.

BOOKISH EVENTS IN PHILADELPHIA: OCTOBER 3RD - OCTOBER 10TH

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Quick! Gather your sweaters about you and tuck a pencil behind your ear. It's the bookish events roundup!

Celebrate Hello Kitty Reading Day on October 25th!

 
Be a part of the first-ever Hello Kitty Reading Day on October 25, 2014 at bookstores and libraries across the US!
 

How to Be Awesome at Decorating with Fan Art

 
Forget those generic-o prints of flowers from IKEA. Ditch your ripped-up Pulp Fiction poster from college. “Keep Calm and Carry On”? Over it. What your fortress of solitude needs are beautiful renderings of your favorite characters—and a printout collage won’t cut it. Here’s how to classily plaster your space with your OTP.
 

Worst-Case Wednesday: How To Survive A Boring Class

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We’ve all had that one class. You know the one. You drag your feet getting there because you just can’t stay awake. Maybe the teacher speaks in a monotone. Maybe the subject matter is really uninteresting. Maybe it’s a government-controlled test to determine your attention span. Who knows! But either way, if you’re looking for a way to combat sleepiness in that class, we have some tips for you, courtesy of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College Edition.

How to Tuesday: How to Make Homemade Butter Beer

 
This year for Oktoberfest, why not whip up a batch of everyone's favorite wizarding brew? Butterbeer!
 
According to the Harry Potter books Butterbeer comes in two varieties, cold & bottled or steaming hot in tankards. I've concocted both recipes to share with you here. :)
 
The cold variety of Butterbeer (pictured above) is very easy.
 
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