Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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Kids dressed in crazy costumes go door to door begging for a feast---it sounds like Halloween, doesn't it? This could be like the fact that it happened on Thanksgiving morning, except for a few notable differences. We're talking about the long-forgotten Ragamuffin Day, a tradition among Irish immigrants to New York City that was popular before Halloween trick-or-treating began. Let's take a look at this beloved tradition and how it was broken by the New York Times and New York City's affluent residents.