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What are the most overrated aspects of a holiday?

2021 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage

While I really enjoy the 4th of July, I feel that fireworks aren’t all that great. Any aspects of other major holidays that you feel are a bit overrated? - sportsfan4lfie2012

Ben: I definitely agree about the Fourth of July. I hung out with a few friends this weekend, but the night of, I stayed in and watched National Treasure, which was a much better evening. Also the hot dog eating competition is the grossest thing in the world.

Logan: Now that I’m old and I have to diet, the candy aspect of Halloween is much less exciting. I enjoy the horror aspect more nowadays.

Jake: Turkey at Thanksgiving. It just...never hits right.

Jeff: As a dad of a three year old and a one year plus an early shift worker I wait for someone to light a firework after the city curfew to call the cops...Tuesday! They are firing them as I type on a Tuesday! Oh, and New Years is a useless holiday as a whole.

Jake P.: The Jake Caucus is in full agreement about the result of turkey at Thanksgiving.

What’s your “song of the Summer” this year? - DressHerInWhiteAndGold

Jake: It certainly isn’t any new music, I’ll tell you that. I’ve had “State I’m In” by NeedToBreathe on loop of late though. But I’m basically always listening to them, anyways, so I’m not sure that counts, per se.

Jeff: I hate 60s music in general but have found a dance cover of "Dancing in the Moonlight" by Jubel that I've played a lot.

Carter: I am beyond stoked CHVRCHES is releasing a new album in August. The lead single “He Said, She Said” absolutely slaps. Also, since you specifically mentioned Dua Lipa’s “Levitating”, it’s my #2. I wasn’t familiar with her music at all until I saw the video of Bad Bunny jamming out to her performance at the Grammys. It made the wedding playlist, easily.

Jake P.: I’ve been on a huge Dire Straits kick recently. I know it’s cliche but “Money for Nothing” has been played too many times to count in my car and elsewhere. Just an incredible song. Kind of off topic, but I will stand by my opinion that “Sultans of Swing” is the greatest guitar song of all time.

Hot summer day cruising down the frozen dessert aisle at Piggly Wiggly; what’s coming home to your freezer? - DressHerInWhiteAndGold

Ben: Get you some Tillamook Ice Cream, it doesn’t matter the flavor. It’s the creamiest best ice cream I’ve had.

Logan: Those multicolored fun pops. the ones that are just water in plastic and they freeze overnight. Problem is I always end up with like 10 yellow ones left over taking up room in my fridge.

Jake: See I in general prefer ice cream to fruity desserts, but twin pops from Schwan really hit the spot on a hot day. Schwan freezer food delivery, is that a Midwestern thing? Anyways, those guys were the greatest. Their praline ice cream cones were pretty darn tasty, too.

Ben (again): It’s not just a Midwestern thing, Jake. My family had Schwan delivery too!

Jeff: It's a cycle of either cookie dough ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, or banana pops.

Jake P.: I’m a huge fan of anything orange dreamsicle. The ice cream flavor, popsicles, anything with that great combination.

Should Reggie Bush get his Heisman back? - DressHerInWhiteAndGold

Ben: Yep.

Logan: Yeah. While we’re at it GT should get their 2009 ACC Championship against Clemson back. Has nothing to do with players being paid, I just think the NCAA is dumb.

Jake: I agree with both of the above.

Jeff: The funny thing about this is the Heisman committee can do it without NCAA consent. They just threw the responsibility on them. The committee was the one who took it away.

Carter: What those guys above said.

Why sky go boom? - Notwima13

Ben: Aliens.

Logan: I don’t want to say aliens... but it was aliens.

Jeff: Aliens with subwoofers in their UFOs

Hello Guys,

Hope this week is cheerier than last. Gonna try to keep this short, because I want to enjoy the remainder of my off time this Monday.

So SGDQ started on Sunday (Summer Games Done Quick). It’s a video game speedrunning exhibition online that lasts for a week. Players speedrun their favorite games and people watch online and donate money to Doctors Without Borders to support a good cause. It’s a little niche event, but many people enjoy it each year and it raises money for a good cause. Check it out if you get a chance:

To my question, what is a niche event or charity you enjoy participating in each year that you feel more people should know about?

That’s all I got.

Have a nice one.

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Ben: I like to be involved with community theatre, which is always a good way to give back to the community. I don’t know if it’s a niche thing, but I like it!

Logan: I do St. Baldricks each year. People donate money to research cures and prevention for children’s cancer and in return I get my head shaved. It’s fun and its for a good cause. If my hair starts falling out I may change my stance on the event, but right now it’s one of my favorite events of the year.

Jake: I would say the EDSBS Charity Bowl for New American Pathways is niche, but iT’s NoT a NiChE aUdIeNcE ™ and they raised like three quarters of a million dollars last year, so good for them on getting the word out.

Jeff: I work for Delta Air Lines and for Relay For Life we used to have an aircraft pull. Teams from different departments would grab a rope tied to the nose of a 757 and try to pull it a certain distance the fastest. It’s hilarious watching 30 people try to drag a fairly large jet by hand.