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  • A classic kids birthday favorite turned indulgent adult treat, this Spiked Ice Cream Cake will be the star of your next get-together.

    Every part of this cake, from the ice cream filling to the cake itself to the frosting, is infused with booze (in this case, bourbon). Plus, changing up the flavor of the cake, ice cream, or both allows you to create new and exciting cakes all summer long!

    Spiked Ice Cream Cake
    From Booze Cakes by Krystina Castella and Terry Lee Stone

  • So. The world is going to end in six months due to an asteroid hurling itself towards us. What to do, what to do.

  • Bastille Day is one badass French holiday.

    It all began in the summer of 1789 when a mob of Parisians stormed the Bastille fortress to collect a large supply of ammunition and put a fork in royal rule.

    Widely thought of as the key in the French Revolution ignition, this time period spawned radical social change and brought about many influential writers and activists. As an ode to this holiday, we’ve gathered some pretty badass French writers who have not only made their way into classic literature with their worthy accomplishments, but they’ve also made us say Mon Dieu!

    François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (AKA Voltaire): One day, Voltaire got locked up in the Bastille Prison for insulting a French nobleman. He was put away without a trial, no bail, and no form of defense. Fearing a lifelong sentence, he proposed that he be exiled to England instead, which authorities accepted.

    Instead of cursing out the government, he made it his goal to improve the French judicial system via his well crafted, observant, and persuasive writings. Go Voltaire! And… he wrote a science fiction piece about aliens visiting Earth only to witness humankind’s foibles. Yes!

    Émilie du ChâteletThe romantic puzzlepiece to Volatire, Émilie is famously known for her translation and commentary on Isaac Newton's work Principia Mathematica. To this day, it is still the standard version used among scholars. Émilie was an astute writer who used her mathematical brilliance and academic writing to unravel the mysteries of life. In fact, some say she was writing about energy and velocity 150 years before Mr. Einstein even had a tongue to stick out. Science faux pas.

  • Bastille Day in Philadelphia via VisitPhilly

    With Bastille Day coming up this Saturday, July 14th, I looked to the Worst Case Scenario Almanac: History for some advice on how to celebrate this revolutionary holiday.

    While you probably won’t get in a fight with bayonets, barricades are just the thing to keep your block party going all day long.

    Here are some strategies to make sure it’s effective:

  • Photo by Mararie

    Knitting is perhaps the quintessential unhip pastime, so it serves authors well as a convenient shorthand for earnest domesticity and obliviousness to fashion. Identifying a character as a knitter evokes a web of associations and expectations — which, of course, the clever author will sometimes turn on their head.

    Here’s a skein of knitters from literature, sorted by type.

  • Waffles and picnics are two words rarely seen together in a sentence, but thanks to Dorie Greenspan's inspired recipe, the two might be seen in public more often this summer. Forget what you think you know about this breakfast food staple: after pressing the waffles into shape, add them to a 200F oven for a good hour and a half to get them crisped to nacho-like perfection.

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